Category Archives: In the clubs


Vicki Kristina Barcelona to Perform in the Parlour at Fox & Crow

Band Returns for a Swinging Night of Tom Waits & Original Tunes

 By Sally Deering

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Terry Radigan, Amanda Homi, and Rachelle Garniez are the Vicki Kristina Barcelona band

Girl groups are a rare breed of women doing their own thing in the male-dominated music world; they create their own unique sound and groove just as cool as the boys.

Vicki Kristina Barcelona fits those stilettos perfectly – a girl group with its own style, doing music their way. The three singer/songwriter/musicians – Amanda Homi (percussion), Rachelle Garniez (accordion/guitar) and Terry Radigan (guitar) – sing original tunes they wrote and a Tom Waits’ repertoire. They perform throughout the Metropolitan area and are returning to the back parlour at Fox & Crow on Thursday, June 22 at 8 o’clock for another show.   Continue reading GIRL GROUP GROOVES

PARLOUR MUSIC Margo Parks books the Acts that Draw the Crowds at Fox & Crow


 Spotlights Performers that Connect with Jersey City’s Diverse Community


Fox & Crows Margo Parks
Margo Parks & Walter Parks

By Sally Deering

 The stage isn’t very big at Fox & Crow, the hip pub and “parlour” on Palisade Ave. in The Heights. Nevertheless, it’s a great Jersey City venue for some pretty big talent and nobody knows that better than the club’s music curator/booking manager Margo Parks.

Band from Fox & Crow
Vicki Kristina Barcelona Band

For more than a year now, Parks has been scouting the acts for Fox & Crow; just one of her many jobs in the music industry. She also works at Kaleidoscope Sound recording studio in Union City and books talent for the annual A-Town Get Down in Savannah, Georgia. Married to popular musician Walter Parks (lead guitarist for the late and great Ritchie Havens), Margo Parks books gigs for her husband’s band, Swamp Cabbage, too. Although not a musician, per se, Margo Parks spends most of her time and energy with musicians– and that’s just fine with her. Continue reading PARLOUR MUSIC Margo Parks books the Acts that Draw the Crowds at Fox & Crow

Stand-Up Comic Brett Druck Hones his Laughs Being Funny is Serious Business

 By Sally Deering

Brett Druck
Brett Druck

It’s been said that doing stand-up stands out as one of the toughest show biz paths to take, a lonely venture of telling jokes to a boozy crowd with the intention of getting them to laugh at your hilarious observations.

Even Jerry Seinfeld started that way.

The difficult life of a stand-up comic hasn’t deterred Jersey City’s Brett Druck, a funny man who has taken his observational humor to comedy clubs in New York and New Jersey, Sirius XM Radio and TV. He plays comedy festivals and just began performing at colleges – his first will be Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, and he’s working on his first comedy album. Continue reading Stand-Up Comic Brett Druck Hones his Laughs Being Funny is Serious Business

The Powerhouse Lounge in Jersey City-A Classy Treat

By Martin Ramone Delossantos

powerhouse24-edf3f278e6The Powerhouse Lounge is a Jersey City nightclub with food service, mostly loved for their incredible pizza, and sushi.  It opened three years ago in 2010 and now you don’t have to journey into New York City for a classy trendy club because it’s here.

There is a doorman so always dress to impress – bring your corporate I.D., and wear business attire to get in – especially if you are interested in the corporate happy hour from 5-to-8 pm.  It’s a deal offering food and drinks for just $20.  Continue reading The Powerhouse Lounge in Jersey City-A Classy Treat

In the Clubs at Willie Mc Bride’s in Hoboken NJ

Willie Mc Brides HobokenWillie McBride’s is a local Irish styled Bar & Grill in Hoboken. It exudes fun. A place to unwind from a hectic day over a Willie Mc Brides Hoboken River View Observercold beer, or cocktail before dinner. On Fridays, and Saturdays McBride’s offers live bands and dancing. If you, and some good friends want to listen and rock to some of the best bands around call McBride’s, and their limo shuttle will pick up you, and your friends for free.
The staff is very congenial at Willie Mc Bride’s, and the weekend crowds are an interesting mix of young professionals.
This bar/club is off the beaten path but worth the taxi ride if you can’t get the free limo. It’s a wonderful place to relax, mingle and meet new people. McBrides features a full bar serving a variety of drinks for your pleasure and you will find them to be delicious and reasonably priced.
If you want a deal get the $19. Special per person and get a 3-hour open bar with cover charge included.
McBride’s is one of the few remaining venues that offers live music, and dancing with an incredible sound sytem and a eclectic mix of live bands. Continue reading In the Clubs at Willie Mc Bride’s in Hoboken NJ

IN THE CLUBS- Hoboken’s ROOM 84


room 84 outsideRoom 84 is aptly named because the address is 84 Washington Street in Hoboken. It is an intimate club; not a very large space.  There is enough room to accommodate private areas called V.I.P. sections for a more private setting with friends.  These spaces are sectioned off by sheer curtain panels letting you enjoy your party, but still being part of the overall scene with a dance floor.

The dominant color is white with colorful lighting dimmed enough to make you feel intimate.  The bar is long so everyone can get to it and order drinks if bottle service isn’t required.  If you do order bottle service it is quite an experience because you do feel like a V.I.P. with lots of attentive service from the staff.  The bottle service is very affordable compared with other clubs in town.  For $250 the Friday package special you get 3 bottles of top shelf liquor, and a carafe of juices and sodas.  On Saturday, the 3-bottle special is $300.

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Barcade in Jersey Ctiy Logo

By Martin Ramone Delossantos

Barcade is an adult Toy land.  With a great selection of classic arcade games like Miss Pacman, Teenage Ninja Turtles, Tapper and much more.  At the old school cost of 25¢ per game you can play all evening if you are skilled, and without going broke like in the casinos and much more fun.  With their large selection of American Craft Beers on tap, a full bar, and sandwiches that border on gourmet you have a winning evening.  It is accessible by Path train, stopping off at Grove Street and walking a few blocks.

Inside Barcade in Jersey City  Barcade is a welcoming Night Spot because it can be a relaxing place if you’re alone, or a pumped up night competing with friends.  If you are going to unwind grab a game machine, a comfy seat, and order up a tasty treat…don’t forget the cash.

The place looks very casual, and the ambiance reflects it.  The wooden bar is the focal point where you can have your drinks, and meet new people, or just hang out with old ones exchanging who has the best scores.


In the Clubs: Chic and Craft-y 5 West Supper Club in Hoboken Serves Craft Beers and Tasty Apps in Upsale Digs

5 WEST SUPER CLUB 2Our newest feature looks at the Club scene in Hudson County 


By Martin Ramone Delossantos

Photos by Martin Ramone Delossantos

5 WEST SUPER CLUB 1 Five West Supper Club is one of Hoboken’s most chic nightspots.  It is on Fifth and Madison Street exactly nine blocks down from Washington Street.  They have a free shuttle you can call for pick up, and ride home for one to fifteen people!

The club used to be known as BARNONE, and reopened as 5 WEST SUPPER CLUB in 2010.  The interior is tastefully decorated with dark, tri-colored, wood flooring, tall booths, a large dance space with a great sound system, and energetic lighting.

“The real bonus is the service,” General Manager Chris Lowther said.

Continue reading In the Clubs: Chic and Craft-y 5 West Supper Club in Hoboken Serves Craft Beers and Tasty Apps in Upsale Digs