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Eagles Tribute Band Desert Highway to Put on Free Concert in Florham Park

Sunday night, July 18th, at 7:00 p.m., Desert Highway: A Tribute To The Eagles will be performing a free show at the Florham Park Gazebo, in Florham Park, N.J.

Desert Highway is a passionate group of six talented professionals, who are studio and concert tour veterans with major recording artists.  The band performs their rich vocal harmonies and intricate guitar styles without the aid of added pre-recorded tracks.  The band is available as a six or nine piece group, with the addition of a full horn section for selected performances.

From mega hits such as Hotel California to Take it Easy, Desert Highway puts on a magical show sure to please even the pickiest of diehard Eagles fans. The band even performs Don Henley songs such as Dirty Laundry and The End of the Innocence.

For more information on Desert Highway and tour dates, please go to deserthighwayband.com.

— Jerry Del Priore

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Super Trans AM Revs Up its Motor for 2021 Summit Concert Series

Did you ever want to take a trip back in time where wearing bell bottoms and listening to music such as Queen, The Doobie Brothers, Peter Frampton, and Boston, among other rocking musical acts, was the coolest thing going?

Well, now can you can. Super Trans Am, the most unique and innovative theme band on the scene today, will be playing all of your favorite arena anthems and chart-topping radio hits of the 1970s on Tuesday, July 20th, from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., as part of the 2021 Hot Summer Concert Series presented by Investors Bank @ the Village Green in Summit, N.J.

For added twists, each band member takes turns with lead vocals throughout the show, and eye-popping, high-tech art videos and stage production pays homage to the era’s one-of-a-kind pop culture.

So, break out your Charlie Angles’ feathered hair style and rock ’em sock ’em robots, and make your way over to a night of funky music next Tuesday.

For more information on the band and for additional performance dates, log onto SuperTransAm.com.

— Jerry Del Priore

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One Stop Pony Headed to NJ’s Florham Park for July Show

This Sunday, July 11th, at 7:00 p.m., at the Florham Park Gazebo, One Stop Pony will be hitting the stage to play its amazing renditions of hits from Billy Joel to Johnny Cash, and every amazing artist in between.

Lead vocalist and guitarist Brian La Blanc has a unique ability to transform his voice into sounding just like the original artist the group is performing. Just close your eyes and imagine that the singer, whether its Neil Young or Tom Petty, is right before your very eyes. It is something that is absolutely cool and surreal. Plus, the rest of the band is made up of talented musicians sure to satisfy the masses.

Brian La Blanc is also the frontman of the Neil Diamond tribute band Simply Diamond.

For more information and tour dates for both bands, log onto OneStopPonyBand.com.

— Jerry Del Priore

(Photo: One Stop Pony).

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Crash the Party Set to Rock Summit, NJ in Late July

If you popped open a beer can at a party, and that can played music, chances are it would sound like Crash the Party, a five-person high-energy band that covers non-stop danceable hits sure to make you rock and boggie all night long.

On Tuesday, July 27th starting at 7:00 p.m., Crash the Party will hit the stage for a electrical performance on the Village Green in Summit, N.J. as part of the 2021 Hot Summer concert series presented by Investors Bank.

Crash The Party launched in the spring of 2019 and hit the ground running, and are showing zero signs of slowing down.

Crash the Party is composed of lead singer and Buenos Aires, Argentina, native Carlos Gabriel; Jesseek, a Brooklyn-born lead vocalist with smooth pipes; Eric Drylewicz, bassist and vocalist from Rahway, N.J.; Drummer Danny Raman; and Guitar and Vocalist Desiree Bassett.

For more information on Crash the Party and its performance dates, log onto CrashTheParty.com. Listen to and watch the band’s videos here.

Rain dates will be scheduled according to talent availability. Refreshments will be available from food trucks at each concert.

— Jerry Del Priore

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Pump, an Aerosmith Cover Band, Gears Up for Rock-Fueled Tour

It looks like Pump, an Aerosmith tribute band, will be busy rocking out for the summer and the rest of 2021. And with a new lead singer, Ian C. Temple, a Brooklyn-born front-man who joined the band late last year, to boot.

“He has been great,” Pump founder and bassist Frank Tassielli said. “We added him in November, and he plays the piano, which is an added benefit..”

Pump’s first upcoming show will take place at the Village Brewing Company in Somerville, N.J., on Friday, July 16th from 7:00 p.m.-10 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door.

After that, Pump returns to Long Island at the Tilles Center, a 2,600-seat Performing Arts Center at LIU Post in Brookville, on Saturday, July 24th. Tilles Center is located at 720 Northern Blvd, Brookville, NY. For more information on how to purchase tickets, please contact its box office at 516.299.3100 or TillesCenter.com.

Then, on Sunday, August 22nd, at the Long Beach Pavilion, in Nissequogue NY, Pump hits the stage for an outdoor earth-shattering peformance, from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Next, on Saturday, August 28th, Pump will be playing at Nussy’s Beirgarten at Reidbauser’s Resort, in Round Top NY.

For its last summer show, on Friday, September 17th, Pump will be performing a live set, from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., at the Brooks Arts Center in Bound Brook, NJ.

With the leaves turning a breathtaking orange and brown, Pump will be playing a show on Saturday, Oct 16, from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., at the Barnum Ballroom in Island Park, NY.

As the holiday season begins, the five-man rock ensemble will be ripping it up on Saturday, November 27th, from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., at the Bartini Bar in Babylon, N.Y.

Pump members include lead singer and pianist, Ian Temple; Frank Tassielli, bass/vocals/band manager; Herb Ricco, drummer/vocals; Johnny Flaggs Francese, guitar/synthesizer/vocals; and Tommy Lestat Collier, guitars/vocals/talk box.

For more information on Pump and its schedule, visit PumpRocks.net. To follow the band on social media, go to its Facebook and Instagram.

— Jerry Del Priore

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Journey Cover Band Frontiers to Rock Outdoor Free Concert in Berkley Heights, NJ, in July

The summer is upon us and COVID-19 restrictions have lessen all over New Jersey. With that being said, outdoor music concerts are back and bands are ready to rock n’ roll all over the Garden State.

On Wednesday, July 7th, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Frontiers, a Journey cover band, will be playing a free show at Veterans Memorial Park (113–205 Plainfield Avenue, Berkley Heights) as part of the Berkley Heights Outdoor Concert Series.

I have seen Frontiers at Mayo Performance Arts Center (MPAC), and they are a fun and outstanding band, playing all of Journey’s greatest tunes-from Don’t Stop Believing to Open Arms, and everything in between.

Lead singer Elaine Tuttle’s voice is amazing, and the rest of the band makes up great, experienced musicians.

There so awesome, that both Steve Perry and Neal Schon said via Twitter that Frontiers is their favorite Journey tribute band. Therefore, why not travel back to the late 70s and 80s to enjoy a bit of rock magic in New Jersey?

Note: Make sure to bring chairs and a blanket for your comfort.

–Jerry Del Priore

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Sayreville NJ’s Anthony Lombardi is Hopeful in Living Kidney Donor Search

Sayreville, NJ, resident Anthony “Tony” Lombardi has been battling Type II diabetes for over thirty years. He said the combination of the disease and corresponding medications have damaged his kidneys to the point that kidney dialysis and an eventual transplant has become necessary.

Please help Anthony Lombardi and his family in their search for a living kidney donor.

Lombardi has been enduring dialysis treatments three times a week for approximately two years. But the 71-year-old contracted COVID-19 last April while receiving treatments at the kidney dialysis center, he believes.

It tested Lombardi’s mettle, but he found way to recover and keep moving forward after spending two-week medical care stint.

“I spent two weeks in the hospital and needed a blood transfusion because my blood count dropped to seven,” Lombardi said. “It was tough, but I got through it.”

Lombardi, a retired City of Jersey City Municipal Government worker, credits his strong Catholic faith, his belief in God, and his family for helping to deal with the arduous experiences he has faced.

“I look at it as the good Lord looking after me,” he said. “I see people in dialysis and it’s not good. It’s tough, it really is. I feel lucky (to keep going on). You need a strong mind to help you. As for my faith, treasure each good day God blesses you with and don’t forget to tell the special people in your life how much you love them. We (him and his wife Dolores) go to Church when we can. We have a strong faith. It has helped. ”

As for a stranger stepping up and donating a kidney, the Jersey City native said: “It takes a special person in their mindset that they really want to donate a kidney. You have to be a special person.” The person is helping someone they don’t know.”

For people who are wondering about recovery time of the living donor, depending on the type of work you perform, you could be back in two to six weeks, according to transplants experts.

However, it is important to keep in mind that it varies from donor to donor.

Moreover, if someone would like to be a living donor, Lombardi’s blood type is A, but blood type doesn’t matter because St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ, participates in the Paired Exchange Program.

Please complete the referral form below and indicate donor for Anthony Lombardi, who offer ups his gratitude in advance for wanting to save his life: Referral Form: https://bit.ly/2UsBtEI.

You can also contact living kidney donor advocate Donna Tissot on her Facebook page for more information on how you can help.

— Jerry Del Priore

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Bronx-Born, NJ Resident Camille Licandro is Relying on Living Kidney Donor for Ultimate Gift

Three years ago, New Jersey’s Camille Licandro was experiencing occasional bouts of fatigue.

Licandro did not think much of it. But an annual physical, which came with a blood test, revealed that her kidneys were in failure.

Camille and Joe Licandro need your help in finding living kidney donor.

“I just retired, and I was home,” the Manchester, N.J., resident said. “I just started to get tired during the day. (I had) no pain, no blood. It was not normal for me.”

Licandro immediately required nephrostomy tubes in both kidneys. As this disease progressed, reoccurring infections and multiple hospital stints forced the doctors to remove her left kidney in July of 2018.

However, the Bronx-born Licandro’s right kidney declined to the point that dialysis became necessary.

Licandro is doing her part to remain as healthy as possible. She follows a strict diet to keep dialysis to a limit, is an active walker, and bowls once a week in a bowling league with her loving husband, Joe.

This April will mark three years of dialysis treatments, with Joe at her side to help guide her on this arduous journey. She said Joe has been her rock through it all and she only wishes to see her family–Joe, her two children, and four grandchildren– continue to prosper and flourish in life.

“My husband Joe has been so supportive through this whole sickness,” Licandro explained. “From daily cleaning of my Nephrostomy tubes, endless doctor visits, to getting up at five a.m. three days weekly to take me to dialysis and returning to pick me up. I thank the Lord for the time we have been happily married and only ask Him to grant me some more years together to watch our grandchildren grow, and our children continue to have successful lives.”

With an unbreakable spirit, filled with unbridled hope and optimism, Licandro is in search of a generous living kidney donor to keep her aspiration of living an existence with her loving family by her side.

“I require a donor to fulfill my dreams and wishes but only ask this so that I can continue to be an integral part of my family’s lives and enjoy some years retired with Joe,” she implored. “If someone would like to be a donor, my blood type is A, but blood type doesn’t matter because St. Barnabas participates in the Paired Exchange Program.”

Licandro said the operation is not that invasive to the donor, with a short recovery time, with even the ability to return to work depending upon what they do for a living.

Through it all, however, Licandro remains positive, as she leans on her faith to get her through the challenging times.

“I do have faith,” the retired teacher’s aide said. “I do leave it up to the Lord.”

To help Licandro in her living donor kidney search, please complete the referral form and indicate donor for Camille Licandro, by clicking the highlighted link to the left.

You can also contact living kidney donor advocate Donna Tissot on her Facebook page for more information on how you can help.

— Jerry Del Priore

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NJ Native Scott Pearson Bravely Battles Medical Conditions While in Need of Kidney

It is fair to say that Howell, N.J., resident Scott Pearson has endured his fair of medical challenges over the last ten years of his life.

Scott Pearson needs your help.

In 2011, Pearson’s doctor diagnosed him with IgA nephropathy, chronic kidney disease (CKD), after a routine physical for his CDL license.

Medication, diet, and guidance from his doctor have helped Pearson manage his CKD. 

Unfortunately, one of Pearson’s CKD medications caused Central Serous Retinopathy (CSR)–a condition in which fluid builds up under the retina and can distort vision–in his right eye.

Thankfully, two injections once a month since 2014 has helped successfully treat Pearson’s CSR. 

However, Pearson faced another medical hurdle in 2018 when his doctor diagnosed him with stage III prostate cancer.

Subsequently, Pearson had surgery to remove his prostate, followed by 38 radiation treatments over seven weeks. 

Remarkably, he said, he did not have any adverse reactions to the radiation.

“My doctor sat me down and said, ‘You have cancer, and here are your options,'” Pearson, 53, explained. “I wanted to have it removed, and it was. I wanted to get it done now.”

Moreover, Pearson’s kidney numbers started to decline, and his nephrologist educated him regarding his treatment options. 

He connected Pearson with a dialysis nurse, who encouraged him to consider registering for a living donor kidney transplant list.

Pearson took her advice and reached out to the Robert Wood Johnson kidney transplant team in July of 2019. After several meetings, many tests, and more blood analyses, RWJ finally approved him for the living donor transplant list in July of 2020. 

Pearson said he feels he has avoided kidney dialysis, for the time being, allowing him to work and maintain his well-being due in part to his wife Tammy, a Reiki practitioner for 35 years. Reiki is a Japanese form of alternative medicine that is known to help with energy healing. 

Tammy also uses other natural healing methods to improve her husband’s health, including reflexology (footwork), meditation, crystal healing, and craniosacral therapy. 

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle hands-on manipulation of the synarthrodial joints of the cranium that may balance cerebral fluids. CST may provide relief of a variety of nagging symptoms, including headaches, neck pain, and side effects of cancer treatment, among others. 

Pearson said he knows that nothing is guaranteed, no matter how much he practices good health habits, and that undergoing dialysis treatment is a real possibility. 

Therefore, he is hoping a living donor will step-up and donate a kidney.

“Yeah, they (natural healing and eating healthy) keep me going, he explained. “Dialysis, if I can avoid it, that would be great. But if I have to do it, so be it. But I want to avoid dialysis. It’s not fun.”

Fortunately for Pearson, he has a Godsend in his corner: Donna Tissot, a kidney donor advocate who has been working on finding him a living donor.

“One of Tammy’s friends saw a news article with Donna in it, and she found her on Facebook and message her,” Pearson recalled. “Donna has been instrumental with social media and getting the word out.” 

If you like to take the first step toward screening to see if you match with Pearson, please fill out this form:  https://www.rwjbh.org/…/kidney…/become-a-living-donor/ and state Scott Pearson as the intended recipient.

Scott’s blood type is O, but it is not the deciding factor in donating a kidney. All blood types are welcome, and if you don’t know what type you are, that will be your first test. 

Please contact Jami Abes at Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health:Jami.Abes@rwjbh.org or call her @ 732-253-3338 for further information.

— Jerry Del Priore

Photos: Scott Pearson.

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Feed Me Seymour: Seymour’s Food Truck Uses Best Ingredients to Craft Delicious Fare

When it comes to great food, it all starts with top ingredients–no-frills, no skimping on quality material, just the freshest, bursting-with-flavor building blocks to deliciousness. 

For Seymour’s Food Truck (326 Main St.), located in Madison, NJ, that is what you get when you order one of its top-notch dishes, made from only the finest organic and locally sourced ingredients available. 

From Seymour’s Crab Cake Sandwich (jumbo lump homemade crab cake, arugula, peppers, sriracha aioli on a brioche bun) to the Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteak (16 oz. of chicken, caramelized onions, peppers, cheddar, our buffalo sauce), everything is a surefire hit.

For me, I enjoyed the Lobster Roll (fresh lobster meat, scallions, jalapeño, coleslaw, arugula with lobster sauce) with the Tabbouleh Salad on my first visit. It was the hands-down best lobster roll I ever had the pleasure of devouring.

Fresh, flavorful, tangy, and savoring, the Lobster Roll was more than worth the $17.99 I forked over for the culinary delight. Who knew you could get a mouthwatering dish like the Lobster Roll I enjoyed at Seymour’s Food Truck? And the Tabbouleh Salad was the perfect compliment to my seafood specialty.

For my next visit, I ordered Seymore’s Sausage Sandwich (grilled grass-fed beef sausage, tomato jalapeño relish, arugula, roasted peppers, caramelized onions, and sweet, spicy aioli) along with the delicious, crispy fries.

It was another lip-smacking, blissful experience.

From Wednesday to Saturday only, you can order the Spice Fried Chicken (Chipotle Mayo, sliced pickle, crispy lettuce, on a brioche bun) and the Colossal Sandwich (Cajun skirt steak, andouille sausage, bacon pimento cheese, pickles, tomatoes, and hot and sweet BBQ sauce).

Seymour’s Food Truck has nearby tables if you rather not wait until you arrive home to eat. While the outdoor dining is not always ideal, you probably will not notice your surroundings, as you will be busy buzzing through your delectable sustenance. 

To download Seymore’s Food Truck app and order online, visit its website @seymourstruck.com/

To follow Seymore’s Food Truck on social media, visit its Facebook page and Instagram page by clicking the respective links to the left.

— Jerry Del Priore