Jacqueline Smith has been a godsend for area supporters and musicians with her online platform JC Music Scene, transcending scene and style boundaries with demonstrate bulletins and links to new releases. And now, immediately after a pause forced by the pandemic, she’s restarting her JC Music Scene showcases at an interesting new location.
On Thursday, April 21, JC Tunes Scene will existing four bands at Quantum Seem, a cafe and function house in close proximity to Washington Park with a unique background of its own. The live performance will aspect 3 Jersey Town-centered acts: the pop-rock trio Emergencies, the lush Anglophile desire-pop of Royal Blush, and a solo set from Kelly Sullivan of Hex Code. Opening will be up-and-coming singer/songwriter Alexander Yearns from Palisades Park.
Smith experienced been holding her monthly showcases at 902 Brewery in Jersey Metropolis. But when a scheduling conflict pressured her to come across a new location, she was thrilled to be approached by Quantum Audio, a rather new facility that occupies the house formerly utilised by the historic Huge Blue Meenie studios, the place the likes of Queen Latifah and INXS (as well as an army of Jersey musicians) recorded.
“I employed to are living in Hoboken but I moved up the hill in the fall of 2017 and they had been constructing this space actually throughout the street from me,” Smith explained. “I was normally curious what it was likely to be, so I began subsequent them on social media and observed out it was heading to be a restaurant/bar/ lounge and then, just by way of the investigate I did, I located out that it also had a presence in songs, historically speaking. So I considered that was truly interesting. But you know, I was just selfishly checking the true estate up this way, and pondering what my new neighborhood would be.”
In accordance to actual estate website Jersey Digs, “512 Quantum Audio Bar & Cafe is housed in a two-tale pink brick constructing suitable in which Jersey City, Union Town, and Washington Park meet up with. It dates to the 19th century and was applied as a chandelier manufacturing facility right until 1981, when producer Reggie Lucas, finest recognised for producing Madonna’s self-titled debut album, procured the developing and opened Quantum Audio Studios.”
“So it’s amusing,” Smith mentioned. “When I originally commenced JC Audio Scene, I kind of set in my brain, oh, that would be a really awesome spot to organize a present at, but this was when the site was in its infancy and we weren’t very there nonetheless. But then (Quantum Sound) in fact finished up reaching out to me, a small bit far more into my time running the page, stating, hey, we’d enjoy to get a band evening going, because that will be a thing new for us. We went back and forth with that a tiny little bit but the timing was just by no means proper.
“Now, there is a will need for me to discover a new house for some of my demonstrates and I’m also attempting to give different neighborhoods, the prospect to have showcases arrive their way,” Smith continued. “The site unquestionably has a Hudson County aim, it’s not just Jersey Town. So, I just considered, you know, let’s test this out. And they really have this set up as a really nice performance room.”
At her 902 Brewery showcases, Smith has hosted all the things from rock to hip hop to digital dance acts, mixing established bands with talented newcomers. For this display, she’s especially hyped to bring Yearns to Hudson County.
“I like his music and I hear he’s an amazing reside performer, so I’m definitely so joyful to have him open up the exhibit,” she mentioned.
Yearns started executing as a 13-calendar year-previous, drumming in his more mature brother’s band. But as he matured, he moved away from the drums and made a passion for songwriting.
“I was in a band with a team of guys that were being a great deal more mature than me at the time, so I got to do a whole lot of touring at a younger age,” Yearns said. “It was not till maybe five or six yrs into that when I begun crafting my personal my possess songs, and then I started off executing that audio by myself in 2018. Since then, I have been creating my have songs and accomplishing it all close to the tri-condition place.”
His debut album, 2021′s “Phoenix,” consists of passionate really like songs with spare arrangements showcasing him on vocals and acoustic guitar.
“I was enjoying with a band for a whilst but experienced to halt for the duration of the pandemic,” he claimed. “So I will be carrying out solo at the showcase but I am in the procedure of trying to set a new band back alongside one another.”
The JC Tunes Showcase will take spot at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at 512 Quantum Audio, 512 Paterson Plank Road, Jersey City. Admission is $10 at the doorway.
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