"I'm living the dream," says legendary folk artist Tom Rush with a laugh, "I'm having a good time so everything is great."
There are musicians and there are musicians whose talents and/or influence are so strong that their impact reverberates for not only their entire career but for decades and beyond. The type of musician who leaves an indelible mark on not only their fans and audiences but other musicians as well; Tom Rush is such an entity.
Largely credited with shaping the folk music movement of the 1960s and heavily influencing the likes of James Taylor, Garth Brooks and many more; he was also a driving force in the careers of JoniMitchell and Jackson Browne as well and now this legendary artist readies himself for a performance on this Sunday June 4 at the The New Hope Winery in New Hope, PA.
"I do have a show at the winery," he said once again with an enthusiastic laugh. "I have an 8 p.m. show and it's with Matt Nakoa, my super talented friend who I've been performing with for about eight or nine years now and he just keeps getting better. I'm hoping that when he's playing stadiums that he lets me open the shows. He is now a monster guitar player as well as a monster keyboard player and singer and songwriter and the girls all say he's cute, which is why I hate him (laughs)."
"I remember it was a lot of fun the last time we played this venue," he went on. "The sound was good, the crowd was great and the wine was good too. I'm going to be doing some brand new songs off of this brand new album. The album is a little bit; I'm not going to say scattered but they are all songs that I wrote and some are brand new and others I wrote a long time ago and they had never been recorded before. Matt heard the scratchy demos and loved them and said, "We've got to do these." So, there is one that I wrote for my daughter when she was 18 months old and she's now 24 and there is another one that I probably wrote about 40 years ago called "Glory Road" that only existed on an air check from a show with Gene Shay in Philadelphia from way back; I miss him. There is another that I wrote for my boys back in '83 but at the winery we'll be doing some brand new stuff and of course we'll be doing the old favorites too because that's what people come to hear, they come to hear the songs they know. So, I'll be doing a little of this and a little of that and as always, I'm pretty scattered in terms of doing songs that make you cry and make you laugh; basically I'm after emotional whiplash (laughs). We do about an hour for the first set then a 20 minute intermission and then an hour or a little less for the second set. Matt will be playing guitar and piano, he'll be bringing his synthesizer as well as doing some songs on his own; he steals the show and I pay him to do it; what's wrong with me? (laughs). I'm glad he does because he's really, really good."
Wait! Did he say; "Brand new record?" Given the nature of music post-pandemic; was this something that was started before, during or after that moment in time? Rush says it was his buddy Nakoa that took the bull by the horns and got the process started.
"We're in the process of making a brand new record; Matt is also a monster producer; I think he got tired of hearing me talk about maybe someday making another album so he just went ahead and booked the studio and some musicians. So, all of the basic tracks are done and we're working on the mixes now and they're really sounding good; I'm kind of excited. Matt ran the musicians past me and he said, "This woman is a really great Lap Steel player" and I took his word for it and he was right and I didn't argue with him.Then he picked the drummer and the bass player and then some of the other musicians are people that I already knew and then we went down to a place called The Carriage House near New York City and we really got some good stuff and I'm really excited about it."
"Matt was also smart enough to hire a video guy to video tape everything," he continued. "So, we'll have video of all of the songs and since nobody buys DVDs anymore, we'll at least have something to put up on the internet and hopefully pique people's interest. What's getting to be a bit of a problem is that there is nothing concrete to physically hold onto; the whole digital thing. I was just reading a royalty statement from BMI and if a thousand people play your song on Spotify what do you think you should get? A penny, a penny is what you get for a thousand plays; somebody is getting rich but it's not the artist. To be honest, it doesn't much matter because with AI coming along they can clone you and have a computer making Tom Rush records. Who needs reality (laughs)? The end result, with AI putting so many people out of business; I mean you can get a college degree now without even having to go to classes because you can get AI to write your essays; basically, I don't think they are thinking it through because all of these people that they are putting out of work are also customers who will not have any money to buy their stuff anymore. There's a story about how Henry Ford used to pay his workers enough so that they could buy a car; which I think was smart."
Speaking of being out of work; has that same post-pandemic environment been favorable to him? Rush seems to think so but he was also resourceful during 2020 and beyond.
"The places that I play, performing arts centers for the most part, most of them survived. Actually, things just got crazy busy because I had many gigs which were postponed and then postponed again and then finally when things started to brighten up; my agent was booking three years worth of gigs into six months; which was kind of strenuous. Through the pandemic I was doing this thing called "Rockport Sundays" online and we had a lot of guests come on and they were little short episodes;15 minutes that were posted every Sunday and they'd stay up for eight weeks.That was a subscription series and that actually saw me through the pandemic because not only did it pay the rent but it also gave me a reason to keep being creative as well as an audience to play for so, that was good."
New tour schedule, new record and a new lease on bringing his craft to the masses once again where he can relate to audiences face to face as opposed to through a camera lens and although he said he will be performing some songs from the new album; does that album even have a title yet?
"We don't know yet actually," he said with an amused tone. "Matt is thinking; there are two songs on the album that have the same line in them and I think it's a good line, "The garden is old, the flower's new" so Matt wants to call it "Garden old flower's new" because I'm old but the songs are new. I'm hoping the album will be out here in June; at this point I'm not sure what label it's going to be on. There is one label that desperately wants it but I think I'm going to shop it around a little bit. The music is almost done but I don't have a clue what the artwork or cover design is going to be but I'm hoping that the CD will be out in July and the LP will be about a month later; people buy vinyl; so why not make it?
Rush says that his touring schedule is far different now than it was years ago and he even shared a funny anecdote from his years on the road.
"I don't do tours anymore, I do "Tour-lets," he said with another laugh, "I just made that up.The first few shows are without Matt but he'll be with me in New Hope and then I've got five days off and we play Salem, MA and then I've got some extended time off which will be kind of nice. Four shows in a row is about where I max-out these days; especially if there is substantial travel from show to show. I love doing the shows but the travel is the hard part; the way I look at it, I get paid to travel, I do the shows for free. I get paid to have fun; how sweet is that? I've asked some of my guests on "Rockport Sundays;" what's the weirdest gig you ever did? There were some great stories that came out but one of the things that popped into my head; I was playing at the Boston Seaquarium and when you come in, the entryway has a great big penguin pit. They had me up on a riser by the railing facing into the penguin pit and the audience was standing all around the railing around the pit and the problem was; the penguins liked to sing along. Some of them would bray like a donkey and every time I started singing, they'd all chime in and you couldn't hear a word that I was singing and when I was talking they would all shut up but as soon as I started singing, they'd all light up again."
One thing is certain, nobody will be braying like donkeys at The New Hope Winery this Sunday evening but Rush will entertain with his stories and "Emotional Whiplash" as only he can. Showtime is 7 p.m. and tickets can be purchased through the winery at https://newhopewinery.com/live-music/ or by going through Tom's website at https://www.tomrush.com/news/.
That's it for this week! Please continue to support live and original music and until next week....ROCK ON!
This week's event listings
Al's Airport Inn 636 Bear Tavern Road West Trenton (609) 883-5252 Thurs. 5 p.m. Diane Chiorello Sat. (12 p.m.) Acoustic Brunch (5 p.m.) Jessica Stanley & Stephen Scarafile Sun. 12 p.m. Sunday Acoustic Brunch Mon. 5 p.m. Bud Belviso Tues. 7 p.m. Brian Elliot Wed. 7 p.m. Kindred Spirit DuoAristaeus Brewing 2475C Big Oak Road Langhorne, PA (215) 757-2337 Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia Fri. 7 p.m. Low Totem Sat. 7 p.m. Side Hustle Sun. 10 a.m. “Sunday Funday Brunch” (2 p.m.) Ryan ShubertArm & Hammer Park 1 Thunder Road Trenton (609) 394-3300 Thurs. 7 p.m. Opening Day Party Fri. 7 p.m. Superhero Night and Magnetic Schedule Giveaway Arts Council of Princeton 102 Witherspoon Street Princeton (609) 924-8777 Thurs. 5:30 p.m. ART OF: Pairing Beer & Cheese Fri. 8:30 p.m. Princeton PRIDE Dance PartyArtworks Trenton 19 Everett Alley Trenton (609) 394-9436 Sat. 12 p.m. Another Me: Healing Through Graphic NarrativeAshlynn Distillery 32 West Bridge Street Morrisville, PA Thurs. 5 p.m. Cecil & Carl Sat. 11 a.m. Yoga & Drinks w/ Atlas Yoga and MovementBill's Olde Tavern 2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton (609) 586-0192 Fri. 7 p.m. Honey Spot Blvd. Sat. 7 p.m. El Ka Bong Mon. 7 p.m. Trivia Tues. 8 p.m. / Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke Ages 21+Bit-hin' Kitten Brewery 58-B East Bridge Street Morrisville, PA (267) 799-5348 Sat. 4 p.m. JDuoBlue Bottle Cafe 101 East Broad Street Hopewell (609) 333-1710 Wed. 6 p.m. Brian ElliotBordentown City Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown Fri. 7 p.m. "Frightening Fridays!" Haunted History Tours. $20 Sat. 12 p.m. Bordentown Walking Tours. $20Boro Bean 9 East Broad Street Hopewell (609) 466-6681 Sat. 11 a.m. John Abbott Bowman's Tavern 1600 River Road New Hope, PA (215) 862-2972 Fri. (5:30 p.m.) Bennett Lee (8 p.m.) Bob Egan Sun. (12 p.m.) Larry Tamanini (6 p.m.) Lorenzo Wed. 6 p.m. Liz DuFourBristol Riverside Theater 2501 Bath Road Bristol, PA (215) 785-0100 Wed. 2 p.m. / 7:30 p.m. "An Evening With Groucho" Broken Goblet Brewing 2500 State Road Bensalem, PA (267) 812-5653 Thurs. 7 p.m. Mike Estabrook Fri. 8 p.m. First Friday w/ Cara Cartney Sat. 8 p.m. Dan Rodgers Sun. 11 a.m. Sunday Brunch feat. The Newtown School of Rock Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia Hosted by Righteous JollyBrother's Pizza 871 Highway 33 Hamilton (609) 586-2727 Sat. 6 p.m. Ant Cannuli Bucks On Bridge 25 Bridge Street Lambertville (609) 483-2615 Thurs. 6 p.m. Backporch Jug Band Tues. 5 p.m. Chess Night Wed. 6 p.m. TriviaBurlington County Library/Amphitheater 5 Pioneer Boulevard West Hampton (609) 267-9660 Sat. 11 a.m. "Bookfest '23"Candlelight Lounge 24 Passaic Street Trenton (609) 695-9612 Thurs. 6 p.m. Thursday Night Blues Jam. $5 Sun. 3 p.m. Carl Bartlett Jr. $20Catch A Rising Star (Hyatt Regency Princeton) 102 Carnagie Center Princeton (781) 568-1471 Fri. 8 p.m. Billy Garan. $26.50, Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Sat. 7:30 p.m. Billy Garan. $26.50, Doors open at 7 p.m. Cazz's Sports Bar 'N' Grille 1560 Haines Road Levittown, PA (267) 580-5469 Fri. 9:30 p.m. Karaoke w/ PaulClub Atlantis 1858 Street Road Bensalem, PA (215) 944-1777 Sat. 9 p.m. DJ Robbie Tronco All Events Ages 21+ and Dress to ImpressClubhouse at Mountain View (The Patio) 850 Bear Tavern Road Ewing (609) 538-0808 Thurs. 7 p.m. Karaoke Fri. 6:30 p.m. River DogsCOARadio.com 125 South Main Street Hightstown (609) 241-7103 Fri. 7 p.m. "Danny Coleman's Got The Blues" Sat. 3 p.m. “Rock On Radio Indie Hour" Sun. 7 p.m. "Rock On Radio" feat. Carmen SclafaniCooper's Riverview 50 Riverview Plaza Trenton (609) 393-7300 Thurs. (7 p.m.) Jukebox Graveyard (8 p.m.) Club Night w/ DJ Ages21+ Fri. 5 p.m. Happy Hour (8 p.m.) The Groove Dudes w/ DJ Jazzi Sat. 8 p.m. No Way Out Sun. (10 a.m.) Sunday "Jazz" Brunch w/ Victor Tarassov. $22.95 (Includes 2 Mimosas) $34.95 (Adults, kids ages 6-12 $14.95, kids under age 5 FREE) Tues. 5 p.m. Salsa Tuesdays w/ DJ Jay Serrano Wed. (7 p.m.) Blues Jam (8 p.m.) Disco “Hustle” Night w/ "Guest" DJ. $5 Cream Ridge Winery 145 Route 539 Cream Ridge (609) 259-9797 Fri. 6:30 p.m. Wine Tasting Sat. 6:30 p.m. Amazing Mutts Puppy Rescue Wine FundraiserCrossing Vineyard and Winery 1853 Wrightstown Road Washington Crossing, PA (215) 493-6500 Thurs. 7 p.m. Pairing Wine and Chocolate Fri. 5 p.m. "Spring Wine & Food Festival" feat. 6 p.m. Slim and the Perkolators Sat. 2 p.m. "Spring Wine & Food Festival" feat. Sweet Spot Sun. 2 p.m. "Spring Wine & Food Festival" feat. Larry Tritel Cross Pollination Gallery 2 North Union Street Lambertville (609) 213-6734 Fri. 5 p.m. "Friday Happy Hour." (Talk art, wine and musicians who bring instruments)Curran’s Irish Inn 1909 Bristol Pike Bensalem, PA (215) 245-1800 Thurs. 7 p.m. Music Bingo Fri. 8 p.m. Brian Kmetz Mon. 7:30 p.m. QuizzoDacey's Pub 215 West Philadelphia Avenue Morrisville, PA (215) 295-4838 Fri. 6:30 p.m. Acoustic Music Night Wed. 8 p.m. Quizzo Dadz Bar and Grill 744 Main Street Lumberton (609)267-4344 Thurs. 7 p.m. Open Mic w/ Jimmy Mannix Fri. 8 p.m. Nobody's Business Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Edgar Anderson Eddington House Bensalem 2813 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA (215) 639-1220 Fri. 8:30 p.m. Tailspin Sat. 8:30 p.m. Spare PartsEscape Resort, Restaurant & Bar 120 Pheasant Run Road Newtown, PA Fri. 6 p.m. The Pete Beck Band Tues. 6 p.m. KaraokeFlying Pig Tavern & Tap 167 US-Route 130 North Bordentown (609) 899-7447 Fri. 9 p.m. ArHouse Sat. 9 p.m. Asylum Choir Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke Wed. 8 p.m. TriviaForsgate Country Club 375 Forsgate Drive Monroe (732) 521-0700 Fri. 6 p.m. "First Friday"Founding Father's Sports Bar & Grill 2900 Street Road Bensalem, PA (215) 923-1100 Fri. 6 p.m. Bob Pantano Dance Party w/ DJ Joe CastroFriendly's 1031 Washington Boulevard Robbinsville (609) 426-9203 Thurs. 5 p.m. Cruise Night Wed. 6 p.m. Open Mic Night Hosted by Kevin McGowan and/or Gino Formaroli (Sign-ups begin at 5:30 p.m.)German American Society 215 Uncle Pete's Road Hamilton (609) 585-5200 Fri. 7 p.m. "Friday Night Lights" Cruise Night Sat. 12 p.m. "The Wurst Bierfest 2023" feat. (1 p.m.) Southern Steel (5 p.m.) The Ruckus. $10 Sun. 12 p.m. "The Wurst Bierfest 2023" feat. (1 p.m.) The Adlers. $10Gleason's Bar 6700 Mill Creek Road Levittown, PA (215) 943-4781 Thurs. 7 p.m. Music Bingo / “Ladies Night” Hosted by Best Choice Productions Fri. 6 p.m. "Happy Hour" Sat. 8 p.m. Harley & Daniel Sun. 4 p.m. Bad Mother Folker Tues. 6:30 p.m. Trivia Night Hosted by Best Choice ProductionsGreen Parrot Restaurant Pub, & Patio 240 North Sycamore Street Newtown Township, PA (215) 504-7277 Fri. 8 p.m. Amanda & Teddy Sat. 8 p.m. Brian KmetzGrover's Mill Coffee House Princeton-Hightstown Road Princeton Junction (609) 716-8771 Sat. 10 a.m. Thurs. 6 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Wade PrestridgeHalo Pub 4617 Nottingham Way Hamilton Square (609) 586-1811 Sat. 7 p.m. Jerry Monk & Joe Kramer Hamilton Tap & Grill 557 US Route 130 North Hamilton (609) 905-0925 Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Music Bingo w/ DJ Nebbs Sat. 8 p.m. Karaoke Wed. 7 p.m. TriviaHamilton Veterans Park 1865 Yardville-Hamilton Square Road Hamilton Sat. 9 a.m. ICGMc 2nd Annual "A Walk For Wellness"Havana New Hope 105 S. Main Street New Hope, PA. (215) 862-9897 Thurs. 7 p.m. Funk & Blues Jam Hosted by The Slidewinder Blues Band Fri. ( 8 p.m.) Van Morrison Tribute w/ "Tupelo Honey." $25 (11 p.m. ) DJ Dance Party Sat. (8:30 p.m.) Buzzer Band (11:59 p.m.) DJ Dance Party Sun. (1 p.m.) Midnight Sun Orchestra (7 p.m.) JB Kline Band Mon. (9 p.m.) "Lipstick Mondays Drag Show" Hosted by Cyannie Lopez (11 p.m.) Karaoke w/ Dwayne Tues. 7 p.m. Jillian Ashcroft Jazz Quartet Wed. 7 p.m. Jumper DuoHopewell Valley Vineyards 46 Yard Avenue Pennington (609) 737-4465 Fri. 4 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. (5:30 p.m.) Christine Havrilla Sat. (9 a.m.) WWFM Fransisco (1 p.m.) On The Fly (5:30 p.m.) "Music & Merlot" feat. Modern Rewind Sun. 1:30 p.m. "Jazzy Sundays" feat. Ashley PettetHurricane Jacks Bar and Grill 7759 New Falls Road Levittown, PA (267) 914-4517 Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Music Bingo w/ DJ John W. Mon. 7 p.m. Motown Mondays w/ rotating DJs BeeNice, Rawskillz, JusGroove Tues. 8 p.m. Acoustic Tuesday Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic w/ Laura FioccoIl Portico Restorante Italiano 273 West Route 130 South Burlington (609) 239-1000 Thurs. 7 p.m. Jazz Night Fri. / Sat. 7 p.m. Live Music w/ Tony OIrish Rover Station House 1033 South Bellevue Avenue Langhorne, PA (215) 970-5412 Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzo NightIron Plow Vineyards 26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus (732) 306-9111 Fri. 6:30 p.m. Rich Cassenti & Friends Sat. 6:30 p.m. Loose Bandits Sun. 2 p.m. The Grouser GirlsIron Plow Vineyards Tasting Room 61 High Street Mt. Holly (732) 306-9111 Sat. 6:30 p.m. Carrie McCayIvy Tavern 3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton (609) 888-1435 Thurs. 8:30 p.m. Karaoke All shows 21+ John & Peter's 96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa (215) 862-5981 Fri. 9 p.m. Somebody Else's Minty Thing Sun. 9 p.m. Moon Sugar. $10 Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic Comedy Night w/ Mike Dialto feat. (Sign-ups start at 8 p.m.) Tues. 9 p.m. Soul Berry Jam Wed. 9 p.m. The Invitational All shows 21+Killarney's Publick House 1644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton (609) 586-1166 Thurs. 5:30 p.m. Kenny Dubman Duo Fri. 10 p.m. DJ BayNice Sat. (11 a.m.) Family Day Brunch w/ DJ Dan (10 p.m.) DJ Jimmy G (10 a.m.) "Sunday Funday" Brunch (1 p.m.) Ant Cannuli Wed. 6 p.m. "Ladies Night"King George Inn 102 Radcliffe Street Bristol, PA (215) 788-5536 Sun. 6 p.m. Joe (Solo of Joe & Krista) (Takes place in the gazebo/patio behind the inn on waterfront) KUMO 27 3376 Route 27 South Brunswick (732) 419-3452 Sat. 8:30 p.m. Loose Bricks Lakeside Cafe and Liquors 129 Route 31 North Pennington (609) 621-9998 Fri. 6:30 p.m. Crown AcousticLaurita Winery 85 Archertown Road New Egypt (609) 752-0200 Thurs. 7 p.m. Wine & Cheese Pairing. (SOLD OUT check for availability) Sun. 12/1:30/3:30 p.m. Wine and Goat Yoga. $40 (Includes one free glass of wine) Lillipies Bakery 30 North Harrison Street Princeton (609) 423-2100 Sun. 11 a.m. Caleb Eckstein Locust Hall at Johnson's Farm 2691 Monmouth Road Jobstow (609) 723-2630 Sat. 10 a.m. Berry Bash Festival Sun. 12 p.m. Bad Neighbors Magikava 87a South Main Street New Hope, PA (215) 862-2739 Thurs. 6 p.m. Astrology Readings by Riss Cottrill Mon. 6 p.m. Magik "Art Mondays" Wed. 6:30 p.m. Open Mic Night hosted by Fayema Marie's Kozy Korner 111 Trenton Road Fairless Hills, PA (215) 943-3131 Sat. 8:30 p.m. Never EnoughMcStews Irish Sports Pub 5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA (215) 949-9570 Sat. 9 p.m. Sometime In September Tues. 7:30 p.m. Trivia NightMusic Mountain Theater 1483 Route 179 Lambertville (609)397-3337 Fri. 8 p.m. "Something Rotten" Sat. 3 p.m./ 8 p.m. "Something Rotten" Sun. 3 p.m. Something Rotten"Naked Brewing Company 212 Mill Street Bristol, PA (267) 544-7129 Thurs.6:30 p.m. Dana Collins Project Fri. 7 p.m. Karaoke Sat. 7 p.m. Joe & Krista Sun. 11 a.m. Weekend Brunch Tues. 7 p.m. Trivia Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company 909 Ray Avenue Croydon, PA (215) 458-7081 Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia Night in Dublin Sun. 12 p.m. "Sip 'N' Spin Sunday" w/ Sit & Spin Records feat. DJ J the Audiophile/ Yoga & Beer w/ Trina Wed. 6:30 p.m. Cornhole LeagueNew Egypt Flea Market Village 933 Monmouth County Road Cream Ridge (609) 758-2082 Fri. 5 p.m. Summer Moonlit Market/Amazing Mutts Puppy Rescue Adoption Sat. 10 a.m. Amazing Mutts Puppy Rescue Adoption/Made In Ocean Craft and Vendor Event Sun. 8 a.m. Flea Market and Amazing Mutts Puppy Rescue Adoption (3 p.m.) Tea Time and Mandalas Wed. 8 a.m. Flea MarketNew Hope Winery / Tavern 6123 Lower York Road New Hope, PA (215) 794-2331 Fri. 8 p.m. Rolling Stones Tribute / "Classic Stones Live" Sat. 8 p.m. Rolling Stones Tribute / "Classic Stones Live" Sun. (1 p.m.) Sunday Jazz Bunny Barnes (6 p.m.) Tom Rush w/ Matt NakoaNewtown Athletic Club 120 Pheasant Run Newtown, PA (215) 968-0600 Fri. 6 p.m. Pete Beck Band Newtown Brewing Company 103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA (215) 944-8609 Thurs. 7:30 p.m. "The Office" Trivia Fri. 6 p.m. Allison landon Sat. 6 p.m. Mike Mele Sun. 1 p.m. Artisan Craft Fair Wed. 4 p.m. Open Mic NightNick's Roast Beef 4501 Woodhaven Road West Philadelphia, PA (215) 637-515 Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia Fri. (6 p.m.) Mike McCullough (9 p.m.) The Naturals Sat. 9 p.m. Rougarou Sun. 4 p.m. Nothing 2 Prove Wed. 7 p.m. KaraokeNomad Distilling Company 20 South Main Street New Hope, PA Sun. 10 a.m. BrunchNottingham Tavern 9 Mercer Street Hamilton Square (609) 587-6623 Thurs. (7 p.m.) Danny Coleman’s Rock On Radio “Happy Hour” Hosted by Danny Coleman feat. Music by Rick Winow (9:30 pm.) Karaoke w/ Super Dave Curtis Ages 21+ O'Fowley's Tavern & Grill 200 State Road Croydon, PA (215) 785-6998 Sat. 6 p.m. SoulShine Mon. 7 p.m. Music Bingo Hosted by Best Choice Productions w/ DJ John S Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo Old Town Pub 135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown (609) 291-9232 Thurs. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia Fri. 9 p.m. Frank & Mario Sat. 9 p.m. The Amptons Sun. 10 a.m. Brunch Tues. 6 p.m. Taco Tuesday w/ Radio Fiction Palmer Square 40 Nassau Street Princeton Thurs.5:30 p.m. "Ladies Night" feat. (Vendors, tastings, live music, shopping specials) Fri. 4 p.m. First Friday w/ Swingadelic 4 Sat. 12 p.m. Princeton PRIDE Picnic Sun. 4 p.m. Princeton Festival Fanfare: FREE Concert Pasquale's Sports Bar 9078 Mill Creek Road Levittown, PA (267) 202-6268 Thurs. 9 p.m. Beer Pong Tues. 7 p.m. Music Bingo Wed. 7 p.m. KaraokePatriots Crossing 1339 River Road Titusville (609) 737-2780 Thurs. 8 p.m. Ladies Night Sat. 8 p.m. Grape Street Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo"Princeton Country Club 1-Wheeler Way West Windsor (609) 452-9382 Thurs. 6 p.m. Karaoke Night w/ Live DJ Fri. 5 p.m. Happy Hour w/ Aaron Quarterman Sun. 11 a.m. Jazz Brunch Princeton Makes 301 North Harrison Street Princeton Sat. 10:30 a.m. "A Fluid Art Experience" w/ Adriana Groza Sun. 4 p.m. Second Sunday Poetry Princeton Public Library (Hinds Plaza) 65 Witherspoon Street Princeton (609) 924-9529 Fri. 6 p.m. EAMC Open Mic Sun. 3 p.m. Author Tea: Stephanie Cowell w/ Lauren B. DavisPrinceton University (Richardson Auditorium) Nassau Street Princeton Fri. 8 p.m. Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto feat. Randall Goosby / Xian ZhangPuss N Boots Tavern 942 Trenton Road Fairless Hills, PA Fri. 8 p.m. Karaoke Tues. 7 p.m. TriviaRandy Now's Man Cave 119 West Ward Street Hightstown (609) 424-3766 Thurs. 7 p.m. Super Jack, Cliff and Ivy, Witch Weather. $10 River House at Odette’s 274 South Rive Road New Hope, PA (215) 682-2022 Thurs. (7 p.m.) Gina Corso (9 p.m.) Cara Cartney Fri. 9 p.m. Jeffrey Fadden Duo Sat. (11:30 a.m.) Brunch w/ Russell Norkevich (7 p.m.) Bob Egan (9 p.m.) Greg McGarvey Sun. 11:30 a.m. Brunch w/ Dave Dales Duo Wed. (5:30 p.m.) Matt Setzer (7 p.m.) Megan Knight Romeo's Restaurant & Pizza 10 Schalks-Crossing Road Plainsboro (609) 799-4554 Fri. 7 p.m. The Blue-Eyed Balladeer Rose Bank Winery 258 Durham Road Newtown, PA (215) 860-5899 Sat. 2 p.m. "Tastings & Tunes in the Buckman Barn" feat. Jack O'LearyRosedale Mills 101 Route 31 North Pennington (609) 737-2008 Sat. 10 a.m. Pennington Farmers Market w/ Music by Anker Rossi's Bar & Grill 2110 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton (609) 890-2004 Thurs. 5:30 p.m. Ernie White Fri. 6:45 p.m. Marc Hoffman Sat. 11 a.m. Brunch Sun. 11 a.m. Brunch Tues. 7 p.m. QuizzoholicsSandy's Beef & Ale 2028 E. Old Lincoln Highway Langhorne, PA (2670 852-2333 Thurs. 8 p.m. Quizzo Mon. 7 p.m. Music Bingo Screamin' Hill Brewery 83 Emleys Hill Road Cream Ridge (609) 401-2025 Sat. 2 p.m. Chet & AriSecond Sin Brewing Company 1500 Grundy Lane Bristol, P (267) 812-5251 Thurs.7 p.m. TriviaShady Brook Farm 931 Stony Hill Road Yardley, PA (215) 968-1670 Fri. 6:30 p.m. "UnWINEd" Concert feat. Big House. $12 (advance/online, $15 at door), doors open at 5:30 p.m. Sat. 12 p.m. Strawberry Festival feat. The Mix. $12 (Advance) Sun. 12 p.m. Strawberry Festival feat. Y'all or Nothin'. $12 (Advance) Sherman Theater/Penn Community Bank Amphitheater 2400 Byberry Road Bensalem, PA Wed. 7 p.m. The Lords of 52nd Street. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m., tickets available online)Slim's Irish Pub 2195 Galloway Road Bensalem, PA (267) 332-0047 Sat. 8 p.m. 44 Fridays Mon. 6 p.m. Open Mic Night Hosted by Cecil Wed. 6 p.m. Karaoke ContestSmall World Coffee 14 Witherspoon Street Princeton (609) 924-4377 x2 Sat. 7 p.m. Rainbow FreshSparky World-Famous Beer Garden 4333 New Falls Road Levittown, PA (215) 943-2321 Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Dana Sat. 9:30 p.m. AJ Slick Sun. 9 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Cara Cartney Mon. 9 p.m. Game Night Hosted by Kid Dalton Tues. 7 p.m. Johnny Betz Wed. 8 p.m. Sight UnsenSteam Pub 606 2nd Street Pike Southampton, PA Fri. 10 p.m. DJ Smooth Sat. 10:30 p.m. DJ Reed Streets Sun. 2 p.m. "Chases Champs" Fundraiser1675 at The Ridges 4666 East Bristol Road Trevose, PA (215) 876-6868 Sat. 7 p.m. Bev & Dan1675 Spirits 2685 Bristol Pike Bensalem, PA (215) 645-1445 Fri. 6 p.m. The Johns1867 Sanctuary 101 Scotch Road Ewing (609) 392-6409 Sun. 2 p.m. An Afternoon of Romantic Music feat. Clipper Erickson & Dominika Zamara. $25, $20, $10 Tara's Tavern 1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown (609) 286-2300 Fri. 8:30 p.m. Jay Oliver Duo Sat. 8:30 p.m. Zach Trucksess Tavern On The Lake 101 Main Street Hightstown (609) 426-9345 Fri. 9 p.m. Kickback Tues. 6 p.m. Trivia Wed. 7 p.m. Karaoke TCNJ College of New Jersey 2000 Pennington Road Ewing (609) 771-2467 Sun. 3 p.m. "133rd Anniversary Concert: An Afternoon at the Movies" (Takes place at Kendall Hall) Temperance House 5 South State Street Newtown, PA (215) 944-8050 Thurs. 7 p.m. Steve Guyger and Filthy Rich Sat. 8 p.m. Steve Tourison Mon. 7 p.m. Trivia Hosted by Neville Esquire Tues. 7 p.m. Beginner Line Dance Lessons w/ Jeremy Line Dance. $40/4 Weeks Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night w/ Cara Cartney Terhune Orchards 330 Cold Soil Road Princeton (609) 924-2310 Fri. 5 p.m. "Sunset Sips 'N' Sounds" feat. Laundrymen Sat. 1 p.m. "Weekend Music Series" feat. Brian Bortnick Sun. 1 p.m. "Weekend Music Series" feat. Jerry SteeleTGI Fridays 780 Route 130 South Hamilton (609) 581-6910 Sun. 9 p.m. Trivia Game Night / SIN SundaysTGI Fridays 2703 Mount Holly Road Suite 3 Washington Twp. (609) 239-486 Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia TGI Fridays 3535 U.S. Route 1 North #275 Princeton (609) 520-0378 Thurs. 8 p.m. Trivia Night The Birdhouse Center For The Arts 7 North Main Street Lambertville (215) 681-4660 Tues. 7:30 p.m. NJNO the "not just nyckelharpa orchestra" Community Orchestra The Buck Hotel 1200 Buck Road Feasterville, PA (215) 396-2002 Thurs. 7 p.m. Kirko Fri. 8 p.m. Love Junk Sat. 7 p.m. GruvTyme Tues. 7 p.m. Danny Lynch DuoThe Cool Cricket 216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro (609) 291-9110 Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Dave Curtis Sat. 9 p.m. NOVA The Dubliner 34 North Main Street New Hope, PA (215) 693-1816 Fri. 7 p.m. Keith Quinn Sat. 7 p.m. Gerry Timlin Sun. 2 p.m. Gerry Timlin The Federal Twist Vineyard 8 Federal Twist Road Stockton (609) 773-6066 Fri. 5 p.m. "Friday Sunset Wine & Jazz" feat. Sat. (9 a.m.) Run The Vineyards (2 p.m.) Ruffhouse. $5 Sun. 2 p.m. Slim and the Perkolators. $5 The Five Four Bar & Grill 8919 New Falls Road Levittown, PA (215) 547-5525 Thurs. 8 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paula and Sam Sat. 9 p.m. Big Whiskey Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Chris BenedettiThe HOB Tavern 146 Second Street Bordentown (609) 291-7020 Fri. 8 p.m. The Successful FailuresThe Ivy Inn 248 Nassau Street Princeton (609) 921-8555 Tues. 8 p.m. Quizzo w/ Bob E Luv The Morrisville Tavern 376 West Trenton Avenue Morrisville, PA (215) 295-5310 Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia Sun. 3:30 p.m. Music Bingo Mon. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night Comedy and Music Tues. 7 p.m. Music Bingo Wed. 7 p.m. Trivia Night The Newtown Theatre 120 North State Street Newtown, PA (215) 968-3859 Fri. 8 p.m. Kansas Tribute w/ "Know Return" Sat. 5 p.m. "Forever Everly" Wed. 7 p.m. Aunt Mary PatThe Roost 181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge (609) 208-0050 Thurs. 6:30 p.m. DC Duo Fri. 8 p.m. Off R Rockers Sat. 8 p.m. Full Grown Men Wed. 6 p.m. Joe VadalaThe Sycamore Grill 255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA (215) 908-6326 Fri. 8 p.m. Danny Lynch Project Sat. 8 p.m. Bill ThomasThe Tavern at Penns Park 2295 Second Street Pike Newtown, PA (267) 491-5658 Fri. 8 p.m. Shameless Wed. 7 p.m. 1st Wednesday Open Mic The Union Firehouse 18 Washington Street Mount Holly (609) 288-6491 Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Open Mic Night Sat. 8 p.m. Kenny Curcio / Renaissance BLVD. Doors open at 7 p.m., Ages 21+ Tir Na Nog 1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton (609) 392-2554 Fri. 9 p.m. The Williamsboy Sun. 3 p.m. "Irish Sessions" All Shows 21+Titusville First Presbyterian Church 4 River Drive Titusville Sun. 6 p.m. Common Bond QuartetTrenton Free Public Library 120 Academy Street Trenton (609) 392-7188 Fri. 5 p.m. "First Friday"Trenton Social 449 South Broad Street Trenton (609) 989-7777 Thurs. 5 p.m. "Happy Hour Throwback Thursday Sat. 9 p.m. Live Music (TBA) Mon. 6 p.m. "Monday Night Karaoke" Hosted by SweetsUnder The Moon 23 North Union Street Lambertville (609) 397-1710 Sat. 12 p.m. Just Jeff Union Coffee 49 North Union Street Lambertville (609) 460-4637 Fri. 5 p.m. "First Friday" Tarot Meet-Up w/ Kristina GormanVANEFRANCODANCE 23 Hankins Road Hightstown (609) 635-3572 Thurs. (7 p.m.) Beginner Bachata (8 p.m.) Beginner Salsa. $18 Fri. (7 p.m.) Advanced Bachata (8 p.m.) Advanced Salsa. $18Vault Brewing Company 10 South Main Street Yardley, PA (267) 573-4291 Fri. 7 p.m. Brian Elliot Band Sat. 7 p.m. John Sheridan Duo Vault Smoke House 19 West College Avenue Yardley, PA (267) 907-8550 Sat. 6 p.m. Bill MonachWest Windsor Farm Market Vaughn Drive Princeton Sat. 9 a.m. "20th Year Celebration"Wilson's Pub 1870 Brownsville Road Trevose Heights, PA (215) 355-4739 Sat. 8 p.m. Porch BandWorking Dog Winery 610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown (609) 371-6000 Sat. 1 p.m. Ronnie Brandt Sun. 1 p.m. Chris SwattWWFM 89.1 FM HD2 Radio MCCC Old Trenton Road West Windsor Jazzon2.org Mon. 7 p.m. "Danny Coleman's Got The Blues"Yardley Country Club 1010 Reading Avenue Yardley, PA (215) 493-4531 Fri. 6 p.m. Blue Reign Danny Coleman is a veteran musician and writer from central New Jersey. He hosts a weekly radio program entitled “Rock On Radio” airing Sunday evenings at 7:000pm EST on multiple internet radio outlets where he features indie/original bands and solo artists.