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NJ’s Mr. Socks’ World of Rock and Company Rock Any Musical Occasion

There is no doubt that when it comes to performing great live music while rocking out, Paul Fessock, A.K.A. Mr. Socks, and his talented group of veteran musicians and various other spine-tingling projects got your back–bar none.

From heavy metal to good ole fashion rock n’ roll, and everything in between, there is something to satisfy the musical tastebuds of everyone who holds a passion for amazing, entertaining live music.

First, there is his Mötley Crüe tribute band Sixx Seconds to Mars. Playing the classic, hard-rocking heavy metal Crüe tunes such as Shout at the Devil, Live WireKick Start My Heart10 Seconds to LovePrimal Scream, and list goes on, the band simply delivers an electrifying performance that transcends time and space.

Check out the video of Sixx Seconds to Mars as it pays tribute to one of the greatest heavy metal bands of all time: Motely Crue.

Do you crave more? Well, there is AMP’D, New Jersey’s premiere rock band, playing the coolest rock hits from the 80s up through the ages, sure to make you scream and shout for more.

And for the fans of cocktail rock music, there is the World of Rock Trio, great for lower key events as well as weddings and corporate outings, that are in need of sizzling, smooth entertainment.

World of Rock Trio plays outdoor space in Summit, N.J.

Like to help your child become inspired to take the steps to learn a musical instrument like the guitar, or to learn how to become a next generation musical entertainer?

Well, there is Mr. Socks’ World of Rock, a high-quality rocking children’s assembly program that features motivational educator Mr. Socks (Fessock), who, along with his gifted rock band and puppet pal Heavy Metal Harry, will inform and inspire children from all walks of life.

Fessock, who teaches guitar lessons at his World of Rock music school in Summit, N.J., performs with a few of his gifted students, along with Sixx Seconds to Mars in the first video below, and with Amp’d in the second.

Amp’d with special guests Kobi and James.

Additionally, Fessock has authored four children’s books, which are all available on Amazon: Heavy Metal Harry’s First Gig, with Vince Neil; Who is Heavy Metal Harry?; Who is Johnny One Lip?; and Who is Major Rob?

Click the links below t0o purchase:

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For more information and to book his bands, please contact Paul Fessock at Paul@Worldofrock,com. Fessock performs all over New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

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— Jerry Del Priore

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NJ’s MPAC to Host 2 Rock Icon Tribute Shows: Queen, Fleetwood Mac

I love live music, and it is good to be able to attend in-person shows again since COVID-19 restriction have loosed a bit.

I will be attending, along with my girlfriend Maggie, two tribute performances at Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) in Morristown, N.J.: one in April, and the other in May.

First up, on Saturday, April 16th at 8:00 p.m., One Night of Queen, Gary Mullen and the Works, will be playing at MPAC.

The band will rock you when it brings the music of Queen to life with note-by-note renditions of such classics as “Keep Yourself Alive,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” “You’re My Best Friend,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and more.

Mullen began touring on his own and in 2002, he formed the band ‘The Works’, to pay tribute to rock legends Queen. 

Tusk, a five-person Fleetwood Mac tribute band (Press Photo).

For tickets for the One Night of Queen show, click here.

Up next is Tusk, one of the world’s most foremost Fleetwood Mac tribute bands, as it will be hitting the stage at MPAC on Friday, May 6th at 8:00 p.m.

From “Don’t Stop,” “Go Your Own Way,” to “Dreams” and “The Chain,” Tusk recreates the tunes of Mick Fleetwood, Christine and John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and others over the years in perfect musical form.

To purchase tickets to see Tusk, click here.

— Jerry Del Priore

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Sixx Seconds to Mars, a Mötley Crüe Tribute Band, Ready to Rock for Children with Traumatic Brain Injuries

For people who witnessed Sixx Seconds to Mars, a Mötley Crüe tribute band, bring down the house last month at Dingbatz, in Clifton, N.J., you do not want to miss the group’s next outdoor show on April 9th, in Old Bride, N.J. (67 Old Amboy RD.), for Ride for Charity, as Bikers Rally Across America for Brain Injured Children.

Heck, you might as well grab a bunch of old-school metal heads and take them with you, willingly or not. It is your call, but, hey, it’s for charity. So, what do you have to lose?

Paul Fessock, Johnny Leigh and company rock out to the Motely Crue’s best Heavy Metal tracks at NJ’s Dingbatz last month.

Sixx Seconds to Mars, fronted by Paul Fessock, an educator and five-time children’s book author, hits the high notes the way Vince Neil does.

Plus, the band is absolutely dead-on spectacular, from the rockstar-looking bass player Johnny Leigh to the glitzy guitar virtuoso Chris Radice, down to gifted drummer Ron Lipnicki, formerly of tOverkill. 

Other bands on hand will be That Metal Band, Big House Pete, and Junkyard Dawgs.

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Note: If you click on the above Amazon links and make a purchase, I may earn a commission to help provide free content to the masses. Help support independent journalism and musical artist such as Sixx Seconds to Mars.

Long live rock n’ roll.

— Jerry Del Priore

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Sixx Seconds to Mars Brings Heavy Metal Gods Mötley Crüe to Life at Dingbatz

Nothing brings me back to my adolescent years than heavy metal, and one of my all-time favorite bands, Mötley Crüe.

So, my friends and I drove out to Dingbatz, in Clifton, N.J., on Saturday night to see Sixx Seconds to Mars, a Mötley Crüe tribute band fronted by the dynamic Paul Fessock. Also performing live was Tribute, an Ozzy cover band, and Interstate Love Songs, playing the tunes of the 90’s Stone Temple Pilots and 2000’s Velvet Revolver.

Fessock rocks out with bass player Johnny Leigh.

First, Sixx Seconds to Mars totally blew the roof of Dingbatz, playing the classic, hard-rocking heavy metal Crüe tunes such as Shout at the Devil, Bastard, Live Wire, Kick Start My Heart, 10 Seconds to Love, Primal Scream, and list goes on.

Fessock, an educator and children's book author (Heavy Metal Harry’s First Gig with Vince Neil Paperback) nailed the high notes the way Vince Neil was once able to flawlessly hit.

Furthermore, the band was absolutely dead-on amazing, from the rockstar-looking bass player Johnny Leigh to the glitzy guitar virtuoso Chris Radice, down to gifted drummer Ron Lipnicki, formerly of Overkill. I swear, if you closed your eyes for a few seconds and forgot you were at small rock bar in New Jersey, you would channel the hard-rocking vibes of Mötley Crüe. No, really.

A highly recommend taking in one of Sixx Seconds to Mars’s show in the near future.

I did not get to see Tribute, but Interstate Love Songs was a quality band that had the crowed rocking throughout its set.

For more information on Sixx Seconds Mars and live performance dates, visit sixxsecondstomars.com.

If you click on one of the Amazon affiliated links above and make a purchase, I may earn a commission to help provide free content that helps support the independent music scene and local New Jersey and New York bars and restaurants.

Thank you.

— Jerry Del Priore

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Harry Connick, Jr. Set to Perform at MPAC on Wednesday

There is not much Harry Connick, Jr. has not done in the entertainment industry.

From music and film to television and Broadway, the New Orleans, La., native has done it all, and well. On Wednesday, February 2nd, at 7:30 p.m., Connick will make his way over to Morristown’s MPAC for a night of musical celebration, as he plans to perform songs from across his stories, remarkable career.

The three-time Grammy Award winner’s highlights of his music career include several multi-platinum recordings such as “When Harry Met Sally,” “Blue Light, Red Light (Someone’s There)”, “When My Heart Finds Christmas,” “Come By Me, and “Only You.

For more information and to purchase tickets, go to Mayoarts.org.

— Jerry Del Priore

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Oryx Desert Salt: The Salt of the Earth, Straight from South Africa’s Kalahari Desert to the USA

Food doesn’t have to taste bland. And while most people avoid adding salt to food due to health reasons, Oryx Desert Salt from the Kalahari Desert in South Africa is packed with a ton of flavor. So I find that you just need to add a pinch or two to improve the taste of the dishes that you prepare.

Additionally, Oryx Desert Salt is unrefined and unprocessed – a 100% pure, crystal white, natural, mineral-rich desert salt. The ancient source and sun-dried method creates an exceptional taste, enhancing and enriching flavors of your food.

Being locally and sustainably produced is a foundational value for Oryx Desert Salt. Its motto is “Refill, Reuse, Real Value.” Plus, recyclable glass bottles and long-lasting ceramic grinder heads ensure they can be refilled several rimes. Refill boxes are available across the range.

Also, Oryx Desert Salt believes in giving back, so for every bag of salt sold, a percentage is donated to the Khomani San and Mier communities who own Xaus Lodge in the Kalahari Desert.

Oryx Desert Salt also makes a wonderful Oryx Desert Black Pepper product, perfect for cooking and adding to your favorite dishes. Plus, Oryx Smoked Salt and Oryx Wine Salt.

To learn more about the company, go to ORYXDESERTSALT.CO.ZA. The Oryx Desert Salt product is on promotion at Wholefoods for the rest of November.

— Jerry Del Priore

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Mo-Beard HS Student Vikki Amourgianos Makes Impact Through Miss NJ Teen USA Pageant, Charity Work

 Morristown-Beard High School senior Vasiliki “Vikki” Amourgianos never imagine she would compete in a beauty pageant.

With all the glitz, glamour, and high pressure surrounding the competition, Amourgianos said it was not in her personality to do it.

However, the17-year-old is not one to turn down a self-imposed challenge, so she entered the 2021 Miss New Jersey Teen USA Pageant in August.

It was pressured-filled, to say the least, but she said she is a better person for going through the experience.

“I’m not the type of person to put myself in the spotlight,” said Amourgianos, who plays varsity volleyball for the Crimson. “I’m not the type of person to put myself in a dress and flaunt myself. But I wanted to challenge myself, so I went through the interview process. I made it through, and it molded me for the better. 

“It was definitely nerve-wracking to put myself out there,” she continued. “It caught me off guard that so many girls looked so professional. As soon as they announced the top 15, there were girls (who did not make the cut) balling.” 

Once Amourgianos began the arduous pageant preparation process, she did not ever consider turning back.

“We put so much money into it, all my family was there, that I had to do it,” the Morris Plains, N.J., resident recalled. “Just knowing they were there to support me, made it worth it.” 

Although she was not among the top overall finalist, she did capture the honorable mention activewear award. It made the diligent work that the affable, effervescent young lady put in– including raising $1875 for the event–truly special.

More importantly, though, the recognition elicited a high-spirited reaction from Amourgianos’ mom, Zaffier. 

“It was unbelievable, to be honest,” Amourgianos said of capturing the honor. “I didn’t expect it. My family jokingly says how unathletic I am. But when I won it, my mother let out this big scream.” 

Futhermore, the pageant gave Amourgianos the platform to encourage girls to major in STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) disciplines and pursue careers in the fields.

The numbers are overwhelmingly in favor of men at the moment, as 28 percent of women comprise the STEM workforce, according to BestColleges.com. Plus, per a 2018 U.S. census data report, women in STEM make 19 percent less than their male counterparts, on average.

Vikki (L) and Evva (R) Amorgianos hang out on the boardwalk.

“Twenty nine percent of women make up STEM in professional careers,” she closely estimated. “And only three percent of women are CEOs. I wanted to bring that to the table, to tell girls that they don’t have to abide by stereotypes. I also want to be a positive role model to my younger sister, Evva,” a young, on-the-rise12-year-old soccer player.  

As for Amorgianos, an excellent student, she said she plans on studying neuroscience in college and hopes to earn a Ph.D., deeply diving into brain function, children’s cancer research, and other areas. 

Moreover, children’s cancer is a cause Amourgianos cares about dearly, as she has helped raise monies for St. Jud’s Children’s Hospital through the Teen Warriors nonprofit organization, which approximately 25 teens around Essex and Morris counties help operate, she noted. Amourgianos said they pitched in and raised around $50,000 through their Northern NJ walk. 

For the near future, Amourgianos plans on competing in the Miss Greek Orthodox Youth of America (GOYA) pageant in October through her church. But she said this competition is more faith-based, and very important because of that. 

That aside, the Astoria, Queens-born, Greek-American said competing in a pageant is something most adolescent girls should give a try at least once.

Nevertheless, Amourgianous said she works hard in all aspects of her existence: school, church, charity work, and family life, with her parents and Evva being her biggest fans.

Her dad, James, suffered a serious back injury over 13 years ago, when he fell off a moving flatbed truck while working. The accident left him paralyzed. He had to endure an eight-year period of surgeries and recovery, and had to relearn how to walk. But Amourgianous said he still lives with chronic pain, although he is doing better these days.  

Seeing what her dad has endured has helped shape Amourgianous into a caring, empathetic person while making an undeniable impact on her entire life’s essence and future choices. 

“Now, to see my dad so upset and in pain, it has helped me have compassion and patience for people,” said the 5-foot-1 spitfire who is hell-bent on making a positive difference in the world. “My parents are extremely proud of me. It’s really exciting to go through this (picking a college, pageants, ect.) with them. I want to make them happy.” 

As long as she continues on her positive path, Amougianous wholeheartedly believes in a fruitful future for herself. 

“I think I have a big future around me,” she said. “and I’ll leave a great legacy for my family and everyone around me.”

No doubt.

— Jerry Del Priore 

(Photos: Vikki Amorgianos)

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GrillGirl’s Robyn Lindars Intros Craft BBQ Rub, Cocktail Rimmer

You do not have to only grill in warmer weather, as barbequing has become a year-round enjoyable way to cook food with friends and family, especially for the big game.

To that end, Robyn Lindars, creator of GrillGirl.com, announced today the launch of her newest grilling product – the Sunshine State of Mind Craft BBQ Rub.

With notes of kaffir lime, grapefruit, orange, coriander, Himalayan salt, granulated honey, smoked paprika, and a dash of chipotle, taste buds are whisked off on a blissful citrus adventure that begs for more with every glorious bite.

With the Sunshine State of Mind Craft BBQ Rub, chicken, fish, and pork have never been so deliciously mouthwatering. Plus, it’s amazing as a cocktail rimmer (Margaritas, anyone?) sure to leave your guests enjoying the savory spices around the entire glass.
 
“Grilling is enjoyable all year now, and having the right rub is essential to ensuring your grilled delights are total crowd pleasers,” Lindars, who resides in Florida, said in a press release. “What’s extra special about the Sunshine State of Mind Craft BBQ Rub is its a great, bold, flavorful addition to cocktails as a rimmer. It offers the perfect combination of smoke, spice, and Florida sweetness that will perfectly tie your food and beverage together.”
 
Any grilling enthusiasts who want to try the GrillGirl’s new rub, use code SUNSHINE for 5 percent off the first order by ordering the rub here! And if grilling lovers are looking for a fun way to use the rub, check out Uncle Chicos Sunshine State of Mind Coconut Shrimp Tacos using Sunshine State of Mind BBQ Rub.

Don’t forget to check out the latest edition of Robyn’s Grill Girl® Magazine, a grilling lifestyle publication available nationally at local retailers and grocery stores, Barnes and Noble, CVS, and Walmart.

GrillGirl.com is a high traffic grilling and outdoor lifestyle website with a focus on outdoor cooking, recipes, and lifestyle content.

— Jerry Del Priore

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Woofstock: Home for Good Dogs Rescue Event This Saturday, Sunday Features Nerds, Brian Kirk and The Jirks

If you are a dog and live music lover, then you will be doggone happy for what is going on this Saturday and Sunday September 11th and 12th at Brook Valley Farm in Chatham, New Jersey: Home for Good Dog Rescue’s summer music festival event – WoofStock, with the The Nerds and Brian Kirk & the Jirks performing awesome, live tunes, respectively.

Home for Good Dog Rescue (HFGDR) is a 501(c)(3) is a non-profit organization headquartered in Berkeley Heights, N.J. It rescues dogs from high-kill shelters in the South, transports them to be rescued, and gives them a second chance at life with an awesome foster family for the time being.

As a one-of-a-kind, 100-percent foster-based rescue outfit, HFGDR places each dog into a loving foster home until adoption, and since its inception in 2010, it has rescued over 9,500 dogs and has given them caring homes for good, according it its website.

The event is the largest adoption day of the year for HFGDR and top musical acts The Nerds (Saturday) and Brian Kirk & The Jirks (Sunday) will highlight the two-day woof-tacular spectacular.

Additionally, this event is pet-friendly, so you are encouraged to bring your HFGDR alum for a visit. Plus, food trucks, craft vendors, beer and wine, K-9 contests, prize raffles will be on hand, and, of course, dog adoptions will take place.

My girlfriend Maggie and I adopted our beautiful, sweet pup Maya from HFGDR in 2018. And we could not be happier with her in our lives.

Maya gets clean after a day at the Dog Park.

Registration is $30 per adult and $12 for children (12 and under) for entry on single days. And $50 per adult and $20 for children (12 and under) for both days. Every dollar raised helps save more pups in need of a loving, permanent home. Entrance fees are non-refundable.

Entrance will include an HFGDR Swag Bag with lots of goodies for you and your dogs, while supplies last.

**AS OF 9/1/21 EFGDR is running a $6 discount on all Adult Woofstock tickets!**

For BOTH DAYS (11th & 12th) registration please click here.
The Nerds and Brian Kirk & The Jirks, $50 per adult ($44 with discount) and $20 for children (12 and under).

For Saturday, 11th ONLY registration please click here.
The Nerds: $30 per adult ($24 with discount) and $12 for children (12 and under).

For Sunday, 12th ONLY registration please click here.
Brian Kirk & The Jirks: $30 per adult ($24 with discount) and $12 for children (12 and under).Pre-registration tickets will be available until 4pm on Wednesday, September 8th.

After that time, tickets will only be available for purchase at the event gates. Prices at the gate per day will be Adults: $35, Children: $12 for ages 12 and under. Purchase your pre-registrations tickets online today! 

This event will be in full compliance with all COVID-19 regulations. The entire area is outside and open. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the venue.

Both days are expected to be nice and sunny, per weather reports. For more information on Home For Good Dogs Rescue, click on the link to the left.

— Jerry Del Priore

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2021 Hot Summer Concert Series Shows Rescheduled: Crash the Party, Brian Kirk and the Jirks, The Nerds

When inclement weather and other uncontrollable situations arise, sometimes, the 2021 Hot Summer Concert Series outdoors shows at the Village Green in Summit, N.J., have to be reschedule.

With that being said, like the great Freddy Mercury said, “The Show Must Go On.”

It starts tonight (Tuesday, August 24th, at 7:00 p.m.) with Crash the Party, a five-person high-energy band that covers non-stop danceable hits sure to make you rock and bogie all night long.

Crash the Party was scheduled to play on July 27th, but unforeseen circumstances caused the band to reschedule until today.

Brian Kirk and the Jirks (Sounds of the Jersey Shore), originally set to perform on Tuesday, August 10th, were forced to reschedule due to a threat of a thunderstorm, will be on stage on Tuesday, August 31st at 7:00 p.m. And there is no doubt about it, Brian Kirk and the Jirks will prove why they are one of the best cover bands in the Garden State.

Last but not least are The Nerds (It’s All Rock and Roll), hitting the stage on Tuesday, September 28th.

Originally set for Tuesday, August 17th, but forced to play another date due to threat of rain, The Nerds will close out the 2021 Hot Summer Concert Series in the dorkiest of style. But make no bones about it, The Nerds, after all these years, can still rock the hell out a crowd.

— Jerry Del Priore

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