Lizzie Rose Marks Two Years With Homegrown Songwriters, Mojo Gypsies
The Lizzie Rose Music Room in Tuckerton, which strives to create “a truly unique experience at the Jersey Shore,” celebrates its second anniversary this month with consistently exciting original musical performances, continued fundraising efforts and an invitation for volunteers to get involved.
This Friday is Homegrown Songwriters Night, featuring four professional songwriters from New York City with local roots – three are Manahawkin natives who grew up performing locally together and continue to work together in the NYC music scene. On Saturday night, Dave Orban and the Mojo Gypsies return to Lizzie Rose for an album release party for I Heard You Twice the First Time!
Show time both nights is 7:30 p.m. Tickets for both shows are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Order them online at lizzierosemusic.com or by calling 609-389-0118. Lizzie Rose welcomes BYOB and sells soft drinks and snacks onsite.
Zach Jones, Ryan Dunn and Justin Bohr return home to share original songs and stories from their respective and shared musical journeys. Joining them is Dunn’s songwriting partner and wife, Annalyse McCoy.
The Southern Regional High School grads were involved in Our Gang Players and multiple local singing groups. Jones and Bohr started one of their first bands while at Southern Regional called The Sly Caps and were featured in the first episode of the MTV show “Made.”
Jones has also played drums for Sting and with A Great Big World, Elle King, the Secret Someones; his debut solo EP Rendezvous With a Comet reveals his versatility as a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer.
So his bio goes: “Justin Matthew Bohr got his start trying to impress girls with his Squire Stratocaster and silver tongue. When that didn’t work, he decided to attend Berklee College of Music, where he honed his craft as a performing songwriter. Since moving to New York, he has played at countless dives and open mics and even been featured as a Coach on the MTV series “Made.” As a teacher’s son, he is proud to have written songs for educational musicals that tour around the tri-state area. He now looks forward to impressing girls with much more expensive guitars. #adulting.”
Ryan Dunn started singing in middle school, performing with the Our Gang Players, Barnegat Bay Breeze singers and SRHS vocal ensembles. Ryan received his BFA in musical theater from Elon University and then moved to New York to work as an actor for many years. He and McCoy met in New York City and, soon after, their band 2/3 Goat was born.
Annalyse McCoy, originally hailing from Inez, Kentucky, was reared on country music, folk, ’70s rock and musical theater. McCoy grew up singing at festivals and renowned venues throughout Kentucky. While pursuing her BFA at Northern Kentucky University, she also recorded a solo record, Movin’ On. Since living in New York City, she and Dunn have released three albums with 2/3 Goat (the third, Let It Rise, debuted in April) and had their music featured on television and in documentaries and short films.
Ever the jokesters, the Mojo Gypsies promise, “Decades in the making, this CD is absolutely guaranteed to be round.” A free digital download is available.
Based in the Central Jersey/Philadelphia area, the Mojo Gypsies feature Mike Scott on tenor sax, Flourtown Fats on upright bass and vocals, Mark Shewchuk on drums and Dave “I have a heart condition” Orban leading the band on guitar and vocals.
A typical Mojo Gypsies show includes an eclectic variety of up-tempo, danceable blues and old-school R&B, including some great songs from Little Walter, Rod Piazza, Little Charlie, James Harman, Ray Charles, Louis Jordan, Fats Waller, Marvin Gaye, Robert Parker, and the Parliaments, plus original material in the same spirit – all selected to get folks up on their feet.
Two years’ time has taken Lizzie Rose organizers “from wondering how live music would fly in a small South Jersey Sandy-hit town, to seeing the idea soar,” according to founder Lou Reichert, owner of Village Bicycles. The venue has hosted big-name blues artists and local singer-songwriters, sometimes drawing an intimate handful of fans and other times selling out to a standing-room-only crowd.
“We have met some of the nicest people on the planet, who all have one thing in common: the love of live music,” he said. “The performers themselves have surprised us with how down to earth they all are, both to our volunteers and to our audiences. We have presented a mix of genres to appeal to all audiences.”
As a nonprofit organization, of course, every penny counts. Last year’s Go Fund Me campaign fell short of its $10,000 goal to defray operating expenses, but the organization is proud it has managed to stay afloat. Now, rising costs (“Artists fees, rent, advertising, insurance – does anything ever go down in price?” Reichert lamented) have prompted a new fundraising quest.
To keep the music alive at Lizzie Rose, consider making a donation at gofundme.com/lizzierosemusic. Every dollar donated goes wholly to operating expenses. In addition to monetary support, the organization needs people. Anyone interested in volunteering time and talent to help with the behind the scenes operations such as grant writing, public relations and audience development, as well as concert staff, email Reichert at email@example.com.
— Victoria Ford