North Jersey Notes Updates

HelenaMariaMy favorite North Jersey acoustic twins, HelenaMaria, were recently on The Today Show modeling popular looks for hair from the recent Spring 2009 fashion shows. I hope that my friend Kathie Lee Gifford was extra nice to this dynamic duo! Anyway, these always-busy twins didn’t stop at just modeling a couple of weeks ago. Apparently, they also performed on CBS’s Sunday Kick-Off Pre-Game Show in Philadelphia, PA, before the Eagles game. One other thing about the twins, if you want to see and hear HelenaMaria perform a cover of Ben Folds Five’s hit song, “Brick,” for a contest that Ben Fold is having on his website, you can log onto or log onto

Also getting some TV coverage recently, was the crew from Ippy And The Project. They recently performed on a cable show called Horses Sing None Of It, which is sponsored by the folks at the Folk Project. If you wish to see the performance, you can do so at Speaking of Ippy And The Project, their studio saxophonist, Baron Raymonde, was recently on the Conan O’Brien Show as part of the Southside Johnny and the La Bamba Band playing songs from their new CD. Some pretty cool things happening for Ippy And The Project! For more info on the band, log onto /ippyandtheproject.

While I was on MySpace recently, I noticed that a former popular local hard rock band had raised its ugly head and posted some new/old pictures on their MySpace page. I had to take a gander, just out of curiosity, and I noticed that in the “About” section of the band’s profile, it says “Coming Soon.” Does this possibly mean that Dirty Rig is in the midst of reconstructing? Is it possible for one of the coolest bands in the area to rise once again? And is Kory Clarke going to leave what he’s doing with Warrior Soul to front Dirty Rig once again or is Dirty Rig going to be this totally new band?

Okay, I know that I just wrote about these guys last week, but good things are happening for them, and it’s newsworthy, so why wouldn’t I write about it? It turns out that the boys from Killcode will be heading to Providence, RI, to take part in the Rock The Ink Festival, which will take place at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Rocktober 25. Killcode will be playing alongside bands like Godsmack, Sevendust, and Taproot with Mistress Juliya and Metal Sanaz hosting the event. For more info of this huge event, log onto

And finally, and I do mean finally, my brothers from Black Water Rising have released something audible! Yes, it’s true! They’ve released a limited edition EP, which includes three songs from the upcoming debut CD and one song that will not be on the CD, plus a bonus video of their hit song, “Brother Go On.” This limited release is available by mail-order-only for $5 plus shipping and handling. These EPs will go fast because everyone, including myself, has been waiting for one! If you want to buy the limited edition Black Water Rising EP, then log onto today! Now, how’s that for a commercial?

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!