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“Betcha By Golly Wow!” Spotlight on Singer Chris Ruggiero

Chris Ruggiero is an up-and-coming 22-year-old singer from the East Coast who loves songs from the golden age of rock and roll, performing and recording music from the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. Spotlight Central recently caught up with Chris and talked to him about his musical childhood, his national television debut on PBS, his relationships with a number of well-known musical friends, in addition to the release of his two new recordings, Time Was and I Am Chris Ruggiero.

Irving Plaza presents Café Tacvba and Diamante Eléctrico on November 1-2
(NEW YORK, NY) -- Café Tacvba, widely recognized as Mexico’s leading alternative rock band, will kick off a 15-show tour at New York’s Irving Plaza with shows on November 1-2.  The tour includes stops in Charlotte, Atlanta, Miami, Houston, and more before wrapping up in El Paso, TX on November 24th at Abraham Chavez Theatre. They are touring with special guests Diamante Eléctrico.

BergenPAC Presents Foreigners Journey featuring Constantine Maroulis On September 25th
(ENGLEWOOD, NJ) -- Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) will present Foreigners Journey featuring Constantine Maroulis on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 8:00pm. The band brings together the incredible sounds of two of rocks greatest arena bands of the 80’s -- Foreigner & Journey.

WE LOVE NYC: The Homecoming Concert To Take Place August 21st In Central Park
(NEW YORK, NY) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio, music industry legend Clive Davis, and Live Nation and NYCEDC chair Danny Meyer have announced the all-star lineup set to perform at the WE LOVE NYC: The Homecoming Concert produced by New York City, Clive Davis and Live Nation on the Great Lawn in Central Park on Saturday, August 21.  

Judith Hill Brings Her Soul-Funk-Rock Sound to Kean’s Outdoor Stage on July 31st
(HILLSIDE, NJ) -- Singer-songwriter Judith Hill won a Grammy as a backup singer, but she will showcase her individual artistry when she performs in Kean Stage’s summer concert series on the Lawn at Enlow Hall on July 31.

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FEATURES

“Betcha By Golly Wow!” Spotlight on Singer Chris Ruggiero

Chris Ruggiero is an up-and-coming 22-year-old singer from the East Coast who loves songs from the golden age of rock and roll, performing and recording music from the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. Spotlight Central recently caught up with Chris and talked to him about his musical childhood, his national television debut on PBS, his relationships with a number of well-known musical friends, in addition to the release of his two new recordings, Time Was and I Am Chris Ruggiero.

Bob Burger Talks About His Heart Attack, Recovery, And Return To The Stage
Bob Burger has been a part of the Jersey Shore music scene since the eighties when he moved here from Erie, Pennsylvania. He's been a member of the Bobby Bandiera Band, a solo artist, performer in Beatle tributes, and is currently a member of The Weeklings with Glen Burtnik - an artist he's written songs with for decades.  On June 5th, he was just finishing a show at The Vogel in Red Bank when he had a heart attack in the dressing room. 

Makin Waves with Jerry Ryan: Talkin’ Elephants, Rockin’ Autism
South Jersey indie rock impresario Jerry Ryan has been a tsunami of Makin Waves for more than a decade, and for that, he won the 2020 Makin Waves Tsunami Award for being the year’s biggest behind-the-scenes mover and shaker. Refusing to be stopped by the goddamn pandemic, Jerry kept on keepin’ on by raising more than $21,000 with virtual versions of his annual Elephants for Autism Festival. Inspired by raising his autistic son, Jeremy, as a single parent, the festival supports the families of children and young adults with autism. 

Makin Waves Song of the Week: "Drift Away" by Tom Kanach Band
Tom Kanach Band includes Pete Wood, Tom Kanach, Steve Buzbee, and Joe Rowley. They will return to Asbury on Aug. 14 at The Saint to play “Welcome Home Matt Pinfield,” a long-awaited homecoming for the East Brunswick music industry icon.

Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...7/22/21
"Whole Nother World," it's eight tracks and it came out on May 28 and it hit number one on roots charts for soul/blues album, it hit number two on International Broadcasters in the UK so there was a lot that has happened and it's not just me it's the whole project. The musicians are just experts in what they do and the sound engineer; the recording was done in Baton Rouge but he resides in my area and the guy has elephant ears (laughs) and that really was the end point, the mastering was incredible."

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RADIO SHOWS

The Penguin has several recorded radio shows that are available on demand. Shows range from those featuring artists from New Jersey to new music from around the world and those that focus on the 80s. Click here for descriptions of each show.

HALL OF FAME

The Penguin is creating its own Hall of Fame to spotlight our favorite artists, songs, and albums from throughout the radio station's history... coming soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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