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Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...11/30/23


By Danny Coleman

originally published: 11/30/2023

Rock On! This Week

"We've done it before," says a laughing Bywater Call vocalist Meghan Parnell speaking of the stage size at The Lizzie Rose Music Room. "We know it will work, we were there in the Spring and had a really awesome time. We know with this band and that room that it sometimes takes a little bit of imagination but The Lizzie Rose stage is not the smallest stage we've ever been on so, we'll make it work." 

Based out of Toronto in Ontario Canada, Bywater Call's reach extends much farther than our neighbors to the north; as a matter of fact, the band's name and music come from parts which are very much south. 

"Bywater is a neighborhood in New Orleans next to the French Quarter and Dave, my guitar player and partner in the band, the first time we ever went to that city we just fell in love with it," said a retrospective Parnell. "The vibe, the music, the musical community there, so, it is like the band gets the call to normally go back to that area but also to incorporate the feeling we get from there into our music. We're from Toronto, Canada and we're a seven piece Southern Soul, Gospel, Roots Rock; there are a lot of Influences in there. We have a horn section, we started forming the band in 2017 because Dave and I had been doing a lot of cover music; weddings and corporate functions. We kind of got to the point where we were like, we need to start writing our own music. We had been exposed to some contemporaries that were really inspiring us and we were like; alright, let's move forward and that is kind of how the band started."

"Everybody in the band with the exception of maybe one went to the same school here in Toronto and it has a really great music program. So, they are all jazz trained and the music we are doing is not jazz but what it gives them is the ability to be really flexible in their playing. We can throw a solo section at somebody and they can just go off and it influences the way we write music which is great! We've been playing together since 2017 and I believe we added the horn section in 2018 because we were like, this music needs this! We haven't been able to look back, it is what it is now, a seven piece band; although touring with a seven piece band is crazy (laughs) but I just don't think we can present it any other way. The influences from the base of blues to amazing Canadian bands that made headway in the genre of Americana and Southern Soul from Neil Young to The Band to Joni Mitchell; we have those, our hometown boys and that sound. Then there is Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding with contemporaries like Tedeschi Trucks, Amy Winehouse, Sharon Jones, Marcus King showing us that you can bring that aesthetic into a modern band." 



 
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Thursday December 7 sees them pull into Tuckerton and one of the Garden State's favorite, intimate concert venues, The Lizzie Rose Music Room. When asked about touring here in the U.S. and how the size of this particular venue and others like it fits into their tour plans; her answer was rather, "Energetic." 

Rock On! This Week

"The States are such an important and large market especially for what we are doing and seeing our first year touring there; any kind of exposure to any audience, especially somewhere like that, you get in there and it is a small room and as a first time visitor there, it's small but it is a full room and that energy from everybody who is attending and everybody who is feeling that energy passes it on to somebody else. I don't know but I think those kinds of shows are really important for building a band. It is a bit easier to tour in The States than it is in Canada. In Canada, as an example, in the Spring we drove from our hometown down to Florida for a few shows and then a month later we drove north and west in our home province without leaving our home province; it took 20 hours north to get to our first gig on a run here at home," she laughed. Everything is so spread out here; you can line up some really nice routing in The States."

What about the music? Parnell has stated the varied and multiple influences of herself and her band mates but where do they feel they fit in; Blues? Jazz? Soul? Do they "Fit in" at all and how did Meghan herself become attached to this type of music?

"Some of it harkens back to my childhood," she began slowly as if searching for the correct explanation. "There were a few blues records around the house and my mom sang to me a lot, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix and whatever; she'd play the guitar and sing all kinds of stuff to me so, it was always kind of there. Then a few years before we started the band, I'd listen to some of the bands I mentioned earlier and tried seeing or hearing where I thought my voice stood in the world of contemporary female artists; that lends you to start digging into what their influences are and it kind of snowballs from there."

"I think in terms of the genre of Blues; we are by no stretch of the imagination a traditional blues band. We have a lot of influences outside of the blues and the blues are an important core piece of our influence but the band, they all went to Jazz school and are all trained jazz musicians. I think it's important for our art, as opposed to mimicking and recreating traditional blues music, to use that and try to come up with something different, new, retro yet innovative. I don't know if we've accomplished that yet but that's kind of where we are trying to go with it which also helps with the cycle of it; right? If you're trying to come up with something new then maybe you can help with the cycling of the genre. What it really comes down to for us is including all of the influences and the stuff we listen to that got us writing this music; again, it's retro, warm, warmth is really important when we are trying to write; I think that's the main thing, warmth and emotion in the music that touches people. I don't know if that makes any sense but that's what we are going for (laughs). You'll see a lot of that in our live performances and the ability for the guys in the band to do some improv and take a song on a journey. A big part of our show is just letting the guys have at it." 



 
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December 7 at The Lizzie Rose is one of those "Live performances" and so; what can one expect when attending the show?

"Hopefully we will take the audience on a journey; that is important for us. The emotion in our music is really important and I think we convey that and bring the audience along with us. We do some nice ballads and energetic tunes, hopefully some audience participation and a lot of play between the band members." 

So, with a U.S. tour in progress; what is in store for them going forward?

"We have two studio albums that were with an indie label out of Toronto called Gypsy Soul but currently we are working independently. We're not quite ready for a new album but we've been doing a lot of writing and released two new singles earlier this year but at the moment we are kind of working in our own little world."  

To purchase tickets for their appearance at The Lizzie Rose Music Room or discover more about Bywater Call; please visit  https://bywatercall.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. John Brennan
Sat. (12 p.m.) Acoustic Brunch (5 p.m.) Jessica Stanley
Sun. 12 p.m. Sunday Brunch 
Mon. 5 p.m. Bill Thomas
Tues. 7 p.m. Brian Elliot
Wed. 7 p.m. John & Ty
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. 6:30 p.m. Artist Talk: Hannah Fink, Jon Sarkin, Terri Riendeau
Sat. 2 p.m. Workshop: "Art For Lunch"
Wed. 6 p.m. ART OF: "Decking The Halls" Wreath Making with Moonshot Farm 
Ashlynn Distillery 
32 West Bridge Street Morrisville, PA 
Thurs. 5 p.m. Cecil & Carl
Fri. 7 p.m. Sara & Tamer
Sat. 7 p.m. Justin Love
Sun. 3 p.m. Dueling Pianos
Wed. 6 p.m. Cara Cartney
Bailey's Bar & Grille 
6922 Bristol-Emilie Road Levittown, PA  
(215) 946-7992 
Sat. 9 p.m. Shot Of Southern
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 w/ DJ Burn
Ages 21+
Bit-hin' Kitten Brewery
58-B East Bridge Street Morrisville, PA
(267) 799-5348
Thurs. 6 p.m. Mead Tasting Event w/ Philadelphia Mead Company
Fri. 4 p.m. Teacher/Admin. Happy Hour
Blaze DoubleTree by Hilton 
4355 US Route 1 Princeton
(609) 452-2400
Thurs. 6 p.m. Russell Norkevich
Bordentown City
Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown  
Fri. (5:30 p.m.) Chocolate Walk (7 p.m.) "Frightening Fridays!" Haunted History Tours. $20
Sat. 12 p.m. Bordentown Walking Tours. $20 / "Group Art Show" feat. Local Artists (Takes place in Old City Hall)
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. Dave Dales Trioi
Fri. (5:30 p.m.) Bennett Lee (8 p.m.) Bob Egan 
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.  Lil Lotus, Makeout, Sace6, FRND CRCL. $15 (advance), doors open at 6:30 p.m., ages 18+
Fri. 8 p.m. First Friday Fundraiser Benefiting Maria Powers w/ Cara Cartney 
Sat. 1 p.m. Jump Start Records Presents: "30 Minut Fest" feat. A WILHELM SCREAM, No Trigger, You Vandal, Broadcaster, All Eyes West, Metroplex, Title Holder, Bad Planning, American Thrills, Wes Hoffman + Friends, Worried Sick, Last Century. FREE event, ages 18+
Wed. 7 p.m. Holidays Trivia w/ Righteous Jolly
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 
Sun. 10 a.m. Family Wreath Making Workshop
Candlelight Lounge 
24 Passaic Street Trenton  
(609) 695-9612 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Thursday Night Blues Jam. $5
Sun. 3 p.m. James Stewart. $20
Catch A Rising Star (Hyatt Regency Princeton) 
102 Carnagie Center Princeton
(781) 568-1471
Fri. 8 p.m. Patrick Garrity Hosted by Steve Trevalise. $26.50, Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Patrick Garrity Hosted by Steve Trevalise$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. 6:30 p.m. Joe Zook & Billy Holt
Color Me Mine (Princeton Shopping Center)
301 Harrison Street Princeton 
(609) 581-9500 
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Holiday "Chip & Dip" Workshop
Continental Tavern
2 North Main Street Yardley, PA  
(215) 493-9191
Fri. 8 p.m. Just Todd
Sat. 8 p.m. Chris Giakis
Cooper's Riverview                                                                     
50 Riverview Plaza Trenton
(609) 393-7300 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Midnight Sun TTL
Fri. 5 p.m. Happy Hour (8 p.m.) Se7en
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) 
Wed. 7 p.m. Blues and BBQ Jam   
Crossing Vineyard and Winery
1853 Wrightstown Road Washington Crossing, PA
(215) 493-6500 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Tarot Card Reading & Wine Tasting
Sat. 2 p.m. Jim Nelsen
Sun. 2 p.m. Joe Grillo
Crosswicks Community House 
480 Main Street Crosswicks
(609) 442-5830
Sun. 5:30 p.m. Crosswicks Christmas Tree Lighting
Curran’s Irish Inn
1909 Bristol Pike Bensalem, PA
(215) 245-1800
Thurs. 7 p.m. Music Bingo 
Fri. 8 p.m. Dion Paci
Sat. 8 p.m. Mike Goldman
Mon. 7:30 p.m. Quizzo
Dacey's Pub 
215 West Philadelphia Avenue Morrisville, PA
(215) 295-4838
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Acoustic Music Night 
Wed. 8 p.m. Quizzo                                                                                                                                              
Dadz Bar and Grill 
744 Main Street Lumberton
(609)267-4344
Thurs. 7 p.m. Open Mic w/ Jimmy Mannix
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Linda of Random Notes
Wed. 7 p.m. Loose Bandits
Dharma Bums 
4935 River Road New Hope, PA
(215) 663-2867
Thurs. 8 p.m. JB Kline & Ed Wall
Fri. 8 p.m. Ryan Zimmerman
Sat. 8 p.m. Raffle The Cat
Sun. (1 p.m.) Bohemian Wreath Workshop (4 p.m.) Drum Circle Hosted by Rasmykl The Rootsetter and Christopher Purtle
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Michael Henry Robert
Eddington House Bensalem
2813 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA 
(215) 639-1220 
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Fatt Mezz
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Shinkickers
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. To For Flinching
Escape Resort, Restaurant & Bar 
120 Pheasant Run Road Newtown, PA 
Tues. 6 p.m. Karaoke
First Presbyterian Church of Mount Holly 
125 Garden Street Mount Holly 
Sat. 3 p.m. Rancocas Valley Singers Winter Concert 2023: "Celebrate!"
Flying Pig Tavern & Tap 
167 US-Route 130 North Bordentown 
(609) 899-7447
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Angels Envy "Envious" Dinner Party. $90 (Includes three course meal, signature cocktails)
Fri. 9 p.m. ArHouse
Sat. 9 p.m. 44 Fridays
Sun. 11 a.m. Brunch
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia
Forsgate Country Club   
375 Forsgate Drive Monroe
(732) 521-0700 
Thurs. (6 p.m.) Annual Christmas Tree Lighting (7:30 p.m.) Gingerbread House Decorating
Fri. 6 p.m. "First Friday"
Founding Father's Sports Bar & Grill 
2900 Street Road Bensalem, PA 
(215) 923-1100
Fri. 6 p.m. Bob Pantano Dance Party w/ DJ Joe Castro
Friendly's 
1031 Washington Boulevard Robbinsville 
(609) 426-9203 
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.) The Naturals
Sat. 8 p.m. Rainy Daze
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 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Karaoke
Grounds For Sculpture
80 Sculptors way Hamilton
(609) 586-0616 
Sat. 10 a.m. Classic Wreath Making Session 1
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. Jerry Monk & Joe Kramer 
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.) Tom Petty Tribute w/ "Radio Petty" $25 (11 p.m. ) DJ Dance Party 
Sat. (8:30 p.m.) Buzzer Band (11:59 p.m.) DJ Dance Party 
Sun. (1 p.m.) Midnight Sun Orchestra (6:30 p.m.) JB Kline Blues Band
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
Holy Grounds Coffee House (Cranbury United Methodist Church) 
21 Norh Main Street Cranbury
(609) 395-1737
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Christmas Cookies & Carols w/ "Anchored"
Hopewell Valley Vineyards
46 Yard Avenue Pennington 
(609) 737-4465 
Fri. 4 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. (5 p.m.) Bad Hombres Acoustic
Sat. (9 a.m.) WWFM Fransisco (1 p.m.)  (5 p.m.) "Music & Merlot" feat. Chris from Rave On
Sun. (2:30 p.m.) "Jazzy Sundays" feat. Blue Jersey Band (6:30 p.m.) "A Not-So-Silent Night" feat. Mama's Black Sheep and Christine Havrilla Duo 
Mon. 4 p.m. "End of Year Celebration" Ugly Sweater/WIne Tasting Party. $45
Howe Commons
Main Street Pennington 
Fri. 6 p.m. "39th Annual Holiday Walk"
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. 
Mon. 7 p.m. Motown Mondays w/ rotating DJs BeeNice, Rawskillz, JusGroove
Tues. 8 p.m. Acoustic Tuesday w/ Mikey Jr
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 
Sat. 8 p.m. SoulShine
Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzo Night
Iron Plow Vineyards
26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus 
(732) 306-9111 
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Frank Stagliano
Sat. 6:30 p.m. Heart & Soul
Sun. 2 p.m. Ronnie Brandt
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. Loudscout
Sat. 8 p.m. Alpha Rabbit, The Fletchers
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 
Sat. 10 a.m. Brunch
Sun. 10 a.m. "Sunday Funday" Brunch 
Mon. 5 p.m. Kids Night "Santa's Workshop" 
Tues. 7 p.m. Christmas Mixology Class
Wed. 7 p.m. Wreath Making Class w/ Ivy On Main
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. Everlasting Holiday Tree Workshop 
Fri. 2 p.m.-6 p.m. "North Pole Experience" $12-$18
Sat. (12 p.m.) "North Pole Experience" $12-$18 (2 p.m.) "Walking The Line" Johnny Cash Tribute (8 p.m.) "Walking The Line" Johnny Cash Tribute (SOLD OUT evening performance .Check for availability)
Sun. (10:30 a.m.) Breakfast with Santa (12 p.m.) "North Pole Experience" $12-$18 (2 p.m.) "Christmas In Red" / The Atlantic Brass Band  
Lawrenceville Main Street 
17 Phillips Avenue Lawrenceville
(609) 219-9300
Fri. 6 p.m. Santa Meet and Greet  (Weeden Park FREE admission) 
Library Company of Burlington
23 West Union Street Burlington
(609) 3861273
Thurs. 6 p.m. Jigsaw Puzzle Competition
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Open Mic Night
Lillipies Bakery
30 North Harrison Street Princeton 
(609) 423-2100  
Sat. 10 a.m. Storytime with Jeff 
Locust Hall at Johnson's Farm
2691 Monmouth Road Jobstow 
(609) 723-2630  
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Wreath Workshop
Logan Inn 
10 West Ferry Street New Hope, PA 
(215) 862-2300
Fri. 7 p.m. JP3
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. 6:30 p.m. Open Mic Night  
Marie's Kozy Korner 
111 Trenton Road Fairless Hills, PA 
(215) 943-3131
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Never Enough
MarketFair
3535 U.S Highway 1 Princeton (Center Courtyard)
(609) 452-7777
Sat. 2 p.m. Rutgers Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble Holiday Concert
McStews Irish Sports Pub
5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA 
(215) 949-9570 
Sat. 9 p.m. Midnight Sun
Tues. 7:30 p.m. Trivia Night
Millhill Basement 
300 S. Broad Street Trenton 
(609) 989-1600
Fri. 9 p.m. First Friday FREE Acoustic Jawn feat. DIM, Caleb Ray Walker, Skelly
More Barn Studios 
104 Sandy Ridge Road Mount Airy
(609) 414-3636
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Pyrenesia
Music Mountain Theater
1483 Route 179 Lambertville
(609)397-3337
Fri. 8 p.m. "A Christmas Carol"
Sat. 3 p.m./ 8 p.m. "A Christmas Carol"
Sun. 3 p.m. "A Christmas Carol"
Music On Main
25 East Main Street Yardley, PA 
Sat. 3:30 p.m. Yardley Olde Fashioned Christmas Parade 
Naked Brewing Company 
212 Mill Street Bristol, PA 
(267) 544-7129
Thurs.6:30 p.m. Dana Collins Project 
Fri.  8 p.m. Karaoke
Sat. 7 p.m. Joe & Krista
Tues. 7 p.m. Trivia
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company 
909 Ray Avenue Croydon, PA 
(215) 458-7081
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia Night 
Sun. 4 p.m. Winter Disc Gold Putting League
New Egypt Flea Market Village 
933 Monmouth County Road Cream Ridge 
(609) 758-2082
Fri. 5 p.m. Tree Lighting & Holiday Market
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 
Thurs. 8 p.m. Eric Mintel Quartet Performs "Charlie Brown Jazz"
Sat. 8 p.m. Ted Vigil: A John Denver Christmas  
Newtown Brewing Company
103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA 
(215) 944-8609 
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. "Karate Kid/Cobra Chai" Trivia 
Fri. 6 p.m. Fly On The Wall
Sat. 6 p.m. Matt Kresge
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. Jumper
Sat. 9 p.m. Surprise Surprise
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 
Sat. 9:30 p.m. No Way Out
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
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Karaoke w/ Rory
Wed. 6:30 p.m. Trivia Night  
Old Town Pub
135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown 
(609) 291-9232
Thurs. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia
Fri. 9 p.m. Tour De Fource Trio
Sun. 10 a.m. Brunch
Tues. 7 p.m. "Speakeasy Prohibition Night" w/ Radio Fiction (Upstairs)
Palmer Square 
40 Nassau Street Princeton 
Fri. 12 p.m. Jersey Harmony Chorus 
Sat. (12 p.m.) Hampton Brass (4:30 p.m.) "Santacon 2023" 
Sun. 11 a.m. DIY Project: Hand-lettered Gift Tags + Place Cards. (Takes place at 53 Hulfish Street)  
Pasquale's Sports Bar 
9078 Mill Creek Road Levittown, PA 
(267) 202-6268 
Thurs. 9 p.m. Beer Pong
Sat. 8 p.m. Wicked Alibi
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. Alex Otey & Jack Furlong 
Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo"
Patriot's Theater at The War Memorial                                                             
1 Memorial Drive Trenton 
(609) 984-8400
Fri. 8 p.m. Chris D'Elia "Don't Push Me 2023 Tour"
Pete's Steak House 
523 Whitehorse Avenue Hamilton
 (609) 585-8008
Fri. 9:30 p.m. "Classic Pie" Annual Reunion
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 
Fri. 7:30 p.m. Stephanie Chin & Dan Crisci. $10  
Princeton Public Library (Hinds Plaza)
65 Witherspoon Street Princeton  
(609) 924-9529 
Sat. 10 a.m. "Journalism and Democracy: 2023" Public Humanities Forum
Sun. 11 a.m. "The History of a Difficult Child" w/ Mihret Sibhat & Wendy Belcher
Princeton University (Richardson Auditorium)
Nassau Street Princeton
Wed. 7:30 p.m. Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols (Takes place at University Chapel)
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
Sat. 7:30 p.m. The Grip Weeds (Christmas Album Release). $15, doors open at 7 p.m. 
Ristorante LUCCA & Piano Lounge 
144 US Route 130 Bordentown 
(609) 262-0110
Thurs. 8 p.m. Jazz Night
Tues. 6 p.m. Macallan Diner  
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. Keith Franklin Jazz Group
Sat. 7 p.m. Bob Egan
Sun. 11:30 a.m. Brunch 
Robin's Nest Restaurant
2 Washington Street Mount Holly 
(609) 261-6149 
Fri. 4:30 p.m. Jeff L 
Rossi's Bar & Grill
2110 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton
(609) 890-2004 
Thurs. 5:30 p.m. Ernie White
Sat. (11 a.m.) Brunch (6:30 p.m.) Lisa Bouchelle
Sun. 11 a.m. Brunch 
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics
Saint Mark United Methodist Church  
465 Paxson Avenue Hamilton Square 
(609) 587-1286
Sun. 4 p.m. Carols by the Fireside
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
Slim's Irish Pub 
2195 Galloway Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 332-0047
Sat. 8 p.m. All Lit Up
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. BD Lenz
Smires and Associates Realestate Agency
2330 Route 33 Robinsville
Sat. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Complimentary Pictures w/ Santa
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. Slappin' Pistons
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
Stars & Stripes Harley Davidson
600 South Flowers Mill Road Langhorne, PA 
(215) 752-9400 
Sat. 11 a.m. FREE Photos with Santa and FREE Gift Wrapping and Hot Cocoa
Steam Pub 
606 2nd Street Pike Southampton, PA 
Fri. 10 p.m. DJ Quigs
Mon. 6 p.m. Holiday Sip N Shop 
Stone Terrace by John Henry's
2275 Kuser Road Hamilton  
(609) 581-8855    
Fri. 7:30 p.m. Annual Holiday Cocktail Party Benefitting The jeremy Fund feat. Meg Hansen Group and DJ AJ.. $125 (advance / includes hors d' oeuvres, buffet, open bar)
1867 Sanctuary
101 Scotch Road Ewing
(609) 392-6409
Sat. 7 p.m. Eric Mintel Quartet. $25
Tankard Lounge 
3 Keim Boulevard Burlington
(609) 386-5079
Wed. 8 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by The Williamsboy. (Sign-ups begin at 7 p.m.)
Tara's Tavern 
1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown 
(609) 286-2300 
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Joe of Amptons  
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 
Sat. 7 p.m. Bad Hombres Acoustic
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. (10 a.m.) Holiday Wreath Making Workshop (1 p.m.) "Weekend Music Series" feat. Brian Bortnick 
Sun. 1 p.m. "Weekend Music Series" feat. Brooke DiCaro
TGI Fridays 
780 Route 130 South Hamilton
(609) 581-6910 
Sun. 9 p.m. Trivia Game Night / SIN Sundays
TGI Fridays
2703 Mount Holly Road Suite 3 Washington Twp.
(609) 239-486 
Thurs. 7 p.m.  Trivia  
TGI Fridays
3535 U.S. Route 1 North #275 Princeton
(609) 520-0378
Thurs. 8 p.m. Trivia Night 
The Birdhouse Center For The Arts
7 North Main Street Lambertville
(215) 681-4660
Tues. 7:30 p.m. NJNO the "not just nyckelharpa orchestra" Community Orchestra  
The Buck Hotel 
1200 Buck Road Feasterville, PA 
(215) 396-2002 
Fri. (6:30 p.m.) Murder Mystery Dinner "Dickens of a Murder." $68 (Includes Buffet Dinner and Show) (8 p.m.) Love Junk 
Sat. (11 a.m.) Brunch (9 p.m.) Don't Call Me Francis
The Cool Cricket
216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro
(609) 291-9110
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Dave Curtis
Sat. 9 p.m. Nova  
The Dubliner
34 North Main Street New Hope, PA 
(215) 693-1816
Fri. 7 p.m. JB Rocks
Sat. 7 p.m. Fiona Tyndall
Sun. 2 p.m. David Falcone 
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. The Groove Dudes
Sat. 9 p.m. House Party
Tues. 7 p.m. Music Bingo w/ Jonathan Appel
The HOB Tavern 
146 Second Street Bordentown
(609) 291-7020 
Wed. 7 p.m. Bad Hombres Acoustic
The Irish Horne Bar & Restaurant
882 2nd Street Pike Richboro, PA 
(215) 942-4000 
Sat. 7 p.m. Winter Concert w/ Aaron Quarterman
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. DJ Soto
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. Timi Hendrix
Sat. 8 p.m. SpareParts
Mon. 8 p.m. Karaoke
Tues. 7 p.m. Music Bingo
Wed. 7 p.m. Trivia Night
The New Tina's Pizza & Reataurant and Bagel Factory
1470 South Olden Avenue Hamilton
(609) 890-9090
Tues. 6:30 p.m. Snowman Wine Bottle Dinner Paint & Sip w/ Spotted Frog Art Studio
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. Crystal Gayle, Charu Suri, Holiday Kickoff Show
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 w/ Joshua Kocses
Fri. 8 p.m. Rob Silvers Trio 
Sat. 8 p.m. Off R Rockerz
Wed. 6 p.m. Joe Vadala
The Sycamore Grill
255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA
(215) 908-6326 
Fri. 8 p.m. Danny Lynch Project
Sat. 8 p.m. Plush Duo
The Tavern at Penns Park 
2295 Second Street Pike Newtown, PA
(267) 491-5658
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic 
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. Nobody's Business. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Sat. 8 p.m. The Polish Nannies. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Wed. 7 p.m. Country Night. $7 (advance)
The Union House 
19 East Union Street Burlington
(609) 531-6077
Fri. 5 p.m. 6 Pack Poets
Sat. 8 p.m. Gumbo Nouveau
Tir Na Nog 
1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton 
(609) 392-2554
Fri. 9 p.m. The Williamsboy
Sun. 3 p.m. "Irish Sessions"
All Shows 21+
Tony's Farm & Garden Center
1369 US Route 130 North Windsor
Sat. 12 p.m.-3 p.m. Limited Edition Holiday Pet Photos
Train Wreck Distillery 
25 Madison Avenue Mount Holly 
(609) 288-6300 
Fri. 7 p.m. Radio Fiction
Trenton Free Public Library
120 Academy Street Trenton
(609) 392-7188
Fri. 5 p.m. "First Friday"
Trenton Social
449 South Broad Street Trenton
(609) 989-7777
Thurs. 5 p.m. "Happy Hour Throwback Thursday
Fri. 5 p.m. Luminescence Exhibit
Sat. 9 p.m. Live Music (TBA)
Mon. 6 p.m. "Monday Night Karaoke" Hosted by Sweets
Union Coffee
49 North Union Street Lambertville 
(609) 460-4637
Fri. 5 p.m. "First Friday" Tarot Meet-Up w/ Kristina Gorman
Sun. 3 p.m. Songwriter Showcase Hosted by Jesse Ketchel feat. Liam Sheridan, Dave Brummy, Just Jeff, Gwynne Alden, Russell Norkevich, John Beacher.
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. Break Even w/ June Thomas
Sat. 7 p.m. John Sheridan Trio
Mon. 6 p.m. Lunch Money Quizzo
Village Idiot Brewing Company
42 High Street Mount Holly
(609) 975-9270 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia 
Villa Mannino Ristorante
73 US Highway 130 North Bordentown
(609) 298-9000
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Snowman Vase/Candle Holder Painting Paint & Sip w/ Spotted Frog Art Studios. (SOLD OUT check for availability) 
Working Dog Winery
610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown
(609) 371-6000
Thurs. 4:30 p.m. The Backbeat
Sat. 1 p.m. Ronnie Brandt
Sun. 1 p.m. Roger Gardella
WWFM 89.1 FM HD2 Radio
MCCC Old Trenton Road West Windsor
Jazzon2.org
Mon. 7 p.m. "Danny Coleman's Got The Blues"
Yankee Doodle Tap Room 
10 Palmer Square Princeton 
(609) 921-7500 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Holiday Kick-Off w/ Dueling Pianos
Zlock Performing Arts Center
275 Swamp Road Newtown, PA
(215) 968-846 
Fri. 7:30 p.m. "A Charlie Brown Christmas" w/ Eric Mintel
Tues. 7 p.m. Bucks Jazz Orchestra Fall Concert


Danny Coleman is a veteran musician and writer from central New Jersey. He hosts a weekly radio program entitled “Rock On Radio” airing Sunday evenings at 7:000pm EST on multiple internet radio outlets where he features indie/original bands and solo artists.


 
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COLUMNS


Makin Waves Song of the Week: "Still a Fool" by Blaise

Asbury Park artist Blaise's "Still a Fool" from his fourth full-length album, "Sealed with Best Wishes," and featured on the recent charity compilation, "Winter Rental," is the Makin Waves Song of the Week.




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(LOS ANGELES, CA) - On March 1, 2024, rising alternative/indie singer-songwriter Luke Middleton, released his debut EP, nothing ever after. Produced by Nathan Darmody (Allstar Weekend), the album tackles topics such as readjusting to life post-service, its emotional aftermath, and the mental health challenges he faces everyday.


TCNJ's Center for the Arts presents Las Cafeteras




The Princeton Folk Music Society presents Ruth Wyand




Skyline Theatre Company presents Reflections: Ireland In Song and Story





 
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UPCOMING SHOWS


Bruce Springsteen Archives presents "Music America: Iconic Objects from America's Music History" at LBJ Presidential Library

(AUSTIN, TX) - Since the nation's inception nearly two and a half centuries ago, music has informed, interpreted, and inspired our national identity. To celebrate and explore this remarkable heritage, the LBJ Presidential Library and the Bruce Springsteen Archives & Center for American Music at Monmouth University announce the premiere of the exhibition Music America: Iconic Objects from America's Music History. Opening at the LBJ Presidential Library on Saturday, February 17, during Presidents' Day weekend, the exhibition will be on display through August 11, 2024.


Count Basie Center for the Arts presents Peter Frampton




The Lizzie Rose Music Room presents Mike Zito




TCNJ's Center for the Arts presents Las Cafeteras






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