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Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...7/6/23


By Danny Coleman

originally published: 07/06/2023

Rock On! This Week

When the people at Mad Hands Records undertook the release of "American Masters Sing The Blues" nearly 20 years ago, it was done so with the intent to expose the masses to many of the talents, who for so long flew under the radar of mainstream radio and media. 

Their passion for the artists who laid the foundation of what would become Rock 'n' Roll and Soul music was and still is the force that drives them personally as well as musically and as they prepare to re-release the classic album to celebrate its twentieth anniversary; they've made some adjustments. 

One such adjustment is the inclusion of the Smiley Lewis classic, "I Hear You Knocking" with vocals by the late Charlie Thomas of The Drifters and up and coming Blues artist Eric B. Turner. Recently, Turner and producer David Backer talked about the project, their experiences, The Jam Room in Howell, NJ where it was put together and what it means to partake in this effort. 

"The room is amazing, it has all cedar and high ceilings; it was built in the '70s when you got a lot of your sounds out of the room. You didn't have all the plug-ins and all of these things that came along later that we are able to use now in small studios and different places and he gets a great drum sound in there," began Backer. "Arnie and I are celebrating 50 years of working together; we actually met in high school. Back then it was not called a jam but I was 15 and he was 16 and I sort of auditioned for a band he was putting together; I wasn't the best guy in the room but we hit it off great and 50 years later we're still putting out records and we had a career of original music in the '80s, then we had cover bands and then we started backing all of these groups and that's how the "American Masters Sing The Blues" project really started just by meeting all of these great iconic players that we heard growing up. Do you remember Del Shannon? We got to tour and back him a bunch of times; what a great guy whose life unfortunately ended early. We backed Chuck Berry and some of the original Temptations; we'd do Great Adventure shows where we'd back Sam Moore or The Teenagers; we'd do like seven or eight acts which is how we got friendly with these people."



 
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"Some of the early songs we played were with Otis Rush; we toured as Otis Rush's band for a couple of years back in the '80s and so, when you hear the full collection; we already have "American Masters Sing The Blues: Volume 1" and now we're going to be putting out another volume as either a Twentieth Anniversary but the songs just keep coming in; like the Doc Pomus song that I found unreleased through a friend's father in-law. All of the people on these records were either friends or fellow musicians. So, it was kind of like a community effort, every one of these songs; we just wanted to do something with these great, great artists and recordings. Mike Cullens who is known as "Mad Mike" at his label, Mad Hands Records which this is on, he was the first person to come to me and say. "I want to put this album together" and we accomplished that. Arnie came up and played on it all and helped us mix and then when we wanted to do more; we approached Charlie. Arnie was really into helping me produce it and letting us use his studio and the Blues Burners band was basically the back-up band for around 70 or 80 different acts and we really found a fit and a groove between the four of us and we're all pretty much on every track of the album. We tried to make some sense out of playing with all of these artists because the music they brought to the world meant so much to us. Even though we were listening to the music of the day and playing this stuff, when you got back to the room; we were hanging out with people like Lee Andrews. His song was "Long Lonely Nights" on Chess Records in 1957; anyway, we're sitting in Roseland in a basement and he's telling us these stories of how he would have to perform to a white audience on one side and a black audience on the other side and going into the place through the back and we were  like; this doesn't seem like his life but it was his life. How do you try and give something back to these artists who really paid their dues? There are a lot of books and plays about this but when you grow up in the suburbs and now you really meet the artists and hear these things out of their mouths; it made us very fond of them. So, that's how the project came about and that's how we put the musicians together and they were so excited to do this and when we wanted to continue we knew Charlie was out there and Mike had done some stuff with Charlie over the years and Ray Powers has done some production and he did the cover of ":I Hear You Knocking" and he's been a big part of this."

"I believe the entire album comes out within the next few months and it really is a phenomenal but eclectic collection of blues legends that are coming together with some unfamiliar and familiar songs with voices from the past that if you are a blues lover that just really honors the genre of the blues while honoring their legacy as well as giving newbies on the scene like me the opportunity to be presented to the world," echoed Turner who is no stranger to the Blues, Backer and the great Charlie Thomas. 

"I have worked with David Backer for quite a few years in my own release of music and he was working with Charlie as Charlie was ailing and his voice wasn't as strong, David had the great idea of combining us together; almost a passing of the torch if you will and placing my voice on with him to complete the song. I was so honored to do it because Charlie Thomas is a name I've known for many years and his music has been known long before me and my time and so I was honored to do it and so grateful for not only the opportunity but for how everything came out."

"I think it's a Apropo for me because I'm also in the theater world currently in a show called "Rock and Roll Man" I formerly played Fats Domino and for me to encounter this song again was just a treat and as I said, very apropo. The one thing that I have learned to do is creatively infuse myself into any creation. A lot of people may stress over that but that is an art that I've learned to do quite well. I know that whatever I go to sing is going to be different because my vocals are going to be different but I also studied the Fats Domino version prior to going to the studio because I wanted to give it some authenticity to what more people are used to hearing and his version, the simplicity of his voice with that southern drawl that he has from New Orleans; that's the version I studied, I didn't study the Dave Edmunds version prior to going in. I knew, as far as ad-libs and things like that; that just rolls off me anyway. So, I knew that wasn't going to be a problem but it was really a lot of fun going through the creative process of putting this song together." 

As previously mentioned, Turner is an up and coming Blues artist but according to him; it wasn't always his first choice. 

"My preferred genre used to be soul in regards to my recorded music but it wasn't until I released "Ain't No Good" in 2021 where I really made the decision and it was when I was so graciously welcomed into the Blues community overall. I received such a warm welcome by releasing that song and that was when I really made the choice that I wanted to finish out my album with the Blues in mind. The thing about Blues music is that you really can't receive critic's reviews until the album is released and so for my single to have hit number one, it really changed the trajectory for me in several ways; not only in my artistry and the completion of my album but as I stated with this current show that I'm doing, which I've been a part of for nearly eight years now, I've always played Fats Domino to critical acclaim. When we released "Ain't No Good" in 2021, the creative team thought they'd never heard that side of my voice and that they could switch me over to playing Bo Diddley. So, now I'm currently playing Bo Diddley to critical acclaim (laughs)." 

"Eric is on the rise and obviously Arnie's guitar part is so featured in it," added Backer. "The way we picked the songs was; we really picked songs that we liked a lot to put them with these older artists and Charlie, who we started with when he was 84 or 85 when we started; during the soundchecks we'd play the blues; he loved the Blues.We actually recorded four songs with Charlie before COVID. This was one of them and "Be My Rock" another and we have two others in the can and we're trying to figure out how to finish them because Charlie had come up from DC where he lived with his wife Rita Thomas twice and she has been a great supporter since Charlie passed. Charlie started to ail after the COVID pandemic and he was performing right up until COVID and we saw him and he was fantastic and he was rocking. He and his wife were just fantastic friends and supporters of the project and since he has passed, we  are trying to get together with Rita and do a concert or something for Charlie; we'll see how that works out." 



 
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"Be My Rock" which featured Dave Revels on vocals along with Thomas was released approximately a year or so ago and with the release of "I Hear You Knocking" in June of this year they are right on track as they head towards the next phase of re-releasing the album. So, as a collective group; are they satisfied with the way things are playing out? 

"We just loved these songs, Arnie especially loved the Dave Edmunds version of "I Hear You Knocking" and back when we did the press release, I learned about Smiley Lewis who wrote the song," said a very enthusiastic Backer. "I had only heard the Fats Domino and Dave Edmunds versions and Edmunds has that rock part and there were big horns but after we did it with Eric's and Charlie's vocals we figured we didn't need them and we've been fortunate to work with The Uptown Horns a lot. I give Arnie credit for bringing in suggestions because he loves and plays the blues and we always wanted to do this tune with Charlie and then bringing in Eric, who did a fantastic job; we just think it rocks and we love the track."

To purchase the single and/or album please visit https://madhandsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/american-masters-sing-the-blues 

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


Adventure Crossing 
Route 537 Monmouth Road @ I-195 Jackson
Sat. 11 a.m. Food Truck Fest. feat. Nikki Briar and The Sweet Briar Band ( 2:30 p.m.) Uncle Satellite (6 p.m.) Vintage Jam. $10 (Ages 20 and Under FREE)
Sun. 11 a.m. Food Truck Fest. feat. Rob Messina's Dave Matthews Experience (3 p.m.) Junkyard Dawgs. $10 (Ages 20 and Under FREE)
Al's Airport Inn
636 Bear Tavern Road West Trenton
(609) 883-5252 
Thurs. 5 p.m. Jessica DiDonato
Sat. (12 p.m.) Acoustic Brunch w/ Jerry Monk (5 p.m.) John Brennan
Sun. 12 p.m. Sunday Acoustic Brunch  
Mon. 5 p.m. Rob Silvers
Tues. 7 p.m. Mike & Laura
Wed. 7 p.m. AudioPilot
Americana Kitchen & Bar
359 U.S. Highway 130 North East Windsor
(609) 448-4477
Thurs. 6 p.m. Mark Sganga 
Ancient Order of Hibernians 
2419 Kuser Road Hamilton 
Wed. 6:30 p.m. Yoga
Aristaeus Brewing
2475C Big Oak Road Langhorne, PA 
(215) 757-2337
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia 
Fri. 7 p.m. Dana Collins Project
Sun. 10 a.m. “Sunday Funday Brunch” 
Arm & Hammer Park
1 Thunder Road Trenton 
(609) 394-3300
Sat. 3 p.m. NJ Jeep Invasion
  
Arts Council of Princeton 
102 Witherspoon Street Princeton 
(609) 924-8777 
Sat. 10 a.m. Workshop: "Art For Breakfast" 
Mon. 6 p.m. Weekly Open Drawing Studio w/ Live Model
Ashlynn Distillery 
32 West Bridge Street Morrisville, PA 
Thurs. 5 p.m. Cecil & Carl
Sun. 3 p.m. Dueling Pianos
Wed. 6 p.m. Bill Shannon
Bill's Olde Tavern
2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton
(609) 586-0192
Fri. 7 p.m. El Ka Bong
Sat. 7 p.m. Thrown Together
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  
Blend Bar & Bistro   
911 Highway 33 Hamilton 
(609) 245-8887
Sat. 8 p.m. Barry Wasserman & Alan Stein
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. 12 p.m. Bordentown Walking Tours. $20 
Boro Bean 
9 East Broad Street Hopewell 
(609) 466-6681 
Sat./Sun. 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
Bristol Riverside Theater 
2501 Bath Road Bristol, PA
(215) 785-0100 
Wed. 2 p.m. Forever Motown
Broken Goblet Brewing
2500 State Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 812-5653
Thurs. 8 p.m.  Open Mic. (Sign-ups start at 7 p.m.)
Sat. 8 p.m. Vedic, Empress, We...Our War. Ages 21+
Sun. 11 a.m. Sunday Brunch 
Tues. 7 p.m. Cornhole ($20 buy-in)
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia Hosted by Righteous Jolly
Brother's Pizza 
871 Highway 33 Hamilton 
(609) 586-2727
Wed. 6 p.m. Anthony Cannuli
Sun. 6 p.m. Bob Banka
Bucks County Brewery and Hewn Spirits 
31 Appletree Lane Pipersville, PA
(215) 766-7711
Fri. 5:30 p.m. Tim and Topher
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
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. Abram Burton & Stacy Dillard. $20
Catch A Rising Star (Hyatt Regency Princeton) 
102 Carnagie Center Princeton
(781) 568-1471
Fri. 8 p.m. James Dorsey. $26.50, Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 7:30 p.m. James Dorsey. $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
City Streets
510 Highway 130 South East Windsor
(609) 426-9400
Sat. 9 p.m. Anker
Wed. 6:30 p.m. "Wine Down Wednesdays" w/ Rich Genoval
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. No More Fences
Color Me Mine (Princeton Shopping Center)
301 Harrison Street Princeton 
(609) 581-9500 
Mon. 10 a.m. Summer Workshop Series
Cooper's Riverview                                                                     
50 Riverview Plaza Trenton
(609) 393-7300 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Pixie Twist 
Fri. 5 p.m. Happy Hour (7 p.m.) The Nerds. $15 (VIP and Platinum Packages Available)
Sat. 7 p.m. Paul Perez "El Alcalde De La Salsa" w/ Music by DJ El Commandante. $@5, $45, $60 (VIP and Dinner Packages Available)
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 
Sat. 12 p.m. "Good Karma Fest" feat. GypsyFunkSquad
Sun. 1:30 p.m. Ronnie Brandt
Tues. 1:30 p.m. Ronnie Brandt  
Crossing Vineyard and Winery
1853 Wrightstown Road Washington Crossing, PA
(215) 493-6500 
Fri. 7:15 p.m. "Summer Wine and Music Series" feat. Wooden Ships. $15 (advance), Doors open at 5 p.m., Ages 21+ 
Sat. 2 p.m. Front Porch Swing Duo
Sun. 2 p.m. 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)
Sat. 5 p.m.  "Second Saturday" feat. SiriOm Singh and the Soul Warriors
Curran’s Irish Inn
1909 Bristol Pike Bensalem, PA
(215) 245-1800
Thurs. 7 p.m. Music Bingo 
Fri. 8 p.m. Chris Giakas
Sat. 8 p.m. Rusty Snow
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/ Jimmy Mannix
Fri. 7 p.m. Shameless
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. Stage Left
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Low Totem 
Sun. 1 p.m. Jeff Nissman
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. John Thomas
Sat. 8 p.m. Oliver Dagum
Escape Resort, Restaurant & Bar 
120 Pheasant Run Road Newtown, PA 
Fri. 6 p.m. J Duo
Tues. 6 p.m. Karaoke
Flying Pig Tavern & Tap 
167 US-Route 130 North Bordentown 
(609) 899-7447
Fri. 9 p.m. Thrown Back
Sat. 9 p.m. Just Wiln
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia
Forsgate 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 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
Fri. 7 p.m. "Friday Night Lights" Cruise Night 
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" (9 p.m.) Never Enough
Sat. (4 p.m.) Bad Mother Folker (8 p.m.) Shinkickers 
Tues. 6:30 p.m. Trivia Night Hosted by Best Choice Productions
Green Parrot Restaurant Pub, & Patio
240 North Sycamore Street Newtown Township, PA 
(215) 504-7277 
Fri.  8 p.m. Amanda & Teddy
Sat. 8 p.m. Jerry Lee Watkins
Grounds For Sculpture
80 Sculptors way Hamilton
(609) 586-0616 
Sat. 10 a.m. Grounds For Sculpture Photo Trek
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. Marybeth Johns & Bob Bross
Halo Pub (Fete) 
9 Hullfish Street Princeton 
(609) 921-1710 
Sat. 6 p.m. Deb & Mike 
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. 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.) Billy Walton Band. $25 (11 p.m. ) DJ Dance Party 
Sat. 9:30 p.m. DJ Summer Dance Party 
Sun. 6 p.m. Best Of The Eagles. $40
Mon. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Dwayne
Tues. 7 p.m. Jillian Ashcroft Jazz Quartet 
Wed. 7 p.m. Jumper Duo
Hopewell United Methodist Church
20 Blackwell Avenue Hopewell 
(609) 466-0471
Sat. 6 p.m. Hopewell Hayride (Old Time Country & Bluegrass) feat. Al Kessel & Never Too Late Band. $15 (Suggested donation adults includes food)
Hopewell Valley Vineyards
46 Yard Avenue Pennington 
(609) 737-4465 
Fri. 4 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. (5:30 p.m.) On The Fly
Sat. (9 a.m.) WWFM Fransisco (1 p.m.) McMillan & Co. (5:30 p.m.) "Music & Merlot" feat. Robert Ruffis Experience
Sun. 2:30 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. 
Fri. 6 p.m. Bev & Dan
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. Ant Cannuli
Sat. 6:30 p.m. Bob & Dave
Sun. 2 p.m. Ed Wilson 
Iron Plow Vineyards Tasting Room
61 High Street Mt. Holly 
(732) 306-9111
Sat. 6:30 p.m. Wounded Souls
Ivy Tavern
3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton 
(609) 888-1435 
Thurs. 8:30 p.m. Karaoke 
Sun. 8 p.m. Karaoke Latinos / Ladies Night 
All shows 21+    
John & Peter's
96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa 
(215) 862-5981 
Fri. 8 p.m. Trifecta
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Rainbow Fresh
Sun. 9 p.m. The Mike Wojik Exeriment
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. Kenny Dubman
Fri. (5 p.m.) LoFash (7:30 p.m.) Guns 4 Hire  
Sat. (10 a.m.) Brunch (12 p.m.) Double G (5:30 p.m.) Lorenzo Muniz (6:30 p.m.) Jeep Meet (10 p.m.) DJ Dan
Sun. (10 a.m.) "Sunday Funday" Brunch *12 p.m.) dave Cudrak
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)
Laurita Winery 
85 Archertown Road New Egypt 
(609) 752-0200 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Laurita Junior Idol Tryouts
Fri. 7:30 p.m. "Kricket Comedy" feat. Jay Black, Sharon Simon, Alex Stompoly. $25, doors open at 7 p.m.
Sat. 7 p.m. Country Line Dancing. $9
Sun. 2 p.m. Johnny Cash Tribute w/ "Walk The Line" (SOLD OUT check for availability)
Lawrenceville Main Street 
17 Phillips Avenue Lawrenceville
(609) 219-9300
Thurs. 6 p.m. "Music In The Park" feat. RGM Project. (Weeden Park FREE admission) 
Lillipies Bakery
30 North Harrison Street Princeton 
(609) 423-2100  
Sat. 10 a.m. Storytime with Jeff
Locust Hall at Johnson's Farm
2691 Monmouth Road Jobstow 
(609) 723-2630  
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Flower Workshop
Sat. 6 p.m. Evening On The Farm
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. The Strange Brew Crew
McGuinn's Place 
1781 Brunswick Avenue Lawrence 
(609) 392-0599
Fri. 10 p.m. Mark Mayer 
Ages 21+ 
McStews Irish Sports Pub
5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA 
(215) 949-9570 
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. No Way Out
 
Mercer County Park Festival Grounds 
Hughes Drive/Old Trenton Road West Windsor 
(609) 448-1947 
Thurs. 4 p.m. L.E.A.D Fest. feat. (7 p.m.) Lovelight w/ Mark Diomede
Fri.4 p.m.  L.E.A.D Fest.
Sat. 12 p.m.L.E.A.D Fest. feat. (7 p.m.) Kindred Spirit (Fireworks immedediately Following)
More Than Q 
13 Klines Court Lambertville  
(609) 773-0072  
Sat. 2 p.m. Rick Fink Man Band
Music Mountain Theater
1483 Route 179 Lambertville
(609)397-3337
Sat. 3 p.m./ 8 p.m. "Spring Awakening"
Sun. 3 p.m. "Spring Awakening"
Music On Main
25 East Main Street Yardley, PA 
Sat. 6 p.m. New Vintage Dixieland Band
Naked Brewing Company 
212 Mill Street Bristol, PA 
(267) 544-7129
Thurs.6:30 p.m. Dana Collins Project 
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 
Sun. 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 
Wed. 8 a.m. Flea Market
New Hope Winery / Tavern 
6123 Lower York Road New Hope, PA 
(215) 794-2331 
Sat. 1 p.m. Bill Ihling
Newtown Brewing Company
103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA 
(215) 944-8609 
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. "Useless Knowledge" Trivia 
Fri. 6 p.m. Mike Mele
Sat. 6 p.m. RCJ Band Duo
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. WURL
Sat. 9 p.m. The Launch
Sun. 4 p.m. Tenderhooks
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. (7 p.m.) Danny Coleman’s Rock On Radio “Happy Hour” Hosted by Danny Coleman feat. Music by Ant Cannuli (9:30 pm.) Karaoke w/ Super Dave Curtis 
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Small Potatoes
Tues. 7 p.m. Singer/Songwriter Night Hosted by Frank & Mario feat. Jet Stream, Bob Crossey, Mario DiBartolo, Jeff and Ann Marie, Jerry Monk, Bill Lynch
Ages 21+   
O'Fowley's Tavern & Grill 
200 State Road Croydon, PA 
(215) 785-6998 
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
Sat. 6 p.m. Kyler St. Phard
Old Town Pub
135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown 
(609) 291-9232
Thurs. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia
Fri. 9 p.m. Monk & Monk
Sun. 10 a.m. Brunch
Tues. 6 p.m. Taco Tuesday w/ Radio Fiction 
Palmer Square 
40 Nassau Street Princeton 
Fri. 6 p.m. "First Friday" feat. The Erik Daab Trio
Sat. 12 p.m. Spring Music Series feat. Ess Gees 
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  
Sat. 8 p.m. Grape Street
Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo"
Pete's Steak House 
523 Whitehorse Avenue Hamilton
 (609) 585-8008
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Unleashed
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
Sun. 4 p.m. Second Sunday Poetry 
Princeton Public Library (Hinds Plaza)
65 Witherspoon Street Princeton  
(609) 924-9529 
Sun. 4 p.m. Love? Said the Commander
Puss N Boots Tavern
942 Trenton Road Fairless Hills, PA
Fri. 8 p.m. Karaoke
Tues. 7 p.m. Trivia
Revere Restaurant
802 River Road Ewing
(609) 882-6365
Thurs. 6 p.m. Bad Hombres Duo
River House at Odette’s 
274 South Rive Road New Hope, PA 
(215) 682-2022 
Thurs.7 p.m. Cara Cartney 
Fri.7 p.m. Bob Egan  
Sat. (11:30 a.m.) Brunch (7 p.m.) Bob Egan 
Sun. 11:30 a.m. Brunch w/ Dave Dales Duo 
Wed. (5:30 p.m.) Greg McGarvey (7 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" 
Rosedale Mills 
101 Route 31 North Pennington 
(609) 737-2008 
Sat. 10 a.m. Pennington Farmers Market w/ Music by Just Jeff
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
Salon 33 
794 Alexander Road Princeton 
Fri. 7 p.m. Jazz It Up w/ Tigertown Classic Jazz Band
Sat. 7 p.m. Classical w/ Paul Appleby &Martin Neron
Sun. 7 p.m. Jazz w/ Liam Sutcliffe & Steve Kramer
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. 1 p.m. JakFire
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. Jon Savage
Fri. 6:30 p.m. "UnWINEd" Concert feat. Shot Of Southern. $12 (advance/online, $15 at door), doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Sat. "Party On The Patio" feat. (2 p.m.) Jon Savage (6:30 p.m.) The Naturals
Sun. "Party On The Patio" feat. 2 p.m. Ryan Shubert
Slim's Irish Pub 
2195 Galloway Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 332-0047
Sat. 9 p.m. Big Whiskey
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. Caruso
Smithville Park
815 Smithville Road Easthampton 
Fri. 6 p.m. Concert Under The Stars w/ Gypsy Moon Duo / Best Of The Eagles
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. Shameless
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. Eve & Mike
Steam Pub 
606 2nd Street Pike Southampton, PA 
Fri. 10 p.m. Tonka
Sat. 10:30 p.m. DJ Tito
1675 Spirits 
2685 Bristol Pike Bensalem, PA
(215) 645-1445 
Sat. 6 p.m. Bev & Dan
Tara's Tavern 
1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown 
(609) 286-2300 
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Karaoke w/ Big Daddy G
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Steve   
Tavern On The Lake 
101 Main Street Hightstown 
(609) 426-9345  
Fri. 9 p.m. Steve (the band) 
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 
Sat. 7 p.m. Faraway Guys
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. Joah Blume 
TGI Fridays
319 US Highway 130 North East Windsor 
(609) 490-1450
Thurs. 7 p.m. Paint w/ Priya "Teal Bonsai Among the Misty Pines" $35
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 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.) Bigg Romeo
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. Asylum Choir
The Dubliner
34 North Main Street New Hope, PA 
(215) 693-1816
Sat. 7 p.m. Gabriel Donohue
Sun. 3 p.m. "Traditional Irish Session" 
The Federal Twist Vineyard 
8 Federal Twist Road Stockton
(609) 773-6066 
Sat. 2 p.m. The Lifters "Lite." $5 (Ages 20 and under FREE)
Sun. 2 p.m. The Strange Brew Crew. $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. Supertrain
Sat. 9 p.m. Well Strung
Tues. 7 p.m. Music Bingo w/ Jonathan Appel
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Chris Benedetti
The Ivy Inn
248 Nassau Street Princeton
(609) 921-8555
Fri. 9:30 p.m. DJ Soto
Sat. 9:30 p.m. DJ Fatha Ramsey
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. Solomon Dub
Sat. 8 p.m. Vortex
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.  Full Grown Men
Sat. 8 p.m. Za Band
Wed. 6 p.m. Joe Vadala
The Sycamore Grill
255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA
(215) 908-6326 
Fri. 8 p.m. Danny Lynch Project
Sat. 8 p.m. Plush Duo
The Tavern at Penns Park 
2295 Second Street Pike Newtown, PA
(267) 491-5658
Wed. 7 p.m. 1st Wednesday Open Mic 
The Union Firehouse
18 Washington Street Mount Holly
(609) 288-6491 
Fri. 8 p.m. Legacy. Doors open at 7 p.m.
ThunderBowl Lanes NJ
423 east main Street Wrightstown
(609) 723-7914
Wed. 7 p.m. Bike Night
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+
Trenton 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
Fri. 6 p.m. "Something Good" Exhibit
Sat. 9 p.m. Live Music (TBA)
Mon. 6 p.m. "Monday Night Karaoke" Hosted by Sweets
Triple Sun Spirits
126 South State Street Newtown, PA
(215) 944-3057  
Sat. 8 p.m.  The Johns
Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzo w/ Ed Packer
Union Coffee
49 North Union Street Lambertville 
(609) 460-4637
Fri. 5 p.m. "First Friday" Tarot Meet-Up w/ Kristina Gorman
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. Brian Elliot Trio
Sat. 7 p.m. Suzette Ortiz and her Latin Ensemble
Working Dog Winery
610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown
(609) 371-6000
Sat. 1 p.m. Justin Love
Sun. 1 p.m. Jersey Surecats
WWFM 89.1 FM HD2 Radio
MCCC Old Trenton Road West Windsor
Jazzon2.org
Mon. 7 p.m. "Danny Coleman's Got The Blues"


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