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Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites....8/17/23


By Danny Coleman

originally published: 08/17/2023

Rock On! This Week

"That's right," laughed a very jovial Tommy Castro, "The record has been out for a while but it's summertime so we're hitting all of the spots. We've been to Europe a couple of times this year and that's where I'm at now, I'm calling you from Romania; we have a show here and then head back to the States for a private event in Minnesota, a festival in New Hampshire and the gig at Somers Point and The Iridium. We are just keeping busy and we'll finally be home in September and I'll get a chance to hang around my house and relax for a few weeks (laughs)."

"The record" is called "A Bluesman Came To Town" and is currently out on the Alligator Records label but the exciting part is; Castro will be making two stops in the area. The first is at the famed Iridium in New York City on August 17 and the second is in New Jersey for the Somers Point Beach Concert Series on August 18. 

Castro's brand of music is most times categorized as "Blues" or "Blues Rock," something, as you'll read a bit later, he mildly disputes but one thing that is indisputable is; he is highly skilled at his craft, well-respected and very much a survivor in an industry and genre which isn't always the easiest. 

Blues music itself can be a hard sell at times and often times many artists struggle to find success here in the U.S. and often times do better overseas, specifically in the European markets but Castro readily says that he and the band do just fine here at home and any incursion into the European markets is by design. 



 
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"We've had ups and downs over the years, there were times when work was a little more scarce but since COVID is now gone, the last couple of  years, things have been picking up," he said with confidence. "It has not really been the case here with us. We made a conscious decision to develop the European market again. We had that in the '90s when we were with a certain record label; they were releasing our records on an independent label based in France and we would go over there at least once or twice a year in those days. Then things changed after the internet kicked in and the way that people get their music changed and during that transition, the little label we were working with over there basically slowed down a lot and the touring for us kind of stopped there for a while but over the last six or seven years we've concentrated on developing Europe again and it has been working out great for us. We've had a bunch of festivals this summer and we're going back again in November but our bread and butter is the U.S. The Midwest and East Coast we are really strong and of course the West Coast where we are from."

One of the ways to ensure said success and continue to move forward in the future is adaptability.

"We've been consistent, it has been 30 years now," he went on to explain. "As I said, there were times when for whatever reason, things slowed down a little bit for us; we kept working but maybe we got a few less festivals or something like that. We started out really strong in the '90s and stayed that way until 2010 or somewhere around there and then there was a little dip. So, I rearranged the band a little bit and kind of re-invented it a little bit; gave the band a name, Tommy Castro & the Painkillers and started leaning into the guitar a little more and making it more of a guitar show or should I say more guitar driven. In the world of guitar; I don't even really try and compete in that. People like our songs, they like our show; my voice and the guitar are one of the things I do but it's not the focal point of our act. The guitar in blues has come back big and strong with a lot of really great players out there now and with some women players who are on the scene making it attractive and exciting so that you're not just seeing a bunch of guys playing guitar all of the time; ya' know? Like I say, I don't really depend on my guitar skills to have a career; if that was the case I'd probably not have a career (Laughs). I'm a pretty good guitar player but I'm a meat and potatoes blues guy. I'm not that mind blowing when it comes to guitar, I play guitar to the song that I'm playing and it's generally a pretty simple straightforward approach; if you want to get dazzled by amazing guitar skills, there are a lot of other guys you may want to go see like Joe Bonamassa, Eric Gales and a number of other guys who are just great guitar players. I like Marcus King a lot; I think he's great. Derek Trucks, I don't think anyone compares to Derek Trucks, he's kind of in a class of his own. Coming from the Allman Brothers roots and taking it to a whole other level; not that there was anything wrong with Duane Allman's playing or Dickey Betts or Warren Haynes for that matter but I just think Derek has taken that world of guitar to a whole other level. Him and Susan (Tedeschi) are such nice people; I've known them for a long time. I don't see them much these days but years ago, Susan and I were on tour with BB King for a batch of dates in the summertime and we got to be friends. Interestingly enough, I got half of the tour, about 30 dates and the other half went to Derek Trucks as the opening act which was an interesting coincidence. I love Susan's playing, she's got a great style and she gets so into it. When she'd play guitar, she'd be jamming her shoes into the stage from stomping her foot and sometimes she'd bust through her nylon stockings with her toe. She'd have open toe shoes on and her nylon stockings and we would wait for that (laughs) and watch her play and think, that is so cool and she's a pretty impressive guitar player and when you're playing the blues that's what you want. You want to dig in with a lot of passion and emotion and we always dug her guitar playing but of course she's also known for her amazing voice."

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So, if his guitar and vocals are not the "Focal point" and it is "The songs" that garner the attention; who is the songwriter? 

"I write most of the songs and I co-write with other professional songwriters; once in a while my bass player Randy, who I've been together with for 30 years now; he'll come to me with an idea once in a while. Some of our best songs were written from mine and his collaborations but this last album was mostly a collaboration with Tom Hambridge the producer. and I have a whole stable of really great songwriters that I get together with and work out my ideas." 

With the new album firmly under his belt and tour dates keeping him busy; remember that mild dispute mentioned earlier? What is the biggest dilemma he faces once he hits the stage?



 
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"I think it's a 90-minute show, sometimes it's two sets but I'm pretty sure at The Iridium it will be one 90-minute set and that's the hardest part because I have so many songs that I want to play; I've got over 20 albums out and in those 20 albums there are a lot of good songs and it's not that it's just good songs but I have a variety of styles, sounds, grooves and approaches in my show. I mean, it's pretty eclectic that way, it's blues, it's soul music, it's rock 'n' roll, it's rock blues, it's traditional blues, wherever the songs take me. I listen to a lot of stuff and I've been inspired by this music ever since I was a kid listening to Elvin Bishop and Taj Mahal and of course all of the other blues guitar players like BB King, Buddy Guy, Elmore James, and Muddy Waters of course. Cats like "Gatemouth" Brown and I just soaked up all of the great guitar players like Michael Bloomfield who was an influence of mine; I've been inspired by all of these cats since I was a kid. I keep listening for new stuff as time goes on and more and more great music comes out; I just can't settle on one style of playing. Most artists do, they find their sound and they stick with that and they go with it. I can't, I have to do stuff that's Ray Charles influenced and Wilson Pickett influenced, Eric Clapton, BB King, it's kind of all over the map in that way. What I'm getting at is, it's hard to put all of the things that I think we do well into; if we have a 60-minute set it's really hard, 90-minutes is still really hard to get it all in but we'll do a 90-minute show doing songs from my whole catalog going back to the early '90s and a few songs from the latest release, "A Bluesman Came To Town" which was a nice breath of fresh air for us because it's a bit of a different concept and it has been received very well and given my career a little shot in the arm in terms of us doing a little better since its release." 

Tommy is very close to his fan base and their support is invaluable to him, especially if they "Get it." 

"There are people who really get what we do, I mean really get it. A lot of times, people will come to a show because they've heard of me and that I'm a blues guitar player or they may just want to hear blues guitar playing and that's just one of the things that I do. Like I said, our music and our show, it's not just all about that. So, when I hear about fans who find us and really get what we're trying to do, it means a lot and there are enough of them out there to keep us going."

Fortunately yet unfortunately, there is still time left to see Castro and his band mates but you've only two days to do so and with that in mind; please visit  https://www.tommycastro.com/ to find out more about both shows and Tommy himself. 

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. Redbird
Sat. (12 p.m.) Acoustic Brunch w/  (5 p.m.) Rick Winow 
Sun. 12 p.m. Sunday Acoustic Brunch
Mon. 5 p.m. Joe Hutchinson
Tues. 7 p.m. Mike & Laura
Wed. 7 p.m. Kindred Spirit Duo
Aristaeus Brewing
2475C Big Oak Road Langhorne, PA 
(215) 757-2337
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia 
Fri. 7 p.m. Pete Beck
Sat. 7 p.m. Tom Petty Tribute w/ "Running Down The Dream" 
Sun. 10 a.m. “Sunday Funday Brunch” (3 p.m.) Jonathn Ashe
Arm & Hammer Park
1 Thunder Road Trenton 
(609) 394-3300
Thurs. 7 p.m. Hockey Night w/ Post-Game Fireworks
Sun. 5 p.m. 16th Annual Bark at The Park
Ashlynn Distillery 
32 West Bridge Street Morrisville, PA 
Thurs. 5 p.m. Cecil & Carl
Sun. 3 p.m. Dueling Pianos
Wed. 6 p.m. Cara Cartney 
Bill's Olde Tavern
2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton
(609) 586-0192
Fri. 7 p.m. Thrown Together
Sat. 7 p.m. Best Of Clapton 
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 Lions Park
100 Basin Park Bristol, PA 
Sun. 6 p.m. Finster  
Bristol Riverside Theater 
2501 Bath Road Bristol, PA
(215) 785-0100 
Fri. 8 p.m. Funkadrill's Mandrill Experience
Tues. 7 p.m. Karen Riverband
Broad Street Brewing
2621 Durham Road Bristol, PA
Sun. 4 p.m. SoulShine
Broken Goblet Brewing
2500 State Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 812-5653
Thurs. 7 p.m. Open Mike w/ Mike Estabrook
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
Sat. 6 p.m. Bob Banka
Bucks County Brewery and Hewn Spirits 
31 Appletree Lane Pipersville, PA
(215) 766-7711
Fri. 5:30 p.m. Leisure Suit Monday
Sat. 5:30 p.m. Malcolm Clark Jazz Duo
Sun. 2 p.m. Just Jeff
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: Gentlemen of Soul
Sat. 6 p.m. Summer Concert Series: Jake's Rockin' Country Band
Burlington Riverfront Promenade
Pearl Boulevard & High Street Burlington
Thurs. 6 p.m. Car Show feat. music by Random Notes
Candlelight Lounge 
24 Passaic Street Trenton  
(609) 695-9612 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Thursday Night Blues Jam. $5
Sun. 3 p.m. Glenn Williams. $20
Catch A Rising Star (Hyatt Regency Princeton) 
102 Carnagie Center Princeton
(781) 568-1471
Sat. 7:30 p.m. The Funny Tikki Masala Show Hosted by Vinod Chhaproo feat. Karthik Lavangu, Jittin Nautiyal, Raj Belani, Shalini Haridoss. $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. The Rangers Nouveau
Cooper's Riverview                                                                     
50 Riverview Plaza Trenton
(609) 393-7300 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Kindred Spirit 
Fri. 5 p.m. Happy Hour w/ Lisa Bouchelle (8 p.m.) Se7en
Sat. 8 p.m. No Way Out
Sun. (10 a.m.) Sunday "Jazz" Brunch w/ Victor Tarassov. $22.95 (Includes 2 Mimosas) $34.95 (Adults, kids ages 6-12 $14.95, kids under age 5 FREE) 
Tues. 7 p.m. Salsa Tuesdays w/ DJ Enerjetic 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 
Cranbury Public Library
30 Park Place West Cranbury
(609) 722-6992
Tues. 7 p.m. Spanky's garage
Cream Ridge Winery
145 Route 539 Cream Ridge 
(609) 259-9797 
Sun. 2:30 p.m. Jo Wymer  
Crossing Vineyard and Winery
1853 Wrightstown Road Washington Crossing, PA
(215) 493-6500 
Fri. 7:15 p.m. "Summer Wine and Music Series" feat. Legacy. $15 (advance), Doors open at 5 p.m., Ages 21+ 
Sat. 2 p.m. Meg Russell
Sun. 2 p.m. Bill Thomas   
Cross Pollination Gallery
2 North Union Street Lambertville 
(609) 213-6734
Fri. 5 p.m. SiriOm Singh and the Soul Warriors
Croydon Acres Park
238 Walnut Avenue Croydon, PA 
Sat. 2 p.m. Deuce Brothers
Curran’s Irish Inn
1909 Bristol Pike Bensalem, PA
(215) 245-1800
Thurs. 7 p.m. Music Bingo 
Fri. 7 p.m. Porch
Sat. 7 p.m. Monaco & Whitman
Mon. 7:30 p.m. Quizzo
Cycle Kings
415 Calhoun Street Trenton
Fri. 6 p.m. City of Trenton Summer Concert Series feat. Showtyme & Da Traffic
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 
Fri. 7 p.m. Bad Neighbors
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Random Notes  
Eddington House Bensalem
2813 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA 
(215) 639-1220 
Fri. 8:30 p.m. SuperTrain
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Last Call 
Sun. 3 p.m. Ryan Biedermann
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 p.m. John Brennan
Sat. 8 p.m. Matt Mass
Escape Resort, Restaurant & Bar 
120 Pheasant Run Road Newtown, PA 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Karaoke 
Fri. 6 p.m. Will Williams Trio
Tues. 6 p.m. Karaoke
Farley's Bookshop 
44 South Main Street New Hope, PA
(215) 862-2452
Tues. 6 p.m. "Still Drinkin' & Smokin', Rockin' & Rollin'; An Oral History Of John & Peter's Of New Hope" w/ Amy Yates Wuelfing 
Flying Pig Tavern & Tap 
167 US-Route 130 North Bordentown 
(609) 899-7447
Fri. 9 p.m. Anger Management
Sat. 9 p.m. 44 Fridays
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia
Forsgate Country Club   
375 Forsgate Drive Monroe
(732) 521-0700 
Sat. 6 p.m. Hawaiian Luau
Tues. 6 p.m. Music Bingo
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.)
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.) Never Enough 
Sat. 8 p.m. "2nd Annual Luau Party" feat. DJ Dangeruss
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. Mike Lunemann Duo
Sat. 8 p.m. Brian Kmetz
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 Far Away Guys
Halo Pub (Fete) 
9 Hullfish Street Princeton 
(609) 921-1710 
Sat. 6 p.m. Jon Savage & the Classic Rockers
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 Township Public Library 
1 Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. Way Hamilton 
(609) 581-4060
Sat 11 a.m. Reverse Mortgage Presentation
Hamilton Veterans Park 
1865 Yardville-Hamilton Square Road Hamilton  
Sat. 12 p.m. Community Cookout and Back to School Drive
Happy Apple Inn 
29 Imlaystown Road Cream Ridge
(609) 259-7889
Fri. 5:30 p.m. Calumet Farm Bourbon Tasting. $100 (Includes tasting and choice of three entries) 
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.) CSNY Tribute w/ "Wooden Ships" $30 (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 
Hightstown Historical Society
164 North Main Street Hightstown
Wed. 6:30 p.m. Historic Walking Tours. $18 (FREE Parking) 
Hopewell Boro Park
Columbia Avenue at Greenwood Avenue Hopewell Borough
Sat. 7 p.m. James Popik and Supernova
Hopewell Valley Vineyards
46 Yard Avenue Pennington 
(609) 737-4465 
Fri. 4 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. (5:30 p.m.) Just Us
Sat. (9 a.m.) WWFM Fransisco (1 p.m.) Dve Matthews Tribute w/ "Midnight Masqueraders"  (5:30 p.m.) "Music & Merlot" feat. Rainbow Fresh
Sun. 2:30 p.m. Frank Cervantes
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.) Ryan Biedermann (9 p.m.) Meshed Up
Sat. 7 p.m. Tim Carney
Mon. 7 p.m. Motown Mondays w/ rotating DJs BeeNice, Rawskillz, JusGroove
Tues. 8 p.m. Acoustic Tuesday w/ Harley Minton 
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. Jo Wymer Band
Sat. 6:30 p.m. Aaron Quarterman
Sun. 2 p.m. Double G Acoustic
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 
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Asylum Choir
All shows 21+    
John & Peter's
96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa 
(215) 862-5981 
Sat. (3 p.m.) Trip Dogs (9 p.m.) San Tropez, Above The Moon, Fake Pockets, Kiersten Blue. 
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. Ken Dubman
Fri. (5:30 p.m.) Ant Cannuli (10 p.m.) DJ Jimmy G
Sat. (5:30 p.m.) Wayne Bilotti (7 p.m.) Sunrise Cries (9 p.m.) DJ Dan
Sun. (10 a.m.) "Sunday Funday" Brunch feat. (12 p.m.) Ty Mares
Mon. 4 p.m. "Yappy" Hour 
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. Crown Acoustic
Laurita Winery 
85 Archertown Road New Egypt 
(609) 752-0200 
Fri. 6 p.m. Wine & Goat Yoga
Sat. Seafood Food Truck Festival feat. (11 a.m.) Classic Rewind (2:30 p.m.) 80s Undercover (6 p.m.) Strictly 60s. $13 (advance / ages 20 and under FREE)
Sun. Seafood Truck Festival feat. (11 a.m.) The Rangers Nouveau (3 p.m.) Junkyard Dawgs. $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 Conversation (Weeden Park FREE admission) 
Lillipies Bakery
30 North Harrison Street Princeton 
(609) 423-2100  
Sat. 10 a.m. Storytime with Jeff
Sun. 11 a.m. Ilan Eisensweig 
Locust Hall at Johnson's Farm
2691 Monmouth Road Jobstown
(609) 723-2630  
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Flower Workshop
Sat. 6 p.m. An Evening On The Farm
Logan Inn 
10 West Ferry Street New Hope, PA
Sat. 6:30 p.m. Ernie White
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
Marcello's Coal Fired Restaurant/Pizza/Bordentown
206 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
(609) 298-8360
Thurs. 6 p.m. Lola Coker
McStews Irish Sports Pub
5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA 
(215) 949-9570 
Sat. 9 p.m. All Lit Up
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. Cover Up
 
Mercer County Park Festival Grounds 
Hughes Drive/Old Trenton Road West Windsor 
(609) 448-1947 
Fri. 6 p.m. Summer Concert Series: "Trenton Night" feat. Instant Funk, The Grace Little Band ($5 Parking Fee)
More Than Q 
13 Klines Court Lambertville  
(609) 773-0072  
Sat. 2 p.m. Bill Ihling
Sun. 1:30 p.m. Big Frank & Mike Smith  
Morrisville Lanes 
625 Nolan Avenue Morrisville, PA 
(215) 295-5526 
Sat. 12 p.m. "2023 Bowl-B-Cue" $25, $15, $10
Music Mountain Theater
1483 Route 179 Lambertville
(609)397-3337
Fri. 8 p.m. "On The Town" 
Sat. 3 p.m./ 8 p.m.  "On The Town" 
Sun. 3 p.m.  "On The Town" 
Music On Main
25 East Main Street Yardley, PA 
Sat. 6 p.m. Ja-Tun and Random Acts of Soul
Naked Brewing Company 
212 Mill Street Bristol, PA 
(267) 544-7129
Thurs.6:30 p.m. Dana Collins Project 
Fri.  7 p.m. Karaoke
Sat. 7 p.m. Stranger Than Normal
Sun. 11 a.m. Weekend Brunch 
Tues. 7 p.m. Trivia
Nassau Park Pavilion
Nassau Park Boulevard West Windsor
Sat. 4 p.m. The Judy Kang Experience 
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company 
909 Ray Avenue Croydon, PA 
(215) 458-7081
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia Night 
Sat. 7 p.m. "The Terror of Mechagodzillla" on 16mm Film
Sun. 12 p.m. Blue's Bootcamp and Brews
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 
Fri. 5 p.m. RCJ Duo
Sat. 8 p.m. Def Leppard Tribute w/ "Adrenalize"
Sun. 1 p.m. Laurie Vosburg
Newtown Athletic Club 
120 Pheasant Run Newtown, PA 
(215) 968-0600 
Fri. 4:30 p.m. Happy Hour Yoga  
Newtown Brewing Company
103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA 
(215) 944-8609 
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. "Useless Knowledge Trivia 
Fri. 6 p.m. Frank Cervantes
Sat. (3 p.m.) Tour Through Italy Wine Tasting & Pairing (6 p.m.) Noah Richardson
Sun. 1 p.m. Homebrew Competition & Festival
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. Journey Tribute w/ "Highway Run" 
Sat. 9 p.m. Old School
Sun. 4 p.m. Sir Rod
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. Radio Fiction 
Tues. 7 p.m. Singer/Songwriter Night hosted by Frank & Mario
Ages 21+   
O'Connors American Bar & Grille 
1383 Monmouth Road Easthampton  
(609) 261-1555
Thurs. 11 am. "8th Anniversary Celebration" feat. (5 p.m.) The Grouser Girls
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
Fri. 6 p.m. Chet & Ari  
Old Town Pub
135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown 
(609) 291-9232
Thurs. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia
Fri. 9 p.m. Tour De Force Trio
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. Ant Geo Duo
Wed. 10 a.m. Storytime w/ JaZam  
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. Paul Plumeri Blues Band
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 
Sun. 10:45 a.m. Book Brunch w/ Ken Joworowski for "Small Town Sins" 
Puss N Boots Tavern
942 Trenton Road Fairless Hills, PA
Fri. 8 p.m. 80s Night at The Boot (Prize for Best Dressed 80s garb) 
Sat. 8 p.m. Music Bingo 
Tues. 7 p.m. Trivia
Revere Restaurant
802 River Road Ewing
(609) 882-6365
Sat. 6 p.m. Two For Flinching

Ristorante LUCCA & Piano Lounge 
144 US Route 130 Bordentown 
(609) 262-0110
Thurs. 8 p.m. Jazz night w/ Skip Pratt & The Dean Schneider Trio
Wed. 8 p.m. An Evening w/ Carl Jenkins 
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. Debra & Patrick
Sat. 7 p.m. Bob Egan 
Sun. 11:30 a.m. Brunch w/ Dave Dales Duo
Wed. 5:30 p.m. Zac Lawless 
Roebling Museum 
100 2nd Avenue Roebling
(609) 499-7200 
Fri. 7 p.m. "Murder & Mayhem" A True Crime Walking Tour
 
Rose Bank Winery 
258 Durham Road Newtown, PA  
(215) 860-5899
Sat. 1 p.m. "Tastings & Tunes in the Buckman Barn" feat. 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
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. Redbird
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. Just Jeff
Fri. 5:30 p.m. "UnWINEd" Concert feat. Coast 2 Coast. $12 (advance/online, $15 at door), doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Sat. "Party On The Patio" feat. (2 p.m.) Acoustic Bandwagon (6:30 p.m.) The E-Miners
Sun. "Party On The Patio" feat. 2 p.m. On The Rocks 
Sherman Theater/Penn Community Bank Amphitheater 
2400 Byberry Road Bensalem, PA 
Wed. 7 p.m. A Tribute to Huey Lewis & the News w/ "Back In Time" (Doors open at 5:30 p.m., tickets available online)
Slim's Irish Pub 
2195 Galloway Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 332-0047
Sat. 8 p.m. Blue Reign
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 
Fri. 7 p.m. Nick Cosaboom
Sat. 7 p.m. Matt Trowbridge
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. Wicked Alibi
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. Troy, Cecil & Carl (Black Cherry)
Stars & Stripes Harley Davidson
600 South Flowers Mill Road Langhorne, PA 
(215) 752-9400 
Fri. 5 p.m. Car Show and Bikini Contest feat. Crash & Deb
Sat. 11 a.m. Babes & BBQ
Steam Pub 
606 2nd Street Pike Southampton, PA 
Fri. 10 p.m. DJ Sat One
Sat. 10:30 p.m. DJ Salvo
Subculture Artisan Ales 
11 West Second Street Florence
Sat. 6 p.m. Sunday's Afternoon
Sun. 4 p.m. Trivia
1675 at The Ridges
4666 East Bristol Road Trevose, PA
(215) 876-6868
Fri. 7 p.m. Stage Left
1675 Spirits 
2685 Bristol Pike Bensalem, PA
(215) 645-1445
Fri. 6 p.m. Joe & Krista  
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. Joah Blume
Sat. 1 p.m. "Weekend Music Series" feat. Brian Bortnick
Sun. 1 p.m. "Weekend Music Series" feat. Allan Wilkinson
TGI Fridays 
780 Route 130 South Hamilton
(609) 581-6910 
Sun. 9 p.m. Trivia Game Night / SIN Sundays
Wed. 7 p.m. Twilight Vignette Hosted by Paint with Priya
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.) Influence
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. El Ka Bong
The Dubliner
34 North Main Street New Hope, PA 
(215) 693-1816
Fri. 7 p.m. Sean Fleming
Sat. 7 p.m. Andrew Koontz & Bill O'Neal
Sun. 2 p.m. David Falcone
 
The Federal Twist Vineyard 
8 Federal Twist Road Stockton
(609) 773-6066 
Sat. 2 p.m. On the Fly. $5 (Ages 20 and under FREE)
Sun. 2 p.m. Carren Kennedy Trio. $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 
Wed. 8 p.m. Kristin & Fam
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. DJ Bob E Luv
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. Blue Flame Six
Sat. 8 p.m. DragsVille
Sun. 3:30 p.m. Music Bingo
Mon. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night Comedy and Music 
Tues. 7 p.m. Music Bingo
Wed. 7 p.m. Trivia Night  
The Newtown Theatre
120 North State Street Newtown, PA
(215) 968-3859
Fri. 8 p.m. The Teddy Pendergrass Anniversary Band 
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. JSJBJ Long Branch Blues Festival Preview w/ Regina Bonelli, Eliza Neals, Tom Baldino and a call from Catholic Girls Gail Peterson
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. Bad Hombres
Wed. 6 p.m. Joe Vadala
The Sycamore Grill
255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA
(215) 908-6326 
Fri. 8 p.m. Tailspin
Sat. 8 p.m. Native Son
The Union Firehouse
18 Washington Street Mount Holly
(609) 288-6491
Fri. 7 p.m. Haley Mae Campell / Lauren O'Brien. $15 (advance),  Doors open at 6 p.m.
Sat. 7 p.m. Sublime Tribute w/ "The Second-Hand Smokes" / Green Day Tribute w/ "Nimrod." $15, Doors open at 6 p.m.
The Union House 
19 East Union Street Burlington
(609) 531-6077
Fri. 8 p.m. Brian Varhelyi
Sat. 8 p.m. Heart Fulla Bluz
Third State Brewing 
352 High Street Burlington 
(609) 387-1620
Fri. 6 p.m. Noah Richardson 
Thomas Sweet Ice Cream
183 Nassau Street Princeton  
(609) 683-8720 
Sat. 7 p.m. Dragonfly
Tir Na Nog 
1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton 
(609) 392-2554
Sun. 3 p.m. "Irish Sessions
All Shows 21+
Titusville First Presbyterian Church
4 River Drive Titusville 
Sun. 3 p.m. Hopewell Valley Community Jazz Ensemble led by Jack Furlong. $15 (advance / $20 at the door cash only) 
Train Wreck Distillery 
25 Madison Avenue Mount Holly 
(609) 288-6300 
Fri. 5 p.m. Heart Fulla Bluz
Sat. 7 p.m. Dave Murray Duo
Trent Center (Senior Building)
465-511 Greenwood Avenue Trenton
(609) 599-4761
Sat. 5 p.m. Meg Hanson Group  
Trenton Elks Lodge #105
42 Decou Avenue West Trenton
(609) 771-0105
Sun. 8 a.m. Belly Buster Breakfast. $12
Trenton Social
449 South Broad Street Trenton
(609) 989-7777
Thurs. 5 p.m. "Happy Hour Throwback Thursday
Sat. 6 p.m. Dick Gratton & Kim Rogers
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. Lia Menaker
Sat. (12 p.m.) Tony Alosi (6:30 p.m.) Brad Staudel
Wed. 5:30 p.m. Chris Giakis
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. Dave Posmontier Duo
Sat. 7 p.m. Paul Lingerman Trio 
Vault Smoke House
19 West College Avenue Yardley, PA
(267) 907-8550
Sat. 6 p.m. John Brennan
Village Idiot Brewing Company
42 High Street Mount Holly
(609) 975-9270 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
Vince's Pizzeria and Taproom
573 Durham Road Newtown, PA
(267) 491-5418
Sat. 5 p.m. Bill Thomas
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. Gary Cavico
Sat. 1 p.m. Chris from Rave On
Sun. 1 p.m. Bob & Dave
WWFM 89.1 FM HD2 Radio
MCCC Old Trenton Road West Windsor
Jazzon2.org
Sat. 11 a.m. A Tribute to Ron "Trenton Blues" Ungarini (Re-air of Danny Coleman's Got The Blues from 8/7, followed by six hours of Ron's "Cadillac Blues" shows and an hour with former Jazzon2 program director Winifred Howard and Danny Coleman)
Mon. 7 p.m. "Danny Coleman's Got The Blues"
Tues. 5 p.m. A Tribute to Ron "Trenton Blues" Ungarini (Re-air of Danny Coleman's Got The Blues from 8/7, followed by six hours of Ron's "Cadillac Blues" shows and an hour with former Jazzon2 program director Winifred Howard and Danny Coleman)
Yankee Doodle Tap Room 
10 Palmer Square Princeton 
(609) 921-7500 
Fri. 6 p.m. Erik Daab Trio


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