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


By Danny Coleman

originally published: 06/06/2024

Rock On! This Week

"I guess we sort of instigated it, Wang Chung that is," laughed Wang Chung guitarist Jack Hues as he discussed the band's upcoming June 13 show at the Mayo Performing Arts Center, The Abducted By the '80s Tour, his solo albums, orchestral works and more. "We were doing various '80s package tours over the last few years and they were good but we were aware of the fact that you had to climb over other bands and the chances to play deeper cuts were limited. So, we wanted to put a tour together where there were fewer bands of good quality and each band got a chance to play a decent length set. So, everybody is doing a half-hour to 45-minute set and that means Wang Chung gets to play "Space Junk" as well as "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" and "Dance Hall Days." 

Shall you fall in the 50 and above age bracket, tours such as this are not only time traveling events and nostalgia trips but also a chance to say; remember when? C'mon; who doesn't remember Fraser Crane running around the bar at "Cheers" with scissors claiming when done, "We're gonna have fun tonight, everybody Wang Chung tonight?" 

It is these types of memories that Hues and the band, along with Naked Eyes and The Motels will evoke when each takes the stage in Morristown, NJ next week and according to Jack himself, so far it's going according to plan. 

"People love it and it has been really well attended," he said with enthusiasm. "When we left the UK to come here we had some places selling well and others not so well; the first couple of gigs in Texas were a little unsubscribed but in the end, there was a big walk up on the day and they were really well attended and people just love it. Our last show in Dallas at The House Of Blues, people were just loving it at the end of "Dance Hall Days." 



 
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When reminded that their album, "Points on the Curve" turned 40 this year, Hues laughed and then focused on a collaborative release they did in 2019 called, "Orchesography" which saw them use a symphony orchestra to enhance their material.

"Points on the Curve" for me feels like the day before yesterday," he chuckled. "More or less everything in our career has come from people approaching us. So, this company, August Day, has done various albums with bands; rearranging their catalog into orchestral works and they approached us to do two or three tracks initially and we said we were sort of interested but can we do an album? To which they agreed pretty readily and that immediately spiced the whole project up because it meant we could do some deeper cuts along with "Dance Hall Days" and "Everybody Have Fun Tonight." We got to do a track off an album we did in 2012 called "Tazer Up," a track called "Overwhelming Feeling" which we got to put on the orchestral album and I think the version on the orchestral album far outstrips the version we did in the studio. So, we got to revisit these songs that have not been particularly loved in the past so that aspect of it was good. Sometimes when you put an orchestra on a track that has drums and guitars and stuff like that, the orchestra gets squeezed into a small space and you may as well be using a synthesizer at that point. So, we tried to sort of keep the tracks open but obviously with "Fun Tonight" and "Dance Hall Days" you've got to have the backbone of the track in there; "Overwhelming Feeling" is really just orchestrally driven with some drums in there but not much which gives the orchestra time to really sort of bloom and when you're doing that, I think that affects the way you perceive the whole album and the album has been really well received."

The fact that this tour is able to roll along and continue to put people in seats is a true testament to what is perhaps the last great decade of original music. Now before there is offense taken, you need to look back at that decade of the '80s and think about what it was; a time of experimentation into more synthesized music, hair metal, classic '60s and '70s rockers holding on in an attempt to remain viable and relevant, along with a rising punk scene and New Wave/Alternative genres being ushered in; it was a transitional period, which in many ways we've still not finished going through given the current state of today's music climate. 

"Well, when you put it like you have, you create the context of the incredible music that came before us and that's a testament to that and as you said, our music is still being played 40 years later, now that's incredible to me; it's kind of almost the best achievement you can have as an artist even beyond the money and thankfully all of the other stuff that has gone with it," said Hues retrospectively. "That sense of being part of this incredible half century; I look at it from 1956 to maybe 2006, "That's Alright Mama," maybe Radiohead's "In Rainbows" and that being the kind of "Golden Age" of pop music or popular music, I don't know what to call it but that was really the artistic cutting edge at the time. To invoke the atmosphere of the '70s you'd play The Doors, if you want to invoke the atmosphere of the '80s, you can play Wang Chung. When you get to the '90s I think it becomes a little more diffuse, obviously bands like Madonna could easily define the time but in a slightly different way. Certainly now, the time can be defined probably by; I don't know (Laughs) we're in a different sort of context for the acts. When I was a kid, I sort of assumed that music would always be around but now it's more in the realm of entertainment and again, I think an album was more than entertainment; wasn't it? It was more like a whole world that sort of transformed you in a way and I'm not sure that music can quite do that anymore." 

"There is plenty of good stuff out there but it's not that kind of cutting edge that it used to be; I think computers have screwed everything up in a way (laughs). When alternative bands got to play on their records; even then, digital recording was a different thing from recording on analog tape and the way a band played together in the studio. So, yeah, we're in a different phase that's for sure. I think there are some terrific bands around but you have to seek them out, that's for sure."

May 3 saw the release of a film starring Anne Hathaway called "The Idea of You" and "Dance Hall Days" is  background music during a pivotal scene which in most cases reinvigorates not only the song but the artist or band as well and Wang Chung has multiple songs now making comebacks on screen.

"The movie is now out on Amazon Prime and "Dance Hall Days" is in one of the sexual scenes in the movie and that's pretty amazing. Also, "To Live and Die in L.A.," this guy named John Mulaney, a comedian who is doing stuff on Netflix in a sort of comedy thing called, "Everybody's In L.A." I just watched the intro to the last scene of an episode that completely copies the graphic style of the movie "To Live and Die in L.A." and uses nearly the whole song as an intro to the scene and it has really gone kind of viral online. So, it's kind of interesting that a song of ours; which everybody has sort of heard "To Live and Die in L.A." but not everyone is familiar with outside of the '80s thing and now people are getting it in a completely re-textured sort of way and that's an amazing feat; it's contemporary again which is good with the fortieth anniversary of "To Live and Die in L.A." next year."



 
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With the resurgence of the band's material, the successes of the orchestral record and this current tour, there have been rumors of a possible new Wang Chung album down the road. Hues says he and co-member/guitarist Nick Feldman have "Discussed it."

"We're both writing," he stated quickly, "I've done a couple of solo albums. I did an album called "Primitif" in 2020 which is a double album and another one during the lockdown basically, called "Electro Acoustic Works" and they are all available under my name and I intend on releasing a third solo album early next year; I'll keep it under my name, Jack Hues because it is more in the realm of progressive rock than you can say or call it a Wang Chung album, which is a sort of different animal and Wang Chung is me and Nick as well, so this is really different. I find myself to be more creative these days, maybe more than I've ever been actually; maybe I have more time to devote to creative work because I don't have three young children like I did in the '80s (laughs)."

June 13 at the Mayo Performing Arts Center promises to be a great show for those in attendance and Hues says, you won't be disappointed.

"You're gonna see The Motels and Naked Eyes, it's a good bill and each band has time to sort of explore some of their assets. I think that with all three of us, you'll recognize every song that we play but you'll get a nice 45-minute chunk of the music and it's quite satisfying I think; the whole dynamic. So, if you're into the '80s and want to feel nostalgic, if you are into seeing musicians play; then come out and see it. The Motels are an amazing band, they create a lot of space in their music.Their guitar player is kind of like Jonny Greenwood, he is really amazing but of course all of the musicians in that band are great, drums, bass and of course Martha is just delightful, she sings great and is a very warm presence; it's very uplifting." 

Rock On! This Week

To Discover more about Wang Chung or next Thursday's show, please visit https://www.wangchung.com/

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



This week's event listings


Abbott Marshlands
157 Westcott Avenue Hamilton
Sun. 1 p.m. In The Footsteps of Abbott: A Marshland Birthday Party
Ace Cafe 
15 Market Place New Hope, PA
Thurs. 6 p.m. Bike Night
Allentown Borough
Main Street Allentown
Thurs. (10:15 a.m.)  Baby Storytime (Takes place at the library 16 South Main Street) (11:45 a.m. / 3:30 p.m.) Family Storytime (Takes place at the library 16 South Main Street)
Al's Airport Inn
636 Bear Tavern Road West Trenton
(609) 883-5252 
Thurs. 5 p.m. Radio Fiction
Sat. (12 p.m.) Acoustic Brunch  (5 p.m.) John Brennan
Sun. 12 p.m. Sunday Acoustic Brunch w/ Bud Belviso
Mon. 5 p.m. Rob Silvers 
Tues. 7 p.m. Mike & Laura
Wed. 7 p.m. Mark Sacco
Andalusia Bar & Grill
971 Bristol Pike Bensalem, PA
Mon. 8:30 p.m. Open Mic/Jam Hosted by Matt Marino
Aristaeus Brewing
2475C Big Oak Road Langhorne, PA 
(215) 757-2337
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia 
Fri. 7 p.m. JDuo
Arm & Hammer Park
1 Thunder Road Trenton 
(609) 394-3300
Fri. 7 p.m. Friends for the Abbott Marshland Night at Trenton Thunder 
Arts Council of Princeton 
102 Witherspoon Street Princeton 
(609) 924-8777 
Thurs. 7 p.m. 25th Anniversary of Lisa Botalico: Spanish Classical Dance, Song and Music
Fri. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 25th Anniversary of Lisa Botalico: Spanish Classical Dance, Song and Music
Sat. (10 a.m.) Crash Course: Creative Lettering (7 p.m.)  25th Anniversary of Lisa Botalico: Spanish Classical Dance, Song and Music
Sun. (2 p.m.) ART OF: Cyanotype (4 p.m.) Sonia De Los Santos: Latin American Family Music
Tues. 5 p.m. Annual Member Meeting
Wed. 7 p.m. Jersey Art Meetup 
Ashlynn Distillery 
32 West Bridge Street Morrisville, PA 
Thurs. 5 p.m. Cecil & Carl
Fri. 7 p.m. Rondie James
Sat. 7 p.m. Mike Goldman
Sun. 3 p.m. Cecil & Troy
Wed. 6 p.m. Cara Cartney
Bailey's Bar & Grille 
6922 Bristol-Emilie Road Levittown, PA  
(215) 946-7992 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Soul Custody Trio
Bill's Olde Tavern
2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton
(609) 586-0192
Fri. 7 p.m. Moot Davis w/ Joe Kramer
Sat. 7 p.m. Joe Zook & Blues Deluxe
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
Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzo 
Blend Bar & Bistro   
911 Highway 33 Hamilton 
(609) 245-8887
Thurs. 6 p.m. Bellisima Wine Tasting & Food Pairing. $50
Bordentown City
Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown  
Fri. 7 p.m. "Frightening Fridays!" Haunted History Tours. $20
Sat. (12 p.m.) Bordentown Walking Tours. $20 (4:30 p.m.) "Playing The Field" at Gilder Field feat. The Successful Failures, Alpha Rabbit, Righteous Jolly &The Douge De Bourdeaux
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. Fermenters Trio
Fri. (5:30 p.m.) Bennett Lee (8 p.m.) Bob Egan 
Sat. 7 p.m. Laura Hull Trio
Sun. (12 p.m.) Bill Avayou Trio (6 p.m.) Lorenzo
Tues. 6 p.m. Sam Ryan
Wed. 6 p.m. Liz DuFour
Broken Goblet Brewing
2500 State Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 812-5653
Thurs. 7 p.m.  Mike Estabrook
Fri. 7:30 p.m. Riverside Odds, The Cryptkeeper Five, Alpha Rabbit. Doors open at 7 p.m., ages 18+
Sat. 4 p.m. "Loveletters To Cleo" feat. Flannel, Dumb As You Are, Fave Grohl, Hop Suey, Manhole, Doubtful. $20 (advance), ages 21+
Sun. 6 p.m. "Dandelion" A Remembrance to Kevin Morpurgo w/ Gibbous Moon. $21.73 
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. 8 a.m. Trenton Cycling "Coffee Outside"
Candlelight Lounge 
24 Passaic Street Trenton  
(609) 695-9612 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Thursday Night Blues Jam. $5
Sat. 3 p.m. James Stewart. $20
Carnegie Center 
Route 1 North Princeton 
Wed. 12 p.m. Kindred Spirit
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. $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 
Cooper's Riverview                                                                     
50 Riverview Plaza Trenton
(609) 393-7300 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Cosmic Jerry Band
Fri. 5 p.m. Happy Hour (7 p.m.) Tom Petty Tribute w/ Pure Petty / DJ John Rossi
Sat. 7 p.m. '80s Tribute w/ "The Influence" / DJ Frank Oliveti 
Crossing Vineyard and Winery
1853 Wrightstown Road Washington Crossing, PA
(215) 493-6500 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Tarot Card Reading and Wine Tasting
Fri. 7:15 p.m. "Summer Wine and Music Series" feat. The Fabulous Greaseband $15 (advance), Doors open at 5 p.m., Ages 21+ 
Sat. 2:30 p.m. Aaron Quarterman
Sun. 2 p.m. Rodney Wright
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 feat. Chrome Pony
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. (7 p.m.) Billy Hector (9 p.m.) DJ Dance Party
Sat. 8 p.m. Karaoke / DJ Dance Party
Sun. 4 p.m. Carie McKay
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic 
Wed. 7 p.m. Jazz jam
Dharma Bums 
4935 River Road New Hope, PA
(215) 663-2867
Thurs. 8 p.m. Shed's Kitchen
Fri. 8 p.m. Mosey Beat. $10 (advance)
Sat. (10 a.m.) Cooking & A Cocktail: Kimchi Making Class. $50 (8 p.m.) Prisms. $10 (advance)
Sun. 4 p.m. Drum Circle. $10 (Suggested donation or whatever you can give) 
Wed. 7 p.m.  DBums Hootenanny: An Open Mic of Music, Comedy & Spoken Word Hosted by Michael Henry Robert  
Eddington House Bensalem
2813 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA 
(215) 639-1220 
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Sometime In September
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Bigg Romeo
Sun. 3 p.m. Neil Diamond Tribute w/ "Cracklin' Diamond"
Mon. 5:30 p.m. "Family Fun Night" w/ Amazing Balloon Creations by Kelsi-Joe
El Barrio Cantina & Tequila Bar
1470 Buck Road Southampton, PA 
(267) 685-0725 
Thurs. 8 p.m. Quizzo w/ DJ Jackson
Escape Resort, Restaurant & Bar 
120 Pheasant Run Road Newtown, PA 
Fri. 6 p.m. Peter Beck Band
Tues. 6 p.m. Karaoke
Falls Township Community Park 
9125 Mill Creek Road Levittown, PA 
Fri. 9 a.m. 39th Annual Delaware Valley Vietnam Veterans Jesse E. Hill Flag Memorial
Sat. 12 p.m. 39th Annual Delaware Valley Vietnam Veterans Jesse E. Hill Flag Memorial feat. All Lit Up
Flying Pig Tavern & Tap 
167 US-Route 130 North Bordentown 
(609) 899-7447
Thurs. 8 p.m. DJ entertainment
Fri. 8 p.m. AudioPilot or Groove Pocket
Sat. 9 p.m. Anger Management
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" feat. David Spatola
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" 215 MOPAR Cruise Night Benefitting Trenton Cats Rescue
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.) Never Enough
Sat. 9 p.m. Glow Party w/ DJ Dangeruss
Sun. 4 p.m. Cara Cartney
Mon. 7 p.m. Tarot Card Readings. $20 
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. Little Sister
Grounds For Sculpture
80 Sculptors way Hamilton
(609) 586-0616 
Thurs. (9:30 a.m.) Wellness Walk (5:30 p.m.) Roses and Rose`
Grover's Mill Coffee House 
Princeton-Hightstown Road Princeton Junction   
(609) 716-8771  
Thurs. 6 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Wade Prestridge
Halo Pub (Fete) 
9 Hullfish Street Princeton 
(609) 921-1710 
Sat. 6 p.m. Jerry Monk & Joe Kramer
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. 9:30 p.m. Dance Party Summer Kick-off
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
Su. 8 a.m. Summer Flea Market 
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.) Led Zeppelin Tribute w/ "Lords of Valhalla" $35 (11 p.m. ) DJ Dance Party 
Sat. (8 p.m.) Talking Heads Tribute w/ "Start Making Sense" $20 (11:59 P.m.)  DJ Dance Party 
Sun. 6 p.m. Prince Tribute w/ "Controversy" $30
Mon. Karaoke w/ DJ Steve
Tues. 7 p.m. Jillian Ashcroft Jazz Quartet 
Wed. 7 p.m. Jumper Duo
Hightstown Elks 
100 Hickory Corner Road East Windsor 
(609) 448-9794
Sun. 8 a.m. Central Jersey Chapter of the AMCA Motorcycle Swap Meet & Bike Show
Hopewell Valley Golf Club
114 Pennington-Hopewell Road Hopewell
(609) 737-1199
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Trivia Hosted by Jack Furlong
Hopewell Valley Vineyards
46 Yard Avenue Pennington 
(609) 737-4465 
Fri. 4 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. (5:30 p.m.) Roundabout
Sat. (9 a.m.) WWFM Fransisco (1 p.m.) Chris from Rave On  (5:30 p.m.) "Music & Merlot" feat. Wayward Souls
Sun. 2:30 p.m.  A Little Bit Off
Hub 13
13 West Front Street Trenton 
Sat. 8 p.m. Pre$ha Presents: "TheDome"
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. 
Sat. 8 p.m. Blackwater
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. Jo Wymer Band
Ivy Tavern
3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton 
(609) 888-1435 
Thurs. 8:30 p.m. Karaoke 
All Shows Ages 21+ 
John & Peter's
96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa 
(215) 862-5981 
Sat. 3 p.m. Eastview 
Sun. 8:30 p.m. Jonah Tolchin, Tyler James Kelly
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. Joanna Caruso
Fri. (5:30 p.m.) Lofash (10 p.m.) DJ Jimmy G
Sat. (10 a.m.) Brunch (5:30 p.m.) Ken Dubman Duo (10 p.m.) DJ Dom
Sun. (10 a.m.) "Sunday Funday" Brunch feat. (11 a.m.) Ty Mares
Mon. 5 p.m. Kids Night
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. 5:30 p.m. Sangria & Sliders
Fri. 5:30 p.m. Sangria & Sliders 
Sat. (11 a.m.) Wine & Goat Yoga (7 p.m.) Awesome '80s Dance Party
Sun. 11 a.m. Wine & Goat Yoga
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. Ed McLaughlin Duo
Sun. 11:30 a.m. Kate Baker
Wed. 6 p.m. James Popik
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  
Makefield Highlands Golf Club
1418 Woodside Road Yardley, PA 
(215) 321-7000 
Fri. 6 p.m. John D's All Star Band
McManimon's Pub
151 Liberty Street Trenton 
(609) 393-9023
Fri. 7 p.m. Megan Ann Shields Birthday Bash 
McStews Irish Sports Pub
5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA 
(215) 949-9570 
Sat. 9 p.m. Midnight Sun
Tues. 7:30 p.m. Trivia Night
 
Mercer County Park Festival Grounds 
Hughes Drive/Old Trenton Road West Windsor 
(609) 448-1947 
Sat. 11 a.m. 12th Annual Cultural Festival feat. The Broken Shillelaghs
Mercer Oaks Golf Course 
725 Village Road West West Windsor NJ 
(609) 936-1383 
Tues 11 a.m. 23rd Joshua Classic and Dinner 
Millhill Basement 
300 S. Broad Street Trenton 
(609) 989-1600
Sat. 7 p.m. F.T.S., The Deflators, Paul Crane & The Overend Watts, Poison I.V.
Mill Street Studio 
32 Mill Street Mount Holly
Fri. 7:30 p.m. Acoustic Night feat. Amy Elizabeth, Bright Kelly, Stephanie Chin. 
Morven Museum & Garden
55 Stockton Street Princeton 
(609) 924-8144
Fri. 8 p.m. Angel Blue w/ The Princeton Symphony Orchestra
Sat. 7 p.m. The Music of Tina Turner feat. LaKisha Jones w/ The Princeton Symphony Orchestra 
Music Mountain Theater
1483 Route 179 Lambertville
(609)397-3337
Fri. 8 p.m. "Sweet Charity"
Sat. 3 p.m./ 8 p.m. "Sweet Charity"
Sun. 3 p.m. "Sweet Charity"
Naked Brewing Company 
212 Mill Street Bristol, PA 
(267) 544-7129
Thurs.6:30 p.m. Dana's S@#T Show
Fri.  8 p.m. PRIDE Karaoke w/ DJ Triiish
Sat. 7 p.m. WURL
Sun. 12 p.m. Joe & Krista / Mike & Shanna
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. 12 Year Anniversary Party feat. (1 p.m.) Earth (2 p.m.) The Dopamines (3 p.m.) Folly (4:15 p.m.) Ruby The Hatchet (5:30 p.m.) Smoking Popes
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. First Friday Market
Sun. 8 a.m. Flea Market 
Wed. 8 a.m. Flea Market
New Hope Inn & Suites (Diva Lounge/Razz Room)
6426 Lower York Road New Hopoe, PA
(855) 229-5934
Sat. 8 p.m. Suede
New Hope Winery / Tavern 
6123 Lower York Road New Hope, PA 
(215) 794-2331
Sat. 5 p.m. Bill Ihling 
Sun. 1 p.m. Stranger Things
Newtown Brewing Company
103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA 
(215) 944-8609 
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. "The Office" Trivia 
Fri. 6 p.m. Fly On The Wall
Sat. 6 p.m. Dave Cudrak
Wed. 4 p.m. Open Mic Night
Nick's Roast Beef
4501 Woodhaven Road West Philadelphia, PA 
(215) 637-515
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia 
Fri. 9 p.m. The Naturals
Sat. 9 p.m. Y'all or Nothin'
Sun. 4 p.m. So Easy
Wed. 7 p.m. Karaoke
NJWeedman's Dispensary
322 East State Street Trenton
(609) 437-0898
Thurs. 8 p.m. Karaoke
Sun. 2 p.m. Steal Your Face
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 Rick Winow. (9:30 pm.) Karaoke w/ Super Dave Curtis 
Fri. 9 p.m. Talking In Cursive
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. 6 p.m. eMKayS Band
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Live Karaoke w/ Rory
Old Town Pub
135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown 
(609) 291-9232
Thurs. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia
Fri. 9 p.m. Jerry Monk
Sat. 9 p.m. Radio Fiction
Sun. 10 a.m. Brunch
Palmer Square 
40 Nassau Street Princeton 
Sat. 12 p.m.  Spring Music Series feat. Chet & Ari 
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  
Sat. 8 p.m. Spanky's Garage
Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo" 
Pete's Steak House 
523 Whitehorse Avenue Hamilton
 (609) 585-8008
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Asylum Choir
Picture Perfect Affairs
76 High Street Mount Holly
Fri. 7 p.m. First Friday Lyrics To Go Open Mic and Showcase
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 
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. 1 p.m. Book Signing w/ Author Cammie Sassman
Ristorante 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. 7 p.m. "Laughs & Lagers" Comedy Night Hosted by James McAliney feat. Emily Epstein White, Corey Alexander
River House at Odette’s 
274 South Rive Road New Hope, PA 
(215) 682-2022 
Thurs. (6 p.m.) Cara Cartney (7 p.m.) Gina Corso
Fri. Maci Miller Duo
Sat. 7 p.m. Max Rogers
Sun. 11:30 a.m. Brunch w/ Neil Podgurski Duo
Wed. 5 p.m. Pentley Holmes
Robbinsville Community Park
West Manor Way Robbinsville 
Sat. 12 p.m. "Community Day" feat. (6 p.m.) Rock & Roll Heaven
Robbinsville Senior Center 
1170 Route 130 North (Folsom Way) Robbinsville  
(609) 259-1567
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. "Steppin' In" Beginner Class. $35 (Two Nights) 
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. Jerry Monk
Sat. 11 a.m. Brunch
Sun. 11 a.m. Brunch 
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics
Rustic River Events
43 Hill Road Allentown
(609) 757-2531
Fri. 6 p.m. Rodeo Season Opener w/ DJ, Food, Kids activities$25 (Kids ages 12 and under $10)
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. Eddie Tamanini
Fri. 6:30 p.m. "UnWINEd" Concert feat. Epic Soul. $12 (advance/online, $15 at door), doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Sat. "Party On The Patio" feat. (2 p.m.) Molly Seger (6:30 p.m.) Joe Rebl Band or JB Rocks
Sun. "Party On The Patio" feat. 2 p.m. Aaron Quarterman
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. Rich Seiner
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. Jeds Gold
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. Chris & Colin
Stars & Stripes Harley Davidson
600 South Flowers Mill Road Langhorne, PA 
(215) 752-9400 
Sun. 11 a.m. Double G Blues Trio w/ Jim Hill
Steam Pub 
606 2nd Street Pike Southampton, PA 
Fri. 10 p.m. DJ Finnesse
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. Mike Rainone
Tavern On The Lake 
101 Main Street Hightstown 
(609) 426-9345  
Fri. 9 p.m. The Dexters
Sat. 8 p.m. Jo Wymer w/ Danny Coleman
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. On The Fly
Sun. 1 p.m. "Weekend Music Series" feat. Kara & Corey 
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 Beer Garden and Education Center at Snipes Farm
890 West Bridge Street Morrisville, PA 
Fri. 4 p.m. "16th Annual In and Out of the Garden We Go" Music Festival feat. (8 p.m.) Steal Your Face 
The Birdhouse Center For The Arts
7 North Main Street Lambertville
(215) 681-4660
Fri. 8 p.m. Pyrenesia
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
Sat. (11 a.m.) Brunch (8:30 p.m.) Shameless
The Cool Cricket
216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro
(609) 291-9110
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Dave Curtis
Sat. 9 p.m. El Ka Bong
The Dubliner
34 North Main Street New Hope, PA 
(215) 693-1816
Fri. 7 p.m. Popik & Stewart
Sat. 7 p.m. Fiona Tyndall Band
Sun. 3 p.m. "Traditional Irish Session" 
The Federal Twist Vineyard 
8 Federal Twist Road Stockton
(609) 773-6066 
Sat. 3 p.m. Laurie Vosburg Band. $5 (Ages 20 and under FREE)
Sun. 2 p.m. Strange Brew Crew. $5 (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 
Tues. 7 p.m. Music Bingo w/ Jonathan Appel
The Irish Horne Bar & Restaurant
882 2nd Street Pike Richboro, PA 
(215) 942-4000 
Sat. 7 p.m. Aaron Quarterman
The Ivy Inn
248 Nassau Street Princeton
(609) 921-8555
Thurs. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ Trey Brown
Fri. 9:30 p.m. DJ Bowie
Sat. 9:30 p.m. DJ Darius
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. Drag Show
Sat. 8 p.m. Mikey Jr
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. A Night of Van Morrison w/ "Tupelo Honey" $40.10 (SOLD OUT please check for availability)
Fri. 8 p.m. "Truth" A Celebration of Jeff Beck. $34.86
Sat. 3 p.m. / 8 p.m. "Tapestry" The Carole King Songbook. $45.34
Sun. 7 p.m. From Broadway to Newtown PA. $106.12
Tues. 3 p.m. / 7:30 p.m. "Joan Baez: I Am Noise" $12, $10, $6, doors open 30 minutes prior to show
Wed. 3 p.m. / 7 p.m. "Moonstruck" $12, $10, $6, doors open 30 minutes prior to show
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. Joeseph Grisanzio / Call from Kelly Decco
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. Brockway Slim
Fri. 8 p.m. Even Odds
Sat. 8 p.m. East Coast Funk
Wed. 6 p.m. Joe Vadala 
The Sycamore Grill
255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA
(215) 908-6326 
Sat. 8 p.m. Rougarou
Sun. Newtown Festival feat. (2 p.m.) Brooks Brothers Blues Band
The Tavern at Penns Park 
2295 Second Street Pike Newtown, PA
(267) 491-5658
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic
The Union Firehouse
18 Washington Street Mount Holly
(609) 288-6491
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Open Mic Night 
Fri. 8 p.m. '80s Tribute w/ "M80" Doors open at 7 p.m.
Sat. 8 p.m. Allman Brothers Band Tribute w/ "Live at The Fillmore" Doors open at 7 p.m.
The Union House 
19 East Union Street Burlington
(609) 531-6077
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
Fri. 8 p.m. Modern Mojo
Sat. (12 p.m.) Brunch (8 p.m.) Pink Floyd Tribute w/ "Fleeting Glimpse"
Sun. 12 p.m. Brunch  
Tir Na Nog 
1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton 
(609) 392-2554
Sun. 3 p.m. "Irish Sessions"
All Shows 21+ 
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
Vault Brewing Company
10 South Main Street Yardley, PA 
(267) 573-4291
Thurs. 6 p.m. Bill Monach
Fri. 7 p.m. Brian Elliot Band / Nova
Sat. 7 p.m. John Sheridan Trio
Mon. 7 p.m. Chaturanga & Cheers w/ Renee Mahoney
Village Idiot Brewing Company
42 High Street Mount Holly
(609) 975-9270 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
Sun. 1 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Logan Torwich
Vince's Pizzeria and Taproom
573 Durham Road Newtown, PA
(267) 491-5418
Fri. 5 p.m. Bill Thomas
Visit New Hope
Stockton Avenue New Hope, PA
Fri. 5 p.m. "Summer Series & Fireworks" 
Whitehill Mansion
217 Fourth Street Fieldsboro
Sat. 8 p.m. Investigate Whitehill Mansion
Wildflowers Too
255 Route 156 Yardville
(609) 585-5483
Wed. 7 p.m. Poker Night
Working Dog Winery
610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown
(609) 371-6000
Thurs. 4:30 p.m. Vinny Rugnetta
Sat. 1 p.m. Chris Swatt
Sun. 1 p.m. The Williamsboy
WWFM 89.1 FM HD2 Radio
MCCC Old Trenton Road West Windsor
Jazzon2.org
Mon. 7 a.m./7 p.m. "Danny Coleman's Got The Blues"


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(HACKETTSTOWN, NJ) -- Centenary Stage Company is now accepting interviews for the Young Performers Workshop Summer 2024 musical theatre intensive. The registration deadline for the program is July 12, 2024. In-person interview dates are taking place on Saturday, June 1st and Sunday, June 2nd, 2024 in the Little Theatre at 400 Jefferson Street in Hackettstown. They are scheduled by appointment between 4:30pm – 6:00pm.


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