Thursday, December 21, 2017

What's Going On: 12/21, 12/22, 12/23 & 12/24, 2017

The heart and soul of CoolDad Music.

Happy Birthday CoolMom!

So this is Winter Solstice. And what have you done?

I'm just going to kick things off this week with a big, huge "Happy birthday!" to CoolMom. I love her with every fiber of my being. She puts up with my leaving family functions early (or missing them entirely), jetting off to Austin for a week, blasting music throughout the house, and dragging her out to events when she'd rather just go to bed for no other reason than she knows it makes me happy. CoolMom is the best person on planet earth and is there for yours truly through thick and thin. We'd all be nowhere without her. She deserves the best day.

Shows... OK.

Things get started on this holiday weekend with a pop up shop / holiday party at Asbury Park Brewery featuring music from Chris Loporto, Michael Pellegrino, Joe P, and Joe & Chris Mayo. Brooklyn Bazaar hosts the Shea Stadium holiday party with Yucky Duster, Bueno, Fits, and Emmerson and Her Clammy Hands. Envy On The Coast are at House of Independents with Can't Swim, Rare Futures, and Gatherers. There's a Winter Solstice party at The Saint with too many people to list here. All Time Low are at Starland.

On Friday night, Jolly Daggers storm Asbury Park Yacht Club with Swamp City Rockers and Marguerite of Little Vicious. Puppy Grease, Bourbon Spills, and Godlings are at The Chubby Pickle in Highlands. Hub City Stompers play Clash Bar in Clifton with Broken Heroes and Thirsty Guys. Good Old War, Petal, and Jackson Pines are at House of Independents. We Used To Cut The Grass celebrate the season at Langosta. The Cryptkeeper Five, Doc Rotten, Roy Orbitron, and After The Burn play Trenton's Millhill Basement. Music is back at Paul's Tavern in Lake Como with A Will Away, Save Face, Halogens, America Part Two, and Suntitle. Hey Anna, Lemats, Deadeye Swagger, and Memoirs Of Addiction are at Piano's in NYC. Jocelyn & Chris Arndt come to The Saint with Jake Tavill and Hannah Kraft.

Saturday, Christmas Eve Eve, brings Hot Blood back from their ban at APYC with Country Grits & The Dicks. Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul play Red Bank's Count Basie. Ovlov, NO ICE, Grace Kelly All Day, and Beeyotch are at NYC's Mercury Lounge. The Stone Pony hosts Waiting On Mongo, Matt Wade Band, Fungkshui, and No Phizz.

Sunday is Christmas Eve. I'm not sure if there are any shows to see; but, hopefully, you'll have a chance to spend some time with the people you love, whether you're celebrating the holiday or not. This isn't an easy time for everyone, and I'd like to send thoughts to those of you who will be missing someone this year. I hope everyone can find some joy this holiday; and, please, don't drink or otherwise alter your consciousness and drive a car.


THURSDAY (12/21)


The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Open Mic, 8pm

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Holiday Party / Pop Up Shop with Dark & Delicate, PopShop Photobooth, Shear Revival, Tripsy, Salted Gems. Music by Chris Loporto / Michael Pellegrino / Joe P / Joe & Chris Mayo, 5pm

Asbury Park Festhalle & Biergarten (Asbury): The London 3, 8pm

Brooklyn Bazaar (Brooklyn): Shea Holiday Party w/ Yucky Duster / Bueno / Fits / Emmerson and Her Clammy Hands, 8pm, $10

Brooklyn Steel (Brooklyn): LCD Soundsystem, 7pm, $66

Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank): Martina McBride, 8pm, $45-$100

Crossroads (Garwood): Cinema Star / Fang Gang / Boy vs Ghost / Heavy Flow, 9:30pm

House of Independents (Asbury): Envy On The Coast / Can't Swim / Rare Futures / Gatherers, 7pm, $20 adv, $22 door

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Tor Miller, 8pm, FREE

Meatlocker (Montclair): Erotica / Penthouse Boys / Val Jester / Dryr / Joyer, 8pm

The Saint (Asbury): Winter Solstice Party, 5:39pm, $10

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): All Time Low, 7pm, $39.50

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Marah Christmas Spectacular, 7pm, $20 adv, $25 door

FRIDAY (12/22)

Alphaville (Brooklyn): Grass Is Green / Ovlov / Littlefoot / Anna Altman, 8pm, $10

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Dark City Strings Holiday Toy Drive, 9pm, FREE

Asbury Park Festhalle & Biergarten (Asbury): Jet Weston & His Atomic Ranch Hands, 10pm

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Jolly Daggers / Little Vicious / Swamp City Rockers, 9pm, FREE

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): The Fifth Down / Dig Deep / Revive / Sick On Sunday / Scooter Brothers / Sad Claps, 7pm, $10 adv, $15 door

Brooklyn Steel (Brooklyn): LCD Soundsystem, 7pm, $66

Bushwick Party House (Brooklyn): Ellen & The Degenerates / Cutters / Oh My Snare / Feya Wilcox & The Howl / steve., 7pm, $7-$10

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Godlings / Bourbon Spills / Puppy Grease, 9pm

Clash Bar (Clifton): Hub City Stompers / Broken Heroes / Thirsty Guys, 8:30pm, $10

Debonair Music Hall (Teaneck): Palisades / Blindwish / ASHES, 6pm

House of Independents (Asbury): Good Old War / Petal / Jackson Pines, 8pm, $18 adv, $22 door

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): We Used To Cut The Grass, 9pm, FREE

Maxwell's Tavern (Hoboken): Hideaway / Fiscal Cliff / Nobody's Sheriff, 8pm, $8 adv, $10 door

Millhill Basement (Trenton): The Cryptkeeper Five / Doc Rotten / Roy Orbitron / After The Burn, 9pm, $7

Outpost In The Burbs (Montclair): Bettye LaVette, 8pm, $40

Paul's Tavern (Lake Como): A Will Away / Save Face / Halogens / America Part Two / Suntitle, 6pm, $12 adv, $15 door

Piano's (NYC): Deadeye Swagger / Lemats / Hey Anna / Memoirs Of Addiction, 7pm, $10

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): Tempus Fugit / Apollo Sonders / High Violet / The Carousers / Infinite Vacation, 7pm, $10

The Saint (Asbury): Jocelyn & Chris Arndt / Jake Tavill / Hannah Kraft, 7pm, $10

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Splintered Sunlight, 7pm, $14 adv, $16 door

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Borialis / Ernest / Little Bear / The Slims, 8pm, $10 adv, $12 door

SATURDAY (12/23)

Alphaville (Brooklyn): Darkwing / Morirso├▒ando / Shanti Lalita / Bashful Slasher, 8pm, $8-$10

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Hot Blood / Country Grits & The Dicks, 10pm, FREE

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Silence Unbound / Legacy / Hunters Run / Uncle Jerry / The Double Negatives / Frankie V / Career Opportunities, 5:30pm, $10 adv, $15 door

Brooklyn Steel (Brooklyn): LCD Soundsystem, 7pm, $66

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Kev Daly / Patty C / T Burke, 8pm

Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank): Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul, 8pm, $59-$129

House of Independents (Asbury): 90s Dance Party, 9pm, FREE

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Billy Hector, 9:30pm, FREE

Mercury Lounge (NYC): Ovlov / NO ICE / Grace Kelly All Day / Beeyotch, 7pm, $10

Millhill Basement (Trenton): The Afraid Brigade / Jeff Linden and The Black Spot Society / Paul Singh, 8pm

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): Holiday Variety Show Toy Drive ft. This Way to the Egress, 9pm, $15

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Waiting On Mongo / Matt Wade Band / Fungkshui / No Phizz, 8pm, $10 adv, $12 door

Wonder Bar (Asbury): The Doughboys, 7pm, $10

SUNDAY (12/24)

Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas!

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