As it is, the “Home Town Hero” series is held at FM on Newark Ave, on the road to Grove Street downtown Jersey City. It’s the dedicated live music curation showcase where near-by musicians are invited to play for their local fans. This time, The Yeti Shivers, Adam Melchor, Apollo Sonders, Diana Zinni, and State Of Nature took the stage. In an odd turn of events, The Yeti Shivers didn’t play that particular Thursday, even though we thought we’d seen them there and having a great time in the crowd. But we could have been mistaken.
Anywho, our intrepid photographer and contributor Stefanie Dabaghian visited the show and took some shots of the bands. The lighting in FM is a bit dark for any photographer’s tastes, but Stef makes due.
From the overall gathering of it all, it was a great time for all who attended. There was the parents of Adam Melchor who were beaming, as typical parents always do when their offspring is doing proud. Adam’s folk-pop acoustics was presented as a two piece band, and the crowd which was very supportive of his efforts loved it. His friends and fans shouted and clapped with the best of ’em. Diana Zinni is a Jersey City musician and presented her acoustic style as well. However, luck was a bit against her, for there was some technical glitch that was preventing her guitar and vocals to be less amplified than it should have been. It was unfortunate, because the bar was full of folks and her one person acoustic presentation needed it. Her songs were neatly done and presented by her as best as possible, however. In that weird sequence, the fraternity-feeling-party-advocate of a band named State Of Nature came on stage. It too us into our college days and parties with the Rugby team and the fraternal brothers wall of can beers. But the audience again, came up and at one time, danced to their very much wide array of styles of songs. It was a bit unfocused in the styles, but that was out the window, for in live settings, anything can go, right? Apollo Sonders took the stage and had their R&B and Broadway Musical induced style of music pumping away for their local fans. We believe some of their family members were on hand to support their wares, as well. At the end of it, we’d expected The Yeti Shivers to play, but we didn’t see them on. As we’d mentioned we thought we saw them in the crowd, but who knows.
Local celebrations of local musicians are a benefit to all. We support such activities to the full, and seems FM is trying it’s best to do its part.
Anywho, listen to the songs from that day’s cast of bands and see what you think.
Good job to all.