The event will feature five original-music acts at A.C.’s Le Grand Fromage Friday night, Dec. 2.
ATLANTIC CITY — Like the ambassador for independent music he's assisted, Justin Pierce opted to strike out on his own and help find places for local, original-material producing musicians to hone their craft in live-audience settings.
In doing so, the Port Republic resident recently launched the fledgling promotional/booking company JP Entertainment, which will host its inaugural event on Friday night, Dec. 2, at Le Grand Fromage in Atlantic City. Five acts, including two bands trekking down from Syracuse, New York, will be part of the festivities.
“This is our first show,” says Pierce. “Basically it’s just me and my girlfriend [singer/songwriter/guitarist Chrissy Rubcich, who will open the show at 9pm]. I was helping Jerry [Ryan] at Elephant Talk [Indie Music] Magazine and just wanted to be a little more hands-on myself with bringing bands to town. I wanted to get more involved with bringing a little bit of culture to the area that’s different from your typical DJ spinning other people’s music, or the big-time bands coming to town that you have to pay at least $45 a ticket to see.”
The Pine Barrens-based folk/bluegrass/acoustic trio Bog Iron Boyz (with bassist Samuel Ross and guitarists Josh Petty and Steve Nordone) will start around 9:45pm, then another trio, the metal band Born Again Rebels (guitarist Gary Haydu, bassist Eric Maliszewski and drummer Alan Haydu) from Syracuse, will take the stage at 10:45pm.
Local standout Resident Stone (lead guitarist Rick Land, rhythm guitarist Rebel Somers, drummer Andrew Clark, bassist Sam Ross and lead vocalist Rob Dief) will perform starting 11:45pm, and Syracuse quintet Just A Memory (lead guitarist Nate Hopper, violinist Leila Dean, rhythm guitarist Joe DiMaggio, bassist Rob Fehrman and drummer Joe Culotti) will close out the night starting 12:45am.
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