Locals Relish Reggae Jams at Lizzie Rose

Jan 29, 2015
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

The original band showcase at the Lizzie Rose Music Room on Saturday night was a sold-out success that more than met expectations of event organizer Ryan Zimmerman. The event achieved its objectives, which were to provide exposure for local original bands and to bring new fans to a promising new venue.

Barnegat-based videographer Tony Coon captured footage of the event while audio technician Brian Eastburn fine-tuned the sound for each act’s 45-minute set.

As Zimmerman pointed out, the venue is more of a listening room than a dance club, but a small space in front of the stage can serve as a dance floor in a pinch, and, toward the end of the night, a few dancers made the most of it.

Common Thread is fronted by Rich Potts as lead singer and guitarist, with Brad Kark on bass and Steve Mycek on drums and other percussion. Grand Chillin’ is a jazzy, funky ensemble with Doug Eiker on guitar, Al Shelkonovzeff on bass, Adam Henry on keys and Paul Budd on drums. Catcha Fish is led by Zimmerman, with Taylor Stokes on bass and Jared Temple on drums, and sax player Rich Saldibar sat in unexpectedly. (The same guys, with the addition of Burkhardt brothers Kenny and Chris, form The Danksters, a mostly summertime project, with more covers.)

Original bands can have a tough time drawing crowds, so showcases are handy ways to combine forces of fans. Zimmerman is finalizing plans for another original showcase March 14 at The Boneyard in Atlantic City (stay tuned for details) and hopes to bring another show back to the Lizzie Rose this summer. The property has a lot of potential for outdoor entertainment, he noted – and a fire pit expands the possibilities even further.

In the meantime, catch Zimmerman solo-acoustic-style at Buckalew’s in Beach Haven on Feb. 7. —V.F.

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