Live Music Lives on in Southern Ocean County as Winter Descends

Dec 20, 2017
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The live entertainment scene on Long Beach Island and the mainland downshifts during the cold, dark months, but it doesn’t stop entirely. For those who ward off cabin fever by keeping an active nightlife, options remain through the New Year and beyond.

A true blue nightclub complete with proper dance floor (and cure for late-late-night pizza cravings), Nardi’s in Haven Beach has full bands every Friday and Saturday night in December, then goes to a DJ on Fridays and a full band on Saturdays in January.

Elsewhere on the Island, live solo or acoustic sounds can be found during brunch or dinner, on weeknights or weekends, at the Gateway and the Arlington in Ship Bottom; daddy O in Brant Beach; Buckalews and Tuckers in Beach Haven; the Plantation in Harvey Cedars; and Daymark in Barnegat Light.

Meanwhile, the Lizzie Rose Music Room in Tuckerton is like a locomotive of live blues, rock, jazz and more. Later in the month, Popa Chubby returns with his hard-rockin’ blues. On Jan. 5, a special benefit concert is planned to help fund the local Ty Mares and the Running Dog band’s trip to Memphis to compete in the International Blues Challenge. Shows generally start at 7:30 p.m.

Tuckerton Beach Grille continues its open mike night hosted by Jimmy Brogan every Thursday, and welcomes full bands on Friday and Saturday nights.

Up the road in Tuckerton, the Grapevine Restaurant has solo/duo acoustic music on Friday and Saturday nights. Calloways in Staffordville hosts Ted Hammock and Jason Booth every Tuesday night, karaoke on Thursdays and full bands on Saturdays.

Mondays at the Old Causeway in Manahawkin are always a good time with Ted Hammock and the Pickles Duo, plus special guests. Fridays and Saturdays the OC hosts other interesting acts, often reggae, rock, jam, blues and funk.

Lefty’s in Barnegat is a destination for a lot of the usual suspects in live local talent on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. A little farther north on Route 9, in Waretown, the often-rollicking Lighthouse Tavern has karaoke on Tuesday nights and full bands on Fridays and Saturdays.

Applebee’s in Manahawkin has live music on Wednesday nights.

The Mainland in Manahawkin is another spot where solo acoustic acts enhance the atmosphere at the indoor bar. This weekend, check it out ...  —V.F.

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