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Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...05/16/24


By Danny Coleman

originally published: 05/16/2024

Rock On! This Week

"I am doing well or at least I hope so," laughed singer songwriter Stephanie Sammons as she spoke about her past, the May 3 release of her latest album, "Time and Evolution," the present and what her future holds.

Like many in the art field, Stephanie's upbringing saw very supportive parents who appreciated her desire to create but also felt that passion was best left as a "side job" and like most kids, she followed her parents advice which even landed her here in New Jersey for a spell.

"Oh gosh; where should I begin? She said once again with a laugh. "I began my career as a financial planner and that's what I've done for a living for the bulk of my career. I had parents who led me in that direction of getting a business degree in college and you know, you can do music on the side and songwriting on the side and so, that was the path that I took. So, I've always had this kind of dual career where I'm using both sides of my brain. I am still a practicing financial planner, I have my own firm, it's small, it's boutique, it affords me life balance and the ability to do songwriting and pursue this career as well. I call it numbers and notes, math and music; there is something about the two things that is an interesting blend of left brain and right brain in my view; being a songwriter and being a financial planner but I spent many weeks of my life in Princeton, NJ because I was with Merrill Lynch in my early career and in Weehawken because I was with UBS and they were headquartered there and Hoboken; all kinds of neat places."

The fact that Sammons never lost sight of the prize, even though holding down a full-time job speaks volumes about her determination and grit but she readily admits; it wasn't always that way.



 
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"I've always had a deep desire to be a performer but I'm terribly introverted," she said slowly. "I came to love music through the church choir; I was raised in a Southern Baptist home and so all of those old church hymns are just ingrained in me but I never thought I was a very good singer. I had a choir teacher when I was young who said, "You just don't sing loud enough, move along;" I was trying out for a part in a play and that crushed me and I was like, OK, I'm terrible. Down the road, I taught myself how to play the guitar, got better, worked on my voice and worked on my confidence and then I started writing and recording my first EP which was a five song EP that I put out in 2010 which was right after the great financial crisis. I had lost my job at Merrill Lynch because I was in management at the time and they were downsizing and I thought; you know what? I'm gonna write some songs, find a producer and put it out there. So, I did that in 2010, I did it again in 2017; there is something about these seven year increments with me and I don't know why, but what really launched me into "I have to do this" is, I started coming to Nashville right around the time I put the 2017 EP out. I had probably been to 30 or so of these performing songwriter workshops that are small group workshops with very accomplished singer songwriters of which most were Grammy nominated and I think one of them won a Grammy; Mary Gauthier, Jonatha Brooke, Emily Saliers, Beth Nielsen Chapman and I just realized, these songwriters are pretty good singers, pretty good guitar players and very good songwriters and I ended up finding my tribe of songwriting peers here in Nashville and of all of us who have gone to those workshops and I've made lifelong friends there; I'm one of the only ones, one of the few who has taken it to the next level. I've applied my learnings from these mentors, built relationships and friendships with these mentors and really wanted to be the best that I can be at this. I'm competitive, I played basketball in college, not competitive in a comparative sense but I just wanted to live up to my full potential. So, that was really when it began and that's when I decided to turn pro, it was after learning so many nuggets of wisdom from these accomplished singer songwriters over these last six or seven years.That is what led me into it. I always wanted to do it but the timing had to be right for me and for some reason, I thought, I'm past my prime, I had all of these excuses; what would my clients think? I'm a financial planner, I can't also do this, it's not practical and so, I had to overcome all of those excuses and say; you know what? It's now or never! You only live once and I've got to do this, I want to do this.I want to write and perform and inspire people, make people feel something and share this gift with others."

After two EPs; what made her go full-length with "Time and Evolution?"

"Well, number one, it was consistent with this decision to go pro because I believe that is the way to do it, the way to show you're committed, it's a project; it's a very intensive process to get that done and accomplished. I also had the songs, I had enough songs to do it and through a mutual friend I found Mary Bragg and I was like, gosh, I know Mary Bragg will get my music. I know she would understand it and be thoughtful about it and she was the best person I could have ever found to work with on a project like this with these intense kinds of songs that I write. These songs have depth and are hopefully thought provoking; they are not all like that but most of them are. So, Mary Bragg said yes that she would love to work with me after listening to some of my music and that was last summer. So, we went into Sound Emporium Studios, here in Nashville, Studio B which is a little smaller lovely studio and we knocked it out. We recorded the whole thing in a week and it was hard, it was very intense. We did live takes and then it was a process of, in terms of the vocals, where I sang each song three times. One of those takes, usually your first or second which ends up being your best take and if you miss a note here or there you've got a couple of other takes if need be to help with that.The band recorded most of their parts with me singing live and then I went back over and sang the songs after that."

A Southern Baptist from the Dallas, Texas area, as you'll read, has its upside and its down but surely those choir roots of Gospel and Blues music had their influence on her and her art; no? 

"Oh definitely! The influence is in there, the church influence is definitely in my music. I use a lot of religious and biblical imagery in my songs; I don't know that you would hear any blues, maybe some undertones but outright bluesy chords or styles with regards to this collection of songs, no but I like that you bring that up because I need to explore that more deeply; you bring up a good point. The church that I grew up in, the hymns that resonated with me were the ones with the sweet melodies; those are the ones that are still stuck in my head and the ones that I remember and I think those types of melodies run through this collection of songs.There is definitely a theme or a thread that runs through this album and if I could define it succinctly, it's really this ongoing exploration and rediscovery of faith. My concept of spiritual faith as a young person, once I figured out who I was, a gay person at the age of 19, my concept of faith was completely shattered. The religious doctrine I was taught said, you're going to Hell and we don't accept you. We reject you, God rejects you and so I've honestly been spinning out of orbit all of these years trying to figure out what I have faith in; is it people? Humanity? Family? I just felt disappointed by everything and everyone and these songs are a reflection of losing my faith spiritually and otherwise, questioning my faith and trying to  understand the indiscriminate nature of suffering. Why her and not me? These kinds of thoughts are always running through my mind. How can one religious group say these people will get into heaven and these people won't? That's just maddening to me and so that is the core central theme to the album and part of it is tearing down some of that harmful church doctrine and trying to unlearn it, coming to terms with the shame that I've experienced in my life and really being OK with who I am. These sorts of things are all throughout the album and the title, "Time and Evolution," what that means is, everything takes time and everything changes; that's the hope. I've seen my family go from despair and distance and separation between me and my family for example to ultimately reconciling our relationships and love has won, love has prevailed. That's the whole idea behind the title, this album is a journey of rediscovering faith and it takes time, it has taken a long time for healing to happen and for love to shine through. Society has also changed, we change as people, nothing stays the same and everything takes time and everything changes and thank God for that."

Now that the album is released; does she have any tour plans or promotional strategies to get it out to the masses?

"I've no expectations of the outcome, of it going viral or getting discovered by new audiences; that's super tough," she stated realistically. "The joy is in making the music and writing the songs and getting them out to the world and if 10 people hear them and they are moved or inspired that's great and if thousands do, that's wonderful. There is not an official tour, I'll be playing selective events, festivals and things of that nature. I'm really just trying to make my way in this world of being a performing songwriter and be present at events and build relationships and network; it's quite amazing how doors open and opportunities come up. We actually host house concerts in our home and that has been a wonderful way to share with the community, perform and bring in guests to sing along with me; I've got some things up my sleeve but not an official tour at this time."



 
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To discover more about Stephanie Sammons, please visit https://stephaniesammons.com/ 

That's it for this week! Please continue to support live and original music and until next week....ROCK ON!



This week's event listings


Al's Airport Inn
636 Bear Tavern Road West Trenton
(609) 883-5252 
Thurs. 5 p.m. Jessica Stanley
Sat. (12 p.m.) Acoustic Brunch (5 p.m.) Ed Wall
Sun. 12 p.m. Sunday Acoustic Brunch 
Mon. 5 p.m. Bill Thomas
Tues. 7 p.m. Brian Elliot
Wed. 7 p.m. Kindred Spirit Duo  
Ancient Order of Hibernians 
2419 Kuser Road Hamilton 
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Cigar Dinner
Sat. 10 a.m. Veterans Monument Wreath Ceremony
Aristaeus Brewing
2475C Big Oak Road Langhorne, PA 
(215) 757-2337
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia 
Fri. 7 p.m. Bill Thomas
Sat. 7 p.m. Fare Thee Well
Sun. 3 p.m. Justin Love  
Arts Council of Princeton 
102 Witherspoon Street Princeton 
(609) 924-8777 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Story & Verse: A Storytelling, Poetry, Spoken Word Open Mic.
Fri. 6 p.m. Artist Talk: "Making Do"
Sat.  (10 a.m.) Musical Minds for Ages 9 months to 2 Years (10:30 a.m.) Musical Minds for Ages 3 to 5 Years
Wed.  (10 a.m.) Musical Minds for Ages 9 months to 2 Years (10:30 a.m.) Musical Minds for Ages 3 to 5 Years (7 p.m.) Jersey Art Meetup
Ashlynn Distillery 
32 West Bridge Street Morrisville, PA 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Cecil & Carl
Fri. 7 p.m. Mr. LC
Sat. 7 p.m. Eve Still Ramblin
Sun. 3 p.m. Cecil & Troy Cain
Mon. 6 p.m. Cigar Dinner. $130 (Includes 4 course dinner, tasting, 3 handcrafted cocktails, 3 Cigars)
Wed. 6 p.m. Cara Cartney
Bill's Olde Tavern
2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton
(609) 586-0192
Fri. 7 p.m. Polish Nannies
Sat. (7 p.m.) The Gypsy Ramblers (10 p.m.) DJ Dan Murphy
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
Bordentown City
Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown  
Fri. 7 p.m. "Frightening Fridays!" Haunted History Tours. $20
Sat. 12 p.m. "Spring Into Bordentown City" feat. (12 p.m.) TBA (3 p.m.) DJ Dance Party (5 p.m.) The Royals
Sun. 4 p.m.  NJNO the "not just nyckelharpa orchestra" Community Orchestra (Takes place at Old City Hall)
Bordentown Elks
11 Amboy Road Bordentown 
(609) 298-2085 
Sat. 7 p.m. "Awesome Thee Reunion" feat. EZP, Dale C, Willie Will
Bordentown Yacht Club 
1 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown 
(609) 298-9754 
Sat. 8 p.m. "A Night of Laughter" feat. Joseph Anthony, Joe Bub, Jeff Norris. $30 (Cash bar), doors open at 7 p.m.
Boro Bean 
9 East Broad Street Hopewell 
(609) 466-6681 
Sat. 11 a.m. John Abbott 
Bowman's Tavern 
1600 River Road New Hope, PA 
(215) 862-2972
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Matt Gordeuk Trio
Fri. (5:30 p.m.) Bennett Lee (8 p.m.) Bob Egan 
Sat. 7 p.m. Dave Dales Trio
Sun. (12 p.m.) Bill Avayou Trio (6 p.m.) Lorenzo
Tues. 6 p.m. Tony Alosi
Wed. 6 p.m. Liz DuFour
Broken Goblet Brewing
2500 State Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 812-5653
Thurs. 8 p.m.  Open Mic Thursdays w/ Mike Estabrook
Fri. 8 p.m. Matamoska The Phensic (Record release), Thirsty Guys, Backyard Superheroes, Call Me Malcolm. $18 (advance), ages 18+
Bucks County Brewery and Hewn Spirits 
31 Appletree Lane Pipersville, PA
(215) 766-7711
Fri. 5:30 p.m. Mike DiEleuterio
Sat. 4 p.m. Electric Mayhem
Bucks On Bridge
25 Bridge Street Lambertville
(609) 483-2615
Thurs. 6 p.m. 
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. (8:30 a.m.) TAC Sisters Walk Vl (2 p.m.) "Space & Clutter" Curated by Janis Purcell feat. the Art of Paul Smith, Jackie Lima, David Orban 
Candlelight Lounge 
24 Passaic Street Trenton  
(609) 695-9612 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Thursday Night Blues Jam. $5
Sun. 3 p.m. Webb T. $20 
Catch A Rising Star (Hyatt Regency Princeton) 
102 Carnagie Center Princeton
(781) 568-1471
Fri. 8 p.m. Stacy Kendro / Sonya Vai Hosted by Steve Trevelise. $26.50, Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Stacy Kendro / Sonya Vai Hosted by Steve Trevelise.$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
Chesterfield Inn
633 Chesterfield-Arneytown Road Chesterfield
(609) 298-1917
Sat. 9 p.m. Amptons
City Streets
510 Highway 130 South East Windsor
(609) 426-9400
Sat. 9 p.m. Tanglewood
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. Groove Pocket
Continental Tavern
2 North Main Street Yardley, PA  
(215) 493-9191
Thurs. 6 p.m.Ladies Night feat. Mentalist, Magician, Tarot Card Reader matt Swanson
Fri. 8 p.m. Mike & Laura
Sat. 8 p.m. Brian Elliot
Cooper's Riverview                                                                     
50 Riverview Plaza Trenton
(609) 393-7300 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Cosmic Jerry Band
Fri. 5 p.m. Happy Hour (7 p.m.) El Ka Bong / DJ Stanley Styles
Sat. 7 p.m. Y'all or Nothin' / DJ John Rossi 
Cream Ridge Winery
145 Route 539 Cream Ridge 
(609) 259-9797 
Sun. 1:30 p.m. Redbird 
Crossing Vineyard and Winery
1853 Wrightstown Road Washington Crossing, PA
(215) 493-6500 
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. "Cabaret at Crossing Vineyards feat. Andrew Boettcher w/ Eric Smrka
Sat. 2 p.m. Kim & Chuck
Sun. 2:30 p.m. Sweet Spot
Curran’s Irish Inn
1909 Bristol Pike Bensalem, PA
(215) 245-1800
Thurs. 7 p.m. Music Bingo 
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. 
Sat. 2 p.m. Rock On Radio on the Road Hosted by Danny Coleman feat. Jimmy Mannix, Ralph Puma
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic 
Dharma Bums 
4935 River Road New Hope, PA
(215) 663-2867
Thurs. 8 p.m. Chris Nickey
Fri. (6 p.m.) Craft & A Cocktail: Granny Squares Crochet Workshop (8 p.m.) Bucks County Crops
Sat. 8 p.m. Urban Shaman Attack. $10 (advance)
Sun. (1 p.m.) Drum & Poetry Circle Hosted by Stephen Hoog & Bryan Kelly (6 p.m.) Jammwich (w/ Pajammies). $10 (advance, all ages
Wed. 7 p.m.  DBums Hootenanny: An Open Mic of Music, Comedy & Spoken Word Hosted by Michael Henry Robert
Dockside Bensalem 
3330 Hulmeville Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 520-7184
Fri. 6 p.m. Keep The Change 
Sun. 10 a.m. Taylor Swift Brunch
Eddington House Bensalem
2813 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA 
(215) 639-1220 
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Springbrooke
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Never Enough
Sun. Frank Daly
Mon. 5:30 p.m. "Family Fun Night" w/ Amazing Balloon Creations by Kelsi-Joe
Wed. 7 p.m. Music Bingo
Escape Resort, Restaurant & Bar 
120 Pheasant Run Road Newtown, PA 
Tues. 6 p.m. Karaoke
Flying Pig Tavern & Tap 
167 US-Route 130 North Bordentown 
(609) 899-7447
Thurs. 8 p.m. Dj entertainment
Fri. 9 p.m Acoustic Sara
Sat. 9 p.m. Masterpiece
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia 
Forsgate Country Club   
375 Forsgate Drive Monroe
(732) 521-0700 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Epoxy Workshop 
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 
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. My Other Band (M.O.B)Doors open at 7 p.m. $20 (cash), doors open at 6 p.m. (Outdoor Biergarten Event)  
Sun. 8 a.m. Flea Market
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 (9:30 p.m.) Karaoke
Fri. (6 p.m.) "Happy Hour" (8 p.m.) '90's Tribute w/ "The Posers" 
Sat. (12 p.m.) Music Bingo Brunch (8 p.m.) Unleashed
Sun. 4 p.m. Bigg Romeo Duo
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. Sir Rod
Sat. 8 p.m. The Beasts Duo / DJ
Grover's Mill Coffee House 
Princeton-Hightstown Road Princeton Junction   
(609) 716-8771  
Sat. 11 a.m. Acoustic Saturday
Thurs. 6 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Wade Prestridge
Hamilatte Cafe
1971 Route 33 Hamilton
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Joe Zook
Sat. 6:30 p.m. Acoustic Saturdays Hosted by Sheli Monacchio 
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.) '80s Revolution (11 p.m. ) DJ Dance Party 
Sat. (3 p.m.) Strange Brew Crew (11:59 p.m.) DJ Summer Dance Party 
Sun. 3 p.m. Ladies Ladies Ladies Dance Party
Mon. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Steve
Tues. 7 p.m. Jillian Ashcroft Jazz Quartet 
Wed. 7 p.m. Jumper Duo
Hightstown Elks 
100 Hickory Corner Road East Windsor 
(609) 448-9794
Fri. 7 p.m. Line Dancing. $10 (advance)
Hightstown Porchfest
Morrison Street Hightstown 
Sat. 12 p.m. Hackers Anonymous, Vintage Vibe Tribe, Aaron Pinto, Radio Road, The Woe Nellies, Puppy Grease, Charles Laurita & The Mischief, Stay Tuned
Hopewell Valley Golf Club
114 Pennington-Hopewell Road Hopewell
(609) 737-1199
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Trivia Hosted by Jack Furlong
Hopewell Valley Vineyards
46 Yard Avenue Pennington 
(609) 737-4465 
Fri. 4 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. (5:30 p.m.) Blue Jersey Band
Sat. (9 a.m.) WWFM (1 p.m.) Living The Dream  (5:30 p.m.) "Music & Merlot" feat. Rainbow Fresh
Sun. (11 a.m.) Sangria Making Class (2:30 p.m.) "Jazzy Sundays" feat. Lights in the Attic
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. 
Sat. 8 p.m. Jeds Gold
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. Bud & Gerard Belviso
Sat. 6:30 p.m. Tom Chiola
Sun. 2 p.m. AudioPilot
Ivy Tavern
3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton 
(609) 888-1435 
Thurs. 8:30 p.m. Karaoke 
All shows 21+    
John & Peter's
96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa 
(215) 862-5981 
Fri. 9 p.m. Wisertime / Mike Montrey
Sun. 9 p.m. Salem Moon / Cnidarian
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic Comedy Night w/ Mike Dialto (Sign-ups start at 8 p.m.) 
Tues. 8 p.m. Tyrone Cotton w/ Chris Harford 
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 Dom
Sat. (10 a.m.) Brunch (5:30 p.m.) Lou Mutter
Sun. (10 a.m.) "Sunday Funday" Brunch w/ (11 a.m.) Bob Banka 
La Cena Ristorante
2233 Galloway Road Bensalem, PA
(215) 639-9969
Wed. 6 p.m. Joe Plush & Friends
Laurita Winery 
85 Archertown Road New Egypt 
(609) 752-0200 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Pasta Night feat. Music by NGXB. $37
Fri. 7:30 p.m. Kricket Comedy Night feat. Steve Bickel, Kevin Israel. $25, doors open at 7 p.m.
Sat. "BaconFest 2" feat. (11 a.m.) Dave Matthews Tribute (2:30 p.m.) Dockside (6 p.m.) American Beauty
Sun. "BaconFest 2" feat. (11 a.m.) Strictly '60s (3 p.m.) The Junkyard Dawgs
Library Company of Burlington
23 West Union Street Burlington
(609) 3861273
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Open Mic Night
Sun. 12 p.m. Psychic Fair
Lillipies Bakery
30 North Harrison Street Princeton 
(609) 423-2100  
Sat. 10 a.m. Storytime with Jeff
Logan Inn 
10 West Ferry Street New Hope, PA 
(215) 862-2300
Thurs. 6 p.m. Justin Love
Fri. 7 p.m. Sam ryan
Sat. 7 p.m. Max Rogers
Sun. 11:30 a.m. Scott Strunk Trio
Wed. 6 p.m. Scott McCallister 
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   
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 Festival Grounds 
Hughes Drive/Old Trenton Road West Windsor 
(609) 448-1947 
Sat. 11 a.m. World Food Extravaganza feat. The Nerds, Grand Theft Audio, The Big Fuss. $15, Kids under 12 FREE (2 Day Pass $25)
Sun. 11 a.m. World Food Extravaganza feat. Twisted Charm, UWA Elite Wrestling, The Jeff Fodor Band. $15, Kids under 12 FREE (2 Day Pass $25)
Music Mountain Theater
1483 Route 179 Lambertville
(609)397-3337
Fri. 8 p.m. "Tuck Everlasting"
Sat. 3 p.m./ 8 p.m. "Tuck Everlasting"
Sun. 3 p.m. "Tuck Everlasting"
Naked Brewing Company 
212 Mill Street Bristol, PA 
(267) 544-7129
Thurs. 7 p.m. Zach Winters
Fri.  7 p.m. Rainy Daze
Sat. 7 p.m. Honey Spot Blvd
Sun. 12 p.m. "Sunday Stroll" feat. Mike & Shanna / Porch-KT Duo
Tues. 7 p.m. Trivia
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company 
909 Ray Avenue Croydon, PA 
(215) 458-7081
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia Night 
Sun. 12 p.m. Sip 'N' Spin Sunday w/ DJ Jay Rose and Sit & Spin Records
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 "Flower Power Garden Festival"
Wed. 8 a.m. Flea Market 
New Hope Winery / Tavern 
6123 Lower York Road New Hope, PA 
(215) 794-2331 
Fri. 8 p.m. Eaglemania
Sat. 8 p.m. Eaglemania  
Newtown Brewing Company
103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA 
(215) 944-8609 
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. "Useless Knowledge" Trivia 
Fri. 6 p.m. Mike Gruver
Sat. 6 p.m. John Rodden
Sun. 1 p.m. Local Artisan Craft Fair
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. EarCandy
Sat. 9 p.m. Bonehead
Sun. 4 p.m. Sir Rod
Wed. 7 p.m. Karaoke
NJWeedman's Dispensary
322 East State Street Trenton
(609) 437-0898
Thurs. 8 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
Thur. 9:30 pm. Karaoke w/ Super Dave Curtis 
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Sat. 9:30 p.m. 80s Undercover
Mon. 7 p.m. Trivia
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
Thurs. 5 p.m. Vinyl Night
Sat. 6 p.m. Post Porchfest Party w/ Vintage Vibe Tribe
Sun. 1 p.m. Sidewalk Sale w/ Randy Now's Man Cave 
Old Town Pub
135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown 
(609) 291-9232
Thurs. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia
Fri. 9 p.m. Modern Mojo 
Sat. 9 p.m. Gerry Rosenthal
Sun. 10 a.m. Brunch 
Palmer Square 
40 Nassau Street Princeton 
Thurs. 5 p.m. "Shop for a Cause" Benefitting Homefront
Sat. 12 p.m.  Spring Music Series feat. Deni Bonet & Chris Flynn
Pasquale's Sports Bar 
9078 Mill Creek Road Levittown, PA 
(267) 202-6268 
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 Band
Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo" 
Pete's Steak House 
523 Whitehorse Avenue Hamilton
 (609) 585-8008
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Deep Release 
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 University (Richardson Auditorium)
Nassau Street Princeton
Sat. 7 p.m. 56th Annual Spring Concert
Puss N Boots Tavern
942 Trenton Road Fairless Hills, PA
Fri. 8 p.m. Karaoke
Tues. 7 p.m. Trivia
Randy Now's Man Cave
119 West Ward Street Hightstown 
(609) 424-3766
Sun. 1 p.m. Sidewalk Sale w/ Old Hights Brewing
Recklesstown Farm Distillery
2800 Route 206 North Columbus
(609) 784-8046 
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Recklesstown Performers Showcase & Acoustic Open Mic Hosted by Ant C
Ristorante LUCCA & Piano Lounge 
144 US Route 130 Bordentown 
(609) 262-0110
Thurs. 8 p.m. Jazz Night
River Horse Brewing Company
2 Graphics Drive Ewing
(609) 883-0890
Sat. 7 p.m. A Night of Bruce Springsteen w/ "The B Street band. $10 (advance), doors open at 6 p.m. 
River House at Odette’s 
274 South Rive Road New Hope, PA 
(215) 682-2022 
Fri. 7 p.m. Wendy Simon Duo
Sat. 7 p.m. Bob Egan
Sun. 11:30 a.m. Brunch w/ Dave Dales Duo
Roebling Museum 
100 2nd Avenue Roebling
(609) 499-7200 
Sat. 11 a.m. Steel Mill Street Fair feat. (2:30 p.m.) The Successful Failures
Rose Bank Winery 
258 Durham Road Newtown, PA  
(215) 860-5899
Sat. 1:30 p.m. "Tastings & Tunes in the Buckman Barn" feat. Bill Thomas
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
Saint George Greek Orthodox Church
1200 Klockner Road Hamilton 
Thurs. / Fri. 5 p.m. Greek Festival
Sat. / Sun. 12 p.m. Greek Festival
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
School of Rock Princeton
1761 Princeton Avenue Hamilton
(609) 890-7090
Fri. (6:30 p.m.) Spring 2024: Madonna vs Lady Gaga (8 p.m.) "American Idiot" Album Show
Sat. (12:30 p.m.) Spring 2024: Classic Soul (2 p.m.) Pearl Jam vs Alice In Chains (3:30 p.m.) Guns 'N Roses vs Motley Crue (5 p.m.) Import Rock (6:30 p.m.) A Tribute to ABBA (8 p.m.) A Tribute to Deep Purple
Sun. (6 p.m.) Spring 2024: Yacht Rock (7:30 p.m.) Best of 2010s 
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 
Fri. 6:30 p.m. "UnWINEd" Concert feat. The Rockets. $12 (advance/online, $15 at door), doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Sat. "Party On The Patio" feat. (2 p.m.) Stranger Than Normal (6:30 p.m.) The E-Miners
Sun. "Party On The Patio" feat. 2 p.m. August
 
Silver Lake Nature Center
1306 Bath Road Bristol, PA
(215) 785-1177
Sat. 9 a.m. Bucks County Yoga Fest
Slim's Irish Pub 
2195 Galloway Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 332-0047
Sat. 9 p.m. Salt Reef Band
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. Darla Rich Jazz
Smithville Park
815 Smithville Road Easthampton 
Sun. 1 p.m. Shameless
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. Balanced Breakfast
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. Black Cherry
Starving Artist Cafe
18 Bridge Street Stockton
Fri. 6 p.m. Locals Night feat. Frank Pinto & Rich Ziegler
Sun. 10 a.m. Christina Margot
Steam Pub 
606 2nd Street Pike Southampton, PA 
Fri. 10 p.m. DJ Scooter
Sat. 10:30 p.m. Fish Out of Water
Tara's Tavern 
1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown 
(609) 286-2300 
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Ken Dubman
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Williamsboy 
Tavern On The Lake 
101 Main Street Hightstown 
(609) 426-9345  
Fri. 9 p.m. Black Zeppelin
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 
Sat. 1 p.m. "Weekend Music Series" feat. Mark Miklos
Sun. 1 p.m. "Weekend Music Series" feat. Mike & Laura
TGI Fridays 
780 Route 130 South Hamilton
(609) 581-6910 
Sun. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Burn 
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
Wed. 8 p.m. Kalos 
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.) House Party
Sun. 10 a.m. /1:30 p.m. Princess Brunch
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. Ray Coleman
Sat. 7 p.m. Na Bodach
Sun. 2 p.m. David Falcone 
The Federal Twist Vineyard 
8 Federal Twist Road Stockton
(609) 773-6066 
Fri. 5 p.m. Locals' Night feat. Rachel Hill
Sat. 12 p.m. The Inflexables. $5 (Ages 20 and under FREE)
Sun. 12 p.m. Lisa Bouchelle. $5 (Ages 20 and under FREE)
Wed. 4 p.m. Wine + Flower Bar+ Charcuterie. $60
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. Sometime In September
Sat. 9 p.m. The Groove Dudes
Tues. 7 p.m. Music Bingo w/ Jonathan Appel
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Chris Benedetti  
The Irish Horne Bar & Restaurant
882 2nd Street Pike Richboro, PA 
(215) 942-4000 
Fri. 8 p.m. Gerard Regan
Sun. 5 p.m. Eric York 
The Ivy Inn
248 Nassau Street Princeton
(609) 921-8555
Thurs. 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 Kalmia Club
39 York Street Lambertville
Fri. 8 p.m. Karaoke. $25 (advance), BYOB, doors open at 7:30 p.m.  
The Morrisville Tavern 
376 West Trenton Avenue Morrisville, PA
(215) 295-5310
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
Fri. 8 p.m. Lights and Shade
Sat. 8 p.m. Solomon Dub
Mon. 8 p.m. Karaoke
Tues. 7 p.m. Music Bingo
Wed. 7 p.m. Trivia Night
The Newtown Theatre
120 North State Street Newtown, PA
(215) 968-3859
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. "Film Is Dead. Long Liv Film!" (Documentary). $12, $10, $6, doors open at 7 p.m.
Fri. 8 p.m. The Music of Dave Matthews w/ "The Billy Bauer Band" $40.10
Sat. 8 p.m. "Best Friend's Girl" The Number 1 Cars Experience. $40.10
Sun. 3 p.m. Bluegrass w/ "Borderline" $29.62
Tues. 3 p.m. / 7:30 p.m. "Maestro" $12, $10, $6
Wed. 3 p.m. The Fabulous Laugh Pack Variety Show feat. Mark Riccadonna, Denny Corby, Justin Gonzalez. $29.62
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. A Recorded Live Broadcast from The Headliner in Neptune NJ Hosted by Paul Marzano feat. Ed Siefert, Redbird, Frankie Palmer, Renee Maskin, Dave Vargo.
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. Full Grown Men
Sat. 8 p.m. Diablo Sandwich Band
Wed. 6 p.m. Joe Vadala 
The Tavern at Penns Park 
2295 Second Street Pike Newtown, PA
(267) 491-5658
Fri. 8 p.m. Jeds Gold
The Union Firehouse
18 Washington Street Mount Holly
(609) 288-6491
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Open Mic Night
Fri. 8 p.m. Alt-Indie-EMO Night feat. Dummy Pass, Ditz, No Trees Touch The Sky, Thermodora, Ghost Friends, DedEx. $15, Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Sat. 7 p.m. The Azures, Lions of West Texas, Loose Panic, Jima, SAP, Sweep Echo. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Sun. "Future Stars Show" feat. (1 p.m.) Strange Velvet (1:45 p.m.) Wring Me Out (2:35 p.m.) Shivan (3:30 p.m.) Twist It (4:20 p.m.) Below Freezing (5:15 p.m.) Ray Sheehan Band (5:45 p.m.) Jamie Powers Reboot. $15 (Ages 12 and under FREE but MUST be accompanied by an adult)
The Union House 
19 East Union Street Burlington
(609) 531-6077
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
Sat. 10 a.m. Brunch 
Sun. 10 a.m. Brunch 
ThunderBowl Lanes NJ
423 east main Street Wrightstown
(609) 723-7914
Sat. 12 p.m. Poker Run
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. Banned For a Day 
Trenton Social
449 South Broad Street Trenton
(609) 989-7777
Thurs. 5 p.m. "Happy Hour Throwback Thursday
Sat. 9 p.m. Live Music (TBA)
Mon. 6 p.m. "Monday Night Karaoke" Hosted by Sweets 
Triple Sun Spirits
126 South State Street Newtown, PA
(215) 944-3057  
Sat. 8 p.m. Johnny Never & John Colgan davis
Under The Moon 
23 North Union Street Lambertville
(609) 397-1710
Sat. 6 p.m. Jerry Monk
Wed. 5:30 p.m. Local's Night w/ Just Jeff
Vault Brewing Company
10 South Main Street Yardley, PA 
(267) 573-4291
Thurs. 6 p.m. John Thomas
Fri. 7 p.m. Dave Posmontier Trio / Break Even w/ June Thomas
Sat. 7 p.m. Omeed Nyman Trio
Mon. 6 p.m. Trivia
Village Idiot Brewing Company
42 High Street Mount Holly
(609) 975-9270 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
West Trenton Ballroom (West Trenton Firehouse)
40 West Upper Ferry Road Ewing
(609) 883-0325
Fri. 8 p.m. Denim & Pearls Soiree
West Windsor Arts Center/Nassau Park Pavilion
952 Alexander Road Princeton 
Sat. 4 p.m. An Evening of Soul Benefitting I Can Make A Difference feat. Lynette Sheard
West Windsor Farm Market
Vaughn Drive Princeton  
Sat. 10 a.m. Carmen Marranco 
Wildflowers Inn
2572 Pennington Road Pennington 
(609) 773-239
Thurs. 6 p.m. Rob Silvers
Wildflowers Too
255 Route 156 Yardville
(609) 585-5483
Wed. 7 p.m. Poker Night
Working Dog Winery
610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown
(609) 371-6000
Thurs. 4:30 p.m. Gary Cavico
Sat. 1 p.m. Justin Love
Sun. 1 p.m. Chris Giakas
WWFM 89.1 FM HD2 Radio
MCCC Old Trenton Road West Windsor
Jazzon2.org
Mon. 7 a.m./7 p.m. "Danny Coleman's Got The Blues"


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(HACKETTSTOWN, NJ) -- Centenary Stage Company is now accepting interviews for the Young Performers Workshop Summer 2024 musical theatre intensive. The registration deadline for the program is July 12, 2024. In-person interview dates are taking place on Saturday, June 1st and Sunday, June 2nd, 2024 in the Little Theatre at 400 Jefferson Street in Hackettstown. They are scheduled by appointment between 4:30pm – 6:00pm.


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