WEEKEND ROUNDUP: University of Orange’s Pirate Party, Blues Festival Artist Talk featuring Mike Griot & Domineer Media Industry Mixer

Since working at Hat City Kitchen for the last two years, I was kind of forced (meant in the best way possibler) to appreciate Blues music. The gastro pub, and the valley have been associated with blue music since it’s opening. On alternating Sundays, Al Gold hosts the open blues jam. The turn out is always the same group that faithfully come by to pour their hearts out on stage. Other popular North Jersey blues bands frequent the Hat City stage such as the South Mountain Blues Bands. http://www.hatcitykitchen.com

More recently however, musician Mike Griot hosted the annual South Orange National Blues Festival. Over the weekend himself, photographer Patrick Hilaire and Raleigh who curated the Portrait of Blues exhibit at the ValleyArts Firehouse Gallery. Read recap and view photos here. http://www.valleyartsnj.org

Later on Saturday night, people were able to dress up a early this year. University of Orange hosted a Pirate Party at Ironworks Gallery. The dress code was pirate! Fake tattoos and eye patches were available for those who wanted to nail it! And just like any Ironworks event there was a bonfire, beer and fun! http://www.universityoforange.org

Sunday, in New York City I attended Domineer Media’s first industry mixer at Sage Theatre in Times Square. It was a lot of fun, and I am so proud of my sister, LeTrice DeShon (social media manager) and the rest of #TheDomz! There were drinks, cupcakes, and live performances all night. Can not wait for the next one. View the recap on http://www.domineermedia.com

The Curt Jones Band packed the house Friday night at Hat City Kitchen friday night. Tables were moved for a dance floor and people danced all night. The next night we enjoyed the soothing sounds of The Steve Girardi trio and Amigos! Amigos! who are always a good time. Find out who’s on the marquee for this week.

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