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Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...8/10/23


By Danny Coleman

originally published: 08/10/2023

Rock On! This Week"It's all a feel good thing; know what I mean? There are a few one-offs but this is a nice string because we have about five gigs in the area," laughed Blues great Toronzo Cannon as he discussed his upcoming August 16 show at New York's famed Iridium, lyrics, pizza and much more. 

Cannon, just like his first album, "The Chicago Way" is a veteran of the Chicago blues scene who is quoted as saying, "I'm proud to be standing on the shoulders of every great Chicago blues musician who came before me," is hell-bent on carrying the tradition of people like Buddy Guy, Junior Wells and so many others forward. 

Cannon's last release, "The Preacher, The Politician or The Pimp" is not far in the rearview mirror just yet but he confesses that he is currently about to enter the studio to begin recording his next one. With that in mind, this string of shows has him doing things a bit different with the recording process. 

"We're not supporting a new album yet because we're in the studio about to record but we are putting the songs on stage to see if they're stage ready," he said with certainty. "I've never incorporated that in my process but I just started that with this particular album because I started thinking about my song "Johnny Cockaroo" when it took off. My "Johnny Cockaroo" song didn't sound anything like the live "Johnny Cockaroo" now; it developed over time. There is a method with comedians, they would try out different things at certain shows to see if they worked and I thought that I would incorporate that in my next CD; put it on stage, see some reactions and maybe change some things around."

OK, so, does that mean that he'll be experimenting on stage or perhaps expanding things a bit?



 
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"I don't do a lot of improvisation musically with my songs and the band. Musically, I let them have their solos and I do my thing but we never kind of really stray off and go into another song back to back. The only time I improvise is probably doing banter between the songs and the things I might say to introduce the songs but musically we just have to do our thing; it's not like you're going to hear what's right on the record, it's not one of those tight knit bands like that. We're loose, the drummer might do something to influence the bass player and influence me or visa versa but we don't really go off into jam band status if that makes sense."

"There are some nuances where you get a feeling on stage but my musicians have been with me a while now, Brian Quinn on bass and Dante Phillip on drums and we pretty much know each other," he continued. "The bass player may influence the drummer to do something or visa versa or influence me to do something but I pride myself more lyrically but the music has to be loose yet tight; if that makes sense (laughs)."

Cannon is quick to praise his fellow musicians and rarely, if ever uses different players. When asked if he has ever thought of adding new musicians to gain a new perspective or looks forward to performing with others at times either through calling someone up on stage or due to necessity; his answer was quick and to the point.

"I've done that lots of times, had others join me but never with a side man, I'm diplomatic with my band but sometimes I'm like, nah, my voice doesn't go there. When I play with musicians I like to know them, I don't sub-out a lot and if I do, I like to know the person that is subbing in my band. I'm not one of these guys who says, hey, learn my material, I'll see you in Texas; I just can't do that."

As a young child, Cannon would hang outside of blues music clubs in Chicago listening to the legends of the genre and now as an adult; who can be found on his playlists when he's relaxing? 

"Elmore James brings tears to my eyes, Lightnin' Hopkins makes me smile and cry at the same time. Just to see the expressions on his face and how he moves, the song content because I'm a lyricist; Ronnie Earl, I listen to Ronnie because he does the same thing and I can hear everything he's saying and he is one of the few that do that for me." 

Lyrics are very important to him and his latest effort is proof of that but he is very mindful that there can also be a touch of light heartedness; especially with "Serious" subject matter.



 
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"I've written a couple of songs on my last album, "The Preacher, The Politician or The Pimp," I like to write original songs and it has kind of a Curtis Mayfield feel to it and it's just kind of documenting what I perceive sometimes as, all of these guys have a gift of words to make people do things against their best interest. So; what's the difference? I try to be thoughtful in my lyrical content but then also, there are songs that I've written like "Insurance" which has a Jimmy Reed feel to it but insurance is a serious subject but you'll laugh because of the things that I'm going through to try and get the insurance.. Sometimes when I do listen to some blues, some people just want to get to the guitar solo or the piano solo and I hate the predictable rhyme words in a song like, beat street, air hair or whatever; it's like c'mon man, let's put a little bit more thought into writing these songs and if you don't have it, maybe you should co-write with somebody but that's how the music or the genre doesn't move forward  because they are not putting thought into it or the lyrics."

Toronzo says that the length of his shows varies depending on the venue but seriously, we are wanting to know; what about the pizza? 

"I go anywhere from 75 to 90 minutes unless it's a club situation and then maybe two 60s or something like that. It's just a good time, I tell my stories, my original songs all in a contemporary context and then being in New York I have the whole Chicago and New York debate (laughs); I'm gonna lean heavy on some of that. I've got to represent Chicago  in New York so, OK, here we go, let's see what I can do. I do have a small story though, recently we just played all around France and Belgium and we're at the Eiffel Tower and I'm just yelling, Chicago, Chicago and I hear some guy in a very American accent yell, "Your Pizza is trash!" So, I turned around and saw who it was and I said, "You from New York?" He said, "Jersey" and I said, "Close enough" (Laughs) but it was a nice little banter. I mean, here we are, two Americans on the Eiffel Tower debating who has the best pizza; it was cool."

To discover more about Toronzo Cannon or purchase tickets to the August 16 Iridium show; please visit https://www.toronzocannon.com/home

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. Bev & Dan
Sat. (12 p.m.) Acoustic Brunch (5 p.m.) Jessica Stanley & Stephen Scarafile
Sun. (12 p.m.) Sunday Acoustic Brunch
Mon. 5 p.m. Bill Thomas
Tues. 7 p.m. Jessica DiDonato
Wed. 7 p.m. Rick Winow  
Ancient Order of Hibernians 
2419 Kuser Road Hamilton 
Fri. 7 p.m. Live Band Karaoke w/ Some Assembly Required
Aristaeus Brewing
2475C Big Oak Road Langhorne, PA 
(215) 757-2337
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia 
Fri. 7 p.m. Chris Nickey
Sat. 7 p.m. Alice In Chains Tribute w/ "Train In Chains" and Foo Fighters Tribute w/ "Fave Grohl." Ages 21+
Sun. 10 a.m. “Sunday Funday Brunch” (3 p.m.) Dana Collins Project
Arts Council of Princeton 
102 Witherspoon Street Princeton 
(609) 924-8777 
Mon. 6 p.m. Weekly Open Drawing Studio w/ Live Model
Artworks Trenton  
19 Everett Alley Trenton
(609) 394-9436  
Sat. 2 p.m. Paint & Sip w/ April Cooper
Ashlynn Distillery 
32 West Bridge Street Morrisville, PA 
Thurs. 5 p.m. Cecil & Carl
Fri. (4:30 p.m.) Farm to Table Dinner (6 p.m.) Bill Shannon
Bill's Olde Tavern
2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton
(609) 586-0192
Fri. 7 p.m. Polish Nannies
Sat. 7 p.m. Paul Plumeri Band
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. 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 
Fri. 8 p.m. The Hit Men 
Broken Goblet Brewing
2500 State Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 812-5653
Thurs. 7 p.m.  Mike Estabrook
Fri. 6 p.m. "River Runs Red" 30th Anniversary World Tour feat. Life of Agony / Sick of it All. Ages 21+
Sat. 8 p.m. A Tribute to Lady Gaga w/ "Bad Romance"
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. Ant Cannuli
Bruno's Bicycles, One Sweet Ride
19 South Main Street Allentown
(609) 208-0544
Fri. 7 p.m. The Successful Failures
Bucks County Brewery and Hewn Spirits 
31 Appletree Lane Pipersville, PA
(215) 766-7711 
Sat. 1 p.m. "Chuicystock" feat. (2:30 p.m.) Eddie Gals (6 p.m.) Uncle Jawns Band  
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 Library/Amphitheater
5 Pioneer Boulevard West Hampton
(609) 267-9660
Fri. 6 p.m. Summer Concert Series w/ Garden State Radio
Sat. 6 p.m. Summer Concert Series w/ Class of '84
Candlelight Lounge 
24 Passaic Street Trenton  
(609) 695-9612 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Thursday Night Blues Jam. $5
Sun. 3 p.m. Chris Beck. $20
Catch A Rising Star (Hyatt Regency Princeton) 
102 Carnagie Center Princeton
(781) 568-1471
Sat. 8 p.m. Vishnu Vaka / Pat Rocchi. $26.50, Doors open at 7:30 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
Continental Tavern
2 North Main Street Yardley, PA  
(215) 493-9191
Sat. 8 p.m. Joe & Krista
Cooper's Riverview                                                                     
50 Riverview Plaza Trenton
(609) 393-7300 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Cosmic Jerry Band 
Fri. 5 p.m. Happy Hour w/ Jimmy Mannix (8 p.m.) Spare Parts (11:30 p.m.) DJ Dream
Sat. 8 p.m. Weekend Blues and BBQ Jam 
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. 7 p.m. Salsa Tuesdays w/ DJ Jay Serrano  Complimentary Dance Class w/ Jose "Papo" Diaz
Wed. (7 p.m.) Blues and BBQ Jam (8 p.m.) Disco “Hustle” Night w/ "Guest" DJ. $5   
Cream Ridge Winery
145 Route 539 Cream Ridge 
(609) 259-9797 
Sun. 1:30 p.m. Carmen Marranco  
Crossing Vineyard and Winery
1853 Wrightstown Road Washington Crossing, PA
(215) 493-6500 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Wine & Bundt Cakes
Fri. 7:15 p.m. "Summer Wine and Music Series" feat. 2nd Vision. $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)
Curran’s Irish Inn
1909 Bristol Pike Bensalem, PA
(215) 245-1800
Thurs. 7 p.m. Music Bingo 
Sat. 8 p.m. Cecil Middleton
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
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Linda 
Dempster's Pub
437 Pine Street Mount Holly 
(609) 261-0500   
Fri. 7 p.m. Rough Cut
Dockside Bensalem
1067 Totem Road Bensalem, PA
Sun. 2 p.m. "Steel Drum Sunday" w/ Kristian Paradis  
Eddington House Bensalem
2813 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA 
(215) 639-1220 
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Dueling Pianos
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Never Enough
Sun. 3 p.m. Ed Packer
Mon. 5:30 p.m. "Family Fun Night" w/ Amazing Balloon Creations by Kelsi-Joe
Escape Resort, Restaurant & Bar 
120 Pheasant Run Road Newtown, PA
Thurs. 6 p.m. Karaoke 
Fri. 6 p.m. The Zings
Sat. 8 p.m. "Lolla-Pool-Ooza" Adult Pool Party, $25 (After 10 p.m.), Ages 21+
Sun. 10 a.m. Brunch
Falls Township Community Park 
9125 Mill Creek Road Levittown, PA 
Sun. 6 p.m. First Time Around 
Flying Pig Tavern & Tap 
167 US-Route 130 North Bordentown 
(609) 899-7447
Fri. 9 p.m. Paul Plumeri Blues Band 
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 
Thurs. 6:30 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
Fri. 7 p.m. Orange Whip. $20 (cash), doors open at 6 p.m. (Outdoor Biergarten Event) 
Sun. 12 p.m. "Stiftungfest" (Founders Day)
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 Posers
Sat. 8 p.m. Unleashed 
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. Little Sister
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. The Rangers Nouveau
Halo Pub (Fete) 
9 Hullfish Street Princeton 
(609) 921-1710 
Sat. 6 p.m. Juan Carlos Fiesta Cubana 
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
Hamilton Veterans Park 
1865 Yardville-Hamilton Square Road Hamilton 
Fr./Sat./Sun. 9 a.m. New Jersey Open Pickleball Championships 
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. 11 p.m. DJ Dance Party 
Sat. 9:30 p.m. DJ Summer Dance Party 
Mon. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Dwayne
Tues. 7 p.m. Jillian Ashcroft Jazz Quartet 
Hopewell Valley Vineyards
46 Yard Avenue Pennington 
(609) 737-4465 
Fri. 4 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. (5:30 p.m.) Catmoondaddy
Sat. (9 a.m.) WWFM Fransisco (1 p.m.) Rob Messina's Dave Matthews Experience (Rhyme and Reason) (5:30 p.m.) "Music & Merlot" feat. Living The Dream 
Sun. (11 a.m.) Baby Goat Yoga (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.) Johnny Betz (9 p.m.) Tailspin
Sat. 8 p.m. All Lit Up
Sun. 4 p.m. Country Line Dancing Hosted by Jeremy (FREE event)
Mon. 7 p.m. Motown Mondays w/ rotating DJs BeeNice, Rawskillz, JusGroove
Tues. 8 p.m. Acoustic Tuesday w/ Eve Still
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. Ronnie Brandt
Sun. 2 p.m. The Grouser Girls
Iron Plow Vineyards Tasting Room
61 High Street Mt. Holly 
(732) 306-9111
Sat. 6:30 p.m. Justin Love
John & Peter's
96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa 
(215) 862-5981 
Thurs. 9 p.m. High Standards
Sat. 9 p.m. Keith Kenny w/ Dave Cahill
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic Comedy Night w/ Mike Dialto feat. (Sign-ups start at 8 p.m.) 
Tues. 1 p.m. "$5 Bucks for 5 Chucks" Annual Dunk Tank Event for Charity 
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. Radio Fiction 
Fri. (5:30 p.m.) Bob Banka (9 p.m.) DJ Nick and Dom
Sat. (12 p.m.) "Yappy Hour" w/ Ant Cannuli (5:30 p.m.) Lorenzo Muniz (10 p.m.) DJ Bay
Sun. (10 a.m.) "Sunday Funday" Brunch feat. (12 p.m.) Wayne Bilotti
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. Paint & Sip "Apple Basket" $50
Fri. 7:30 p.m. Kricket Comedy feat. Eddie Gallagher, Ryan Maher, Dave Terruso. $25 (Online only), doors open at 7 p.m. 
Sat. 7 p.m. A Tribute to Billy Joel w/ Wade Preston. $25, doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Sun. 1 p.m. Rick Winow 
Lawrenceville Main Street 
17 Phillips Avenue Lawrenceville
(609) 219-9300
Thurs. 6 p.m. "Music In The Park" feat. Califon Hellbenders. (Weeden Park FREE admission) 
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. Strange Brew Crew
McStews Irish Sports Pub
5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA 
(215) 949-9570 
Sat. 9 p.m. AJ Slick
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. Happy Hour w/ Darryl Gibson 
Mercer County Park Festival Grounds 
Hughes Drive/Old Trenton Road West Windsor 
(609) 448-1947 
Fri. 6 p.m. Summer Concert Series: Best Of The Eagles / Kindred Spirit. ($5 Parking Fee)
More Than Q 
13 Klines Court Lambertville  
(609) 773-0072  
Sat. 2 p.m. Russell Norkevich 
Sun. 1 p.m. Ace 
Music Mountain Theater
1483 Route 179 Lambertville
(609)397-3337
Fri. 8 p.m. "Spring Awakening"
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. Mikey Junior
Naked Brewing Company 
212 Mill Street Bristol, PA 
(267) 544-7129
Thurs.6:30 p.m. Dana Collins Project 
Fri.  7 p.m. Faraway Guys
Sat. 7 p.m. Honey Spot Blvd
Sun. 11 a.m. Weekend Brunch w/ (12 p.m.) Mike & Shanna 
Tues. 7 p.m. Trivia 
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company 
909 Ray Avenue Croydon, PA 
(215) 458-7081
Thurs. 7 p.m. Video Game Night
Sun. 12 p.m. Yoga & Beer
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 "Fairy Hair Event"
Tues. 6:30 p.m. Spirit Mediumship Gallery Benefitting Amazing Mutts Puppy Rescue feat. Rich Braconi. (SOLD OUT please check for availability) 
Wed. 8 a.m. Flea Market
New Hope Winery / Tavern 
6123 Lower York Road New Hope, PA 
(215) 794-2331
Fri. 8 p.m. The Music of CSNY w/ "Laurel Canyon"  
Newtown Brewing Company
103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA 
(215) 944-8609 
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. "Friends" Trivia 
Fri. 6 p.m. JDuo
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. (6 p.m.) Matt Mass (9 p.m.) Phase 3
Sat. 9 p.m. Starship Lovechild
Sun. 4 p.m. The Eighty-Six 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 
Fri. 9:30 p.m. The Smokey Grey Band
Sat. 9:30 p.m. 80s Undercover
Tues. 7 p.m. Singer/Songwriter Night hosted by Frank & Mario
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
Wed. 6:30 p.m. Trivia  
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 
Sat. 12 p.m. Summer Music Series feat. Erik Daab Trio
Wed. 10 a.m. Storytime w/ JaZams  
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"
Patriot's Theater at The War Memorial                                                             
1 Memorial Drive Trenton 
(609) 984-8400
Sat. 8 p.m. Indian Idol Mega Intense Tour 2023
Pete's Steak House 
523 Whitehorse Avenue Hamilton
 (609) 585-8008
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Cover Up
Princeton Country Club
1-Wheeler Way West Windsor
(609) 452-9382 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Karaoke Night w/ Live DJ
Fri. 5 p.m. Happy Hour w/ 
Sun. 11 a.m. Jazz Brunch
Princeton Makes 
301 North Harrison Street Princeton 
Sat. 10:30 a.m. "A Fluid Art Experience" w/ Adriana Groza
Sun. 4 p.m. Second Sunday Poetry  
Princeton Public Library (Hinds Plaza)
65 Witherspoon Street Princeton  
(609) 924-9529 
Fri. 7 p.m. Dancing Under The Stars
Sun. 3 p.m. Putman County
Princeton University (Richardson Auditorium)
Nassau Street Princeton
Sat. 12 p.m. Princeton Conducting Institute Choral Concert. (Takes place at the University Chapel)
Puss N Boots Tavern
942 Trenton Road Fairless Hills, PA
Fri. 8 p.m. Karaoke
Sat. 8 p.m. Music Bingo
Tues. 7 p.m. Trivia
Recklesstown Farm Distillery
2800 Route 206 North Columbus
(609) 784-8046 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Northern Pigskin Pig Roast. $35, Ages 21+
Restaurante LUCCA & Piano Lounge 
144 US Route 130 Bordentown 
(609) 262-0110
Thurs. 8 p.m. Jazz night w/ Brian Betz & The Dean Schneider Trio
Revere Restaurant
802 River Road Ewing
(609) 882-6365
Sat. 6 p.m. Bad Hombres  
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. Maci Miller 
Sat. 7 p.m. Bob Egan 
Sun. 11:30 a.m. Brunch w/ Dave Dales Duo
Wed. 5:30 p.m. Megan Knight 
Robbinsville Community Concert 
Town Center Lake Drive Gazebo, Robbinsville
Tues. 7 p.m. DJ Reggie 
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/ (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
Russo's Pub & Italian Restaurant
1302 Monmouth Road Mount Holly
(609) 261-3277
Fri. 7 p.m. The Bilco Band
Wed. 6:30 p.m. Painting and Flowers and Cupcakes Oh My! 
Salon 33 
794 Alexander Road Princeton 
Fri. 7 p.m. Elie Mananza and Drew Pieros
Sat. 7 p.m. Caleb Eckstein's Quintet
Sun. 7 p.m. Dumas String Quartet 
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
Second Sin Brewing Company
1500 Grundy Lane Bristol, P
(267) 812-5251
Thurs. 7 p.m. "Parks & Recreation" Trivia
Shady Brook Farm 
931 Stony Hill Road Yardley, PA 
(215) 968-1670 
Thurs: 6 p.m. Bob & Kate 
Fri. 6:30 p.m. "UnWINEd" Concert feat. Wonderland. $12 (advance/online, $15 at door), doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Sat. 10 a.m. Peach & Sunflower Festival feat. (12 p.m.) Pennise Family Band / "Party On The Patio" feat. (2 p.m.) Chrome Pony (6:30 p.m.) The Naturals Trio
Sun. 10 a.m. Peach & Sunflower Festival feat. (12 p.m.) Jon Savage & The Classic Rockers. / "Party On The Patio" feat. (2 p.m.) Sunset Skyz Duo  
Sherman Theater/Penn Community Bank Amphitheater 
2400 Byberry Road Bensalem, PA 
Wed. 7 p.m. CCR and John Fogerty Tribute w/ "Green River"  (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. 44 Fridays
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. Matt Davis and Kyle Knupple
Wed. 11 a.m. WPRB Live DJ Set
Sparky World-Famous Beer Garden
4333 New Falls Road Levittown, PA 
(215) 943-2321 
Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Dana
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Midnight Sun TTL
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Sight Unseen
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. Chris & Eve
Steam Pub 
606 2nd Street Pike Southampton, PA 
Fri. 10 p.m. DJ Scooter
Sat. 10:30 p.m. Country Night w/ "Let's Ride"
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. The Jeanne Morris Band  
Tavern On The Lake 
101 Main Street Hightstown 
(609) 426-9345  
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. ALBO 
Sat. 1 p.m. "Weekend Music Series" feat. Jerry Steele
Sun. 1 p.m. "Weekend Music Series" feat. Michael Montemurro
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
Fri. 8 p.m. Windborne
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.) The Zings
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
Fri. 7 p.m. Na Bodach
Sun. 3 p.m. "Traditional Irish Session"
 
The Federal Twist Vineyard 
8 Federal Twist Road Stockton
(609) 773-6066 
Sat. 2 p.m. The Mac Paige Duo. $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 
Tues. 7 p.m. Music Bingo w/ Jonathan Appel
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Chris Benedetti
The HOB Tavern 
146 Second Street Bordentown
(609) 291-7020 
Sat. 8 p.m. Skelly & J
The Irish Horne Bar & Restaurant
882 2nd Street Pike Richboro, PA 
(215) 942-4000 
Fri. 6 p.m. Keep The Change
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 Fatha Ramzee
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Talking In Cursive
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo w/ Bob E Luv 
Wed. 10 p.m. 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. Light The Fuse!
Sat. 8 p.m. Cara Cartney
Sun. 3 p.m. Molly Seger
Mon. 7 p.m. Karaoke
Tues. 7 p.m. Music Bingo
Wed. 7 p.m. Trivia Night
The Penguin Rocks (24 Hour On-Demand Music/Radio)
www.thepenguinrocks.com 
Mon. -  Fri. "Radio Jersey" Hosted by Lee Mrowicki 
Sun. - Sat. "Classic Jersey" Hosted by Gary Wien
Sun. - Sat. "Beyond The Palace" Hosted by Lee Mrowicki 
Sun. - Sat. "Danny Coleman's Rock On Radio" feat. The New Bardots
Sun. - Sat. "From The Basement" Hosted by Mike Marrone
Sun. - Sat. "Deuce Radio" Hosted by Matt Barker
Sun. - Sat. "Altrok Radio" Hosted by Sean Carolan
Sun. - Sat. "Lighty's Corner" Hosted by Gary Wien 
Sun. - Sat. "The Troubador Show" Hosted by John Godfrey
The Roost
181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge
(609) 208-0050
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. DC Duo 
Fri. 8 p.m. East Coast Funk 
Sat. 8 p.m. FOGLight
Wed. 6 p.m. Joe Vadala
The Sycamore Grill
255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA
(215) 908-6326 
Fri. 8 p.m. Plush Duo
Sat. 8 p.m. Brian Elliot Duo
The Union Firehouse
18 Washington Street Mount Holly
(609) 288-6491
Fri. 8 p.m. Rob Messina's Dave Matthews Experience. Doors open at 7 p.m.
The Union House 
19 East Union Street Burlington
(609) 531-6077
Fri. 8 p.m. Nobody's Business
Sat. 8 p.m. (TBA)
The William Trent House
15 Market Street Trenton
Fri. 6 p.m. Summer Concert Series w/ The Connection 
Thomas Sweet Ice Cream
183 Nassau Street Princeton  
(609) 683-8720 
Fri. 7 p.m. Rusty Monks
Sat. 7 p.m. Backtrack
ThunderBowl Lanes NJ
423 east main Street Wrightstown
(609) 723-7914
Sat. 6:30 p.m. Sunday's Afternoon
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 
Sat. 7 p.m. Modern Mojo
Trenton Free Public Library
120 Academy Street Trenton
(609) 392-7188
Sat. 11 a.m. Figurative Painting w/ Kenneth Lewis Sr.
Trenton Social
449 South Broad Street Trenton
(609) 989-7777
Thurs. 5 p.m. "Happy Hour Throwback Thursday / "Far & Wide" Photo Exhibition
Fri, 5 p.m."Far & Wide" Photo Exhibition
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   
Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzo w/ Ed Packer
Under The Moon 
23 North Union Street Lambertville
(609) 397-1710
Fri. 6 p.m. The Lifters Duo
Sat. (12 p.m.) Jerry Monk (6 p.m.) Matt Gorduek
Wed. 5:30 p.m. Greg McGarvey
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. Suzette Ortiz and her Latin Ensemble 
Vault Smoke House
19 West College Avenue Yardley, PA
(267) 907-8550
Sat. 1 p.m. "Vault Brew Fest 2023" feat. The Fitch Brothers. $30 (advance)
Village Idiot Brewing Company
42 High Street Mount Holly
(609) 975-9270 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
West Windsor Community Park
410 Princeton Hightstown Road West Windsor
(609) 799-6155
Sat. 4 p.m. Aazadi Ki Shaam
Wildflowers Inn
2572 Pennington Road Pennington 
(609) 773-239
Thurs. 6 p.m. Rob Silvers
Working Dog Winery
610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown
(609) 371-6000
Thurs. 4:30 p.m. Chris from Rave On
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"
Yankee Doodle Tap Room 
10 Palmer Square Princeton 
(609) 921-7500 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Dueling Pianos


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