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Blackberry Smoke at The Stone Pony


Blackberry Smoke sold out The Stone Pony. They are very talented musicians who relish in making there fans watch and listen in disbelief.

The rock and roll band, Blackberry Smoke, began in the early 2000’s in Atlanta, Georgia. The band is most commonly pinpointed as being a “southern rock band,” but ultimately draw from the edges of classic rock, blues, country, and folk music. Blackberry Smoke is made up of Charlie Starr (lead vocals, guitar), Richard Turner (bass, vocals), Brit Turner (drums), Paul Jackson (guitar, vocals), and Brandon Still (keyboards). In the past decade or so, the band has held numerous accolades, including two billboard chart-topping albums, Holding All the Roses (2015) & Like an Arrow (2016). They have also toured with artists such as the Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, ZZ Top, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Their most recent album, Find a Light, was recorded, according to a an interview Starr did with Rolling Stone, in the same way as, “kids running in a candy store,” which he then explained as, “not answering to a producer or an A&R guy. But at the end of the day we’re not gonna release something we don’t feel strongly about.” The band is currently touring North America with JJ Grey & Mofro.

Written by Brianna Born

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Blackberry Smoke






Parkway Drive at Starland Ballroom


Parkway Drive always blesses Starland Ballroom and their fans to an amazing show. This time they brought along Stick to Your Guns and Bad Omens to generate a powerful lineup of heavy hitters.

Since 2003, the metalcore band, Parkway Drive, has been serving up twisted metal riffs, painful tension, and breakdowns. The band, who comes from the beachfront of Byron Bay, Australia, is made up of vocalist, Winston McCall, guitarists Luke Kilpatrick and Jeff Ling, drummer Ben Gordon, and bassist Jia O’Connor. Their latest album, Reverence, was released on May 4th & encaptures a wide range of metal/hardcore music. The band claims to have stopped listening to music all together before writing the new music, so they could create on their own terms. In an interview with ScuzzTV, when asked about facing old fans that may not be open to the sonic changes from song to song on the new record, McCall stated that, “Each song ended up with its own individual character and its own individual concept. Elements became part of a song because that’s what the song needed, that’s what sounded the best.” The band has released 6 full length albums, one EP, two DVDs, a split album and one book, titled Ten Years of Parkway Drive. Parkway Drive is currently wrapping up their US Spring Tour.

written by Brianna Born

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Parkway Drive


Stick to Your Guns


Bad Omens







Reality Suite cd Release Show at Debonair Music Hall


Reality Suite had their cd release show for “Awaken” at Debonair Music Hall on May 4th 2018. According to the insanely sexy front woman Kimmii a lot of blood sweat and tears went into the making of this cd. Reality Suite has become one of my favorite bands to cover for numerous reasons. They are a kick ass in your face rock band with a dynamic and visually appealing front woman. The band is very professional and gives their fans a great show every time out. Almost exactly a month ago I had them play my birthday show in Asbury Park’s very own Wonder Bar for Happy Mondays to help them broaden their audience. As a result they were featured this past week on Jersey Rock a local band feature on the Wrat radio station with host Tom Hanley.

The release show featured headliner Last In Line which features original DIO members Vivian Campbell & Vinny Appice. Opening up the show was Tempt who is opening up for Bon Jovi at MSG May 10th.

Reality Suite did not disappoint, Phil Soussan even came out and played “Shot in the Dark” with them.

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Reality Suite


Last in Line










Echo Black at the Asbury Park Music Foundation


Echo Black played the Asbury Park Music Foundation for Sleepless Mind Entertainment. Playing with Echo Black was The Victory Drive, In Loving Memory and City of the Weak. It was a really cool show in a very small intimate location in Asbury Park. The Asbury Park Music Foundation raises money to allow under privileged to be exposed to music programs.

The New York-based dance-rock band, Echo Black, was formed by front-man, Danny Blu, in 2015. The band is made up of Danny Blu (lead vocals), Felix Skiver (guitar), Billy Long (drums, piano), and Rob Gnarly (bass, synths). The band’s debut single, “Burn Another Day”(2015) was featured in Revolver Magazine, followed by singles, “Perfect” and “Chemicals”, in 2016. Then, in 2017 they raised money from an Indiegogo campaign to record their first album, Dawn, which was released last October.
Their unique look sets them apart from other pop/rock groups, as you can catch them sporting smoky makeup and glam clothes on stage. According to the band, the, “outcasted, the rebel, the different,” people that they are, is what inspired the name “Echo Black”. The band just wrapped up their co-headlining U.S tour, called the “Turn it to Eleven Tour”, with City of the Weak. In the past, the band also toured with bands such as The Birthday Massacre & Combichrist.
write up by Brianna Born
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Echo Black
City of the Weak
In Loving Memory
The Victory Drive

Concert Crave Artist Spotlight Show at House of Independents



Concert Crave and Spacebar Recording brought an Artist Spotlight Showcase to House of Independents. There was 32 acts doing seven minutes each competing for some cool prizes including opening up for a headlining act.

I decided to check it out since I’m always looking for new and interesting music to cover. It was more crowded then I anticipated with the snow and brutal cold hitting the area. Each act had a hometown crowd of friends and family to root them on which was cool to see.

Make sure you check out Concert Crave and Spacebar Recording for all upcoming events



Here is the complete photo gallery from the event:



High in the Mid 80’s at Roxy and Dukes


High in the Mid 80’s came to perform at Roxy and Dukes in Dunellen New Jersey. This show was a fundraiser hosted by the Jerzey Derby Brigade roller derby team.


High in the Mid 80’s is an 80’s dance band that performs all the greatest hits of one of the best era’s of music and fashion. With a costume contest in place the fans came dressed to impress.



It was a great night and a lot of fun, everyone was dancing the night away.




Where’s The Band at the House of Independents


Chris Conley (Saves the Day), Dan Andriano (Alkaline Trio), Matt Pryor (The Get up Kids), Anthony Raneri (Bayside) and Andy Jackson (Hot Rod Circuit) came to the House of Independents in Asbury Park, NJ for an acoustic unrehearsed show that seems to have set off some negative reviews due to an emotional breakdown by Chris. Chris was acting intoxicated and was upset that there was some talking going on in the crowd while they were playing so he called them out and yelled to them shut the F**k up. He left the stage and didn’t return causing some friction between him and the other performers. I was at the show and have to say so what. A live show is meant to be and feel real. I am so damn tired of people putting musicians as well as other entertainers and pro athletes on pedestals. These are people not robots they have feelings and emotions like we do. We expect them to act professional but yet we can act like assholes and be okay with it because we are not in the public eye. The show was awesome with great music fun conversations and realism which is exactly what I love to see at live shows especially ones like this. I heard fans screaming out the musicians names in awe and singing aloud to their favorite songs. The place was filled with a few hundred fans who were there because they wanted to be there.



I love seeing musicians just being themselves onstage and how they interact with each other especially when something unplanned happens. I hope the House of Independents brings more shows like this one in the near future.