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Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...6/9/22


By Danny Coleman

originally published: 06/09/2022

Rock On! This Week

"We did and It's called The Front Porch Singin' Tour which is named after our latest album which is called "Front Porch Singin'" and it's interesting to note that it's not singing with a "G" on the end; It's "Singin'," explained legendary vocalist and member of The Oak Ridge Boys, Richard Sterban as he talked about their recent album and upcoming tour which makes a stop in Bensalem, PA on June 11 at Parx Casino.  

As legendary as they come, The Oak Ridge Boys have entertained us with their brand of vocal harmonies and stylings for approximately five decades; bringing us hits such as "American Made," "Thank God For Kids," "Bobbie Sue" and of course, "Elvira." Along the way they have won Grammy, ACM and CMA awards and managed to get themselves inducted into The Country Music Hall of Fame. 

However, like so many other iconic artists, even though their catalog may have timeless classics, they don't rest on their laurels and The Oak Ridge Boys are certainly no different. Sterban says that this time around they undertook a project at the urging of their producer and although it's a bit "Different" it is pure Oak Ridge Boys nonetheless.

"Well, you know, we are produced right now by a guy named Dave Cobb and I don't know if that name rings a bell but he's one of the hottest guys in Nashville and we actually recorded this project during the pandemic," he began. "All of the studios were closed and we had to kind of wait, you know until finally things started to open up a little bit. Dave Cobb got in touch with us and he said he was very eager to record and he said, "What I wanna do on this project is to create the feeling of just four guys just kind of gathering on the front porch and just singing in a very informal and very unstructured way" and Dave Cobb is a master at capturing things like that. I think he was able to do just that and we found some great material, some old gospel songs, some old country songs that are familiar and that people can sing along to but yet at the same time; Dave Cobb has a relationship with some of the new young songwriters here in Nashville and they wrote some brand-new country songs for the project as well. So, it's a nice mixture, It's a nice balance of old and new but I think the most important thing is that most of the material is very inspirational in nature and is very healing in nature. They are songs that give people hope and that's what we're trying to do on this project and I think we were able to do so and we are really happy with the way it turned out and like I said it's called "Front Porch Singin’."  



 
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"This primarily is featuring our four voices," he continued, "There's not that much instrumentation on the project, we mainly concentrated on just the four of us and so the four voices are heard much out in front. A great example of how we recorded; there's a spiritual on this album called "Swing Down Chariot" and I remember one morning we walked up into the studio; we were just barely settled down and Dave Cobb said, "Fellas, if you guys were on the bus and you were getting ready for a show and you wanted to kind of warm up on the harmonies; what song would you sing?" He said, "It doesn't have to be one of your hits or something that you've recorded; just something to warm up with on the bus" and immediately, Duane, our singer started singing that old spiritual "Why Don't You Swing Down Sweet Chariot Stop and Let Me Ride." We all knew the song but we had never recorded it before. So, we jumped in and started harmonizing and Dave Cobb said, "That's it! That's it! Get to the microphones" and we just walked through the door of the studio; we were not planning and we had no idea that we were going to record that song and right there on the spur of the moment, we sang that song and in less than an hour it was a done deal. So, that's that's an example of how informally we've recorded part of this project."

This album is a collection of cover material they have fancied over their career along with some of the earlier mentioned new material from some of Nashville's brightest young writers but the question is; how did they choose the material that would eventually comprise the final album? 

 "Well, you know, we've been listening to songs, Wayne listened to songs along with Dave Cobb and we had some songs picked out and Dave Cobb has a stable of writers; they don't just write for him but he does this work at RCA Studio A, which is probably the most historic recording studio in Nashville and I think in the most upper level of that building they have what they call a writers room and these guys are up there writing music. They were actually writing songs for us while we were recording. Yeah, you don't see that very often and the other thing we told them was, write us some really cool music but make sure it's music that is meaningful 'cause specially during the pandemic; we wanted to do something that meant something to people and I think these young kids came up with some great new material. So, along with the old songs, we just kind of put our heads together as far as all the familiar songs and we kind of liked it." 

Sterban mentioned that this new offering was done during the pandemic and when asked for a bit more detail, he readily replied. 

"We spent several months being sequestered at home which is unusual for us 'cause we've been singing together forever. We hardly ever go too many days without seeing each other even when we're not working but in this case, there were several months where we had not seen each other and we just had to get together and when Dave Cobb called and said, "I think we can start recording now," we jumped at the opportunity; we really did. Well, now we're going on tour and let me add this; while it is called The Front Porch Singing Tour, and yes, we're gonna do some of this music from the album but we're also gonna do a lot of the hits. You can expect that, you can count on the fact that you're gonna hear me do "Giddy-up a oom papa oom papa mow mow;" that is definitely going to happen. You're going to hear "Elvira" and you know our first hit "Y'All Come Back Saloon" which is probably our most requested song. "Thank God for Kids" and just a lot of the hits along with some of this new music. Just so you know, we plan a great time and great night and a good concert; it's really gonna be family entertainment and even though it's going to be in a casino, it's still gonna be family entertainment; it really is."

When you're The Oak Ridge Boys and you have the accolades and accomplishments, one might think there is pressure to continue producing hits and remaining on the charts but when asked if they feel that type of pressure or have they settled into an "It is what it is" mode; Sterban chuckled a bit.

 "I think the latter," he said with a slight laugh, "There's more truth to the latter, it is what it is; you know? Well, it's been a while as you know, since we've been on country radio and today's country radio appeals to younger kids; they don't play us any longer. So, it's been a while since we've had to worry about recording songs that are suitable for country radio. What we do now is basically just look for good material and songs to record that we like and we record them to the best of our ability. Dave Cobb doesn't care about what is happening on country radio, he just wants to make good music and that's what we've tried to do; I don't think we feel any pressure, especially with this last project. We were anxious to go because we had been on hold for so long so there wasn't really any pressure at all; it was almost like a relief to be able to get out and first of all, see each other and then work together."



 
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The music industry, as we all know, is a trendy place and for years artists were told they had to go to Los Angeles or New York City in order to, "Make it" but more recently it seems that Nashville is the new Mecca for those seeking fame and fortune. During the pandemic, entertainers decided to exploit the internet;  Facebook Live, YouTube shows and homemade recorded performances flooded the online world, so much so that it became like white noise to many trying to discover new artists or those in search of entertainment. With the influx of talent pouring into Music City these days; has Nashville itself become "White Noise?" 

 "No, no," he stated somewhat emphatically, "We all live in a place called Hendersonville, TN, which is basically a suburb of Nashville. Actually, it's really become part of Nashville because Nashville has grown so much that it's swallowing up all the suburbs; you know? So, even though we live in Hendersonville we really feel like we're part of Nashville 'cause Nashville's become so big, it really has. I don't think it's as big as Philadelphia yet but it's kind of heading in that direction. Well, even years ago when we first came on the scene, it was very competitive, there's no doubt about it and for everyone that was trying to make it only a handful actually made it and now I think it's even much more so the case; it is still possible to make it 'cause you see new artists coming on the scene every day. People do breakthrough and they make it but I think it's more difficult now because it is very, very competitive; maybe more so than previous and everybody wants to move to Nashville right now. Nashville; it's kind of become a destination now so to speak and it really has a lot to offer the right characters. Believe it or not, it has some of the best restaurants in the country; we've also got the Country Music Hall of Fame and The Grand Ole Opry and all of those sorts of things but there's really so much more to offer here." 

Life is full of decisions and some are very gut-wrenching, others just scary because fear of the unknown has stopped even the greatest in their tracks but there are other times when the phase, "Go with your gut" pays off and for Sterban, nothing could be truer. You see, he was part of Elvis Presley's entourage, on tour with "The King" when the call came to join The Oak Ridge Boys and well; let's just say it's a good thing he trusted his instincts. 

"You are absolutely correct about that, I toured with Elvis, the king of rock 'n' roll for about two years. I joined The Oak Ridge Boys in 1972; which is first of all mind-boggling that it was 50 years ago; in October it will be 50 years for me but for about two years prior to joining them I sang in a group called JD Sumner & The Stamps Quartet and for about a year and a half of that period of time I was fortunate enough to sing with The King, the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis and you know, back then Elvis was the biggest star in the world and there was no doubt about it. An Elvis tour was the biggest tour in the music business and it was really very exciting to be a part of it. I have some really great memories of the time that I spent with Elvis. I got to know him just a little bit and it really was a special time, there's no doubt about it. So yeah, I did sing with the King of Rock and roll and it's kind of interesting, while I was singing with Elvis, apparently on top of the world and this was in 1972 when I got a phone call from William Lee Golden; he's the guy in our group with the long beard; he's probably the most recognizable character in our group but back then he did not have that long beard, he was M.r GQ but anyway, he called me and said the bass singer in the group was leaving and The Oak Ridge Boys wanted to know if I would be interested in taking the job. So, there I was, apparently on top of the world, singing with Elvis but I had to make a decision; what do I do? I have to admit, at the same time, I was a big fan of The Oak Ridge Boys, I loved the music that they were making and I felt like the group had a great deal of potential and I wanted to be a part of it. So, in 1972 I made a decision to leave Elvis and to join The Oak Ridge Boys and a lot of people questioned and asked; how could you do that? You know, they were like, wow! I did it 'cause I really believed I was doing the right thing, I kind of followed my heart and you know, now, 50 years later when I look back and really look at it and what has happened to us over the last 50 years, not just me personally but all four of us; we've been very blessed. We've been very fortunate; we've had a great career; so I think back then in 1972 I made a pretty good decision."  

Rock On! This Week

To purchase tickets for their upcoming June 11 show at Parx Casino or "Front Porch Singin'," please visit https://www.oakridgeboys.com/

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


Allentown Borough
8 North Main Street Allentown
Sat. 10 a.m. Faerie Festival. (Takes place at 12 North Main Street) 
Al's Airport Inn
636 Bear Tavern Road West Trenton
(609) 883-5252
Sat. (12 p.m.) Acoustic Brunch (5 p.m.) Aaron Quarterman
Sun. (12 p.m.) Sunday Acoustic Brunch (6 p.m.) DJ Bobby Jones
Mon. 5 p.m. Rob Silvers
Tues. 7 p.m. Kindred Spirit Duo
Wed. 7 p.m. AudioPilot
Aristaeus Brewing
2475C Big Oak Road Langhorne, PA
(215) 757-2337
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
Fri. 7 p.m. Beth Arnold
Sat. 3 p.m. Jonathn Ashe
Sun. 10 a.m. “Sunday Funday Brunch” (2 p.m.) Faye Meyer
Arm & Hammer Park
1 Thunder Road Trenton
(609) 394-3300
Sun. 11 a.m. "Yoga in the Outfield" 
Arts Council of Princeton 
102 Witherspoon Street Princeton 
(609) 924-877
Fri. 7 p.m. Flamenco Dance Showcase (FREE event) 
Sun. 4 p.m. Princeton Makes Poetry (Takes place at Princeton Shopping Ctr. 301 North Harrison Street)
Bill's Olde Tavern 
2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton 
(609) 586-0192 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Paul Plumeri
Fri. 7 p.m. First Time Around
Sat. 7 p.m. Katfish Lucy
Mon. 7 p.m. Trivia Night
Tues./Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ "Super" Dave Curtis
Ages 21+
Blend Bar & Bistro    
911 Highway 33 Hamilton 
(609) 245-8887 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Tiltin' Catz
Blue Bottle Cafe
101 East Broad Street Hopewell
(609) 333-1710
Wed. 6 p.m. Brian Elliot
Boro 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 
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Neil Podgurski Trio
Fri. (5:30 p.m.) Bennett Lee (8 p.m.) Bob Egan
Sat. 7 p.m. Jim Dedrick Trio
Sun. (12 p.m.) Larry Tamanini (6 p.m.) Lorenzo
Wed. 6 p.m. Andy Prescott
Bristol Riverside Theater
2501 Bath Road Bristol, PA
(215) 785-0100
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Bristol Riverside Theatre Annual Gala 
Broken Goblet Brewing
2500 State Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 812-5653
Fri. (7 p.m.) Christ Gethard (8:30 p.m.) Cara Cartney
Sat. (2 p.m.) Community Yard Sale (8 p.m.) Big Fat Meanies
Sun. 3 p.m. Music Bingo
Tues. 7 p.m. Luck of the Draw Weekly Dart Tournament
Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzo Hosted by Righteous Jolly
Bucks County Brewery and Hewn Spirits
31 Appletree Lane Pipersville, PA
(215) 766-7711
Sat. 6 p.m. ZenDog
Sun. 2 p.m. Bill Monach
Burlington County Library
5 Pioneer Boulevard West Hampton 
(609) 267-9660 
Thurs. 4 p.m. "Friends Summer Book Sale" 
Candlelight Lounge 
24 Passaic Street Trenton 
(609) 695-9612 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Thursday Night Blues Jam Hosted by The Mojo Gypsies. $5
Sat. 3 p.m. Farid Baron. $20
Catch A Rising Star (Hyatt Regency Princeton)
102 Carnagie Center Princeton
(781) 568-1471
Fri./Sat 7:30 p.m. Billy Garan.  $23.69, Doors open at 7 p.m.
Chickie's & Pete's  
183 US Highway 130 North Bordentown   
(609) 298-9182 
Fi./Sat. 8 p.m.  DJ Entertainment
COARadio.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. Gloria Carpenter and co-host Jay LaBosco
Continental Tavern 
2 North Main Street Yardley, PA  
(215) 493-9191 
Sat. 8 p.m. RCJ Duo
Cooper's Riverview                                                                     
50 Riverview Plaza Trenton
(609) 393-7300
Thurs.(7 p.m.) GruvTyme(9 p.m.) Club Night w/ DJ  Ages 21+
Fri. (5 p.m.) "It's 5 O'clock Somewhere Happy Hour"  (8 p.m.) A Tribute to Led Zeppelin w/ "Super UnLEDed" 
Sat. (8 p.m.) Talking In Cursive (9 p.m.) Club Night w/ DJ Bockman
Sun. 11 a.m. "Latin Jazz and Mother's Day Brunch" w/ Victor Tarassov 
Tues. 7 p.m. Karaoke
Wed.(7 p.m.) Blues Jam on the Deck  (8 p.m.) Disco “Hustle” Night w/ "Guest" DJs. $5
All Events Ages 21+
Cream Ridge Winery 
145 Route 539 Cream Ridge
(609) 259-9797
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Friday Music Nights feat. (TBA) $5, Ages 21+ (Monies collected go to a local charity) 
Sat. 2 p.m. Sara James 
Sun. 1:30 p.m. Sangria Sunday w/ Two Voices (Jo Wymer and AJ Perna)  
Crossing Vineyard and Winery 
1853 Wrightstown Road Washington Crossing, PA
(215) 493-6500
Thurs. 7 p.m.  Tarot Card Reading and Wine Tasting
Fri. 7:15 p.m. "Summer Wine and Music Series" feat. A Tribute to Johnny Cash w/ "JC Cole & Folsom '68 Band." Doors open at 5 p.m., Ages 21+, $15 (advance)
Sat. 12 p.m. Julia Melito 
Sun. 2 p.m. Meg Russell
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. Leading Zero 
Tues. 7:30 p.m. Lunch Money Quizzo  
Dacey's Pub
215 West Philadelphia Avenue Morrisville, PA
(215) 295-4838
Fri. 6 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 Night Hosted by Nytrous
Fri. 8 p.m. Banned for a Day
Sun. 4 p.m. Oldies with DJ Deuce
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Edgar Anderson
Wed. 7 p.m./9 p.m. Poker Night
Decades
2465 South Broad Street Hamilton
(609) 439-0007
Fri. 9 p.m. “Dance Party” w/ DJ Ran D
Sat. 8:30 p.m. "Throwback Saturday" w/ DJ Matty Bruce
Tues. 8 p.m. Karaoke Hosted by DJ Wildman Manny
Eddington House Bensalem
2813 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA
(215) 639-1220
Sat. 8 p.m. Brian Elliot Duo w/ Paulo Pereira
Wed. 7 p.m. Music Bingo 
El Barrio Cantina & Tequila Bar
1470 Buck Road Southampton, PA
(267) 685-0725
Fri. 8 p.m. Cara Cartney  
Escape Resort, Restaurant & Bar
120 Pheasant Run Road Newtown, PA  
(215) 968-0600
Fri. 6 p.m. The Good People
Flying Pig Tavern & Tap
167 US-Route 130 North Bordentown
(609) 899-7447
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia 
Forsgate Country Club   
375 Forsgate Drive Monroe 
(732) 521-0700 
Fri. 6 p.m. “First Friday” w/  Chris Delis
Gleason's Bar
6700 Mill Creek Road Levittown, PA
(215) 943-4781
Thurs. 7 p.m. Music Bingo / “Ladies Night”
Fri. (6 p.m.) "Happy Hour" (8 p.m.) Midnight Sun TTL
Sun. 5 p.m.  Joe Devlin
Greenhouse
90 South Main Street New Hope, PA 
(215) 693-1657  
Thurs. 8 p.m. "Musicians Night Out"
Sun. 2 p.m. Aaron Quarterman
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia 
Green Parrot Restaurant Pub, & Patio
240 North Sycamore Street Newtown Township, PA
(215) 504-7277
Fri. 8 p.m. Bougie & The Beast
Sat. 8 p.m. Timmy Fitz & Johnny O 
Sun. 4 p.m. "Summer Jam" feat. Chris Dole & The Breeze
Grover's Mill Coffee House 
Princeton-Hightstown Road Princeton Junction   
(609) 716-8771  
Sat. 11 a.m. Wade Prestridge
Hamilton Tap & Grill
557 US Route 130 North Hamilton
(609) 905-0925
Thurs. 7 p.m. Music Bingo w/ DJ Nebbs
Fri. 8 p.m. Mark Sacco
Tues. 8 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia
Havana New Hope 
105 S. Main Street New Hope, PA. 
(215) 862-9897
Thurs. 7 p.m. Spiral Eye w/ Bob Steeler: The Hot Tuna Experience. $25
Fri. (8 p.m.) CSN Tribute w/ "Wooden Ships" $25  (11 p.m.) DJ Dance Party
Sat. (8:30 p.m.) Coast to Coast (11:59 p.m.) DJ Dance Party
Sun. 6 p.m. Steely Dan Tribute w/ "Countdown to Ecstasy" $35
Mon. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Dwayne
Wed. 7 p.m. Jumper Duo
Hopewell Theater  
5 South Greenwood Avenue Hopewell 
(609) 466-1964
Tues. 6 p.m. The Art of Living Well: One Ocean Film Tour. $12.50 
Hopewell United Methodist Church
20 Blackwell Avenue Hopewell
(609) 466-0471
Sat. 6 p.m. Hopewell Hayride (Old Time Country & Bluegrass). Hosted by Frank Bruno feat. Al Kessel & Never Too Late Band, The Byophytes, NickEL Duo feat. Elaine Orzechowski, Joe Holler. $15 (Suggested donation adults)  
Hopewell Valley Vineyards 
46 Yard Avenue Pennington 
(609) 737-4465 
Fri. 4 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. (5:30 p.m.) Deb & Mike
Sat. (1 p.m.) The Jackalopes (5:30 p.m.) "Music & Merlot" feat. Frank Cervantes
Sun. 1:30 p.m. "Jazzy Sundays" feat. Mark Feingold Group
Hurricane 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/ DJ Slow Ice
Tues. 8 p.m. Acoustic Tuesdays 
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic 
Il Portico Restorante Italiano
273 West Route 130 South Burlington
(609) 239-1000
Fri. / Sat. 6:30 p.m. Live Music (TBA)  
Irish Rover Station House
1033 South Bellevue Avenue Langhorne, PA
(215) 970-5412
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. 30th Anniversary Lower Bucks Toastmasters Club. $20
Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzo
Iron Plow Vineyards 
26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus 
(732) 306-9111
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Melissa Ann
Sat. 6:30 p.m. Lisa Bouchelle
Sun. 2:30 p.m. Matthew Ciejka
Iron Plow Vineyards Tasting Room
61 High Street Mt. Holly
(732) 306-9111
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Wayne Palmer & Friends  
Ivy Tavern 
3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton 
(609) 888-1435 
Thurs. 9 p.m. Open Mic
Fri. 9 p.m. Sara and The Sound
Sat. 9 p.m. Asylum Choir
Sun. 6 p.m. Karaoke Latinos 
All shows 21+   
John & Peter's 
96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa 
(215) 862-5981
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic (Sign-ups start at 8:30 p.m.)
Wed. 9 p.m. The Invitational 
All shows 21+
Killarney's Publick House 
1644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton
(609) 586-1166
Thurs. 5 p.m. Radio Fiction Duo
Fri. (6 p.m.) Keith & Joey (9 p.m.) DJ Murph
Sat. 9 p.m. DJ Jimmy G
Sun. (10 a.m.) Sunday Brunch (3 p.m.) Successful Failures 
Lambertville House 
32 Bridge Street Lambertville 
(609) 397-0200 
Fri. 6 p.m. Just Jeff
Langhorne Summer Concert Series
115 West Richardson Avenue Langhorne, PA 
Wed. 7 p.m. Tribute to Led Zeppelin w/ The Flying Circus
Laurita Winery 
85 Archertown Road New Egypt 
(609) 752-0200
Fri. 7:30 p.m. "Kricket Comedy" feat. Joe Bublewicz, Belynda Cleare, Sam Denti, Jim Kelly. $25 (Online only) 
Logan Inn 
10 West Ferry Street New Hope, PA 
(215) 862-2300
Thurs. 6 p.m. Max Rogers
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Mystery Four
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Oliver Dangum
Sun. 11:30 a.m. Sunday Brunch 
Magikava
87a South Main Street New Hope, PA
(215) 862-2739
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic  
Main Street Mt. Holly  
28 Washington Street Mt. Holly  
(609) 914-0811  
Sat. 1 p.m. Mount Holly Car Show  
Makefield Highlands Golf Club
1418 Woodside Road Yardley, PA 
(215) 321-7000  
Fri. 5 p.m. The Strange Brew Crew
Mansfield Township Community Park
24594 East Main Street Columbus
Sat. 11 a.m. "84th Annual Field Day" 
Marie's Kozy Korner
111 Trenton Road Fairless Hills, PA
(215) 943-3131
Sat. 8 p.m. Totally 80s Dance Party w/ DJ Rowdy
McGuinn's Place 
1781 Brunswick Avenue Lawrence 
(609) 392-0599
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke 
Ages 21+ 
McStews Irish Sports Pub 
5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA 
(215) 949-9570 
Tues. 7:30 p.m. Trivia Night
Wed. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paula and Sam
Mercer County Park  (Boathouse at Mercer Lake)
334 South Post Road West Windsor
(866) 683-3586 
Thurs. 5 p.m. Happy Hour w/ Kindred Spirit
Mercer County Park Festival Grounds 
Hughes Drive/Old Trenton Road West Windsor 
(609) 448-1947
Sat. 11 a.m. "10th Annual Mercer County Cultural Festival & Food Truck Rally" 
Millhill Basement 
300 S. Broad Street Trenton 
(609) 989-1600 
Fri. 10 p.m. Yatra. Unhinge, Dab Nebula, Anti-sapien, Sentient Horror
Sat. 10 p.m. Ugli, Redtouchblack, (TBA)
Wed. 10 p.m. A Vulture wake, Nervous Triggers, Take Today
More Than Q
13 Klines Court Lambertville  
(609) 773-0072  
Sat. 2 p.m. Those Looks
Sun. 2 p.m. Bill and Fred w/ Keith Kenny
Morven Museum & Garden 
55 Stockton Street Princeton  
(609) 924-8144
Fri. 7:30 p.m. "Seven Deadly Sins" Starring Storm Large
Sat. 7 p.m. "Scalia/Ginsburg: The Impresario" 
Mon. 7 p.m. "What Makes It Great?" Death and the Maiden
Tues. 7 p.m. Schubert's Late String Quartets
Wed. 7 p.m. Stephen Sondheim Tribute
Music In The Square
30 Saddle Way Chesterfield 
Wed. 6 p.m. The Successful Failures
Music Mountain Theater
1483 Route 179 Lambertville
(609)397-3337
Fri. 8 p.m. "Godspell" $25
Sat. 3 p.m./8 p.m. "Godspell" $25
Sun. 3 p.m. "Godspell" $25
All Shows Require Masks for the Unvaccinated
Naked Brewing Company
212 Mill Street Bristol, PA
(267) 544-7129
Sat. 11 a.m. Weekend “Acoustic” Brunch 
Sun. 11 a.m. Weekend Brunch
Tues. 7 p.m. Trivia
Navigate Church
2300 Lincoln Highway Suite 10 Langhorne, PA
Fri. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night
New Egypt Flea Market Village
933 Monmouth County Road Cream Ridge
(609) 758-2082
Fri. 5 p.m. Summer Moonlit Market
Sat. 5 p.m. Tea Time & Mandalas #2
New Egypt United Methodist Church
38 North Main Street New Egypt
(609) 758-2147
Fri. 7 p.m. New Egypt Live Music Nights feat. Patrick Michael Buckner
New Hope Winery (The Pour House)
6123 Lower York Road New Hope, PA
(215) 794-2331
Sat. 8 p.m. The Comedy of Suzanne Westenhoefer
Newtown Brewing Company
103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA
(215) 944-8609
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. "The Office" Trivia
Sat. 6 p.m. Mike Estabrook
Sun. 1 p.m. Local Artisan Craft Fair w/ music by Matt Kresge
Nick's Roast Beef
4501 Woodhaven Road West Philadelphia, PA
(215) 637-5151
Thurs. 7 p.m.  Trivia
Fri. 9 p.m. Green Day Tribute w/ "Nimrod" / The Clash Tribute w/ "Rude Boy" 
Sun. 4 p.m. Tenderhooks
Nottingham Tavern 
9 Mercer Street Hamilton Square 
(609) 587-6623 
Thurs. 9:30 pm. Karaoke w/ Super Dave Curtis
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Honey Spot Blvd
Ages 21+
Old Hights Brewing
123 West Ward Street Hightstown
(609) 469-5976
Fri. 6 p.m. Pennington Station Band
Sat. 6 p.m. Modern Mojo
Old Town Pub 
135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown 
(609) 291-9232
Thurs. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia 
Fri. 8 p.m. Monk & Monk
Sat. 8 p.m. Tour De Force Trio
Tues. 7 p.m. Taco Tuesday   
Oneida Boat Club
3 York Street Burlington 
Sat. 7 p.m. Acoustic Explorer
Palmer Square
40 Nassau Street Princeton
Sat.12 p.m. “Spring Music Series" feat. Living Proof
Piccolissimo Italian Grille
23203 Columbus Road Columbus
(609) 291-1033
Fri. 5:30 p.m. Rich
Sat. 5:30 p.m. Ed Wilson
Randy Now's Man Cave
119 West Ward Street Hightstown 
(609) 424-3766
Sat. 12 p.m.  Official Opening of New Location
River House at Odette’s
274 South Rive Road New Hope, PA
(215) 682-2022
Thurs. 7 p.m. Gina Corso
Fri. 6 p.m. Paula Johns Duo
Sat. 6 p.m. CJ Steinway
Sun. 10 a.m. Michael Andrew
Mon. 6 p.m. Scott Gurney
Tues. 6 p.m. Lorenzo Branca
Wed. 6 p.m. Megan Knight
Robbinsville Community Park 
West Manor Way Robbinsville
Sat. 2 p.m. Robbinsville Community Day (Live music, food, vendors, games / FIREWORKS 9 p.m.) 
Romeo's Restaurant & Pizza
10 Schalks-Crossing Road Plainsboro 
(609) 799-4554  
Fri. 7 p.m. The Blue-Eyed Balladeer 
Rosedale 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
Screamin' Hill Brewery
83 Emleys Hill Road Cream Ridge
(609) 401-2025
Sat. 2 p.m. Successful Failures  
Second Sin Brewing Company
1500 Grundy Lane Bristol, PA
(267) 812-5251
Thurs. 4 p.m. "Friends" Trivia  
Shady Brook Farm
931 Stony Hill Road Yardley, PA
(215) 968-1670
Fri. 6:30 p.m. "Summer unWINEd Concert Series" feat. Weird Science 
Sun. 12 p.m. Electric Stingray
Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzo w/ Emily & Joe 
Sherman Theater/Penn Community Bank Amphitheater 
2400 Byberry Road Bensalem, PA 
Wed. 7 p.m. "Real Diamond" The Premier Neal Diamond Tribute (Doors open at 5:30 p.m., tickets available online)
Small World Coffee 
14 Witherspoon Street Princeton 
(609) 924-4377 x2
Sat. 6 p.m. World of Resemblances 
Smithville Park
815 Smithville Road Easthampton
Thurs. (6 p.m.) "Paws in the Park" Dog Walk (7 p.m.) "Intro to Improv" 
Sparky 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. Sara and The Sound
Sun. 9 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Cara Cartney
Mon. 9 p.m. Game Night Hosted by Kid Dalton
Spellbound Brewing
10 Lippincott Lane #12 Mt. Holly
(609) 832-0077
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Too Many Kings
Stars & Stripes Harley Davidson
600 South Flowers Mill Road Langhorne, PA
(215) 752-94
Fri. 5 p.m. Beach Party Bike Night and Retro Car Show
Sat. 11 a.m. "Hogs N Dogs" 
Sun. 9 a.m. Poker Run (12 p.m.) Hind Sight
Steam Pub
606 2nd Street Pike Southampton, PA
(215) 942-6468
Sat. 10:30 p.m. The 95 Live
Taps Sports Bar
4021-4023 Veterans Highway Levittown, PA
(215) 486-7862
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke Hosted by Paula
Sat. 8 p.m. DJ Frankie Paige
Mon. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night Hosted by Joe Goodnall 
Tara's Tavern
1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown 
(609) 286-2300 
Fri. 9 p.m. Audio Outlaws
Sat. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Big Daddy G
Tavern On The Lake  
101 Main Street Hightstown 
(609) 426-9345  
Wed. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Temperance House 
5 South State Street Newtown, PA 
(215) 944-8050 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Open Session Blues Hosted by Steve Guyger
Tues. 8 p.m. Trivia w/ Righteous Jolly
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night w/ Cara Cartney  
Terhune Orchards  
330 Cold Soil Road Princeton 
(609) 924-2310 
Fri. 12 p.m. "Sips & Sounds Friday" feat. (5 p.m.) Jerry Steele
Sat. 1 p.m. "Weekend Music Series" feat. Brian Bortnick
Sun.1 p.m. "Weekend Music Series" feat. Allan Willcockson
TGI Fridays
780 Route 130 South Hamilton 
(609) 581-6910  
Sat. 6 p.m. Matthew Cook
Wed. 7 p.m. Karaoke w/ Big Daddy G
TGI Fridays 
685 Middletown Blvd. Langhorne, PA  
(215) 750-8002
Fri. 6 p.m. Matthew Cook
TGI Fridays
3535 U.S. Route 1 North #275 Princeton
(609) 520-0378
Fri. 6 p.m. Two Of A Kind
Sun. 1 p.m. Lisa Bouchelle
The Americana Diner 
359 US Route 130 East Windsor
Fri. 8 p.m. Crash Chorus at The Americana feat. Eric Harrison
The Beer Garden at Snipes Farm
890 West Bridge Street Morrisville, PA
Fri. "In and Out of The Garden Fest" feat. (2:30 p.m.) Diamond Eye Jack (4:20 p.m.) Steal Your Face (5 p.m.) Cosmic Jerry Band (5:30 p.m.) Deal (6:45 p.m.) Jawn of The Dead (9 p.m.) Lovelight
The Brothers Moon 
7 West Broad Street Hopewell
Sat. 10 a.m. Bill Flemer (Sponsored by Hopewell Theater) 
The Buck Hotel
1200 Buck Road Feasterville, PA
(215) 396-2002
Thurs. 7 p.m. Kirko
Fri. 7 p.m. Love Junk
Sat. 9 p.m. Philly Rock & Soul
Tues. 6 p.m. Danny Lynch  
The Cool Cricket 
216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro 
(609) 291-9110 
Fri. 8 p.m. Karaoke w/ Super Dave Curtis
Sat. 9:30 p.m. El Ka Bong
The Dubliner
34 North Main Street New Hope, PA
(215) 693-1816
Fri. 7 p.m. Na Bodach
Sat. 7 p.m. Sean Fleming
Sun. 3 p.m. "Traditional Irish Session" 
The Federal Twist Vineyard 
8 Federal Twist Road Stockton
(609) 773-6066
Sat. 2 p.m. Brian Colburn & Co
Sun. 2 p.m. Laurie Vosburg
The Five Four Bar & Grill
8919 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
(215) 547-5525
Thurs. 8 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paula and Sam
Fri. 9 p.m. Shameless
Sat. 9 p.m. Polish Nannies
The HOB Tavern 
146 Second Street Bordentown 
(609) 291-7020 
Tues 7 p.m.  Music Bingo
The Ivy Inn 
248 Nassau Street Princeton 
(609) 921-8555 
Thurs. 10 p.m. PRIDE Night
Fri. 9 p.m. The Pinheads
Sat. 9 p.m. DJ Slick
Tues. 8 p.m. Quizzo w/ Bob E Luv
Wed. 10 p.m. Total Request w/ DJ Rockin' Ron 
The Morrisville Tavern
376 West Trenton Avenue Morrisville, PA
(215) 295-5310
Sat. 7 p.m. Never Enough
Mon. 7 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Tim
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic
Wed. 7 p.m. Trivia Night
The Newtown Theatre
120 North State Street Newtown, PA
(215) 968-3859
Fri. 8 p.m. Friday Night Jazz w/ Saxophonist Larry McKenna
Sat. 8 p.m. A Tribute to The Man In Black: Johnny Cash w/ "Ring of Fire"
Sun. 2 p.m. "Tales of Risk & Transformation"  
The Pines Tavern 
6217 North Radcliffe Street Bristol, PA 
(215) 788-1659 
Thurs. 5:30 p.m. Cara Cartney
Sun. 3 p.m. Mike & Shanna
The Roost 
181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge 
(609) 208-0050
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Sean Cox & Joe Hoyer
Fri. 8 p.m. Kindred Spirit
Sat. 8 p.m. 80s Undercover
The Sycamore Grill 
255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA 
(215) 908-6326 
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Kickbax Acoustic Trio
Sat. 8 p.m. Stage Left
The Union Firehouse
18 Washington Street Mount Holly
(609) 288-6491
Fri. 8 p.m. "Hotlanta" The Allman Brothers Experience. $10, doors open at 7 p.m.
Sat. 8 p.m. Smash Palace. $10, doors open at 7 p.m.
Tir Na Nog 
1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton 
(609) 392-2554
Sat. 8 p.m. Bill and Ellen Anderson
Sun. 3 p.m. "Irish Sessions"
All Shows 21+ 
Train Wreck Distillery  
25 Madison Avenue Mount Holly  
(609) 288-6300
Sat. 7 p.m. Dave Murray
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 Sweets
Tues. 8 p.m. Open Mic Night w/ Tobias & Lea (Sign-ups at 7:30 p.m.)
Under The Moon
23 North Union Street Lambertville
(609) 397-1710
Thurs. 5:45 p.m. Spanish Wine Dinner
Fri. 6 p.m. Chris Giakas
Sat. (12 p.m.) Rob Silvers (6 p.m.) Jerry Monk
Wed. 5:30 p.m. Dan Kassel
Union Coffee
49 North Union Street Lambertville
(609) 460-4637
Sun. 4 p.m. Java Jive w/ Bill Ihling 
Vault Brewing Company
10 South Main Street Yardley, PA
(267) 573-4291
Fri. 7 p.m. Tom Tallitsch
Sat. 7 p.m. Suzette Ortiz Latin Ensemble
Vince's Pizzeria and Taproom
573 Durham Road Newtown, PA
(267) 491-5418
Sun. 5 p.m. Keep The Change
Working Dog Winery 
610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown 
(609) 371-6000
Sat. 1 p.m. Bob & Dave
Sun. 1 p.m. Ronnie Brandt
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MCCC Old Trenton Road West Windsor
Jazzon2.org
Mon. 7 p.m. "Danny Coleman's Got The Blues"
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  


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