Jun
20
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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Jun
21
10:00 PM22:00

8ON & Friends

8ON & Friends is a Jazz/Pop/Groove/Soul group that features modern arrangements of popular tunes that you all know and love. The band's groove and improvisation element is what makes them stand out the most and what keeps fans coming back for more. It features 3 of central NJs most in demand musicians - Eitan Levine on Keys + Keybass, Danielle Illario on Vocals, & Michael Winnicki on drums. 

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Jun
22
10:00 PM22:00

Strange Majik

The British influence is all over Strange Majik’s sound. You can hear The Stones, Ziggy era Bowie and more than a little Hendrix whilst still managing to sound as American as apple pie.”
Ben Adlam - Shindig Magazine UK

"David Pattillo and his band are fantastic. I call it Progressive Blues!"
Tony Visconti

"Watching David Pattillo (who goes by the moniker “Strange Majik”) perform makes you want to fist bump to the tune of rebellion and replace your bedroom door with beaded curtains."
Greg Mania - Creem Magazine

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Jun
26
8:00 PM20:00

Walter Parks

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Jul
12
10:00 PM22:00

Matt Nakoa

Matt Nakoa is an award-winning songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist. A modern troubadour, he makes his home on the highways and concert stages of America, and appears regularly with folk music icon Tom Rush. The Boston Globe says of Nakoa, “Between his piano chops and heartfelt originals on guitar, he drops jaws.”


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Jul
13
10:00 PM22:00

Debra Devi and Chogyi Lama

"Debra Devi is a supersonic fret-burner who writes hauntingly memorable songs, blending the intricacy of a good jam band with the catchiness of vintage power pop.” JamBase

"Debra Devi's compelling voice reminds us of Sheryl Crow but her guitar playing brings to mind the incomparable Jimi Hendrix." Metal Hammer

In Jan 2018, Devi produced Jersey City Rocks White Eagle Hall, a smash concert that drew 500 people. "Devi's set," NJ Arts reported, "felt like a victory lap for the Jersey City rock community. With her powerful vocals, Devi held the near-capacity room in her hand while her excellent band added energy and excitement." ("Hometown Heroes Fill White Eagle Hall" - NJ Arts)

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Woodstock, a town well known for incubating incredible talent, has a new guitarist to boast—20 year old Chogyi Lama—the most exciting young musician to come out of New York in quite some time.

A versatile, multi-instrument artist, Chogyi is a Shapesifter, moving intuitively across genres and styles in connection with whatever he is playing. Sitting in with some of the industry's most inspiring artists, he has come to be known as a remarkable guitar player with elegance, power and humility far beyond his years. His recent shows have called out his diverse, multigenerational audience who expected to hear some Hendrix, maybe some Zappa, and met a singer, songwriter and performer who continues to surprise and inspire them.
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Jul
18
8:00 PM20:00

Spaghetti Sessions Songwriter Showcase

Featuring Amy Fairchild
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
19
10:00 PM22:00

Molly Tigre

Molly Tigre mashes African music- especially the entrancing rhythms and melodies from Mali and Ethiopia- together with the adventurous and experimental leanings of some frightfully talented NYC musicians. Featuring the compositions of saxophonist Mitch
Marcus (Donovan, Gene Ween Band, Japonize Elephants) and bassist Ezra Gale (Aphrodesia, Super Hi-Fi), the diverse group also showcases saxophonist/flutist Chris Hiatt (Japonize Elephants), drummer Joe Abba (NYC Jazz Exchange) and percussionist
Kolipe Imbrahima Camara (National Dance Company of Guinea) for a sound that could only come from the melting pot of New York City. The band is equally at home playing for dancing crowds at world music and jam band festivals as well as the jazz club
environment.

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Jul
26
10:00 PM22:00

Leni Stern

Leni Stern has fearlessly led bands with guitar in hand for over 25 years. She has won numerous guitar, songwriting and composition awards, and just recently she was named one of the 50 most sensational female jazz guitarists of all time by Guitar Player Magazine. Her trio features Senegalese master musicians Mamadou Ba (bass) and Alioune Faye (percussion/vocals) performing originals featuring Leni's unique style which seamlessly melds American Jazz, Blues and Rock with West African tonalities and rhythms. www.lenistern.com

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Aug
15
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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Jun
14
10:00 PM22:00

Aimee Bayles

Aimee Bayles is a singer, songwriter and recording artist based in New York City. Her recent release, ENOUGH, showcases a collection of original songs about her life in the city and her rural southern roots. Originally from Virginia, her soulful, vocally-driven music is influenced by an upbringing in southern church music, her training as an opera singer, and learning folk guitar from her pastor father. Aimee’s sound is inflected with inspiration from Patty Griffin, Gillian Welch, Neil Young, Norah Jones, Dolly Parton and Alison Krauss. She performs regularly at venues in and around New York City.

Socials: Instagram @aimeebayles FB facebook.com/aimeebaylesmusic
Website www.aimeebayles.com

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Jun
11
7:30 PM19:30

Knock Down The House Screening

Knock Down The House Community Screening in Jersey City, NJ
Community Screening
Presented by Moriah Kinberg

Please join us in the Parlour for a free screening of Knock Down the House, which follows the incredible stories of four women who decide to run for office against all odds. At a moment of historic volatility in American politics, these women set themselves on a journey that changed their lives and country forever. 

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Jun
8
10:00 PM22:00

Hudson City Rats

From their haunt high atop the Palisades in Jersey City, Hudson City Rats serve up a healthy dose of primitive, infectious rock 'n’ roll. From rhythm and blues to 70’s glam; if it’s got a good groove, the Rats are sure to put their own spin on it with their raw, stripped down style.

With the infamous Patrick Lally at the helm, Fred Jenkins and Jeff Feinberg provide a big beat behind Robert Boudreau's blues-tinged guitar. Their live show is a house rockin' party, so come on out and get ready to move!

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Jun
6
8:00 PM20:00

Ian Kenselaar Group (part of the Jersey City Jazz Festival)

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Bassist Ian Kenselaar is a proud New Jerseyan. He began studying music at age 11 in 2004. Mentor James Buchanan introduced Ian to a jazz program at NJPAC in Newark, directed by tenor saxophonist Don Braden. Jazz House Kids -- a community arts organization lead by bassist Christian McBride and Melissa Walker -- was another important institution in Ian’s early education. There, Ian formed his first deep connections and began a lifelong journey into this music.

Ian went on to study at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, with bassist Kenny Davis, drummer Victor Lewis, and altoist Mark Gross. In 2014 Ian moved to Jersey City to be closer with master drummer and bandleader Winard Harper, who would become another source of great inspiration. Harper hosted a twice weekly jam session and interview series at Moore’s Lounge in JC where young musicians could cut their teeth and learn real lessons on the bandstand from more seasoned players. Some of the guest artists Ian got to play with here include drummer Billy Hart, and tenorman Stacy Dillard, and pianist Norman Simmons. In 2017 Harper selected Ian to be one of twelve national recipients of the Ravinia Steans Music Institute Fellowship in Illinois where he spent a week studying composition with bassist Rufus Reid, pianist Billy Childs, and tenor saxophonist Nathan Davis.

Over the past two years, Ian has also worked with the Princeton University jazz program, under the direction of Rudresh Mahanthappa with ensembles lead by guest artist Danilo Perez and vocalist Jay Clayton. Currently, Ian is working with tenor saxophonist JD Allen and is proud to be presented on his forthcoming album. Ian looks forward to a busy itinerary in 2019 and will be working hard and taking no prisoners!

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May
30
8:00 PM20:00

Scott Sharrard

2018 GRAMMY nominee Scott Sharrard had been the touring guitarist for the Gregg Allman Band since the Fall of 2008. He’s been called “one of the best guitarists in the country” by Billboard. Gregg Allman, had high praise for the guitarist. “I know all about guitar players —I’ve seen the very best — and Scott Sharrard is the perfect guitarist for my band. He understands that you don’t need to play just for the sake of playing; Scott isn’t one of those guys who thinks they’re getting paid by the note. He never steps on the vocals, and leaves plenty of room for everyone else to do their thing, but when it’s time to solo, Scott delivers, boy.”

While most recently acting as Musical Director & Co-Writer for Allman and recently recording his last record "Southern Blood" in Muscle Shoals, Scott has also been concentrating on the growth of his solo career while holding Gregg's legacy near and dear as a guiding light and point of everlasting inspiration. His next album "Saving Grace" has been recorded and will be released in 2018.

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May
29
8:00 PM20:00

Walter Parks & Rob Curto

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May
25
to May 26

Alex Tea & Friends

eaturing:
João Leão- keys
Gil Oliveira- drums, percussion
Mike Torres- drums, percussion
and special guests...

Alex Tea is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and artist living in Jersey City. His live ensembles play selections from his various original projects, spanning roots reggae, MPB, funk, soul, and folk music. More info available at www.alextea.net

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May
16
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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May
9
8:00 PM20:00

Charming Disaster

"Charming Disaster balances smart pop songs against a confident stage presence, sort of a swagger, that suggest the two people out front are destined for great things...these people are overflowing with musical ideas that simply defy categorization." –The Vinyl Anachronist   “Enchanting and disturbing…Spells + Rituals blends very thoughtful and funny American Gothic imagery with myth-based musical alchemy…there is a great acoustic punk drive to the whole record which matches the potency of the macabre humor. Without the grinning skull inside the loveliness of the tunes, or the dark campy heart inside the weird tales and odes to misery, it wouldn’t all seem so magically in balance and so engaging. And it certainly is!” –Big Takeover Magazine  “Each song is like a spell or ritual…with a little of the deadpan acoustic punk of Jonathan Richman, as well as the arch theatricality of Amanda Palmer.” –Eugene Weekly   “Charming Disaster sound like the music that Pugsley and Wednesday Addams might have made after listening to the Decemberists, Squeeze and some Chopin.” –Yes! Weekly


"Charming Disaster balances smart pop songs against a confident stage presence, sort of a swagger, that suggest the two people out front are destined for great things...these people are overflowing with musical ideas that simply defy categorization." –The Vinyl Anachronist

“Enchanting and disturbing…Spells + Rituals blends very thoughtful and funny American Gothic imagery with myth-based musical alchemy…there is a great acoustic punk drive to the whole record which matches the potency of the macabre humor. Without the grinning skull inside the loveliness of the tunes, or the dark campy heart inside the weird tales and odes to misery, it wouldn’t all seem so magically in balance and so engaging. And it certainly is!” –Big Takeover Magazine

“Each song is like a spell or ritual…with a little of the deadpan acoustic punk of Jonathan Richman, as well as the arch theatricality of Amanda Palmer.” –Eugene Weekly

“Charming Disaster sound like the music that Pugsley and Wednesday Addams might have made after listening to the Decemberists, Squeeze and some Chopin.” –Yes! Weekly

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May
4
10:00 PM22:00

J Hacha De Zola

·  “A wild man in the vein of such firebreathing artists like Screamin’ JayHawkins and Captain Beefheart.” — PASTE

·  “Dangerously delightful, whirling, andrhythmic.” — The Big Takeover

·  “Visionary.” — BLURT

·  “Bound to light theway forward and inspire a legion of imitators.” — PopMatters

·  “The kind of alluring character found in old children’s books.” — UTNE

·  “To say that De Zola’s creative process and musical style are unique is an understatement.” — SLUG

·  “A twisted, dystopian narrative straight from the mind of John Carpenter.— Elmore

·  “Mutant blues rock.” — Treble

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May
3
10:00 PM22:00

Bobby Blue The Balladeer

Bobby blue the balladeer is a 4 octave countertenor singer with an eclectic 5 piece acoustic band that plays original music, Old Cowboy Songs, Latin Folk, and Rockabilly. Inspired by his Costa Rican and American heritages and by old Western Cowboy movies of the 1940s & 50s. “We never intended to be a party band but of audiences can’t help but get up and dance and sing along when they can”. The audience describes them as “really fun, but also really elegant and beautiful”, and generously showers them with roaring joyful applause. The band is all acoustic and includes a singer, acoustic guitar, fiddle, upright bass, accordion, and hand drums. Recommended if you like: Roy Orbison, KD Lang, Patsy Cline, Marty Robbins

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May
2
8:00 PM20:00

Sean Kiely & Allegra Krieger

No Depression writes that Sean Kiely’s 2015 album Your Logo, My Logo “is one of those sublime and unassuming efforts that sneaks up on you until you find it won’t let go." [http://nodepression.com/album-review/sean-kielys-unassuming-originality]

Sean Kiely is a singer-songwriter and guitarist living & writing in Jersey City since 2008. After releasing his first full-length Arch Envy in 2012, Sean turned his focus toward the acoustic guitar, and began crafting the intricate instrumental parts and evocative lyrics that characterize the songs on Your Logo, My Logo. NJ.com writes it is a “grand, acoustic, folk-rock journey through America's recent adventures in the realms of "money, entertainment, news, sports, tribalism, failure, success, love, death and distraction.'" [http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2015/07

Allegra Krieger is currently based in New York performing in the city solo, duo and alongside a band of sensitive & diverse musicians. She often travels across the country to play in tiny bar rooms & sleep in her car. Her first record Circles was released October 2017, and her follow up is in the works.

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Apr
26
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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Apr
23
8:00 PM20:00

The Listener | After School Orchestra

Tuesday, April 23
8p
The Listener

An intimate evening of improvised music in the Parlour at Fox & Crow. The booth table is in the spotlight - Orchestra musicians play specifically for the rotating folks sitting at the table.

Tonight's Players:
Benedicto Figueroa (Mic) (Poet Laureate, Founder JC Slam)
Zach Herchen (Sax) (Con Vivo Music, New Threads Quartet)
Alex Pergament (Guitar) (Founder After School)
+ Musicians TBA
+ special guests

AFTER SCHOOL ORCHESTRA creates music on stage that has never been made before. We practice the art of discovering music live. The musicians add blocks, individual ideas, in response to one another, and fit the pieces together through feedback. As musicians layer additional blocks, the song structure and content grows.

We think the audience listening is as important as the musicians playing. The musicians play by listening, just like the audience. Appreciation can be a powerful instrument. Share everything. Touch everyone.

www.afterschooljc.com/Orchestra

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