By Patty-Pat Kozlowski

Chickenwings1What came first? The chicken or the chicken wing? Right now it doesn’t matter as nationwide chicken prices are going cock-a-doodle coo coo with chicken wings actually costing more than boneless chicken breasts.
Chicken wings were once regarded as scrap and stock ingredient in the chicken biz until, and that depends on what story you believe, chicken wings were “discovered” after being deep fried and covered in hot sauce up at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York when owners Theresa and Frank Belissamo tried to throw a late night snack together for their son and his friends at the bar.
The epitome of bar food was born and there isn’t a bar and grill worth its draft taps that does not carry Buffalo Wings, Hot Wings or Chicken Wings on their menu. The wing became so popular that national pizza chains such as Pizza Hut and Domino’s compete for wing customers.

And let us not forget that Philadelphia is the home of Wing Bowl, a pre-Super Bowl mother of all tailgate parties that showcase the world of competitive eating of chicken wings that to date, packs thousands of spectators into the Wachovia Center (surpassing 76ers and Flyers attendances) to watch wing carnivores chow down on chicken wings. Last year, at Wing Bowl XVII, 23 year old Jonathan “Super” Squibb of Winslow Township, NJ swallowed 203 chicken wings to earn the Wing Bowl King title.

But with chicken wings now, according to the Department of Agriculture, carrying a price of about 25 cents more per pound than the chicken breast, you have many places offering “boneless wings” on their menu, which is strips of chicken breasts, fried and hot sauced just like their bony brothers-only cheaper and less messier.
Even with the spike in prices, these wing places still are kings in the business, making no bones about it.

BYRNE’S TAVERN

Frank Byrne’s keeps it simple in his Port Richmond Tavern, the first watering hole to welcome you as you exit I-95 into the close knit Polish/Italian/Irish riverward off of the Allegheny Avenue exit. A huge wall mural proclaiming Byrne’s Tavern as the place for crabs, Wings and Other Things, Frank Byrne, you learn is a proud North Catholic guy, a proud puller of Guinness and Smithwick’s and he started with a longshoreman menu (his business was feeding the guys on the marine terminal docks since it is called Port Richmond) and there is no reason to change that. So you’ll find cold ham, turkey, roast beef and kielbasa sandwiches as well as Bobby Chez crabcakes. And then there are the wings and logs. Don’t expect a crispy wing, he pressure cooks his wings to fall off the bone tender and has 25% off nights on Mondays. Logs are deep fried potato wedges served with sour cream and melted cheese. Just celebrating his 30th anniversary, www.byrnestavern.net located at 3301 Richmond Street, Phila, PA 19134, 215-423-3444

THE RIB RANCH

Who supplied the chicken wings for the Wing Bowl before P.J. Whelihan’s Pub got the nod for Wing Bowl 16 & 17? The same place that Philly comedian Bill Cosby likes to get his ribs and chicken as well as the jarred BBQ sauces. The Rib Ranch at Castor Avenue and Venango Streets also in Port Richmond tucked away in a strip mall behind a Taco Bell and KFC has been cranking out BBQ for over two decades and in the past has supplied the approximately 7,000 wings for Wing Bowl. Although it is not called the Wing Ranch and ribs are their business, the Rib Ranch lassoes in on their Buffalo wings with a tangy yet biting sauce and their wings to go bags are foil rimmed oven bags that firework the wing sauce aroma up into your nostrils when you rip open the bag and singe your nose hairs. 2401 E. Venango Street, 215-533-RIBS, www.myribranch.net

CHICKIE’S AND PETE’S

When a recipe involves two brothers fist-fighting in mom’s kitchen, it has to be good. And after a tiny corner bar in Mayfair named Chickie’s and Pete’s exploded into being named Great American Sports Bars and the only sports bar named in a Zagat rating, the story came out that owner Pete Ciarocchi and his brother Tom beat the stuffing out of one another in the kitchen one night fighting over how to make Momma Henrietta’s marinara sauce. We hate to think of the injuries that took place when they perfected the hot wings but Chickie’s Wings are a top seller on the menu of what is now an 8 chain restaurant dynasty with kiosks at Citizen’s Bank Park, Lincoln Financial field, the Philadelphia Airport and if Pete could swing it, The Moon. Three stand alone places in Philly including the original at 4010 Robbins Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19136, 215-338-3060 or become part of Pete’s planet at www.chickiesandpetes.com and take his advice “It’s a lot more fun to eat in a bar, than to drink in a restaurant.”

DIENNER’S BAR-B-Q

It’s where the tourists, conventioneers and those unlucky enough to serve on Jury Duty grab their lunch: The Reading Terminal Market. And on Wednesdays-Saturdays they can grab one of the crispiest, tastiest, tangiest chicken wings dosed in sauce at Dienner’s Bar-B-Q, part if the Amish foods showcase at the east side of the market located at 12th and Arch Streets. Dienner’s doesn’t deep fry his chicken wings, he roasts them so that the skins turn a dark crackly, crunchy biteful and you’ll see a long line of wing lovers getting a half dozen for lunch with extra sauce to feed their craving. 215-925-8755

CURRAN’S IRISH INN

With a name like Pudgy, how could you not make kick ass wings? Even though Jerry Curran is the boss at Curran’s Irish Inn, 6900 State Road, Phila, PA, www.curransirishinn.com it’s Pudgy who runs the show in the kitchen and cranks out big bite wings that are legendary. Eagles games on Sunday bring in the crowds for football but also the 35 cent Pudgy Wings Special with flavors of cajun, garlic, bbq in hot, medium and mild. You’ll never get rinky dinky wing dings here, Curran’s is known for serving the biggest and meatiest wings around. Pudgy has the awards to back up his take-out wing operation at 215-331-8628.

And across the bridge, these wings joints are worth maxing out your EZ Pass:

THE JUG HANDLE INN

Psst. How did the bald eagle lost his feathers? He ate the Bald Eagle hot wings at The Jughandle Inn, 1018 S. Fork Landing Road in Cinnaminson, New Jersey 08077. Boasting that hot wings were originated in Buffalo, NY but perfected here, Garden Staters burn up web reviews and blogs agreeing that The Jughandle isn’t just a traffic trick to make Pennsy drivers worse-it’s the place for a kick ass jukebox and fore head sweating wings. Diners are warned to have patience; their wings are made to order at this watering hole on Route 73. Call for take-out, 1-856-665-WING.

WHISTLER’S INN

Just down the road, (and we’re sure past another tricky jughandle) you’ll smell The Whistler’s Inn before you find it at 901 Route 130 South in Cinnaminson, NJ because this place has its own smokehouse outback. Also know for their ribs, Whistler’s Inn wings are half price on Wednesday Nights 8 pm-closing. (856) 786-RIBS or check out their website at www.whistlersinnnj.com Don’t know if the name has anything to do with the fact of after munching on the wings, you do your best impression of, Lauren Bacall’s character in the classic flick, To Have and Have Not when she says to Bogie “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”

THE PIC-A-LILLI

You might not get cell phone service, but you’ll sure as hell get helluva good chicken wings at the Pic-a-lilli Inn in Shamong, New Jersey. Its worth getting lost in the Pinelands and taking a ride through Medford Lakes to find this historical bar and award winning wing place. Locals call it The Pic and also know you get a full, uncut buffalo wing and leg as well as buffalo ears, tails, shrimp, scallops and O’s (onion rings) at this family dining room that proclaims itself the King of Wings. In the 1970’s, the most regular customer, (ala Norm!) was a goat named Billy who was always at the bar. It’s worth finding The Pic at 866 Route 206 in Shamong, 1-609-268-2066, www.picalilli.com

But out of all these wing places, everybody has their own personal favorites and not since the shouting matches of “Taste Great!” and “Less Filling!” will there be any agreement of who has the best Chicken Wings-with or without the bones.

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Old-Time Shopping Districts and Outlet Centers….Stimulate the Escape Value of Seasonal Tradition!

While the arrival of MTV’s new beach-based reality show is grabbing the sensational headlines, the true reality at the Jersey Shore this holiday season is the stimulating sensation of its timely value as a region rich in traditional celebrations. Combined with its varied shopping experiences, from old-time charm to savings-minded outlet centers, the Jersey Shore is ideal for a day or weekend winter escape.

The holidays are the perfect time of year to leave your crowded malls behind and explore the old-time spirit of Main Street U.S.A. that so many Jersey Shore towns of Ocean and Monmouth Counties offer. These thriving throwback districts are a relaxing antidote to the over-stimulation of the urban holiday shopping environment. Their universal appeal to couples, singles, families and seniors has a rewarding warmth that’s a worthy alternative to expensive trips to warmer climates – particularly in this stressful economy. And it’s all just a drive from New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and other major East Coast cities.

Take advantage of the endless antique shops, boutiques and outlets that the Jersey Shore provides and pick a weekend of eclectic shopping, delectable dining and relaxation that coincides with any of your favorite special holiday events, highlighted below.

The Jersey Shore’s pair of outlet centers provides the essential deal-worthy shopping alternative at either end of the Garden State Parkway. Combining high-end name brand quality with deep discounts, the Jersey Shore Premium Outlets (Tinton Falls) and Jackson Premium Outlets (Jackson) have bus departure service from Manhattan’s Port Authority, and their own NJ Transit stops, to help get you there and numerous “shop and stay” hotel packages that make it even easier and affordable to stick around. Only Long Branch has the self-contained, resort-style holiday shop-and-stay experience found only at Pier Village and Ocean Place.

For the Main Street-minded, wake to the sounds of the ocean, enjoy a savory breakfast, then explore the small town intimacy made post-card picturesque for the holidays in historic districts such as Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park, and the entire downtowns of Ocean Grove, Toms River, Spring Lake, Point Pleasant Beach and Red Bank.

If trendy boutique hotels bring your face a smile, choose from a list of getaways that make you feel like you’re thousands of miles away! Pick from the luxurious Blue Bay Inn in one of New Jersey’s best kept travel secrets, Atlantic Highlands, the top-rated Victorian style Majestic B&B in Ocean Grove, or tuck in yourself at the stunning Oyster Point and Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank. Even if you’re coming to the area to visit family, why stay with them when you can enhance the getaway with an affordable hotel room? Breakfast, lunch or dinner also can be a high point of your visit with an enormous choice of kitschy diners and family eateries to five-star restaurants with cuisine from celebrity chefs like Bobby Flay and David Burke.

MAIN STREET SHOPPING DISTRICTS
ASBURY PARK – Along the revitalized Cookman Avenue, you can shop for beach gear, sporting goods, taffy and other familiar fare, but the accent is on home furnishings and fine art. At the Shoppes at the Arcade ( 658 Cookman Ave.), for instance, vendors include Anglesea Treasures, with such eye-popping home decor as an $850 pair of metal dogs, and LaPlaca Pottery Works, with a wide range of raku designs.
OCEAN GROVE – If Mayberry existed at the Jersey Shore, it would be the strip of Main Avenue, with its tall trees and abundant flowers. Stores include Cheese on Main (No. 53), where you can buy, uh, cheese on Main, and Kitch & Kaboodle (No. 76), a fun place to pick through vintage housewares, linens and knick-knacks.
POINT PLEASANT BEACH Head to the corner of Bay and Trenton avenues to get your antiques fix at the Point Pleasant Antique Emporium and nearby Fond Memories Antiques ( 628 Bay Ave.) and Canvas House Antiques ( 614 Trenton Ave.).
RED BANK – This jeweled setting offers antique and luxury shopping galore, with fabulous boutiques and great restaurants for lunch, from the ultra-chic Red to the down–home comfort of the historic Broadway Diner, not to mention the world-class concerts at the Count Basie Theatre. The beautiful surroundings off the Navesink River make Red Bank absolutely blissful.
SPRING LAKE: Historic Spring Lake’s captivating shopping district welcomes guests from around the world with its small-village graciousness. Nestled within the family-friendly “Jewel of the New Jersey Shore,” Spring Lake’s shopping district provides world-renowned boutiques, unparalleled customer service, unique galleries, casual outdoor eateries and fine dining experiences. Downtown is a short tree-lined walk from the soothing ocean waves and non-commercial boardwalk, charming B&Bs and hotels, and an enchanting park surrounding a spring-fed lake.
TOMS RIVER – Visit historic downtown Toms River for its unique stores, shops, antique stores, art galleries, and restaurants or stop by the many shops and accommodations along Route 37.

HOTEL DEALS
Hotel deals are abundant in the area. You can choose the getaway that fits your style and budget from the “Shop & Stay” deals listed below. Some packages include room, breakfast, a gift card and more. In addition, Hotels Unlimited is offering special low Holiday rates for corporate, military and leisure travelers at the Ramada of Toms River and The Holiday Inn of Toms River.

OUTLETS
Jersey Shore Premium Outlets, Tinton Falls – Find impressive savings at 120 stores including Adidas, Banana Republic, BCBG Max Azria, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Cole Haan and much more. Academy Bus has four daily departures and five on the weekends from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City. The outlet center has “Shop and Stay” deals, some including gift cards, with 17 local hotels: Albatross Hotel, Ocean Grove (732-775-2085); Avon Manor Inn, Avon-by-the-Sea (732-776-7770); The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, Asbury Park (732-776-6700); Courtyard by Marriott, Tinton Falls (732-389-2100); Courtyard by Marriott, Red Bank (732-530-5552); Courtyard by Marriott, Wall (732-919-2780); Holiday Inn, Tinton Falls (732-544-9300); Holiday Inn Express, West Long Branch (732-542-1234); The Inns of Ocean Grove (732-774-6552); The Majestic Hotel, Ocean Grove (732-775-6100); Molly Pitcher Inn, Red Bank (732-747-2500); The Oyster Point Hotel, Red Bank (732-530-8200); Radisson Hotel, Freehold (732-780-3400) Residence Inn by Marriott, Neptune (732-643-9350); Residence Inn, Tinton Falls (732-389-8100); Sheraton, Eatontown (732-542-6500); Staybridge Suites, Eatontown (732-380-9300). www.premiumoutlets.com.

Jackson Premium Outlets, Jackson – An impressive collection of the finest brands such as Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, J.Crew, Liz Claiborne, Nautica, Nike, Reebok, Tommy Hilfiger in 70 stores, and the only NJ outlet with Coach and Polo Ralph Lauren. Located just minutes from Six Flags Great Adventure, off I-195, it’s also accessible by NJ Transit bus. “Shop and Stay” packages, some with gift cards, can be found at the Dancer Farm bed & breakfast in New Egypt (732-752-0303); The Courtyard in Red Bank (732- 530-5552); The Courtyard in Tinton Falls (732-389-2100); Courtyard by Marriott in Wall (732- 919-2780); Holiday Inn, Tinton Falls (732-542-1234); Holiday Inn, Toms River (732-244-4000); Holiday Inn Express, West Long Branch (732-544-9300); Hotel Vincencia, South Brunswick (732-758-1600); Laurel Pond Resort, Cream Ridge (609-758-4635); Radisson Hotel, Freehold (732-780-3400); Ramada Inn, Toms River (732-905-2626); Residence Inn by Marriott, Neptune (732-643-9350) and Staybridge Suites, Eatontown (732-380-9300). www.premiumoutlets.com.

HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS:

RED BANK GINGERBREAD WALK
Now through December 23rd
Come see professionally decorated Gingerbread creations at 14 businesses in the Red Bank Business District.
Enter at participating stores for your chance to win an overnight hotel stay at The Oyster Point Hotel, tickets to the Count Basie Theatre and a Red Bank Gift Cheque shopping spree (value $700). Donations collected at participating stores to benefit Holiday Express.

PNC BANK ARTS CENTER HOLIDAY LIGHT SPECTACULAR
Now through Dec. 31 – Holmdel
One of the most extravagant drive through light displays in the tri-state area. Opening at 6 p.m., the spectacular is a 2.5-mile drive through a forest over 5 million lights in over 225 displays in and around the premises, while a radio station plays Christmas Carols. Info: 732-203-2500.

FREE CLASSIC HORSE & CARRIAGE RIDES
Saturdays in December – Red Bank
Every Saturday afternoon, from 1-5pm, ride through the Red Bank Business District and enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season! Rides leave from Bridge Avenue (across from the Galleria) and the Murphy Style Grill ( 26 Broad Street)

ASBURY SANTA IN THE GRAND ARCADE/”IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE” AND HOLIDAY FILMATHON IN THE PARAMOUNT THEATER
1300 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park
Asbury Santa: Saturdays and Sundays in December, noon-6 p.m.
It’s a Wonderful Life: Dec. 23 @ 8 p.m.
Holiday Filmathon: Dec. 20 @ 11 a.m. (FREE)
The Grand Arcade, which separates the Paramount Theater from Convention Hall at the north end of the Asbury boardwalk, hosts Asbury Santa each weekend in December near the 40-foot Holiday Tree. Come tell Santa your holiday wishes and get your photos taken together. The classic holiday event of the Asbury Park Film Initiative’s second annual Dinner and a Movie series features an expanded lineup of restaurants and Frank Capra’s quintessential holiday classic. Start at a participating restaurant at 6:30 pm for a special prix fixe dinner at The Harrison, Carmine’s, Belmonte’s, Old Man Rafferty’s, Il Pavone, McLoone’s, Laila’s, the Adriatic, Asbury Pie, Watermark or Langosta Lounge. You’ll be given a ticket along with your check to catch “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Paramount. Without dinner, it’s just $5 at the door. And the Holiday Filmathon, FREE courtesy of the APFI and the Asbury Park Boardwalk, brings a full day of children’s holiday movies to the Paramount, with a lineup that includes The Polar Express, Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Nightmare Before Christmas, A Christmas Story, and Elf. Box Office: 732.897.8810. www.apboardwalk.com

FESTIVE FEASTS AND CULINARY CREATIONS
Monmouth Museum, Brookdale Community College
765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft
Now through January 3, 2010
The annual holiday exhibition will explore the theme of “Festive Feasts and Culinary Creations” with trees and trimmings decorated by local garden clubs and the Friends of the Museum. As usual, the ever-expanding model railroad layout will play a prominent role in the holiday festivities. Call or see site for museum hours (732) 747-2266. www.monmouthmuseum.org

OCEAN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS: CHRISTMAS TEA IN THE VICTORIAN TRADITION
Victorian Pierson-Sculthorpe House., 26 Hadley Ave., Toms River
December 10
Sample scones, delicious finger sandwiches, and a variety of desserts as a strolling musician entertains. While you’re there, visit the Little Treasures Boutique for your Christmas shopping. Seatings at 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Reservations required. Info: 732-341-1880. www.oceancountyhistory.org

TUCKERTON HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR + CHRISTKINDLMARKT
Tuckerton Seaport, 120 W. Main St., Rt. 9.
House Tour: December 10 & 11
Christkindlmarkt: December 12
Visit charming and festively decorated Tuckerton and Little Egg Harbor homes on the Holiday House Tour. Enjoy a wonderful holiday display of “ Holiday through the Decades: Trains,Trees and Treasures ” in the Seaport’s Lighthouse. Self-guided map and light refreshments provided. Hours: 11 am – 4 pm. Reservations recommended. The Christkindlmarkt is an old-fashioned Christmas featuring holiday crafts and gifts under huge heated tents. Sip hot mulled cider, enjoy chestnuts roasting on an open fire, sing-a-long with strolling carolers, children’s rides, ice cutting demonstrations, horse drawn cart, entertainment, decoy carvers, crafters, refreshments plus wine tasting by Valenzano Winery. Shuttles available to downtown Tuckerton merchants. Info: 609-296-8868. www.tuckertonseaport.org

VICTORIAN HOLIDAY FESTIVAL HOUSE & INN TOUR
December 12 & 13 – Ocean Grove
Step back in time in Historic Ocean Grove with a tour throughout the town. The Doll Houses of the Past Exhibit happens both days at the Historical Society Museum 10am-4pm & 12pm-4pm. Also on Sunday, catch the first of two narrated Narrated Horse and Carriage Rides this holiday season, from 1pm-3:30pm. For complete schedule of events, call (732) 774-1391 or go to www.oceangrovenj.com

CHRISTMAS LANTERN TOURS
Historic Allaire Village within Allaire State Park Rt. 524/4265 Atlantic Ave., Wall
December 12 & 19
The magic of the season comes alive during Allaire Village’s Holiday Lantern Tours. Visitors get a glimpse of the Historic Village at night as authentically-clad historic museum interpreters lead groups through the lantern-lit Village streets bedecked in Holiday splendor. Catch a glimpse of the past and enjoy many of the historic buildings through the enchantment of candlelight as costumed interpreters explain the various Holiday customs of the time.The smells of fresh baked treats and hot mulled cider greet visitors entering the Bakery, and the sounds of hammer against anvil ring through the night, like hundreds of Christmas Bells, at the Blacksmith’s Shop. The Chapel is alive with Holiday music of the period and visitors are welcome visit the home of Howell Works Company Manager James Parshal Smith where costumed interpreters will be demonstrating hearth cooking. The culmination of the tour is a stop at the Big house, the home of James P. Allaire and his family. Here visitors will have an opportunity to see how an affluent family celebrated the Holiday Season and also gain an understanding of the holiday traditions of France as they tour the home.
Reservations recommended. Hours: 5-8 pm. Info: (732) 919-3500. www.allairevillage.org.

GLEN BURTNIK’S XMAS XTRAVAGANZA
Count Basie Theatre 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank
December 19
It’s the 19th Anniversary edition of this annual all-star holiday concert revue of seasonal music, to benefit area food banks and other charities. Born at a small club in New Jersey in the late 80’s, venerable Jersey rocker Burtnik has seen his show grow larger each year, evolving into a New York-New Jersey area tradition not to be missed. The colorful cast of characters changes from year to year, and last year featured over 100 performers. Past guests have included Patty Smyth, John McEnroe, Phoebe Snow, Marshall Crenshaw, The Patti Smith Band, Fred Schneider (B-52’s), Jill Sobule, , Jeffrey Gaines, Freedy Johnston, Dan Bern, John Waite, Curtis Stigers, STYX, Mary Lee Kortes, and Willie Nile, among others. Show time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets and info: (732) 842-9000. www.countbasietheatre.org

HISTORIC LONGSTREET FARM VISIT WITH SANTA
44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel
December 19 & 20
Enjoy an old-fashioned Victorian Christmas and visit with Santa at this living historical farm, with the purpose of interpreting the agricultural activities in Monmouth County’s rural past. This interpretation includes the breeds of animals and crops raised at this site in the 1890’s. The sights, sounds, and smells of rural Monmouth County in the 1890s have been re-created on nine acres at Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel Park. Interpreters in period dress show both daily and seasonal agricultural and domestic activities. Visit Santa from Noon-3 pm. Info: (732) 842-4000. www.monmouthcountyparks.com

To learn more about the fantastic travel experiences awaiting on the Jersey Shore, go to www.visitthejerseyshore.com. The Jersey Shore Convention & Visitors Bureau is a non-profit corporation charged with the marketing and promotion of New Jersey’s Monmouth & Ocean Counties as a premier travel destination and is supported in part by a grant from the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel & Tourism. www.visitnj.org.

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By Krista Doran

Copy_of_Roach-Dec_20Well, it’s the Christmas edition of the Out On The Town and I wanted to take this opportunity to personally wish all of our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Happy New Year! This is my favorite time of the year and one of the ways I like to celebrate is with music! There will be plenty of fun things to do over the Holidays and the OOT has your back on this for sure! We know all the best places to go for fun and music and one act I can definitely recommend for you is the 5th Annual All Original Christmas Show with Matt Roach at the Tin Angel on 12/20/09!

After working with a sketch comedy group for many years back in the late 80’s, early 90’s, Matt began writing music and working his hilarious comical talents into his songs. He has written the music and the lyrics to over 400 of his own original tunes and as Matt explains, “Most of my songs are usually written in the shower or while doing dishes for some reason.” His songs seem to come to him all at once and he can usually finish them from start to finish in about 15 minutes. “You won’t really know exactly what my songs are about;” says Matt “They can go from completely deranged to funny or sad. But one thing is for sure, no matter what type of mood you are in, there is definitely something there for everyone to relate to.”

Matt is a one-man show and his act is certainly unlike anything you have ever seen or heard before. I asked Matt what he uses as his inspiration for writing new songs and his reply to me was unexpected, but honest. He told me that most of his songs, although lyrically driven, have an underlying sadness to them. I asked him why that was, thinking I would get a deep answer, pertaining to a horrible childhood, but he very calmly stated, “Happy songs are too hokey!” I got a good chuckle about that because when I listened to his music, I totally understood what he meant. Matt writes about real life – not just the happy parts of it and adds lots of humor and fun to it. His songs definitely say many things you have already been thinking but may be too afraid to say yourself!

In addition to performing solo, Matt also does all of his marketing and promotion on his own. I asked him why he decided to take it all on and he simply stated “no manager or booking agent is going to take as much interest in me as I would.” Yet another honest answer and I for one can definitely respect that! He has been successful by doing it all himself! He has opened for such acts as Marshall Crenshaw and Steve Forbert and is a very well-known artist from the Philly area.

Matt Roach is quite a character and has developed a very unique act that is entertaining in every way. So if you are looking for something to do over the Holidays that is fun and thought provoking, funny yet realistic about life, go check out Matt Roach at the Tin Angel on 12/20. You can purchase tickets and listen to Matt’s music right now at www.mattroachmusic.com.

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By Helene

ootfinalRoll out the red carpet……THE DOCTOR is in… “Doc Hollywood” that is. Coming out of Delaware this retro-modern party rock band plays all over from South Maryland to this side of PA, consisting of 6 players, including female and male fronts, Lauren Clapper & Matt “The Cannonball” Cannon. Two guitarists, Brian “Shep” Shepherd, & Fran Lemon, Joby Parendier on bass & Ken Mondillo on drums. Everyone sings back-ups & lead keeping their songs new and fresh. This band covers artists from Pink & Lady GaGa to the Black Eyed Peas & Theory of A Dead Man to Gavin DeGraw and more! And that’s not all Doc Hollywood takes its name to the limit doing themed events like Toga Parties, Pajama Parties & Sexy Black Dress Parties. “We’re definitely not a band that can stay in one place the whole night!”, Shep explains. “We tend to get in the crowd and have fun! We love to play and meet new people! When you come to see Doc Hollywood, you will let go and leave your problems at the door!”

This band puts on one hell of show, unpredictable, you never know when they will storm the stage wearing crazy hats, sunglasses & wigs and they do trivia questions for give-a-ways like t-shirts and CD’s and even free drinks & other fun stuff. They also do a block of 80’s songs in the middle of their show causing their audience to sing-a-long to hits like “Pour Some Sugar On Me” & “Shook Me All Night Long” geared to get everyone into the party atmosphere!

“With hard work and dedication, Doc Hollywood has continued its vitality on the cover band scene. “There is nothing like the transfer of energy at a “live show”. If the band and the fans can have this engaging interaction, the show is a success!”, says Shep. You can check out Doc Hollywood at one of your favorite bars in your area. Look for them on Jan 9th at Catherine Rooneys in Wilmington, DE. Doc Hollywood is one band to watch out for in 2010! To find out where they are playing next visit their website at www.myspace.com/DocHollywoodBand. Bar/Club Owners & Agents are welcome to call Brian at 908-319-0521 for future bookings/events. DSC04596

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There are thousands of INTERNET SITES…and ENTERTAINMENT OFFERINGS…but there is ONLY ONE “OOT”….THIS IS A REAL ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE and NETWORK…OOT is > the ULTIMATE BAR AND ENTERTAINMENT PAPER IN THE GREATER DELAWARE VALLEY AREA!
SEASON’S GREETINGS to ALL OF OUR FRIENDS and LOYAL READERS and of course our
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