“I play guitar as my primary instrument but I grew-up playing the Alto Saxophone and I was really, really good at it; I was like first chair. I loved it but once I picked up guitar, I kind of dropped the saxophone and after I picked up the guitar, I really started focusing on songwriting.”
There you have it; a case of rock ’n’ roll claiming another victim but not so fast, because in the case of Country artist and Lavallette resident Jessie Haines; it was a life-changer. Currently on the road in the Southwest of the U.S.; a journey which she described as “liberating,” Haines is highly enthused about her soon to be released full-length album titled, “The Phoenix” and new beginnings.
Recently, she took the time to discuss those beginnings, her songwriting, some personal moments and more.
“I'm a country music artist in New Jersey,” she began with a laugh. “I've been a musician my whole life and I started playing guitar when I was 16 and the first three songs that I wrote, which was really soon after; I'm self-taught on guitar and I just very quickly started writing music and the style of music that just naturally came out of me was very folk and singer-songwriter based and it's just the natural genre that popped out after those first couple of songs. I started trying to follow a trend and I started trying to write popular music and I'm definitely very influenced by pop melodies, that's why I'm pretty squarely in the Country/Pop genre but it's just the way it comes out; it just comes out as country music. I mean, it's not premeditated, I don't try to do it that way, it's just how it is and I think it is partially stemming from a lot of my influences and the music that I love that I grew up listening to like The Allman Brothers and Fleetwood Mac, The Doobie Brothers; they have a lot of soul in there. The Eagles are one of my favorite bands; even artists like John Mayer. All of these artists would be considered Pop artists but when you really listen, there's a lot of Country, Folk, Blues and Soul influences.”
Country artists in New Jersey, albeit, not as rare as they used to be; aren’t as plentiful as other areas of the country (Pun intended) and the list of artists she mentioned is missing something; Country music artists. So; how do those influences affect or do they affect her songwriting?
“We don’t have anybody like The Allman Brothers around now and even the Eagles writing; it's so infectious and I think that's where I always go as a writer. I write all of my own songs and this album that I have coming out; I'm releasing it song by song and each of the songs happened naturally. I've also been practicing melody writing for a long time so, I think I feel like I'm finally at a place where the songs should be and I feel really proud of them. I think it's all sort of in the DNA at this point,” she said as if grasping for the right words. “I also spent many, many, many years as a cover musician playing in bars and restaurants and that experience of playing three to four hours by yourself as an acoustic performer, playing all of the best music in the world really; all the music that's won Grammys; it just kind of goes into your DNA. I would say that at this point it's all an influence. I mean, even Anita Baker is one of my favorite artists of all time and that's in there. So, there's soul in there and it's the kind of thing that you don't think about when you sit down to write; it’s just a part of you.”
“I have never labored over any of my songs, it's like an expression of my emotions and it's truth, it's honesty, it's real feelings, it's my real emotions and it's super authentic,” she continued. “I sit down in moments when I feel almost overwhelmed with an emotion and it has to come out somehow, either you're going to cry or hurt, you're going to journal or you're going to pick up a guitar and start to play and see what comes out. Country music is very story driven and it's very much about having a beginning, middle and an end to a story and I think the way that I write definitely honors that tradition; not too far away from like how Bruce Springsteen approaches music; it’s an emotion, it's a moment and you're also communicating this thing that happened to you and the way that you're feeling. I really try not to get too poetic when I write, my lyrics are pretty straightforward; it's like, this is what happens, this is how I feel and it's important to me too that the songs resonate with the listener because it's all part of a healing experience. I think that's the main purpose of this music that I've written on this album; is to heal me and to help heal others. I mean, even on Instagram now, people are posting what they did that day; you know? Like, “7:00 AM I woke up and did this” and then they show you what they did the whole day; people are very interested in sort of getting on the inside of a day in the life and having that sort of shared human experience. I think that's really what it is about; connecting.”
Ah yes, “Connecting” with a fan base, specially your own is huge but Haines is looking for a connection that goes deeper than one on a mass scale and she’s hoping that “The Phoenix” will enhance those chances. So, with that in mind, she and her support system have a plan in place.
“The full album is called “The Phoenix” and I think a lot of people know or maybe they don't but the Phoenix is a symbol and the symbology is rising from the ashes. So there is a really cool piece of artwork that's on the front of the Phoenix that my friend Micca Kelly; who's a New Jersey artist painted and it is very, very cool. We're releasing the album song by song by song so there's eight tracks on the full album and we just released track number three which is “I Love You;” so, there's five more coming up and then we'll drop the whole collection which will be out on Spotify and on iTunes and you can have the whole collection and that'll be out somewhere in the future.”
“I'll tell you about the singles but first let me tell you about the full album. So, the full album is a concept album and it follows the arc of a toxic relationship and the way I wrote the songs was in real time. So, they're all written in chronological order and in real time, in my real life when this stuff was really happening and for anyone who's been in a toxic relationship or who currently is in a toxic relationship; I think it will resonate. The way that the arc of the album goes is, the very first couple of songs are about living the single life, going out having fun, being a party girl. There's a song called “Little Black Dress” and it's a boot stomper about going out and having a good time. There's a song called “The Way You Kiss” which I released and that's about meeting a person and feeling all of the fluttery feelings of lust and attraction and you know, you just wanna kiss them and those are the first two songs. The third song that I just released is called “I Love You” and “I Love You” is, we had gotten together, we were in the relationship; at first I didn't want to talk to the public about the song but I slept on it and I talked to my team and they were like, “Yeah, we think you should talk about what this song is really about” and it appears to be a love song and in a way it is but when you really listen to the lyrics, it's really about emotional abuse. So, it's really about when you're with a person and they're gaslighting you, they're stonewalling you, they are mad at you and you don't know why. They won't talk to you but you can't leave because you're addicted to the cycle; you feel like you love them because half of the time it's really great or at least you think it's really great and the other half of the time it's really, really abusive emotionally. So, it's about that push and pull and back and forth and that sort of going around the toxic abuse cycle and it's not the happiest of concepts but it's the way that the song came out and it's melodically very beautiful and it's got sort of that sweet melancholy aspect to it.”
“It’s weird to be sharing such an intense experience but I also feel an obligation,” she continued. “Honestly? I really wavered about talking about all of this because it's painful stuff. I feel that I'm a spiritual person and I really feel like this is a huge part of my calling because I think there's not a lot of dialogue about what this is; you know? They're starting to be more talk about it now. I’ve been seeing some artists talk about it like actress Anna Kendrick is talking about it, I see Kelsea Ballerini talking about it, I think Adele has talked about it; there are more artists now coming out and talking about emotional abuse because it's prevalent and it's invisible.”
Concept album? A true rarity in today’s era but as you read; Haines isn’t shying away from telling sensitive stories or taking chances as she begins to gather herself and move her career forward and as we see, “The Phoenix” seems to be an apt title or the album. So; is it difficult for her to perform such emotional songs in front of an audience?
“It's getting easier,” she said with a large laugh as if a weight had been lifted. “From a performance perspective you have to stay in it, you have to relive it and be there but there's also a self-preservation aspect like, I can't allow myself to get into a depression over it on every show; you know? I just feel special and grateful to be here and that's the most important part. Honestly, it's an honor and a privilege to have been given this craft and these gifts so that I can make these songs and share them out.”
Part of sharing her music is to tour; sometimes with a band and well, sometimes you just have to go at it alone.
“I bought an Airstream and I am Airstreaming across the country,” she said proudly. “Right now I'm doing some traveling, I'm doing some more songwriting; this album is done but there's always going to be another album so, I'm just doing the damn thing man (laughs). I'm just living, I'm traveling, I'm setting my eyes on some new sites and doing some hiking, some interviews and meeting people. I actually met someone today in town; I'm in far West Texas right now and she's a music photographer. So, we're going to go do a photo shoot in the desert; when you're in the flow, things just start happening.”
“I’m just getting started; we just started releasing last summer. I'm not a new musician but I'm brand new to the scene with this project. I'm emailing with The Stone Pony right now and we're talking about maybe The Wonder Bar or House ofIndependents so, there is a show brewing somewhere in the Asbury Park area and hopefully more than one. I'm affiliated with the Crossroads in Garwood and then we've got some other stuff cooking in Michigan. So, it's kind of early in the year but there's a lot of lines out right now. The show is full band and it is a rock'n'roll, soul band with electric guitars, drums and the whole shebang! This band kicks total ass and it's just a high energy fun experience. Our show is an hour and we’re doing the whole album and a handful of covers.”
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. Carmen Marranco Sat. (12 p.m.) Acoustic Brunch (5 p.m.) Aaron Quarterman Sun. (12 p.m.) Sunday Acoustic Brunch w/ Jerry Monk (6 p.m.) DJ Bobby Jones Mon. 5 p.m. Ed Wilson Tues. 7 p.m. Brian Elliot Wed. 7 p.m. Kindred Spirit DuoAristaeus Brewing 2475C Big Oak Road Langhorne, PA (215) 757-2337 Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia Sun. 10 a.m. “Sunday Funday Brunch” Arts Council of Princeton 102 Witherspoon Street Princeton (609) 924-8777 Sat. (10 a.m.) Storytime with Jeff (7 p.m.) Cafe Improv Ashlynn Distillery 32 West Bridge Street Morrisville, PA Thurs. 5 p.m. Open Mic Night Fri. 6 p.m. Aaron Quarterman Sat. 8 p.m. Stand Up Comedy Night feat. Erik Terrell, Aunt Peggy O'Leary, Joshua Ryan, Neil Wood, Steve Rinaldi. $15 Sun 2 p.m. Ty KingsleyBill'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+ Blue Bottle Cafe 101 East Broad Street Hopewell (609) 333-1710 Wed. 6 p.m. Brian Elliot Bowman's Tavern 1600 River Road New Hope, PA (215) 862-2972 Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Dave Dales Trio Fri. (5:30 p.m.) Bennett Lee (8 p.m.) Bob Egan Sat. 7 p.m. Mark Smith Trio Sun. (12 p.m.) Larry Tamanini (6 p.m.) Lorenzo Wed. 6 p.m. Liz DuFourBroken Goblet Brewing 2500 State Road Bensalem, PA (267) 812-5653 Thurs. 8 p.m. Mike Estabrook Fri. 8:30 p.m. Wes Johnson Sat. 8:30 p.m. Two Rocks Rye Sun. 11 a.m. Sunday Brunch Bucks On Bridge 25 Bridge Street Lambertville (609) 483-2615 Tues. 5 p.m. Chess Night Cadwalader Park 299 Parkside Avenue Trenton (408) 335-4400 Fri. 7 p.m. Freedom Friday Open Mic Hosted by Todd "Son of Black" Evans feat. Niesha Kelly and Mary Kokesh Candlelight Lounge 24 Passaic Street Trenton (609) 695-9612 Thurs. 6 p.m. Thursday Night Blues Jam. $5 Sat. 3 p.m. Webb T. $20 Catch A Rising Star (Hyatt Regency Princeton) 102 Carnagie Center Princeton (781) 568-1471 Fri. 8 p.m. Anita Wise, Troy Moore. Hosted by Maurice Touisaunt. $23.69, Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Sat. 7:30 p.m. Anita Wise, Troy Moore. Hosted by Maurice Touisaunt. $23.69, Doors open at 7 p.m. Chickie's & Pete's 183 US Highway 130 North Bordentown (609) 298-9182 Fi./Sat. 8 p.m. DJ EntertainmentClub 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. Radio Fiction COARadio.com 125 South Main Street Hightstown (609) 241-7103 Fri. 7 p.m. "Danny Coleman's Got The Blues" Sat. 3 p.m. “Rock On Radio Indie Hour" Sun. 7 p.m. "Rock On Radio" feat. Comedian Tim Hayes with a Call from Monkey Cult Coffee CEO Matt Zion Cooper's Riverview 50 Riverview Plaza Trenton (609) 393-7300 Thurs. (7 p.m.) Cosmic Jerry Band (8 p.m.) Club Night w/ DJ Desisto. Ages21+ Fri. 8 p.m. Unleashed (9 p.m.) DJ Jazzi Sat. 7 p.m. Midnight Sun TTL Sun. 11 a.m. Jazz Brunch w/ Victor Tarassov Tues. 5 p.m. Salsa Tuesdays w/ DJ Jay Serrano Wed. (7 p.m.) Blues Jam (8 p.m.) Disco “Hustle” Night w/ "Guest" DJs. $5 Crossing Vineyard and Winery 1853 Wrightstown Road Washington Crossing, PA (215) 493-6500 Thurs. 6 p.m. Get Cozy by the Fire Sat. 2 p.m. Rodney Wright Sun. 2 p.m. Julia Melito Cross Pollination Gallery 2 North Union Street Lambertville (609) 213-6734 Fri. 5 p.m. "Friday Happy Hour." (Talk art, wine and musicians who bring instruments) Sat. 5 p.m. Dave Evans Curran’s Irish Inn 1909 Bristol Pike Bensalem, PA (215) 245-1800 Thurs. 7 p.m. Music Bingo Tues. 7:30 p.m. QuizzoDacey'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 Sun. 4 p.m. Oldies with DJ Deuce Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic Dempster's Pub 437 Pine Street Mount Holly (609) 261-0500 Sat. 8 p.m. Sheltered In Place Eddington House Bensalem 2813 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA (215) 639-1220 Fri. 8 p.m. Dave Beck Sat. 8 p.m. 44 Fridays El Barrio Cantina & Tequila Bar 1470 Buck Road Southampton, PA (267) 685-0725 Fri. 8 p.m. Keep The Change Sat. 8:30 p.m. Talking In CursiveFirst United Methodist Church 187 Stockton Street Hightstown Sun. 3 p.m. Winter Voice Recital Flying Pig Tavern & Tap 167 US-Route 130 North Bordentown (609) 899-7447 Fri. 8 p.m. Paul Plumeri Blues band Sat. 8 p.m. Thrown Back Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke Wed. 8 p.m. TriviaFounding 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. 8 p.m. Soul Cruisers Dance Party. Doors open at 7 p.m. Sat. 7 p.m. "Mama Rosalina" The Sitcom 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" w/ (9 p.m.) Wicked Alibi Sat. 8 p.m. Little Sister Tues. 6:30 p.m. Trivia Night Hosted by Best Choice ProductionsGrounds For Sculpture 80 Sculptors way Hamilton (609) 586-0616 Fri. 10 a.m. Scratchmold Kit with Virtual PourHamilton Tap & Grill 557 US Route 130 North Hamilton (609) 905-0925 Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Music Bingo w/ DJ Nebbs Wed. 7 p.m. Trivia Happy Apple Inn 29 Imlaystown Road Cream Ridge (609) 259-7889 Sat. 5:30 p.m. Glenfiddich Tasting. $100 (Includes dinner, bottle of Scotch) 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.) Pink Floyd USA Experience (11 p.m.) DJ Dance Party Sat. (8:30 p.m.) Coast To Coast (11:59 p.m.) 9:30 p.m. DJ Dance Party Sun. 4 p.m. LGBTQ Tea Dance Party Mon. 9 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 Sun. 6 p.m. Pet Care BingoHooters of Princeton US Route 1 South/Mercer Mall Lawrenceville Thurs. 8 p.m. Winter Bikini ShowHopewell Valley Vineyards 46 Yard Avenue Pennington (609) 737-4465 Fri. 4 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. (5 p.m.) Robert Ruffis Expeience Sat. 5 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. Rupert & Scheetz Sun. 1:30 p.m. "Jazzy Sundays" feat. Hopewell Valley Vineyards Jazz EnsembleHurricane 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.) Happy Hour w/ Johnny Betz (9 p.m.) Dance Party w/ DJ Beenice Sat. 9 p.m. All Lit Up Mon. 7 p.m. Motown Mondays w/ rotating DJs BeeNice, Rawskillz, JusGroove Tues. 8 p.m. Acoustic Tuesday w/ Fish Out of Water Trio 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. 6:30 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. 2 p.m. Marlene Howell Sat. 2 p.m. Gary Ryan Sun. 2 p.m. AudioPilot Mon. 6:30 p.m. Justin LoveIron Plow Vineyards Tasting Room 61 High Street Mt. Holly (732) 306-9111 Sat. 6:30 p.m. Sunday's Afternoon Ivy Tavern 3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton (609) 888-1435 Thurs. 8:30 p.m. Karaoke Sat. 9:30 p.m. Asylum Choir Sun. 8 p.m. Karaoke Latinos / Ladies Night All shows 21+ John & Peter's 96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa (215) 862-5981 Thurs. 8 p.m. June Star Fri. 9 p.m. Mosey Beat Sat. 9 p.m. Honey Spot Blvd. Sun. 3 p.m. Charles Laurita & The Mischief, Black Cat Habitat Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic w/ Mike Dialto (Sign-ups start at 8 p.m.) Wed. 9 p.m. The Invitational All shows 21+ Killarney's Publick House 1644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton (609) 586-1166 Thurs. 8:30 p.m. Throwback Thursday Party w/ Groove Pocket Fri. 5:30 p.m. Kenny Dubman Duo Sat. 8 p.m. Yellow Bourbon Country Night w/ Big Hix Band Wed. 6 p.m. "Ladies Night" Lakeside Cafe and Liquors 129 Route 31 North Pennington (609) 621-9998 Sat. 1 p.m. Trivia Tues. 5:30 p.m. Trivia. Lambertville House 32 Bridge Street Lambertville (609) 397-0200 Fri. 6 p.m. Just Jeff Laurita Winery 85 Archertown Road New Egypt (609) 752-0200 Thurs. 6 p.m. Singles Mixer. $5 (Includes one free glass of wine), Ages 21+ Fri. 7 p.m. Country Line Dancing. (SOLD OUT check for availability) Sat. 12 p.m. "Sangria, Flights & Sliders Weekend feat. (1 p.m.) Carmen Marranco (7 p.m.) "A Night of Song & Wine" w/ Max Valentino and Bobby Fischetti. Sun. 12 p.m. "Sangria, Flights & Sliders Weekend feat. (1 p.m.) The BergersMagikava 87a South Main Street New Hope, PA (215) 862-2739 Wed. 6:30 p.m. Open Mic Night feat. Main Street Mt. Holly 28 Washington Street Mt. Holly (609) 914-0811 Sat. 10 a.m. Town Wide "Fire & Ice Festival" McStews Irish Sports Pub 5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA (215) 949-9570 Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Music Bingo Sat. 9 p.m. Supertrain Tues. 7:30 p.m. Trivia Night Millhill Basement 300 S. Broad Street Trenton (609) 989-1600 Fri. 9 p.m. Trenton Beatdown!, Cycle Of Abuse, 10SLUGGZ, Bankrupt, Through Violence. $10 (advance) Music Mountain Theater 1483 Route 179 Lambertville (609)397-3337 Fri. 8 p.m. "Ain't Misbehavin' Sat. 3 p.m./ 8 p.m. "Ain't Misbehavin' Sun. 3 p.m. "Ain't Misbehavin'Naked Brewing Company 212 Mill Street Bristol, PA (267) 544-7129 Thurs.6:30 p.m. Dana Collins Project Fri. 7 p.m. Stranger Than Normal Duo Sat. 7 p.m. Cara Cartney Sun. 11 a.m. Weekend Brunch Tues. 7 p.m. Trivia Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company 909 Ray Avenue Croydon, PA (215) 458-7081 Thurs. 7 p.m. Fly On The Wall Sat. 12 p.m. "Grilled Cheese and Soup Day" Sun. 12 p.m. "Blues Bootcamp and Brews" New Hope Winery / Tavern 6123 Lower York Road New Hope, PA (215) 794-2331 Sat. (5 p.m.) James Popik (8 p.m.) Santana Tribute w/ "Jingo" Sun. 1 p.m. Sunday Jazz Newtown Brewing Company 103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA (215) 944-8609 Thurs. 7:30 p.m. "Useless Knowledge" Trivia Fri. 6 p.m. Kate & Bob Sat. 6 p.m. TWO / Dan & Liz Nick's Roast Beef 4501 Woodhaven Road West Philadelphia, PA (215) 637-5151 Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia Fri. 9 p.m. Split Decision Sat. 9 p.m. Let's RideNottingham Tavern 9 Mercer Street Hamilton Square (609) 587-6623 Thurs.9:30 pm. Karaoke w/ Super Dave Curtis. Fri. 9:30 p.m. Deep Release Sat. 9:30 p.m. ArHouse Ages 21+ O'Connors American Bar & Grille 1383 Monmouth Road Easthampton (609) 261-1555 Sat. 6 p.m. South Jersey Celtic Society Presents: Robert Burns Supper feat. Chaste Treasure Ladies Morgan, Katherine and Frauline Elsa. Odd Logic Brewing Co. 500 Bristol Pike, Bristol, PA Thurs. 6 p.m. Trivia O'Fowley's Tavern & Grill 200 State Road Croydon, PA (215) 785-6998 Sat. 8 p.m. Darlin and The Dogs 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 Wed. 6:30 p.m. Trivia Old Town Pub 135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown (609) 291-9232 Thurs. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia Tues. 6 p.m. Taco Tuesday w/ Radio FictionPalmer Square 40 Nassau Street Princeton Thurs. 4 p.m. "Skating On The Square" $10/$12 (Includes skate rental) Fri. 4 p.m. "Skating On The Square" $10/$12 (Includes skate rental) Sat. 12 p.m. / 4 p.m. "Skating On the Square" $10/$12 (Includes skate rental) Sun. (11 a.m.) DIY Pop-Up Project: Eco-Dyed Napkins (12 p.m. / 4 p.m.) "Skating On the Square" $10/$12 (Includes skate rental) Patriots Crossing 1339 River Road Titusville (609) 737-2780 Thurs. 8 p.m. Ladies Night Sat. 8 p.m. Diane & Joe Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo" Patriot's Theater at The War Memorial 1 Memorial Drive Trenton (609) 984-8400 Sun. 6:30 p.m. "United In Song" Annual Concert w/ Princeton Girlchoir Princeton Country Club 1-Wheeler Way West Windsor (609) 452-9382 Thurs. 6 p.m. Karaoke Night w/ Live DJ Fri. 6 p.m. Happy Hour w/ Live DJ Sun. 11 a.m. Jazz Brunch Princeton University (Richardson Auditorium) Nassau Street Princeton Tue. 7:30 p.m. Joyce DiDonato: "Eden" Puss N Boots Tavern 942 Tenton Road Fairless Hills, PA (215) 295-8236 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 p.m. Dan Bern. $30Recklesstown Farm Distillery 2800 Route 206 North Columbus (609) 784-8046 Sat. 7 p.m. Trivia River House at Odette’s 274 South Rive Road New Hope, PA (215) 682-2022 Thurs. (7 p.m.) Gina Corso (9 p.m.) Cara Cartney Fri. (7 p.m.) Maci Miller and Aaron Graves (9 p.m.) CJ Steinway Sat. (11:30 a.m.) Brunch w/ Scott Gurney (7 p.m.) Bob Egan (9 p.m.) Scott Gurney Sun. (11:30 a.m.) Brunch w/ Neil Podgurski (7 p.m.) Michael Andrew Mon. 7 p.m. Jonathan Daddis Tues. 7 p.m. Camille Peruto Robbinsville Senior Center 1170 Route 130 North (Folsom Way) Robbinsville (609) 259-1567 Thurs. 6 p.m. Beginner Line Dancing (Check for availability) Rose Bank Winery 258 Durham Road Newtown, PA (215) 860-5899 Sat. 1 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 WhiteSandy'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, PA (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. Winter UnWINEd Concert feat. Cara Cartney Sat. 6:30 p.m. Winter UnWINEd Concert feat. Joe Rebl / Sky Patrol Slim's Irish Pub 2195 Galloway Road Bensalem, PA (267) 332-0047 Sat. 9 p.m. Big Whiskey Mon. 6 p.m. Open Mic Night Hosted by Cecil Small World Coffee 14 Witherspoon Street Princeton (609) 924-4377 x2 Fri. 5:30 p.m. Princeton Makes Artist Collective Art Exhibit Sat. 6 p.m. Damsel Sparky World-Famous Beer Garden 4333 New Falls Road Levittown, PA (215) 943-2321 Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Dana Sat. 9 p.m. Never Enough 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. 7 p.m. Dan & BevStars & Stripes Harley Davidson 600 South Flowers Mill Road Langhorne, PA (215) 752-9400 Sat. / Sun. 11 a.m. "2023 Model Year" Open House. (FREE lunch, beer, kids' corner, games) Steam Pub 606 2nd Street Pike Southampton, PA (215) 942-6468 Fri. 10 p.m. DJ Tito Sat. 10:30 p.m. Fat Mezz1675 Spirits 2685 Bristol Pike Bensalem, PA (215) 645-1445 Sat. 6 p.m. J'MO Taps Sports Bar 4021-4023 Veterans Highway Levittown, PA (215) 486-7862 Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke Hosted by Paula Mon. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night Tara's Tavern 1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown (609) 286-2300 Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Big Daddy G Sat. 9 p.m. The WilliamsboyTavern On The Lake 101 Main Street Hightstown (609) 426-9345 Fri. 9 p.m. The Rotary Dials Tues. 6 p.m. Trivia Wed. 7 p.m. Karaoke Temperance House 5 South State Street Newtown, PA (215) 944-8050 Fri. 7 p.m. Bad Hombres Duo Mon. 7 p.m. Trivia w/ Righteous Jolly Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night w/ Cara Cartn Terhune Orchards 330 Cold Soil Road Princeton (609) 924-2310 Sat. 1 p.m. "Weekend Music Series" feat. Chris P Sun. 1 p.m. "Weekend Music Series" feat. Spiced Punch TGI Fridays 319 US Highway 130 North East Windsor (609) 490-1450 Tues. 6 p.m. Kids Night: Winter Party w/ The Snow Queen TGI Fridays 3535 U.S. Route 1 North #275 Princeton (609) 520-0378 Fri. 6 p.m. Lis Bouchelle The Birdhouse Center For The Arts 7 North Main Street Lambertville (215) 681-4660 Sat. 10 a.m. Kazoo Parade 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. 7 p.m. Love Junk Sat. (11 a.m.) Brunch (9 p.m.) The Soul Cruisers Sun. 11 a.m. Brunch The Cool Cricket 216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro (609) 291-9110 Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Dave Curtis Sat. 9 p.m. Polish NanniesThe Cure Insurance Center 81 Hamilton Ave. Trenton (609) 656-3200 Sat. 8 p.m. "Royal Comedy 2023: Sophomore's Homecoming" feat. Sommore, Bruce Bruce, Lavell Crawford, Joe Clair & Turae. The Dubliner 34 North Main Street New Hope, PA (215) 693-1816 Fri. 7 p.m. Sean Fleming Sat. 7 p.m. Gerry Timlin Sun. 2 p.m.Gerry TimlinThe 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 Zings Sat. 9 p.m. Sometime In September Tues. 7:30 p.m. Music Bingo w/ Jonathan Appel Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Chris Benedetti The Ivy Inn 248 Nassau Street Princeton (609) 921-8555 Fri. 9:30 p.m. DJ Lydell Sat. 9:30 p.m. DJ Darius the 1st Tues. 8 p.m. Quizzo w/ Bob E Luv Wed. 10 p.m. Total Request w/ DJ Rockin' Ron The Morrisville Tavern 376 West Trenton Avenue Morrisville, PA (215) 295-5310 Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia Night Fri. 8 p.m. MZ Rox Tues. 7 p.m. Music Bingo Wed. 7 p.m. Trivia Night The Newtown Theatre 120 North State Street Newtown, PA (215) 968-3859 Sat. 6 p.m. / 8:30 p.m. Tammy Pescatelli. The Roost 181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge (609) 208-0050 Thurs. 6:30 p.m. DC Duo Fri. 8 p.m. Even Odds Sat. 8 p.m. Twice Is Good Wed. 6 p.m. Joe VadalaThe Sycamore Grill 255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA (215) 908-6326 Fri. 8 p.m. Stage Left Sat. 8 p.m. IdlewoodsmanThe Tavern at Penns Park 2295 Second Street Pike Newtown, PA (267) 491-5658 Fri. 8 p.m. Jumper Wed. 7 p.m. 1st Wednesday Open Mic The Union Firehouse 18 Washington Street Mount Holly (609) 288-6491 Fri. 8 p.m. Don't Call Me Francis. Doors open at 7 p.m. Sat. 8 p.m. Spread Eagle, Black Rose rebellion, Rat Rod, Prophet Priest. Hosted by Jacky BamBam. Doors open at 7 p.m. Sun. (3 p.m.) School Of Rock Cherry Hill: "Prince" End of Season Show Performance 2 (6 p.m.) School Of Rock Cherry Hill: "Classic Metal" End of Season Show Performance 2 The Union House 19 East Union Street Burlington (609) 531-6077 Fri. 8:30 p.m. Nobody's Business Tir Na Nog 1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton (609) 392-2554 Fri. 9 p.m. Kevin McCloskey Sun. 3 p.m. "Irish Sessions" All Shows 21+ Titusville Presbyterian Church 4 River Drive Titusville Mon. 7:30 p.m. Master Class: "Jazz Improvisation" Hosted by Jack Furlong. Train Wreck Distillery 25 Madison Avenue Mount Holly (609) 288-6300 Fri. 7:30 p.m. Limanni-Romano Sat. 12 p.m. The Luck BrothersTrenton 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 Tues. 8 p.m. Open Mic Night w/ Tobias & Lea (Sign-ups at 7:30 p.m.) Triple Sun Spirits 126 South State Street Newtown, PA (215) 944-3057 Fri. 8 p.m. Aaron Quarterman Vault Brewing Company 10 South Main Street Yardley, PA (267) 573-4291 Fri. 7 p.m. Break Even or Behn Gillece Duo Sat. 7 p.m. Tony Miceli Trio Village Idiot Brewing Company 42 High Street Mount Holly (609) 975-9270 Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia Sat. 11 a.m. Mount Holly "Fire & Ice" Festival West Windsor Arts Center/Nassau Park Pavilion 952 Alexander Road Princeton Fri. 7:30 p.m. "How Sweet" A Storytelling Event. Hosted by Maureen Connolly-Hersh feat. a Presentation by Kelly of Cocoa Beau w/ David Bradley Chocolates, prizes for storytellers and more. $20 (advance), doors open at 7 p.m. Wildflowers Inn 2572 Pennington Road Pennington (609) 773-2392 Thurs. 6 p.m. Rob SilversWilson's Pub 1870 Brownsville Road Trevose Heights, PA (215) 355-4739 Fri. 8 p.m. Jack KiddWitherspoon Grill 57 Witherspoon Street Princeton (609) 924-6011 Tues. 6:30 p.m. Keith Franklin Jazz GroupWorking Dog Winery 610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown (609) 371-6000 Sat. 1 p.m. Spoondrift Sun. 1 p.m. Roger GardellaWWFM 89.1 FM HD2 Radio MCCC Old Trenton Road West Windsor Jazzon2.org Mon. 7 p.m. "Danny Coleman's Got The Blues" 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.