North Jersey Notes: Another Day Dawns, Mikell’s Plot, Second Skyn, and More


I recently stumbled across this great hard rock band out of Lehighton, PA when I noticed they had a similar name to my buds in New Day Dawn. I’m glad that I stumbled upon them, though, because I really liked what I heard. The name of the band is Another Day Dawns. Do you see how similar the names are? Anyway, I got to listen to a few tracks like “Love She’s After,” “Rage” and “Save-Me,” and I felt that singer Dakota McGeehan’s voice is simply awesome! He has this deep commanding voice that I always enjoyed listening to in hard rock music. The guitar work from guitarist Tyler Ritter is nothing to sneeze at either.

According to their bio, Another Day Dawns is an alternative hard rock band with an energetic live show of all-original music. The band was formed back in 2010 by two of its original members, guitarist Tyler Ritter and drummer Nick McGeehan. Singer Dakota McGeehan joined the band as the frontman in late 2011. Like many bands, there’s that one instrument that the band can never nail down. For Another Day Dawns, it’s the bass player position. Several bass players have sat in with the band, but bassist Danielle Dubois has been the band’s bassist since 2015. Another Day Dawns continue to break into new markets with unequaled enthusiasm and work ethic. The four members’ varied tastes have been blended together to create their heavy and unique sound. The band has played venues all across Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, sharing the stage with national artists like Sammy Hagar, Tesla, The Wailers, Fuel, Ted Nugent, and Trapt. Singer Dakota McGeehan continues to embrace the frontman role, while guitarist Tyler Ritter becomes increasingly confident with his playing live. But the band also is understanding the nuances of performance.

The future for Another Day Dawns seems promising. The band continues to write new music and hone in their craft as songwriters, learn more covers to broaden their repertoire and move into new markets outside of the PA/NJ/NYC markets. With youth on their side, time is definitely on their side! It sounds like these kids have a game plan, so keep your ear out for them in 2017. For more on Another Day Dawns, visit



So, George Rivera, rhythm guitarist for the band Mikell’s Plot, has been fighting cancer for a long time. George has been playing with Mikell’s Plot for almost 20 years. On February 25 at Al Cibelli’s Restaurant and Bar in Perth Amboy, NJ, members of Mikell’s Plot, family, friends and other great Jersey bands will be raising funds to help George pay for his chemo treatments. Performing will be Mikell’s Plot, Smoked Rose, Dee Rivera, Jason Fox, Pollman Orellana, Doug Diettmann, Cory Singer, Powerage – AC/DC Tribute by Sonic Reign, and many other great bands to be announced. There will be a $20.00 donation at the door and food will be included. For more info on this event, visit

My brothers from Sekond Skyn have just been added to an amazing show at Starland Ballroom in Slayerville, NJ on May 20. They will be opening for Brooklyn’s own, Life of Agony! Also performing will be my bros from Anaka. This will give you a chance to see Sekond Skyn with new guitarist Zack Miranowic. For discounted tix hit Sekond Skyn up via their Facebook page,

And finally, I recently got a copy of the latest CD from The Black Clouds, After All, and since I couldn’t make it to their Brighton Bar show a couple of weeks ago, I figured I’d give their new CD a listen. It was great! The songs “Vice,” “Photograph,” “Sayonara” and “Merchants of Death” are definite must-listens. I really regret not catching these guys live! For more about The Black Clouds, visit or give them a listen on Sound Cloud at

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:

2/15—The Bunny The Bear/I Set My Friends on Fire/Across the White Water Tower/Alive in Fiction/Ocean of Illusions/Circadian Lapse—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

2/16—ABAKUS3/Dogparc/Joe Billy/Casey Honig and Ivan Rocks/Quantum Peruvian—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

2/17—Trixter/Reality Suite/Mr. RocknRoll Project/Lunatic Fringe—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ

2/17—Unkempt Herald/It Is Written/Psilocybe/Embrace Agony/Inari One—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

2/18—Saving Abel/Funeral Students/ELI – The Band/Corners Of Sanctuary/White-Washed Walls/Everything Falls—Standhope House, Stanhope, NJ

2/19—hedPE/Motograter/Ender/Seas of Wake/Among Us/Know Your Enemy/Throat/Raftree—Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ

2/19—Abnormality/Dead City Crown/Deadtide/Vision Serpent—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

2/20—Great American Ghost/Until We Are Ghosts/Bungler/Young Graves/Wither/Ana Sapphira/Refinement/Unwill/On Sight—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

2/23—Retrofeelya/Jessica Chertock—Amityville Music Hall, Amityville, NY

2/23—Our Fears/The Black Lagoon/Zach Russack/The Dark Matters/Strange Eclipse—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

2/24—Argyle Goolsby and the Roving Midnight/The Cryptkeeper 5/Skunk Daze/Devil In Belfry/The Zombie Mafia—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

2/25—Jersey Campfire Presents Downshallow “Reunion Show”/Everything Falls—Tenth Street Live, Kenilworth, NJ

2/25—Mikell’s Plot/Smoked Rose/Dee Rivera/Jason Fox/Pollman Orellana/Doug Diettmann/Cory Singer/Powerage—Al Cibelli’s Restaurant and Bar, Perth Amboy, NJ

2/25—Bubba Grouch/Our Black Friday—The Stanhope House, Stanhope, NJ

2/25—Dead Empires/Mantismass/Floods/Warmth—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

2/26—Ikillya/Sun and Flesh/Robots and Monsters/Signals of Bedlam—The Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY

3/11—Black Night Revival—Arlene’s Grocery, NYC

3/11—Overkill/Nile/Amorphis/Swallow The Sun/Xenophile/We…Our War/Enrage—Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ