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Rock On! This week's Sound Bites...12/7/23


By Danny Coleman

originally published: 12/07/2023

Rock On! This week

"We did," began a laughing Blues/Rock guitarist Lance Lopez, "We put out a "Live in NYC" album a while back but we have put out a couple of albums since the live record. We put out a record in 2018 called "Tell The Truth" on the Mascot/Provogue label and this album came out a while back and we're pretty proud of it; we worked on it all through the pandemic so, it's a pandemic piece." 

Born in Louisiana with a Texas twist; Lopez is often overlooked when it comes to blues and/or rock guitarists but yet his resume is longer than most. Collaborating or sharing a stage with greats such as Johnny Winter, Billy Gibbons, Eliza Neals and many more; his talents are often in demand and he makes the most of his opportunities. 

A move to Nashville, a return to Cleopatra Records for his most recent release, "Trouble Is Good" and the album's heavier sound have all served him well as did the pandemic of 2020. Lance explains the return to Cleopatra and how the album and its title came to be. 

  "So far, it has been good with Cleopatra, we did the live record several years back and when it didn't work out with Mascot we went back to Cleopatra because we were originally going to do another studio record with them but the producer I was working with was also producing Supersonic Blues Machine who was signed to Mascot and so he wanted to take that studio album to Mascot and he did and they released it. After that, we weren't going to do another album with Mascot but we began to carry forward making the album anyway; Joey and I piecemealed the record together. So, I went back to Cleopatra once we felt we had a record that was pretty much completed and they agreed to put it out. I had worked with their team for years with the live record and my own personal stuff and so I thought it would be a good move to go back and work with them again."



 
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"During the pandemic, there wasn't really anything happening so Mascot/Provogue decided not to exercise the option to do another album. I had started plans to make a new album before the pandemic happened; I had taken quite a break after the "Tell The Truth" record in 2018 and in January of 2020, I had gone over to Little Rock and played a show for the Arkansas River Blues Society and was getting ready to go back on the road because I had some offers in Europe. So, I began talking to Joey Sykes who I had worked with previously on "Tell The Truth" and with a band I was in in Los Angeles called, Supersonic Blues Machine. He had been a writer on songs on those records and when I moved to Nashville, Joey reached out to me because he had a connection to Nashville since he was a songwriter here and he said, "Let's make a record" and we started making plans and then boom; COVID hit. So, it then pushed me into home recording and becoming a home recording engineer and getting a home recording rig and starting to record guitar and vocal tracks in my home in Nashville. So, that was one of the principles behind the title "Trouble Is Good," because through the pandemic and being kind of forced into doing that; I had talked about doing that for a long time but I was more focused on touring and the road and playing shows than I was with setting up a home recording situation. So, COVID kind of thrust me into that and so that was kind of one of the points of "Trouble Is Good" and I also began to work on tube amplifiers and repair guitar amps here in Nashville and that was another skillset I improved upon that the pandemic kind of thrust me into; it was a really interesting time period. In the midst of all of that, Joey Sykes and I were writing songs and exchanging ideas and we recorded batches of songs. We had songs leftover from the previous albums we had worked on that didn't make those records or that were demos at that time and I had songs that I had begun working on here in Nashville that made the record like, "Easy To Leave" and "Voyager" and then the title track came about in the middle of COVID through a conversation with John Hiatt. He just said the phrase because I was kind of complaining about how everything was; it was really cool how trouble was good because I had to look at all the other areas that I was focusing on at the time."

With new found skills, a new studio and a new sense of purpose, Lopez called on some friends to lend a hand to bring it all together. 

"So, we chose 10 of the best songs that we had recorded over that time period and we had a whole host of great musicians that showed up to play on the record like Gregg Bissonette and Bobby Rondinelli, Brian Tichy, John Hummel, Danny Miranda, Peter Keys and a whole host of great musicians that lended their talents to the record who really showed up and played and it was really amazing. So, the tracks came out exactly how I envisioned when I began to write them and that was what I thought was the greatest achievement of the album for me personally; that we sonically captured that. That also came from the mix engineers of Justin Cortelyou and Soultrain Sound Studios here in Nashville and also Dan Rothchild out in Los Angeles who helped mix the record and kind of bring all of the music sonically to where it should be. I'm really proud of the record; I'm categorized as a blues rock artist so we wanted to make a blues rock record and we kind of emphasized more on the rock and we went and got some of our favorite players who play rock today and had them play on the album." 

Guests such as those are always welcome but at times, it is Lopez who is the guest, such as he was on Eliza Neals' "Badder To The Bone" album; even if only briefly.

"I love Eliza, I've known her for years," he began with true sincerity. "I met her when I was touring with Johnny Winter and she has been a friend, I've seen her out on gigs when we were on the road and playing around Detroit. I was really honored when she reached out and asked me to play on her album; what an honor. Anytime an artist reaches out to have me play guitar on their records; what a privilege. So, I showed up to that session with everything I had and all my gear and guitars and then I was so happy to see my brother Peter Keys from Lynyrd Skynyrd, we have our chemistry from playing together and we knew it was gonna be great. We also had some of the best of the best Nashville rhythm sections and so we knew this was going to be an amazing session for her. So, when we cut "Queen of the Nile," we did one take through and I was checking my guitar rig because I had two amps, one on either side of the studio to get a bigger sound. So, I had one amp on one side of the studio in one room and one amp isolated on the other side of the studio and the band wanted to do a pass through to make sure the tones and everything were right and so that was the first take. When we were through, I said, "Hey man, let's do another one, I think we're ready now" and they said, "No, we got it" and I was like, wait a minute, I was just checking out my gear (laughs) and they were like, "No, I think we got it" and I was like, no, no, no, no (laughs). I walked out of there and was just so downtrodden because I only got the one take on a guitar solo and Peter was walking out with me because we were going to hang out and he said, "Take it easy man, it's no big deal" and the next thing you know, Eliza's track was everywhere and I listened back and I thought, OK, maybe it wasn't that bad (laughs)." 

Since the record's release mid-summer, Lopez and the band have been doing their best to promote it but don't have any plans for a perpetually long tour at the moment; what about after that? 

"We're gonna be kind of weekend warriors, we were in Florida, Louisiana, Texas, the midwest, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois and the east coast but you can check the dates out on my website and hopefully we'll see a lot of people but yeah, I've got plans to start working on another record. I've got some different guys that I'm playing with here in Nashville and a couple of really great studios in town that I've been working at; I plan on going back in and begin recording some more material and focusing more on playing live off the floor and focusing more on guitar music; kind of a live in the studio kind of feel. Maybe kind of going back more towards some roots, this record was kind of geared more towards rock, maybe this one will be focused more on the blues but for now, we are focusing on "Trouble Is Good."



 
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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. Marc Hoffman
Sat. (12 p.m.) Acoustic Brunch (5 p.m.) Mark Robidoux
Sun. 12 p.m. Sunday Brunch 
Mon. 5 p.m. Joe Hutchinson
Tues. 7 p.m. Mike & Laura
Wed. 7 p.m. Jessica DiDonato
Ancient Order of Hibernians 
2419 Kuser Road Hamilton 
Sat. 7 p.m. "Adult" Christmas Party feat. DJ, Ugly Sweater Contest, Photos w/ "Bad Santa." $25 (Includes appetizers and light food)
Sun. 6 p.m. Tree Lighting
Aristaeus Brewing
2475C Big Oak Road Langhorne, PA 
(215) 757-2337
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia 
Fri. 7 p.m. Nick Mich
Arm & Hammer Park
1 Thunder Road Trenton 
(609) 394-3300
Sat. 10 a.m. Pro Hitting Experience w/ Thunder Hitting Coach Adonis Smith
Ashlynn Distillery 
32 West Bridge Street Morrisville, PA 
Thurs. 5 p.m. Cecil & Carl
Fri. 7 p.m. Mew
Sat. 7 p.m. Cara Cartney
Sun. 3 p.m. Dueling Pianos w/ Cecil & Mike
Wed. 6 p.m. Cara Cartney
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
Sat. 1 p.m. JDuo
Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzo
Blaze DoubleTree by Hilton 
4355 US Route 1 Princeton
(609) 452-2400
Thurs. 6 p.m. Chris Giakis 
Fri. 6 p.m. Joe Vadala
Bordentown City
Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown  
Fri./Sat./Sun. 6 p.m. Evenings: "Holiday Lights & Architecture Tour"
Bowman's Tavern 
1600 River Road New Hope, PA 
(215) 862-2972
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Fermenters Trio
Fri. (5:30 p.m.) Bennett Lee (8 p.m.) Bob Egan 
Sat. 7 p.m. Kevin Valentine 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. 8:30 p.m. EarCandy / Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
Sat. 7 p.m. Reggae Christmas Party w/ Jah People, Ear Me Now. $10 
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 
Fri. 6 p.m. Art Exhibit
Candlelight Lounge 
24 Passaic Street Trenton  
(609) 695-9612 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Thursday Night Blues Jam. $5
Sat. 3 p.m. Robert Landham. $20
Catch A Rising Star (Hyatt Regency Princeton) 
102 Carnagie Center Princeton
(781) 568-1471
Fri. 8 p.m. Eric Potts, Steve Trevalise. $26.50, Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 7:30 p.m. "The Blizzards" feat. Dena, Dean and Jacqueline. $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
City Streets
510 Highway 130 South East Windsor
(609) 426-9400
Sat. 9 p.m. Underwater Airlines
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
Sat. 6:30 p.m. "The Ernie White Band Christmas Show" $10
Color Me Mine (Princeton Shopping Center)
301 Harrison Street Princeton 
(609) 581-9500 
Sun. 9:30 a.m. Paint w/ Santa
Wed. 6:30 p.m. Swiftie Pottery Painting Night
Continental Tavern
2 North Main Street Yardley, PA  
(215) 493-9191
Thurs. 6 p.m. "Ladies Night"
Fri. 8 p.m. Brad Staudle
Sat. 8 p.m. Norm Manhattan and The Mind Erasers
Cooper's Riverview                                                                     
50 Riverview Plaza Trenton
(609) 393-7300 
Sun. (10 a.m.) Sunday "Jazz" Brunch w/ Victor Tarassov. $22.95 (Includes 2 Mimosas) $34.95 (Adults, kids ages 6-12 $14.95, kids under age 5 FREE) 
Tues. 7 p.m. Salsa Tuesdays w/ DJ and Complimentary Dance Class w/ Jose "Papo" Diaz
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. Santa's Corky Workshop
Sat. 12 p.m. Holiday Festival feat. (2 p.m.) Sweet Spot (6 p.m.) "Merry & Bright" After Hours Holiday Fun
Sun. 12 p.m. Holiday Festival feat. (2 p.m.) Bill Thomas 
Curran’s Irish Inn
1909 Bristol Pike Bensalem, PA
(215) 245-1800
Thurs. 7 p.m. Music Bingo 
Fri. 8 p.m. Rachel & Ty
Sat. 8 p.m. Let's Ride
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. Mark Diomede
Fri. 8 p.m. Our Bodies Themselves, Christina Ward. $5
Sat. 10 a.m. Yoga. $18 
Wed. (5:30 p.m.) Yoga. $18 (7 p.m.) Open Mic Night Hosted by Michael Henry Robert  
Eddington House Bensalem
2813 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA 
(215) 639-1220 
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Surprise Surprise
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Phase 3
Mon. 5:30 p.m. "Family Fun Night" w/ Amazing Balloon Creations by Kelsi-Joe
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. 4 p.m. Neighborhood Christmas Party (Open House)
Flying Pig Tavern & Tap 
167 US-Route 130 North Bordentown 
(609) 899-7447
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia
Forsgate Country Club   
375 Forsgate Drive Monroe
(732) 521-0700 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Menorah Lighting & Hanukkah Dinner
Sun. 9 a.m. Breakfast w/ Santa
Tues. 6 p.m. Christmas Trivia
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
Sat. 5:30 p.m. Christmas/Anniversary Gala
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.) Big Country and The Finger Pickin' Good Band
Sat. 9 p.m. Christmas Party w/ DJ Dangeruss (Toy donations encouraged)
Tues. 6:30 p.m. Trivia Night Hosted by Best Choice Productions
Grover's Mill Coffee House 
Princeton-Hightstown Road Princeton Junction   
(609) 716-8771  
Thurs. 6 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Wade Prestridge
Fri. 8 a.m. Morning Coffee Meet-Up Hosted by West Windsor Democrats 
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.) Fleetwood Mac Tribute w/ "Gypsy." $45 (11 p.m. ) DJ Dance Party 
Sat. (8:30 p.m.) Semitones (11:59 p.m.) DJ Dance Party 
Sun. 6 p.m. Bruce Springsteen Tribute w/ "The B Street Band" $30
Mon. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Dwayne
Tues. 7 p.m. Jillian Ashcroft Jazz Quartet 
Wed. 7 p.m. Jumper Duo
Hopewell Valley Vineyards
46 Yard Avenue Pennington 
(609) 737-4465 
Fri. 4 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. (5 p.m.) Rob Messina's Dave Matthews Experience
Sat. 5 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. On The Fly
Sun. 2:30 p.m. "Jazzy Sundays" feat. Mark Feingold Group
Hub 13
13 West Front Street Trenton 
Thurs. 7 p.m. "Sounds From The Town" Trenton Showcase & Open Mic. $10 (Non-members)
Hurricane Jacks Bar and Grill
7759 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
(267) 914-4517
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Music Bingo w/ DJ John W. 
Fri. (6 p.m.) Ryan Biederman (9 p.m.) Meshed Up
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Dance party w/ DJ Beenice
Mon. 7 p.m. Motown Mondays w/ rotating DJs BeeNice, Rawskillz, JusGroove
Tues. 8 p.m. Acoustic Tuesday w/ Daniel Chapman
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. Ed Packer
Wed. (5 p.m.) Food Drive Happy Hour (7 p.m.) Quizzo Night
Iron Plow Vineyards
26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus 
(732) 306-9111 
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Rich Cassenti & Larry 
Sat. 6:30 p.m. Tour de Force Duo
Sun. 2 p.m. Joe Leming & Ed Wilson
Iron 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 
All shows 21+    
John & Peter's
96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa 
(215) 862-5981 
Thurs. 9 p.m. Sam Ryan & Friends 
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic Comedy Night w/ Mike Dialto feat. (Sign-ups start at 8 p.m.) 
Tues. 7 p.m. Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Show
Wed. 9 p.m. The Invitational
All shows 21+
Killarney's Publick House
1644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton
(609) 586-1166 
Thurs. (5:30 p.m.) Radio Fiction (6:30 p.m.) Kenwood Wine Dinner. $65 
Fri. (5:30 p.m.) Dakota Leigh (10 p.m.) DJ Jimmy G
Sat. (9 a.m.) "Breakfast w/ Santa" (5:30 p.m.) Wayne Bilotti (10 p.m.) DJ Dan
Sun. (9 a.m.) "Breakfast w/ Santa
Mon. 6 p.m. Kids Night "Meet The Grinch" 
Wed. 6 p.m. "Ornament Decorating" 
Labyrinth Books Princeton 
122 Nassau Street Princeton
(609) 497-1600 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Author Talk w/ Peter Coviello & Lindsay Reckson "Is There God after Prince?"
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. 7 p.m. Wine & Bundt Cakes. $35
Fri. 2 p.m.-6 p.m. "North Pole Experience" $12-$18
Sat. 12 p.m.-6 p.m. "North Pole Experience" $12-$18 (2 p.m./7 p.m.) Elvis Tribute w/ "Don Anthony." $35
Sun. (10:30 a.m.) Breakfast w/ Santa. $15-$18 (12 p.m.-6 p.m.) "North Pole Experience" $12-$18 (2 p.m./7 p.m.) "Scrooge" the Musical. $25
Library Company of Burlington
23 West Union Street Burlington
(609) 3861273
Sat. 1 p.m. Jolabokaflod: The Holiday Book Flood feat. Storytime, Crafts, Treats and BOOKS!
Lillipies Bakery
30 North Harrison Street Princeton 
(609) 423-2100  
Sat. 10 a.m. Storytime with Jeff
Logan Inn 
10 West Ferry Street New Hope, PA 
(215) 862-2300
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Aaron Quarterman
Sat. 7 p.m. Keith Franklin Jazz Group
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  
Marcello's Coal Fired Restaurant/Pizza/Bordentown
206 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
(609) 298-8360
Wed. 7 p.m. Snowman Cookie Plate Dinner Paint 'N' Sip
McGuinn's Place 
1781 Brunswick Avenue Lawrence 
(609) 392-0599
Fri. 8 p.m. Alpha Rabbit, Lo-FI Milf
Ages 21+ 
McStews Irish Sports Pub
5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA 
(215) 949-9570 
Fri. 8 p.m. Chris Benedetti
Sat. 8 p.m. "Far Beyond Giving" Benefitting Toys For Tots feat. F.F.O.G, Near Nightmare, We...Our War, Eyes of the Living, (TBA). $5 or unwrapped new toy.
Tues. 7:30 p.m. Trivia Night 
Millhill Basement 
300 S. Broad Street Trenton 
(609) 989-1600
Wed. 8 p.m. "18th Annual Shitmas Film Festival" feat. All Bob Dylan Christmas Choir
Morven Museum & Garden
55 Stockton Street Princeton 
(609) 924-8144
Sat. 10 a.m. "Festival of Trees" Family Morning and Storytime
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 
Sun. 3 p.m. Yardley Chanukah Village
Naked Brewing Company 
212 Mill Street Bristol, PA 
(267) 544-7129
Thurs.6:30 p.m. Dana Collins Project 
Fri.  7 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Trish
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 
Sat. 12 p.m. Christmas at The Creek feat. (3 p.m.) Visit from Santa (4 p.m.) Christmas Karaoke and Kathy Romano from "Preston & Steve" Doing Ornament Glass Blowing.
Sun. 12 p.m. Holiday Sip 'N' Spin with Siren Records Hosted by DJ Carolyn Haynes
New Egypt Flea Market Village 
933 Monmouth County Road Cream Ridge 
(609) 758-2082
Fri. 5 p.m. 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 
Fri. (5 p.m.) Strange Brew Acoustic (8 p.m.) Fleetwood Mac Tribute w/ "Tusk"
Sat. 8 p.m. Fleetwood Mac Tribute w/ "Tusk"
Sun. 6 p.m. "Christmas In New Hope" w/ Chris Pinella
Newtown Athletic Club 
120 Pheasant Run Newtown, PA 
(215) 968-0600 
Sat. 8:30 a.m. Holiday Brunch w/ Santa Claus 
Newtown Brewing Company
103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA 
(215) 944-8609 
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. "Useless Knowledge" Trivia 
Fri. 6 p.m. Ryan Sab
Sat. 6 p.m. Chris Nickey
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.) Chris Trainor (9 p.m.) Split Decision
Sat. 9 p.m. Bonehead
Sun. 4 p.m. Nothing 2 Prove
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. (7 p.m.) Rock On Radio Happy Hour Hosted by Danny Coleman feat. Music by Radio Fiction. (9:30 pm.) Karaoke w/ Super Dave Curtis 
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Deep Release
Tues. 7 p.m. Singer-Songwriter Night Hosted by Frank Clayton feat. Barry Bassen & Lisa Pagano Neeld w/ Alan Stein, Bob Crossey, Kevin & Michael Toft, Kristen Mount, Mario DiBartolo & Frank Clayton, Gary E, Sean Hopkins, Phil McCaulliffe.
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 Town Pub
135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown 
(609) 291-9232
Thurs. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia
Sat. 9 p.m. Ugly Sweater Party w/ Radio Fiction 
Sun. 10 a.m. Brunch
Tues. 6 p.m. Taco Tuesday w/ Radio Fiction 
Our Lady of Good Counsel
137 West Upper Ferry Road Ewing
(609) 882-3277 
Sun. 3 p.m. "Messiah" Sing
Palmer Square 
40 Nassau Street Princeton 
Sat. 12 p.m. Courtney's Carolers
Sun. (11 a.m.) Princeton DIY Project: Hand-Printed Wrapping Paper. (12 p.m.) Jersey Harmony Chorus  
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. Spanky's Garage
Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo"
Patriot's Theater at The War Memorial                                                             
1 Memorial Drive Trenton 
(609) 984-8400
Sat. 1 p.m. / 5 p.m. "The Nutcracker"
Pete's Steak House 
523 Whitehorse Avenue Hamilton
 (609) 585-8008
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Peace 3
PJ's Pancake House
17 Main Street Robbinsville
(609) 772-4755
Mon. 6 p.m. Cookie Decorating
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 
Sun. 4 p.m. Poetry Series and Open Mic feat. Maxine Susman, Ilene Millman
Princeton University (Richardson Auditorium)
Nassau Street Princeton
Mon. 7:30 p.m. Annual "Messiah" Sing (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
Ristorante LUCCA & Piano Lounge 
144 US Route 130 Bordentown 
(609) 262-0110
Thurs. 8 p.m. Jazz Night
Sat. 8 p.m. / 9:30 p.m. "Christmas Time is Here" w/ Greg Farnese and The Dean Schneider Trio
Revere Restaurant
802 River Road Ewing
(609) 882-6365
Thurs. 6 p.m. Bad Hombres Duo  
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. Maci Miller Duo
Sat. 7 p.m. Bob Egan
Sun. 11:30 a.m. Brunch w/ Neil Podgurski Trio    
Rossi's Bar & Grill
2110 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton
(609) 890-2004 
Thurs. 5:30 p.m. Ernie White
Sat. (11 a.m.) Brunch (9 p.m.) John Brennan
Sun. (11 a.m.) Brunch (5:30 p.m.) Magical Night of Christmas Music w/ Meg Hanson Trio
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics
Russo's Pub & Italian Restaurant
1302 Monmouth Road Mount Holly
(609) 261-3277
Tues. 6:30 p.m. Grinch Cookie Plate Paint 'N' Sip
Saint Mark United Methodist Church  
465 Paxson Avenue Hamilton Square 
(609) 587-1286
Sat. 10 a.m. Santa & His Truck Photos
Salon 33 
794 Alexander Road Princeton 
Fri. 7 p.m. Violin on Fire
Sat. 7 p.m. Texas Soul Meets Woodstock
Sun. 7 p.m. Mineko Ogata Trio
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. "Seinfeld" Trivia
Slim's Irish Pub 
2195 Galloway Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 332-0047
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Never Enough
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. Molly Trueman & Maria Mirenzi
Smithville Park
815 Smithville Road Easthampton 
Sat. 1 p.m. "Winter Fest"
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. Dino & The Demolition
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. Acoustic Daze
Stacy Park
1901 Riverside Drive Trenton
Sun. 7:30 p.m. Coffee Outside Trenton
Stars & Stripes Harley Davidson
600 South Flowers Mill Road Langhorne, PA 
(215) 752-9400 
Thurs. 5 p.m. Ladies Night Out Shopping Event
Steam Pub 
606 2nd Street Pike Southampton, PA 
Fri. 10 p.m. DJ Montone
Sat. 10:30 p.m. EarCandy
Mon. 7 p.m. Holiday Paint Night
1675 at The Ridges
4666 East Bristol Road Trevose, PA
(215) 876-6868
Sun. 6 p.m. Rock-a-Billy Sunday feat. Dibbs & The Detonators. $10
Tankard Lounge
3 Keim Boulevard Burlington
Wed. 8 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by The Williamsboy (Sign-ups start at 7 p.m.)
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. Skelly  
Tavern On The Lake 
101 Main Street Hightstown 
(609) 426-9345  
Fri. 9 p.m. Complicated Matter
Tues. 6 p.m. Trivia 
Wed. 7 p.m. Karaoke 
TCNJ College of New Jersey
2000 Pennington Road Ewing 
(609) 771-2467
Fri. 7 p.m. TCNJ Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Wind Orchestra Present: "Spiral"
 
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 
Thurs. 5:30 p.m. Holiday Arrangements & Wine Tasting
Sat. 1 p.m. "Weekend Music Series" feat. Carmen Marranco
Sun. 1 p.m. "Weekend Music Series" feat. Jerry Steele
TGI Fridays
319 US Highway 130 North East Windsor 
(609) 490-1450
Thurs. 7 p.m. "Winter Visitors" Paint w/ Priya
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
Sat. 8 p.m. Sandra Wong and Jon Sousa nyckelharpa/Fiddle and Guitar/Banjo
Tues. 7:30 p.m. NJNO the "not just nyckelharpa orchestra" Community Orchestra
Wed. 7 p.m. STORY-ville: Adult Monthly Storytelling Open Mic.   
The Buck Hotel 
1200 Buck Road Feasterville, PA 
(215) 396-2002 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Kirko
Fri. 8 p.m. Love Junk 
Sat. (11 a.m.) Brunch (9 p.m.) Soul Cruisers
Tues. 7 p.m. Danny Lynch Duo
The Cool Cricket
216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro
(609) 291-9110
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Dave Curtis
Sat. 9 p.m. Asylum Choir
The Cranbury Inn
21 South Main Street Cranbury 
(609) 655-5595
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Snowman Cookie Plate Dinner and Paint Night 
The Cure Insurance Center  
81 Hamilton Ave. Trenton  
(609) 656-3200  
Sat./Sun. 10 a.m. "Wreck The Halls" Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market. $15  
The Dubliner
34 North Main Street New Hope, PA 
(215) 693-1816
Fri. 7 p.m. Na Bodach
Sun. 3 p.m. "Traditional Irish Session" 
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. Bambu Weasels
Sat. 9 p.m. Jimmy Mitchell & The Repeat Offenders
Tues. 7 p.m. Music Bingo w/ Jonathan Appel
The Irish Horne Bar & Restaurant
882 2nd Street Pike Richboro, PA 
(215) 942-4000 
Fri. 7 p.m. Bill Lacey
Sun. 7 p.m. Eagles Away Game watch Party Hosted by Ava Graham
The Ivy Inn
248 Nassau Street Princeton
(609) 921-8555
Thurs. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ Trey Brown
Fri. 9:30 p.m. DJ Bockman
Sat. 9:30 p.m. DJ Darius the 1st
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. Mojo Channel
Sat. 8 p.m. Jukebox Graveyard  
The Newtown Theatre
120 North State Street Newtown, PA
(215) 968-3859
Sat. (3 p.m.) "A Motown Christmas." $39 (SOLD OUT check for availability) (8 p.m.) "A Motown Christmas." $39
Sun. (9 a.m.) "The Muppet Christmas Carol." $5, doors open at 8:30 a.m. (7:30 p.m.) "White Christmas" (Sing-a-Long Version). $5, doors open at 7 p.m. 
Tues. 8 p.m. Illuminated Classical Christmas Concert w/ The Newtown Chamber Orchestra. $39
Wed. 3 p.m. / 7:30 p.m. National Lampoon's "Christmas Vacation"
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. Dan Toye w/ a Call from Michael Staertow of The Guess Who
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. ArHouse
Sat. 8 p.m. El Ka Bong
Wed. 6 p.m. Joe Vadala
The Sycamore Grill
255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA
(215) 908-6326 
Fri. 8 p.m. Sound Wave
Sat. 8 p.m. SoulShine
The Tavern at Penns Park 
2295 Second Street Pike Newtown, PA
(267) 491-5658
Fri. 8 p.m. Christmas Party w/ Jamin' Joe and The Keytones
Wed. 7 p.m. Music Bingo w/ Jonathan Appel 
The Union Firehouse
18 Washington Street Mount Holly
(609) 288-6491
Fri. 8 p.m. 4*1*3*0, Knights Reign. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Sat. 8 p.m. Shot of Southern / The Grouser Girls. Doors open at 7 p.m., ages 18+
Sun. 3 p.m. All Systems Go, Wishful Thinking, Life In Fast Forward, Sweep Echo
The Union House 
19 East Union Street Burlington
(609) 531-6077
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
Fri. 8 p.m. Nobody's Business
Sat. (10 a.m.) Brunch (8 p.m.) Poor Mouth Henry
Sun. 10 a.m. Brunch 
Tindall Road Brewing Co.
102 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
(609) 526-8651 
Sat. 7 p.m. Redbird
Tir Na Nog 
1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton 
(609) 392-2554
Sun. 3 p.m. "Irish Sessions" 
All Shows 21+
Train Wreck Distillery 
25 Madison Avenue Mount Holly 
(609) 288-6300 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Holiday Toy Drive
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
Trinity Church
33 Mercer Street Princeton
(609) 924-2277
Sat. 4 p.m. Voices Chorale: "Joyful Reflections"
Triple Sun Spirits
126 South State Street Newtown, PA
(215) 944-3057  
Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzo w/ Ed Packer
Uno Pizzeria & Grill
225 Sloan Avenue Hamilton 
(609) 890-0864
Tues. 4 p.m. Kids Christmas Cookie Decorating (Reservations required)
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. Tom Trovas Duo
Sat. 7 p.m. Suzette Ortiz and Her Latin Ensemble
Mon. 7 p.m. "Chaturanga & Cheers" Yoga
Village Idiot Brewing Company
42 High Street Mount Holly
(609) 975-9270 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
Sat. 5 p.m. Running of the Santas
Washington Crossing Historic Park 
1112 River Road Washington Crossing, PA
Sun. 11 a.m. Washington's Landing 
Wildflowers Inn
2572 Pennington Road Pennington 
(609) 773-239
Thurs. 6 p.m. Rob Silvers
Wilson's Pub 
1870 Brownsville Road Trevose Heights, PA 
(215) 355-4739
Fri. 8 p.m. J'MO Acoustic
Working Dog Winery
610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown
(609) 371-6000
Thurs. 4:30 p.m. Justin Love
Sat. 1 p.m. The Williamsboy
Sun. 1 p.m. Jersey Sure Cats
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 
Tues. 4 p.m. Menorah Lighting (Takes place at Nassau Inn)


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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(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.


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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.


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