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Madison, NJ’s Native Son Matt Haughey Wows Fans in Special 2-Hour Performance

If you have not had an opportunity to see Matt Haughey (pronounced Howie) perform live, or listen to his music, do yourself a favor and do so soon.

Haughey, a singer-songwriter, played a show on Friday night in front of the Museum of Early Trade & Crafts in his hometown of Madison, N.J., and he dazzled the spectators.

Haughey, who said he has been influenced by the likes of Ed Sheeran, sang tunes written by himself, with a few exceptions, while tickling the ivories on his keyboard, sans a backup band.

Though on the melancholy side, Haughey’s lyrics are pure and genuinely from deep within his soul. From Heart of Gold and The Kid That You Loved (recorded with Jay Webb) to Make You Happy and Sorry, he proves, without a doubt, that magnificent song writing still exist.

Haughey, a Dartmouth Univeristy grad, belted out his latest tune, Movie Love, whom he recorded with Lila McKenna. It is another beautifully written ballad that evokes unadulterated emotions and the type of romance you only see on the silver screen.

You can purchase Movie Love by following the Amazon link below:

https://amzn.to/3CvVxwm (Move Love Song).

Showing his performance range, Haughey played Sheeran covers as well as Marc Chon’s hit track Walking in Memphis, which an audience member requested. The Upper Westside, Manhattan, resident also sang a rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, much to the crowd’s delight.

All in All, Haughey played beyond expectations, I cannot wait to see Haughey hit the stage once again. He is the type of guy we should all get behind and root for his success.

To hear more of Haughey’s music, watch his videos, and follow him, search for him onYouTube, TikTok, and Spotify.

Watch Haughey perform Heart of Gold in the video below:

— Jerry Del Priore

(Photo: Matt Haughey on TikTok, Video: by Jerry Del Priore).

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Mama D and The Vexations Set to Hit Chatham Gazebo Thursday

This Thursday, August 5th, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Mama D & The Vexations will be performing at the Chatham Gazebo in Downtown Chatham, N.J., near the Chatham transit train stop.

Mama D & The Vexations, fronted by songstress Donna Ward, is a high-energy four-person cover group from Morristown with a soulful edge. The group’s powerful renditions of hits from the 60s through today will surely keep the vibe pumping and the crowd moving all night long. 

Whether it’s a contemporary love song or a cool, upbeat tune from Jersey rockers such as Fountains of Wayne and Bon Jovi, there’s a little bit of something for everyone to dance to and rock the evening away. 

Also performing that night, from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., is Broadway’s Andrew Kober, as he sings the hits.

Two years ago, lifelong Chatham resident Maggie Grady came up with the idea of the Chatham Concert Series, and now it is thriving.

Mama D & The Vexations will be playing at the Sandbox (Highlands, N.J.) on the 13th, the Laundromat (Morristown, N.J.) on the 14th, and at the Madison Downtown Concert Series on the 20th, in front of the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts.

For more information on the band and tour dates, log onto MamaDmusic.com.

— Jerry Del Priore

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August Begins with 3 Free NJ Outdoor Summer Concerts

For free New Jersey live, outdoor concerts, August 2021 starts off with a musical bang with three rocking shows for the masses.

At the Florham Park Gazebo (111 Ridgedale Ave.) on Sunday, August 1st, Separate Ways, a Journey tribute band, will hit the stage from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

That very same night, at Roberts Garden in Morris Plains (Mountain Way Glenbrook Road), Millie’s Closet will be performing classic tunes from bands the likes of Van Halen, Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, and the Rolling Stones. Millie’s Closet will be jamming from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

For the third Sunday, August 1st music option, Enough Said, a cover band playing popular hits from across the decades, will be at Taylor Park in Millburn starting at 7:00 p.m.

Follow the groups at their respective links to listen to past performances and upcoming appearance dates.

— Jerry Del Priore

(Photo: Facebook).

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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.

They are 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 blankets 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