North Jersey Notes: Ten Foot Tall, Midnight Mosaic, Audio Insight and More!

I was recently contacted about an amazing blues rock band out of Hopewell, NJ, called Ten Foot Tall. They have a sound that is comparable to The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and even the Grateful Dead. I guess that’s more of a country rock sound. Either way, I really enjoyed it! Songs like “Get Back On The Highway,” “Sleepin’ In The Devil’s Arms,” and “Feelin’ Fine” really make you want to drive out to the country (or South Jersey) with your windows rolled down, hair blowing in the wind, and blasting these tunes!

Ten Foot Tall find themselves fresh out of the studio with Grammy award-winning producer David Ivory, who is known for his work with The Roots, Halestorm and Patti LaBelle. 2012 is looking to be a busy one for singer/guitarist and founder James Popik and his crew, as Ten Foot Tall plan on doing a lot of touring in support of their third CD, Get Back On The Highway. The guys from Ten Foot Tall are excited that their high-energy live performances have finally been captured in a studio recording. Joining Popik (the group’s fearless leader) in Ten Foot Tall is guitarist Jeff Page, bassist Luke Kessel, keyboardist Pete Nardone, drummer Andy Janowiak, and the vocals and percussion of Jeanne Yarrow.

No strangers to touring, Ten Foot Tall has already hit the road with The Marshall Tucker Band, double-billed with Robert Hazard, and they’ve even earned a support slot for the legendary Dave Mason at the Tarrytown Music Hall in New York. The band was also invited to open a series of regional shows for Los Lonely Boys. Fans of The Dead will totally love these guys! Check them out for yourselves at



The boys from Midnight Mosaic will be performing an Industry Showcase on Thursday night (4/26) at M1-5 in NYC. Like they said, you never know who shows up to those things and where it might lead them, so good luck to the boys in Midnight Mosaic. Tickets for this event are $10 and if you’d like to hear more from Midnight Mosaic, log onto

My boys from Audio Insight seem to be keeping the momentum ball rolling. They were recently handpicked to perform at a recent Break Contest at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park and now they’ve been billed to perform at this year’s Bamboozle Festival for the second year in a row. This year’s ten-year-old Festival runs from May 18 until May 20 and returns to Asbury Park after being held in the parking lot of Giants Stadium all these years. Congrats to the Audio Insight boys for landing another major gig! For more info on Audio Insight, log onto

And finally, this Saturday night (4/28) marks the return of the mighty Prophet! For you youngsters scratching your heads as to who I’m talking about, Prophet was a staple to the NJ music scene, and its band members have not shared a stage together in over 20 years. Well, that all changes this Saturday night at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville thanks to Zenergy Entertainment. Sharing the stage with Prophet upon their return will be Lords Of Mercy, Raftree, and Circle Of Insanity. This is a must-see event for fans that waited 20 years to see Prophet rise again! For ticket info, log onto

That’s all for now! If your band is from North Jersey, and you want some exposure, send your press kits to Arts Weekly, c/o Tim Louie P.O. Box 1140, Little Falls, NJ 07424, or you can email me at, where you can also let me know where you’re performing next!


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

Tim Louie is the Author of S**t Happens.

NJN Concert Calendar:

4/26—Symphony Of Malice/Mindswitch/Ashes Of Your Enemy—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

4/26—Steve Brown and Dennis Zimmer—Shannon Rose, Ramsey, NJ

4/26—Midnight Mosaic—M1-5, NYC

4/27—InDisguise/Friends of Bill Wilson/Exit 117/Lower The Veil—The Lucky Seven, Keyport, NJ

4/27—Steve Brown—Trovatos Due, Oakland, NJ

4/28—Prophet/Lords of Mercy/Raftree/Circle of Insanity—Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ

4/28—FLATUS/The Wait/Mental Decay/Lakesie Drive—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

4/29—Delusions/Spies Like Us/Drowning In Your Sleep/Beyond Dishonor/Sever The King/Portraits/Shake That Bear—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

4/28—Ten Foot Tall—Hopewell Valley Bistro, Hopewell, NJ

5/2—Steve Brown and Terry Farley—Valley Stables, Oakland, NJ

5/2—Ten Foot Tall—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ

5/4—End Of An Era—The Saint, Asbury Park, NJ

5/4—The Dead Agains/The 39—The Cup Complex, Linden, NJ

5/4—Trailer Park Mafia/Metalhonor/Brand New Sin—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

5/5—Panzie*–Kenny’s Castaways, NYC

5/5—ZO2/The Bad News—The Saint, Asbury Park, NJ

5/5—The Dirty Pearls (CD Release Party)—The Gramercy Theater, NYC

5/5—BoundAlive/InDisguise/Endall/Fever Vein—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

5/5—Steve Brown and the Fallout—Blackthorn, Parsippany, NJ

5/5—Cloak Dagger (CD Release Party)—Toro Lounge, NYC

5/9—Steve Brown—Willie McBride’s, Branchburgh, NJ

5/10—Ghosts For Heroes/Voodoo terror Tribe/The Plot Thickens/Tomorrows Past—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

5/11—Condition Critical/D.R.I./The Zombie Mafia—The Backstage at Championship Bar, Trenton, NJ

5/11—The Hollow/Eve 6—Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ

5/12—BlackOcean—The Delancey, NYC

5/12—Voodoo Terror Tribe—Jugs-N-Strokers, Merrick, NY

5/12—King Kelly/Audio Insight—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

5/14—Sanitarius/Loudness—B.B. Kings Blues Club and Grill, NYC