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Chatham, NJ, Resident Maggie Grady Brings Free Pilot Concert to the Area

By Jerry Del Priore 

On Friday, August 30th, at 6:30 p.m., the Madison-based band Kings Road will be playing its brand of alternative/light/acoustic rock with harmony vocals and melodic instrumentations at the Chatham Gazebo. 

Maggie Grady

Maggie Grady of Chatham, NJ.

The free, outdoor concert event is the brainchild of longtime Chatham resident Maggie Grady, who, after seeing several live acts around the area this summer, decided that the borough should host one as well. 

After speaking with the director of Chatham Community Services, Janice Piccolo, and council members Thadeus Kolbarz and Carolyn Dempsey, Grady wrote a proposal, which the council approved, and her idea will come to fruition.

Grady — the High School Youth Minister at St. Patrick’s Church in Chatham — said that “this is a pilot concert with plans in the works for a full free Chatham concert series next summer.”

Kings Road

Madison, NJ’s, Kings Road Rock Band

It’s recommended that you bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket to the concert for your comfort. Plus, local eateries are ready to provide prompt delivery to the concert so you can enjoy dinner while listening to Kings Road’s music. 

Mary Weichert and John Tunny of Weichert Realtors are sponsoring the pilot concert. 

 

 

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Twin Elephant Brewing Company Doubles the Beer Fun in Chatham, NJ

By Jerry Del Priore 

Twin E.

Twin Elephant Brewing Company.

I’ve been to a number of breweries in my time, all in the New York City area, however. Twin Elephant Brewing Company, located in Chatham, New Jersey, was the first one I visited in the Garden State.

Fortunately for our group, girlfriend Maggie included, Twin Elephant didn’t disappoint, with its great variety of microbrews, especially its awesome selection of IPAs.

There were a total of 11 suds on tap that particular day, with beers on constant rotation.

Are you not sure what you want to order? Don’t fret, as flights are just $10.50 for five four-ounce pours.

I tried a large glass of the Demon Barber (English Pale Ale; 4.7% ABV), with the name alone enough to entice me into ordering it.

However, the smooth, clean caramel taste, with earthy hop notes, made it a pleasant experience, sans getting my throat sliced from ear to ear, but I digress. 

I sampled the Worker Drone — a medium light-bodied, delicious cream ale with honey (5.4 % ABV) to give it a measure of sweetness. 

Needing a brew with a little more of a kick, I ventured over to the Old Raritan, a Milk Porter with a 7.8 % ABV.

Dark Beer

Old Raritan.

What an interesting tasting beer, I must say. The freshly-brewed coffee gives the Old Raritan its mahogany amber and splendid flavor, with the Pumpkin Habanero adding a nice touch of heat to the mix. 

I wanted to order another one, but I felt I needed to leave with my insides intact, bar none. 

Charming and sleek wood decor throughout, Twin Elephant sports a friendly atmosphere good for chilling and chugging with your dearest chums, and is family-friendly as well, so bring the kids.

It can get crowded, though, so make sure to get there early if you like to grab a side table and play cards, or a few board games on its huge, wooden center table while chowing down on your own fare, as Twin Elephant doesn’t sell food on the premises, per Jersey law. 

Special note: it gets hot inside as the outside temperature rises. Therefore, dress accordingly. But there’s a nice, little outdoor spot for you to enjoy your suds without overheating much. 

Hours: Closed Monday-Wednesday; Thursday-Friday: 4 p.m to 10 p.m.; Saturday: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday: Noon to 6 p.m. 

Hack: Twin Elephant (13 Watchung Ave) is located behind H&R Block, which is tough to find when it gets dark. 

 

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Country Singer/Songwriter Hannah Ellis Croons her Way into Jerseyans’ Hearts at MPAC

By Jerry Del Priore 

H, Ellis

Hannah Ellis signing autographs for fans at her MPAC show in August.

There’s something special about up-and-coming musical artists that has me pulling for them to succeed. For me, it’s their unyielding hunger, drive, and determination to climb that hill of stardom, no matter what, that makes me want to root for them.

One such performer is country singer/songwriter Hannah Ellis, who opened up for multi-platinum singer, performer, and songwriter Gavin DeGraw at Mayo Performance Arts Center (MPAC) in Morristown, New Jersey, Sunday night. 

Accompanied by just an acoustic guitarist, the Campbellsville, Kentucky, native delivered a sweet, memorable performance, singing tunes from her latest five-track EP, including Never In Love and ILYSoWhat, a tune she wrote after telling her boyfriend she loved him for the first time. 

Additionally, Ellis grooved the classic 1991 R&B hit song from BLACKstreet, No Diggity

Afterward, the smooth-sounded country diva held a meet-and-greet in MPAC’s lobby, where she graciously signed photos and CDs for her fans, and snap photos with them as well. 

Ellis is no stranger to notoriety, being named one of CMT’s Next Women of Country as well as one of Rolling Stone’s “Artist’s to Watch”. Plus, the Nashville, Tennesse, resident has competed on Season 8 of The Voice

To follow Ellis on social media, and for her touring schedule, go to http://www.facebook.com/HannahEllisMusic, http://instagram.com/HannahGreyEllis, and http://twitter.com/hannahgreyellis. 

Listen to Your Woman by clicking the link. For more of Ellis’ music, log onto http://www.youtube.com/user/hannahgreyellis and Spotify.

 

 

 

 

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Jazz Singer Brynn Stanley Wows in Madison, NJ

By Jerry Del Priore

Brynn Stanley

Brynn Stanley chats it up with her New Jersey faithful fans Friday night.

I must admit: I haven’t always been the biggest fan of jazz music. But Brynn Stanley changed that Friday night in front of the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts as part of Madison, New Jersey’s Downtown Concert Series. 

Using her sweet, velvety voice and natural charisma, Stanley dazzled onlookers with an array of classic jazz hits from musical greats such as New Jersey’s native son, Frank Sinatra, and Bobby Troup. Plus, her own tunes, including Be My Summertime

To me, Stanley displays musical stylings the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Norah Jones, with a little bit of Bonnie Ryatt mixed in for good measure. Vocal talent aside, the way the New Jersey native told her personal stories added something special to the outdoor show, as she displayed a unique charm only matched by her glowing smile and wonderful stage presence. 

Don’t miss your chance to witness Stanley and her gifted jazz trio play live, as they will be playing around the New Jersey and New York region, as well as Los Angeles, among other areas, in the near future. 

For Stanley’s touring schedule information, go to her website at https://www.brynnstanley.com.

To follow her on social media, click on https://www.instagram.com/brynnstanley/, https://twitter.com/BrynnStanley, and https://www.facebook.com/brynnstanleyvocalist/. 

 

 

 

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Paul Maged Delivers Knockout Punch with Fight To The Death EP

By Jerry Del Priore 

FTTD

I often wonder where true rock music has gone. On June 17, New York City indie rocker Paul Maged released his long-awaited six-song EP Fight To The Death (FTTD), a melodic blend of cool rock tunes with an auspicious yet vicious bite, making me believe that the Massachusetts native has pumped life back into the nearly lifeless music genre. 

Validating Maged’s talent, the UFC used the title track to his EP, Fight To The Death, on UFC Fight Pass and Titan Fighting Championship as the music to accompany their latest video promo for their big Titan Fighting event, which took place on June 28th. 

I can see why they used the single Fight To The Death, as the song packs a hard-rocking wallop, with driving guitar riffs and a relentless beat, not to mention meaningful lyrics, which are only matched by Maged’s strong vocal presence.   

Life Goes By isn’t as heavy as the opening track, but still delivers a musical expression worthy of Maged being a genuine rockstar. 

Following that up, Nightstalker brings Maged’s heavy, energic music back to the forefront, with all the necessary elements for a quality rock tune.

Paul Maged

Paul Maged.

FTTD is the third and final album in Maged’s EP trilogy, following Light Years Away and The Glass River.

I liken Maged’s music to musical acts such as Queens Of The Stone Age and Soundgarden. 

Album Credits:

Produced by Sean Gill
Music & Lyrics by Paul Maged
Keyboard, Piano, All Vocals: Paul Maged    
Lead Guitar on FTTD, OITD, The Resistance: John Polimeni
Lead Guitar & Bass on Life Goes By & Nightstalker: Ari Friedman
Bass on FTTD, OITD, The Resistance, Illusions Go By: Paul Maged
Drums: Marc Hoffman
BeatBox on Life Goes By & Illusions Go By: Paul Maged
Album Cover Art by Kashif Majeed, KMDESIGNZ
Recorded at Nightlife Studios – Manhattan, New York 

For more information on Maged, and to listen and watch his videos, go to https://paulmaged.com/, https://www.instagram.com/paulmagedmusic/, https://twitter.com/themagedman, and https://www.youtube.com/user/PaulMagedMusic.

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Could I be the 4th Jonas Brother?

By Jerry Del Priore.

So, in addition to being a passionate writer, I play the drums every now and again.

Just in case the Jonas Brothers are looking for a 50-year-old drummer, I’m available, and I’m in Chatham, New Jersey, often. Therefore, it’s a good fit all around.

Here, I am rocking out with the talented indie singer/songwriter Elizabeth Sage.

Rock on, and enjoy life!!

Please check out my other blog at BrooklynSportsWorld.com.

 

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Shepard Kollock Dog Park: Chatham NJ’s Best-Kept Secret

By Jerry Del Priore

Shep Park

Come all dogs to Chatham’s Shepard Kollock Park Dog Off-Leash Area. Woof!!

On July 9th, 2018, council members Vicki Fife and Bob Weber had presented the idea of having an off-leash, 400-foot fenced-off dog area (back 40) at Shepard Kollock Recreational Park in the borough of Chatham, New Jersey. 

The ordinance was up for adoption on Sept. 11 of that year and has been vital to dogs and their owners in the area ever since its inception. 

But my girlfriend, Maggie and I are still surprised that many people in the area are unaware of Shepard’s Kollock Park’s dog area. It’s probably Chatham’s best-kept secret, that’s if you’re lucky enough to own one of man’s best friends. 

Every opportunity that we get, we take our dog, Maya, a beautiful mixed plot hound/lab breed to Shepard Kollock Park — named after an editor and printer, who was active in colonial New Jersey during the period of the American Revolutionary War — to frolic and play with a host of other cute pups. And she loves it, to say the least.

Maya getting clean

Maya getting clean after another doggie romp at Shepard Kollock Dog Park.

If you plan on attending the park on the weekends, it’s best to get there approximately between 8:00-8:30 a.m. (when it isn’t as warm during the summer months) so your dog can run and roughhouse with other adorable, playful canines. 

Don’t forget to bring water for your dog and gauge how hot the ground is before you let him/her loose. 

The other benefit is the amazing hiking trail behind Shepard Kollock Park, where Maya runs amuck and jumps into the Passaic River, much to her unbridled delight. 

Sure, they’ll get wet and filthy, but they’ll burn off that excess playful energy that can be much at times, while sleeping much better, not to mention be much happier. 

And as a dog owner, what else could you ask for, for your dog? 

Keep in mind there are certain rules you must follow. Here are a few:

  1. Owners must be clean up immediately after their dogs and place all waste in the appropriate receptacle (there are poop bags for your convenience). 
  2. No dogs in heat are allowed in the off-leash area.
  3. No overly aggressive dogs are permitted in the off=leash region.
  4. Keep the number of dogs to two per handler.
  5. Make sure your dog is restricted to the off-leash area, as it is a public park. 

Like I mentioned, there are more rules. So I provided a photo with all of them. 

Shepard Kollock

Shepard Kollock Park Off-Leash Atea Rules.

Shepard Kollock Park, located off Parrott Mill Road, also offers a covered picnic shelter, an all-purpose field for baseball and softball, a boat launch, and a fun playground for kids and kids at heart.