Hackensack native Joanne Calabrese began her
career in her high school band Motive: Music, featuring then-unknown keyboardist
Rupert Holmes! She released two singles on Scepter and performed on stage with
labelmates Dionne Warwick and B.J. Thomas. In 1980, she formed the all-girl band
Last Licks with Laurie Swerlin and released an EP on Stonehenge. A solo album
followed (1984) with support from Benjy King (Scandal), Lesley Gore, Ellen
Foley, and many others.
In the 90s, Joanne and Laurie formed Where
There's Smoke, hitting the NYC club circuit and numerous LGBT charity events.
They also won New Jersey Pride's "Battle Of The Bands" and played at the
Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park! Where There's Smoke eventually morphed into The Swippers, showcasing their love of the Byrds, Bonnie Raitt, and the
Pretenders. They also opened for Tret Fure, Ellis, and Betty Soo during the Power
of Women series at the Watchung Performing Arts Center.
Come join us for a solo performance by this
incredibly talented artist.
The Outliers are a power pop rock band from
nearby Essex County. With influences ranging from the Byrds, Beatles and
Burritos to the Who, Replacements, and Tom Petty, you're guaranteed to have a
rousing good time.
Paul Crane provides their
I met guitarist Chris Bolger at an open mic
in West Orange, NJ. I was impressed with his encyclopedic knowledge of classic
rock and pop and even more impressed a couple of weeks later when he gave me a
copy of his newly recorded solo record "No Promises." It was chock full of great
songs. I had a bunch of songs I had written that I never used with my long time
band Bastards of Melody. So about a year after I met Chris, we decided to put
together a band as an outlet for our songs. We brought in my friend and former
Luv Junkies band mate Doug Hedge on drums and after a long search, we finally
found our permanent bass player Cliff Brennan.
Conte is a singer and multi-instrumentalist based out of Union County New
Jersey. Nick plays bluegrass, rock, and country in many of his projects around
the state. Conte released his power pop influenced album Nothing Hip About
It in 2015. For the past three years he has returned to his true passion of
American roots music. Solo performances by Conte include a mix of classic
country, bluegrass, and twangy originals. Plans for an Americana album and new
classic country project are in the works for 2019.