New Jersey Stage

Friday, July 26, 2013


(Newton, NJ) -- The Newton Theatre has added New York based, progressive rock band JOLLY to open for The Winery Dogs on Wednesday, August 7th at 8:00 pm. With a wide range of musical influences, JOLLY has managed to create a prog rock sound that is both original and attainable. 

The story of JOLLY starts with four guys growing up in New York City. They attended public school, shared an affinity for 90s rock, and were all big fans of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. In November 2006, all four guys separately decided to start looking to form their ideal band. One Craigslist reply, one high school reunion, and one awkward conversation later, JOLLY's current lineup, Anadale, Joe Reilly, Anthony Rondinone, and Louis Abramson, was established. They began writing and recording songs, and posting their material on Myspace. They were offered a record deal with Switzerland's Galileo/ProgRock Records, and suddenly the band's plans to record an EP transformed into recording a full-length album.
In 2009, JOLLY released their debut album, Forty-Six Minutes, Twelve Seconds of Music, which created a small buzz. The following year, a successful European tour led to a record deal with InsideOut Music/Century Media Records.

In 2011 JOLLY released The Audio Guide To Happiness (Part 1), the first of a two-part series that is scientifically designed to bring a listener to a state of true happiness. The band collaborated with a professor and some grad students at a nearby university, who conducted studies on over 5,000 subjects to perfect the usage of binaural tones to optimize the JOLLY listening experience. It was the peak of the band's pretentiousness, but also a very rewarding undertaking.

After releasing part one of The Audio Guide, which received critical acclaim, JOLLY toured the US and Europe. Shortly after returning from tour, Mike Portnoy, of The Winery Dogs, asked JOLLY to open for his then band Flying Colors at Best Buy Theater in Times Square. Portnoy said: I am a big fan of the last two Jolly albums and handpicked them to open the show in NYC."

In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy struck JOLLY hard, destroying Louis' home, which also functioned as the band's practice space and recording studio. All of Louis' possessions and a lot of the band's equipment were ruined. Needless to say, the members of JOLLY were devastated, but they tried to remain positive. The timing couldn't have been worse; the band was in the midst of finalizing The Audio Guide To Happiness (Part 2), but had to break away from the album to completely gut Louis' home. In need of new equipment, JOLLY started a fundraising campaign, and their incredible fans came through in a big way to help the band rebuild after this major disaster.

The Audio Guide To Happiness (Part 2) is out now, and is a standing symbol of JOLLY's recovery from the storm. Plus, all of the people left hanging from Audio Guide 1 can finally complete their journey towards happiness. Don't be surprised if crime rates plunge in 2013!

The Winery Dogs are a classic sounding and inspiring hard rock trio featuring vocalist and guitarist Richie Kotzen, who made his mark with Poison and Mr. Big, bassist Billy Sheehan, who has been rocking for decades with Steve Vai, David Lee Roth, Mr. Big and others, and drummer Mike Portnoy, the co-founder of progressive metal superstars Dream Theater. 

Tickets for JOLLY with The Winery Dogs are $34.00 for Premium seating, $29.00 for the Orchestra and $24.00 for the Balcony. Tickets are available at or the Box Office at 973-383-3700. 

The historic Newton Theatre, located at 234 Spring Street in Newton, NJ, was founded in 1924. Revitalized and fully renovated, Sussex County's premier entertainment venue reopened in 2011 as a 605 seat capacity live performing arts center. With it's rich history and diverse programming The Newton Theatre is essential to the buoyancy of New Jersey's Skylands region. More information about The Newton Theatre may be found by calling 973-383-3700 or by visiting its website at .