A Rockin' End To A Crazy Year In Jersey City
Some of my favorite memories of 2010 came courtesy of "Dancing"
Tony Susco, the guru of the Jersey City indie rock scene.
From Groove on Grove events all through the summer to the
Halloween costume party at Harsimus Cemetery, to the Christmas
bash at the Barrow Mansion, and finally to "One By
One," a New Year's Eve party at 58 Gallery in downtown
Jersey City. All of Tony's events benefit charity; the New
Year's bash raised over $2000 so that the 58 Gallery can
acquire the licensing it needs to become a legitimate music
venue - something downtown Jersey City badly needs, especially
with the loss of the Iron Monkey/Automata Chino in 2010.
The place exploded with the sort of energy you only get
on New Year's Eve, and the music was provided by the inventive
multi-instrumental craziness of Thomas Francis Takes His
Chances, a group of local musicians who played the Replacements'
classic "Tim," and Wyldlife, who took to the stage
right after midnight and cranked things up with a megadose
of adrenaline, sweat, and testosterone that had the packed
crowd going nuts in the first minutes of 2011. If this year
turns out to be as much fun as it started, we're in for
an excellent time. (Story and photos by Jim Testa)
Wyldlife will be appearing at NJ Underground and Jersey
Beat's artist showcase at Maxwell's on Thursday, January
27, with the Front Bottoms, Washington Square Park, and
Thomas Francis Takes His Chances
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