We’ve been hearing from more and more friends and readers that they’d like to know where we’re going each week so they can join us. We get invited to events, hear about fun exhibits and are interested in lots of different places all the time. Here’s what is on our radar this week. We can’t guarantee that we’ll go to all these places but there’s a good chance we’ll be at some of these. Support local arts or get outside and do something with us.
Friday and Saturday, September 16-17, Convention Hall, Asbury Park
Care has been taken to keep the ticket price as low as possible. Individual tickets will be sold for $28 in advance and $30 at the door, with a two-day pass available for $50. The shows will be all ages. NAMF is a one-time-only event and will not be repeated in subsequent years.
Who will be there: Algebra II, Antibodies, Aye Nako, Mal Blum, California X, Downtown Boys, Dusk, Dyke Drama, Fake Limbs, Finchler, Fortune Yeller, Giant Peach, Girlpool, Izzy True, Jamie Kilstein and The Agenda, Kindling, Amy Klein, Moor Mother, Nervous Triggers, Nude Beach, Ought, Outer Spaces, P.S. Eliot, Pinkwash, Radiator Hospital, Reflowered Girls, The Rememberables, Rye Coalition, Sammus, Screaming Females, Secret Mountain, Sex Stains, Laura Stevenson, Teenage Halloween, Tenement, Trophy Wife, Try The Pie, Upset, Vagabon, Wild Rice
Who will not: Multi-national corporations.
The New Alternative Music Festival is not just a concert it is also an intentional event. It’s an attempt to gather together bands with diverse sounds, but common values. The performers are independent artists without ties to major labels or their music distribution. There will be no sponsors, no backdoor advertising via branded content, or other base money-making schemes.
This is a pro-weirdo event held in direct opposition to the apolitical sludge that has come to pass as “indie” and that has nothing to do with operating independently. Where many festivals reflect critical acclaim, the NAMF lineup is meant to reflect a community. In addition to making great music, many of these artists are involved because they are peers, tourmates, and friends.
Why do we need a new alternative? In recent years, the words “alternative” and “independent” have lost much of their meaning. In the past, these terms might have indicated a willful rejection of mainstream sensibilities and business practices. Today they have come to signify the quirky and the benign.
The New Alternative Music Festival will have two stages, though no bands will be overlaping. The second stage is called the Stage A Revolution Stage in order to bring attention to an important Asbury Park program: “Stage A Revolution is a music and mentoring program that empowers girls and women through music education, volunteerism, and activities that foster self-respect, leadership skills, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. We’re a Girls Rock Camp Alliance-affiliated organization that aims to host events and workshops year-round, with our first summer day camp in Asbury Park next summer (2017). Right now, we’re looking for musicians and cool local thing-doers to volunteer and help get things started!”
Friday through Sunday, September 16-18, Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Manalapan
The 240th Anniversary of the 1776 campaign for the control of New York. The event will consist of 2 battles. The Saturday battle will represent the Battle of Brooklyn Heights and will consist of the Rebels defending the Heights from a British attack. The Sunday battle will represent the Battle of Harlem Heights where the British attack the Continentals and are repulsed.
Friday through Sunday, September 16-18, Jersey Spirits DistillingCompany, Fairfield
A year ago this weekend, Jersey Spirits Distilling Co. officially opened their doors to the public and haven’t looked back. To show their appreciation, they’ll be throwing a weekend-long bash!
– Friday, September 16th; 4-9 pm,
– Saturday, September 17th; 1-9 pm,
– Sunday, September 18th; 1-5 pm.
Enjoy a tour of the Craft Distillery or sit and sip on a cocktail or flight in the fun tasting room. Sample handcrafted spirits that are all made from grain to bottle right in the Fairfield, New Jersey distillery. There will be special raffles and unique merchandise available all weekend long!
Friday, September 16 at 5pm, The Old Oar House, Millville
Please join us at the Old Oar House on Friday September 16th for a Glasstown Tap Take Over. Enjoy food pairing menus, samples and flights of your favorite Glasstown Beers. The Oar House staff is preparing a fantastic menu for the night we hope you can all make it out! There will also be live music late night.
Saturday, September 17th from 11am to 6pm, Downtown Jersey City
The Annual All About Downtown Street Fair is back and bigger then ever. This year we are taking over additional surrounding streets in the area, including Newark Avenue between Jersey Avenue and Coles Street, Jersey Avenue between Newark and Columbus Avenue and 1st Street between Jersey Avenue and Coles Street.
Celebrate Downtown Jersey City on Saturday, September 17th with the Historic Downtown Special Improvement District’s Sixth Annual “All About Downtown” Street Festival from 11am-6pm!
11:10 The Pedestrians
11:45 Katja Larssen
12:00 Keeping In the Family
12:50 Francie Moon
1:40 Matty D
2:10 DJ Kev Love
2:50 Tru Soul
3:40 Surati dance performance
4:00 the One and Nines
5:00 the Defending Champions
Be sure to check out the Grassroots / Sirelo Stage for All About Downtown Street Fair, as well as Iris Records booth and our PATH plaza DJ for additional tunes!
Our kids area is packed with rides, face-painting, games and shops for your little ones.
Kick back in the South House Beer Garden for an afternoon of ice cold beer, served up Southern style.
Saturday, September 17th from 1-3pm, Newark’s LGBTQ Community Center, Newark
Dance whichever role you like, with whomever you want! Join us for an afternoon of FREE salsa dance lessons with Instructor Jose Rojas, sponsored by NJPAC! Open to everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender expression, dance experience or number of left feet! Space is limited, you must RSVP to attend.
Sunday, September 18th from noon to 6pm, Hinchliffe Stadium, Paterson
Hosted by Hinchliffe Stadium Racing Association, this year’s Hinchliffe Stadium Racing Expo takes place on Sunday September 18. Gates open at 10am and the show runs from 12pm-6pm. Exhibition races will again be a part of the show. Anybody planning on running their car please have your NJ approved race gear with you. Admission to the show is FREE. Displaying a vehicle is FREE. Come on out for a fun filled day at the Historic Hinchliffe Stadium. You never know who you might see there. Hinchliffe Stadium is located at the corners of Liberty St. and Maple St. behind the Paterson Great Falls NHP in Paterson, New Jersey.
Flemington Speedway Historical Society, Atlantic Coast Old Timers, and the American Three Quarter Midget Vintage Club will again be a part of this year’s festivities. We can always make room for more participants. If you would like to bring a vehicle for display, run your car or have any questions about the show please contact Ron Dennis (718)344-0502 this marks the 9th year of the Expo.
Sunday, September 18th at 3:30pm, Anchor’s Bend, Asbury Park
Come on! What? We just added Mikey Erg to an already great bill! Now you have to come.
You don’t get many chances to see Roadside Graves. When one comes along, you gotta jump on it. And when Lowlight are joining them for a FREE Local Summer show, it really becomes a no-brainer. Spend your Sunday afternoon at Anchor’s Bend with two of the best.
Sunday, September 18th from 7-8pm, Online
Periscope broadcast numero three! WATCH FROM ANYWHERE! Karen Davis and Terry McCarthy will be our guests. Aquino will be hosting. Set your reminder for Sunday, September 18 at 7p. If you’re on Periscope, please follow @AquinoMusic. If you are not on Periscope and would like to watch, a link will be posted once we go live. BUT in order for us to answer any questions (there’s an interactive aspect to it), it’s easier if you join Periscope. Install the app, create a username, follow @AquinoMusic, and you’re set. Let’s get our indie on!
Karen Davis Rock – Waterbugs and cheap booze brought Karen and Joe together. Late Thursday nights in Jersey City’s Key Hole Bar, at the Waterbug Hotel open mic, they had a meeting of the minds, regarding each other’s cuteness, talent, and ability to stay in the pocket. Discussions of an intimate nature followed, along with rehearsals, blues riffs, as well as the occasional psychedelic pop confection.
Terry McCarthy was born in New York City and grew up in Breezy Point, writing songs as he wandered the winter beach. After surviving both a Catholic and public school education, Terry attended SUNY, College at Purchase where he received a BFA in Theater Arts, all the while knowing his first love and passion was music.
Terry formed his first band, Color Code, while living in Park Slope, Brooklyn. By the time he moved to Hoboken, NJ, the band had become The Chance and was performing in local New Jersey clubs as well as established venues in New York City.
The third and most popular incarnation of the band was The McCarthys. The name was chosen after Terry’s talented nephews joined the line-up. They played regularly in the East Village in NYC, and were picked by Garageband.com to compete in their “National Battle of the Bands”. They were finalists in New York City, performing twice at The Hard Rock Cafe. They were regulars at clubs like The Sidewalk Cafe and The C-Note.
Terry’s writing style is multifaceted and can range from quiet ballads to full out rock tunes. His two self-produced recordings, “First Cd” and “Wait, A Second” are available oncdbaby.com as well as from iTunes. Terry’s latest collection of 15 new songs is titled “The Charm” produced by Gerry Griffen and featuring Devon McCarthy on lead guitar as well as a talented group of musicians.
Aquino is a Cuba-Rican musician and performer born in the urbanlands of northern New Jersey. His debut, solo album, Giants Will Fall, was released in October 2015. Michael has written over 100 original songs and was nominated for a 2013 Jersey Acoustic Music Award (Top Male Songwriter category). He created and facilitated 14 Songs in 14 Days, an intensive online songwriting workshop. He is a co-creator of Mi Casa Tu Casa, a bilingual stage production. He is currently working on his first EP City Stars.
Wednesday, September 21st at 8pm, Count Basie Theater, Red Bank
Music legend Brian Wilson has announced a 2016 world tour to celebrate and perform the iconic album Pet Sounds for a final time, in honor of its 50th anniversary. Originally released on May 16, 1966, Pet Sounds is universally hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time. With more than 70 dates being confirmed, and previously announced dates at the Sydney Opera House, Burlington Flynn Theater in VT and the Portland Merrill Auditorium selling out in record time, Wilson and his band will be joined by former bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin when they kick off the tour this Spring. Concert stops include dates in Australia, Japan, United Kingdom, Spain, Israel, and Portugal followed by a full U.S. tour later this Summer and Fall. Fans can expect a live performance of Pet Sounds in its entirety, as well as top hits and fan favorites spanning his 54-year career with The Beach Boys and as a solo artist.
In 1965, with the Beach Boys out on tour, Wilson began session work on some of the most deeply personal recordings of his career. Inspired by The Beatles Rubber Soul, he challenged himself to create an immaculate musical masterpiece. A vast departure from the bands’ then commercial sound, the resulting “concept album” Pet Sounds achieved great critical success helping usher in a new musical landscape and hit the Top 10 in the US while topping the charts in the UK.
“It’s really been a trip to sit here and think about releasing Pet Sounds 50 years ago,” says Wilson. “I love performing this album with my band and look forward to playing it for fans all across the world.”
Brian Wilson is one of popular music’s most deeply revered figures, a legendary writer, producer, arranger and performer of some of the most cherished music in pop music history. For more than half a century, fans have marveled at the sheer beauty of the music that springs forth from his imagination into glorious song. Wilson brings this ingenious vision to his own compositions, as well as to those for which he has collaborated, weaving a lush, vibrant tapestry of intricately nuanced vocal harmonies and instrumental arrangements for himself, his bandmates and others.
Brian Wilson is a Kennedy Center Honors recipient, a Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, and a U.K. Music Hall of Fame inductee. As a member of The Beach Boys, Wilson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and honored with The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.
Thursday, September 22nd at 7pm, Edge House, New Brunswick
So excited to be releasing our new EP “Sleeping Patterns” through Counter Intuitive Records and Sniffling Indie Kids, and even more excited to celebrate that release in our favorite city with three of our favorite bands. Hodera- Indie/Folkie Rock with a tinge of Michael J Fox https://
We don’t have room on the bill for another band, I’m sorry! Edge Mansion (Message a band for the address!)
Pre Order the new EP on vinyl here: http://
BYOB event. Not actually an edge house. lol 7PM $5 at the door Love you all so much
Thursday, September 22nd at 7:30pm, Court Tavern, New Brunswick
Thursday, September 22nd at 9pm, Mine Hill Tavern, Trenton
Psychiatric Metaphors (Brooklyn) https://
Dentist (Band) (Asbury Park) https://
The Off White (Long Beach Island) https://
Yawn Mower (Asbury Park) https://
Secret Mountain (Asbury Park) https://
21+ 5 bucks for the bands Don’t be a dick LETS PARTY!
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