By Uncle Mike
Happy New Year everybody! Ready or not here it comes, 2012 that is. And here is hoping that this year is everything you want it to be. With Light Of Day 2012 on the way this month and Bamboozle later on in this year there is plenty to look forward to on the local scene. So what do you say we get 2012 rollin’ with the first Night Grooves of the year?
Kickin’ things off up in S’ville at the Starland Ballroom, it’s Badfish (A Tribute To Sublime), Scotty Don’t, Bearin’ Peace, Small Town Scoundrel and Burning Sun on Sat., Jan 7th, August Burns Red, Siverstein, Texas In July and Letlive on the 13th and Monster Magnet, Ladykillers, Lords Of Mercy, Life Without Warning, The Black Clouds and Black Ocean on the 14th.
Rollin’ into the Big R.B. at Jamian’s it’s Matt O’Ree on the 6th, Juggling Suns on the 7th, Pat Guadagno & Rich Oddo on the 14th and RB3 on the 21st. Down the street at the Count Basie Theatre, it’s New Jersey Symphony Orchestra…Best of Playing with Fire on the 14th, Songwriter’s Workshop With Gordon Brown on the 20th (6pm), The Elvis Birthday Bash starring Mike Albert & Scot Bruce also on the 20th (8pm), and David Garrett on the 31st. Plus at the Walt St. Pub, it’s BadDads on the 6th, Guns For Hire on the 7th, The Backbeat on the 13th, Sonny Kenn on the 14th, Six To Midnight on the 20th, The Jonzes on the 21st, Under Pressure on the 27th and Craig Daniel & The Distractions on the 28th. And at The Downtown, it’s Steve Johnson (down) – Johnny Drama (up) on the 6th, Dale Toth (down) – Reservoir Doggs (up) on the 7th, Sibling Rivalry (down) – Brian Kirk & The Jirks (up) on the 13th, The Backbeat (down) – RPM (up) on the 14th, Jukebox Criminals (up) on the 20th, The Wag (down) – Fever (up) on the 21st, Bob Garaffa (down) – Soul Vox (up) on the 27th and Sibling Rivalry (down) – The Good Life (up) on the 28th.
Slippin’ into L.B. at The Brighton Bar it’s Casualty, Vextion, Doug Rockwell and A Life Thereafter on the 6th, The Full Count, Approaching, Troy, Burned At Both Ends, Slice, Scuba Swag Gear, High Violet and Bobby Mahoney (early) and Easy Tiger and Frances Jones (late) on the 7th, “Friday The 13th Metal Party” with Metalfier (feat. Texas of Banana Fish Zero) on the 13th, David Johansen (New York Dolls), Frankenstein 3000 and The F-Bombers (acoustic) on the 14th, The T.V. Tramps, The Hevtones, and Jon Caspi & The First Gun on the 20th, Mass Punishment (CD Release Party for Proving Grounds Vol. 1) on the 21st,The Sewing Circle and Darling Waste on the 24th, “Image Optional Monthly” with DJ Seitz, Deejay Alex (Digable Planets) and !PAUS3 (Projecting Nothing Records) on the 27th and Social Decay, Pitch Black Sleep, Hammer Fight and ASD on the 28th.
Slidin’ into the ‘Bury at the Paramount Theatre, it’s “Light Of Day 2012” with David Bromberg, Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers, Garland Jeffreys, Willie Nile, John Eddie, Joe D’urso & Stone Caravan and The Rock “N” Roll Chorus on the 14th. Plus at McLoone’s Supper Club, it’s Masters Of Music: Sid Bernstein & Glen Burtnik on the 6th and Masters Of Music: Lesley Gore on the 27th. Across the way at Lance & Debbie’s Wonder Bar, it’s Diversity Theory on the 7th, “Light Of Day 2012 “ with Little Jimmy & Midnight Son, Sandy Mack & The Blues Allstars, Billy Hector, Billy Walton Band, Tangiers Blues Band, J Pat, Eryn Shewell and Stringbean (doors at noon) on the 14th.and Upper Hand, Edge Of Seventeen (Stevie Nicks Tribute) and Jake’s Gorilla on the 21st. Meanwhile at The Saint, it’s Ashes Of Your Enemy, Useless, Eternal Rest and Ageless End on the 6th, Judgement, The Smyrk, Cascadence and Red Desert on the 7th, Chemtrail, Hello Radio, These Animals and Ports Of Call on the 13th, Negative Sky, Dead Wings and Beyond Visible the 14th, Val Emmich & The Veeries and Earthman on the 21st and Indigenous and Sandy Mack Band on the 27th. And at The Stone Pony, it’s the “Winter Break Party” with Kevin Basko, Matt Scuteri, East Ave, Jason Goldman, Vows and The Middlemen on the 6th, The Break Contest (doors at noon) on the 7th and 8th, “Light Of Day 2012” with The Sensational Soul Cruisers, J.T. Bowen, Nick Clemons Band, Jason Heath & The Greedy Souls, Boccigalupe & The Bad Boys and Jo Bonnano & The Godsons Of Soul (doors at 5pm) on the 13th, “Light Of Day 2012” with Blackberry Blues Band, Stormin’ Norman Seldin with Pam McCoy & Nick Addeo, Steel Mill, The Asbury Allstars, Harry & Joel (The Diamonds), Lance Larson and Karen Mansfield (doors at noon) and Corey Wagar, Kinderhook, Cowtown and Joe Whyte (doors at 7pm) on the 14th, Joe Delia & Thieves (Max Weinberg) on the 20th, The Break Contest (doors at noon) on the 21st and 22nd, Explorer on the 27th and Friends Of Bill Wilson, New Theory and Casualties on the 28th.
Well, there you have it friends, the first Night Grooves of the new year. Once again, here’s hoping that 2012 is everything you want it to be! Be good to yourselves people. And remember, you’re never too old to rock n’ roll! Later!