Fans of live music, get ready. The county with the most exciting arts and entertainment scene in New Jersey has a couple of excellent shows coming up. There's something for everyone, and the prices are reasonable.
Start your month right by going to Scott E. Moore's "Writer's Hang" at The Goldhawk at 936 Park Ave. in Hoboken. For five years, Moore has worked very hard to bring acclaimed singer/songwriters to Hoboken the first Thursday of every month. He has hosted Grammy winners and new talent at the event. It's a mile-square city tradition that supports the arts.
For this event, Moore presents pop rock artist Julia Darling and American roots and moody pop folk singer Joseph Parsons. There's at $7 cover and the show starts at 8:30 p.m. Don't be late. For information call (201) 420-7989 or visit www.wingtip.net.
Every Sunday blues singer Christine Santelli has been presenting the All-Star Project at Scotland Yard at 72 Hudson St. in Hoboken. The evenings usually begin at 7 p.m. and they feature top area blues singers/songwriters. Scotland Yard is one of the few authentic blues clubs in the tri-state area, and the Sunday night series is always showcasing extraordinary talents. For information call (201) 222-9273 or visit www.scotlandyardbar.com.
Catch the last show of the Paquito Series Jazz Concert at the Jersey City Museum at 350 Montgomery St. Virtuoso clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera will bring down the house with his electrifying original Latin jazz composition "Song for Peace." Tickets for the event are $25 and seating is limited at the museum's new auditorium. Call (201) 413-0303 or visit www.jerseycitymuseum.org.
Local up-and-comers The Rosario Focus are focusing on becoming the next big rock band to come out of the county. With a poignant crisp sound and entertaining live sets, they are jamming their way to a record deal with a major label. The Uncle Joe's show at 154 First St. in Jersey City is expected to sell out, since they are gaining popularity quick. Catch them while they are still paying their dues. For more information call (201) 659-6999 or visit http://mywebpages.comcast.net/michaelmixt/otherinfo.htm.
Watch out, true rock 'n' roll lovers, here comes the two words that make you mad: Cover band. Well, relax, because one of the most enduring cover bands in the East Coast arrives at the Whiskey Bar at 125 Washington St. in Hoboken, and they won't play Bon Jovi.
Love Seed Mama Jump will most likely take the stage around 9 p.m., and what makes this group unique is their passion for entertaining and pleasing audiences. It might be cliché to catch Mama Jump at a small bar nowadays, but, so what. You'll have a good time listening to Top-40 tunes and laughing at the band's gags. Except a small cover at the door. For information call (201) 963-3400 or visit www.whiskey-bar.com.
As most of you know, the Dashboard Confessional show at Maxwell's is already sold out, and the Nancy Sinatra show will most likely sell out too. But calm down because alt rockers Nada Surf will lift your spirits and take you on a musical journey, or something like that. They are touring in support of their latest album Hi-Speed Soul, and the Maxwell's gig at 1039 Washington St. will be an opportunity to catch this tremendous band in an intimate setting. Trust me, if you like Frank Black, the Flaming Lips or Guided by Voices, you'll definitely enjoy this show. Tickets are $12. For information call (201) 653-1703 or visit www.maxwellsnj.com. q