by Uncle Mike
Well, Thanksgiving has come and gone in the blink of an eye and December is here. And we all know what that means. ‘Tis the season and time of year when children are angels and husbands are dear! So let me be the very first to wish each and everyone of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! As for the local scene there is plenty to celebrate. So what do you say we get it underway and lets get rockin’!
Kickin’ things off up in S’ville at the Starland Ballroom, it’s As I Lay Dying, Of Mice And Men, The Ghost Inside, Iwrestledabearonce and Sylosis on Fri. Dec. 2nd, Easton Corbin, Josh Thompson, Logan Mize (acoustic) and The Scott DeCarlo Six (acoustic) on the 4th, David Cook and Zander Bleck on the 6th, Kenny Wayne Shepherd on the 7th, “The 95.9 WRAT Acoustic Nutcracker Ball” with Corey Taylor on the 9th, Kix, Spread Eagle, Trimm, The Dirty Stayouts and Circle Of Insanity on the 10th, The Devil Wears Prada, Whitechapel, Enter Shikari and For Today on the 11th, Wu-Tang Clan with Method Man, RZA, GZA, Raekwon, Ghostface Killa, U-God, Inspektah Deck, Cappadonna, plus Justin Oxley, Bert L’z and Venn Grimms on the 15th, Senses Fail, Saves The Day, Balance And Composure and Banquets on the 23rd, Thursday, Mewithoutyou, Screaming Females, Make Do And Mend and Aficionado on the 26th, Mac Miller on the 29th and Clutch, Corrosion Of Conformity and Kyng on the 30th.
Rollin’ into the Big R.B. at Jamian’s it’s Matt O’Ree on the 2nd, Juggling Suns on the 3rd, Pat Guadagno & Rich Oddo on the 10th and Soul Project on the 17th. Down the street at the Count Basie Theatre, it’s “A Holiday Doo Wop” with Herb Cox & The Cleftones on the 3rd, Songwriter’s Workshop With Gordon Brown on the 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th, “The 5th Annual Sinatra Birthday Bash” on the 9th, The Holiday Express Benefit Concert on the 15th, Nancy Scharff’s “Christmas – The Gift Of Love Concert” on the 16th, “The Hope Concert V” with Bob Bandiera on the 19th, “Love For The Holidays” with Darlene Love & Ben E. King on the 21st and New Year’s Eve With Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes on the 31st. Plus at the Walt St. Pub, it’s BadDads on the 2nd, 6 To Midnight on the 3rd, PK’s Band Without Fear on the 9th, Josh Zuckermann Band on the 10th, The Jonzes on the 16th, Craig Daniel & The Distractions on the 17th, Guns For Hire on the 23rd and Bob Burger Band on the 30th. And at The Downtown, it’s Lee Cancella (down) – Daddy Pop (up) on the 2nd, Dale Toth (down) – The Good Life (up) on the 3rd, The Backbeat (down) – Brian Kirk & The Jirks (up) on the 9th, The Wag (down) – Fever (up) on the 10th, Bob Garaffa (down) – Lifespeed (up) on the 16th, Rob Dye (down) – Screaming Broccoli (up) on the 17th, The Backbeat (down) – Garden State Radio (up) on the 23rd, DJ Alex J on the 24th, Seth Teiger (down) – Crush Love (up) on the 30th and Matt V (down) – Garden State Radio/Rumor Has It (up) on the 31st.
Slippin’ into West L.B. at Monmouth U.’s Pollak Theatre, it’s Martin Sexton on the 9th. While in L.B. at McLoone’s Pier House, it’s Bob Bandiera on the 2nd, Primitive Soul on the 3rd, Carl Gentry on the 9th, The Intentions on the 10th, Familiar Faces on the 16th, Bob Burger on the 17th, Chris Thomas on the 23rd, Pat Guadagno & The Candle Brothers on the 30th and Bob Bandiera (up) – Kristian Rex (down) on the 31st.
Slidin’ into the ‘Bury at Convention Hall, it’s The Gaslight Anthem, Bayside and Let Me Run on the 9th. Plus at McLoone’s Supper Club, it’s Motor City Revue on the 2nd, Bob Bandiera Band on the 9th, Tim McLoone & The Shirleys’ Holiday Show on the 16th and BethAnne Clayton Holiday Show on the 23rd. Across the way at Lance & Debbie’s Wonder Bar, it’s John Eddie’s Holiday Show with Nikki Britt Band on the 3rd, Devil Makes Three and Brown Bird on the 9th, Antigone Rising, Vic Della Pello and Sara Jeros on the 10th, “The Sounds Of Asbury Park Meets The Sound Of Philly “ with Boccigalupe &The Badboys and Bobby Rydell on the 16th, “Debbie’s Birthday Bash For Animal Rescue Groups” with Funktion 11 and Eddie Testa Band on the 17th, “Special Christmas Show” with NRG Band on the 23rd and the Soul Cruisers New Years Eve Party on the 30th. Meanwhile at The Saint, it’s Francis Lombari & Saints Of Maittson, Dear Mr. Popjoy and Matthew Curran Band on the 2nd, David Mayfield Parade, Boom Chick, The Riverwinds and Michael Askin on the 3rd, Such As Us, Elevator Art and Chasing Fireflies on the 11th, Give Me Static, Mike Chick & His Bag Of Tricks, Elevator Art and Chasing Fireflies the 16th, Val Emmich & The Veeries and Laura Warshauer on the 17th and Rebuilt In Time, Melrose Ending, Us Against You, Until Holy and Yesterday’s Cliché on the 18th. And at The Stone Pony, it’s Yellow Dubmarine (Beatles Reggae Tribute), Loose Fit, Slick Mick & The Dirty Dales, From The Ground and Beef on the 2nd, Elemenknow, Diversity Theory, Pressure, 2KMG, Norran Gunniz, Alexa Mione, Abstrackt, Koas and TNT on the 3rd, The Gay Blades and Cold Fronts on the 9th, Jesse Malin & The St. Marks Social, U.S. Royal, The Amboys and Joseph West on the 10th, “Jody Joseph 9th Annual Christmas Concert To Prevent Child Abuse – NJ” on the 11th, Slim Chance & The Gamblers and Sandy Mack & Friends on the 16th, Tramps Like Us on the 17th, Nick Clemons, Jo Wymer and Jonti on the 23rd, Bouncing Souls – Home For The Holidays on the 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th and Splintered Sunlight, Matt O’Ree Band and Little Jimmy Acoustic Duo on the 31st.
Well, that does it for this year. Here’s hoping that 2012 is everything you want it to be! Happy New Year and be good to yourselves people. And remember, you’re never too old to rock n’ roll! Later!