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Ox Roxley and the Music Boutique in Northfield 10-16-09

I went to the Music Boutique in Northfield NJ on Friday, October 16th, 2009.

I went there to meet Ox. Ox Roxley.

Ox Roxley

Ox Roxley "roxing" out at the Music Boutique

Ox Roxley is the name of the next set of hands helping out He’s agreed to send me video clips from open mics he goes to, shortened to include the best 30 seconds from different acts of the night.

Be excited! He’s been to three other open mics this week alone, including:

And he’s got clips from the three of them! I’ll be uploading them here soon, but if you want to find out more about Ox Roxley, check out his myspace at:

He’s a Brigantine local and a very talented musician. Expect a blast of posts coming up with video clips from him and hopefully some reviews if he feels so inclined!

The Music Boutique

Ox Roxley | MySpace Music Videos

And if you feel like you want to volunteer and help out, send me an email through the “Email me” page

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RBMC sent me the DVD they promised! [video included]



If you

read the pre-review ramblings of the RBMC post, or

read the actual review of the RBMC open mic, or

saw the pictures from the night we went,

you would know a couple things:

  1. Alex Siniari of went with me on this hour-and-a-half road trip.
  2. The Red Bank Music Community sends out DVDs of your performance.
  3. They don’t charge any money.

Alex and I both got DVDs in the mail. They’re nice! It has intro text with your name on it, and blackouts in between songs. Sending out DVDs really helps you re-analyze your style and grow as a performer.

In the near furture, you should be able to purchase the video of Alex’s three recorded songs on his website. They’re acoustic versions of what will be on his upcoming album. I only did two songs: I covered “Mercedes Benz”, but I’m not particularly proud of it. It might get uploaded on the JerseyMic YouTube channel and not mentioned later.

I also performed my  own original “Nyquil Blues”, which I’ve uploaded for everyone to see! Enjoy, and thanks again to the Red Bank Music Community!

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Some shots from the Music Boutique open mic on August 7th, 2009

The door outside of Music Boutique in Northfield, NJ

The door outside of Music Boutique in Northfield, NJ

I just finished reviewing the Music Boutique in Northfield NJ. It was a very “loose” night. People came and went and the performers weren’t introduced in the traditional open mic manner. So there’s no detailed name list, just a short little post with a link to the pictures:

The Stage at the Music Boutique

The Stage at the Music Boutique

It’s actually called “The Stage” in the email reminders sent out (hence the capitalization). It’s neat that these guys thought of putting it in their music store, especially since this venue is much younger than the store itself.

The pretty guitars at the Music Boutique

The pretty guitars at the Music Boutique

The first 45 minutes (starts at 7pm) of the open mic was a jam session by some of the guys that were there. It was, like I said, very loose — I ended up playing xylophone in the background! And bongos. To reiterate the point from the review: you’ll run into musicians. The manager is a musician. I was approached by two people looking to do some music projects. If that’s what you’re looking for, then by all means, go here.

There’s a few more in the slideshow below:

That’s it for pictures from the Music Boutique open mic in Northfield NJ on August 7th, 2009!

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Pictures from the Red Bank Music Community Open Mic on 8-4-09

[removed at request of Red Bank Music Community]
Red Bank Music Community Post #1:  Some rambling before the Red Bank Music Community post

Red Bank Music Community Post #2: Review: Red Bank Music Community’s Open Mic on Tuesdays in Red Bank, NJ

These are the pictures from the Red Bank Music Community open mic on August 4th, 2009. There were so many great performers. I made sure to write everything down as always.

  • Grand plays piano“, played a grand piano and all original music
    • “Electric Blue”
    • “Color is Gone”
    • “Hot Sauce”
  • Tony Sloam is a classical Spanish guitar player and covered:
    • “Mr. Bojangles”
    • “City of New Orleans”
    • “Hotel California”
  • Linda Jude sang “Dark End of the Street
  • Stan Schwertly played guitar and sang
    • “Nyquil Blues”
    • “Mercedes Benz”
  • Alex Siniari, played guitar and sang original songs
    • “All Night Long”
    • Hand Over Mouth”
    • “Free”
  • John Vallo sang and played guitar
    • Untitled
    • “In Pursuit”
    • “Survive on the News”
  • Chuck Ferraiola, sang and played guitar. Sounded Elvis-like!
    • “Do It While You’re Young”
    • “The Road Ahead”
    • “It Amazes Me So”
  • Dan Leary played keyboard and writes music-comedy
    • “I’m Changing My Name to Chrysler”
    • “Love Survives on Little White Lies”
    • “Plastic Island”
  • Jim Johnson played guitar and sang some originals
    • “The Estate” had some back story to it too!
    • “Under Her Spell”
    • Jam session
  • John Bernyk came in with a “Neil Young” guitar and played what I can only describe as a “Neil Medley” in response to something “Grand plays piano” said last week.

That’s it from the Red Bank Music Community open mic night on Tuesday, August 4th, 2009 in Red Bank NJ!

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