North Jersey Notes: Old Man Savage

Old Man SavageI was recently turned onto a pretty cool metal band out of Blackwood, NJ. The name of the band is Old Man Savage. So, like I do whenever I’m turned onto a band, I go to their MySpace page! What else? Anyway, I found my way to Old Man Savage’s page, and I got to hear one live track called “Electrified” off of the band’s live CD that was recorded at The Trocadero Theater in Philadelphia, PA. The song is as metal as they come with great driving guitar riffs, thunderous bass and drums. The vocals are a little too hard to hear because its a live recording, but can anyone understand metal vocals anyway?

Highly motivated metal band out of south Jersey, Old Man Savage, is always striving to be the best! They gleam professionalism onstage and off. Old Man Savage formed as a cover band under another name back in 1998 when singer Walter Lutz, guitarist Harry Parker, and bassist Dave Parker became bored with playing other people’s music, so they finally decided to go all original! Nine years later and after a few lineup changes, Old Man Savage has become a strong, well- oiled metal machine, with the addition of drummer Bobby O.

Old Man Savage have performed all over the NJ and PA regions. They are sure to please anyone who comes out to see them live because of their extremely energetic live show! In fact, Old Man Savage will be taking part in this year’s Battle Of The Bands down at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ, on July 19. For more info on Old Man Savage, log onto


I have to start this week’s update with a “Holy F**k!” Why? Because I was recently handed the new CD demo from the boys of Bled For Glory, and me and my chick listened to it on a recent road trip up to Connecticut, and the CD just blew us away! I mean, I know that I plugged the album after hearing it on MySpace, but hearing the songs full blast on a good stereo makes a huge difference. I am totally impressed with these boys and can see a bright future for Bled For Glory! So, keep your eyes peeled for them. Check them out at

A name that I haven’t heard in years seems to be rising from the ashes of music folklore! The name of the band is Dira, which is fronted by a good friend of mine, Jay Orsini. Dira come from River Edge, NJ, and my old band, Something Just, used to do a lot of work with them until both bands went kaput! I recently got an email from Jay saying that Dira is in the studio tracking new material! That is music to my ears because they were a really good band! Check them out at

And finally, Dexter’s Entertainment Complex in Riverdale, NJ, is hosting a benefit show this Sunday afternoon, June 22, to benefit little Giavanna Cafasso and her family. Giavanna is a 3-year-old Wanaque, NJ, resident who is suffering from Rhabdomyosarcoma (RHABO) cancer, which is a disease in which cancerous cells grow in muscle tissue. Giavanna goes to the Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital for tests and treatments, where she gets her chemo and radiation. When Giavanna’s blood count is low, she’s given a blood transfusion and platelets, which reduces the risk of bleeding. Apparently, there are many bad side effects to the treatments; some are temporary and some permanent. If you want information on donating blood or platelets, contact Debby Cafasso at (973) 831-9558. Or you can show up at Dexter’s in Riverdale, NJ, on Sunday, June 22, to show this little girl some support.

That’s all for now! If your band is from North Jersey and you want some exposure, send your demos and press kits to Arts Weekly, c/o Tim Louie P.O. Box 1140 Little Falls, NJ 07424. No cover bands, please!

Just remember, we’re all in the same boat, so every little bit of exposure counts!