Spaghetti Sessions Showcase
Jun
21
8:00 PM20:00

Spaghetti Sessions Showcase

An evening of great singer-songwriter performances, featuring musicians and their songs - many of them developed through the on-going Spaghetti Sessions workshops.

Featured Artist: Tiphanie Doucet

Showcase Artists: TBA
 
About Spaghetti Sessions Performing Songwriter Workshop: Since 2011, the Spaghetti Sessions has held their monthly songwriter workshop in downtown Jersey City. Musicians perform to a roomful of their peers who offer insights and feedback on the works-in-progress. Over the years, the Sessions have fostered a growing community of musicians, many of whom have gone on to become established artists throughout the JC area and beyond.

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Jul
12
8:00 PM20:00

Julian Velard

Julian Velard’s musical stylings and comedic timing have made him a fixture on The Howard Stern Show and NPR’s Ask Me Another. His music initially took hold overseas nearly a decade ago, where praise from The Guardian, Time Out London, and The Sunday Times led to a UK major label record deal. He's toured internationally as an opening act for Jamie Cullum, Paul Carrack, and Goldfrapp. He also performed alongside a host of comedians including Will Ferrell, Reggie Watts, Paul Scheer, Eliza Skinner and Brooke Van Poppelen. Velard has written scores of songs for the internet and beyond including the viral sensation "HP Joelcraft" which was featured in Mashable, The AV Club, and Nerdist. His latest album, "Fancy Words For Failure," was profiled in The Wall Street Journal.

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Jul
19
8:00 PM20:00

Spaghetti Sessions Songwriter Showcase


An evening of great singer-songwriter performances, featuring musicians and their songs - many of them developed through the on-going Spaghetti Sessions workshops.

 

About Spaghetti Sessions Performing Songwriter Workshop: Since 2011, the Spaghetti Sessions has held their monthly songwriter workshop in downtown Jersey City. Musicians perform to a roomful of their peers who offer insights and feedback on the works-in-progress. Over the years, the Sessions have fostered a growing community of musicians, many of whom have gone on to become established artists throughout the JC area and beyond.

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Jul
20
10:00 PM22:00

Heather Hardy & Christine Santelli

Grammy Nominated songwriter and NY Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Christine Santelli (guitar, vocals) teams up with Blues Hall of Fame, powerhouse Heather Lil’ Mama Hardy (fiddle,vocals) for special project.

After a successful tour down south and out west, Santelli and Hardy bring this project to their home turf where they first met in 1996. Heather now resides and in Tucson Arizona where she has a successful career with her own Band Lil’ Mama.

Heather Hardy: "Heather Hardy's violin slices through like a diving falcon. Her solos marry lightning virtuosity with melodic sophistication and unhindered soul."

Christine Santelli: "…Christine Santelli’s solo acoustic stunner Dragonfly is a complex, coming of age work…the matured singer-songwriter whose voice and acoustic guitar give wings to her poetry.”..Dave McGee veteran former Rolling Stone writer emeritus and distinguished author, "

These veterans exhibit true respect for each others art and talent, its obvious in their shows, together they are not to be denied.

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Jul
26
8:00 PM20:00

The Royal Arctic Institute and Sean Kiely

The Royal Arctic Institute: An instrumental trio playing an eclectic mix of post-punk, cinematic, orchestrated jazz. Having their music dubbed as “post-everything."

Sean Kiely isn’t a busker, but he makes the kind of music that can fit into tight corners. In so doing, he’s carrying on the Jersey City tradition of flexible, exploratory, quasi-psychedelic folk-rock

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Jun
14
8:00 PM20:00

Rosita Kèss

Originally from Venice, Italy, Rosita  lived in Berlin, Paris, Barçelona and London before landing in the States where she has lived both in New Orleans and New York.   Her last release, F.L.O.Y.D., was written and recorded in the crescent city.   “ I love living in a constant state of motion and I think my music refects this. I have a little Argentinian blood and the very first compositions I fell in love with were old recording by Mercedes Souza and Ariel Ramirez that my grandmother used to play in the house. I’ve always felt particularly sentimental listening to Tango; it ‘s the music of the immigrants, it reflects their profound sense of loss and longing for the people and places they left behind. It was born in African-Argentinian dance venues where Polkas, Mazurkas, Waltzes were mixed with the popular Habanera from Cuba and the Candombe rhythms from Africa. These are the major influences in my music.” 

Rosita's music lives at the intersection where bossa nova collides with French chanson, and old Cuban rhythms meet their Argentine counterparts. Her most recent songs are deeply influenced by her love for Haitian and West African music, and by her collaborations with revered Haitian musician and LunÀtico mainstay, Tiga Jean Baptiste.  

 

Rosita Kèss, vocals, guitar, piano
Yacouba Sissoko,Kora, vocals
Rade Bema, bass ,guitar
Doug Wieselman, guitar,saxophone
Bill Dobrow, drums,Rebolo drum

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Jun
7
8:00 PM20:00

RJF: Rob Henke & Rolf Sturm

Trumpeter Rob Henke records, works, and tours with many New York City bands including Dr. Nerve, Gary Lucas’ Fast and  Bulbous, The Spirit of Life Ensemble, Diane Moser’s Composer’s Big Band, Illuminati, the Walter Thompson Orchestra, and many others. He has toured the US and Europe extensively, having performed and/or recorded with Steven Bernstein, Dave Douglas, Ethan Iverson (The Bad Plus), Roswell Rudd, Tom Constantine (Grateful Dead), Anthony Braxton, as well as with vocalists Jenna Mammina and Catherine Russell. He has recorded numerous CD’s as a leader on Cuneform and M-cons East record labels and as a sideman on labels like Relix, Arista and Knitting Factory Records.

 

Guitarist Rolf Sturm has played on over 65 CDs, performing with and/or playing on CDs that feature Loudon Wainwright, David Johansen (NY Dolls), Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane), Eddy Arnold (country singer), John Medeski and Billy Martin (MMW), Ethan Iverson (The Bad Plus), Roswell Rudd, Archie Sheep, Tony Trischka, Tom Constantine (Grateful Dead), Anthony Braxton, and vocalists Jenna Mammina and Catherine Russell. His guitar playing has earned the praise of Joe Pass, Jim Hall, John Abercrombie, and Bill Frisell. Rolf has toured throughout the US, Europe, and Mexico. Festivals include:  the World Expo in Hanover, Germany, the JVC Jazz Festival, the Boston Folk Festival, the Syracuse Jazz Festival, Ripplefest, Music On The Mountain Festival, the Fillmore Jazz Fest, the San Pancho Music Festival, and the Toronto Jazz Festival. He has performed at Lincoln Center, and Town Hall in NYC, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He has appeared on soundtracks for both film and television and his music has been featured on National Public Radio’s All Songs Considered. His solo guitar recording, “Balance”, was awarded 4 stars in DownBeat magazine.

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May
31
8:00 PM20:00

Hugh Pool

Just when you thought you knew all about the Williamsburg rock scene, here comes someone to throw a wrench in the works. For the uninitiated, this is Mr. Hugh Pool who's been sliding and fingerpicking his National through his Ibanez Tube Screamer since the first time those clothes were in style.

He has shared the stage with such luminaries as Patti Smith, Gov't Mule, Leslie West, Johnny Winter, Dave Edmunds, John Mayall, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and more. He has performed on the Emeril Lagassi Show, The Mitch Albom Show and Late Night With Conan O'Brien. His original songs have been used in network TV, movies, award-winning documenaries and an off Broadway play. When he's not playing, performing or writing you can find him twiddling the knobs on the big board at his Brooklyn studio. Excello Recording is where he's worked with talented folks like Debbie Harry, Kiki & Herb, Michael Brecker, Radio 4, Joseph Arthur, Larry Campbell, Tony Garnier, and, well, the list does go on.

So you can see that he's no one trick pony. Hugh hails from the Rust Belt, which is where he draws inspiration for his backwoods amalgam of rock, country & blues. But living in New York for the last 20 years has tweaked his sensibilities a bit. His brand of trad psyche-delta stomp comes with a bit of New York noise-damage.

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May
22
8:00 PM20:00

Lucas Roy | Annie Stokes Writer's Circle

Lucas Roy is an internationally traveled singer- songwriter from Portland, Maine with acoustic pop-soul vocals that redefine smooth. Annie Stokes is a nationally touring "dark songstress" from Leesburg, VA - audiences rave about her indie-folk musicianship long after the festivals end. They're joining forces this spring for the North x South Tour, playing tunes all along the East Coast. Join them and local New Jersey guests Dave Mooney, Regina Goldy, Jonathan Tea, and Tara Dente for an intimate evening of acoustic music and song discussion.

 

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May
17
8:00 PM20:00

Spaghetti Sessions Songwriter Showcase

An evening of great singer-songwriter performances, featuring musicians and their songs - many of them developed through the on-going Spaghetti Sessions workshops.

Featured Artist: Sid Whelan

Showcase Artists: TBA
 
About Spaghetti Sessions Performing Songwriter Workshop: Since 2011, the Spaghetti Sessions has held their monthly songwriter workshop in downtown Jersey City. Musicians perform to a roomful of their peers who offer insights and feedback on the works-in-progress. Over the years, the Sessions have fostered a growing community of musicians, many of whom have gone on to become established artists throughout the JC area and beyond.

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May
11
10:00 PM22:00

James Calleo

The journey to his new album began in 2015, when Calleo traveled to India, volunteering to teach children in a rural village English and music. He traveled on from there and formed a band, playing gigs around India, earning just enough to cover room and board. Upon returning to the U.S., Calleo decided he had to pursue his music. His friend and yoga instructor is none other than Grammy Award-winner Ben Wisch, who’s worked with artists such as Cyndi Lauper and Marc Cohn, so it was naturally for Calleo to reach out to Wisch, who agreed to produce the album, and Calleo set up a GoFundMe page to pay for recording time.

A native of Ramsey, New Jersey, Calleo left the state after graduating high school and spent some time traveling around, seeking inspiration. His travels somehow brought him right back to Jersey—to Hoboken, specifically, where he’s established himself as a fixture in both the burgeoning local yoga scene and the local music scene. Over the last few years Calleo has been a familiar figure at Maxwell’s, Finnegan’s Pub, Departed Soles, Turtle Club and Grand Vin to name a few, while also performing at Triumph Brewery New Hope and Princeton. He puts new life into cover tunes, as well as original songs, building up a dedicated following.

Most recently he graced the stage of White Eagle Hall in Jersey City which has featured acts like The Felice Brothers, the Mountain Goats and New Found Glory.

In March James will set out to the Treefort Music Festival where he has been invited to perform music at the Yoga Fort.

James plays bi-weekly for yoga studios, private parties, wedding cocktail hours and original shows.

"You need to hire this guy. He did a 2+ hour acoustic set and wowed every person."

-Brook, Private Party Client, Review on Yelp!

"James Calleo, a local singer/songwriter, opened up for Long. From the first song to his last Calleo  had the crowd enamored and wanting more."

-Stitched Sound

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May
10
8:00 PM20:00

Fond Farewells

Fond Farewells are an alternative band featuring the singer-songwriters Chris Mills ("one of music's hidden gems" - Cleveland Plain Dealer) and Megan Reilly (called "immediately captivating" by interview magazine), Mekons and Graham Parker drummer Steve Goulding, and noted sound engineer and bassist Scott Anthony.

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Apr
28
10:00 PM22:00

Debra Devi and Jaime Rose

Jaime Rose at 10pm

 Jaime Rose offers lyrical rock with strong melodies. The music is dense and honest. It features a thick low end from bassist Jaime De Jesus, intricate and thoughtful guitar from Max Feinstein and a full, solid drum foundation and detailed percussion from Johnny Roccesano. The songs represent a dynamic period of change for Jaime, who is more often associated as the lead singer of The Fave. 

 

Debra Devi at 11pm

Debra Devi w/ Rob Clores (keys), Max Feinstein (bass), John Roccesano (drums).
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"Debra Devi's compelling voice reminds us of Sheryl Crow while her guitar playing brings to mind the incomparable Jimi Hendrix." Metal Hammer
“Devi is a supersonic fret-burner with a deep feel who also writes hauntingly memorable songs." JamBase

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Apr
27
10:00 PM22:00

Bovine Social Club

Bred on the northern banks of the Delaware River, Bovine Social Club is a grassy, twangy, swinging breed of Americana sounds sure to get your dancing cow on. One wicked lineup of seasoned jam musicians backs the thoughful lyrics of vocalist, philosopher, memoirist and former monk, Samuel Saint Thomas. The Bovines' carefully crafted twangrass songs of longing, loving, picnicking, gardening, confessing, and making the days go slow have sure become something to moo about.

Produced by Railroad Earth's Tim Carbone and happily fertilized by country, bluegrass, folk, and Juju vocabularies, their self titled debut charted at #7 on the Roots Charts and #37 on the International Americana charts. BSC is one of the fastest growing and most highly respected new Americana bands in the Northeast, sharing some of the finest festival and concert stages with some of the finest talent. Bovine Social Club continues to grow their musical family while each new performance becomes another great experience for their avid fans.

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Apr
26
8:00 PM20:00

Eliza Neals Unplugged on the Piano

ELIZA NEALS a dynamic front woman, multi-talented musician, prolific songwriter, confident producer and powerhouse outstanding live performer is “returning the magic back to Blues-Rock with mind-blowing live performances and Top of the Charts recordings.”

Eliza sings with unearthly passion and velvety grit, effortlessly pushing air to new heights, and her operatically trained voice has been called both sexy and menacing. None of this is surprising, of course, since Eliza studied with Motown Legend Barrett Strong and could rightfully be called the last of the truly trained MOTOWN singers.


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Apr
21
10:00 PM22:00

Gato Loco

Psycho-Mambo band pioneers Gato Loco will be playing in Jersey City for the first time! Come hear that band that "reveals the unsuspected connections between the origins of mambo and the abstraction of free jazz, while a battalion of percussion and lascivious guitars shakes the audience into a betwitching frenzy." (Arte Live). 2 sets, between 10 & 12

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Apr
19
8:00 PM20:00

Spaghetti Sessions Songwriter Showcase

An evening of great singer-songwriter performances, featuring musicians and their songs - many of them developed through the on-going Spaghetti Sessions workshops.

Featured Artist: Forget the Whale

Showcase Artists: TBA

About the Feature Artist: Forget the Whale, a four piece hailing primarily from the 6th Borough, America’s Golden Door, Jersey City, includes members Alishia Taiping (lead vocals, bass) Dan Pieraccini (bass, keys, vocals), Peter Durning (guitar, harmonica) and AJ Zienowicz (drums, vocals). It’s been said, of all the things Forget the Whale has, a ‘sound’ is not one of them. It’s not that they have no sound: blues, rock, alternative, R&B, country, funk and nu-metal all become ingredients for Forget the Whale’s veritable witches’ brew. One new convert from Brooklyn said, “Every song is completely different. You never know what’s going to happen next.” Let’s find out.

About Spaghetti Sessions Performing Songwriter Workshop: Since 2011, the Spaghetti Sessions has held their monthly songwriter workshop in downtown Jersey City. Musicians perform to a roomful of their peers who offer insights and feedback on the works-in-progress. Over the years, the Sessions have fostered a growing community of musicians, many of whom have gone on to become established artists throughout the JC area and beyond.

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