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MyAreaEvents.com Website Launch!

Posted by Suburban Roots on May 28, 2015

Your “Personal Planner” is on its’ way! (Michael Calabrese)

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We use the internet to connect with others all over the world, right?  but what about people, events, and things to do right in your own backyard? More and more Internet users today are seeking out things to do socially during their precious down time. They are searching for local events like a cool jazz concert in the park, a concert in an intimate venue that only the locals are aware of, or just checking out a venues event schedule so they can be prepared for an upcoming exciting event they just have to witness first hand!

This has proven to be a time consuming task looking around multiple sites (Facebook, Area Activity Sites, Online Newspapers, etc, etc).  Wouldn’t it be great if there was one central source to keep up on your areas of interest and let you save them to your calendar and receive reminders without having to scour the internet to plan your evenings, entertainment and events?  A place where you can easily access your personalized list of favorite restaurants, nightclubs and more…. Something easily accessible from your mobile devices offering a quick “click to call” option as well as Maps and directions?  A place to discover new & fun things to do and take a break from the mundane.  Discounts, Coupons, News and more!

Hold on to your seats my friends…My Area Events is looking to bring you all that and more!

Stay tuned… Expected live release date is 6/23

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Posted by Suburban Roots on September 27, 2011

Contact:         MPS Productions
Tel:                732/834-9781
Website:         http://www.michael-patrick.net

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jersey Country Artist Michael Patrick Celebrates CD Release, “Another Song You Never Heard” at The Saint October 22nd!

When: Saturday, October 22nd, 7:30pm
Where: The Saint, 601 Main Street, Asbury Park, NJ

On Sat October 22nd, New Jersey Country/Americana performer Michael Patrick will celebrate the release of his newest solo CD, “Another Song You Never Heard,” with a concert at The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ.

Michael Patrick, along with his bands Suburban Hillbillies (http://suburbanhillbillies.com) and Johnny Cash tribute “Ring of Fire Band” (http://www.ringoffireband.com), is often touted as one of the top Country performers in New Jersey, and in recent years has shared the stage with such country superstars as Randy Travis, Rosanne Cash, John Carter Cash, Steve Earle, Justin Townes Earle and Marty Stuart.

Patrick’s prior independent releases include “Roots and Branches” and “Something to Fall Back On”.  This latest release features 10 new, original songs that continue in the Americana, Country and Folk Rock traditions that make up Patrick’s signature style, alongside a few that incorporate elements of Blues, Ragtime, Gospel and even Rock. Making “Another Song You Never Heard” a breakout CD for Patrick, where he demonstrates his chops as a performer and writer.  

Not an entirely unexpected departure for Patrick, considering some of the influences he has shared the staged with in recent years, including Americana superstars Justin Townes Earle and Chris Knight. Both defy being boxed into a specific genre with their sound. Not to mention Patrick’s longtime appreciation of the music of Johnny Cash, the original Country rebel rocker.

Patrick is comfortable and confident taking a leap forward with this CD, evidenced by the simple honesty and humor in songs like, “I’m Still Young,” the hilarious tale of getting older on the outside, but still feeling like a kid on the inside. “Callin’ in Well,” which Patrick remarks, “beats telling the boss you’re sick!”  And “Your Top Ten,” already a YouTube sensation, which is a humorous, little ditty lamenting social media love gone bad.

This latest project was recorded at Studio X in Nashville and produced in conjunction with award winning producer Tom Manche. “Another Song You Never Heard” lays claim to an edgier feel than Patrick’s prior releases. It features some of Nashville’s top session players including Mark T. Jordan on keyboards (Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, Jackson Browne), Vince Santoro on drums (Rosanne Cash, The Highwaymen, Carlene Carter), Tim Lorsch on fiddle and mandolin (Kris Kristofferson, Lucinda Williams, Townes Van Zandt, Rodney Crowell), and Jim Hoke on harmonica (Randy Travis, Kenny Rogers, George Jones).

Patrick has hand-picked some of the tri-state area’s top talent to back him at the upcoming release concerts including Mike Noordzy on bass (Mothguts Milky Chicken Spit, Johnny Jerkoff and The Blues Machine), Brian Klammer on drums (ON7, Matt Wade, Ray Aaron, T.J. Wheeler), Marty Cohl on guitar (R.U.S.T.), and Taylor Hope on fiddle (Glen Burtnik, Sherry Lynn Band).

Upcoming performances celebrating the release of Michael Patrick’s “Another Song You Never Heard” include:

– Saturday, October 22, 7:30p.m. at The Saint, 601 Main St., Asbury Park, NJ. Special guests include Wahoo Skiffle Crazies (http://www.myspace.com/wahooskifflecrazies), Jim Popik (http://www.jpopik.com) and Matt Kay (http://www.reverbnation.com/mattkaymusic).

– Friday, October 28, 7p.m. at Espresso Joe’s, W. Front St, Keyport, NJ. Special guests include Chuck Schaeffer (http://www.chuckschaeffer.com), Dan Toye (http://www.myspace.com/dantoye) and Michael Brett (http://www.reverbnation.com/michaelbrett).

– Saturday, November 12, 8p.m. at Albert Music Hall, Waretown, NJ,

– Sunday, November 20, 1:45 p.m. at B.O.T.M.A. (Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association), Embury United Methodist Church, Little Silver, NJ.

Michael Patrick’s “Another Song You Never Heard,” will be available for purchase at all shows listed above, and on iTunes, Amazon.com and CD Baby.

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If you’d like more information about Michael Patrick, and any of the upcoming shows or to schedule interviews please contact MPS Productions at 732/834-9781 or http://www.michael-patrick.net.

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Suburban Roots Concert Series is proud to welcome Roy Bookbinder plus Frank Fotusky & Thomas Wesley Stern August 28th to The Strand in Lakewood, NJ!

Posted by Suburban Roots on August 18, 2011

Contact:           Suburban Roots Concert Series

Tel:                  732/834-9781

Website:          https://suburbanrootsconcertseries.wordpress.com

Email:              suburban.roots@yahoo.com     

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

Suburban Roots Concert Series is proud to welcome

Roy Bookbinder plus Frank Fotusky & Thomas Wesley Stern

August 28th to The Strand in Lakewood, NJ!

 

When: Sunday, August 28th, 7pm

Where: TheStrand,400 Clifton Avenue,Lakewood,NJ

Tickets available at:  http://strand.org/TB_Event_Schedule.aspx?Page%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.ticketbiscuit.com%2FStrand%2FEventPage.aspx%3FEID%3D99597%26

 About Roy Book Binder:

Roy Book Binder is a Blues singing, guitar picking, song writing raconteur, and has been for the past 40 years!  Roy has been interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air, featured on the Emmy award winning segment of the PBS TV series EGG Art in America, and appeared more than 30 times on Ralph Emory’s highly regarded TV series Nashville Now.

 Book Binder has been included in THE BIG BOOK OF BLUES, as well as THE BLUES WHO’S WHO!!  Roy has been continually touring across America in his tour bus, which has been his home for the last thirty years, as well as performing internationally.

Back in the early 1960s, Roy learned his craft from the legendary blind street singer Reverend Gary Davis, who was thrust into the national spotlight when Peter, Paul, and Mary recorded his song “If I Had My Way.”  After two years of traveling the folk-blues circuit with his mentor, Roy struck out on his own.  Along the way, he befriended Pink Anderson, an old Carolina medicine show performer (who by the way was the “Pink” in Pink Floyd.  Pink’s stories and songs will forever be kept alive as long as Roy has a stage to perform on

 In his travels, Book Binder has run across quite a cast of characters, including three peg-legged dancers, and a 90 year old classic blues singer with a sparkling smile, who was known as, “Diamond Teeth” Mary (Bessie Smith’s half sister).  All of these characters have become a part of a “Roy Book Binder Show” which is a hilarious educational experience not to be missed!  Roy has toured with Bonnie Raitt, Hot Tuna, and J.J. Cale.  He has been invited to many festivals including:  The National StoryTelling Festival, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Chicago Blues Festival, and MerleFest, where he has hosted the acoustic blues stage for the past 14 years. He’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser!!  (http://www.roybookbinder.com/)

 About Frank Fotusky:

 Frank Fotusky plays Acoustic Blues in the style reminiscent of the great East Coast “Piedmont” players such as Rev. Gary Davis, Blind Boy Fuller, John Jackson, Blind Willie McTell to name a few.  A majority of his material is culled from the ’20’s, ’30’s and ’40’s and Acoustic Blues and Guitar Rags are the foundation of his music.  Along with this repertoire, his original compositions are rooted in this era and still carry a contemporary feel.  East coast or “Piedmont Blues,” as it is so often called, consists of sophisticated syncopation with fingerpicked guitar.  The result is a sound that resembles that of the ragtime piano.

 Frank has performed with Virginia Bluesman John Jackson, Paul Geremia, Roy Book Binder, Hubert Sumlin and has been festival headliner in his own right.  BLUES ACCESS has said, “(Frank) offers a sparkling guitar sound on fine Piedmont-style blues and rags.  Fotusky’s clean fingering draws you in and projects the music, which would be somber in other hands, out.”  In the fall of 1999, Frank released his first CD “TEASIN’ THE FRETS” to widespread critical acclaim. BLUES REVUE stated, “Thirteen heartfelt cuts… played and sung with care and emotion.”  Tom Olson from the Blues Connection said, “Frank understands and plays the music authentically,” and BIG CITY BLUES offered, “This is a player that would be welcomed on any porch, front or back!”  (http://frankfotusky.tripod.com/)



About Thomas Wesley Stern:

 From the beginning, Thomas Wesley Stern was an experiment in living for and through songs. On a pan-American road trip, the first tunes were born. In the Brittany Hotel on lower Broadway, others were being made. We started playing in Union Square for coins, now we travel around and entertain wherever we can. Thomas Wesley Stern began as, and remains, four friends who grew up together in Jackson, NJ. Our first EP, “Hope Folk” is available now on iTunes and on CD. (http://www.thomaswesleystern.com/)

 About Suburban Roots Concert Series:

Suburban Roots Concert Series’ mission is to hold unique and intimate concerts in the New Jerseyarea, with a focus on national and local, up and coming artists in the Americana, Roots, Folk and Country genres!  We aim to bring in great talent that normally would not make Jerseya stop in their tour plans. Past and future performers include Two Man Gentleman Band, Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three, Chris Knight, Justin Townes Earle, John Eddie and NJ/NY/PA local stars Michael Patrick, Victory Gin, Wandering Bards, Sonny Kenn, Matt O’Ree and many more! Past and future events include The Annual Jersey Country Revival, Jam Away the Blues, Americana Rising and more!

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 If you’d like more information about this event or to schedule interviews please contact Suburban Roots Concert Series at 732/834-9781 or suburban.roots@yahoo.com.  Visit our website at: https://suburbanrootsconcertseries.wordpress.com

The Strand Theater is located at400 Clifton Avenue,Lakewood,NJ, phone 732/367-7789 (http://www.strand.org)

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Suburban Roots Concert Series is proud to welcome John Carter Cash, John Francis and Michael Patrick’s Ring of Fire Band, Thursday, August 11th to Tim McLoone’s Supper Club, Asbury Park, NJ!

Posted by Suburban Roots on August 8, 2011

Contact:           Suburban Roots Concert Series

Tel:                  732/834-9781

Website:          https://suburbanrootsconcertseries.wordpress.com

Email:              suburban.roots@yahoo.com     

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

Suburban Roots Concert Series is proud to welcome

John Carter Cash, John Francis and

Michael Patrick’s Ring of Fire Band,

Thursday, August 11th to

Tim McLoone’s Supper Club, Asbury Park, NJ!

 

When: Thursday, August 11th, 7:30pm

Where: Tim McLoone’s Supper Club, 1200 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ

 

 About John Carter Cash:

 John Carter Cash has been surrounded by music his whole life, writing songs and staying active in the creative process. He is the Grandchild of Maybelle Carter and the only son of John R Cash and June Carter Cash. He preserves the family legacy and is caretaker to the heritage of his musical ancestors.

 Since 1993, John Carter has worked as a music producer. He produced his mother June Carter Cash’s CD, Press On, which won a Grammy in 1999. After this he went on to work under Rick Rubin as Associate Producer on his father Johnny Cash’s Grammy winning records American III: Solitary Man and American IV: The Man Comes Around, the latter receiving three CMA awards. He is also associate producer on American V: A Hundred Highways and what is to be the final work in the American Recordings series, American VI: Ain’t No Grave.

 All in all John Carter has been a producer on five “Grammy” award winning recording projects, one of which was his mother’s release Wildwood Flower, which won a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk album in 2003. His 2004 production Unbroken Circle: The Musical Heritage of the Carter Family, received three Grammy nominations. John Carter is Co-Producer on the Marty Stuart CD, Badlands. “The Voice of the Spirit, the Gospel of the South” released in April of 2006 received great critical regard and acclaim. His credits include productions for Loretta Lynn, Josh Turner, Brooks & Dunn, Billy Joe Shaver, Elvis Costello, Wylie and the Wild West, The Peasall Sisters, George Jones, Mavis Staples, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, John Randal and Jessi Alexander, Norman and Nancy Blake, Tim O’ Brien, Dave Matthews, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Earl and Randy Scruggs, Rosanne Cash, John Cowan, Rodney Crowell, Todd Snider, Vince Gill, Tony Rice, and John Prine among many others. He also is producer of the tribute CD to his mother titled “Anchored in Love”, and is author of his mother’s biography, also titled “Anchored in Love”. His first children’s book, entitled “Momma Loves Her Little Son” was released March 24, 2009, published by Simon and Schuster. Artist Marc Burckhardt provides the unique and beautiful illustrations. In early May of 2010 John Carter and Marc’s second book in the series was released, this one titled “Daddy Loves His Little Girl”. John Carter’s third children’s book, “The Cat in the Rhinestone Suit”, illustrated by Scott Nash is slated for release spring of 2012.

 John Carter Cash owns and operates the Cash Cabin Studio near Nashville, Tennessee. His production company is Cash Productions, LLC. He often performs and works in the studio with his wife Laura Cash, who is an accomplished fiddle player and vocalist. http://www.johncartercash.com

 

About John Francis:

 At 12, Francis started writing, recording, and performing. At 18, he enrolled as a Literature and World Religions major at Messiah College near Harrisburg, PA. There he immersed himself in the classics of poetry and prose, honing his craft as a songwriter. During these years, John played guitar on Sunday mornings in an African-American church in Harrisburg.

In vast periods of absence from academia, Francis traveled to Ireland where the musical traditions of his family homeland threw more fuel on his fire. He made his home on the road, where he still spends 3/4 of the year, collecting songs from Appalachia to American-Indian reservations…from the Dust Bowl to Mexico. While living in Philadelphia, Francis released the critically acclaimed “Strong Wine & Spirits”. With the single “Heavy, Heavy Love”, the record garnered extensive radio play in the North East. Drawing on the deep waters of Rock n roll, Folk, Country, and Gospel music, Francis conjures the spirits of his eloquent brand of songwriting. John performed upon invitation for the United Nations Summit to End Extreme Poverty, at the UN Building in New York City in 2007. Francis was honored by ASCAP as the recipient two national lyricist awards. The prestigious Sammy Cahn Lyricist Award, for his song “Love Came to Me Dressed in Red”. (Previous winners include John Mayer and Josh Ritter.) And recently he received the Jay Gorney Award for Socially Conscious Lyrics (ASCAP) for his poignant song, “Who?” Francis has played in some of the most renowned listening rooms and theaters in the U.S., Ireland, UK, Switzerland, and Germany.

He has shared the stage with Ray Lamontagne, Jeff Tweedy, Amos Lee, M. Ward, Josh Ritter, Suzanne Vega, Rachael Yamagata, Rickie Lee Jones, Andrew Bird, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Juana Molina, Peggy Seeger, Tom
Paxton, and many others.

 John Francis now makes his home in Music City… Nashville, Tennessee. In Nashville, he recorded his newest release ‘the Better Angels’ in the Cash Cabin Studio.  http://www.johnfrancismusic.com/

 

About Michael Patrick’s “Ring of Fire” Band:

 Just off a recent tour to MS performing with Marty Stuart and Joanne Cash Michael Patrick’s Ring of Fire band helped make history on Nov 3, 2007 where they were part of the ceremony to help Pardon Johnny Cash for his Crime in 1965 of picking flowers (and Public Drunkenness) in Starkville, MS. It was a festival about redemption which spoke volumes about the kind of man Johnny Cash was and his contributions to the world. It was at this performance where Michael met members of Johnny’s family and received the greatest compliment of all from Johnny’s own daughter “Kathy Cash”. She said she heard the band from her hotel window closed her eyes and could hear Dad!

Michael Patrick’s “Ring of Fire” band stems from central NJ and is an offspring of the successful country-rock group entitled “The Suburban Hillbillies.” While the original band continues to tour locally, its members have put together this special project. A tribute show to honor and pay homage to one of their musical icons – Mr. Johnny Cash!

In recent years the group and its members have shared the stage with Gary Allan, Marty Stuart, Jimmy Tittle, Marshall Tucker Band, Commander Cody, Bill Kirchen, David Allan Coe, and Hot Tuna.

 Michael Patrick and his legendary band of “Suburban Hillbillies” have made a commitment to the revival of country, folk and roots music in their homeland of New Jersey.  http://www.ringoffireband.com

 About Suburban Roots Concert Series:                                                                                                                                     

Suburban Roots Concert Series’ mission is to hold unique and intimate concerts in the New Jersey area, with a focus on national and local, up and coming artists in the Americana, Roots, Folk and Country genres!  We aim to bring in great talent that normally would not make Jersey a stop in their tour plans. Past and future performers include Two Man Gentleman Band, Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three, Chris Knight, Justin Townes Earle, John Eddie and NJ/NY/PA local stars Michael Patrick, Victory Gin, Wandering Bards, Sonny Kenn, Matt O’Ree and many more! Past and future events include The Annual Jersey Country Revival, Jam Away the Blues, Americana Rising and more!

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 If you’d like more information about this event or to schedule interviews please contact Suburban Roots Concert Series at 732/834-9781 or suburban.roots@yahoo.com.  Visit our website at: https://suburbanrootsconcertseries.wordpress.com

 

Tim McLoone’s Supper Club is located at 1200 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ

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Special Asbury Park Screening of New Documentary “Blaze Foley Duct Tape Messiah” Monday June 27, 7p.m.

Posted by Suburban Roots on June 14, 2011

Contact: Suburban Roots Concert Series
Tel: 732/834-9781
Website:           http://www.michael-patrick.net/blaze.html

Email: suburban.roots@yahoo.com

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

 

Special Asbury Park Screening of New Documentary

“Blaze Foley Duct Tape Messiah”

Monday June 27, 7p.m.

 

 

 

Born in a tree house, killed in a friend’s living room, and 86’d from his own funeral Blaze Foley is now a bona fide Texas legend. His songs are covered by Merle Haggard, Lyle Lovett, John Prine, Willie Nelson and Joe Nichols to name a few. Lucinda Williams wrote her song “Drunken Angel” as a tribute to Blaze Foley. The eclectic songwriter known as the “Duct Tape Messiah” loved wearing duct tape, starting with the tips on his boots all the way up to a suit he’d made entirely of duct tape.  

 

This new documentary brings his extraordinary story to life on the screen for you. The screening will be followed by a meet and greet Q & A with the film’s creator Kevin Triplett. For more information on the film visit: http://www.blazefoleymovie.com

 

In addition to the film there will be special acoustic musical performances by some of Jersey’s finest singer songwriters including George Wirth, Michael Brett, Michael Patrick and Kevin John Allen, brought to you courtesy of NJ’s own Suburban Roots Concert Series!

 

The screening will take place 7p.m. on Monday, June 27 at The Showroom independent cinema located at 708 Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park, NJ (http://www.theshowroomap.com).

 

Seating is limited and advance tickets are available for $15 by visiting: http://www.michael-patrick.net/blaze.html

 

 

About Blaze Foley:

Foley has long been celebrated by the Austin music community as a master singer/songwriter and a uniquely colorful character. Killed in February of 1989, Blaze lives on in the songs he left and the stories his memory invokes. At the time of his death, Blaze Foley (whose real name was Michael David Fuller) was little known outside of Austin’s renegade songwriter circles. Several tribute CDs of Foley songs were released by Deep South Productions. Lucinda Williams’ Drunken Angel, and Townes Van Zandt’s Blaze’s Blues are personal tributes to Foley. Born in Marfa, TX in l949, Foley grew up in West Texas, performing at an early age in a family gospel act called the Fuller Family. Foley eventually landed in Austin to pursue his songwriting and performing career. Even in Austin, a city filled with non-conformists, the duct tape adorned Foley stood out. He slept on friends’ couches or on the pool tables in clubs. Above all, Foley is remembered for the stark honesty of his songs. They tapped emotions so deep they sometimes reduced his lumbering frame to tears while performing. From aching love songs to provocative political commentary, Foley’s songs reflected his uncompromising artistic vision.

 

About Kevin Triplett:

Kevin thought all families had hall closets filled with cameras, photos, slides and movie reels. In his early teens, Kevin began creating and splicing skits with friends and a Super8 camera, even producing stop-motion animation with a toy monkey doll. After graduating with an Electrical Engineering degree from Texas A&M Kevin continued his interest in photography, shooting alternative garage bands in the late 80’s for a startup entertainment newspaper in Huntsville, Alabama. Kevin started Mopac Media, offering broadcast-quality equipment to the emerging DV filmmaker community of Central Texas. Kevin produces video programs for the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities, the annual Barbara Jordan Media Awards Ceremony, and photographs of all kinds of weird stuff.

 

About George Wirth:
George Wirth is a New Jersey singer-songwriter with a gift for telling stories that are shaped by imagery and narrative. His unaffected, lived-in vocal style and subtle guitar arrangements suit his songs perfectly, with images and melodies that resonate long after the music fades. George has been introduced to audiences and shared performances with friends Rod Picott, Amanda Shires, Abbie Gardner and Red Molly. Other performances have had George co-billed with Chris Knight, Anais Mitchell, Greg Trooper, Luke Brindley and Richard Julian.

 

About Michael Brett:
Michael Brett was born on the Upper East Side of NYC and raised in the artist-influenced community of Roosevelt, NJ. Combining rock/pop, folk, alternative with smidgens of jazz and disco, he drew musical ideas from such diverse acts as the Beatles, David Bowie, and Gram Parsons. Brett recently released his latest CD “Some Kind of Solitude”, and can be found performing in rock/folk venues all over the Jersey shore.

 

About Michael Patrick:
Michael Patrick is an established local performer, who recently shared the stage with such country superstars as Randy Travis, Rosanne Cash and Marty Stuart. Along with his success performing as a solo artist, Patrick currently fronts two bands, MICHAEL PATRICK and THE SUBURBAN HILLBILLIES (http://michael-patrick.net) and RING OF FIRE BAND, Johnny Cash Tribute (http://www.ringoffireband.com). Patrick is also a founder of the Suburban Roots Concert Series (http://www.myspace.com/srcsnj, http://www.facebook.com/suburbanroots.concertseries), a concert promotion group whose mission is to support and promote artists in the Americana, Roots, Folk and Country genres in Patrick’s home state of New Jersey.

 

About Kevin John Allen:
Kevin John Allen is a self-described old, weathered singer songwriter working in the veins of Americana, Country, Reggae and American music. He spends his time playing, writing, travelling around and touching folks’ hearts with songs about intimate topics on this carny ride through life. Allen creates music to make you laugh, cry, love, think and dance. His newest CD is entitled “Dark Songs Written on Black Guitars”.

 

About Suburban Roots Concert Series:

Suburban Roots Concert Series’ mission is to hold unique and intimate concerts in the New Jersey area, with a focus on national and local, up and coming artists in the Americana, Roots, Folk and Country genres.  We aim to bring in great talent that normally would not make Jersey a stop in their tour plans. Past and future performers include Roy Book Binder, Frank Fotusky, Tony Trischka, Two Man Gentleman Band, Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three, Chris Knight, Justin Townes Earle, John Eddie and NJ/NY/PA local stars Michael Patrick, Victory Gin, Wandering Bards, Sonny Kenn, Matt O’Ree and many more. Past and future events include The Annual Jersey Country Revival, Jam Away the Blues, Americana Rising and more.

Suburban Roots Concert Series’ mission is to hold unique and intimate concerts in the New Jersey area, with a focus on national and local, up and coming artists in the Americana, Roots, Folk and Country genres! We aim to bring in great talent that normally would not make Jersey a stop in their tour plans. Past and future performers include Two Man Gentleman Band, Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three, Chris Knight, Justin Townes Earle, John Eddie and NJ/NY/PA local stars Michael Patrick, Victory Gin, Wandering Bards, Sonny Kenn, Matt O’Ree and many more! Past and future events include The Annual Jersey Country Revival, Jam Away the Blues, Americana Rising and more!

 

 

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If you’d like more information about this event or to schedule interviews please contact Suburban Roots Concert Series at 732/834-9781 or suburban.roots@yahoo.com.

Also, visit our website at: https://suburbanrootsconcertseries.wordpress.com

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SRCS Presents Tony Trischka in Concert

Posted by Suburban Roots on June 14, 2011

Time
Sunday, October 2 · 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Location

The Strand Theater

400 Clifton Ave

Created By

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Plus Special Guests: Michael Patricks Ring of Fire Band and Jim Murphy and The Pine Barons

Trischka is perhaps the most influential banjo player in the roots music world. For more than 35 years, his stylings have inspired a whole generation of bluegrass and acoustic musicians. He was not only considered among the very best pickers, he was also one of the instrument’s top teachers, and created numerous instructional books, teaching video tapes and cassettes.

Purchase advance Tickets here:
http://strand.org/TB_Event_Schedule.aspx?Page%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.ticketbiscuit.com%2FStrand%2FEventPage.aspx%3FEID%3D99787%26

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Suburban Roots Concert Series is proud to welcome Roy Bookbinder and Frank Fotusky, August 28th to The Strand in Lakewood, NJ!

Posted by Suburban Roots on June 14, 2011

Contact: Suburban Roots Concert Series
Tel: 732/834-9781
Website: https://suburbanrootsconcertseries.wordpress.com
Email: suburban.roots@yahoo.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Suburban Roots Concert Series is proud to welcome Roy Bookbinder and Frank Fotusky, August 28th to The Strand in Lakewood, NJ!

When: Sunday, August 28th, 7pm
Where: The Strand, 400 Clifton Avenue, Lakewood, NJ


About Roy Book Binder:

Roy Book Binder is a Blues singing, guitar picking, song writing raconteur, and has been for the past 40 years! Roy has been interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air, featured on the Emmy award winning segment of the PBS TV series EGG Art in America, and appeared more than 30 times on Ralph Emory’s highly regarded TV series Nashville Now.

Book Binder has been included in THE BIG BOOK OF BLUES, as well as THE BLUES WHO’S WHO!! Roy has been continually touring across America in his tour bus, which has been his home for the last thirty years, as well as performing internationally.
Back in the early 1960s, Roy learned his craft from the legendary blind street singer Reverend Gary Davis, who was thrust into the national spotlight when Peter, Paul, and Mary recorded his song “If I Had My Way.” After two years of traveling the folk-blues circuit with his mentor, Roy struck out on his own. Along the way, he befriended Pink Anderson, an old Carolina medicine show performer (who by the way was the “Pink” in Pink Floyd. Pink’s stories and songs will forever be kept alive as long as Roy has a stage to perform on

In his travels, Book Binder has run across quite a cast of characters, including three peg-legged dancers, and a 90 year old classic blues singer with a sparkling smile, who was known as, “Diamond Teeth” Mary (Bessie Smith’s half sister). All of these characters have become a part of a “Roy Book Binder Show” which is a hilarious educational experience not to be missed! Roy has toured with Bonnie Raitt, Hot Tuna, and J.J. Cale. He has been invited to many festivals including: The National StoryTelling Festival, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Chicago Blues Festival, and MerleFest, where he has hosted the acoustic blues stage for the past 14 years. He’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser!! (http://www.roybookbinder.com/)

About Frank Fotusky:

Frank Fotusky plays Acoustic Blues in the style reminiscent of the great East Coast “Piedmont” players such as Rev. Gary Davis, Blind Boy Fuller, John Jackson, Blind Willie McTell to name a few. A majority of his material is culled from the ’20’s, ’30’s and ’40’s and Acoustic Blues and Guitar Rags are the foundation of his music. Along with this repertoire, his original compositions are rooted in this era and still carry a contemporary feel. East coast or “Piedmont Blues,” as it is so often called, consists of sophisticated syncopation with fingerpicked guitar. The result is a sound that resembles that of the ragtime piano.

Frank has performed with Virginia Bluesman John Jackson, Paul Geremia, Roy Book Binder, Hubert Sumlin and has been festival headliner in his own right. BLUES ACCESS has said, “(Frank) offers a sparkling guitar sound on fine Piedmont-style blues and rags. Fotusky’s clean fingering draws you in and projects the music, which would be somber in other hands, out.” In the fall of 1999, Frank released his first CD “TEASIN’ THE FRETS” to widespread critical acclaim. BLUES REVUE stated, “Thirteen heartfelt cuts… played and sung with care and emotion.” Tom Olson from the Blues Connection said, “Frank understands and plays the music authentically,” and BIG CITY BLUES offered, “This is a player that would be welcomed on any porch, front or back!” (http://frankfotusky.tripod.com/)

About Suburban Roots Concert Series:
Suburban Roots Concert Series’ mission is to hold unique and intimate concerts in the New Jersey area, with a focus on national and local, up and coming artists in the Americana, Roots, Folk and Country genres! We aim to bring in great talent that normally would not make Jersey a stop in their tour plans. Past and future performers include Two Man Gentleman Band, Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three, Chris Knight, Justin Townes Earle, John Eddie and NJ/NY/PA local stars Michael Patrick, Victory Gin, Wandering Bards, Sonny Kenn, Matt O’Ree and many more! Past and future events include The Annual Jersey Country Revival, Jam Away the Blues, Americana Rising and more!
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If you’d like more information about this event or to schedule interviews please contact Suburban Roots Concert Series at 732/834-9781 or suburban.roots@yahoo.com. Visit our website at: https://suburbanrootsconcertseries.wordpress.com
The Strand Theater is located at 400 Clifton Avenue, Lakewood, NJ, phone 732/367-7789 (http://www.strand.org).

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Suburban Roots Concert Series welcomes back Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three to NJ, May 20th at Brewster’s!

Posted by Suburban Roots on May 5, 2010

Contact: Suburban Roots Concert Series
Tel: 732/834-9781
Website: https://suburbanrootsconcertseries.wordpress.com
Email: suburban.roots@yahoo.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Suburban Roots Concert Series is pleased to welcome back Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three, May 20th at Brewster’s!

When: Thursday, May. 20th, 7pm
Where: Brewster’s Bar & Grill, 1217 Main St., Bradley Beach, NJ

We’ve been waiting almost a year for this one! The return of one of our all time favorites direct from St. Louis….

POKEY LaFARGE & The South City Three!

You will be totally blown away by their unique and fun brand of
Riverboat Soul!

Special guests Victory Gin , Frank Fotusky and Michael Patrick !

Advance discount tickets are only $10, and can be purchased here

About Pokey LaFarge:

Pokey LaFarge was born in the heartland of America and took to the open roads at a young age, earning the key to the freedom by hitching rides and writing boxcar ballads that spun tales of a boy finding his way through this big wide-open country. He submerged himself with the most American of music and embraced himself in the beauty of the land while picking and strumming with down-home groups everywhere he went, falling in with traveling caravans of vaudeville poets and hell-raising bluegrass pickers alike.

In true rambler fashion, LaFarge does not look back; he looks only forward on the next road ready approaching with his guitar in his hand and his voice ready to fly. His influence is deeply rooted in the heroes and misfits of yesterday; the long lost troubadours of country, the kings of swamp-drenched ragtime, and all the legendary bluesmen of the Cotton Kingdom. The result is a boiling pot of American cultures; a wonderfully fresh and quirky kind of pop music that combines delta-meets-Appalachia song-writing with a big, big beat.

Even though the songs were birthed in the hills and country towns of old America, don’t call it old-timey; LaFarge is here to grace it into this modern and electric world. Along with his refreshing take on tradition, Pokey brings his irresistible charm and genuinely romantic outlook on, not only subjects such as the rivers and the land itself, but universal topics such as love, death, and real adventure. With a firm grasp on personal freedom and Shakespearean insight on humanity, Pokey remains one of the very few folks who consistently turn the abstract into a concrete reality.

Music is not just chords and notes and melody. To a person who truly loves music, it is a medium to celebrate this life. For Pokey, every show is a celebration – juke-joint style – where women twirl in their dresses and the fellas stomp their feet and clap their hands. To this day, Mr. LaFarge is still finding tranquility within the yellow highway lines playing up to two-hundred shows a year bringing his music to anyone young and old who is willing to listen.

About Suburban Roots Concert Series:

Suburban Roots Concert Series’ mission is to hold unique and intimate concerts in the New Jersey area, with a focus on national and local, up and coming artists in the Americana, Roots, Folk and Country genres! We aim to bring in great talent that normally would not make Jersey a stop in their tour plans. These events take place at different local venues ranging from house concerts and coffeehouses to pubs, clubs and larger venues. Past and future performers include Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three, Chris Knight, Justin Townes Earle, John Eddie and NJ/NY/PA local stars Anthony Manno, Rob Dye, Victory Gin, Rodeo Clowns, Sonny Kenn, Jo Wymer, Chuck Lambert, Gary Cavico, Sandy Mack, Matt O’Ree, Eryn Shewell, Matt Wade, Peter Prasa, Michael Brett, Karisa Lynn Nowak, Jeep Rosenberg, Mike Montrey, Danny Grant, Michael Patrick and many more!

Past and future events include The Annual Jersey Country Revival, Jam Away the Blues, Americana Rising and more!

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If you’d like more information about this event or to schedule interviews please contact Suburban Roots Concert Series at 732/834-9781 or suburban.roots@yahoo.com.

Also, visit our website at: https://suburbanrootsconcertseries.wordpress.com

Brewster’s Bar & Grill is located at 1217 Main St, Bradley Beach, NJ (inside the Bradley Beach Bowling Alley), phone 732/774-5515. Brewster’s features a full lunch and dinner menu.

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Suburban Roots Concert Series is pleased to present the EARTH DAY ROOTS JAM with headliner WOODY PINES, April 22nd at Brewster’s! Special Guests Michael Patrick & The Suburban Hillbillies, Greg Provo and Joe Whyte!

Posted by Suburban Roots on April 18, 2010

Contact:           Suburban Roots Concert Series

Tel:                  732/834-9781

Website:          https://suburbanrootsconcertseries.wordpress.com

Email:              suburban.roots@yahoo.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Suburban Roots Concert Series is pleased to present the

EARTH DAY ROOTS JAM with headliner WOODY PINES,

April 22nd at Brewster’s!

Special Guests Michael Patrick & The Suburban Hillbillies,

Greg Provo and Joe Whyte!

When: Thursday, April 22nd, 7pm

Where: Brewster’s Bar & Grill, 1217 Main St., Bradley Beach, NJ

About Woody Pines:
Certain talented musicians have the ability to transport the listener to a different time by just hitting some strings or directing the air that fills their lungs. For Woody Pines, you find yourself in the Mississippi Delta when AM radio is king, sippin’ whiskey if you’re fortunate and moonshine if you’re desperate.

The band; comprised of Woody on guitar, banjo, harmonica and lead vocals, Zack Pozebanchuk on  upright bass, Nathan Taylor on drums, and Darin Gentry on fiddle; epitomizes the Dixieland sound and embraces a simpler time.

New Orleans has music seeping out of the bricks in the old French quarter,” said Woody Pines, who moved to New Orleans to study the city’s famous music scene, but now resides in Asheville, North Carolina. “We went down there to learn [the music] not just note for note, but also through the food and lifestyle that make New Orleans so special.”

Although the group has been playing together for two and half years, Pines is the driving force both creatively and on stage, which has lead to some very tall comparisons. “I’m not really sure where the Bob Dylan associations come from,” said Pines. “But I love Dylan and I’m honored to be alive when he is, so I take it as a compliment.”

Pines, who comes from a musical family and has been playing music since he can remember, describes the band’s sound as “one that has been created through time,” and its songs reflect that belief. “Reefer Man” immediately brings to mind a haunting, Halloween hootenanny that could have come straight out of vaudeville. “Pretty Blue Eyes” puts listeners straight into the backseat of a convertible, whipping around the back roads of the Delta on a crisp, autumn night. Several other songs by the band, such as “Nashville” and “Delta Bound,” evoke thoughts of a Southern gossip or a post-Civil War America where the blues weren’t just a style of music, but a way of life. “I pick and choose the best sounding stuff,” said Pines. “Everything from swing band to old country blues goes into our music, along with life’s influences.” by Max Bonem

About Michael Patrick:
Michael Patrick is an established local performer, who recently shared the stage with such country superstars as Randy Travis, Rosanne Cash and Marty Stuart. Along with his success performing as a solo artist, Patrick currently fronts two bands, MICHAEL PATRICK and THE SUBURBAN HILLBILLIES (http://michael-patrick.net) and RING OF FIRE BAND, Johnny Cash Tribute (http://www.ringoffireband.com). Patrick is also a founder of the Suburban Roots Concert Series (http://www.myspace.com/srcsnj, http://www.facebook.com/suburbanroots.concertseries), a concert promotion group whose mission is to support and promote artists in the Americana, Roots, Folk and Country genres in Patrick’s home state of New Jersey.

About Greg Provo:

Steeped in the great traditions of folk, country folk, bluegrass and folk rock styles of music, Provo gentrifies the sound without compromise; “Americana in a word.” Welcome to a journey of moments felt, seen, hoped and dreamed. Lyrics of life framed in musical time. The questions and desires, the successes and failures, the changes and the memories. As we strive to continue our personal journeys. Singing, playing and writing since his teens, Provo has mellowed into a force that will touch you in a way that probes , pesters, saddens, gladdens, inspires and lifts the spirit.

About Joe Whyte:

Combining equal parts folk, rock and Americana, NYC singer/songwriter JOE WHYTE’s songs have been described as “alt-country pearls that shimmer with simplicity and effectiveness” and “beautifully crafted, melancholic Americana.” Whyte’s vocal delivery, storytelling and confessional lyrics convey a sense of urgency not typically seen in today’s music industry.

About Suburban Roots Concert Series:

Suburban Roots Concert Series’ mission is to hold unique and intimate concerts in the New Jersey area, with a focus on national and local, up and coming artists in the Americana, Roots, Folk and Country genres! Past and future performers include Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three, Chris Knight, Justin Townes Earle, John Eddie and NJ/NY/PA local stars Anthony Manno, Rob Dye, Victory Gin, Rodeo Clowns, Sonny Kenn, Jo Wymer, Chuck Lambert, Gary Cavico, Sandy Mack, Matt O’Ree, Eryn Shewell, Matt Wade, Peter Prasa, Michael Brett, Karisa Lynn Nowak, Jeep Rosenberg, Mike Montrey, Danny Grant, Michael Patrick and many more!

Past and future events include The Annual Jersey Country Revival, Jam Away the Blues, Americana Rising and more!

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If you’d like more information about this event or to schedule interviews please contact Suburban Roots Concert Series at 732/834-9781 or suburban.roots@yahoo.com.

Also, visit our website at: https://suburbanrootsconcertseries.wordpress.com

Brewster’s Bar & Grill is located at 1217 Main St, Bradley Beach, NJ (inside the Bradley Beach Bowling Alley), phone 732/774-5515. Brewster’s features a full lunch and dinner menu.

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Chris Knight serious about the rural life (From the 3/26/10 Asbury Park Press)

Posted by Suburban Roots on March 26, 2010

BY ED CONDRAN • CORRESPONDENT • MARCH 26, 2010

Chris Knight couldn’t have been more serious or deliberate when he tried his hand at songwriting 22 years ago. He kept just a pair of songs after penning a plethora of cuts during a six-year period.

“That’s all that was good enough to keep,” Knight said while calling from his Slaughters, KY., home.

Knight honed his craft for a solid eight years before he cut a bunch of raw songs in 1996. The tunes prefaced his solid 1998 MCA debut. Few of those songs made that album but a number of the tracks resurfaced in 2007 when Knight released “The Trailer Tapes.” The raw moving alt-country songs, which were recorded in Knight’s barn, helped make a name for the underheralded bard.

Knight, scheduled to perform Sunday at Brewster’s Bar & Grill in Bradley Beach, is back with “Trailer 2,” another batch of songs from his early sessions.

This isn’t a collection of leftovers that pale compared to the tracks selected for the original album. It’s another group of gritty, moving songs, inspired by blue-collar, rural life.

“None of the songs are autobiographical,” Knight said. “But none of the songs are complete fiction either.

“The songs are based on something and embellished,” he explained. “It’s like if you’re a songwriter and you end up in jail for a night due to disorderly behavior. Then you write a song about being in the penitentiary for a decade. I just do what songwriters do.”

But Knight wasn’t moved to become a recording artist until he heard Steve Earle during the late ’80s.

“I wrote songs before I heard Steve Earle but those songs aren’t worth mentioning,” Knight said. “But when I heard Steve Earle’s songs, I was for some reason able to write songs that were half-decent. He was inspiring.”

Such exceptional sonic storytellers as John Prine and Bruce Springsteen also had an impact on Knight.

“I have a lot of respect for Bruce Springsteen,” Knight said. “He’s so very good. John Prine was a big influence. Those two are great writers but the spark that hit me from Steve Earle is that attitude he has. It did something to me.”

It helped Knight make vivid, dramatic songs. Expect him to deliver a healthy dose of “Trailer 2” during the show.

“I really enjoyed writing the songs that are on that album,” Knight said. “The big reason I put “Trailer 2′ out was because so many people started bootlegging them. Those songs leaked out. I thought that I may as well get in on the action.”

Knight believes there are enough tracks for a “Trailer 3.”

“I imagine I’ll put that one out sometime soon,” Knight said. “The songs are there but I also would like to put out an album of songs that I’ve recently written. But I’m in no rush.

“I could put out an album tomorrow but I just want to make sure I have the right material for a new album,” he said. “If the songs not right, it won’t make the album. That’s just how it is for another “Trailer’ album or an album with new material. I’ve always been picky about what I put out. That’s something that’ll never change.”

Chris Knight performs Sunday at Brewster’s Bar & Grill in Bradley Beach.

7 p.m. Sunday Brewster’s Bar & Grill (in Bradley Beach Bowl), 1217 Main St., Bradley Beach With George Wirth, Michael Brett and Michael Patrick opening $10 732-774-5515

For more info. and tickets visit: http://www.michael-patrick.net/chrisknight.html

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