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By Ralph Smith On Thursday, March 20th, 2014
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Dean Ween Group came on ‘like a freight train’ at John and Peter’s Wednesday night

New Hope favorite son Mickey Melchiondo (aka Dean Ween) brought his Dean Ween Group to John and Peter’s in New Hope Wednesday night to warm up for their upcoming tour, which will kick off at the Otto Bar in More...

By Ralph Smith On Friday, February 14th, 2014

Review: Raul Malo at the New Hope Winery

Raul Malo brought his dog onstage while performing, so in my book he could have played just one bad, out-of-tune song and left, and I still would have loved him. However, Raul Malo was wonderful in every other More...

By Ralph Smith On Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Busted hearts, bad boys and broken love: Liz Longley leaves crowd spellbound at New Hope Winery

Liz Longley (Photo: Shervin Laine) Liz Longley is stunning, and she is also very, very talented, a fact that quickly became apparent as she took the stage at the New Hope Winery Friday night, bringing with her More...

By Ralph Smith On Monday, December 9th, 2013

Review: Moistboyz at John and Peter’s in New Hope

Moistboyz at John and Peter’s (Photo: Beta Klein) The Moistboyz stormed John and Peter’s last Wednesday night and took no prisoners. With his foot to the floor, New Hope’s favorite son, Mickey More...

By Ralph Smith On Thursday, November 28th, 2013
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Review: Al Stewart show at New Hope Winery a gem

In the late 70s, if you were spending time with a date and they put Al Stewart’s Year of the Cat on the stereo, it was a very good sign that the evening would end well. At least 40 years have passed since my bachelor More...

By Ralph Smith On Sunday, November 24th, 2013

New Hope music round up: club scene stays hot even as temps chill down

Von Grey Last weekend I managed to see four bands in two days without traveling more than two miles from the center of New Hope. Had my wallet been larger, my liver smaller, and my hearing better I could have also More...

By Ralph Smith On Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Aaron Neville puts on solid performance at Havana New Hope

On Tuesday night, Aaron Neville brought his band to Havana New Hope, and it was a seemless operation from downbeat — there wasn’t a missed note, out of place beat, quick tempo or flawed harmony to be More...

By Ralph Smith On Friday, November 8th, 2013

Grand Slambovians get audience stomping at New Hope Winery

I made the decision to go hear the The Grand Slambovians based almost solely on their name, which I loved. It was a decision I did not regret. The Grand Slambovians, led by the Head Slambovian himself,  Joziah More...

By Ralph Smith On Friday, October 25th, 2013

Dr. John plays to packed house at Havana in New Hope

(Photo: Derek Bridges) Flashback to the spring of 1968: I’m walking down Haight Street in San Francisco and pass two Hell’s Angels lounging on their bikes, swapping a large jug of wine. The larger and More...