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Interview with singer-songwriter Alex Siniari

Alex Siniari

Alex Siniari

This is the first in our newest category “Interviews with NJ Artists”. This is with local arist & singer-songwriter Alex Siniari, recently highlighted in the Philadelphia Inquirer with his Father.

So how long have you been playing guitar?

I’ve been in love with the guitar for a long time but our most recent affair has been the only time we’ve ever taken each other seriously. My Father played in a band back in his younger years and later on in life, he had a friend named Paul Leka, he and his band (Steam) wrote a song that became famous some time ago. Ever heard, “Nah nah nah, hey hey hey, goodbye!”?  That guy. Anyway, he gave me a guitar when I was a boy but I didn’t have the sense to practice. I used to think strumming the strings open was a song. After a while, I lost interest completely and forgot about the guitar all together. I would tell people I could play because I wanted to so badly but I had no idea. I’d try to play here and there but had no clue.

How long have you been writing songs?



After flirting with the idea for a long time I finally bought my Ibanez and started trying to write songs. I never learned to read music and I still haven’t but at some point something clicked and music started to make sense to me. I still can’t sit down and write a song after a feeling or concept intentionally, it just has to come and I have little to no control. The song writes itself through me and I dig that, but often people don’t understand why I don’t write about myself or even get what I am singing about. I clearly remember telling my friend, JY that I could do this, I could write songs and play out. He is an incredible drummer so we’d jam here and there and I’d work up the nerve to play in front of people. I wrote one complete song with lyrics, that I have since completely forgotten, and a few instrumentals that either were lost to my poor memory or later developed into songs I play now, like “Free” and “Hand Over Mouth”. Free was the second song that I wrote, then came “So Far” so I’ve been writing somewhere around the two year mark.

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Gregorio’s Market in Mays Landing on Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 (pictures!)

Something to eat at the cafe

Something to eat at the cafe

Wednesday, June 17th was another great Gregorio’s Open Mic Night! An overview of the open mic night can be found by reading Gregorio’s Market in Mays Landing, NJ Open Mic on Wednesdays. The performers were:

  • Sarah Bucknam, the host of the Gregorio’s Open Mic Night
  • Stan Schwertly – sang several covers songs
  • Eric Johnston – sang several cover songs
  • Randy – sang several of his original songs and read one original poem
  • Jennifer – sang “Hit Me Baby One More Time”, and
  • Alex Siniari

You can always check the pictures from the Gregorio’s Market Open Mic Night by checking out JerseyMic.com’s Flickr Page. Or you can simply look below for the slide show!

Did you go to Gregorio’s Market that night?? Did you just miss it? Comment below!

Did you perform that night? Share your set list and I’ll update this page with it.

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Pictures from the “Wide Open Mic” at the Barrington Coffee House on June 4th, 2009

Front of the Barrington Coffee House

Front of the Barrington Coffee House

Hey guys, I just posted the review of the Barrington Coffee House “Wide Open Mic”, so here are the accompanying pictures. There was a long set list, and a lot of performers! You can check out pictures of open mics in NJ by clicking on our Flickr page, or you can just look below to view the slideshow of pictures from the Barrington Coffee House “Wide Open Mic” from June 4th, 2009:

It was a great show, with tons of talented performers. Signups started at 7:30 like the website said, and by 7:45 the list was full. Everyone was amazingly talented and everyone had a great time. It’s no wonder the won the best open mic in NJ award by NJMonthly.

As a reminder, anyone who would like to look through the individual pictures from the Barrington Coffee House’s “Wide Open Mic” night from June 4th, 2009, can click the link below (to access the Flickr photo set):

Barrington Coffee House’s “Wide Open Mic” night from June 4th, 2009

Comment if you went, talk about the event if you’ve been there or in Barrington!

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The Barrington Coffee House “Wide Open Mic” in Barrington, NJ on Thursdays

The Barrington Coffee House Open Mic Night

The Barrington Coffee House Open Mic Night

On Thursdays in Barrington, NJ, you can visit the Barrington Coffee House for their “Wide Open Mic”. The night begins at 8pm, but signups start at 7:30. The place is packed, so make sure to get there and sign up EARLY. The Barrington Coffee House is on 131 Clements Bridge Rd, Barrington, NJ 08007.

You might be asking yourself, “So why should I go out to Barrington for this event?”. Let me answer by saying that it was voted the best open mic in New Jersey by New Jersey Monthly. But don’t let me explain it, take it from NJ Monthly itself:

“If you want to perform at the Barrington Coffee House open mic, make sure you sign in right at 7:30 on Thursday night. The event, which runs from 8 to 10 pm, is always full. The cafe is small, so you’ll want to grab a seat early. But don’t let the size fool you; the Barrington Coffee House attracts quality local performers—and national acts on Friday and Saturday nights.”

Best of NJNJMonthly.com

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Alternative Soul on Thursday, May 28th, 2009 (EHT Open Mic)

Pratt's Outside

Pratt's Outside

Here are some pictures from Alternative Soul, hosted by Ray Tyler at Pratt’s Hill of Beans in EHT, NJ. Held on Thursdays, this EHT open mic was one of the first reviewed by JerseyMic.

Alternative Soul Open Mic in EHT, NJ

Alternative Soul is getting larger and larger! And there’s no surprise: this Thursday was their first year anniversary of Alternative Soul. Congratulations to Pratt’s Hill of Beans and Ray Tyler for keeping such a wonderful night for everyone to enjoy!

We stopped by to support the open mic on its one year anniversary. (Not everyone that was there is pictured). So this time we’re going to use a Flickr slide show.

Alternative Soul on May 28th, 2009

Dan Ruiz sang one of his own originals, which you can watch below:

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Gregorio’s Market open mic night on Wednesday, May 27th, 2009 (pics + video)

Outside of Gregorio's Market in Mays Landing

Outside of Gregorio's Market in Mays Landing

Here are the pictures & video from the Gregorio’s Market open mic night on Wednesdays:

(In case you’re wondering, the review for the Gregorio’s Market open mic can be found by clicking here)

This time there were bongos!

Bongos and more!

Bongos and more!

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