Newsletter 2-18-08

Hey Everyone,

Happy President's Day!

Despite our current president, there are plenty of good presidents throughout our history that we should take the time to remember and celebrate.

It just struck me that while we've had musicians nicknamed the Boss and the Chairman of The Board, I can't recall any nicknamed the President.

Anyway, a few bits of news here at

The next Free Concert at Buddie's Tavern will be on Saturday March 22nd. This very special show will be 4 sets by 4 great solo acoustic artists. The show will start at 9pm sharp with a set from Chris Collins (the drummer from Mod Fun, only on this night he will be showcasing his original blues music), and followed by sets from Joshua Van Ness (formerly of Souls' Release, and Van Ness), J Stanley (formerly of Outcry, Gypsy Cab Drivers), and the pop punk rock of Kate Hart. I'm really excited about this line-up and I hope all of you are too.

A couple of new CD reviews for you at One from NYC's Vicky Emerson, and one from NJ's own Mazeffect.

Speaking of Mazeffect, tune into Lazlo's Den on Wednesday night at 8pm ET to hear a full hour with Jay & Mel from Mazeffect as my in-studio guests, talking about their new CD, "horseshoes & hand grenades", as well as the reunion of their former band, Slappy.

A few other guests should be calling in this week, including Vicky Emerson, Anton Sword, and Bob Burger (who is part of a breast caner benefit happening at Centro on Sunday). To find out when these interviews will air, check

Less than 2 weeks left for you to get your free download of "Lazlo's Top 25 Albums of 2007 CD Sampler". Go to to download it before March 1st.

New music on this week from Particle Zoo, and Dembiak.

And now it's time for this weeks concert picks:

Lazlo (
Lots of good shows this week.

Thursday night, Jim Testa plays a free show at The Goldhawk along with Grath Madden (of the Steinways,) Joe Steinhardt (of For Science), and Kissing Is A Crime.

Friday night, Joshua Van Ness will be bringing his brand of soul/folk-rock to thbe Crossroads in Garwood.

And Saturday, Go Go Valante, the band that started in the aftermath of the end of Bongo Jones, plays a free show at Buddie's Tavern along with Bad Apples, and Taboo Love.

Jim Testa (Jersey Beat)
There are three shows on Wednesday night in three different parts of NJ: No reason to stay home! The post-romantic post-emo rock of the Gay Blades in Hoboken, the psychedelic pop of the Anderson Council in New Brunswick, and a pop/punk/hardcore mix at Asbury Lane's weekly Punk Nite:

Wednesday, February 20
THE GAY BLADES, Baumer, Sleep Station, Delft, All Get Out - Maxwells, 1039 Washington St. Hoboken - 7:30 pm, $8, 18+

ANDERSON COUNCIL, Baldguy Black Suit, Chris Batten - The Harvest Moon, 392 George St. New Brunswick - 10 pm, no cover, 21+

SEX ROBOTS, Hunchback, Full Of Fancy - Asbury Lanes, 209 4th Ave. Asbury Park - 9 pm, $7, all ages

...and while I'm at it, I am performing and promoting a show at the Goldhawk in Hoboken on Thursday:
Thursday, February 21
JERSEY BEAT ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE: Joe Steinhardt (For Science), Grath Madden (Steinways,) Jim Testa, Kissing Is A Crime - The Goldhawk, 936 Park Ave. (@10th St.) Hoboken - 8 pm, no cover, 21+

Gary Wien (Asbury Music)
Two picks this week. First up is Saturday night at The Saint in Asbury Park for the Divine Sign CD Release Party. The popular group has finally released their first CD and it's a very good one. They'll be joined by Readymade Breakup and the Joe Harvard Band. Then on Sunday, it's the return of Twisted Covers. This month we'll be doing a really unique show with locals covering songs by other locals. Show starts at 5pm and admission is free at the Twisted Tree Cafe in Asbury Park.

That's all for this week folks.