Tuesday Nite Music Club Returns To Fager’s Next Week

Tuesday Nite Music Club Returns To Fager’s Next Week
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OCEAN CITY – Tuesday Nite Music Club with Brian Russo is returning to Fager’s Island this summer with a line-up bringing one-of-a-kind musicians to Ocean City.

Tuesday Nite Music Club with Bryan Russo is featuring live performances by Nalani & Sarina on July 7, No Good Sister on July 14, Julia Haltigan on July 21, The Late Saints on July 28, Danielle Miraglia on Aug. 4, Joey Harkum on Aug. 11, Jim Boggia on Aug. 18 and Swamp Candy on Aug. 25. The performances will take place on the inside stage at Fager’s Island starting at 8 p.m. and is free to the public.

Russo is a local multi-award winning journalist and an acclaimed composer and songwriter who has shared the stage with blues legend John Mayall, the Black Keys, G Love and Special Sauce, Donavon Frankenreiter and Rusted Root to name just a few, and his songs have been heard all over the world on radio, TV, and film. His big bluesy voice wallops audiences with soulful lyrics that bite.

“Last year the club did well and I want make it even better this year,” Russo said. “My thought is years ago original musicians really didn’t want to come here but now that has changed. Now original musicians on all levels of the scale see this is a growing scene that appreciates the arts. In addition to the beach entertainment that has been here for decades, we have the Performing Arts Center now and the Art League building. More and more of the arts is popping its way into the resort area and into the coastal lifestyle. It is a slow moving cultural renaissance of sorts.”

According to Russo, when last year’s eight weeks of Tuesday Nite Music Club came to an end, he had at least 40 musicians wanting to sign up for this year.

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“There are a lot of people from all over the country who want to do it. I am excited,” Russo said. “I want to give people who like certain style a little taste of what isn’t in their CD player right now. It is just one of those things where I think these people’s work is really fantastic and I want to share it with others. There is a spot in Ocean City for a night like this, and I think if people come out to one show they come out to another.”

Up first is Nalani and Sarina Bolton who are identical twin, teenage sisters who write, play, and sing with a depth and ability far beyond their years. For the past three years they have been performing original material throughout the Northeast, and have been featured in a variety of music festivals. On radio, their song “Start All Over” was selected as WXPN’s Philly Local Pick of the Day, and they have twice been featured guests on the Sirius XM program “Kick out the Jams” hosted by legendary music critic, Dave Marsh. In January 2014, Nalani & Sarina released their first full-length album, “Lessons Learned.”

“Nalani and Sarina are amazingly talented,” Russo said. “They are two young girls who are going to be superstars. They are on the fast track to do big things.”

No Good Sister is a female vocal trio out of Philadelphia. In the Fall of 2012, a mom, a teacher, and a waitress, decided to turn their mutual admiration for each other’s music, writing and voices into a musical project that would both showcase them as individuals, but especially highlight their deep affinity for tight 3-part harmonies. Since the formation of No Good Sister, they have performed at World Cafe Live, both in Philadelphia and Wilmington, The Tin Angel, Fergie’s Pub, The Fire, Underground Arts, Milkboy Philly, Ortliebs, Silk City to name a few, and appear regularly in the Four Seasons Lounge. They are currently recording their original music and will be releasing their first EP by year’s end.

“Julia Haltigan has a sultry-jazzy-rockabilly chic thing going on who is also a really big motorcycle enthusiast…people will absolutely love her music,” Russo said.

Sultry and provocative with a hard edge, Julia Haltigan’s music draws influences from artists across the board. Nancy Sinatra meets Joan Jett wrapped in a Bridgette Bardot package. Her critically acclaimed 2012 album “My Green Heart” was followed up by her EP “Magneto.” The success of these two albums earned her a spot performing in the ASCAP Millenium showcase at the Kennedy Center.

Led by vocalist, guitarist and kazoo virtuoso Jacopo de Nicola, The Late Saints bring on stage an explosive sonic cocktail, Gypsy Rock style. Treading a path between the lyrical nuances of the Italian Cantautori and the frenetic rhythms a la Manu Chao and Gogol Bordello, The Late Saints manage to charm with infectious original songs, dreamy musical journeys and ludicrous pop covers, re-appropriated and “Italianized.” Jacopo’s inspired kazoo lines, a soul warming and tasteful homage to the “one man band” street music tradition, define the distinctive band sound.

“Danielle Miraglia is one of my favorite blues players … just an amazing blues player,” Russo said.

Danielle Miraglia comes armed with a strong steady thumb on an old Gibson, an infectious stomp-box rhythm and harmonica with tunes ranging from heart-felt to socially conscious that will move both your heart and hips. On her latest “Glory Junkies” she’s joined by a killer cast of musicians blending the classic rock vibe of The Rolling Stones and Janis Joplin with Danielle’s signature lyrical ability to explore human nature at its best and worst.

“Jim Boggia is one of my favorite song writers of all times,” Russo said.

For more than 20 years, Jim Boggia has been winning over fans, critics, contemporaries and luminaries alike by playing a mean ukulele and with his uncompromising devotion to the sort of winsomely nostalgic, emotionally direct song craft that’s impervious to age. His sonically intelligent retro-pop manifesto informs three studio albums in 2001’s Fidelity is the Enemy, 2005’s Safe in Sound and 2008’s Misadventures in Stereo.

Swampcandy is the only performance to return to Fager’s this year from Tuesday Nite Music Club’s inaugural year last year because they were such a smash success, Russo said. They perform aggressive stomping-Mississippi-blues and cross-genre sets that create an eclectic mix of honestly-crafted songs that will take you on a journey of raw emotion and refined sensation.

“It is a perfect night to come out and hear something that is completely kick ass. It is finding a diamond in the rough as you probably don’t know who these people are,” Russo said.