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Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...9/14/23


By Danny Coleman

Rock On! This Week"Kim was a prolific writer who kept the band going for almost 60 years, which is a marvel in itself," says Savoy Brown bassist Pat DeSalvo. "When he first started, Kim was a traditional blues guy and then he started evolving the band; he did "Louisiana" and "Hellbound Train" and they started taking the blues concept and evolving it into more of a progressive rock blues situation and what's going on now is that the record is out, me and Garnett (Drummer Grimm) are doing interviews and playing with Sean Chambers who played guitar for Hubert Sumlin and who has eight records out of his own. In October we toured with him in Europe and it went very well, we were feeling it out and so we're gonna do a record with him now and we're starting to do dates with him."

Pat DeSalvo became a member of the ever evolving Savoy Brown circa 1988, joining with the legendary Kim Simmonds and staying loyal to the group up until Simmonds' passing. 

As DeSalvo states, Kim was a "Prolific writer" and prior to his recent death, left quite a large catalog of unreleased material and such is the case with the band's latest record, "Blues All Around" which was released back in the early Spring of this current year. DeSalvo spoke openly about the record, the difference in the recording process, his fondness of Simmonds and the future of Savoy Brown. 

"Blues All Around" was different from how we normally do our recordings where we'd all be in the studio together," he explained. "We would've rehearsed either at soundcheck or the three of us would get together once a week and work out the songs, try different keys, different tempos, different grooves; with the demo situation we had a drum machine, guitar and vocal and occasionally an idea for the bass but with this, just me and Garnett went in and in one day, with no practice because I'm not living in the New York area right now; we went in the studio and recorded 14 songs. Then we went back the next day; the first day Kim could not be in-studio because he was in the hospital being evaluated, so, the whole process was different. We had a different guy mixing us, a different studio, it was a lot different; normally we'd play off each other, you're looking at each other, you could tell when somebody was gonna do something by looking at them and this was not there. So, we just listened to the tracks and we played around Kim; it was completely different. It was a bit of a challenge because there were a few parts that I wanted to play exactly like he did and I really had to be in the moment; there were some challenges but we got it done."

 "Personally, I'm very happy with the record, it's a great story when you look at Kim's history with the blues and where he had taken it," he continued. "This record was a little bit more blues based where he pays homage to how he got his start and to people he had played with, toured with or recorded with; it's like the story of his life basically. He started the record by himself with the acoustic and that short little intro and then he did that outro song with just him on guitar and there are a lot of good stories within the record." 



 
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Over parts of the last five decades, DeSalvo came to be very close friends with Simmonds whose Savoy Brown launched the careers of many performers and resulted in bands like Foghat and several others but it's the stories Simmonds told during their offstage moments that still resonate with him today.

"We would travel and we would talk; we would rarely play the radio and we would sometimes be on a 10-hour drive from Chicago to New York and we would just talk and talk but you had to pry things out of him. He was very humble, I'd ask him; Did you see The Who? He would say, "I toured with them." He did the first Zeppelin tour, he did the first dates with Cream. He was so lucky to be around the area where he got to see all of these people that nobody realized would become legends and icons one day and back then they were like a bunch of kids. They would steal each other's musicians; Black Sabbath would need a singer, Fleetwood Mac; off Dave Walker went; it was kind of interesting. The UK is so small and a lot of those guys were based out of the London area so all of them were seeing each other, they knew what was going on with each other  and a lot of bands changed players frequently." 

In many ways, today's music climate is similar to those bygone days; players hop from gig to gig and band to band and the thought of being loyal to one group as it seemed to be in the 1970's and early '80s is definitely a thing of the past. DeSalvo recalled those times, Kim's songwriting and how musicians and their music affects themselves as well as those who listen.

"I started young, I was like 15 years old playing five nights a week in bars and the band was like your family no matter how dysfunctional that may be and you'd never think about leaving. It was like being young and having your first girlfriend and saying, we're gonna get married; that rarely happens but staying with someone forever is just not the way of the world anymore. Even people with jobs, if you notice, people are always jumping around from jobs; there is no loyalty that I see with people anymore. The thing with Kim, Garnett and me; I met Kim in '88 and we became friends. I did two acoustic records with him and three other records where I either engineered or played on them. So, we had a bit of a relationship and Garnett had also done some work with Kim on the "Blues Like Midnight" record. So, there was already a formation with the three of us and we started to become very  good friends and that was one of the reasons why we got the sound we got and why we lasted so long in the group. Nobody had to do any babysitting for us, everybody was on point, everybody was there to do the best show they could and we really looked out for each other and Kim really respected and appreciated that. He rewarded us in a lot of ways and it was like a really good family. There were always moments; you know when you're in a band and especially when you're recording music; well, I've got an idea and nobody ever wants to hear that they have a bad idea but we do have bad ideas. Kim would come in with the songs and it was like a blueprint. He had an idea on how he wanted to do it and he was so focused. We would take songs and do them in six or eight different keys or try different tempos to fit the song and then we would go from a shuffle or swing to rock; let's try something completely different with it; where can we take the song? A lot of it is about the story, if you've got a good story, you should be able to just sing it or play it with an acoustic guitar or piano and have it resonate with people. Sometimes people are really keying in on the vocals but some people key in on a groove. Like that Gary Glitter song; nobody knows what he's talking about but that groove that is happening is on (laughs). Listen to "Hellbound Train" and if you listen to the bass and drum part, it was very innovative and complex actually but the song itself is this story about chaos and what's going on. They were actually ahead of themselves with songs like "I'm Tired" and "Headline News," he was very on point with what was going on socially but you don't want to get in anybody's face. You don't want to be that person who says, "Hey, this is my viewpoint," music should be very subjective to people where they listen to it and they take away what they want to take away from the song. It's great when you listen to a song and it brings back a memory and when you record a record it's also a snapshot of that moment in your life. You can go back and listen and some memories might start flooding in either about the session or some place you were in at that time; or something you were doing something with your family. I always took the studio home with me a lot or on tour and I'd come back and go to work because I still do a full-time day job and just start thinking about a moment and what happened and what it means to me sometimes; you know?"

Change is inevitable and with Simmonds passing and the Savoy Brown fan base aging; what do the remaining members plan on doing to support this latest release? DeSalvo says, there is not much readily available. 

"All we can do is interviews and try to get press because record stores are down the road now," he said rather melancholy. "The days of eight or nine record stores and 10 music stores in your town have all gone away and everything has changed. Sometimes change is good but I really think for us musicians that change really wasn't good with the internet where the music is just out there now. It's good that it's out there but I really miss the record and having the vinyl in my hand and reading the liner notes; it's like it was a possession of yours; you know? Then when CDs came out it became minimized and now everybody downloads something so it doesn't have that impact on me anymore. I stopped buying CDs for a while; they don't sound as good sometimes but I'm back to picking up stuff now, especially if it comes out on vinyl I try to grab the vinyl more." 

"That's part of life," he went on. "Things change but just because something changes doesn't mean it's good. The thing is, music really meant a lot. You didn't just go to a record store or a show just because it was someplace to go for the sake of going; there was a reason you went beyond entertainment, you went to almost get educated and it seemed to mean more. When people go to a show now, they're taking pictures or selfies and I know I'm sounding like the old guy but they are not in the moment and the moment is gone after that and not to be disparaging and I'm nobody really but the music that is coming out; I just don't grasp it anymore. I look at the Grammy Awards and when Bonnie Raitt won "Song of the Year," I saw one of the people talking on one of the shows saying, "She actually wrote the song by herself; this hasn't happened since Amy Winehouse" and I was like, yeah, because she could sing and play and so can Bonnie Raitt and these other people, I'm not sure what they do. Maybe I'm just out of the loop but people don't play guitar or piano like they used to anymore. Somebody writes a song for them and they go out and sing it and now in the studio, it's ridiculous what you can do. Now with Pro Tools and all the other recording techniques; I remember I did a record and I was playing an upright bass and I flubbed something up and I stopped and said, I want to redo that and the guy says, "Oh, we're just gonna cut and paste the verse and chorus anyway" and that was it. Then he said, "OK, we're gonna do another track; are you ready?' I was like, yeah, OK and I felt like I hadn't really played much on the record. It was like being invited to a friend's house for dinner, having the salad and then leaving (laughs); I wanted to be there for the whole thing but they just chopped things and put them in. When you are playing a song and recording it and it becomes a part of you, you want it to be you. I used to run a lot and do races and to me, if I didn't finish the race, I didn't do the race, I wasn't successful. What we perceive as a mistake, those guys don't see it that way (laughs)." 

Yeah, change; some is great and others not so much. The loss of Simmonds who literally was the foundation of the band does change everything. So, what will Pat and Garnett do without their friend and bandmate? 

"You know, Kim started it and he ended it, he was the voice of the band and it's hard to say this because everybody asks about it. He and I would be driving or just hanging out in a hotel room and he'd say, "You've got to do me a favor and keep the band around" and I'd say, I can't do that. How do I keep it around? Nobody is you, nobody is gonna take your place; it just wouldn't work. I know there are a lot of legacy bands out there that don't have any original members in them and they are still going out for the name and I understand that but for someone like this, personally, I don't see it happening. Maybe another record because he wrote so many songs and he's got demos and I hate to say this because I'm being hypocritical now but he did use a drum machine so it's very easy for an engineer to get it and make everything work. I don't like that whole thing because it sometimes sounds stiff but Garnett the drummer has got a really great groove. He's very easy to play with, has a really good pocket but I'm concerned about using a click track because it can be very strict and the way he plays, he gives it sway and momentum and it feels good. So, we're gonna do the best we can but I'm glad to be part of Kim's legacy and I was very humbled to be able to be perform with someone of his stature."

To discover more about Savoy Brown, DeSalvo, Simmonds and the latest record; please visit https://savoybrown.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


Al's Airport Inn
636 Bear Tavern Road West Trenton
(609) 883-5252 
Thurs. 5 p.m. Bill Thomas
Sat. (12 p.m.) Acoustic Brunch  (5 p.m.) Bud Belviso
Sun. 12 p.m. Sunday Acoustic Brunch 
Mon. 5 p.m. Joe Hutchinson
Tues. 7 p.m. Mike & Laura
Wed. 7 p.m. Skyline
Ancient Order of Hibernians 
2419 Kuser Road Hamilton 
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Karaoke Hosted by Colin Duffy
Tues. 6:30 p.m. Cornhole
Wed. 6:30 p.m. Yoga  
Arts Council of Princeton 
102 Witherspoon Street Princeton 
(609) 924-8777 
Thurs. (6 p.m.) ART: of the Atelier (7 p.m.) Story & Verse: A Storytelling and Poetic Open Mic
Tues. 6:30 p.m. Parking Lot Pop-Up: Lights In the Attic
Artworks Trenton  
19 Everett Alley Trenton
(609) 394-9436  
Sat. 12 p.m. Art All Day
Ashlynn Distillery 
32 West Bridge Street Morrisville, PA 
Thurs. 5 p.m. Cecil & Carl
Fri. 7 p.m. Sara & Tamer
Sat. 11 a.m. Yoga & Drinks. $35
Bill's Olde Tavern
2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton
(609) 586-0192
Thurs. 7 p.m. Line Dancing
Fri. 7 p.m.  Moot Davis
Sat. 7 p.m. Best of Clapton
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
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   
Bordentown Yacht Club 
1 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown 
(609) 298-9754 
Sat. 1 p.m. "Creekfest" feat. Black Zeppelin, Black Brant. $15 (Advance)
Boro Bean 
9 East Broad Street Hopewell 
(609) 466-6681 
Sat./Sun. 11 a.m. John Abbott 
Bowman's Tavern 
1600 River Road New Hope, PA 
(215) 862-2972
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Jeffrey Fadden Trio
Fri. (5:30 p.m.) Bennett Lee (8 p.m.) CJ Steinway
Sat. 7 p.m. Dave Dales Trio
Sun. (12 p.m.) Bill Avayou Trio (6 p.m.) Lorenzo
Wed. 6 p.m. Liz DuFour  
Bristol Riverside Theater 
2501 Bath Road Bristol, PA
(215) 785-0100 
Sat. 5 p.m. Oldie In The Park feat. Bobby Wilson, The Chiclettes, The Vogues, Charlie Thomas's Drifters
Broken Goblet Brewing
2500 State Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 812-5653
Thurs. 7 p.m.  Mike Estabrook 
Sat. 8 p.m. The Planet Smashers, The Bad Ups, Grayson. $15 (Advance), Doors open at 7 p.m.
Sun. 6 p.m. Crowbar
Tues. 7 p.m. Cornhole ($20 buy-in)
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia Hosted by Righteous Jolly
Bucks County Brewery and Hewn Spirits 
31 Appletree Lane Pipersville, PA
(215) 766-7711
Fri. 5:30 p.m. Electric Mayhem
Sat. (2 p.m.) LuLu's 2023 Meet & Greets (5:30 p.m.) Keystone Groove  
Bucks On Bridge
25 Bridge Street Lambertville
(609) 483-2615
Tues. 5 p.m. Chess Night
Wed. 6 p.m. Trivia
Candlelight Lounge 
24 Passaic Street Trenton  
(609) 695-9612 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Thursday Night Blues Jam. $5
Catch A Rising Star (Hyatt Regency Princeton) 
102 Carnagie Center Princeton
(781) 568-1471
Fri. 8 p.m. Joe Fernandes. $26.50, Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Joe Fernandes.$26.50, Doors open at 7 p.m.  
Cazz's Sports Bar 'N' Grille
1560 Haines Road Levittown, PA 
(267) 580-5469 
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paul  
City Streets
510 Highway 130 South East Windsor
(609) 426-9400
Sat. 9 p.m. Tanglewood
Wed. 6:30 p.m. "Wine Down Wednesdays" w/ Rich Genoval
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. Slim & The Perkolators
Cooper's Riverview                                                                     
50 Riverview Plaza Trenton
(609) 393-7300 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Cosmic Jerry Band
Fri. 5 p.m. Happy Hour  (8 p.m.) The Nerds. $15 (Gold and Platinum VIP Dinner Packages Available), Doors open at 6 p.m. 
Sat. 8 p.m. The Riverdogs
Sun. (10 a.m.) Sunday "Jazz" Brunch w/ Victor Tarassov. $22.95 (Includes 2 Mimosas) $34.95 (Adults, kids ages 6-12 $14.95, kids under age 5 FREE) 
Tues. (7 p.m.) Complimentary Dance Class w/ Jose "Papo" Diaz / Salsa Tuesdays w/ DJ Jay Serrano 
Wed. (7 p.m.) Blues and BBQ Jam (8 p.m.) Disco “Hustle” Night w/ "Guest" DJ. $5 
Cream Ridge Winery
145 Route 539 Cream Ridge 
(609) 259-9797 
Sat. 2:30 p.m. Alex English
Sun. 1:30 p.m. Ronnie Brandt  
Crossing Vineyard and Winery
1853 Wrightstown Road Washington Crossing, PA
(215) 493-6500 
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 p.m. Jason McCue
Sun. 2 p.m. Sweet Spot 
Cross Pollination Gallery
2 North Union Street Lambertville 
(609) 213-6734
Fri. 5 p.m.  "Second Saturday" feat. SiriOm Singh and the Soul Warriors w/ Jay Winston
Curran’s Irish Inn
1909 Bristol Pike Bensalem, PA
(215) 245-1800
Thurs. 7 p.m. Music Bingo 
Fri. 8 p.m. A tribute to Rod Stewart w/ "Sir Rod"
Sat. 8 p.m. Bougie & The Beast Acoustic Duo
Mon. 7:30 p.m. Quizzo
Dacey's Pub 
215 West Philadelphia Avenue Morrisville, PA
(215) 295-4838
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Acoustic Music Night 
Wed. 8 p.m. Quizzo                                                                                                                                                        
Dadz Bar and Grill 
744 Main Street Lumberton
(609)267-4344
Thurs. 7 p.m. Open Mic w/ Jimmy Mannix
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic
Dharma Bums 
4935 River Road New Hope, PA
(215) 663-2867
Thurs. 8 p.m. JP3
Fri. 8 p.m. The Vostones
Sat. 8 p.m. Gordon & Ian
Sun. 6 p.m. Celebrating Ken Kesey's 88th Birthday
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic w/ 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. EMO Night
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 
Sat. 8 p.m. El Barrio
Escape Resort, Restaurant & Bar 
120 Pheasant Run Road Newtown, PA 
Fri. 6 p.m. '80s Themed Barre at The Bar
Tues. 6 p.m. Karaoke
Flying Pig Tavern & Tap 
167 US-Route 130 North Bordentown 
(609) 899-7447
Fri. 9 p.m. Talking Cursive
Sat. 9 p.m. Anger Management
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia
Founding Father's Sports Bar & Grill 
2900 Street Road Bensalem, PA 
(215) 923-1100
Fri. 6 p.m. Bob Pantano Dance Party w/ DJ Joe Castro
Friendly's 
1031 Washington Boulevard Robbinsville 
(609) 426-9203 
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 
Fri. (6 p.m.) "Happy Hour" (8 p.m.) Shinkickers
Sat. "Half Way to St. Patrick's Day feat. (6 p.m.) Casey Welborn (6:30 p.m.) Fitzpatrick Irish Dancers (8 p.m.) Never Enough
Tues. 6:30 p.m. Trivia Night Hosted by Best Choice Productions
Grounds For Sculpture
80 Sculptors way Hamilton
(609) 586-0616 
Thurs. 5 p.m. SWIRL: An Evening of Art & Wine
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
4617 Nottingham Way Hamilton Square 
(609) 586-1811  
Sat. 7 p.m. The Dance Band
Halo Pub (Fete) 
9 Hullfish Street Princeton 
(609) 921-1710 
Sat. 6 p.m. Bud & Carm
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 Township Public Library 
1 Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. Way Hamilton 
(609) 581-4060
Sun. 8 a.m. Fall Flea Market
Happy Apple Inn 
29 Imlaystown Road Cream Ridge
(609) 259-7889
Thurs. 5:30 p.m. Maker's Mark Barrel Release Party. $65 (Includes a cocktail, tastings, choice of three entries)
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.) Rainbow Full of Sound. $20 (9:30 p.m. ) DJ Dance Party 
Sat. (8:30 p.m.) Coast to Coast (11:59 P.m.) DJ Summer Dance Party 
Sun. 6 p.m. The Amish Outlaws. $15
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.) Deb & Mike
Sat. (9 a.m.) WWFM Fransisco (1 p.m.) Just Us (5:30 p.m.) "Music & Merlot" feat. Rainbow Fresh
Sun. (2:30 p.m.) "Jazzy Sundays" feat. Hopewell Valley Vineyards Jazz Band (5:30 p.m.) Mark, Sherma & Gang Jazz Show
Hurricane Jacks Bar and Grill
7759 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
(267) 914-4517
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Music Bingo w/ DJ John W. 
Fri. (6 p.m.) DJ BeeNice  (9 p.m.) Two Of Us
Sat. 8 p.m. Ghost Kids
Mon. 7 p.m. Motown Mondays w/ rotating DJs BeeNice, Rawskillz, JusGroove
Tues. 8 p.m. Acoustic Tuesday w/ Mike McCullough
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. Mario & Frank
Sat. 6:30 p.m. Ant Cannuli
Sun. 2 p.m. Bob & Dave
Iron Plow Vineyards Tasting Room
61 High Street Mt. Holly 
(732) 306-9111
Sat. 6:30 p.m. Wounded Souls  
John & Peter's
96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa 
(215) 862-5981 
Thurs. 8 p.m. Trifecta
Fri. 9 p.m. Terrain, Sleeve, Slow Motion Sadface, Our Bodies Themselves
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic Comedy Night w/ Mike Dialto feat. (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.) Radio Fiction (9 p.m.) The Benjamins 
Fri. 10 p.m. DJ Jimmy G
Sat. Pork Roll Fest feat. (1 p.m.) DJ Jimmy G (7 p.m.) Groove Pocket (10 p.m.) DJs Nick & Dom
Sun. Half way to St. Paddy's Day feat. (1 p.m.) LoFash (5:30 p.m.) Wayne Bilotti (9 p.m.) DJ Dan
Mon. 8 p.m. Industry Night
Tues. 7 p.m. Cigar Night
King George Inn 
102 Radcliffe Street Bristol, PA
(215) 788-5536 
Sat. 2 p.m. Mike & Shanna
Sun. 6 p.m. Joe (Solo of Joe & Krista) (Takes place in the gazebo/patio behind the inn on waterfront)
La Cena Ristorante
2233 Galloway Road Bensalem, PA
(215) 639-9969
Wed. 6 p.m. Plush Duo
Lambertville House 
32 Bridge Street Lambertville
(609) 397-0200 
Fri. 6 p.m. Russell Norkevich
Laurita Winery 
85 Archertown Road New Egypt 
(609) 752-0200 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Dueling Pianos
Fri. 7:30 p.m. Kricket Comedy Night feat. Missy Hall, Raj Belani, Jim Kelly. $25, doors open at 7 p.m.
Sat.  A Touch of Italy Food Truck Festival feat. (11 a.m.) Dockside (2:30 p.m.) Strictly '60s (6 p.m.) Vinyl Countdown. $15 (Advance / Under age 21 FREE)
Sun.  A Touch of Italy Food Truck Festival feat. (11 a.m.) Take 5 (3 p.m.) Nikki Briar & The Sweetbriar Band. $15 (Advance / Under age 21 FREE)
Lillipies Bakery
30 North Harrison Street Princeton 
(609) 423-2100  
Sat. 10 a.m. Storytime with Jeff  
Locust Hall at Johnson's Farm
2691 Monmouth Road Jobstown
(609) 723-2630  
Sat./Sun. 12 p.m. Sunflower September Festival
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  
Main Street Mt. Holly  
28 Washington Street Mt. Holly  
(609) 914-0811 
Sat. 12 p.m. Burlington County Irish Festival feat. Billy McGovern, John O'Callahan, Birmingham Six, The Shanty's, The Natterjacks, Irish Dancers and more. (Takes place at corner of High and Washinton Streets)
Makefield Highlands Golf Club
1418 Woodside Road Yardley, PA 
(215) 321-7000 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Trivia Hosted by Jack Furlong  
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
More Than Q 
13 Klines Court Lambertville  
(609) 773-0072  
Fri. 5 p.m. Three Chord Anthony Porter
Sat. 2 p.m. James Geddeon
Sun. 1 p.m. Alan Tofig
Music Mountain Theater
1483 Route 179 Lambertville
(609)397-3337
Fri. 8 p.m. "Sunset Boulevard"
Sat. 3 p.m./ 8 p.m. "Sunset Boulevard"
Sun. 3 p.m. "Sunset Boulevard"
Naked Brewing Company 
212 Mill Street Bristol, PA 
(267) 544-7129
Thurs.6:30 p.m. Dana Collins Project 
Fri.  7 p.m. Karaoke
Tues. 7 p.m. Trivia
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company 
909 Ray Avenue Croydon, PA 
(215) 458-7081
Thurs. 7 p.m. Video Game Night 
Sat. 12 p.m. JAWN of the Dead Release Party and Screening Fundraiser feat. (5 p.m.) Zombie Trivia and FREE Zombie Caricatures (6:30 p.m.) Zombie Costume Contest (7 p.m.) "Creepshow"
Sun. 12 p.m. Yoga & Beer
Tues. 6 p.m. EMO Night Karaoke + Name That Tune
Wed. 6:30 p.m. Cornhole League
New Egypt Flea Market Village 
933 Monmouth County Road Cream Ridge 
(609) 758-2082
Sun. 8 a.m. Flea Market / Fairy Hair Event
Wed. 8 a.m. Flea Market
New Hope Winery / Tavern 
6123 Lower York Road New Hope, PA 
(215) 794-2331 
Sat. 8 p.m. "Journeyman" A Tribute to Eric Clapton  
Newtown Brewing Company
103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA 
(215) 944-8609 
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Useless Knowledge Trivia 
Fri. 6 p.m. Bill Thomas
Sat. 6 p.m. John Thomas
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. Half Way to St. Patrick's Day w/ Jamison
Sat. 9 p.m. Back In The Day Dance Party w/ Mark Mroz
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
Thurs. 9:30 pm. Karaoke w/ Super Dave Curtis 
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Joe Zook
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Midnight Sun
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
Sat. 7 p.m. Saw Mill Run 
Sun. 1 p.m. Fall Market
Wed. 6:30 p.m. Trivia  
Old Town Pub
135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown 
(609) 291-9232
Thurs. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia
Sat. 9 p.m. Radio Stranger Duo
Sun. 11 a.m. Oktoberfest
Tues. 6 p.m. Taco Tuesday w/ Radio Fiction   
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  
Fri. 8 p.m. MLC Band
Sat. 8 p.m. Paul Plumeri Band
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  
Sun. 11 a.m. Jazz Brunch 
Princeton Folk Music Society (Christ Congregation Church) 
50 Walnut Lane Princeton 
(609) 799-0944 
Fri. 8 p.m. Castlebay
 
Princeton Makes 
301 North Harrison Street Princeton 
Sat. 10:30 a.m. "A Fluid Art Experience" w/ Adriana Groza
Puss N Boots Tavern
942 Trenton Road Fairless Hills, PA
Fri. 8 p.m. Karaoke
Tues. 7 p.m. Trivia
Ristorante LUCCA & Piano Lounge 
144 US Route 130 Bordentown 
(609) 262-0110
Thurs. 8 p.m. Jazz Night
Wed. 7 p.m. Sinatra Night w/ Bruce Klauber & The Dean Schneider Trio  
River House at Odette’s 
274 South Rive Road New Hope, PA 
(215) 682-2022 
Thurs. 5:30 p.m. Megan Knight
Sun. 11:30 a.m. Brunch w/ Dave Dales Duo
 
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 (5 p.m.) Meg Hanson Group w/ Benny Barksdale Jr.
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics
Saint Mark United Methodist Church  
465 Paxson Avenue Hamilton Square 
(609) 587-1286
Fri. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Bill Wieszczek
Second Sin Brewing Company
1500 Grundy Lane Bristol, P
(267) 812-5251
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
Fri. 2 p.m. Oktoberfest
Shady Brook Farm 
931 Stony Hill Road Yardley, PA 
(215) 968-1670 
Fri. (11 a.m.) "FallFest" feat. (6:30 p.m.) "UnWINEd" Concert feat. WitZend. $15 (advance/online, $20 at door), doors open at 5:30 p.m. / Timmy Fitz w/ Todd Fern (On The Patio)
Sat. (11 a.m.) "FallFest" feat. (7 p.m.) Se7en
Sun. 11 a.m. FallFest
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. Darla Rich Jazz
Smithville Park
815 Smithville Road Easthampton
Sat. (6 p.m.) Summer Concert Series: Noah Richardson (7 p.m.) Classic Stones Live
South River Walk Park 
Lalor Street @ Route 29 North Trenton
Sat. 11 a.m. Trenton River Days 2023 feat. Canoe/Boat Rides, Hayrides, FREE food, Music, Vendors and More
Sparky World-Famous Beer Garden
4333 New Falls Road Levittown, PA 
(215) 943-2321 
Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Dana
Fri. 8 p.m. Bev & Dan
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Junkyard Dogs
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. Casey & Troy
Stars & Stripes Harley Davidson
600 South Flowers Mill Road Langhorne, PA 
(215) 752-9400 
Fri. 5 p.m. Saddlebags & Tailgates Bike Night
Steam Pub 
606 2nd Street Pike Southampton, PA 
Fri. 10 p.m. DJ Nick Spinelli
Sat. 10:30 p.m. Cat 5
1675 Spirits 
2685 Bristol Pike Bensalem, PA
(215) 645-1445
Sat. 6 p.m. Bev & Dan
Tara's Tavern 
1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown 
(609) 286-2300 
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Karaoke
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Count Josephine Band  
Tavern On The Lake 
101 Main Street Hightstown 
(609) 426-9345  
Fri. 9 p.m. Black Rose
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
TGI Fridays 
780 Route 130 South Hamilton
(609) 581-6910 
Sun. 9 p.m. Trivia Game Night / SIN Sundays
Wed. 7 p.m. Paint with Priya "Pink Majesty" $35
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 Americana Diner 
359 US Route 130 East Windsor
Wed. 5 p.m. Autumn Happy Hour
The Beer Garden and Education Center at Snipes Farm
890 West Bridge Street Morrisville, PA 
Fri. Harvest Moon Music Festival feat. (6 p.m.) Cara Cartney (7:15 p.m.) Sister Blue (9 p.m.) Kein Hill and Secret Sound
Sat. Harvest Moon Music Festival feat. (1 p.m.) TBA (2 p.m.) Suren (3 p.m.) John Thomas (4 p.m.) Andy Vitucci (5 p.m.) Morphair (7:15 p.m.) Basmati Vice (9:15) Dad & Company (11:30 p.m.) OTC
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 (9 p.m.) Sisters Merlin
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. Na Bodach
Sat. 7 p.m. Sean Fleming
Sun. 2 p.m. David Falcone
 
The Federal Twist Vineyard 
8 Federal Twist Road Stockton
(609) 773-6066 
Sat. 2 p.m. John Beacher. $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 
Fri. 9 p.m. Bigg Romeo
Sat. 9 p.m. Supertrain
Tues. 7 p.m. Music Bingo w/ Jonathan Appel
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 Darius
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. Lights and Shade
Sat. 8 p.m. Mikey Jr.
Sun. 3:30 p.m. Music Bingo
Mon. 7 p.m. Karaoke
Tues. 8 p.m. Music Bingo
Wed. 7 p.m. Trivia Night  
The Newtown Theatre
120 North State Street Newtown, PA
(215) 968-3859
Sun. 3 p.m. Lights Out Presents: A tribute to Frankie Valli, The Four Seasons and More 
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. "Petstock 2023 feat. In My Baement, Mikell's Plot
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. Kindred Spirit
Sat. 8 p.m. East Coast Funk Band
Wed. 6 p.m. Joe Vadala
The Sycamore Grill
255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA
(215) 908-6326 
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Kickbax Acoustic Trio
Sat. 8 p.m. Two For Flinching
The Tavern at Penns Park 
2295 Second Street Pike Newtown, PA
(267) 491-5658
Fri. 8 p.m. Jukebox Graveyard
The Union Firehouse
18 Washington Street Mount Holly
(609) 288-6491
Thurs. 7 p.m. Ryan Jesse w/ Melissa Ann
Fri. 8 p.m. Jagged Little Grin! Alanis Morrissette Tribute w/ Jagged Little Pill and Whiskey Grin. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Sat. 8 p.m. Allman Brothers band Tribute w/ "Hotlanta.'  Doors open at 7 p.m.
Sun. 8 p.m. Soften The Glare. Door open at 7:30 p.m. 
The Union House 
19 East Union Street Burlington
(609) 531-6077
Fri. 8 p.m. Modern Mojo
Sat. (4 p.m.) Heart Fulla Bluz (8 p.m.) Bob Banka
Tir Na Nog 
1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton 
(609) 392-2554
Thu. 7 p.m. Half way to St. Patrick's Day Weekend
Fri./Sat. Half way to St. Patrick's Day Weekend
Sun. Half way to St. Patrick's Day Weekend (3 p.m.) "Irish Sessions"
Tues. 8 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Jerry & John Monk
All Shows 21+
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
Triple Sun Spirits
126 South State Street Newtown, PA
(215) 944-3057  
Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzo w/ Ed Packer
Triumph Brewing Company (New Hope, Pa. Location)
400 Union Square New Hope, Pa.
(215) 862-8300
Fri. 6 p.m. In The Round feat. Christine Havrilla, Regina Sayles, Sarah Peacock
Under The Moon 
23 North Union Street Lambertville
(609) 397-1710
Fri. 6 p.m. MG3
Sat. (12 p.m.) Tony Alosi (6:30 p.m.) Jerry Monk
Wed. 5:30 p.m. Tony Alosi
VANEFRANCODANCE
23 Hankins Road Hightstown
(609) 635-3572
Thurs. (7 p.m.) Beginner Bachata (8 p.m.) Beginner Salsa. $18 
Fri. (7 p.m.) Advanced Bachata (8 p.m.) Advanced Salsa. $18
Vault Brewing Company
10 South Main Street Yardley, PA 
(267) 573-4291
Fri. 7 p.m. Tom Tallitsch duo
Sat. 7 p.m. Aaron Quarterman
Village Idiot Brewing Company
42 High Street Mount Holly
(609) 975-9270 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
West Windsor Farm Market
Vaughn Drive Princeton  
Sat. 12 p.m. Carmen Marranco
West Windsor Historical Society
50 Southfield Road West Windsor
Sat. 4 p.m. History Music Fest feat. Museum Tours, Food, Music & Dance (FREE)
Wildflowers Inn
2572 Pennington Road Pennington 
(609) 773-239
Thurs. 6 p.m. Rob Silvers
Wilson's Pub 
1870 Brownsville Road Trevose Heights, PA 
(215) 355-4739
Fri. 8 p.m. Keep The Change Acoustic
Working Dog Winery
610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown
(609) 371-6000
Thurs. 4:30 p.m. Gary Cavico
Sat. 1 p.m. Justin Love
Sun. 1 p.m. Chris Giakis
WWFM 89.1 FM HD2 Radio
MCCC Old Trenton Road West Windsor
Jazzon2.org
Mon. 7 p.m. "Danny Coleman's Got The Blues"
Zlock Performing Arts Center
275 Swamp Road Newtown, PA
(215) 968-846 
Fri. 7:30 p.m. Joscho Stephan


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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