After many a show, The Lamp Post is closing up this Saturday. I started DJing there on Thursday nights during what is known at the Duane years. Joe Conderacci, who had eventually migrated to the Lamp Post after Uncle Joe’s had closed bartended and booked shows. With very limited options on seeing live music, and Jersey City entertainment ordinances dating back to the Ford era, The Lamp Post provided one of the few locations to see live music in a “regular” venue enabling a good number of local and national bands made the back dining room a stage. When new ownership took over a couple of years back, a much cleaner Lamp Post emerged with much better food and thankfully still live music. To my surprise, a lyric from Superchunk’s The First Part that I wrote on a ceiling tile in the men’s room, was repositioned above the bar. After the transition, I had started regularly DJing at Lucky’s, but still had the opportunity to host the Ghost of Uncle Joe’s after-party and even pulled a couple of Saturday Night Dance parties. This Saturday starting at 4:30 the Lamp Post will have their Last Hurrah bands and DJ’s all night with The Blue-Grass Jam in the evening and Black Wail at night. For more lamenting, please read Jim Testa’s swan song on The Lamp Posts closing.
I of course, had already made my own plans for this Last Saturday Night, as I will be debuting a monthly dance party at the already dance friendly pizza palace Porta. The tables get moved after 10 pm. If you didn’t know it, I am a Button-Pushing-Crowd-Pleasing DJ, so expect music from my rollerskating days in the 80’s to my Ladies Nights in Jersey City. Also already planned, and taking place in JC for some time is gentrification: The Changing Landscape of Jersey City at 313 Gallery this group art show reception starts at 5 pm.
As for today, Friday, LIFE EATERS, wax darts, & GoldnBrown play Lucky’s. Show starts at 8pm, so don’t get caught in the bitter cold.
On Sunday, WFMU’s The Glen Jones and X.Ray Burns Holiday Extravaganza takes place at Monty Hall at noon.
This is the part where I would list the rest, but I’m not feeling well and need rest. So I’ll hand you off to a another new site that is keeping me on my game. As always you can get a full listing on Hudson Happenings at nj.com : Thank you Summer.