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Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...11/16/23


By Danny Coleman

originally published: 11/16/2023

Rock On! This Week"Yeah man, it's a busy season for sure," says Foghat vocalist and guitarist Scott Holt as he discussed their recent release "Sonic Mojo" and the band's future plans. "The album came out on November 10, the first singles were "Drivin' On" and "She's a Little Bit of Everything."

Foghat as an entity has never stopped evolving as a unit; from the days and association with Savoy Brown, to their immense success in the '70s and '80s, the band has had personnel changes, they've begun their own line of wine and condoms and continuously perpetuate their now diverse brand. So, how did Holt become part of the evolutionary process?  

"I met Roger Earl back in 2015 or 2016 through a mutual friend of ours who connected us; they were looking for an understudy for Charlie who was the singer at the time in case he couldn't make a gig. They were just getting ready to start working on "Under The Influence" and Roger and I hit it off. So, I went down to their studio in Florida and worked with Roger, Craig and Brian and played some of the Foghat stuff and then we started writing songs almost immediately. We were supposed to write two or three for the album and we ended up writing 17 (laughs) and so, we had all of this music leftover and we were like; "What are we going to do with this?" So, Brian suggested we call it "Earl & The Agitators" and we put a whole record out with this band that we made up and much to our manager's dismay because she had to figure out how to promote this thing (laughs); I just kept in touch with Roger and we kept doing stuff. It's a real creative environment when the four of us get together and we're always writing, we're always coming up with stuff, Roger and I were trading texts yesterday about some stuff we want to work on for the next record. So, we're already thinking past what we are supposed to be promoting right now, which is the way I think you're supposed to do it."

The aforementioned Savoy Brown has sprung many individuals and the various bands careers. Drummer Roger Earl was part of the unit and maintained a close relationship with founder Kim Simmonds after his departure and that friendship has contributed to this recent release; even if it's "Bittersweet."  

"Kim wrote three songs for us on this record, he was a dear friend of all of ours and of course he and Roger were in Savoy Brown together back in the late '60s and they stayed friends throughout all of these years," elaborated Holt. "When we got ready to do this new record, the initial intention was to have Kim write a song and record it with us. He wrote three songs for us and unfortunately passed away before we could record together. The first two singles, "Drivin' On" and "She's a Little Bit of Everything" are Kim's and it's bittersweet. Every night we play those songs and we are honored to celebrate Kim's memory and specifically point out that these are songs that he wrote for us but yet I wish he was here to hear them and I wish he was here to play with us. So, it's a bittersweet thing but yet, you can't not deal with loss, it's gonna happen to all of us."



 
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With a music history as rich as that of Foghat; does the current line-up ever struggle with maintaining their signature sound when writing new material? A laughing Holt, a guitarist, says not at all for this band and the reason may just surprise you. 

"The beauty of a great rock band is that it's all built around the drums. You pick any rock band and you have to look at the drummer first, that's the core of the band. The Rolling Stones were Charlie Watts' band, Foghat is Roger Earl's band; it's built around the drums and the nice thing about Foghat is that we've still got the original drummer from the beginning; it's a lock right there. As far as mentally for the rest of us, I can only speak for myself but I think it's a responsibility to honor the past, be sure that you understand the history of the band and respect that and you treat that with integrity but to keep it from being a tribute band or some catalog band; you're constantly moving forward. You are constantly writing new material or constantly trying to push out; just like the things we put on this record. The things that we wrote or the things that we covered; we did a BB King song. We didn't want to do it like BB King but how would Foghat approach a BB King song; how did Foghat approach the Muddy Waters' song "I Just Want To Make Love To You" back in the '70s? How did they look at that song and say, OK, we're gonna do this with it? Those are just things, that as a musician, I think it's the relationship of the band that creates that environment. I mean, we weren't put together by some outside force, the four of us got together, played together, liked playing together and decided that this is the band; it's kind of like dating (laughs). You find a girl you like, she likes you and you get together. This is coming from a guitar player (laughs), I'm supposed to be telling you how the guitar is the most important instrument but it's not! I mean, nobody dances to a guitar solo but you'll dance to that groove, you'll dance to that beat. Some of my favorite musicians are drummers because that's where it starts."

The release of the two singles was done somewhat far in advance of the actual November 10 release of the album. Holt states it was done purposefully because the band felt this record was too good to be kept totally sequestered upon its completion. 

"I think it was just the natural progression," he said confidently. "We got the record done and you have to promote it but we didn't want to wait until November for anybody to hear any of it because we are really excited about it and we're proud of it and we wanted everybody to hear it. We wanted them to hear it in context and digest it; there is a lot of white noise in the world and just putting a record out, it might or might not get heard no matter who you are. So, to give it a fair shot and I think it's a really good record, I'm really proud of it and we wanted it to have the most opportunity for the most people to hear it."

Ah yes, "White noise." There is definitely much of that in today's technology driven environment. Holt says the band has no newly devised plan on how they plan on making "Sonic Mojo" stand out from the crowd but they will go at it as the group has done since its inception. He offered up their strategy as well as an opinion on today's artists and music.  

"We're doing the best we can, we're promoting it, we're playing the songs live and we're hoping that people find it the way they've always found Foghat music and that's really all you can do. When we were talking about white noise earlier, I agree that there was a big glut of it during the pandemic but it was happening before that. Record releases come fast and furious and there is so much music being put out that it's impossible to consume it all. Everybody has their favorites, you have your favorites that you go to time and again and I do too but there is good music being put out today. There is new music from young artists being put out just like there was from the beginning. The thing is, as a musician, it's a hard line to travel because on one hand, I can easily see myself having a knee-jerk reaction to new stuff; ah, this sucks, this is no good and then completely dismissing all of it but at the same time, as a musician; I understand that I'm still putting out music and I don't want people to do that to me so, I kind of have to give everybody a fair shake. I've also got a daughter and she plays new music for me and she exposes me to stuff like new pop and stuff that I normally wouldn't listen to and through her, I get to hear Taylor Swift and understand she's got some good songs and she's a talented songwriter and that there is some quality to that. She'll play me somebody like Harry Styles, I'd never voluntarily pick up a Harry Styles record but I'll listen to it with her and I'll hear things in it; that's a good thing right there, that's a good song, that's a good idea. So, there is good stuff out there, you have to be open minded to get to it. It's not all good but the truth is, all of it in the '60s wasn't good, all of it in the '70s wasn't good, all of it in the '80's wasn't good. I mean, there have been bullshit records put out since the beginning of time (laughs); just because something is old doesn't make it good. So, it's just one of those things where every generation has their thing. I remember my parents thought the music that I listened to was junk. I'm sure their parents thought the music they listened to was junk; there was a generation that thought Elvis was an abomination. The Beatles were reviled by a generation of parents; it's hard to imagine that the icons we have today; I'm sure if there was a temple of rock 'n' roll, there would be a statue of The Beatles and a statue of Elvis in there but at one time they were maligned as just noise. I mean, it's going to happen, there's stuff we are exposed to today that we think is crap that 20 years from now is going to be a classic and we're gonna be like; what happened there (laughs)?" 



 
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Holt is well aware of Foghat's legendary reputation as a hard hitting and rocking band and he states that going forward as they hit the road to promote this release; this will not change.

"The history of Foghat is that Foghat is one of the hardest working, live touring bands ever; we'll try and keep that title. We are on tour now, we'll be on tour now that the record is out, we will be touring after it. We've already been playing stuff off the new record, we convened down in Florida to rehearse the whole record to prepare for the record release parties in New York and California. We hit the road and we just go; we're out all the time trying to find any place to play and for as many people as we can find." 

Rock On! This Week

To purchase "Sonic Mojo" or see what Foghat is up to; please visit https://foghat.com/

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

 

 

 

 



This week's event listings


Al's Airport Inn
636 Bear Tavern Road West Trenton
(609) 883-5252 
Thurs. 5 p.m. Diane Chiorello
Sat. (12 p.m.) Acoustic Brunch w/ Redbird (5 p.m.) Redbird
Sun. 12 p.m. Brunch
Mon. 5 p.m. Bud Belviso
Tues. 7 p.m. Jessica Didonato
Wed. 7 p.m. Redbird
Americana Kitchen
359 US Highway 130 North East Windsor
(609) 448-4477
Fri. 11 p.m. Diwali Bollywood Night
Wed. 9 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve w/ DJ RumBums. $15
Aristaeus Brewing
2475C Big Oak Road Langhorne, PA 
(215) 757-2337
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
  
Arts Council of Princeton 
102 Witherspoon Street Princeton 
(609) 924-8777 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Story & Verse: A Storytelling, Poetry and Spoken Word Open Mic.
Fri. 7 p.m. Interwoven Stories of Healing with Music
Sat. (3 p.m.) Opening Reception "May You Be Happy" (7 p.m.) Cafe Improv
Ashlynn Distillery 
32 West Bridge Street Morrisville, PA 
Thurs. 5 p.m. Cecil & Carl
Fri. 7 p.m. AudioPilot 
Sat. 6:30 p.m. Billy Futrell
Sun. 3 p.m. Dueling Pianos w/ Cecil & Carl
Bill's Olde Tavern
2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton
(609) 586-0192
Mon. 7 p.m. Trivia 
Tues. 8 p.m. / Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke 
Ages 21+
Blaze DoubleTree by Hilton 
4355 US Route 1 Princeton
(609) 452-2400
Fri. 6 p.m. Joe Vadala  
Blend Bar & Bistro   
911 Highway 33 Hamilton 
(609) 245-8887
Wed. 8 p.m. BLEND Bourbon Bash w/ Barry & Alan
Bordentown City
Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown  
Fri. 7 p.m. "Frightening Fridays!" Haunted History Tours. $20
Sat. 12 p.m. Bordentown Walking Tours. $20
 
Bordentown Elks
11 Amboy Road Bordentown 
(609) 298-2085 
Sat. 9 a.m. "15th Annual Craft Fair"
Bordentown Performing Arts Center
318 Ward Avenue Bordentown
(609) 496-1452
Sat. 2 p.m. "Madagascar"
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. Wendy Simon 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 (6 p.m.) Lorenzo
Wed. 6 p.m. Liz DuFour
Broken Goblet Brewing
2500 State Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 812-5653
Thurs. 7 p.m.  Mike Estabrook
Fri. 8 p.m. Alright Junior, John Faye and Stella. $5
Sat. 8 p.m. Duster V
Wed. 8:30 p.m. "Thanks for the Laughs 9" feat. Jamieson, Bartnick, Florentine. $15, doors open at 5 p.m., ages 21+  
Bucks On Bridge
25 Bridge Street Lambertville
(609) 483-2615
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Poetry Night 
Tues. 5 p.m. Chess Night
Wed. 6 p.m. Trivia
Cadwalader Park (Ellarslie Museum)
299 Parkside Avenue Trenton 
(408) 335-4400 
Sat./Sun. 12 p.m. Annual Holiday Boutique
Candlelight Lounge 
24 Passaic Street Trenton  
(609) 695-9612 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Thursday Night Blues Jam. $5
Sun. 3 p.m. Dave Schumacher. $20
Catch A Rising Star (Hyatt Regency Princeton) 
102 Carnagie Center Princeton
(781) 568-1471
Fri. 8 p.m. Jeff Norris, Renee Delorenzo. $26.50, Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Jeff Norris, Renee Delorenzo. $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. MOB-My Other Band 
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. Kindred Spirit Duo
Sat. 6:30 p.m. Meg Hanson Group
Continental Tavern
2 North Main Street Yardley, PA  
(215) 493-9191
Thurs. 6 p.m. "Ladies Night"
Fri. 8 p.m. Brad Staudle Band
Sat. 8 p.m. Max Rogers
Wed. 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve w/ Brian Elliot
Cooper's Riverview                                                                     
50 Riverview Plaza Trenton
(609) 393-7300 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Kickin' Nash
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) 
Mon. 7 p.m. "3rd Annual Benson Birthday Bash" $250
Tues. 7 p.m. Salsa Tuesdays w/ live DJ and  Complimentary Dance Class w/ Jose "Papo" Diaz
Wed. 7 p.m. Best of Clapton  
Crossing Vineyard and Winery
1853 Wrightstown Road Washington Crossing, PA
(215) 493-6500 
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Chalk, Talk and Wine
Sat. 2 p.m. Kim & Chuck
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
Curran’s Irish Inn
1909 Bristol Pike Bensalem, PA
(215) 245-1800
Thurs. 7 p.m. Music Bingo 
Fri. 8 p.m. NC3 Duo
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. Whiskey Grin
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Linda of Random Notes
Wed. 7 p.m. The Loose Bandits
Dharma Bums 
4935 River Road New Hope, PA
(215) 663-2867
Thurs. 8 p.m. Dark Hollow Road
Fri. 8 p.m. Deal. $7 (advance) 
Sat. 8 p.m. Juggling Suns Project w/ Mark Diomede. $7 (advance)
Sun. 4 p.m. "Drum Circle" Hosted by RasMykl the Rootsetter and Christopher Purtle
Wed. 8 p.m. Steal Your Face  
Eddington House Bensalem
2813 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA 
(215) 639-1220 
Fri. 8:30 p.m. LeCompt
Sat. 8:30 p.m. 44 Fridays
Mon. 5:30 p.m. "Family Fun Night" w/ Amazing Balloon Creations by Kelsi-Joe
Wed. 8:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve w/ The Se7en Band
El Barrio Cantina & Tequila Bar
1470 Buck Road Southampton, PA 
(267) 685-0725 
Sat. 8 p.m. John Thomas
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. 6 p.m. Live Band Karaoke
Sat. 9 p.m. Talking In Cursive
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Wed. 9 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve w/ The Polish Nannies
Forsgate Country Club   
375 Forsgate Drive Monroe
(732) 521-0700 
Mon. 6 p.m. "Home For the Holidays"
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
Wed. 5:30 p.m. Whisky/Whiskey & Cigar Night
Gleason's Bar
6700 Mill Creek Road Levittown, PA
(215) 943-4781 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Music Bingo / “Ladies Night” Hosted by Best Choice Productions 
Fri. (6 p.m.) "Happy Hour" (8 p.m.) Anger Management
Sat. 8 p.m. The Posers
Tues. 6:30 p.m. Trivia Night Hosted by Best Choice Productions
Wed. 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve w/ Never Enough
Grounds For Sculpture
80 Sculptors way Hamilton
(609) 586-0616 
Sat. (1 p.m.) Artists In Action: "Community Conversation" (5 p.m.) Member Preview Night for "Night Forms"
Grover's Mill Coffee House 
Princeton-Hightstown Road Princeton Junction   
(609) 716-8771  
Thurs. 6 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Wade Prestridge
Hamilatte
1971 Route 33 Hamilton
Sat. 6 p.m. 3twenty6 
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
Tues. 10:30 a.m. Yosi Live
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.) Tibute to Kansas and Styx w/ "Know Return." $25 (11 p.m. ) DJ Dance Party 
Sat. (8:30 p.m.) Jumper (11:59 p.m.) DJ Dance Party 
Sun. 6 p.m. Grateful Dead Tribute w/ "Touch Of Grey." $15
Mon. (9 p.m.) "Lipstick Mondays Drag Show" Hosted by Cyannie Lopez (11 p.m.) Karaoke w/ Dwayne
Tues. 7 p.m. Jillian Ashcroft Jazz Quartet 
Wed. 7 p.m. Jumper Duo
Hightstown Elks 
100 Hickory Corner Road East Windsor 
(609) 448-9794
Sat. 1 p.m. "3rd Annual BeTheLi9ht / Be-The Music Festival" 
Hopewell Valley Vineyards
46 Yard Avenue Pennington 
(609) 737-4465 
Fri. 4 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. (5 p.m.) Living The Dream
Sat. (9 a.m.) WWFM Fransisco (12 p.m.) Friendsgiving Feast (Reservations required) (5 p.m.) "Music & Merlot" feat. Just Us
Sun. 2:30 p.m. "Jazzy Sundays" feat. Mark Feingold Group
Hurricane Jacks Bar and Grill
7759 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
(267) 914-4517
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Music Bingo w/ DJ John W. 
Fri. (6 p.m.) Johnny Betz (9 p.m.) Midnight Sun
Sat. 8 p.m. Porch
Mon. 7 p.m. Motown Mondays w/ rotating DJs BeeNice, Rawskillz, JusGroove
Tues. 8 p.m. Acoustic Tuesday w/ Tim Carney
Wed. 8 p.m. Cinematic Universe
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 
Sun. 11 a.m. Yoga & Drinks
Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzo Night
Iron Plow Vineyards
26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus 
(732) 306-9111 
Fri. 6:30 p.m. John Rossi
Sat. 6:30 p.m. carmen Marranco
Sun. 1 p.m. Bud & Gerard Belviso
Iron Plow Vineyards Tasting Room
61 High Street Mt. Holly 
(732) 306-9111
Sat. 6:30 p.m. Random Notes Duo
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 
Thurs. 9 p.m. Loose Panic
Fri. 8 p.m. Talking Heads Tribute w/ "I Get Wild" $5-$10 (Suggested donation)
Sat. 3 p.m. Scott & Ed Perpendicular Universe
Sun. 8 p.m. Bastard Cut, Billie Frees, Dracula's Miniskirt, The Ditches.
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+
JoJo's Tavern  
2677 Nottingham Way Mercerville 
(609) 586-2678
 Wed. 10 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve Bash w/ Radio Fiction
Joseph Lawrence Park
317 Ward Avenue Bordentown
Sat. 9:30 a.m. Bordentown Turkey Trot 5K Walk/Run 2023. (Registration begins 7 a.m.)
Killarney's Publick House
1644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton
(609) 586-1166 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Mark Sacco
Fri. (5:30 p.m.) Ty Mares / Dakota Leigh (10 p.m.) DJ Bay
Sat. (10 a.m.) Brunch feat. (12 p.m.) Bob Banka (5:30 p.m.) Lofash (7 p.m.) "Flannels & Firepits" w/ Electric Stingray (10 p.m.) DJ Dan
Sun. 10 a.m. Brunch
Mon. 8 p.m. Industry Night
Tues. 7 p.m. "Light Up Snowman Wooden Sign" Paint Night w/ Spotted Frog
Wed. Thanksgiving Eve w/ (9 p.m.) DJ Jimmy G (10 p.m.) DJs Nick & Dom  
Labyrinth Books Princeton 
122 Nassau Street Princeton
(609) 497-1600 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Author Talk "Marcel Proust" w/ Michael Wood & Christy Wampole
Sat. 2 p.m. Stories & Toys with Labyrinth, jaZams & Enchanted Lion Books
Lambertville Elks Lodge #1070 
66 Wilson Street Lambertville  
(609) 397-4210 
Sat. 6 p.m. Amp'd
Lambertville Station Restaurant and Inn 
11 Bridge Street Lambertville 
(609) 397-8300 
Sat. 10 a.m. "Holiday Fest" 
Sun. 11:30 a.m. "Holiday Fest" 
Laurita Winery 
85 Archertown Road New Egypt 
(609) 752-0200 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Laurita Fall Junior Idol Finals
Fri. 6 p.m. Dueling Pianos. $20
Sat. "Final 2023 Food Truck Festival" feat. (11 a.m.) Shore Bet (2:30 p.m.) Junkyard Dawgs (6 p.m.) Nikki Briar & The Sweetbriar Band
Sun. "Final 2023 Food Truck Festival" feat. (11 a.m.) Rangers Nouveau (3 p.m.) Strictly '60s
Library Company of Burlington
23 West Union Street Burlington
(609) 3861273
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Open Mic Night
Mon. 11 a.m. Design an Ugly Sweater Contest: A Grab-N-Go Craft for All Ages!
Lillipies Bakery
30 North Harrison Street Princeton 
(609) 423-2100  
Sat. 10 a.m. Storytime with Jeff
Louie's by Jason 
1111 Route 130 North Robbinsville
Wed. 5:30 p.m. The Blue Eyed Balladeer
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. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night hosted by Jawnathan Sebastian Sellers
Marie's Kozy Korner 
111 Trenton Road Fairless Hills, PA 
(215) 943-3131
Sat. 8 p.m. Fans and Friendsgiving w/ "Jukebox Graveyard & Friends"
McStews Irish Sports Pub
5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA 
(215) 949-9570 
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Tribute Night feat. "Fave Grohl" (FooFighters Tribute) / "Nimrod" (Green Day Tribute)
Tues. 7:30 p.m. Trivia Night
Wed. 9 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve w/ Last Call 
Millhill Basement 
300 S. Broad Street Trenton 
(609) 989-1600
Fri. 8 p.m. Dogpile on the Rabbit, Burn In Tweed, Sonic Wall
Wed. 9:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve w/ The Cryptkeeper Five, Pissed!, Alpha Rabbit, Ray Strife. $5, doors open at 9 p.m.
Music Mountain Theater
1483 Route 179 Lambertville
(609)397-3337
Fri. 8 p.m. "Elf" The Musical
Sat. 3 p.m./ 8 p.m.  "Elf" The Musical
Sun. 3 p.m.  "Elf" The Musical
Naked Brewing Company 
212 Mill Street Bristol, PA 
(267) 544-7129
Thurs.6:30 p.m. Dana Collins Project 
Fri. 7:30 p.m. Mike Estabrook
Sat. 7 p.m. Low Totem
Tues. 7 p.m. Trivia 
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company 
909 Ray Avenue Croydon, PA 
(215) 458-7081
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia Night 
Sat. 12 p.m. Blown Glass Ornament Works (SOLD OUT please check for availabilty) 
Sun. 12 p.m. Blue's Bootcamp & Brews / Blown Glass Ornament Works (SOLD OUT please check for availabilty) 
New Egypt Flea Market Village 
933 Monmouth County Road Cream Ridge 
(609) 758-2082
Sun. 8 a.m. Flea Market 
Wed. 8 a.m. Flea Market
New Hope Winery / Tavern 
6123 Lower York Road New Hope, PA 
(215) 794-2331 
Sat. 8 p.m. Absolute Adele Tribute feat. "Jennifer Cella"
Sun. 5 p.m. James Popik & Supernova / Russell Norkevich
Newtown Athletic Club 
120 Pheasant Run Newtown, PA 
(215) 968-0600 
Fri. 6 p.m. Restorative Aerial Yoga Workshop  
Newtown Brewing Company
103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA 
(215) 944-8609 
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. "Useless Knowledge" Trivia 
Fri. 6 p.m. Oliver Dagum or Fly On The Wall
Sat. 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.) Brian & Mindy (9 p.m.) Shot Of Southern
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Juliano Brothers
Sun. 5 p.m. So Easy
Wed. (6 p.m.) Keep The Change (9 p.m.) Fat Mezz

NJWeedman's Dispensary
322 East State Street Trenton
(609) 437-0898
Thurs. - Sat. 8 p.m. Live Entertainment (Variety)
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 
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Midnight Sun
Ages 21+   
O'Fowley's Tavern & Grill 
200 State Road Croydon, PA 
(215) 785-6998 
Fri. 6 p.m. J'MO
Mon. 7 p.m. Music Bingo Hosted by Best Choice Productions w/ DJ John S 
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo
Old Hights Brewing 
123 West Ward Street Hightstown 
(609) 469-5976
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Live Karaoke w/ Rory  
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. Sho & John
Sun. 10 a.m. Brunch
Wed. 9 p.m. Radio Stranger  
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 Band
Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo"
Pete's Steak House 
523 Whitehorse Avenue Hamilton
 (609) 585-8008
Wed. 9 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve w/ 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 Folk Music Society (Christ Congregation Church) 
50 Walnut Lane Princeton 
(609) 799-0944 
Fri. 8 p.m. House of Hamil. 
Princeton Makes 
301 North Harrison Street Princeton 
Fri. 7:30 p.m. Fiona Tyndall & Friends Sing Joni Mitchell
Princeton University (Richardson Auditorium)
Nassau Street Princeton
Thurs. 12:30 p.m. Craig Williams Organ Concert (Takes place at the University Chapel)
Puss N Boots Tavern
942 Trenton Road Fairless Hills, PA
Fri. 8 p.m. Karaoke
Tues. 7 p.m. Trivia
Wed. Thanksgiving Eve w/ DJ Mike Mig
Revere Restaurant
802 River Road Ewing
(609) 882-6365
Sat. 6 p.m. Two For Flinching  
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. Jill Salkin Duo
Sat. 7 p.m. Bob Egan
Sun. 11:30 a.m. Brunch w/ Dave Dales Duo 
Rossi's Bar & Grill
2110 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton
(609) 890-2004 
Thurs. 5:30 p.m. Ernie White
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Stand Up Comedy Show feat. Josh Wells, Steve Pocaro, Joe Polizzotti, Erin Wohlberg. $15
Sat. 11 a.m. Brunch
Sun. 11 a.m. Brunch 
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics
Wed. 5:30 p.m. Ernie White
Russo's Pub & Italian Restaurant
1302 Monmouth Road Mount Holly
(609) 261-3277
Fri. 7 p.m. Bilco
Sadie's Irish Pub
1608 Farragut Avenue Bristol, PA
(215) 458-8223
Sat. 7 p.m. SoulShine
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. Trivia
Wed. 12 p.m. Second "Sin-Aversary"
Slim's Irish Pub 
2195 Galloway Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 332-0047
Sat. 9 p.m. Pixie Twist
Mon. 6 p.m. Open Mic Night Hosted by Cecil 
Wed. 8 p.m. EarCandy
Small World Coffee 
14 Witherspoon Street Princeton 
(609) 924-4377 x2 
Sat. 7 p.m. Dan Kassel
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. Jed's Gold
Sun. 9 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Cara Cartney
Mon. 9 p.m. Game Night Hosted by Kid Dalton 
Tues. 7 p.m. Johnny Betz 
Steam Pub 
606 2nd Street Pike Southampton, PA 
Fri. 10 p.m. DJ Quigs
Sat. 10:30 p.m. Bonehead
Wed. 10 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve w/ DJ Finnesse
STEM Academy at Chesterfield
100 Saddle Way Chesterfield 
(609) 400-5090
Fri. 6 p.m. "Parents Night Out" (Drop the kids event)
1675 Spirits 
2685 Bristol Pike Bensalem, PA
(215) 645-1445
Thurs. 8 p.m. Kings Highway Comedy: 2 Year Anniversary. $20
Fri. 6 p.m. John & John
Tankard Pub
3 Keim Boulevard Burlington
(609) 386-5079
Wed. 8 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by The Williamsboy
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. Jason Oliver Acoustic Duo
Wed. 8:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve w/ Bent Mushroom  
Tavern On The Lake 
101 Main Street Hightstown 
(609) 426-9345  
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Comedy Night Benefitting HHS Football Parents Club Hosted by Sean Morton feat. Gary Sharp, Linette Palladino. $35, doors open at 7 p.m., ages 21+
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. Michael Montemurro
TGI Fridays 
780 Route 130 South Hamilton
(609) 581-6910 
Sun. 9 p.m. Trivia Game Night / SIN Sundays
Wed. 7 p.m. Paint w/ Priya: "Autumn Splendor on Wine Bottle & Glass. $45 (Includes all materials) 
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
Sun. 7:30 p.m. Low Lily
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. (6 p.m.) Joey C's Variety Show feat. Joey C, Robert Caballa, Angelo Capone. $80 (Includes buffett) (8 p.m.) Buzzer Band (Tavern)
Sat. (11 a.m.) Brunch (9 p.m.) FM
Wed. 9 p.m. The Heartbeats
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 Cure Insurance Center  
81 Hamilton Ave. Trenton  
(609) 656-3200  
Sat. 8 a.m. UCA Norheast Regional
Sun. 8 a.m. "Aloha" Trenton Showdown
The Dubliner
34 North Main Street New Hope, PA 
(215) 693-1816
Fri. 7 p.m. JB Rocks
Sat. 7 p.m. Gerry Timlin
Sun. 2 p.m. Gerry Timlin
The Five Four Bar & Grill
8919 New Falls Road Levittown, PA 
(215) 547-5525
Thurs. 8 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paula and Sam 
Sat. 9 p.m. Bigg Romeo
Tues. 7 p.m. Music Bingo w/ Jonathan Appel
Wed.8 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve w/ SpareParts
The HOB Tavern 
146 Second Street Bordentown
(609) 291-7020 
Wed.7 p.m. Bad Hombres 
The Irish Horne Bar & Restaurant
882 2nd Street Pike Richboro, PA 
(215) 942-4000 
Fri. 8 p.m. Keep The Change
The Ivy Inn
248 Nassau Street Princeton
(609) 921-8555
Thurs. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ Trey Brown
Fri. 9:30 p.m. DJ Slick
Sat. 9:30 p.m. DJ Darius the 1st
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo w/ Bob E Luv 
Wed. 9:30 p.m. DJ Trey Brown  
The Morrisville Tavern 
376 West Trenton Avenue Morrisville, PA
(215) 295-5310
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
Fri. 8 p.m. Mojo Channel
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Never Enough
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
Fri. 8 p.m. Singer-Songwriters in the Round: The Stories Behind The Songs. Hosted by Daniel S. Bower feat. Brad Hinton, Heather Hurlock, Greg Sover, Joe Montone. 
Sat. 8 p.m. "Shelly Belly" Michelle Rider
Sun. 3 p.m. Lights Out Presents: "The Jersey Beach Boys"
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. In My Basement w/ Calls from Kasim Sultan and Danni Steffanetti
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 Band
Sat. 8 p.m. No Way Out
Wed. 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve Party w/ ZA Band. $10
The Sycamore Grill
255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA
(215) 908-6326 
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Kickbax Acoustic Trio
Sat. 8 p.m. Keep The Change
Wed. 8:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve w/ Mid Life Crisis
The Tavern at Penns Park 
2295 Second Street Pike Newtown, PA
(267) 491-5658
Fri. 8 p.m. Tuesday Night Special
Wed. 8 p.m. Buzzer Band
The Union Firehouse
18 Washington Street Mount Holly
(609) 288-6491
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Open Mic Night Hosted by Joe Vadala
Fri. 8 p.m. The Grouser Girls. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Sat. 7 p.m. Latin Night feat. DJ David. $10, ages 21+
Sun. 7 p.m. One Night with The Queen. $20
The Union House 
19 East Union Street Burlington
(609) 531-6077
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia 
Fri. 8 p.m. Mike Montrey Band Trio
Sat. 8 p.m. '80s Crush
Third State Brewing 
352 High Street Burlington 
(609) 387-1620
Wed. 7 p.m. Timothy James
Tir Na Nog 
1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton 
(609) 392-2554
Fri. 6 p.m. Guinness Personalized Pint Night
Sun. 3 p.m. "Irish Sessions" 
Mon. 6 p.m. Diarmuid MacSuibhne and Kevin McCloskey Annual Anniversary Gig
Tues. 8 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Jerry & John Monk
All Shows 21+
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  
Fri. 8 p.m. Two For Flinching
Sat. 8 p.m. John Brennan
Triumph Brewing Company (New Hope, Pa. Location)
400 Union Square New Hope, Pa.
(215) 862-8300
Sun. 2 p.m. John Thomas
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. Matt Richards / Rust (Back Bar)
Sat. 7 p.m. Aaron Quarterman Band 
Mon. 6 p.m. Quizzo
Wed. 7 p.m. Tom Trovas Trio
Village Idiot Brewing Company
42 High Street Mount Holly
(609) 975-9270 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
Fri. 7 p.m. Billy Garrett
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. Ronnie Brandt
Sat. 1 p.m. The Williamsboy
Sun. 1 p.m. Chris Giakas
WWFM 89.1 FM HD2 Radio
MCCC Old Trenton Road West Windsor
Jazzon2.org
Mon. 7 p.m. "Danny Coleman's Got The Blues"
Zlock Performing Arts Center
275 Swamp Road Newtown, PA
(215) 968-846 
Fri. 7:30 p.m. Lakecia Benjamin


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BlowUpRadio.com's New & Notable NJ Music 5/27/24

Lazlo, founder of BlowUpRadio.com (an online radio station based around New Jersey artists), shines a light on some of the many new releases from NJ based musicians each week with this column. This week Lazlo takes a look at new releases by Greg McGarvey, Jason Ager, The Lonesome Pines, Fear of Falling, Jeremy Abrams, Surfing For Daisy, Batstow, Neon Rayon, Sad About Girls, and Katye Kellye and The Interruption. Plus a look back at "in three days time" by thieves guild local 42.




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Lazlo, founder of BlowUpRadio.com (an online radio station based around New Jersey artists), shines a light on some of the many new releases from NJ based musicians each week with this column. This week Lazlo takes a look at new releases by Greg McGarvey, Jason Ager, The Lonesome Pines, Fear of Falling, Jeremy Abrams, Surfing For Daisy, Batstow, Neon Rayon, Sad About Girls, and Katye Kellye and The Interruption. Plus a look back at "in three days time" by thieves guild local 42.


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11th Annual Jersey City Jazz Festival to Take Place May 29th to June 2nd

(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- Riverview Jazz has been bringing all varieties of jazz music to the residents of Jersey City and Hudson County for well over ten years. This year's Jersey City Jazz Festival is not only expected to be the largest event ever, featuring 40 performances over 5 days with upwards of 20,000 patrons expected, but it is the most musically diverse to date.


Prudential Center presents Diljit Dosanjh




State Theatre New Jersey presents YES Epics & Classics featuring Jon Anderson and The Band Geeks




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