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Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...6/13/24

By Danny Coleman

originally published: 06/13/2024

Rock On! This Week

"Yeah, I'm pretty far up," laughed singer/songwriter Adrian Sutherland as he discussed his new album "Precious Diamonds," his indigenous heritage and more. "I used to tune into AM radio at night because in the night it's really clear and you can pick up all of the U.S. radio stations and so I would tune into all of those stations but somebody had the brilliant idea to purchase a jukebox with a bunch of records in it and so, we had a jukebox at the local pool hall/arcade and as a kid I spent a lot of time there in the evenings and the Summer. We'd play those records and at the time we pretty much had everything in there; Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Neil Young, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper and all of these artists from the '80s who were really popular. So, that's how I got my exposure to music coming out of the U.S. and we also had three channels on our TV and we had much music coming into light like an equivalent to MTV where they were making music videos and I was able to discover other artists through that whole experience as well."

"Pretty far up" as he says, pertains to his hometown of Attawapiskat Ontario Canada, a place steeped in traditions, lore and a "Dying language" but as you will read; Sutherland is doing his part to extend its roots.  

A native of the Omushkegowuk Cree Tribe, he is steeped in the culture, so much so that his most recent release, "Precious Diamonds" is done in the "Cree" language.

"There are a couple of reasons why I wanted to write some music in Cree," he began in a soft spoken tone. "One, I have a pretty strong indigenous First Nation following up here in Canada and I wanted to do something for that whole fan base. So, I wrote some Cree music for that fan base but I also wanted to play my role in language preservation and revitalization because there are a lot of people up here who have experienced loss of language. So, I want to assert my role, in some small way; I'm trying to help people with reconnecting to their roots and their language. I've seen so much change happen even in my lifetime; I'm in my late forties and where I come from, all of those old-timers who grew up and lived on the land have passed on and it's a whole different time now. People aren't doing the same things they did on the land and so we've sort of lost that history and even the nomadic survival skills that our parents and grandparents used to have, it's sort of slowly eroding away. Even the language, people are not speaking it as much, our children are not picking it up and there are just so many things like social media that are distracting people and since we got access to things like the internet, things have really changed. So, we're definitely going through a really weird transition and it's hard to know where we're heading sometimes."

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Here in the U.S., our history doesn't always speak of the atrocities our government bestowed and/or used upon the Native Americans in the name of "Assimilation" or more likely the removal of our original inhabitants in the name of "Progress." Sutherland says it was much the same way in Canada. 

"Absolutely! Based on my own families` history, the earliest relationships we had with Europeans were trading relationships. So, we had a very positive sort of economic and business kind of relationship and we all sort of depended on each other to make that work. So, there were some positive things going on in the early years of our area, we were mostly trading with the ships coming over from The United Kingdom and most were Scottsmen working there and that relationship changed over the span of 300 years and then when the government was formed, they started pushing people off of the land and tried forcing them onto reserves and onto Indian reservations. They started cutting off all of the trading we had and eventually the industry we had for trading was killed off. Our kids were being taken to the Indian Residential Schools and as you may be aware, there were horrors. There were horrible stories coming out of those residential schools; they were cutting our hair and preventing us from speaking our language. My mother went through all of that, she is going to be 80 soon and so she experienced all of that and she tells me there was a loss of transferred knowledge from her parents; it was interrupted for a very long time because of the schools. So, basically, they were trying to be rid of the Indian through that whole process of trying to assimilate us into western society. There were so many things they were doing; forced sterilization of the women, 80 percent of the First Nations were wiped out because of sickness, it was just such a horrible time and it was very difficult for our people in this country for a long time and in some ways it's still very challenging."

So, on "Precious Diamonds;" is there anything reflective of these times?

"Yes, you'll find stuff on there," he continued, "One song that I wrote was me trying to put myself in the shoes of that child that was being taken away from their parents and being put into this school and being completely terrified with that experience; one of the songs I wrote about that is on the record and it's called "Boogeyman." 

Attawapiskat Ontario isn't exactly known worldwide as a hotbed of music but that may change as Adrian was nominated for a JUNO Award; Canada's equivalent of the U.S. Grammy Awards. Does he find himself getting a bit more attention around town these days?

"Here at home, I'm always seen as just Adrian and people see me as the guy who does music who likes to go into nature, likes to go hunt," he replied somewhat shyly. "I think people are proud of my accomplishments with music but they are not very vocal about it; I think they're proud of me in sort of a quiet way and I don't know if it's because of our culture where a lot of people are very stoic and don't show a lot of emotion but beyond my community, I think people seem to be receiving the music well and it's reaching more and more people which is great and to me, I think the music stands up to any other artist out there. Personally, I think it's really good music and I think a lot of people think it's really great music and the stories and themes that I touch on; I try to stay authentic and write about my experiences as an indigenous person. I also write about the people who have touched my life; I try to tell some of those stories as well because those are important to me. So, yeah, I think the music is sort of slowly making its way and more people are starting to discover it and they are receiving it really well and I couldn't be more happy for it."

"I think when I first found out about the JUNO, it probably didn't hit me until probably later on that day; it didn't really phase me initially but as the day went on, I was like, "Whoa! This is kind of a big deal" and when people began congratulating me in the coming days after; it started to set in that it's a pretty big accomplishment. I look back and see how much ground I've covered over the last 12 years when I decided to go out on a limb and pursue music professionally; it's really nice to get that acknowledgement."

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Choosing guitarist and producer Colin Linden to work with him meant he had to travel to Linden's base of operations; Nashville, TN. but as it turns out, this isn't the first time they've worked together. 

"There was a series of shows that I did back in 2019 I believe it was, with Tom Wilson who is one of Colin's longtime friends and bandmates. We did a week long concert series all about reconciliation and the legacy of Indian Residential Schools and I met Tom there and he introduced me to Colin Linden and they invited me to come out and open for them on their tour that they were kicking off in 2019. So, that's how we met and I spent about a week touring with them through Ontario here and we sort of connected on many levels and I asked him if he'd ever be interested in working with me and producing and he said, "Absolutely" and that's how the relationship formed and we've done two albums together since. I never actually saw myself going all the way to Nashville; you hear about it being such a music hub and Colin invited me down to his studio to record; we wanted to do that on the first album but we were right in the middle of the pandemic and I wasn't able to travel. So, we did the first album remotely but the second album we actually got to go there and record with him and some other players and it was a really positive experience and I really enjoyed my time down there."

Mastered here in New Jersey by multi-Grammy Award winner Greg Calbi, Adrian has the distinction of being the first person to put the Cree language in recorded works. So, how did he happen upon the album title? 

"Precious Diamonds," there are two songs on the album, one called "Precious" and the other called "Diamonds" and Colin came up with the idea to call it "Precious Diamonds" and I couldn't think of any reason not to call it that because it's such a great catchy title," he said with a large laugh. 

Album done, distribution being handled, release party over; Sutherland says he has every intent to get out there and promote this new release as soon as possible. 

"It has been a slow couple of years for me in terms of shows but this year, things are starting to shape up. I had my album release in Toronto, I've got some stuff shaping up for the Summer. I love to get out and perform and I'm excited to get out and support the album. We've applied for some stuff in the U.S. where we've had a lot of traction with this new record but for now I'm still trying to put the building blocks in place here in Canada. We've got a great team in the U.S. with people like Wendy and the rest."

Rock On! This Week

To discover more about Adrian Sutherland and his incredible background, please visit

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

Ace Cafe 
15 Market Place New Hope, PA
Thurs. 6 p.m. Bike Night
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.) Jessica DiDonato
Sun. 12 p.m. Sunday Acoustic Brunch 
Mon. 5 p.m. Bill Thomas
Tues. 7 p.m. Brian Elliot
Wed. 7 p.m. Skyline
Aristaeus Brewing
2475C Big Oak Road Langhorne, PA 
(215) 757-2337
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia 
Fri. 7 p.m.  Little Red Rooster
Sat. 7 p.m. Faraway Guys
Sun. 3 p.m. Jonathn Ashe
Ark Brewery, Restaurant & Pub
106 Ark Road Lumberton
(609) 451-5023
Thurs. 6 p.m. Wounded Souls
Arm & Hammer Park
1 Thunder Road Trenton 
(609) 394-3300
Thurs. 7 p.m. FREE Movie Night: "Migration" 
Arts Council of Princeton 
102 Witherspoon Street Princeton 
(609) 924-8777 
Thurs. (5:30 p.m.) ART OF: Tacos and Margaritas (7 p.m.) "Parking Lot Pop-Up" feat. "Late Knights" Compositions by Ethan Blaser / Groove Goose / Blush Boy. $5, doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Pop-Up Drum Circle w/ Stibol Music
Sat. 12 p.m. "From Africa to the Americas" Free Dance Workshop
Wed. 7 p.m. Jersey Art Meet-Up
Ashlynn Distillery 
32 West Bridge Street Morrisville, PA 
Thurs. 5 p.m. Cecil & Carl
Fri. 7 p.m. John Thomas
Sat. 7 p.m. Sara & Tamer
Sun. 3 p.m. Cecil & Troy Cain
Wed. 6 p.m. Cara Cartney
Bill's Olde Tavern
2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton
(609) 586-0192
Thurs. 7 p.m. The Jenks
Fri. 7 p.m. Polish Nannies
Sat. 7 p.m. Deep Release
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. 6 p.m. Sound Wave
Sun. 12 p.m. "Pints For Pop" (Dad gets a free pint with one purchase) (4 p.m.) "Yappy Hour"
Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzo
Bordentown City
Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown  
Fri. 7 p.m. "Frightening Fridays!" Haunted History Tours. $20
Sat. 12 p.m. Bordentown Walking Tours. $20
Bordentown Elks
11 Amboy Road Bordentown 
(609) 298-2085 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Alex Chernick
Fri. 8 p.m. A Friday Night of Comedy feat. Eric Jacob, Bob DiBuono, Jason Pollock. $25, doors open at 7 p.m. 
Boro Bean 
9 East Broad Street Hopewell 
(609) 466-6681 
Sat. 11 a.m. John Abbott  
Bowman's Tavern 
1600 River Road New Hope, PA 
(215) 862-2972
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Mark Smith Trio
Fri. (5:30 p.m.) Bennett Lee (8 p.m.) Bob Egan 
Sat. 7 p.m. Dave Dales Trio
Sun. (12 p.m.) Bill Avayou Trio (6 p.m.) Lorenzo
Tues. 6 p.m. Tony Alosi
Wed. 6 p.m. Liz DuFour
Broken Goblet Brewing
2500 State Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 812-5653
Thurs./Fri./Sat. 7 p.m.  Face To Face Triple Crown 2024. $48.89 (3 Day pass $100), ages 18+
Brother's Pizza 
871 Highway 33 Hamilton 
(609) 586-2727
Wed. 6 p.m. Ant Cannuli
Bruno's Bicycles, One Sweet Ride
19 South Main Street Allentown
(609) 208-0544
Fri. 7 p.m. The Bad Neighbors 
Bucks County Brewery and Hewn Spirits 
31 Appletree Lane Pipersville, PA
(215) 766-7711
Fri. 5:30 p.m. SoulShine
Sat. 5:30 p.m. Little Red Rooster  
Bucks On Bridge
25 Bridge Street Lambertville
(609) 483-2615
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Poetry Night 
Tues. 5 p.m. Chess Night
Wed. 6 p.m. Trivia
Cadwalader Park (Ellarslie Museum)
299 Parkside Avenue Trenton 
(408) 335-4400 
Sat. 1 p.m. Curators Talk: "In The Beginning"
Camp Marshall
2338 Route 33 Robbinsville
(609) 915-5367
Sat. 3 p.m. Long Hill String Band. $10 (Suggested donation)
Candlelight Lounge 
24 Passaic Street Trenton  
(609) 695-9612 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Thursday Night Blues Jam. $5
Sat. 3 p.m. Omeed Nyman. $20
Catch A Rising Star (Hyatt Regency Princeton) 
102 Carnagie Center Princeton
(781) 568-1471
Fri. 8 p.m. Tim Grill. $26.50, Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Cazz's Sports Bar 'N' Grille
1560 Haines Road Levittown, PA 
(267) 580-5469 
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paul
Chesterfield Inn
633 Chesterfield-Arneytown Road Chesterfield
(609) 298-1917
Sat. 9 p.m. Groove Pocket 
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. 5 p.m. Rob Silvers & James Hoscheck
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Paul Plumeri
Cooper's Riverview                                                                     
50 Riverview Plaza Trenton
(609) 393-7300 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Lovelight w/ Pete Tonti
Fri. 5 p.m. Happy Hour (7 p.m.) The Nerds / DJ John Rossi
Sat. 7 p.m. The Buzzer Band
Crossing Vineyard and Winery
1853 Wrightstown Road Washington Crossing, PA
(215) 493-6500 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia Night
Fri. 7:15 p.m. "Summer Wine and Music Series" feat. AM Radio. $15 (advance), Doors open at 5 p.m., Ages 21+ 
Sat. 2:30 p.m. Bill Thomas
Sun. 2 p.m. Dave Boyd
Curran’s Irish Inn
1909 Bristol Pike Bensalem, PA
(215) 245-1800
Thurs. 7 p.m. Music Bingo 
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
Thurs. 7 p.m. Open Mic w/ Jimmy Mannix
Fri. (7 p.m.) Rough Cut (9 p.m.) DJ Dance Party
Sat. (2 p.m.) Live Podcast Recording Hosted by Danny Coleman of Rock On Radio feat. Justin Megaro & Chris Walter (8 p.m./9 p.m.) Karaoke/DJ Dance Party
Sun. 3 p.m. Carie McKay
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic 
Wed. 7 p.m. Jazz Jam Open 
Dharma Bums 
4935 River Road New Hope, PA
(215) 663-2867
Thurs. 8 p.m. Dave Brown & Shawn Caden (The Dishonest Fiddlers)
Fri. 8 p.m. JP4 Electric. $15 (advance) 
Sat. 8 p.m. The Adventures of Matt Blacke w/ Mike Smith Group. $10 (advance)
Sun. 6 p.m. The Underground Rats / The Agents
Tues. 7:30 p.m. Sacred Summer Solstice Sound Journey & Reiki Healing. $45
Wed. 7 p.m.  DBums Hootenanny: An Open Mic of Music, Comedy & Spoken Word Hosted by Michael Henry Robert
Dockside Bensalem 
3330 Hulmeville Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 520-7184
Fri. 6 p.m. Keep The Change 
Eddington House Bensalem
2813 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA 
(215) 639-1220 
Fri. 8:30 p.m. EarCandy
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Porch
Sun. 3 p.m. Aaron Quarterman
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 
Fri. 6 p.m. Frank Cervantes Band
Tues. 6 p.m. Karaoke
Flying Pig Tavern & Tap 
167 US-Route 130 North Bordentown 
(609) 899-7447
Thurs. 8 p.m. DJ entertainment
Fri. 9 p.m. M.O.B. (My Other Band)
Sat. 9 p.m. Talking In Cursive
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia 
Forsgate Country Club   
375 Forsgate Drive Monroe
(732) 521-0700 
Sat. 6 p.m. Music On The Terrace w/ Alex English
Sun. 1 p.m. Father's Day BBQ and Pool Party
Mon. 1 p.m. Mahjong
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 
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.)
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 (9:30 p.m.) Karaoke
Fri. (6 p.m.) "Happy Hour" (8 p.m.) Old School
Sat. 12 p.m. Music Bingo
Sun. 3 p.m. Electric Beach
Tues. 6:30 p.m. Trivia Night Hosted by Best Choice Productions
Green Parrot Restaurant Pub, & Patio
240 North Sycamore Street Newtown Township, PA 
(215) 504-7277 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Karaoke
Fri.  9 p.m. JDuo
Sat. 8 p.m. Jeff Selby
Sun. 11 a.m./1 p.m./3 p.m. Father's day BBQ. $32.99 ($15.99 kids ages 3-12)
Grover's Mill Coffee House 
Princeton-Hightstown Road Princeton Junction   
(609) 716-8771  
Sat. 10 a.m. (TBA)
Thurs. 6 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Wade Prestridge
Halo Pub (Fete) 
9 Hullfish Street Princeton 
(609) 921-1710 
Sat. 6 p.m. Bud & Gerard Belviso
Hamilatte Cafe
1971 Route 33 Hamilton
Sat. 6:30 p.m. Acoustic Saturdays 
Hamilton Tap & Grill
557 US Route 130 North Hamilton 
(609) 905-0925
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Music Bingo w/ DJ Nebbs
Fri. 3 p.m. Happy Hour w/ Bob Banka
Sat. 8 p.m. Karaoke
Wed. 7 p.m. Trivia
Hamilton Township Public Library 
1 Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. Way Hamilton 
(609) 581-4060
Thurs. 1 p.m. Learn About Financial Planning for Retirement 
Hamilton Veterans Park 
1865 Yardville-Hamilton Square Road Hamilton  
Sat. 9 a.m. Options For Her Life Walk 2024
Happy Apple Inn 
29 Imlaystown Road Cream Ridge
(609) 259-7889
Thurs. 5:30 p.m. Starlight Whiskey Tasting 
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.) A Tribute to Heart w/ "Kick It Out" $35 (11 p.m. ) DJ Dance Party 
Sat. (3 p.m.) Strange Brew Crew (9:30 p.m.) DJ Summer Dance Party 
Mon. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Steve
Tues. 7 p.m. Jillian Ashcroft Jazz Quartet 
Wed. 7 p.m. Jumper Duo
Hopewell United Methodist Church
20 Blackwell Avenue Hopewell 
(609) 466-0471
Sat. 6 p.m. Hopewell Hayride (Old Time Country & Bluegrass)  $15 (Suggested donation adults includes food), doors and food open at 4 p.m.
Hopewell Valley Golf Club
114 Pennington-Hopewell Road Hopewell
(609) 737-1199
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Trivia Hosted by Jack Furlong
Hopewell Valley Vineyards
46 Yard Avenue Pennington 
(609) 737-4465 
Fri. 4 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. (5:30 p.m.) Deb & Mike
Sat. (9 a.m.) WWFM Fransisco (1 p.m.) Craig Leach Group (5:30 p.m.) "Music & Merlot" feat. Bad Hombres
Sun. 2:30 p.m. "Jazzy Sundays" feat. McMillan & Co.
Howe Commons
Main Street Pennington 
Fri. 6 p.m. The Rangers Nouveau. (FREE event, BYOB, Food Trucks)
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. 
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. The CJs
Sat. 6:30 p.m. Joe Kramer & Jerry Monk
Sun. 2 p.m. Bud & Gerard Belviso
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 
Sun. 3 p.m. Eastview 
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic Comedy Night 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. (5:30 p.m.) Lou Mutter (10 p.m.) DJ Perez
Fri. (5:30 p.m.) Skyline (10 p.m.) DJ Jimmy G
Sat. (10 a.m.) Brunch (5:30 p.m.) Ant Cannuli (10 p.m.) DJ Dom 
Sun. (10 a.m.) "Sunday Funday Father's Day" Brunch feat. (11 a.m.) Bob Banka (1 p.m.) Father's Day Pig Roast BBQ 
Wed. 5:30 p.m. Mark Sacco
Knights of Columbus
1451 Klockner Road Hamilton
(609) 584-1472
Fri. 7 p.m. "Flags for Veterans" Dance w/ DJ Anthony Bradley. $40 (Includes buffet, complementery beverages)
Knowhere Farm
537 Chesterfield-Arneytown Road Chesterfield
(609) 386-6168
Thurs. 5 p.m. Moo's First Paint & Sip
La Cena Ristorante
2233 Galloway Road Bensalem, PA
(215) 639-9969
Wed. 6 p.m. Joe Plush & Friends
Lambertville Station Restaurant and Inn 
11 Bridge Street Lambertville 
(609) 397-8300 
Sat./Sun. 11 a.m.  River's Edge Artisan Festival                                                            Langhorne Summer Concert Series
115 West Richardson Avenue Langhorne, PA
Sat. 3 p.m. Langhorne Borough Car Show w/ Music by The Mojo Gypsies
Laurita Winery 
85 Archertown Road New Egypt 
(609) 752-0200 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Junior Idol Tryouts
Fri. 6 p.m. Seafood Boil. $36 
Sat. 11 a.m. FREE Event: "Father's Day Weekend in The Grove" feat. (12 p.m.) Cornhole Tournament. $40 (7:30 p.m.) Kricket Comedy Night feat. Shawn Banks, Paul Carson. $25
Sun. 11 a.m. FREE Event: "Father's Day Weekend in The Grove" / BBQ Brunch. $63 ($30 kids ages 6-12, kids 5 and under FREE)
Library Company of Burlington
23 West Union Street Burlington
(609) 3861273
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Open Mic Night
Lillipies Bakery
30 North Harrison Street Princeton 
(609) 423-2100  
Sat. 10 a.m. Storytime with Jeff
Logan Inn 
10 West Ferry Street New Hope, PA 
(215) 862-2300
Thurs. 6 p.m. Rob Tait
Sat. 7 p.m. Lambertville Jazz
Sun. 11;30 a.m. Scott Mcallister
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   
McGuinn's Place 
1781 Brunswick Avenue Lawrence 
(609) 392-0599
Sat. 10 p.m. A Night of Gothic Americana: w/ The Wedding Funeral
Ages 21+ 
McStews Irish Sports Pub
5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA 
(215) 949-9570 
Sat. 8 p.m. FFOG
Tues. 7:30 p.m. Trivia Night
Millhill Basement 
300 S. Broad Street Trenton 
(609) 989-1600
Sat. 9 p.m. Alpha Rabbit, The Dracu-Las, Civil Rats
Wed. 9 p.m. Jimmy-N-Johnny, Keith Monacchio, Buzzy Jones, Brian Casale, Dim.
Mitchell's Cafe
9 Church Street Lambertville 
Thurs. 8 p.m. "Senior Discount Ages 55 & Up" Birthday Spectacular Jazz and Improv Jam 
Morven Museum & Garden
55 Stockton Street Princeton 
(609) 924-8144
Sat. 7 p.m. "Interwoven" w/ American Repertory Ballet & Princeton Symphony Orchestra
Wed. 7 p.m. Juneteenth Celebration Honoring Black Choral Music
Music Mountain Theater
1483 Route 179 Lambertville
Fri. 8 p.m. "Avenue Q"
Sat. 3 p.m./ 8 p.m. "Avenue Q"
Sun. 3 p.m. "Avenue Q" 
Naked Brewing Company 
212 Mill Street Bristol, PA 
(267) 544-7129
Thurs.6:30 p.m. Dana Collins Project 
Fri.  7 p.m. Faraway Guys
Sat. 7 p.m. Low Totem
Tues. 7 p.m. Trivia
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company 
909 Ray Avenue Croydon, PA 
(215) 458-7081
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia Night 
Fri. 7 p.m. FREE Movie Night feat. "Tapes From The Creek" Mystery VHS Screening
New Egypt Flea Market Village 
933 Monmouth County Road Cream Ridge 
(609) 758-2082
Sun. 8 a.m. Flea Market 
Wed. 8 a.m. Flea Market
New Hope Inn & Suites (Diva Lounge)
6426 Lower York Road New Hopoe, PA
(855) 229-5934
Sat. 8 p.m. Wisertime w/ Rob Clores & Guests 
New Hope Winery / Tavern 
6123 Lower York Road New Hope, PA 
(215) 794-2331 
Sat. 8 p.m. Absolute Adele Tribute with Jennifer Cella  
Newtown Brewing Company
103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA 
(215) 944-8609 
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. "Useless Knowledge" Trivia 
Fri. 6 p.m. Colin York
Sat. 6 p.m. Jade Skylar
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.) Eve Ramblin' Still (9 p.m.) Shot of Southern
Sat. 9 p.m. DJ Eric B
Wed. 7 p.m. Karaoke
NJWeedman's Dispensary
322 East State Street Trenton
(609) 437-0898
Thurs. 8 p.m. Karaoke
Nomad Distilling Company
20 South Main Street New Hope, PA
Sun. 10 a.m. Brunch
Nottingham Tavern 
9 Mercer Street Hamilton Square 
(609) 587-6623
Thur. 9:30 pm. Karaoke w/ Super Dave Curtis 
Sat. 9:30 p.m. El Kabong
Mon. 7 p.m. Bingo & Cornhole
Ages 21+   
O'Fowley's Tavern & Grill 
200 State Road Croydon, PA 
(215) 785-6998 
Mon. 7 p.m. Music Bingo Hosted by Best Choice Productions w/ DJ John S 
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo 
Old Hights Brewing 
123 West Ward Street Hightstown 
(609) 469-5976
Thurs. 5 p.m. Vinyl Night
Fri. 4 p.m. "4th Anniversary Weekend" feat. (6 p.m.) The Pennington Station Band
Sat. 12 p.m.  "4th Anniversary Weekend"
Sun. 12 p.m.  "4th Anniversary Weekend" feat. (2 p.m.) Sawmill Run Old Time String Band
Wed. 6:30 p.m. Trivia Night 
Old Town Pub
135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown 
(609) 291-9232
Thurs. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia
Fri. 9 p.m. Modern Mojo
Sat. 9 p.m. Brian Breathes Trio
Sun. 10 a.m. Brunch
Tues. 6 p.m. Taco Tuesday w/ Radio Fiction 
Palmer Square 
40 Nassau Street Princeton  
Sat. 12 p.m. Spring Music Series feat. Underwater Airlines  
Pasquale's Sports Bar 
9078 Mill Creek Road Levittown, PA 
(267) 202-6268 
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  
Fri. 8 p.m. Frank Pinto & Richie Z
Sat. 8 p.m. Paul Plumeri Band
Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo"
Pete's Steak House 
523 Whitehorse Avenue Hamilton
 (609) 585-8008
Fri. 9 p.m. The Wonderful Winos 
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 Public Library (Hinds Plaza)
65 Witherspoon Street Princeton  
(609) 924-9529 
Fri. 7 p.m. The Rebound
Puss N Boots Tavern
942 Trenton Road Fairless Hills, PA
Fri. 8 p.m. Karaoke
Tues. 7 p.m. Trivia
Randy Now's Man Cave
119 West Ward Street Hightstown 
(609) 424-3766
Sat. 7:20 p.m. The Successful Failures / Bobby Bare Jr. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Recklesstown Farm Distillery
2800 Route 206 North Columbus
(609) 784-8046 
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Performers Showcase / Open Mic Hosted by Ant Cannuli
Ristorrante LUCCA & Piano Lounge 
144 US Route 130 Bordentown 
(609) 262-0110
Thurs. 8 p.m. Jazz Night 
River Horse Brewing Co.
2 Graphics Drive Ewing 
(609) 883-0890
Sat. 6 p.m. "Frontiers" The Ultimate Journey Tribute 
River House at Odette’s 
274 South Rive Road New Hope, PA 
(215) 682-2022 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Joanna Caruso
Fri. 7 p.m. Andy Prescott
Sat. 7 p.m. Bob Egan 
Sun. 11:30 a.m. Brunch w/ Dave Dales Duo
Wed. 5 p.m. Megan Knight 
Rose Bank Winery 
258 Durham Road Newtown, PA  
(215) 860-5899
Sat. 2 p.m. "Tastings & Tunes in the Buckman Barn" feat. (TBA)  
Rossi's Bar & Grill
2110 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton
(609) 890-2004 
Thurs. 5:30 p.m. Ernie White
Sat. 11 a.m. Brunch
Sun. 11 a.m. Brunch 
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics 
Saint Mark United Methodist Church  
465 Paxson Avenue Hamilton Square 
(609) 587-1286
Sun. 9 a.m. Father's Day Bake Sale 
Salon 33 
794 Alexander Road Princeton 
Fri. 7 p.m. Mike Agranoff
Sat. 7 p.m. McMillan & Co
Sun. 7 p.m. Opera: East Meets West-Peking to Paris
Sandy's Beef & Ale
2028 E. Old Lincoln Highway Langhorne, PA
(2670 852-2333
Thurs. 8 p.m. Quizzo  
Mon. 7 p.m. Music Bingo
Second Sin Brewing Company
1500 Grundy Lane Bristol, P
(267) 812-5251
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
Shady Brook Farm 
931 Stony Hill Road Yardley, PA 
(215) 968-1670 
Thurs 6 p.m. Jon Savage
Fri. 6:30 p.m. "UnWINEd" Concert feat. WitZend.  $12 (advance/online, $15 at door), doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Sat. "Party On The Patio" feat. (2 p.m.) Cherry Lane Duo (6:30 p.m.) The E-Miners
Sun. "Party On The Patio" feat. 2 p.m. Brian Varhelyi  
Sherman Theater/Penn Community Bank Amphitheater 
2400 Byberry Road Bensalem, PA 
Wed. 7 p.m. "Southern Accents" The Ultimate Tom Petty Tribute. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m., tickets available online)
Slim's Irish Pub 
2195 Galloway Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 332-0047
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. Jon Caspi
Sparky World-Famous Beer Garden
4333 New Falls Road Levittown, PA 
(215) 943-2321 
Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Dana
Fri. 9 p.m. Garage Bandits
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Waiting On Chris
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 Unseen
Steam Pub 
606 2nd Street Pike Southampton, PA 
Fri. 10 p.m. DJ Kurteousy
Tara's Tavern 
1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown 
(609) 286-2300 
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Williamsboy  
Tavern On The Lake 
101 Main Street Hightstown 
(609) 426-9345  
Fri. 9 p.m. After The Flood
Sat. 8 p.m. Joe Zook
Tues. 6 p.m. Trivia 
Wed. 7 p.m. Karaoke 
Temperance House
5 South State Street Newtown, PA 
(215) 944-8050
Thurs. 7 p.m. Steve Guyger and Filthy Rich 
Mon. 7 p.m. Trivia Hosted by Neville Esquire
Tues. 7 p.m. Beginner Line Dance Lessons w/ Jeremy Line Dance. $40/4 Weeks 
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night w/ Cara Cartney 
Terhune Orchards  
330 Cold Soil Road Princeton
(609) 924-2310 
Sat. 1 p.m. "Weekend Music Series" feat. Jerry Steele
Sun. 1 p.m. "Weekend Music Series" feat. Chris P
TGI Fridays 
780 Route 130 South Hamilton
(609) 581-6910 
Sun. 9 p.m.Karaoke w/ DJ Burn
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. (11 a.m.) Brunch (8:30 p.m.) Bigg Romeo
Sun. 11 a.m. Father's Day Brunch
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. (6 p.m.) The Greaseband. $30 (advance) (9 p.m.) Asylum Choir
The Cure Insurance Center  
81 Hamilton Ave. Trenton  
(609) 656-3200  
Sat. 8 p.m. Badshh "The Paagal Tour"
The Dubliner
34 North Main Street New Hope, PA 
(215) 693-1816
Fri. 7 p.m. Na Bodach
Sun. 2 p.m. David Falcone 
The Federal Twist Vineyard 
8 Federal Twist Road Stockton
(609) 773-6066 
Sat. 12 p.m. Slim & the Perkolators. $5 (Ages 20 and under FREE)
Sun. 12 p.m. "Father's Day" BBQ  (Ages 20 and under FREE)
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. Leading Zero
Sat. 9 p.m. Jukebox Graveyard
Tues. 7 p.m. Music Bingo w/ Jonathan Appel
The HOB Tavern 
146 Second Street Bordentown
(609) 291-7020 
Fri. 8 p.m. Radio Fiction
The Ivy Inn
248 Nassau Street Princeton
(609) 921-8555
Thurs. (7 p.m.) Bingo (10 p.m.) Karaoke w/ Trey Brown
Fri. 9:30 p.m. DJ Iron Mike
Sat. 9:30 p.m. DJ Slick
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. Salt Tree Band
Sat. 8 p.m. Never Enough
Mon. 8 p.m. Karaoke
Tues. 7 p.m. Music Bingo
Wed. 7 p.m. Trivia Night  
The Newtown Theatre
120 North State Street Newtown, PA
(215) 968-3859
Thurs. 8 p.m. The Music of Phil Collins w/ "Hello I Must Be Going" $34.86
Fri. 8 p.m. A Night of Dueling Pianos w/ "Flying Ivories" $34.86
Sat. 8 p.m. "Know Return" The Music of Kansas and Styx. $40.10
Wed. 3 p.m. Art of the American Song: Sinatra, Cole, Bennett, Darin and More. $34.86
The Penguin Rocks (24 Hour On-Demand Music/Radio) 
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. Bryan Hansen Band w/ Special Guest Co-host Carol Lester and Calls from Janet Robins and Dino McCord 
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. Kindred Spirit
Wed. 6 p.m. Joe Vadala
The Station Bar Bistro
14 South Warren Street Trenton 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Trenton "Eat Local" Club Meet Up 
The Union Firehouse
18 Washington Street Mount Holly
(609) 288-6491
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Open Mic Night 
Fri. 8 p.m. The Soul Cruisers Dance Party. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Sat. 7 p.m. STFU ("I Hate It Here" EP Release), Husk, God Called In Sick, Hyperfang, Measures, False Nine. Doors open at 6 p.m., all ages. 
The Union House 
19 East Union Street Burlington
(609) 531-6077
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia 
Sat./Sun. 10 a.m. Brunch
Tindall Road Brewing Co.
102 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
(609) 526-8651 
Wed. (6 p.m.) Books & Beer (7 p.m.) Li-brewery Trivia
Tir Na Nog 
1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton 
(609) 392-2554
Sat. 2 p.m. Kevin & Diarmuid
Sun. 3 p.m. "Irish Sessions" 
Tues. 8 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Jerry & John Monk
All Shows 21+ 
Train Wreck Distillery 
25 Madison Avenue Mount Holly 
(609) 288-6300 
Fri. 7 p.m. Random Notes Duo
Trenton City Hall
319 East State Street Trenton 
Fri. 6 p.m. The Men of Soul
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
Thurs. 7 p.m. Abeo Quartet
Triumph Brewing Company (New Hope, Pa. Location)
400 Union Square New Hope, Pa.
(215) 862-8300
Fri. 8 p.m. Lovelight feat. Michael Sanfosso
Vault Brewing Company
10 South Main Street Yardley, PA 
(267) 573-4291
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Hailey Rose
Fri. 7 p.m. Tom Trovas Duo
Sat. 7 p.m. Suzette & Her Latin Ensemble
Mon. 6 p.m. Quizzo
Village Idiot Brewing Company
42 High Street Mount Holly
(609) 975-9270 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
Washington Crossing Inn
1295 General Washington Memorial Boulevard Washington Ceossing, PA
(877) 882-1776
Fri. 5:30 p.m. Bad Hombres Duo
Whitehill Mansion
217 Fourth Street Fieldsboro
Fri. 7:30 p.m./9:30 p.m. "Candlelight Experience" Ghost Tour. $25 (Not reccommended for children 12 and under)
Wildflowers Inn
2572 Pennington Road Pennington 
(609) 773-239
Thurs. 6 p.m. Rob Silvers
Wildflowers Too
255 Route 156 Yardville
(609) 585-5483
Wed. 7 p.m. Poker Night
Woodlin Lodge 30
19 Park Street Bordentown
(609) 298-9849
Fri. 8 p.m. Fridays On Park Street
Sat. 3 p.m. "Juneteenth" Community Celebration 
Working Dog Winery
610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown
(609) 371-6000
Thurs. 4:30 p.m. Justin Love
Sat. 1 p.m. Ronnie Brandt
Sun. 1 p.m. Rob Messina
WWFM 89.1 FM HD2 Radio
MCCC Old Trenton Road West Windsor
Mon. 7 a.m./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.

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Makin Waves Song of the Week: "Kerosene Mountain" by Son of Dov feat. Renee Maskin

​​​​​​​The Makin Waves Song of the Week is "Kerosene Mountain," from the new Mint 400 Records split EP, "Chansons de lune," by Son of Dov and Renee Maskin.

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NJPAC Announces Lineup for 2024 Sounds of the City FREE Concerts

(NEWARK, NJ) -- Experience an amazing lineup of diverse artists under the stars this summer at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) for exciting, FREE concerts during the Horizon Sounds of the City series every Thursday from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. The series unites Newark's cultural diversity by bringing together residents, workers, and visitors for unforgettable evenings of great music, food, and fun. This year's lineup includes Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista, Afrobeat singer and artist Kofi Kinaata, New Orleans funk band Galactic f. Jelly Joseph, rap icon KRS-One, and New Orleans bounce singer Big Freedia. Some performances will also showcase a guest poet from Dodge Poetry, as well as local opening talent and NJPAC's student performers.

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

Mercer County's $5 Friday Summer Concerts are Back!

West Windsor Arts presents "Summer Music and More" Free Concert Series

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