New Jersey Stage

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Rick Barry's 9th Annual Holiday Hangover

(Asbury Park, NJ) – On January 1st, New Years Day, 2002, Rick Barry booked, hosted and performed the 1st Holiday Hangover as a way to celebrate and share his favorite local artists from the previous year with his fans and friends. Despite the difficulties getting people out to a bar on the first of the year, the event was a success.

In the years since, the event has become a community tradition for Asbury Park artists and their fans. Past Holiday Hangovers have showcased artists such as April Smith, Glen Burtnik, Val Emmich and many more. The 2011 show will kick off the new year with The Sunday Blues, The Riverwinds, Ellen Cherry, Emily Grove, and host Rick Barry.

With this year's hand picked line up promising to keep with Rick's tradition of featuring only the brightest rising stars in the region, this is one hangover that you are sure to enjoy!

In celebration of the Holiday Season and to promote this years event, Rick will be offering FREE downloads of selected songs from last years Holiday Hangover, including a medley of Rick Barry's "Broken English" and the Val Emmich classic, "New Years Resolution." These tracks will only be available for a limited time and will not be available for purchase or download again. These tracks are available at

The Sunday Blues:
Instead of clinging to the adage of "everything old is new again" like a security blanket, The Sunday Blues have produced a song catalogue that is at once familiar yet entirely new and captivating. Drawing influences from genres that cross the musical spectrum, the Asbury Park band's "alt-country" tag only tells part of its story. Without any sort of exception, The Sunday Blues write songs that give an honest look at the nuances and idiosyncrasies of life that others are far too quick to cast aside. The same exciting dichotomy that informs the band's lyrics extends to the live show. Without pretense, The Sunday Blues' live show contains equal parts drama and mystique-filled aura.

Rick Barry:
Rick Barry's voice is as honest as a drink at a bar with an old friend. His lyrics are raw, unapologetic poetry that reach well beyond his years. Evolving from folk music, into a sound that could only be described as "neo-folk," he has truly reinvented himself and has been met with rave reviews in cities across North America.

What sets Barry worlds apart from other songwriters is his complete lack of censorship. Where others use metaphors and pleasantries, he speaks with unadulterated candor. He has no limits, from politics to death, to the ills of society and the human element; he delivers a truth so bare, it's almost innocent.

The Riverwinds:
The Riverwinds bring with them a genuine return to the true Rock N' Roll spirit that has captured American audiences for generations. Their compelling live show leaves a lasting memory, and continues to win over listeners of all ages throughout the country. Now that they have wrapped up the recording of their self-titled debut full length, The Riverwinds are ready to bring their raw blend of American Rock N' Roll to the world one show at a time. "I Want You To Know" and "Lyla Lynn" are just a taste of what the album has to offer while preserving the strength of this refreshing take on rock music.

Ellen Cherry:
Emmy nominated singer/songwriter Ellen Cherry is a full-time touring and working performer based in Baltimore, MD. Recording continuously since 1997, her most recent album, (New) Years, crosses genres, artfully displaying her talents in folk, pop, jazz, and instrumental music. Ellen Cherry mesmerizes her audience with her powerful voice and uses her keen, on-the-fly sense of humor to weave history, storytelling, and melody together.

Emily Grove
Emily Grove sings without artifice, without affectation and without pitch correction. Her songs have relatable lyrics which connect with the human heart in the great tradition of folk music throughout the world. These aren't dreamy love songs or self-indulgent navel-gazing; they are simply songs about real human beings. There is a moving vulnerability about her performances. She is as genuine as they come, with a glorious voice which resonates with pure emotion.