Weekend Roundup

A Recap of Events in the Valley Arts District
(3/18 - 3/20)


By Patricia Rogers

This was another jam-packed weekend with fun events from our favorite locals!  It was all about live music in the Valley Arts District this weekend.

It kicked off with Al Gold presents a Howlin' Wolf tribute [Fri. 3/18] featuring Dean Shot, Steve Guyler, Gary Wright, Big Mike Devita and the Solid Senders.  Friday night, the HCK [Hat City Kitchen] blues crowd came to enjoy blues favorites like "Smokestack Lightnin'," "Back Door Man," "Killing Floor" and "Spoonful." 

Al Gold presents a Howlin' Wolf tribute featuring Dean Shot, Steve Guyler, Gary Wright, Big Mike Devita and the Solid Senders.  Photo by Gregory Burrus.

Al Gold presents a Howlin' Wolf tribute featuring Dean Shot, Steve Guyler, Gary Wright, Big Mike Devita and the Solid Senders.  Photo by Gregory Burrus.

The lovely ladies of Marafanyi hosted their monthly Drum Dance & Song Workshop at the Firehouse Gallery [Sat. 3/19] with a good turn out and participation. 

Marafanyi Drum Dance & Song Workshop at the Firehouse Gallery.

Marafanyi Drum Dance & Song Workshop at the Firehouse Gallery.

Mike Griot presents The Return of Reggae night at Hat City Kitchen [Sat. 3/19]!  [In August 2015] Kiwi released a new album and a performance featuring Josh David Barrett from the Wailers.  This night has always been popular with reservations and a line out the door.  This installment was no different. 

The Return of Reggae night at Hat City Kitchen.  Photo by Gregory Burrus.

The Return of Reggae night at Hat City Kitchen.  Photo by Gregory Burrus.

Holding Kiwi album

Holding Kiwi album

Kiwi.  Photo by Gregory Burrus.

Kiwi.  Photo by Gregory Burrus.

Al Gold hosts his monthly blues jam Sunday afternoon [3/20], and this week it was all about girl power.  I noticed there were more female singers and musicians.  Women brought the charisma, power-packed voice and an overall good time.  

Blues jam

Blues jam

There is always art, music and community events happening here in New Jersey's Valley Arts District.  Sign up for our newsletter to stay in the loop, here: www.masconsumption.com/thescene

Photographs by Gregory Burrus and Patricia Rogers.

About the Writer

Patricia Rogers, #ValleyGirlNJ, lives in New Jersey's Valley Arts District. The native New Yorker works as a writer, blogger and community activist.  Starting Masconsumption Media in 2012, she has been passionate about capturing the stories of the vibrant up and coming Valley Arts District neighborhood through her blog, zine, events and more.  She blogs for Jersey Indie, Luna Stage, and Hat City Kitchen and offers many creative media services.  Visit her blog www.masconsumption.com and keep up with your favorite Valley Girl on social media at @valleygirl_nj (Twitter / Instagram).