Jersey City is one of the most culturally diverse and ever expanding cities in the country, but did you know that it's home to one of the most amazing original music scenes?
This play list was created for "JC Fridays" a quarterly, city wide, muti-event showcase of local artists, musicians and other creative types and featured some of the most talented song writers and performers in JC.
It's all brought to you by 107 Bowers Gallery and Art Space at 107 Bowers Street in Jersey City, Art House Productions (among others) and Friggin Fabulous Productions:
Those Sensible Shoes are Anthony Mulcahy and Rachel Stern.
They formed in the summer of 2014 after meeting at a Big City Folk event and started writing and performing together soon thereafter. Beginning with a cover of Bloodbuzz Ohio by the National, recorded in the backroom of a Brooklyn bar, they soon moved on to writing their own original music. They experiment with intricate harmonies and unique lyrics, inspired by their own distinctive backgrounds. The concept of a duo is key to Those Sensible Shoes, and their music emphasizes the beauty of two voices together.
Those Sensible Shoes perform all over New York City as well as performing at music festivals in Ireland. Their debut self-titled album released on October 1st 2015 has already had radio play in Ireland.
It was a pleasure to sit down and interview Rachel and Anthony in the comfort of Anthony's car, parked in front of Caffe Vivaldi in the West Village of Manhattan.
Suzy Brandtastic, aka Susan Newman, had a really nice radio chat with Nick Ciavatta, Voice Actor, Promoter and Musician on her radio show recently. They talked about the Voice Over business, how to get work in that industry, Nick's band, Sea of Otters and more.
Susan Newman is a brand visibility designer, web specialist and environmentalist. She is the CEO and founder of Susan Newman Design, Inc and Frogs Are Green, Inc. Susan is the host of Suzy Brandtastic and believes that branding and consistency are the keys to a thriving business and gaining a following.
I met Paul Fairall at The Red Lion on Bleecker street a few years back when we were on a bill together and I've been a huge fan ever since! He played some great shows for me at Path Cafe over the years and it was an honor to have him on the bill at the inaugural Friggin Fabulous Brunch show at Caffe Vivaldi!
He writes songs with his wife, Linda Danz, author of "A Birdhouse In Brooklyn" which is another great segment you can check out at Friggin Fabulous Radio Dot Com.
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Award winning NPR reporter, Carole Zimmer, sat down with Linda Danz, author of "A Birdhouse In Brooklyn" for Friggin Fabulous Radio. Carole and Linda discuss Linda's novel, which takes place in the aftermath of the events of September 11, 2001, and is a story of the lives of disparate people brought together by circumstance.
They also talk about the book publishing industry, how to self publish, age discrimination, how to re-invent yourself and more!
I sat down with Helene Stapinski, author of "Five Finger Discount, A Crooked Family History" at Word Booksellers,123 Newark Avenue in downtown Jersey City.
I read "Five Finger Discount" a while back and wanted to read it again as soon as I was done! It chronicles her experiences with her family growing up in a gritty Jersey City in the early 1970's as well as the political corruption over the years and lots of other history.
Helene is also raising money for a documentary version of the book.
The Kickstarter campaign is over, but you can still contribute here:
ArtMgt helps consumers and businesses rent and purchase more than 700 original works of art. Founded by New York City artist, David Andrew Frey, the NYC-based company is reinventing the way we shop for art by bringing highly curated artworks straight to users’ computer:
I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Andrew Foys, vocalist and guitarist from the band, Tapebenders, and it turns out that we are both extemely "Audio Obsessed!"
"The Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based 6 piece forges a distinct sound from a variety of sources, ranging from majestic progressive rock, classic and contemporary psychedelic, bluesy riff-rock, textured modern rock, concise pop, indie rock, metal, and shards of shoegaze and post-rock. Since the band embraces such a panoramic stylistic perspective, the group has garnered favorable comparisons to such diverse artists as The Replacements, The Dandy Warhols, The Stone Roses, Built to Spill, Smashing Pumpkins, and The Flaming Lips among others."
I recently seat down with award winning poet, actor, musician and consummate wise ass, Michael Lally, and we chatted about his storied poetry and acting career, NYC, LA, his work on Law & Order, Jag, NYPD Blue, LA Law, Deadwood, his album "Lost Angels" and a whole lot more.
I recently seat down with award winning poet, actor, musician and consummate wise ass, Michael Lally, and we chatted about his storied acting and writing career, screenplays, Hollywood, the internet, his album "Lost Angels" and a whole lot more!
"The Sensational Country Blues Wonders!" are a working band. Since their inception in late 2012 they've been plenty busy. In 2013 they played over 50 shows, a nice number considering that Gary Van Miert (acoustic guitar & vocals) and Malcolm Marsden (electric guitar) considering both have day jobs.
They have mass appeal and have thrilled both young and old at their many outdoor and club gigs.
Justin Layman is a Singer/Songwriter from Sarasota Florida. He plays guitar and performs a unique style of music combining Folk, Rock, and R&B. Justin has been performing since 2004 in original bands as well as cover bands all around the state of Florida. He has Recorded three albums ("Almost There," "02 03 Ten," & "You Shouldn't Look Like That") and has collaborated with Sara Nelms on songs like "My Own Way," and "When We Dance". Justin moved to Brooklyn, NY December of 2013. You can see where he is playing next on the "Justin Layman" App available FREE or at www.JustinLayman.com.
He played an amazing set at Path Cafe for the Friggin Fabulous Showcase which happens every Tuesday at 7pm!
Sometimes you happen to be in the right place at the right time and when that happens it's great to have and audio recording device with you. February 15, 2014 at Path Cafe, NYC, was one of those times for me because I got to do sound for and record Sterling Ryhne who's style and voice is up there with the best of the best.
If you like Macy Gray, Phoebe Snow and Amy Winehouse you're really going to dig this unforgetable set from Sterling Ryhne!
Gerald Lucas is a best-selling author, accomplished musician and singer-songwriter who has performed at both Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Gerald is a classical violinist, guitarist, bassist, vocalist, founding member of ‘rhythm rock’ band, Mutagenic (http://mutagenicmusic.com/) as well as Funk-Fusion band, GMJ Groove.
I've had the pleasure of working with Gerald as a music promoter, band mate and more and he's one of my best friends! His new book, "Dare To Succeed" (co-written with Jack Canfield) is a must read for any entrepreneur artist or otherwise inspired and driven individual.
Publio Delgado Live at Path Cafe-1/11/14 I recently hosted a show at Path Cafe, NYC, where the music is always to notch, but someting extraordinary happened recently. Publio Delgado took the stage and started playing the guitar-wait, not just playing the guitar, more like melding with the guitar. His style is truly unique and truly awesome (in the real sense of that word). It was perhaps the first time every single person in the room was fixed or transfixed on Publio's guitar and hands. No one was talking or texting. Amazing!
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I first met Lovisa Stahl at Path Cafe, NYC, where I was blown away by her amazing voice and solid guitar chops. I did a Skype interview with Lovisa, who is from Sweeden and it was an absolute pleasure!
Her music is a mix of blues, country, soul, folk and bossanova. In the world, and all it contains, is where all her songs will be found…
Her new album, #2 is an eclectic mix of Fabulousness! Pick it up at iTunes, Band Camp, etc. and check out her new video:
Jim Petrie is one of the amazing regular performers at Path Cafe, NYC. Listeners get lost in his bluesy, folky, funky brand of Americana. His songs invoke images of diverse and wonderful landscapes and tell the stories of sea captains, lovers and hitch hikers.
Dan Lipton mixes pretty jazz chords with an almost Country/Western twangy vocal style and his wife, Leslie, who usually joins him on stage has an angelic voice!Their harmonies and Fabulous and they are an amazing couple on and off the stage. They blew the room away at Path Cafe, NYC, recently and I'm hoping they'll be back very soon!
When I first heard about James Margolis I figured that he would be a solid, creative performer, but once I opened up the mic pot for him at Path Cafe I was blown away! His deep, soulful voice, incredible guitar style and sublime song writing style had me hooked!
James does a fabulous and varied set including his own tunes and those of other super talented NYC singer/songwriters such as Niall Connolly, EW Harris, Ryan Morgan, Casey Black and more!
We had a blast in Friggin Fabulous Studios one night in July 2013 when America's Sweetheart and Patchwork Alchemy stopped by! It was our first live edition of "Friggin Fabulous Femme Fatales" featuring some of the best female Singer/Songwriters, Front Women and All Girl Bands! America's Sweetheart rocked the house with their eclectic mix of Funk, Punk and Rock!
Also check out Part 2 with the amazing duo, Pathchwork Alchemy from the same show!
It was an honor and whole lot of fun having Niall Connolly on Friggin Fabulous Radio! His solo acuostic set on the show was Fabulous and his new album, "Sound" is incredible! Look for it at CD Baby, ITunes and at http://niallconnolly.com/
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I fell in love with the songs of Dogs on Main Street while doing sound at Path Cafe, NYC, and recently had the pleasure to play at Ceol in Brooklyn with Mac Rowe. If you like Nebraska era Bruce Springsteen, Bill Janovitz, The Gaslight Anthem and Bob Dylan, you're going also going to fall in love with Dogs on Main Street. Like Dogs on Facebook:
Every once in a while I suffer from a syndrome known as "Amazed Ears" and it happens when I hear music that reaches in and pulls my soul out through my throat, so to speak. MJ Cyr's set at Path Cafe recently was one of those times.
MJ Cyr is an amazing singer/songwriter/composer from Toronto, Canada.
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Justin Purtill has been an active member of the creative music scene for over ten years. He has performed,recorded, and toured with the likes of Gary Burton, Marco Benevento, Jerry Bergonzi, Hal Crook, George Garzone, Leo Genovese, Brian Godchaux, Donna Jean Godchaux and more!
Justin has released three CD's of improvisational singer-songwriter music
entitled "Permanent Mystery", "Raw", and "Sore Eyes for Sight" on AYVA Records.
This is truly one of the most fascinating interviews I've ever had the pleasure to host. Derek Webb tackles one of the topics that many of us have been thinking about lately-the human/technology relationship and all the pros and cons and craziness that goes along with said relationship.
On Ctrl, Webb places his acoustic axe in the service of his most ambitious project to date. It tells the tale of an unnamed character that melts the lines of physical and virtual realities until it's hard to tell man from machine, the digits from the DNA.
Here's how Webb explains it: "It's an album about one man's desire for something he cannot have because it isn't real, the journey he goes on pursuing it, and the costs of that journey. But essentially, 'Ctrl' is both personal autopsy and cultural observation about how we use technology to try and control our lives, and my concern that it could ultimately have more control of us."
Nick Ciavatta doing a short solo set live from The Brightside Tavern in Jersey City. Ciavatta fronts the super happy fun time band, Sea of Otters, who have been playing around the New Jersey and NYC area for quite some time now.
Ciavatta is also the Executive Producer of Friggin Fabulous Radio, which can be found on the web at http://www.frigginfabulousradio.com/ and as a podcast on iTunes and an Android and Kindle Fire App in the Amzon App Store.
Jo Kroger is not a big fan of writing bios and I quote: "i hate writing bio lines. but i love you."
Jo is actually an amazing singer songwriter from NYC, LA and everywhere in between. She is one of those perfomers that I'm mesmerized by every time I see her play. She is truly an amazing talent. Check it out!
Malcolm Marsden has had a long career as a musician, starting in New Haven CT, where he played with former and future members of Rocket From The Tombs, Miracle Legion, and Dumptruck. He is a vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter, who performs his original compositions solo, and rarely-heard songs from a broad folk-rooted pop and rock repertoire in a trio called In The Dreamlife.
Malcolm has been active in promoting North Jersey's music scene, hosting open mics at Hat City Kitchen in Orange and Highland Place Bar & Grill in Maplewood, while appearing regularly at many others in the area. Malcolm has performed in recent months at Tapastry Restaurant in Montclair, PATH Cafe and Gizzis Cafe in the West Village, NY, and Boca Grande and Lucky 7 Tavern in Jersey City.
James Dalton, although originally from New Jersey, is very well traveled an he has the well worn passport to prove it. He's played tiny pubs and festivals, clubs like The Bitter End and Stone Pony, and even ships at sail on the Baltic Sea.
In this inteveiew we talk about everything from his songwriting style to Finnish Santa Clauses and Batman.
His new live album. "Frankonia" is available for download at Band Camp. Check it out!
In 1966, Randy Burns was dropped off on the corner of Bleecker and MacDougal Street, with a bag over his shoulder and a guitar in his hand…ready for anything Randy had gotten his start a year earlier at The Exit Coffeehouse in New Haven, Connecticut but soon left to join the Urban Folk Revival in Greenwich Village.
It was an honor to have Randy play the Friggin Fabulous Showcase at Path Cafe, NYC!
Terry Haman is one of my favorite singer/songwriters in the NYC Area. He is one of the few performers that I consider truly original.Terry is always writing and always giging somewhere in the NYC/North Jersey area. Enjoy this live set from the Friggin Fabulous Showcase at Path Cafe, NYC, which happens every second and fourth Tuesday at 7pm.
This is Punk Rock! The new video from Trash Executioner!
Justin Storer and Sarah Mitchell were kind enough to play the Friggin Fabulous Showcase at Path Cafe, NYC, which happens every second and fourth Tuesday of every month! More amazing performances to come!
Sea Of Otters performing "Burnt Umber Blues" at Moore's Lounge, Jersey City on 6/1/12!
Don Paris Schlotman is well known for his biting bass lines and sometimes spacey vocals with The Sky Captains of Industry, but Don is quite the acomplished singer/songwriter and he lit up the stage at The Friggin Fabulous Showcase at Path Cafe recently. Here is his scintilating solo set in it's entirety!
I sat down with Ryan Morgan, one of my favorite song writers, at Path Cafe, NYC, on a lovely Spring Day in Manhattan. Ryan talks about his new album, "Chivalry is Dead", the state of the News Industry in America, The Death of Amy Winehouse, Big City Folk and lots more. You REALLY need to buy his new album, which was produced and engineered by E.W. Harris.
P@Atomic performing "Before The Fall"at Path Cafe, NYC, on 2/28/12!
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full service Audio/Video Production Studio featuring voice demo
production, on-hold phone messages, radio and TV commercials, web site
audio and video greetings and more! We have a full staff of voice
talent, camera operators, writers and audio and video editors.
also offer personal voice-over classes by Nick Ciavatta, a nationally
recognized voice actor, who has done narrations for NBC, Clear Eyes,
Charlie Rose, NYU, Sears and others.
Friggin Fabulous Studios can also convert your cassettes, LP's, DAT's, MD's and more to CD's and MP3's.
Vic's acoustic show from 7/8/11 was one of the best! Andrea Ceresa
joined Vic on stage for some backing vocals. Vic's new album "Broken
Heart Tattoo" is outstanding and he plays many of the songs from it as
well as some interesting covers from Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac and The
Beatles. You can get "Broken Heart Tattoo" as a digital download, CD and
LP-how cool is that!
Mike Viola Interview "From the get-go, Viola’s new release Electro De Perfecto pulls listeners in with a decidedly hot-rodded version of his acclaimed songwriting. Songs that are gloriously dark and uplifting about being lost in the maze of middle age, hungry for life as the body decays."
That's from Mike's web site:
His new album "Electro De Perfecto" is Fabulous and I had such a great time interviewing him!
Nick Ciavatta's Friggin Fabulous interview with Mike Doughty,
who talks about his new album,"Yes and Also Yes", his days with Soul
Coughing and the unconventional use of an anti-depressant capsule on his
recordings. Download the new album on Amazon and iTunes! Download the Friggin Fabulous Podcast on iTunes for Free!!
I had the distinct pleasure to interview, book and do live sound for Jens
Jepsen while he was in NYC. Jens is an incredibly talented
singer/songwriter from Denmark who
just toured the tri-state area with Kristian Odegard, who played cajon
and sang back up vocals. His album "Walking Between The Sun And The
Atmosphere" is a gem, and it was an honor to get to know him.
New Otter Review Live at Algonquin Seaport Theater, NYC, Performing "Anti-Social Butterflies."
The Times Interview I sat down with Chris Sheard, Lead Vocalist and Guitarist for
The Times at Blind Tiger on Bleecker Street in NYC. These Brooklynites
mix Ska, Reggae, Funk, well, just about everything and if you don't move
your feet to their beats, you probably don't have a pulse!
Lynda McLaughlin and Valerie Gurka are two friends who met at a cover
band gig in an Irish bar in New York in 2005. They both share passion
for music performance, production, business, media and technology. Their
music is hard to classify because it spans multiple genres. If you like
Sade, The Gypsy Kings and Shayna Zaid, you're going to really dig LYVA!
Born in Mumbai and raised in Jersey, TINA has been singing and
performing since the age of five. She taught Ringo Star how to play
Tabla, has appeared on "Jerseylicious" and her new video "So Good",
featuring Fat Joe, is a You Tube sensation. This straight A student is a
rising star worth following!
"WhiteBoyBrown" is a poignant and moving film about a black family that adopts a white
child. It deals with the subjects of racism, discrimination and
redemption. This is one of the few films that has ever moved me to
tears. It's part of the African Diaspora International Film Festival that was held at St. Paul's Church, 38 Duncan Ave., Jersey City, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 14th, 15th and 16th, 2011.
Phoebe Legere Interview Phoebe Legere is a beautiful and uber talented performer dubbed
"The Female Frank Zappa" by Roman Kozack of Billboard Magazine. Her
voice is stunning and she plays several instruments. Her live shows are
multimedia masterpieces! Phoebe and her quintet are playing at Iridium
Jazz Club in NYC on tuesday, January 18th.
2010 has been a great year for Friggin Fabulous Radio, and Nick is very
thankful for all the amazingly talented artists who did interviews for
the podcast. Artists like Niall Connolly, Shayna Zaid and the Catch,
Craig Greenberg, Jennings, and the list goes on. Here's to a Friggin
The Singing Santas of New Otter Review. Live at Boca Grande, Jersey City, 12/22/10.
It just wouldn't be Christmas without a video from Macky! This year I was honored to be part of the band.
I sat down with Brooklyn Based Singer/Songwriter, Niall Connolly
at Red Lion on Bleecker Street recently where he talked about his Irish
roots, the American Media and 99 Cent Stores in Jersey City. According
to his Bio, he recorded his first album in 2001 using money raised by
selling his body for medical research, and in 2010 he funded his fourth
album, "Brother The Fight Is Fixed" from pre-sales from fans across the
globe. It's an honor to have Niall on Friggin Fabulous Radio!
Craig Greenberg is one of my favorite NYC performers and song
writers, and I finally got the chance to interview him in front of Cafe
Vivaldi in the West Village. His new EP, "Spinning in Time" features his
guitar, piano and vocal work and is stuck on reapeat on my iPod. If you
like Ben Folds Five, Jackson Browne and Ben Harper, you're going to
This time I interviewed the super talented singer/songwriter Peter
Doran, from the fair city of Dublin, Ireland.Peter plays "soulful and
seductive folk-pop" according to Cyber PR, and I have to agree. If you
like Jeff Buckley, Fionn Regan and David Gray, you're sure to love the
music of Peter Doran!
"Blast us with wind, melt us with acid and set us ablaze. What are we
left with? Sitck Figure Guy." That's the quote on J-Punch and Dave
Moonshine's new album, "Stick Figure Guy." I f you like Depeche Mode,
Moby, Everything But The Girl, you will love these guys. Their amazing
lyrics and Downtempo beats will blow you away!
Nick Ciavatta sits down with the legendary King of Nostalgia, Joe Franklin in his cluttered, memorabilia rich office in the heart of Times Square, NYC.
Part 2 of Nick's interview with the legendary "King of Nostalgia" from his Times Square office. Joe talks about his movie career, Broadway, Comedians and some highlights of his 50+ years in broadcasting.
was a joy to sit down with Josephine Ancelle at the Ariel Publicity
Press Conference a couple of months ago. Her gorgeous voice, amazing
song writing skills and French and English lyrics are mesmerizing!
Loft, 146 Newark Avenue in Jersey City is a family run bar that offers
Craft Beer, Unique Cocktails, Delicious Entrees and Rooftop Dining.
Beer. It's what's for breakfast. More accurately, it's four beers paired
with Delaney's twist on classic dishes, from blueberry pancakes with a
trio of beer-infused syrups to banana bread French toast. The fifth
course? A smoked imperial stout. Cheers to Paul Lin for letting us post this vital story!
I spoke with John Lundbom, jazz
guitarist extraordinaire from the band "Big Five Chord" at Blind Tiger
Ale House in NYC. We spoke about everything from his roots in Chicago,
to the genius of Ornette Coleman, Frank Zappa and Little Feat. Their new
album, "Accomplish Jazz", is a Jazz and Fusion extravaganza with some
beautiful, beefy compositions. http://www.jonlundbom.com/
New Booze News article about one of New Jersey's best brew pubs, J.J. Bitting's, and their new Kick @ss Brew Master, James Moss: J.J. Bitting's Brewery
Another great Interview from Ariel Publicity Headquarters with Lauren O'Brien. Lauren's new album, "Inconsequential Dream"is truly unique and original-a total trip for the soul! Check it out here: Lauren O'Brien Interview
Nick Ciavatta sat down with the
multi-talented Mark Plotkin, from the band, "Miles", at the Ariel Publicity
Press Conference in Brooklyn, NY. Recorded in a few different studios,
their new album, "As Fast as You Can", combines Pop, Rock, Alternative,
Electronica and a touch of hot sauce to make a truly delicious musical
Friggin Fabulous Interview with Debra and Keith from the band "DEVI."
Debra is one of the best female guitarists and vocalists out there! If
you like Joan Jett, Jimi Hendrix, Blondie and Television, you're going
to love DEVI!
Rafael Santiago's drawings and paintings are organically
conceived, using a variety of experimental concepts- he fuses wax,
color dyes, micron pens to produce a unique color palette. His work
will be on display at Bold Hype Gallery in Orlando, FLA, through March
6th, 2010. http://www.rafology.com/
New Original Music Video Featuring Glenn Page and Chloe!
Interview with Kelly Lynn, a multi-talented artist who is taking the Dance/R&B world by storm!
Booze News Interview with Mike Cadoux of Peak Organic Brewing of Portland, ME. Nick Ciavatta of Friggin Fabulous Radio sat down with Mike at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY.
Ladies and Gentleman-Check out the new interview with the amazingly talented Chris Kirby. Chris Kirby's new album,"Vampire Hotel",
deliciously blends Blues, R&B, Funk, Soul and more, and the lyrics
are Fabulous too! No wonder he's been nominated for 4 East Coast Music
Awards. You definitely want to check this one out!
The Booze News interview with Scott Vaccaro of Captain Lawrence Brewing, and James O'Brien of the Blind Tiger.
Check out my interview with Jennings, who I sat down with at Blind Tiger, NYC.
Jennings Interview It
was an absolute pleasure to sit down with Jennings at the Blind Tiger,
NYC, and talk about her expansive sound featuring piano, amazing vocals
and a hint of electronica. Her music reflects an enormous strength and
drive that is uniquely hers.