November Outlook Is Bright at Lizzie Rose Music Room

Oct 24, 2017
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Shorter days mean longer nights, and that’s quite all right with Lizzie Rose. The Tuckerton listening room, locate on Main Street behind the Village Bicycles shop, has a high-caliber lineup of events to carry live-music lovers through the fall and winter.

Ticket prices range from $20 to $40, depending on timing of purchase (in advance or at the door) and type of performance. (Some shows have multiple headliners.) All shows begin at 7:30 p.m., and the venue’s alcohol policy is BYOB. For additional details and to purchase tickets, visit

This Friday, experience the finger-picking and slide guitar of singer-songwriter Brooks Williams from Statesboro, Ga. His music has been described as “the love-child of country-blues and soulful Americana,” his songs “thoroughly alive with clearly-drawn ironic characters, … and rich in blues pathos.”

Saturday it’s Harper and Midwest Kind. The award-winning Australian singer-songwriter Peter D. Harper creates a mix of roots music through his creative use of harmonica and didgeridoo. Specializing in raw, eerie sonic textures, his work, along with his likeminded band, is hailed and remembered for its originality, honesty, passion and skill.

On Friday, Nov. 3, Lizzie Rose welcomes the Swamp Boogie Trio: Jumpin’ Jack Strobel, Mike Lampe and Pete Wagula. Wagula is what is known as a bottleneck guitarist; Strobel is a pianist; and Lampe plays upright bass. Swamp Boogie can be found entertaining in various instrumentations throughout Ocean County as well as elsewhere in New Jersey and New York.

The following night, don’t miss Travis Feaster’s intense blues-rock guitar playing and impassioned Southern blues vocals. He’s been called “a rock blues hurricane.” Coming to Tuckerton all the way from Indianapolis, Ind., Feaster brings his original material and Texas/Chicago-inspired blues, complete with “boundless energy, telepathic musicianship and a flourish of six-string ferocity reminiscent of early Eric Clapton and Cream.”

Rounding out that weekend will be J.J. Thames & the Violet Revolt, a dynamic New Orleans- and Mississippi-based six-piece band, on Sunday, Nov. 5. Thames, the self-proclaimed “Mississippi Blues Diva,” is classically and jazz trained and began performing at age 9. Her style is “a colorful mixture of traditional blues and soul,” readily embraced by traditional blues fans, Southern soul blues lovers, ska rockers, rockabilly and swing dancers, gray-haired hippies, and everyday folk of all ages who identify with her messages of love, pain, hope, freedom and empowerment.

On Friday, Nov. 10, come see Jimmy Thackery & the Drivers, led by a founding member of the Nighthawks. Playing blues festivals and clubs and recording original music, which Thackery describes as “hot-rod stuff, up-tempo blues, not the slow-down, cry-in-your-beer music. … We’re up there trying to help people forget whatever happened during the week.”

Returning to the Lizzie Rose on Nov. 17 from Stony Point, N.Y., is The THE BAND Band, playing the music of Bob Dylan and The Band with passion and commitment, specializing in “authentic, true-to-form renditions of their extraordinary repertoire,” including “Up on Cripple Creek” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.” Before The Band was The Band, it was Bob Dylan’s backup band for his famous 1966 world tour. The Band released its debut album, Music From Big Pink, in 1968.

The next night, Saturday, Nov. 18, catch the Providence, R.I.-based, five-time Grammy Award-winning Roomful of Blues, a tight and joyful eight-piece blues ensemble led by guitarist Chris Vachon. Roomful brings a combination of jump, swing, blues, R&B and soul.

The final weekend in November brings plenty to be thankful for when FLUXTET, the jazz and bossa sextet from New Jersey’s Highlands, brings its “certified jazz” back to Lizzie Rose on Saturday, Nov. 25.  —V.F.

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