LOCAL MUSIC NEWS
The Underpass lives... at The Alexus Tavern, 80 Wagaraw Road, in Hawthorne, NJ.
Russ, the sound engineer, tells me that The Underpass is back in operation at a
new location -- bigger and better than ever -- just four miles from its former
Elmwood Park location. The live music room is large, the stage is spacious -- as
always, the sound will be stellar. Parking is plentiful, and, yes, even the
bathrooms are beautiful. Beets and Russ are back in business...
"We're excited about our new arrangement at the Alexus and look forward to
reuniting with all of The Underpass faithful. I started hunting around the area
in April looking for ownership that understood what we do and a physical space
that met certain requirements. Everybody's cool at The Alexus -- they're really
looking forward to us being there, too -- and that was important. It may take a
little while to get the word out that we've moved just up the road --we expect
the Underpass' loyal following to make the new arrangement at The Alexus a
success, and will definitely lead to a long and prosperous future for our
unique, all-original music venue."
Expect the very best of The Underpass' musical roster, with more national acts
possible, due to increased capacity. Russ's powerhouse sound system from The
Underpass has been installed at the Alexus -- and he tells me it sounds better
than ever. Joe Beets will continue to emcee the evenings, book bands and spin
tunes. Working together, they'll provide exceptional sound, in a friendly
atmosphere, while hosting some of the area's best original music -- everything
you grew to love about the (fabulous) Underpass, but with better bathrooms.
Incense will be noticeably absent in this incarnation of The Underpass, but it
is replaced by great food at reasonable prices. Help keep quality original music
alive in the area -- come out to the all-new Underpass at The Alexus Tavern in
FIRST SHOW BACK: Friday, July 20th THE BUDDHA BRAINS w/ opener BUZZ HEAVY
SHOW STARTS AT 10 PM -- COME EARLY AND HAVE DINNER
Thereafter, the regular Underpass schedule is being followed:
Tuesday night -- open acoustic.
Wednesday night -- open electric jam.
Thursday and Friday -- the best in live, original music.
(Saturdays will not have live entertainment till the Fall.)
DIRECTIONS: From the former location, make a right on River Road and head north
exactly four miles (River Road becomes Wagaraw Road) -- left into the large
Alexus parking lot, across from the small shopping mall. Call 973-427-9200 for
more info and check the Underpass website for updates and bookings:
Concert Picks of the
Saturday at Buddie's Tavern (277 Johnsons Ln, Parlin (Sayreville)), marks the debut of Nerve
Tonic. Nerve Tonic is essentially a new direction for the old band Funch. Don't worry, they
still rock with the same garage/punk swagger, just without the screaming now. Also on the bill
is brit-garage-pop sounds of Mod Fun, and The Obvious.
By the way, did I mention this was part of BlowUpRadio.com's FREE Conert Series?
Jim Testa (Jersey
If you're in New Jersey on Saturday night, be sure to check out
BlowupRadio.com's showcase at Buddie's Tavern in Parlin with my old mates Mod
Fun. If you're in the City, I'd suggest the following:
Saturday, July 28
A TRIBUTE TO EMILY CORNISH: A Benefit For Save Darfur, with Charm School, The
Bullys, Demetra, Monty's Demize, The Challenged - The Knitting Factory, 74
Leonard St. NYC - 8 pm, $10, all ages
Emily Cornish was deeply involved with the local music scene and a passionate
advocate for the besieged peoples of Darfur. She passed away much to young and
this benefit will honor her memory and make a donation to the Save Darfur
organization. It's a potpourri of local punk bands with the gritty pop/punk of
The Challenged and the ageless oldschool punk-rock of the Bullys especially
Concert Picks of the
The Gil Aharon Trio (featuring Brian Viglione of The Dresden Dolls) @ World Cafe Live
Two Cow Garage, Maybe Pete @ The Saint
James Cotton Band @ NYC Rockin' The River Cruises
Brett Mosley @ The Saint
John Doe @ World Cafe Live
Hanson @ Webster Hall
Raul Malo @ NYC Rockin' The River Cruises
The Youths of Today, The Barnstormers, The Scandals, BullGooseLoony @ Asbury Lanes
Incognito Mosquito @ The Saint
Cineman, Cinema @ The Annex
Twine, End Of An Era @ The Saint
Ellis Paul @ The Rubin Museum of Art
The Slits @ World Cafe Live
Old 97's @ NYC Rockin' The River Cruises
Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers @ World Cafe Live