Billy Walton Band Among Artists to Perform at Lizzie Rose Music Room This Winter

Jan 14, 2019

The Lizzie Rose Music Room in Tuckerton, “an intimate non-profit venue where you are always up close and personal with the performers,” presents world-class original and tribute music by national and international acts, celebrated recording artists and local independent musicians. Open year ’round, the venue has established itself as a staple of live entertainment in Southern Ocean County. Shows generally start at 7 or 7:30, and tickets, ranging from $20 to $40, can be purchased online or at the door. All events are BYOB.

Coming up on Saturday, Jan. 19, revisit the music of Steely Dan with tribute band The Royal Scam. With a repertoire of more than 40 Steely Dan classics, the band helps keep the compositions of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, along with their enthusiasm and the spirit of jazz, rock and blues, alive. Start time is 7:30, and tickets are $32 in advance or $42 at the door.

Open Mic Night is always a big draw for locals. The mic will open to amateurs and working musicians on Monday, Jan. 21 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day and a full-moon night – for a few hours of “creative musical fun in a beautiful setting with an excellent sound system and support.” Doors open and load-in begins at 6:30 p.m., with performances from 7 to 10. Entry is $5. Complimentary snacks are provided by The Greenhouse Café of Ship Bottom. Available equipment includes a full PA, monitors and back line, i.e. drum kit, DI (direct input) boxes, bass and guitar amps and sound tech.

West Coast guitarist Junior Watson comes east on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 7:30, to beguile the Lizzie Rose audience with nearly 30 years of experience and “cult status.” Watson combines styles to create his own, with influences as diverse as Tiny Grimes, Oscar Moore, Bill Jennings and Earl Hooker. He often adds a “cartoon-like twist” to his otherwise masterful blues and swing that has been likened to a train run off the tracks. Tickets are $30 in advance and $38 the day of the show.

The Wooden Ships Band, gracing the Music Room on Feb. 3, pays homage to the music of Crosby, Stills and Nash (and sometimes Young). The band faithfully reproduces the CSN songbook as we all remember it, but with the beautiful, intricate vocal harmonies of three seasoned, well-respected women. Show starts at 7, and tickets are $30 for those who hurry, and $35 for procrastinators.

On Friday, Feb. 8, the Tuckerton-grown Billy Walton Band, now a worldwide success, brings home Walton’s original funky blues in the jam band tradition​, with a sound described as a combination of hard-rocking blues a la Hendrix, Clapton and Vaughn, and the blues gravy of former Allman Brothers’ players Warren Hayes and Derek Trucks. BWB churns out a singular brand, deeply rooted in the culture and history of the Jersey Shore music scene. As a live performer, Walton has always been explosive; complementing his jaw-dropping talent are bassist William Paris and drummer Marcus Croan. Tickets are a steal at $20 in advance or $25 the day of the show. Showtime is 7:30.

Those with a longstanding love of Creedence Clearwater Revival and John Fogerty will appreciate the John Fogerty Tribute Project, coming to Lizzie Rose on Sat., Feb. 9, at 7:30. Band members say they “finally decided to collaborate on a tribute act for the music we grew up with and played throughout our musical careers. Being in bands and playing the circuits of rock, country, blues and pop, it was time for something different – something we can devote our hearts to as a team of professional musicians. It was time to separate ourselves from the rest.” Show is at 7:30, and tickets are $30/$35.

Hubby Jenkins, a member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, is a multi-instrumentalist who endeavors to share his love and knowledge of old-time American music. He is scheduled to do so on Saturday, Feb. 16, starting at 7:30 p.m. Born and raised in Brooklyn, according to his bio, he traced his Southern roots by following the thread of African-American history that wove itself through the music of country, blues, ragtime, fiddle and banjo, and traditional jazz. He started as a busker, developing his craft on the sidewalks and subway platforms of New York City, performing material by those venerable artists whose work he was quickly absorbing. An ambitiously itinerant musician, he took his show on the road, playing the streets, coffee shops, bars and house parties of cities around the U.S. Opening for Jenkins are Stevie and the Bluescasters, an acoustic blues band playing unique arrangements of “all kinds of blues” – also the name of the album they released last year – in all kinds of ways, including vocals, guitars, mandolin, harmonica and yodeling. Tickets are $25/$30 for this double dose of excitement.

James Day and The Fish Fry present a Mardi Gras concert and dance party on Friday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m., featuring Southern blues, turbo-charged zydeco and New Orleans grooves. Expect clever originality and top-notch showmanship. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

Rounding out the month of February, sing-songwriter Michael McDermott shares his musical journey through a sober lens on Feb. 23. For nearly 20 years, McDermott fought addiction, “burned a lot of bridges and screwed things up pretty bad. I knew I had to stop, but it took a while for me to get the message.” Having turned his life around, he has rededicated himself to making music, with a sound that calls to mind a younger, more effervescent Springsteen with a hint of twang. Showtime is 7:30, and tickets are $25/$30.

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— Victoria Ford

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