tri-state area music

"Make Believe" Music Video Out Now From Royal Street

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Funky pop/rock band Royal Street is back with a fresh new music video for the brand new single, “Make Believe.” The single, which serves as the lead for their upcoming LP “Flavors” (out next week, 6/7/17), is a catchy, groovy track that highlights lead vocalist Viana Newton’s bluesy chops. Although simplistic, the video captures the raw essence of Royal Street; fun, energetic, and full of zest. 

Check it out below!

About the song, the band states, ““Make Believe” is the closest thing to a ballad on the album, and it always evokes a strong reaction from fans at live shows. The slow burning introduction sets up the story of a yearning, a desire for a love that never was and may never will be. The song is an emotional one for the band, and one that we hope is open-ended enough people can interpret in their own way and make their own connection with, because that’s what we think making music is all about.”

Check out the funky video above, and to stay connected with Royal Street, visit their social media links below!

Royal Street: Facebook

CoolDad Music Celebrates 5 Years

Being a writer myself, it is always an accomplishment when a peer has something to celebrate - and this year, fellow music blog, CoolDad Music are celebrating their 5th year! And what a celebration to be had.

The award winning music site will be spending this special occasion (how else, honestly) by throwing a fantastic show - looking back and applauding 5 years of countless reviews, local show bookings and all around support of local music credited to Jim Appio!

Jim Appio had this to say on the exciting, upcoming event: 

"I've never worked harder on anything than I have on CoolDad Music; and not one, single moment of it in five years has ever felt like work. I've become that cliché about following your passion. In that way, I feel like I can identify with many of the bands I cover.

"dolllys, Smalltalk, The Rock N Roll Hi-Fives, and Shellshag are all close friends of the site and continue to inspire me. dollys are students of classic pop music and, simply, one of my favorite bands. Smalltalk take me back to those days of tooling around the Jersey Shore and listening to WHTG. The Rock N Roll Hi-Fives are a shining example of how the family who rocks together, stays together. And Shellshag exemplifies staying true to your passion and doing things on your own terms.

"I'm honored that the Asbury Lanes Family have agreed to co-present the show. There would be no CoolDad Music without Asbury Lanes, and I hope we can achieve a little bit of the vibe of that place at the anniversary show."


The big party will be happening Saturday, March 25th at The Overlook at Convention Hall in Asbury Park, NJ featuring performances by ShellshagdollysSmalltalk and The Rock N Roll Hi Fives!

You can check out the Facebook event right here, and be sure to get to the celebration! Check out CoolDad's links below for more info!

CoolDad Music: Website // Facebook // Twitter