"Connie Petruk looks like she stepped out of late ’60s/early ’70s Nashville and sings like the lost sister of Bobbie Gentry or Dusty Springfield. Her honeyed alto will melt the frost off your windshield. The Tall Pines are equal parts soul and twang, molasses and moonshine, sass and skill. The songs, all written by Christmas Davis, evoke the heyday of the country-soul hybrid without ever sounding unoriginal, a difficult feat.”
~ Meredith Ochs: NPR
Chrissi Poland and Ari Hest are New York based singer songwriters who have release several albums independently as solo artists, and one record under the name Bluebirds of Paradise together. A Brazilian-infused collection of original duets that conjure memories of Jobim, their album "In A Night" has been featured on WFUV's radio show On Your Radar. They have traveled the world and played with an array of artists including Sting, Jackson Browne, Judy Collins, Sheryl Crowe, Moby, Mavis Staples and more.
Anthony Tamburro is born and bred Jersey, and the influence of the area’s bluesy rock tradition can be felt in the pulse of his debut album, Alaska. But Tamburro’s poignancy is all his own, and we are drawn in to his story teller lyrics.
"Reminiscent of Springsteen and Dylan, Anthony Tamburro is an american story teller. His lyrics are filled with imagery of a time and place, breathing familiarity, allowing the listener to nestle into his songs. His rich, sometimes gritty vocals add that perfect “working class” spirit to his songs. ...songs with just the right amount of grease."
NYC Blues Hall of Fame
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
The Ray Corvair Trio were formed in Boston 20 years ago and have been going strong ever since. Equal parts surf rock, 60's spy movie soundtracks, and Las Vegas Grind style striptease numbers are their signature cocktail. This instrumental trio delights audiences as they veer from James Bond jazzy sophistication to sleazoid burlesque tunes and surf rave ups!
Red House Records recording artist Cliff Eberhardt performs acoustic country blues and pop. "In another age, Mr. Eberhardt would have found his niche on Tin Pan Alley or writing for Broadway shows. His songs display the highest level of craftsmanship, his guitar playing is superb and his singing deeply emotional." - The Washington Times
“ When I heard that Joy was going back to her roots in the Northeast of England, and recording with a traditional English brass band, I expected something very English and nostalgic . . . which this album is. But it’s not only that; it’s also surprisingly contemporary, or rather, timeless. As in timelessly beautiful songs, singing, and arrangements. “
"Joy spellbound the audience at Bar LunÁtico, fronting a stellar New York City brass ensemble. They played the entire record ~ an ambitious undertaking which was rendered impeccably. The title track is simply unstoppable. We made them play it twice."