March Forecast for Lizzie Rose Music Room Is Soul Cleansing Blues and Reinvented Rock-Roots Fusion, With a Chance of Face-Melting

Mar 01, 2017
Gina Sicilia

The Lizzie Rose Music Room in Tuckerton presents a March lineup that comes in like a lion and pretty much stays that way. Ticket prices range from $20 and $35, depending whether purchased in advance or at the door, and shows start at 7:30 p.m.

First up, this Friday, is the Gina Sicilia Band, about whose frontwoman The Blues Revue said, “Not since Susan Tedeschi has a young female blues singer made such an impression.” Sicilia’s voice has been described as “earthy and voluptuous” – just “remarkable.”

Next Thursday, March 9, Jenny Barnes and the Great Unknown, a five-piece soulful blues-rock band with a saxophone, opens for the “inspired and powerful” R&B artist Curtis Salgado.

On Saturday, March 11, get a special bargain with “Women in Song: C. Lynne Smith and Julie Taylor” for $10 ($15 at the door). They’re “a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll,” with Marlene Babbert on bass. It’s an evening that channels the strong feminine spirits of Patsy Cline, Melissa Etheridge and Janis Joplin.

Lizzie Rose’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration will be held Sunday, March 12, featuring Poor Man’s Gambit, an energetic Celtic trio composing Corey Purcell, Genevieve Gillespie and Dylan Richardson. Initially formed as a pick-up band for the 2015 St. Pat’s Season, they quickly realized what they had was worth pursuing as a more permanent venture. They weren’t wrong. Within six months they had commandeered the local festival circuit and were headlining a U.K. tour.

The following weekend, on Saturday, March 18, The Voodoo Fix brings a fusion of rock and blues in one sound described as “harmonious, soulful, enriching.” Formed in Los Angeles and based in Nashville, the band’s genre-bending style is critically praised as the “funkier cousin of the Black Keys.”

At the end of the month, opening for 1970s American roots-fusion innovators Commander Cody and his New Lost Planet Airman is the Woodstock-based Professor Louie and the Crowmatix with their timeless rock, blues and country and New Orleans-influenced originals. That performance is Friday, March 24.

The next night, Saturday, March 25, out of Brooklyn it’s the soulful blues powerhouse Alexis P. Suter and her Ministers of Sound, delivering raw, true, emotion-filled music.

Sunday, March 26, Lizzie Rose welcomes Chicago Blues pioneer John Primer, with the Forked River-based Eddy Cooper Band opening at 7 p.m.

Jet Weston and the Atomic Ranch Hands opens for Webb Wilder on a Thursday night, March 30, for a combination of straight-ahead rock ’n’ roll, Ventures-esque surf guitar, Duane Eddy twang, Americana and rockabilly.

Closing out the month is The Nick Moss Blues Band with special guest Sugar Ray Norcia on Friday, March 31. NMB considers itself “distinct, honest and intense — a blend of traditional blues and progressive, jam-oriented blues rock.”

For details and links to more info about any of the above artists, and to purchase tickets online, visit  —V.F.





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