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Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...7/13/22


By Danny Coleman

originally published: 07/13/2023

Rock On! This Week"So, I'm sort of a slow processor and this album has been in my head for a while," says Beth Bombara about her August 4 release, "It All Goes Up." "I have just finally taken the time to get it out of my head and into the studio which has been in the process over the last year or so and just sort of thinking back on the chaos of what we've all been through, I don't even know what to call it; you know? It's this thing that nobody in the entire world wasn't touched by the experience and so, it's really just me kind of processing it for myself and what was happening for me."

A current resident of St. Louis, MO who was raised in Michigan but with roots that extend to Ewing, NJ, Bombara recently discussed her release, her thoughts on songwriting, the pandemic and how she handles her business of making music, which like any creative has those moments of self-doubt but first and foremost, she stresses that "It All Goes Up" is not just another of those "Pandemic albums."

"The thing is, people write about their experiences and I was kind of like, I'm tired of hearing about pandemic albums but that was the thing; everybody went through this and it was everybody's experience. So, for me it's not that everything was about the pandemic, it's just that it was the time that we all went through it," she explained with some hesitation. "So, I would say what makes it different for me is the album sort of highlights my growth as an artist and a musician. It is different from my last record in the sense that I really leaned into creating more musical space with my songs which is something that I haven't done before. There's a handful of instrumental sections in these songs which I normally don't do but I sort of leaned into that as a form of experimentation and so I think it sort of highlights my growth as an artist in certain aspects of songwriting and producing."

 "I think having the time and space to sort of think about it," she continued, "So many of us had a moment where we had a luxury of time and a luxury of reflection that maybe we didn't have before and so, for me, I was able to take a step back and think about the things I love about creating music and sort of lean into that more instead of feeling the pressure of, I need to write an album and it has got to be good. So, I was able to take that pressure off of myself and just write. So, I was writing songs without the intention of them ever being on an album; I was just trying to get into the practice of writing more if that makes sense."

When confronted with the reality that every artist has a, "What I did during the pandemic" album and asked how or more importantly why her latest effort is different, she didn't hesitate to answer her approach and/or personal feelings on that as well as plans for marketing the new release. 



 
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 "I think that you get in a cycle of once you write an album and put it out there; there is nothing to compare it to because it's your first album and that feels good," she laughed. "When you put another album out, now there is something to compare it to and I think I sort of got caught in the cycle of well, I just need to be putting out albums and this is the world I'm in now and always writing for an album became the thing which sort of sounds funny because albums now, depending on the genre are really not a thing anymore; people put out singles a lot and I get that. I think I started putting too much pressure on myself; if that makes sense. So, in 2020 and 2021, there was no reason to get an album finished to go tour on and I think having that pressure removed gave me the time and space to get back to the basics of, oh, I like having time to experiment, I like having no expectations; it just kind of renewed that spark of having joy and creativity for me." 

"Songwriters don't know how to market their own records," she said with a very loud laugh. "That's the thing, I don't want to call it a pandemic album but these are songs that I wrote sort of during that time. I don't want to market it as a pandemic album because that's not really what it is but that's a good question; that's what I have Wendy my PR person for (Laughs). I think it kind of goes back to; to be completely honest with you, before the pandemic hit, I was feeling very low and I was sort of ready to give up trying to have a music career because it's a grind and there's a lot of pressure and I thought, I don't know if I can do this anymore; I was sort of getting burned out..That's not a news story (Laughs) but if the people can picture it, that's where I was at before the pandemic hit and then the pandemic hit and I was like, well, this is over for sure and like we said, a lot of people we know did quit. There was something about it for me that instead of me pushing music away, somehow through some miracle; I wanted to dig into it more. I think it was because of that release of expectations because I couldn't tour, I couldn't bring everybody together in the studio and it was just me and through some miracle, that flipped a switch for me. I love creating, I love writing and so I decided to take that time to dig into it more."

Now that we know that failure was not an option for Beth; what was her mindset? She spoke of giving up like many often do if there is a "Plan B" available but according to her, that was not ever part of her equation.

"That's the question," she began slowly. "I was sort of faced with that proposition and I was ready to sort of give it up and then you think; what else would I be doing? When it really comes down to it, I love doing this. It's funny, I've had other musicians ask me, Beth, you've been doing this for a long time; how do you do it? What's your secret? I tell them, I never had a backup plan. I did go to school but when I was done I always worked for myself. So, the decisions weren't as scary to make because it wasn't like I had to give up a retirement plan or health insurance, it wasn't as risky for me whereas for somebody else it might be much more of a risk. I was always like, "I don't have a backup plan, this is what I'm doing and it's sort of a blessing and a curse but mostly a blessing."

Well then, along those lines; what was her watershed moment? That moment all people in the arts realize that this will be their life's vocation and passion? 

"I wish I could say there was one moment or one concert where it just hit me but it was this slow thing that just sort of crept up. I would listen to the radio and I had this cassette tape boombox and I'd listen to the radio and think, boy I really want to hear that song again. I'd put a cassette tape in and start recording radio programs so I could go back and listen and then I realized that I really connected with melodies and I started hearing melodies in my head and when I was around 12 years old, I'd hear melodies and music in my head and then I started making up songs; I never thought about it, it just kind of crept up in my life. Around the same time, I started playing piano and enjoyed that but then my mom had a guitar laying around the house and I thought, that looks like more fun than this piano thing (laughs). So, I started plunking around on that and taught myself how to play; I think I had some chord book by Mel Bay or something like that; I don't remember a lightning bolt moment so to speak but it was just this thing that was always in my subconscious that I kept picking up instruments. Then my brother wanted to learn how to play the drums so there was a drum kit in the house so, I taught myself how to play drums and played a few shows with random bands on drums. I wasn't amazing but I could hold it down, I could do the basic job (laughs). Then when other kids found out that I could play, I'd get asked to sit in on shows and I started playing with bands. I think I was 16 when I played my first show with a band and since that moment, there hasn't been a time where I haven't been in a band; I've constantly been in a band since that time and it's something that just happened. I feel like for me, it's just this natural thing that I can never get away from, it has just followed me everywhere and will until, like we talked about, if there is ever a moment where I just say, I am definitely not doing this anymore.That's the wonderful thing about music; it will stay with you and be there for you whenever you need it."



 
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One of the things which lends itself to her creativity on this forthcoming album is her discovery of an old friend in the form of a classical acoustic guitar and being a multi-instrumentalist, Beth welcomed revisiting the instrument. 

"They are nylon strings so there is a lot less tension so it's a much warmer tone, almost like a Ukulele, a little bit but not quite," she laughed."The fretboard is a lot wider and everything about it makes you play differently. I had played it for about six months and then put it away and hadn't really touched it for years and years and then I pulled it out again and it was this sort of sweet, nostalgic sort of coming back to feeling that was so different and so good and I started writing on it. I was pouring out all of these unexpected things and I was like, wow; where is this all coming from? It was because I was playing a different instrument, communicating differently and that was a very joyful experience for me."

"It All Goes Up" is being released on Black Mesa Records on August 4 and is 10 tracks of Bombara essentially saying, "Here I am." It is a thought provoking, raw yet polished journey into what makes Bombara tick. According to her, the recording process is also very open and honest.

"Usually I play electric guitar, more recently I've been bringing in a little acoustic guitar into the set which is a nice little breath but usually it's electric guitar. I usually have a four-piece band and my other guitar player is also a multi-instrumentalist and he is a very talented fiddle player. All of the strings on the record are him playing; we recorded it with one of my good buddies, who is an engineer at Midtown Sound here in St. Louis and we did the bulk of the rhythm and vocal tracks there and the auxiliary percussion, background vocals and strings at my home studio. My favorite way to make records is to put the whole band in a room and track it live. That's how we did the last record and it was such a good experience doing it that way because you can't really overthink things too much, you kind of just do it. We played through each song like four or five times and then I'd ask everybody, OK; what was your favorite take? Then we'd talk about it and arrive at what take was the best but what I'm getting at is, with this record we took sort of a hybrid approach of live and overdubbing. The drums, bass and rhythm guitars were done live and then we went back and overdubbed some lead guitar parts and all the strings and stuff like that.Technology today with recording is so crazy with the things that you can do so kind of stripping back and getting back to the basics when you had to track everything live and it was analog; there is something magical about that."  

Once the album is out; what are the plans to promote it?

"The shows are slowly ramping up. We are doing a lot of regional stuff this summer before the album comes out and just sort of slowly ramping up. I'm doing solo gigs, band gigs and some solo touring mostly closer to home here in St. Louis for now and then we will try and get out there with further reaches."

To discover more about Beth Bombara, please visit https://bethbombara.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


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.) John Brennan
Sun. 12 p.m. Sunday Acoustic Brunch w/ Jerry Monk 
Mon. 5 p.m. Bill Thomas
Tues. 7 p.m. Brian Elliot
Wed.7 p.m. Radio Fiction
Aristaeus Brewing
2475C Big Oak Road Langhorne, PA 
(215) 757-2337
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia 
Fri. 7 p.m. School of Rock
Sun. 10 a.m. “Sunday Funday Brunch” (2 p.m.) Ryan Sab
Arts Council of Princeton 
102 Witherspoon Street Princeton 
(609) 924-8777 
Mon. 6 p.m. Weekly Open Drawing Studio w/ Live Model
Wed. 8 p.m. Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons
Ashlynn Distillery 
32 West Bridge Street Morrisville, PA 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Cecil & Carl
Fri. 7:30 p.m. Cara Cartney
Sat. 7 p.m. Midnight Sun TTL
Sun. 3 p.m. Dueling Pianos
Wed. 6 p.m. Bill Shannon
Bill's Olde Tavern
2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton
(609) 586-0192
Sat. 7 p.m. Deep Release
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
Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzo
Blue Bottle Cafe
101 East Broad Street Hopewell
(609) 333-1710
Wed. 6 p.m. Brian Elliot
Bordentown City
Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown  
Fri. 7 p.m. "Frightening Fridays!" Haunted History Tours. $20
Sat. (9:30 a.m.) Tour Point Breeze (12 p.m.) Bordentown Walking Tours. $20 
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
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 DuFour
Broken Goblet Brewing
2500 State Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 812-5653
Thurs. 7 p.m.  Mike Estabrook 8 p.m. Open Mic (Sign-ups start at 7 p.m.) 
Fri. 8 p.m. "9th Anniversary Kickoff Event" feat. Jersey Shakedown 
Sat. 2 p.m. "Goblet Stock 9" feat. (2:15 p.m.) Lindsay Jordan (3 p.m.) Last Call (4 p.m.) Dave Cudrak (5 p.m.) Believe In Ghost (6 p.m.) Camille K (7 p.m.) Sky Valley (8 p.m.) Hop Suey
Sun. 11 a.m. Sunday Brunch 
Tues. 7 p.m. Cornhole ($20 buy-in)
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia Hosted by Righteous Jolly
Bucks County Brewery and Hewn Spirits 
31 Appletree Lane Pipersville, PA
(215) 766-7711
Sat. (4 p.m.) "Lulu's Meet and Greet" Pet Adoption (5:30 p.m.) SoulShine
Bucks On Bridge
25 Bridge Street Lambertville
(609) 483-2615
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Poetry Night 
Tues. 5 p.m. Chess Night
Wed. 6 p.m. Trivia
Burlington County Fairgrounds and Pavillion
1960 Jacksonville Jobstown Road Columbus
(609) 265-5858
Mon. 10 a.m. "2023 Recycled Scarecrow Contest" (3 p.m.) Home Arts & Crafts Show Contest 
Wed. 6 p.m. Fiber Spinning & Flower Pounding Demonstrations
Burlington County Library/Amphitheater
5 Pioneer Boulevard West Hampton
(609) 267-9660
Fri. 6 p.m. Summer Concert Series feat. Screaming Orphans, Bob Hurst
Sat. 6 p.m. Summer Concert Series feat. The Everly Brothers Experience
Cadwalader Park (Ellarslie Museum)
299 Parkside Avenue Trenton 
(408) 335-4400 
Sat. 2 p.m. "Presidential Visits" a Two-Part Lecture Series & Book Signing Reception w/ Author/Historian Louis Picone 
Candlelight Lounge 
24 Passaic Street Trenton  
(609) 695-9612 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Thursday Night Blues Jam. $5
Sun. 3 p.m. Aaron Graves. $20
Catch A Rising Star (Hyatt Regency Princeton) 
102 Carnagie Center Princeton
(781) 568-1471
Fri. 8 p.m. Jay Nog. $26.50, Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Jay Nog. $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/ Paul
Club Atlantis
1858 Street Road Bensalem, PA 
(215) 944-1777 
Sat. 9 p.m. DJ Robbie Tronco 
All Events Ages 21+ and Dress to Impress
Clubhouse at Mountain View (The Patio)
850 Bear Tavern Road Ewing 
(609) 538-0808
Thurs. 7 p.m. Karaoke
Fri. 6:30 p.m. 5 Shades of Grey or Groove Pocket
Cooper's Riverview                                                                     
50 Riverview Plaza Trenton
(609) 393-7300 
Thurs. (7 p.m.) Unleashed (8 p.m.) Club Night w/ DJ Ages21+ 
Fri. 5 p.m. Happy Hour w/ Lisa Bouchelle (8 p.m.) Led Zeppelin Tribute w/ "Flying Circus" (9 p.m.) DJ Jazzi 
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 and BBQ Jam (7 p.m.) Complimentary Dance Class w/ Donna Boyle (8 p.m.) Disco “Hustle” Night w/ "Guest" DJ. $5 
Cream Ridge Winery
145 Route 539 Cream Ridge 
(609) 259-9797 
Fri. 6 p.m. Alex English
Crossing Vineyard and Winery
1853 Wrightstown Road Washington Crossing, PA
(215) 493-6500 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Chalk, Talk and Wine
Fri. 7:15 p.m. "Summer Wine and Music Series" feat. AM Radio Trio. $15 (advance), Doors open at 5 p.m., Ages 21+ 
Sun. 2 p.m. Rodney Wright  
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 
Sat. 8 p.m.  John Valerio
Mon. 7:30 p.m. Quizzo
Dacey'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/ Guest Drummer Bob Belli
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic
Eddington House Bensalem
2813 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA 
(215) 639-1220 
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Scream
Sat. 8:30 p.m. 44 Fridays
Sun. 3 p.m. Jack Kidd
Mon. 5:30 p.m. "Family Fun Night" w/ Amazing Balloon Creations by Kelsi-Joe
El Barrio Cantina & Tequila Bar
1470 Buck Road Southampton, PA 
(267) 685-0725 
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Smooth Retsina Glow
Sat. 8 p.m. Richard Hopkinson 
Escape Resort, Restaurant & Bar 
120 Pheasant Run Road Newtown, PA 
Fri. 6 p.m. Pop-up Country Line Dancing Class / Aaron Quarterman
Tues. 6 p.m. Karaoke
Etra Lake Park
Disbrow Hill Road East Windsor
Sun. 6 p.m. An Evening of the Eagles w/ "Winslow" 
Flying Pig Tavern & Tap 
167 US-Route 130 North Bordentown 
(609) 899-7447
Fri. 9 p.m. Sara Guttmann
Sat. 9 p.m. Joanna Caruso
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia
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 Castro
Friendly'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
Sat. 10 a.m. "18th Annual Euro American Auto & Motorcycle Show." $20 ($10 for motorcycles, feat. raffles, DJ and more)
Gleason'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" (8 p.m.) The Naturals
Sat. 8 p.m. "Christmas In July" feat. DJ Dangeruss (Prizes for Best Dressed) 
Sun. 4 p.m. Fly On The Wall
Tues. 6:30 p.m. Trivia Night Hosted by Best Choice Productions
Great Oak Stage
28 Euchner Lane Ewing
Sat. 4 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Bill Wieszczek 
Grover's Mill Coffee House 
Princeton-Hightstown Road Princeton Junction   
(609) 716-8771  
Thurs. 6 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Wade Prestridge
Halo Pub
4617 Nottingham Way Hamilton Square 
(609) 586-1811  
Sat. 7 p.m. Rangers Nouveau
Halo Pub (Fete) 
9 Hullfish Street Princeton 
(609) 921-1710 
Sat. 6 p.m. Liam Sutcliffe Trio
Hamilton Marketplace 
1000 Marketplace Boulevard Hamilton
Sat. 10 a.m. Kids DIY-U Workshop: Tic-Tac-Toe Grill Game 
Hamilton Tap & Grill
557 US Route 130 North Hamilton 
(609) 905-0925
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Music Bingo w/ DJ Nebbs
Fri. 5 p.m. Bike Night Hosted by B.A.C.K. Seraphim
Sat. 8 p.m. Karaoke
Wed. 7 p.m. Trivia
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.) Journey Tribute w/ "Separate Ways" $35 (11 p.m. ) DJ Dance Party 
Sat. 9:30 p.m. DJ Summer Dance Party 
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 Duo
Herrentown Woods (Veblen House)
624 Snowden Lane Princeton
Sat. 4 p.m. Mid-Summer Music in The Woods feat. (TBA)
Hopewell Valley Vineyards
46 Yard Avenue Pennington 
(609) 737-4465 
Fri. 4 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. (5:30 p.m.) FOGLight
Sat. (9 a.m.) WWFM Fransisco (1 p.m.) Winery Catz (5:30 p.m.) "Music & Merlot" feat. Madison & Mikey DeLucia
Sun. 2:30 p.m. The Ragtime Relics
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. 
Sun. 4 p.m. Country Line Dancing (FREE to participate) 
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 Fiocco
Il 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 O
Irish Rover Station House 
1033 South Bellevue Avenue Langhorne, PA 
(215) 970-5412 
Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzo Night
Iron Plow Vineyards
26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus 
(732) 306-9111 
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Tom Chiola Quartet
Sat. 6:30 p.m. Steve Guyger & Filthy Rich 
Sun. 2 p.m. Bob O
Iron Plow Vineyards Tasting Room
61 High Street Mt. Holly 
(732) 306-9111
Sat. 6:30 p.m. Skippy's Toy Duo
John & Peter's
96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa 
(215) 862-5981 
Sat. 9 p.m. Lowlight, Alpha Rabbit, Underlined Passages, The Adventuring Party
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic Comedy Night w/ Mike Dialto feat. (Sign-ups start at 8 p.m.) 
Wed. 9 p.m. The Invitational
All shows 21+
Killarney's Publick House
1644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton
(609) 586-1166 
Thurs. 5:30 p.m. Mark Sacco
Fri. (5:30 p.m.) Chet & Ari (10 p.m.) DJ Jimmy G
Sat. (10 a.m.) Brunch (1 p.m.) "Koachella" feat. DJ Jimmy G (5:30 p.m.) Mario & Frank (10 p.m.) DJ BayNice
Sun. (10 a.m.) "Sunday Funday" Brunch feat. (12 p.m.) Anthony Cannuli
Mon. (4 p.m.) "Yappy" Hour (8 p.m.) Industry 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) 
Lakeside Cafe and Liquors
129 Route 31 North Pennington 
(609) 621-9998 
Fri. 6:30 p.m.  Jack Furlong w/ Sean Villere
Laurita Winery 
85 Archertown Road New Egypt 
(609) 752-0200 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Laurita Junior Idol Tryouts
Fri. 6 p.m. Wine & Goat Yoga
Sat. "Christmas In July Food truck Festival" feat. (11 a.m.) Rangers Nouveau (2:30 p.m.) American Beauty (6 p.m.) Vinyl Countdown. $13 (Advance, ages 20 and under FREE)
Sun. "Christmas In July Food truck Festival" feat. (11 a.m.) Pennington Station Band (3 p.m.) Nikki Briar. $13 (Advance, ages 20 and under FREE) 
Lawrenceville Main Street 
17 Phillips Avenue Lawrenceville
(609) 219-9300
Thurs. 6 p.m. "Music In The Park" feat. The Beagles. (Weeden Park FREE admission) 
Leaping Dog Art Studios 
325 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
(609) 400-5623
Fri. 6 p.m. Clay Night: Try The Pottery Wheel
Lillipies Bakery
30 North Harrison Street Princeton 
(609) 423-2100  
Sat. 10 a.m. Storytime with Jeff
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  
Makefield Highlands Golf Club
1418 Woodside Road Yardley, PA 
(215) 321-7000 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Trivia Hosted by Jack Furlong  
Fri. 6 p.m. Bored Of Directors
McStews Irish Sports Pub
5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA 
(215) 949-9570 
Sat. 9 p.m. Doc Hollywood
Tues. 7:30 p.m. Trivia Night
Mercer County Park (Boathouse at Mercer Lake)
334 South Post Road West Windsor 
(866) 683-3586 
Thurs. 6 p.m. "You May Be Right" Billy Joel Tribute
 
Mercer County Park Festival Grounds 
Hughes Drive/Old Trenton Road West Windsor 
(609) 448-1947 
Fri. 6 p.m. Summer Concert Series: Country Music Night feat. Josh Gracin, Thompson Square. ($5 Parking Fee)
Mill Hill Playhouse (Passage Theater) 
205 East Front Street Trenton
(609) 392-0766
Mon. 10 a.m. Open House! Vision & Voice: A Hip Hop Summer Camp
More Than Q 
13 Klines Court Lambertville  
(609) 773-0072  
Sun. 2 p.m. Crash & Deb Trio w/ Dave Del Monte
Music Mountain Theater
1483 Route 179 Lambertville
(609)397-3337
Fri. 8 p.m. "Assassins"
Sat. 3 p.m./ 8 p.m. "Assassins"
Sun. 3 p.m. "Assassins"
Music On Main
25 East Main Street Yardley, PA 
Sat. 6 p.m. Magdaliz and her Latin Ensemble Crisol
Sun. 2 p.m. Na'bodach
Naked Brewing Company 
212 Mill Street Bristol, PA 
(267) 544-7129
Thurs.6:30 p.m. Dana Collins Project 
Fri.  8 p.m. Karaoke
Sun. 11 a.m. Weekend Brunch w/ (12 p.m.) Joe & Krista
Tues. 7 p.m. Trivia
Wed. 4 p.m. "Baby Goat Snuggles" (Ticketed event) 
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company 
909 Ray Avenue Croydon, PA 
(215) 458-7081
Thurs. 7 p.m. Video Game Night
Sat. 12 p.m. "Pints For A Purpose" feat. River Radical Art Team (4 p.m.) FREE Yoga w/ Seva Yoga (BYO Mat) / Music by Tony Bayonet (5:45 p.m.) Matt Carrie
Sun. (12 p.m.) Yoga & Beer (2 p.m.) Summer Dollar Days: "Jaws"
Wed. 6:30 p.m. Cornhole League
New Egypt Flea Market Village 
933 Monmouth County Road Cream Ridge 
(609) 758-2082
Sun. 8 a.m. Flea Market (3 p.m.) Tea Time & Mandelas
Wed. 8 a.m. Flea Market
New Hope Winery / Tavern 
6123 Lower York Road New Hope, PA 
(215) 794-2331 
Sat. 8 p.m. Heart Tribute w/ "Bad Animals"
Newtown Athletic Club 
120 Pheasant Run Newtown, PA 
(215) 968-0600 
Fri. 6 p.m.  Aaron Quarterman  
Newtown Brewing Company
103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA 
(215) 944-8609 
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. "Stranger Things" Trivia 
Fri. 6 p.m. Sister Blue
Sat. (1 p.m.) "Paws & Pints" Pet Adoption (6 p.m.) Ryan Sab
Wed. 4 p.m. Open Mic Night
Nick's Roast Beef
4501 Woodhaven Road West Philadelphia, PA 
(215) 637-515
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia 
Fri. 9 p.m. Doc Hollywood
Sat. 9 p.m. DJ Eric B's Freestyle Night
Sun. 4 p.m. AJ Slick Band
Wed. 7 p.m. Karaoke
Nomad Distilling Company
20 South Main Street New Hope, PA
Sun. 10 a.m. Brunch
Nottingham Tavern 
9 Mercer Street Hamilton Square 
(609) 587-6623
Thurs.9:30 pm. Karaoke w/ Super Dave Curtis 
Sat. 9:30 p.m. El Ka Bong
Ages 21+   
O'Fowley's Tavern & Grill 
200 State Road Croydon, PA 
(215) 785-6998 
Fri. 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 Hights Brewing 
123 West Ward Street Hightstown 
(609) 469-5976
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Karaoke w/ Rory Chambers
Old Town Pub
135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown 
(609) 291-9232
Thurs. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia
Sun. 10 a.m. Brunch
Tues. 6 p.m. Taco Tuesday w/ Radio Fiction 
Palmer Square 
40 Nassau Street Princeton 
Fri.8:15 p.m. Movie Nights on the Green: "Freaky Friday"
Sat. 12 p.m.Summer Music Series feat. Kickstart 
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. Karaoke
Patriots Crossing 
1339 River Road Titusville 
(609) 737-2780
Thurs. 8 p.m. Ladies Night  
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
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
Princeton Public Library (Hinds Plaza)
65 Witherspoon Street Princeton  
(609) 924-9529 
Fri. 7 p.m. Dancing Under The Stars
Sun. 3 p.m. EAMC Open Mic
Puss N Boots Tavern
942 Trenton Road Fairless Hills, PA
Fri. 8 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ John S
Tues. 7 p.m. Trivia
Recklesstown Farm Distillery
2800 Route 206 North Columbus
(609) 784-8046 
Tues. 4 p.m. Food Truck Tuesday feat. vendors, live music  
River House at Odette’s 
274 South Rive Road New Hope, PA 
(215) 682-2022 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Gina Corso  
Fri. 7 p.m. Keith Franklin & Catrice 
Sat. 7 p.m. Andy Prescott 
Sun. 11:30 a.m. Brunch w/ Dave Dales Duo 
Wed. 5:30 p.m. Megan Knight 
Rose Bank Winery 
258 Durham Road Newtown, PA  
(215) 860-5899
Sat. 2 p.m. "Tastings & Tunes in the Buckman Barn" feat. (TBA)
Rossi's Bar & Grill
2110 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton
(609) 890-2004 
Thurs. 5:30 p.m. Ernie White
Sat. 11 a.m. Brunch 
Sun. 11 a.m. Brunch 
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics
Sandy'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. Successful Failures
Second Sin Brewing Company
1500 Grundy Lane Bristol, P
(267) 812-5251
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
Shady Brook Farm 
931 Stony Hill Road Yardley, PA 
(215) 968-1670 
Thurs: 6 p.m. Cara Cartney
Fri. 6:30 p.m. "UnWINEd" Concert feat. Time Peace. $12 (advance/online, $15 at door), doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Sat. "Party On The Patio" feat. (2 p.m.) Acoustic Keys (6:30 p.m.) Shades Of Green
Sun. "Party On The Patio" feat. 2 p.m. Mark Sacco  
Sherman Theater/Penn Community Bank Amphitheater 
2400 Byberry Road Bensalem, PA 
Wed. 7 p.m. Taylor, Simon, King. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m., tickets available online)
Slim's Irish Pub 
2195 Galloway Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 332-0047
Sat. 9 p.m. Last Call and Van Jenkins
Mon. 6 p.m. Open Mic Night Hosted by Cecil 
Wed. 6 p.m. Karaoke Contest
Small World Coffee 
14 Witherspoon Street Princeton 
(609) 924-4377 x2 
Sat. 7 p.m. Larry Corban
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. Jeds Gold
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. Len Fen Trio
Stars & Stripes Harley Davidson
600 South Flowers Mill Road Langhorne, PA 
(215) 752-9400 
Fri. 5 p.m. Bike Night + Bikini Contest Car & Bike Show
Steam Pub 
606 2nd Street Pike Southampton, PA 
Fri. 10 p.m. Sounds by Martin
Sat. 10:30 p.m. DJ Kurteousy
1675 Spirits 
2685 Bristol Pike Bensalem, PA
(215) 645-1445
Fri. 6 p.m. Two Johns
Tara's Tavern 
1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown 
(609) 286-2300 
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Jay Oliver Duo
Tavern On The Lake 
101 Main Street Hightstown 
(609) 426-9345  
Fri. 9 p.m. Asylum Choir
Tues. 6 p.m. Trivia 
Wed. 7 p.m. Karaoke 
 
Temperance House
5 South State Street Newtown, PA 
(215) 944-8050
Thurs. 7 p.m. Steve Guyger and Filthy Rich 
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. Mark Miklos
Sat. 1 p.m. "Weekend Music Series" feat. Brian Bortnick 
Sun. 1 p.m. "Weekend Music Series" feat. Kara & Corey
TGI Fridays 
780 Route 130 South Hamilton
(609) 581-6910 
Sun. 9 p.m. Trivia Game Night / SIN Sundays
TGI 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 Beer Garden and Education Center at Snipes Farm
890 West Bridge Street Morrisville, PA 
Sat. 11 a.m. Bucks County Blues Festival feat. Mikey Jr's Blues Showcase feat. Roger Girke, Jimmy Pritchard, Georgie Bonds, Matt "Guitar" Daniels, "Big Daddy" Albert Lamberson, Mike Guldin & Tim Hooper, Peter V, Tom Craig, Mark Margolies w/ additional performances by Deb Callahan & Allen James, Robin Hudak, Brad Vickers & Margey Peters, Ed Wilson, Brian Elliot. Also feat.  Miss Freedye, The Kilborn Alley Blues Band, Dave Keller, Dustin Douglas and the Electric Gentlemen, Max Kaplan and the Magics, Mike Crandall Band, Billy the Kid and the Regulators. $35 (Advance / $40 at the gate cash only) 
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. (11 a.m.) Brunch (9 p.m.) Old City Rock
Tues. 7 p.m. Danny Lynch Duo
The Cool Cricket
216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro
(609) 291-9110
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Dave Curtis
Sat. 9 p.m. Groove Pocket
The Cure Insurance Center  
81 Hamilton Ave. Trenton  
(609) 656-3200  
Sat. 7 p.m. Kapil Sharma 
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. 2 p.m. David Falcone 
The Federal Twist Vineyard 
8 Federal Twist Road Stockton
(609) 773-6066 
Sat. 2 p.m. Laurie Vosburg Band. $5 (Ages 20 and under FREE)
Sun. 2 p.m. Slim & The Perkolators. $5 (Ages 20 and under FREE)
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. Groove Dudes
Sat. 9 p.m. The Second Hand Smokes
Tues. 7 p.m. Music Bingo w/ Jonathan Appel
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Chris Benedetti
The Irish Horne Bar & Restaurant
882 2nd Street Pike Richboro, PA 
(215) 942-4000 
Fri. 7 p.m. Chrome Pony 
The Ivy Inn
248 Nassau Street Princeton
(609) 921-8555
Thurs. (7 p.m.) Bingo (10 p.m.) Karaoke w/ Trey Brown
Fri. 9:30 p.m. DJ Slick
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Talking In Cursive
Tues. 8 p.m. Quizzo w/ Bob E Luv 
Wed. 10 p.m. EMO Punk Rock Karaoke w/ Trey Brown
The Morrisville Tavern 
376 West Trenton Avenue Morrisville, PA
(215) 295-5310
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
Fri. 8 p.m. Shameless
Sat. 8 p.m. Jukebox Graveyard
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 Roost
181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge
(609) 208-0050
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. DC Duo 
Fri. 8 p.m. ArHouse
Sat. 8 p.m. No Way Out
Wed. 6 p.m. Joe Vadala
The Sycamore Grill
255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA
(215) 908-6326 
Fri. 8 p.m. Excelerate 
Sat. 8 p.m. Keep The Change 
The Tavern at Penns Park 
2295 Second Street Pike Newtown, PA
(267) 491-5658
Wed. 7 p.m. Jonathan Appel 
The Union Firehouse
18 Washington Street Mount Holly
(609) 288-6491
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Open Mic Night 
Thompson Park 
Forsgate Drive Jamesburg
Thurs. 6 p.m. "Music In the Park" feat. Enjoy! (Weather permitting. If inclement weather, event will be held at the Senior Center located at 12 Halsey Reed Road)
Tir Na Nog 
1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton 
(609) 392-2554
Sun. 3 p.m. "Irish Sessions" 
Tues. 8 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Jerry & John Monk
All Shows 21+
Train Wreck Distillery 
25 Madison Avenue Mount Holly 
(609) 288-6300 
Fri. 7 p.m. Heart Fulla Bluz
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
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
801 West State Street Trenton 
Sat. 11 a.m. FREE Pet Vaccination 
Triple Sun Spirits
126 South State Street Newtown, PA
(215) 944-3057  
Fri. 8 p.m. Rae Radick
Sat. 8 p.m. JDuo
Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzo w/ Ed Packer
Under The Moon 
23 North Union Street Lambertville
(609) 397-1710
Fri. 6 p.m. Tony Alosi
Sat. (12 p.m.) Matt Gordeuk (6:30 p.m.) The Lifters Duo
Wed. 5:30 p.m. Russell Norkevich
VANEFRANCODANCE
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. $18
Vault Brewing Company
10 South Main Street Yardley, PA 
(267) 573-4291
Fri. 7 p.m. Tom Trovas Duo
Sat. 7 p.m. Paul Lingerman Trio
VFW Post 2692
199 South Avenue Lumberton
(609) 267-9790
Sat. 5 p.m. Original Music Showcase and Food Drive feat. Daredevil Pilots, Fuzzy Coleman, Dummy Pass, STFU, The Lights Beneath, Evelyn and Loose Panic. $15 (Canned goods graciously accepted) 
Village Idiot Brewing Company
42 High Street Mount Holly
(609) 975-9270 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
Fri. 7 p.m. Brian Anthony Lloyd
Washington Crossing Inn 
1295 General washington Memorial Boulevard Washington Crossing, PA
(877) 882-1776
Sat. 5:30 p.m. Silent Frames
West Windsor Arts Center/Nassau Park Pavilion
952 Alexander Road Princeton 
Sat. 1 p.m. West Windsor History Museum Antique & Craft Bazaar (Takes place at 50 Southfield Road, Cranbury)
Wildflowers Inn
2572 Pennington Road Pennington 
(609) 773-239
Thurs. 6 p.m. Rob Silvers
Williamson Park 
Delmorr Avenue Morrisville, PA 
Sat. 3 p.m. Se7en (FREE event) 
Working Dog Winery
610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown
(609) 371-6000
Thurs. 4:30 p.m. The Williamsboy
Sat. 1 p.m. Gary Cavico
Sun. 1 p.m. Bob & Dave
WWFM 89.1 FM HD2 Radio
MCCC Old Trenton Road West Windsor
Jazzon2.org
Mon. 7 p.m. "Danny Coleman's Got The Blues"
Yankee Doodle Tap Room 
10 Palmer Square Princeton 
(609) 921-7500 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Dueling Piano Night On The Green


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