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Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...6/1/23


By Danny Coleman

originally published: 06/01/2023

Rock On! This Week     

  "I'm living the dream," says legendary folk artist Tom Rush with a laugh, "I'm having a good time so everything is great." 

There are musicians and there are musicians whose talents and/or influence are so strong that their impact reverberates for not only their entire career but for decades and beyond. The type of musician who leaves an indelible mark on not only their fans and audiences but other musicians as well; Tom Rush is such an entity. 

Largely credited with shaping the folk music movement of the 1960s and heavily influencing the likes of James Taylor, Garth Brooks and many more; he was also a driving force in the careers of Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne as well and now this legendary artist readies himself for a performance on this Sunday June 4 at the The New Hope Winery in New Hope, PA.

"I do have a show at the winery," he said once again with an enthusiastic laugh. "I have an 8 p.m. show and it's with Matt Nakoa, my super talented friend who I've been performing with for about eight or nine years now and he just keeps getting better. I'm hoping that when he's playing stadiums that he lets me open the shows. He is now a monster guitar player as well as a monster keyboard player and singer and songwriter and the girls all say he's cute, which is why I hate him (laughs)." 



 
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"I remember it was a lot of fun the last time we played this venue," he went on. "The sound was good, the crowd was great and the wine was good too. I'm going to be doing some brand new songs off of this brand new album. The album is a little bit; I'm not going to say scattered but they are all songs that I wrote and some are brand new and others I wrote a long time ago and they had never been recorded before. Matt heard the scratchy demos and loved them and said, "We've got to do these." So, there is one that I wrote for my daughter when she was 18 months old and she's now 24 and there is another one that I probably wrote about 40 years ago called "Glory Road" that only existed on an air check from a show with Gene Shay in Philadelphia from way back; I miss him. There is another that I wrote for my boys back in '83 but at the winery we'll be doing some brand new stuff and of course we'll be doing the old favorites too because that's what people come to hear, they come to hear the songs they know. So, I'll be doing a little of this and a little of that and as always, I'm pretty scattered in terms of doing songs that make you cry and make you laugh; basically I'm after emotional whiplash (laughs). We do about an hour for the first set then a 20 minute intermission and then an hour or a little less for the second set. Matt will be playing guitar and piano, he'll be bringing his synthesizer as well as doing some songs on his own; he steals the show and I pay him to do it; what's wrong with me? (laughs). I'm glad he does because he's really, really good." 

Wait! Did he say; "Brand new record?"  Given the nature of music post-pandemic; was this something that was started before, during or after that moment in time? Rush says it was his buddy Nakoa that took the bull by the horns and got the process started. 

"We're in the process of making a brand new record; Matt is also a monster producer; I think he got tired of hearing me talk about maybe someday making another album so he just went ahead and booked the studio and some musicians. So, all of the basic tracks are done and we're working on the mixes now and they're really sounding good; I'm kind of excited. Matt ran the musicians past me and he said, "This woman is a really great Lap Steel player" and I took his word for it and he was right and I didn't argue with him.Then he picked the drummer and the bass player and then some of the other musicians are people that I already knew and then we went down to a place called The Carriage House near New York City and we really got some good stuff and I'm really excited about it."

 "Matt was also smart enough to hire a video guy to video tape everything," he continued. "So, we'll have video of all of the songs and since nobody buys DVDs anymore, we'll at least have something to put up on the internet and hopefully pique people's interest. What's getting to be a bit of a problem is that there is nothing concrete to physically hold onto; the whole digital thing. I was just reading a royalty statement from BMI and if a thousand people play your song on Spotify what do you think you should get? A penny, a penny is what you get for a thousand plays; somebody is getting rich but it's not the artist. To be honest, it doesn't much matter because with AI coming along they can clone you and have a computer making Tom Rush records. Who needs reality (laughs)? The end result, with AI putting so many people out of business; I mean you can get a college degree now without even having to go to classes because you can get AI to write your essays; basically, I don't think they are thinking it through because all of these people that they are putting out of work are also customers who will not have any money to buy their stuff anymore. There's a story about how Henry Ford used to pay his workers enough so that they could buy a car; which I think was smart."

Speaking of being out of work; has that same post-pandemic environment been favorable to him? Rush seems to think so but he was also resourceful during 2020 and beyond. 

"The places that I play, performing arts centers for the most part, most of them survived. Actually, things just got crazy busy because I had many gigs which were postponed and then postponed again and then finally when things started to brighten up; my agent was booking three years worth of gigs into six months; which was kind of strenuous. Through the pandemic I was doing this thing called "Rockport Sundays" online and we had a lot of guests come on and they were little short episodes;15 minutes that were posted every Sunday and they'd stay up for eight weeks.That was a subscription series and that actually saw me through the pandemic because not only did it pay the rent but it also gave me a reason to keep being creative as well as an audience to play for so, that was good." 

New tour schedule, new record and a new lease on bringing his craft to the masses once again where he can relate to audiences face to face as opposed to through a camera lens and although he said he will be performing some songs from the new album; does that album even have a title yet? 



 
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"We don't know yet actually," he said with an amused tone. "Matt is thinking; there are two songs on the album that have the same line in them and I think it's a good line, "The garden is old, the flower's new" so Matt wants to call it "Garden old flower's new" because I'm old but the songs are new. I'm hoping the album will be out here in June; at this point I'm not sure what label it's going to be on. There is one label that desperately wants it but I think I'm going to shop it around a little bit. The music is almost done but I don't have a clue what the artwork or cover design is going to be but I'm hoping that the CD will be out in July and the LP will be about a month later; people buy vinyl; so why not make it? 

Rush says that his touring schedule is far different now than it was years ago and he even shared a funny anecdote from his years on the road. 

"I don't do tours anymore, I do "Tour-lets," he said with another laugh, "I just made that up.The first few shows are without Matt but he'll be with me in New Hope and then I've got five days off and we play Salem, MA and then I've got some extended time off which will be kind of nice. Four shows in a row is about where I max-out these days; especially if there is substantial travel from show to show. I love doing the shows but the travel is the hard part; the way I look at it, I get paid to travel, I do the shows for free. I get paid to have fun; how sweet is that? I've asked some of my guests on "Rockport Sundays;" what's the weirdest gig you ever did? There were some great stories that came out but one of the things that popped into my head; I was playing at the Boston Seaquarium and when you come in, the entryway has a great big penguin pit. They had me up on a riser by the railing facing into the penguin pit and the audience was standing all around the railing around the pit and the problem was; the penguins liked to sing along. Some of them would bray like a donkey and every time I started singing, they'd all chime in and you couldn't hear a word that I was singing and when I was talking they would all shut up but as soon as I started singing, they'd all light up again." 

One thing is certain, nobody will be braying like donkeys at The New Hope Winery this Sunday evening but Rush will entertain with his stories and "Emotional Whiplash" as only he can. Showtime is 7 p.m. and tickets can be purchased through the winery at https://newhopewinery.com/live-music/ or by going through Tom's website at https://www.tomrush.com/news/. 

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



This week's event listings


Al's Airport Inn
636 Bear Tavern Road West Trenton
(609) 883-5252 
Thurs. 5 p.m. Diane Chiorello
Sat. (12 p.m.) Acoustic Brunch (5 p.m.) Jessica Stanley & Stephen Scarafile
Sun. 12 p.m. Sunday Acoustic Brunch 
Mon. 5 p.m. Bud Belviso
Tues. 7 p.m. Brian Elliot
Wed. 7 p.m. Kindred Spirit Duo
Aristaeus Brewing
2475C Big Oak Road Langhorne, PA 
(215) 757-2337
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia 
Fri. 7 p.m. Low Totem 
Sat. 7 p.m. Side Hustle
Sun. 10 a.m. “Sunday Funday Brunch” (2 p.m.) Ryan Shubert
Arm & Hammer Park
1 Thunder Road Trenton 
(609) 394-3300
Thurs. 7 p.m. Opening Day Party
Fri. 7 p.m. Superhero Night and Magnetic Schedule Giveaway  
Arts Council of Princeton 
102 Witherspoon Street Princeton 
(609) 924-8777 
Thurs. 5:30 p.m. ART OF: Pairing Beer & Cheese
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Princeton PRIDE Dance Party
Artworks Trenton  
19 Everett Alley Trenton
(609) 394-9436  
Sat. 12 p.m. Another Me: Healing Through Graphic Narrative
Ashlynn Distillery 
32 West Bridge Street Morrisville, PA 
Thurs. 5 p.m. Cecil & Carl
Sat. 11 a.m. Yoga & Drinks w/ Atlas Yoga and Movement
Bill's Olde Tavern
2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton
(609) 586-0192
Fri. 7 p.m. Honey Spot Blvd.
Sat. 7 p.m. El Ka Bong
Mon. 7 p.m. Trivia 
Tues. 8 p.m. / Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke 
Ages 21+
Bit-hin' Kitten Brewery
58-B East Bridge Street Morrisville, PA
(267) 799-5348
Sat. 4 p.m. JDuo
Blue Bottle Cafe
101 East Broad Street Hopewell
(609) 333-1710
Wed. 6 p.m. Brian Elliot
Bordentown City
Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown  
Fri. 7 p.m. "Frightening Fridays!" Haunted History Tours. $20
Sat. 12 p.m. Bordentown Walking Tours. $20
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
Fri. (5:30 p.m.) Bennett Lee (8 p.m.) Bob Egan 
Sun. (12 p.m.) Larry Tamanini (6 p.m.) Lorenzo
Wed. 6 p.m. Liz DuFour
Bristol Riverside Theater 
2501 Bath Road Bristol, PA
(215) 785-0100 
Wed. 2 p.m. / 7:30 p.m. "An Evening With Groucho" 
Broken Goblet Brewing
2500 State Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 812-5653
Thurs. 7 p.m.  Mike Estabrook
Fri. 8 p.m. First Friday w/ Cara Cartney 
Sat. 8 p.m. Dan Rodgers
Sun. 11 a.m. Sunday Brunch feat. The Newtown School of Rock
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia Hosted by Righteous Jolly
Brother's Pizza 
871 Highway 33 Hamilton 
(609) 586-2727
Sat. 6 p.m. Ant Cannuli  
Bucks On Bridge
25 Bridge Street Lambertville
(609) 483-2615
Thurs. 6 p.m. Backporch Jug Band
Tues. 5 p.m. Chess Night
Wed. 6 p.m. Trivia
Burlington County Library/Amphitheater
5 Pioneer Boulevard West Hampton
(609) 267-9660
Sat. 11 a.m. "Bookfest '23"
Candlelight Lounge 
24 Passaic Street Trenton  
(609) 695-9612 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Thursday Night Blues Jam. $5
Sun. 3 p.m. Carl Bartlett Jr. $20
Catch A Rising Star (Hyatt Regency Princeton) 
102 Carnagie Center Princeton
(781) 568-1471
Fri. 8 p.m. Billy Garan. $26.50, Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Billy Garan. $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. 7 p.m. Karaoke
Fri. 6:30 p.m. River Dogs
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. Carmen Sclafani
Cooper's Riverview                                                                     
50 Riverview Plaza Trenton
(609) 393-7300 
Thurs. (7 p.m.) Jukebox Graveyard (8 p.m.) Club Night w/ DJ Ages21+ 
Fri. 5 p.m. Happy Hour (8 p.m.) The Groove Dudes w/ DJ Jazzi
Sat. 8 p.m. No Way Out
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. 5 p.m. Salsa Tuesdays w/ DJ Jay Serrano 
Wed. (7 p.m.) Blues Jam  (8 p.m.) Disco “Hustle” Night w/ "Guest" DJ. $5 
Cream Ridge Winery
145 Route 539 Cream Ridge 
(609) 259-9797 
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Wine Tasting
Sat. 6:30 p.m. Amazing Mutts Puppy Rescue Wine Fundraiser
Crossing Vineyard and Winery
1853 Wrightstown Road Washington Crossing, PA
(215) 493-6500 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Pairing Wine and Chocolate
Fri. 5 p.m. "Spring Wine & Food Festival" feat. 6 p.m. Slim and the Perkolators
Sat. 2 p.m. "Spring Wine & Food Festival" feat. Sweet Spot
Sun. 2 p.m. "Spring Wine & Food Festival" feat. Larry Tritel  
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)
Curran’s Irish Inn
1909 Bristol Pike Bensalem, PA
(215) 245-1800
Thurs. 7 p.m. Music Bingo 
Fri. 8 p.m. Brian Kmetz
Mon. 7:30 p.m. Quizzo
Dacey's Pub 
215 West Philadelphia Avenue Morrisville, PA
(215) 295-4838
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Acoustic Music Night
Wed. 8 p.m. Quizzo                                                                                                                                                        
Dadz Bar and Grill 
744 Main Street Lumberton
(609)267-4344
Thurs. 7 p.m. Open Mic w/ Jimmy Mannix
Fri. 8 p.m. Nobody's Business
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Edgar Anderson  
Eddington House Bensalem
2813 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA 
(215) 639-1220 
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Tailspin
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Spare Parts
Escape Resort, Restaurant & Bar 
120 Pheasant Run Road Newtown, PA 
Fri. 6 p.m. The Pete Beck Band
Tues. 6 p.m. Karaoke
Flying Pig Tavern & Tap 
167 US-Route 130 North Bordentown 
(609) 899-7447
Fri. 9 p.m. ArHouse
Sat. 9 p.m. Asylum Choir
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia
Forsgate Country Club   
375 Forsgate Drive Monroe
(732) 521-0700 
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 
Thurs. 5 p.m. Cruise Night 
Wed. 6 p.m. Open Mic Night Hosted by Kevin McGowan and/or Gino Formaroli (Sign-ups begin at 5:30 p.m.)
German American Society 
215 Uncle Pete's Road Hamilton 
(609) 585-5200
Fri. 7 p.m. "Friday Night Lights" Cruise Night 
Sat. 12 p.m. "The Wurst Bierfest 2023" feat. (1 p.m.) Southern Steel (5 p.m.) The Ruckus. $10
Sun. 12 p.m. "The Wurst Bierfest 2023" feat. (1 p.m.) The Adlers. $10
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" 
Sat. 8 p.m. Harley & Daniel
Sun. 4 p.m. Bad Mother Folker
Tues. 6:30 p.m. Trivia Night Hosted by Best Choice Productions
Green Parrot Restaurant Pub, & Patio
240 North Sycamore Street Newtown Township, PA 
(215) 504-7277 
Fri.  8 p.m. Amanda & Teddy
Sat. 8 p.m. Brian Kmetz
Grover's Mill Coffee House 
Princeton-Hightstown Road Princeton Junction   
(609) 716-8771  
Sat. 10 a.m. 
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
Hamilton Veterans Park 
1865 Yardville-Hamilton Square Road Hamilton  
 Sat. 9 a.m. ICGMc 2nd Annual "A Walk For Wellness"
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.) Van Morrison Tribute w/ "Tupelo Honey." $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 (7 p.m.) JB Kline 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
Hopewell Valley Vineyards
46 Yard Avenue Pennington 
(609) 737-4465 
Fri. 4 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. (5:30 p.m.) Christine Havrilla
Sat. (9 a.m.) WWFM Fransisco (1 p.m.) On The Fly (5:30 p.m.) "Music & Merlot" feat. Modern Rewind
Sun. 1:30 p.m. "Jazzy Sundays" feat. Ashley Pettet
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 
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic w/ Laura Fiocco
Il Portico Restorante Italiano 
273 West Route 130 South Burlington
(609) 239-1000 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Jazz Night
Fri. / Sat. 7 p.m. Live Music w/ Tony O
Irish Rover Station House 
1033 South Bellevue Avenue Langhorne, PA 
(215) 970-5412 
Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzo Night
Iron Plow Vineyards
26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus 
(732) 306-9111 
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Rich Cassenti & Friends
Sat. 6:30 p.m. Loose Bandits
Sun. 2 p.m. The Grouser Girls
Iron Plow Vineyards Tasting Room
61 High Street Mt. Holly 
(732) 306-9111
Sat. 6:30 p.m. Carrie McCay
Ivy Tavern
3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton 
(609) 888-1435 
Thurs. 8:30 p.m. Karaoke 
All shows 21+    
John & Peter's
96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa 
(215) 862-5981 
Fri. 9 p.m. Somebody Else's Minty Thing
Sun. 9 p.m. Moon Sugar. $10
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic Comedy Night w/ Mike Dialto feat. (Sign-ups start at 8 p.m.) 
Tues. 9 p.m. Soul Berry Jam
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. Kenny Dubman Duo
Fri. 10 p.m. DJ BayNice
Sat. (11 a.m.) Family Day Brunch w/ DJ Dan (10 p.m.) DJ Jimmy G
(10 a.m.) "Sunday Funday" Brunch (1 p.m.) Ant Cannuli
Wed. 6 p.m. "Ladies Night"
King George Inn 
102 Radcliffe Street Bristol, PA
(215) 788-5536 
Sun. 6 p.m. Joe (Solo of Joe & Krista) (Takes place in the gazebo/patio behind the inn on waterfront)  
KUMO 27
3376 Route 27 South Brunswick
(732) 419-3452 
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Loose Bricks 
Lakeside Cafe and Liquors
129 Route 31 North Pennington 
(609) 621-9998 
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Crown Acoustic
Laurita Winery 
85 Archertown Road New Egypt 
(609) 752-0200 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Wine & Cheese Pairing. (SOLD OUT check for availability) 
Sun. 12/1:30/3:30 p.m. Wine and Goat Yoga. $40 (Includes one free glass of wine) 
Lillipies Bakery
30 North Harrison Street Princeton 
(609) 423-2100  
Sun. 11 a.m. Caleb Eckstein  
Locust Hall at Johnson's Farm
2691 Monmouth Road Jobstow 
(609) 723-2630  
Sat. 10 a.m. Berry Bash Festival
Sun. 12 p.m. Bad Neighbors 
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 hosted by Fayema  
Marie's Kozy Korner 
111 Trenton Road Fairless Hills, PA 
(215) 943-3131
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Never Enough
McStews Irish Sports Pub
5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA 
(215) 949-9570 
Sat. 9 p.m. Sometime In September
Tues. 7:30 p.m. Trivia Night
Music Mountain Theater
1483 Route 179 Lambertville
(609)397-3337
Fri. 8 p.m. "Something Rotten"
Sat. 3 p.m./ 8 p.m. "Something Rotten"
Sun. 3 p.m. Something Rotten"
Naked Brewing Company 
212 Mill Street Bristol, PA 
(267) 544-7129
Thurs.6:30 p.m. Dana Collins Project 
Fri.  7 p.m. Karaoke
Sat. 7 p.m. Joe & Krista
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. Trivia Night in Dublin
Sun. 12 p.m. "Sip 'N' Spin Sunday" w/ Sit & Spin Records feat. DJ J the Audiophile/ Yoga & Beer w/ Trina
Wed. 6:30 p.m. Cornhole League
New Egypt Flea Market Village 
933 Monmouth County Road Cream Ridge 
(609) 758-2082
Fri. 5 p.m. Summer Moonlit Market/Amazing Mutts Puppy Rescue Adoption
Sat. 10 a.m. Amazing Mutts Puppy Rescue Adoption/Made In Ocean Craft and Vendor Event
Sun. 8 a.m. Flea Market and  Amazing Mutts Puppy Rescue Adoption (3 p.m.) Tea Time and Mandalas
Wed. 8 a.m. Flea Market
New Hope Winery / Tavern 
6123 Lower York Road New Hope, PA 
(215) 794-2331 
Fri. 8 p.m. Rolling Stones Tribute / "Classic Stones Live"
Sat. 8 p.m. Rolling Stones Tribute / "Classic Stones Live"
Sun. (1 p.m.) Sunday Jazz  Bunny Barnes (6 p.m.) Tom Rush w/ Matt Nakoa
Newtown Athletic Club 
120 Pheasant Run Newtown, PA 
(215) 968-0600 
Fri. 6 p.m. Pete Beck Band  
Newtown Brewing Company
103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA 
(215) 944-8609 
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. "The Office" Trivia 
Fri. 6 p.m. Allison landon 
Sat. 6 p.m. Mike Mele
Sun. 1 p.m. Artisan Craft Fair
Wed. 4 p.m. Open Mic Night
Nick's Roast Beef
4501 Woodhaven Road West Philadelphia, PA 
(215) 637-515
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
Fri. (6 p.m.) Mike McCullough (9 p.m.) The Naturals
Sat. 9 p.m. Rougarou
Sun. 4 p.m. Nothing 2 Prove
Wed. 7 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
Thurs. (7 p.m.) Danny Coleman’s Rock On Radio “Happy Hour” Hosted by Danny Coleman feat. Music by Rick Winow (9:30 pm.) Karaoke w/ Super Dave Curtis 
Ages 21+   
O'Fowley's Tavern & Grill 
200 State Road Croydon, PA 
(215) 785-6998 
Sat. 6 p.m. SoulShine
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
Fri. 9 p.m. Frank & Mario
Sat. 9 p.m. The Amptons
Sun. 10 a.m. Brunch
Tues. 6 p.m. Taco Tuesday w/ Radio Fiction 
Palmer Square 
40 Nassau Street Princeton 
Thurs.5:30 p.m. "Ladies Night" feat. (Vendors, tastings, live music, shopping specials)
Fri. 4 p.m. First Friday w/ Swingadelic 4
Sat. 12 p.m.  Princeton PRIDE Picnic
Sun. 4 p.m. Princeton Festival Fanfare: FREE Concert  
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. Grape Street
Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo"
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 w/ Aaron Quarterman
Sun. 11 a.m. Jazz Brunch
 
Princeton Makes 
301 North Harrison Street Princeton 
Sat. 10:30 a.m. "A Fluid Art Experience" w/ Adriana Groza
Sun. 4 p.m. Second Sunday Poetry  
Princeton Public Library (Hinds Plaza)
65 Witherspoon Street Princeton  
(609) 924-9529 
Fri. 6 p.m. EAMC Open Mic
Sun. 3 p.m. Author Tea: Stephanie Cowell w/ Lauren B. Davis
Princeton University (Richardson Auditorium)
Nassau Street Princeton
Fri. 8 p.m. Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto feat. Randall Goosby / Xian Zhang
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
Thurs. 7 p.m. Super Jack, Cliff and Ivy, Witch Weather. $10  
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. 9 p.m. Jeffrey Fadden Duo
Sat. (11:30 a.m.) Brunch w/ Russell Norkevich (7 p.m.) Bob Egan (9 p.m.) Greg McGarvey
Sun. 11:30 a.m.  Brunch w/ Dave Dales Duo 
Wed. (5:30 p.m.) Matt Setzer (7 p.m.) Megan Knight 
Romeo's Restaurant & Pizza 
10 Schalks-Crossing Road Plainsboro 
(609) 799-4554  
Fri. 7 p.m. The Blue-Eyed Balladeer
 
Rose Bank Winery 
258 Durham Road Newtown, PA  
(215) 860-5899
Sat. 2 p.m. "Tastings & Tunes in the Buckman Barn" feat. Jack O'Leary
Rosedale Mills 
101 Route 31 North Pennington 
(609) 737-2008 
Sat. 10 a.m. Pennington Farmers Market w/ Music by Anker  
Rossi's Bar & Grill
2110 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton
(609) 890-2004 
Thurs. 5:30 p.m. Ernie White
Fri. 6:45 p.m. Marc Hoffman
Sat. 11 a.m. Brunch
Sun. 11 a.m. Brunch 
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics
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  
Screamin' Hill Brewery 
83 Emleys Hill Road Cream Ridge 
(609) 401-2025
Sat. 2 p.m. Chet & Ari
Second Sin Brewing Company
1500 Grundy Lane Bristol, P
(267) 812-5251
Thurs.7 p.m. Trivia
Shady Brook Farm 
931 Stony Hill Road Yardley, PA 
(215) 968-1670 
Fri. 6:30 p.m. "UnWINEd" Concert feat. Big House. $12 (advance/online, $15 at door), doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Sat.  12 p.m. Strawberry Festival feat. The Mix. $12 (Advance)
Sun. 12 p.m. Strawberry Festival feat. Y'all or Nothin'. $12 (Advance)  
Sherman Theater/Penn Community Bank Amphitheater 
2400 Byberry Road Bensalem, PA 
Wed. 7 p.m. The Lords of 52nd Street. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m., tickets available online)
Slim's Irish Pub 
2195 Galloway Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 332-0047
Sat. 8 p.m. 44 Fridays
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. Rainbow Fresh
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. AJ Slick
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. Sight Unsen
Steam Pub 
606 2nd Street Pike Southampton, PA 
Fri. 10 p.m. DJ Smooth
Sat. 10:30 p.m. DJ Reed Streets
Sun. 2 p.m. "Chases Champs" Fundraiser
1675 at The Ridges
4666 East Bristol Road Trevose, PA
(215) 876-6868
Sat. 7 p.m. Bev & Dan
1675 Spirits 
2685 Bristol Pike Bensalem, PA
(215) 645-1445
Fri. 6 p.m. The Johns
1867 Sanctuary
101 Scotch Road Ewing
(609) 392-6409
Sun. 2 p.m. An Afternoon of Romantic Music feat. Clipper Erickson & Dominika Zamara. $25, $20, $10 
Tara's Tavern 
1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown 
(609) 286-2300 
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Jay Oliver Duo
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Zach Trucksess  
Tavern On The Lake 
101 Main Street Hightstown 
(609) 426-9345  
Fri. 9 p.m. Kickback
Tues. 6 p.m. Trivia 
Wed. 7 p.m. Karaoke 
TCNJ College of New Jersey
2000 Pennington Road Ewing 
(609) 771-2467
Sun. 3 p.m. "133rd Anniversary Concert: An Afternoon at the Movies" (Takes place at Kendall Hall)
 
Temperance House
5 South State Street Newtown, PA 
(215) 944-8050
Thurs. 7 p.m. Steve Guyger and Filthy Rich 
Sat. 8 p.m. Steve Tourison
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 
Fri. 5 p.m. "Sunset Sips 'N' Sounds" feat. Laundrymen
Sat. 1 p.m. "Weekend Music Series" feat. Brian Bortnick
Sun. 1 p.m. "Weekend Music Series" feat. Jerry Steele
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 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Kirko
Fri. 8 p.m. Love Junk 
Sat. 7 p.m. GruvTyme
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. NOVA  
The Dubliner
34 North Main Street New Hope, PA 
(215) 693-1816
Fri. 7 p.m. Keith Quinn
Sat. 7 p.m. Gerry Timlin
Sun. 2 p.m. Gerry Timlin 
The Federal Twist Vineyard 
8 Federal Twist Road Stockton
(609) 773-6066 
Fri. 5 p.m. "Friday Sunset Wine & Jazz" feat. 
Sat. (9 a.m.) Run The Vineyards (2 p.m.) Ruffhouse. $5 
Sun. 2 p.m. Slim and the Perkolators. $5 
The Five Four Bar & Grill
8919 New Falls Road Levittown, PA 
(215) 547-5525
Thurs. 8 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paula and Sam 
Sat. 9 p.m. Big Whiskey
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Chris Benedetti
The HOB Tavern 
146 Second Street Bordentown
(609) 291-7020 
Fri. 8 p.m. The Successful Failures
The Ivy Inn
248 Nassau Street Princeton
(609) 921-8555
Tues. 8 p.m. Quizzo w/ Bob E Luv   
The Morrisville Tavern 
376 West Trenton Avenue Morrisville, PA
(215) 295-5310
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
Sun. 3:30 p.m. Music Bingo
Mon. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night Comedy and Music 
Tues. 7 p.m. Music Bingo
Wed. 7 p.m. Trivia Night  
The Newtown Theatre
120 North State Street Newtown, PA
(215) 968-3859
Fri. 8 p.m. Kansas Tribute w/ "Know Return" 
Sat. 5 p.m. "Forever Everly"
Wed. 7 p.m. Aunt Mary Pat
The Roost
181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge
(609) 208-0050
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. DC Duo 
Fri. 8 p.m. Off R Rockers
Sat. 8 p.m. Full Grown Men
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. Bill Thomas
The Tavern at Penns Park 
2295 Second Street Pike Newtown, PA
(267) 491-5658
Fri. 8 p.m. Shameless
Wed. 7 p.m. 1st Wednesday Open Mic 
The Union Firehouse
18 Washington Street Mount Holly
(609) 288-6491
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Open Mic Night 
Sat. 8 p.m. Kenny Curcio / Renaissance BLVD. Doors open at 7 p.m., Ages 21+ 
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+
Titusville First Presbyterian Church
4 River Drive Titusville 
Sun. 6 p.m. Common Bond Quartet
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
Sat. 9 p.m. Live Music (TBA)
Mon. 6 p.m. "Monday Night Karaoke" Hosted by Sweets
Under The Moon 
23 North Union Street Lambertville
(609) 397-1710
Sat. 12 p.m. Just Jeff 
Union Coffee
49 North Union Street Lambertville 
(609) 460-4637
Fri. 5 p.m. "First Friday" Tarot Meet-Up w/ Kristina Gorman
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. Brian Elliot Band
Sat. 7 p.m. John Sheridan Duo 
Vault Smoke House
19 West College Avenue Yardley, PA
(267) 907-8550
Sat. 6 p.m. Bill Monach
West Windsor Farm Market
Vaughn Drive Princeton  
Sat. 9 a.m. "20th Year Celebration"
Wilson's Pub 
1870 Brownsville Road Trevose Heights, PA 
(215) 355-4739
Sat. 8 p.m. Porch Band
Working Dog Winery
610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown
(609) 371-6000
Sat. 1 p.m. Ronnie Brandt
Sun. 1 p.m. Chris Swatt
WWFM 89.1 FM HD2 Radio
MCCC Old Trenton Road West Windsor
Jazzon2.org
Mon. 7 p.m. "Danny Coleman's Got The Blues"
Yardley Country Club 
1010 Reading Avenue Yardley, PA
(215) 493-4531
Fri. 6 p.m. Blue Reign


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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This Week in Music: Previews for Concerts July 16-23, 2024

Here is a look at upcoming shows taking place from July 16-23, 2024 along with our featured listings. New Jersey Stage offers previews of concerts throughout the Garden State as well as select shows in New York City and Philadelphia areas.




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(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- Outpost in the Burbs presents Robyn Hitchcock on Saturday, October 26, 2024 at First Congregational Church of Montclair. Imogen Clark will open the night. Doors are at 7:30pm, showtime is 8:00pm.


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bergenPAC presents Ecuadorian pop music star Juan Fernando Velasco






 

UPCOMING SHOWS


Don’t miss Marissa Nadler in Concert at the 2024 New Jersey International Film Festival on Saturday, June 15

(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- Over the course of nearly 20 tireless years of writing, recording, and touring, Marissa Nadler has amassed one of the most singular catalogs in contemporary music. Her work glides between delicate folk, windswept Americana, doom metal-adjacent darkness, meditative ambient music, and fearlessly experimental sounds, all anchored in her unmistakable singing voice and finger-style guitar. You can catch her live in concert at the New Jersey International Film Festival on Saturday, June 15, 2024 at 7:00pm.


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Slighty Stoopid and Dirty Heads to Perform Shows in Holmdel and Camden




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