North Jersey Notes: Eighteenth Hour, Black Water Rising, Steve Bello Band and More!

Yes, you are correct! These guys are not from North Jersey, but they are playing in North Jersey this weekend when they open for Trixter at the Stanhope House in Stanhope, NJ. I’m talking about a little band called Eighteenth Hour, and they’re from Bethlehem, PA, which might as well be North Jersey anyway. I came across the band as I searched for an act to feature this week, and they’re pretty good! Eighteenth Hour are nothing new. They’re just very familiar. And that’s a good rock band! Their songs “Lust Divine,” “Never Enough” and “Famous Tonight” are great rock tunes that I would listen to more than a few times, which says a lot since I have a short attention span.

Eighteenth Hour have been around since 2007, and are destined to prove to people that rock ‘n’ roll is not dead! The Bethlehem-based band plans on proving this with their latest CD, 6, which showcases the group’s straightforward rock ‘n’ roll songwriting at its finest while still capturing their live feel, something that Eighteenth Hour have kind of become known for over the past decade. The band’s reputation as a great live act spread quickly after winning WZZO 95.1FM’s “15th Annual Backyard Bands Competition,” which was judged by representatives from Atlantic, Virgin and Interscope Records. Eighteenth Hour are made up of singer and guitarist Geoff Houser, guitarist David Zullo, bassist Jim Touchton and drummer Tom Chaffier.

The guys from Eighteenth Hour are no strangers to this scene either. They’ve been lucky enough to share the stages with many national touring bands like Bret Michaels, Spacehog, Days Of The New, The Badlees, Thin Lizzy, Skid Row, Great White and Blessid Union Of Souls, and now they’ll be able to add Trixter to that list. Check out Eighteenth Hour at or catch them live this weekend at the Stanhope House when they open for the mighty Trixter.



My bros from Black Water Rising are currently filming a new music video for their song “Dance With The Devil” off of their latest opus, Pissed And Driven. The video was shot at the Lucky 13 Saloon in Brooklyn and will feature my bro and actor, Jose Hernandez Jr., who some might recognize from the HBO series, Oz. This will be Jose’s second acting gig for the Black Water Rising crew. He was also featured in their video for “No Halos” off of the band’s last CD. To celebrate the new video, the BWR guys are offering a discount on their new album, Pissed And Driven, by entering the discount code “DEVIL” at your time of purchase online. Log onto for more info.

I’m not sure if I mentioned this or not, but my bud Steve Bello from the Steve Bello Band is now being endorsed by Orange Amps. This is a huge deal for Steve because it puts him in the company of rock legends like Jimmy Page, Geddy Lee, Glenn Hughes, and Ty Tabor. If you don’t know those names, you should be ashamed! Anyway, congrats to Steve Bello on his new endorsement. Yes, it’s a big deal when this happens to my local buds. For more info on the Steve Bello Band, log onto

And finally, North Jersey legends Trixter bring their brand of rock back to the Stanhope House this Saturday night (4/12) with Jaded Past and Eighteenth Hour. I remember opening for Trixter when they first reunited six years ago. It’s great to see that they’re still at it. For more info, log onto or the

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:

4/11—Marc Rizzo/Navene-K—Slake, NYC

4/11—Trixter/Big Hair Daze—Revolution Bar and Music Hall, Amityville, NY

4/11—Kosmic Daydream/The Erotics—The Clash Bar, Clifton, NJ

4/11—Blackout Brandy/Sweet Leaf—The Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ

4/12—Trixter/Jaded Past/Eighteenth Hour—Stanhope House, Stanhope, NJ

4/12—The Gyrate—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ

4/13—Steve Brown and Dennis Zimmer—Grasshopper, Morristown, NJ

4/13—From The Depths/Forbidden Territory/Ocean Of Illusions/SYKA/As Glory Fades/The Empty Frame—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

4/16—Seas Of Wake/All That Remains/Darkest Hour/Wilson—Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ

4/17—Gothic Knights/Queensryche—Bergen PAC, Englewood, NJ

4/18—Steve Brown—Willie McBride’s, Branchburg, NJ

4/18—Diesel America/Brand Of Julez/The Dark Riders/Full Molder—Slake, NYC

4/18—The Independents—The Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ

4/19—The Enemy Is You/Shadows Of Dawn/Lower The Veil/Ashes Of Your Enemy—Court Tavern, New Brunswick, NJ

4/19—The Battery Electric/Kiirstin Marilyn/Purple Suns/East Side Riffs—The Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ

4/20—The Independents/Monster Rat/Danse dE Sade/True Revolution—Tenth Street Live, Kenilworth, NJ

4/20—Eastbourne/UFOTOFU/Stranger Dangers/The Mischief Kids—The Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ

4/21—Forevermore/The Ongoing Concept/Sycamour/My Enemies And I—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

4/24—Steve Brown and Terry Farley—Thatcher McGhee’s, Pompton Lakes, NJ

4/25—Kucklebone/Flowers To Flames/Sebastian Bach—Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ

4/25—Don Jamieson—The Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ

4/25—New Theory/Reach/Revenir/Answer Infinity/Sundown Conspiracy/Burning Red Sun—Stanhope House, Stanhope, NJ

4/26—Civic/Gazelle—Crossroads, Garwood, NJ

4/30—Battlecross/Beyond Dishonor/Julius Seizure/Burial Mound—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ