LOCAL MUSIC NEWS
The Black River Music & Art Fest is returning to Chester, NJ on Saturday August 18th, 2007
(rain date: Sun. Aug. 19th), and we're looking for a few good bands.
Go to www.blackrivermusicfest.com now to download the band application.
The BRMAF is a FREE all day event in Chester, NJ which features some of the best local original
musical acts as well as numerous visual artists displaying their work. Last year's inaugural
event drew an estimated 6,000 people. Performers will not be compensated for their performance.
However, all artists are welcome to sell their own merchandise at the event. Please keep in mind
that we, the organizers of the event, are not getting paid, either - we are just doing this for
the love of music. We can say that thousands of dollars will be spent on advertising, and we
expect an even bigger turnout than last year, so it will be a good opportunity for all those who
More info is available inside the band application that you can download at
www.blackrivermusicfest.com. Please download and read the application before
e-mailing us questions, as many of the answers will lie within the application.
Deadline for applications is March 15th.
Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you rock at the Black River Music & Art
Fest on August 18th!
ASBURY PARK FIGHTS TO KEEP MUSIC ALIVE
(ASBURY PARK, NJ) - Few were watching as New Brunswick's thriving original
music scene of the 1980s came crashing down when club after club closed leaving
the Court Tavern as the only game in town. History may be repeating itself in
Asbury Park, as the shore town's legendary music scene is now very much in the
hands of one company - Asbury Partners - the company in charge of the
oceanfront redevelopment plan. Nearly 60% of the venues providing original
music in town - and all of the largest venues - are now under their control.
An online petition was created to show interest in keeping one of their latest
acquisitions alive as a music venue and now an all-day concert/rally will be
held on Saturday, March 10th as well.
The Wonder Bar is scheduled to close for good after St. Patrick's Day. The
club is a victim of eminent domain and speculation is that the property might
become another condominium building. Over 1500 people from around the world
have signed a petition to keep the Wonder Bar alive. The petition can be found
online at http://www.asburymusic.com/petition or signed in person at the
Upstage Magazine is presenting the all-day rally in an effort to show just how
important the Wonder Bar is to music fans and to the local community as well.
The concert begins at noon and runs until closing time at 2am. In between, 13
bands and seven solo artists will perform. The lineup includes such local
favorites as Joe D'Urso, Maybe Pete, Jon Caspi Band, Cool Days End, Michael
Patrick & the Suburban Hillbillies, Anthony Fiumano, Agency, Tony Tedesco &
Damnaged Goods, and the Danny White Band. It also includes rare Asbury Park
appearances by Postmark Twain and Frank Thewes of South Jersey and Wiser Time,
Sounds of Greg D, and Souls Release from North Jersey. Rounding out the bill
is Keith Monacchio of The Commons, Freddie Fry, George Wirth, Nik Everett,
Causeway, and Lone Shark.
"Nearly all of Asbury Park's musical history is in the hands of Asbury Partners
now," said Gary Wien, Managing Editor of Upstage Magazine. "They own
Convention Hall, Paramount Theatre, The Stone Pony, Fastlane, Baronet Theatre,
Club Deep, Tiki Bar, the Casino, and soon will own the Wonder Bar. This
basically means that they can either make the music scene thrive or they can
kill it. We're hoping that the petition and concert shows them that thousands
of people think music is vital to Asbury Park's future. This is not just a
piece of the town's past; it is very much linked to its present and can play a
major role in its rebirth. People around the world have heard of Asbury Park
because of artists like Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, and Southside Johnny & The
Asbury Jukes. Most towns would do anything to have something like that to use
for its marketing and we're trying to show Asbury Partners just how valuable
the properties they own really are in terms other than real estate value."
"Asbury Park's redevelopment plan suggests that music and entertainment will
play a role, but it's difficult to take that serious when Convention Hall and
the Paramount Theatre are hardly used at all," added Wien. "If they cared
about entertainment they would have found a way to bring events back to those
venues on a regular basis. As it is, they are probably the two least used
performing arts centers in the state. And if condos are placed across the
street you can bet that it will only make things worse."
The Wonder Bar is located at 5th & Ocean Avenue in Asbury Park, NJ directly
across from Convention Hall. The club will be open early on Saturday, March
10th for the show with music beginning at noon and running throughout the
night. The club's restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner and people will
be able to leave and return with their ticket stub. Tickets are available for
$10 from the artists performing as well as online at
http://www.asburymusic.com/petition/March10.html. Tickets have already been sold
to music fans from Virginia to Boston, so those interested in attending
are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.
Christopher Jones Tribute Benefit DVD
I wanted to send you all an email to let you know that the DVD Pre-Sale for the Christopher Jones
Tribute Benefit has now begun!
This is the DVD video of the Tribute show for the late Christopher Jones that was held on
September 10th, 2006 at the Red Fusion in Asbury Park, NJ.
Please visit www.myspace.com/chrisjonesbenefit to order your copy now!!! Click on the "BuyNow
Paypal" button on the top right of the page to order your copy now.
Maggie Perotta of Sage Indie Music has completed the editing and producing of the video and has
sent it in for printing and cover art. The DVD's will be mailed out in mid to late February.
All profits from the DVD sale will also benefit the Jersey Jams Fund as did the Tribute show in
September to raise money for underprivelidged school districts for musical education in NJ.
Again, please order your copies now as they will be in limited supply. Visit www.myspace.com/chrisjonesbenefit and click on the paypal button on the top right to
reserve your copy today!
Lots to talk about this week!
Of course first, and most importantly, I hope to see you all at the very special
BlowUpRadio.com NJ Pop-Rock Fest this Saturday (Feb. 24th) at Buddie's Tavern, 277
Johnsons Ln, Parlin, NJ, part of the BlowUpRadio.com's Free Concert Series.
The show features sets by:
Matt Fisher &
The Telephone Junkies
Matt Fisher and the Telephone Junkies play rock and roll music.
Fisher's songwriting style is heavily influenced by artists like Elvis Costello and Ben Folds,
while the instrumental arrangements add the power-chord rock and simple, driving grooves of
groups like Weezer. To top it off, Fisher and the Junkies provide an extremely tight and
entertaining live act.
It all adds up to create a unique and memorable sound and a live show that is certainly worth
seeing, especially in the age of auto-tune and ProTools. These boys remind us of what live rock
and roll is all about. If you feel like you recognize a few of them, it's probably because you've
seen them before. Fisher and Jones were previously in a group called the Sly Caps, who were
featured on MTV's Made and Total Request Live (see MTV video here). After touring extensively in
support of the band, Fisher thought it best to disband the group after having some creative
As a solo artist, Fisher was backed by a revolving door of players, but in December 2005, Voinski
and Jones decided to join the group for the long haul. Though the group entertained a line-up as
a quartet for a while, it became apparent after a few months the group performed best as a trio.
If you want to check out a great live act and meet a group of charming gentlemen, currently you
can see Matt Fisher & the Telephone Junkies throughout NYC and in their home state of New Jersey.
What we do is really quite unique. We start with a very catchy or memorable melody (referred to
as the "chorus" or "hook"). We preface this "chorus" with somewhat more subdued melodic passages
we call "verses". Oftentimes a "pre chorus" will be inserted between the two, for added emphasis
of the "chorus". A "bridge" frequently precedes the final "chorus" for increased impact.
Accompanying word groupings we call "lyrics" tend to provide some personal revelation, and
usually retain some semblance of a "theme" from start to finish. We think this formula could be
the start of something great.
SOMERDALE is on a mission to take over the world with insanely catchy, head-bobbing,
foot-stomping, fist-pumping, hook-laden, sing-a-long tunes.
SOMERDALE cleverly combines the gorgeous harmonies of The Beatles,
the frenetic energy of The Who, the psychedelic aura of David Bowie, the slashing guitar rhythms
of The Rolling Stones, the throbbing bass lines of KISS, and the unbridled joy of The
SOMERDALE has recently released its debut full-length cd Friday Nite in America on the Kool Kat
Musik label www.koolkatmusik.com
SOMERDALE impressed judges and audience members alike with a second place finish at Atlantic
City’s House of Blues’ Battle of the Bands this April.
SOMERDALE was a featured act on the Philadelphia leg of David Bash’s prestigious International
Pop Overthrow Festival (November 2005).
The Dipsomaniacs are from NJ and play melodic, hook-driven, sloppy, spirited rock n roll. They've
been around since the early 90s and have released 5 CDs and appeared on countless compilations
while playing shows all over the country.
The newest album, Whatever Planet, which was recorded mostly between February and April 2005 at
the new FDR Studio B in New Jersey, was released in September of 2005. Whatever Planet features
eighteen eclectic new songs in the Dipsos distinctive The Who - Undertones - Replacements - via
- Fountains of Wayne garage pop style.
In addition to the eighteen new songs, the CD packaging includes a second free disc titled Down
the Drain with 9 rarities tracks, all for the price of one CD!
The Dipsomaniacs have been growing in popularity with each successive album. Since the release of
Freakin Eureka in 2003 (check out "Calvin" from this album) the band was selected winners of the
Little Steven Underground Garage Contest in Philadelphia. As a result, the band received national
radio play and also opened for Rocket from the Crypt at a sold-out show in NYC at the Irving
The Dipsos also opened for Pat Benatar, playing to over 15,000 concert-goers at an outdoor
festival in Camden, NJ. The Dipsos backed Philadelphia guitar legend Tommy Conwell for his track,
"Long Live Rock", on the FDR Who Tribute CD and played with Tommy at the subsequent release
shows. The Dipsomaniacs have also contributed a version of the Plimsouls' "Million Miles Away" to
the FDR and American Laundromat Records tribute to 80s movies titled High School Reunion. Other
contributing artists include Matthew Sweet, Dresden Dolls, John P. Strohm, and Kristin Hersh.
LUNA MUSINGS WITH COLIE BRICE COMES TO BLOWUPRADIO.COM
In my quest to always add new programming to BlowUpRadio.com's webcast, Colie Brice, head of Aeria Records, has brought his
show, Luna Musings, to BlowUpRadio.com. Colie describes the show as, "I play a lot of exclusive
material that I've recorded or produced myself, some esoteric stuff, AERIA favorites, and the
occasional iconic rock classic". You can hear it for yourself, every Wednesday night at 9pm on
The first month of Jukebox voting is over,
and here are the results:
Thanks to everyone for voting for your favorite song on the jukebox, and congratulations to Six
To Eight Mathematics, Jon Caspi, and Jon Andrew, our top 3 vote getters, who will continue on the
Jukebox & poll this month, along with 7 new
You can go to the Jukebox right now and
listen to (and vote for) these songs:
Hero Pattern - don't even miss me
Jon Andrew - me and someone else
Citizens Band Radio - 30 days & 30 nights
Kosmic Daydream - right now
Jon Caspi - maybe I
Lisa M. Bello - me and my heart on my sleeve
Mike Ferraro - forgotten how to lose
Kerry - Cubana Americana
John Raido - merry-go-round
Six To Eight Mathematics - promise to be true
And speaking of Six To Eight Mathematics, go to www.LazlosDen.com to download an exclusive live in-studio acoustic performance of
their song, "start again".
That's all for this week folks. Hope to see you all on Saturday!