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
Wednesday night Folk You! returns to the Goldhawk, this month featuring a performance by the
reclusive Marc Maurizi (Cropduster, Brokedowns), along with Dacks, and from Philadelphia, Sean
Saturday at Buddie's Tavern is a benefit concert for the family of a man with in-operable cancer,
who doesn't have long to live. I'm not sure of the line-up, but it is certainly for a good
cause, and therefore any bands playing it is just icing of doing something good.
Jim Testa (Jersey
Maxwells, 1039 Washington St. Hoboken
Sat. 8/4 The Groucho Marxists/Eastern Anchors/The Shondes 9:30 p.m. $7
The Groucho Marxists feature Chris Pierce (of Doc Hopper and Sinkhole fame)
along with a who's who of New Brunswick indie-rock veterans, whose music
incorporates elements of both pop/punk and SST-era punk along the lines of
Husker Du and Black Flag. Eastern Anchors is the latest project of Dave Urbano
(Aviso'Hara, Slow Wire) and Walter Greene (Aviso'Hara,) and should be worth
checking out simply based on pedigree.
Concert Picks of the
Daydreaming The Fires, Creature @ The Saint
|American Watercolor Movement
361 Metropolitan Ave
Berkeley Traveling Open Mic Show @ The Saint
Zombie Ghost Train, Wake Up Dead @ Asbury Lanes
The Vein @ The Saint
The Nobility, The Young Immortals, Millsted @ Asbury Lanes
Stan Ridgway celebrates Wall of Voodoo's Call of the West @ World Cafe Live
Lion On Oil, edibleRed, The XCHANGE, The Great Humongous @ The Saint
|Cancer Benefit Show
277 Johnsons Lane
1733 1st Ave
The Charms, and the jacks @ Asbury Lanes
Telling On Trixie, Christine Martucci, Street Scene, The Kathouse Rhythm @ The Saint