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  • Preservation New Jersey welcomes the “Saint Tom” New Jersey Petty Fest to the 1867 Sanctuary! This FOUR HOUR event features live performances by THE SHAXE performing FULL MOON FEVER; TOTH with special guests; the return of ANKER as well as art by Chris Ernst, the Gustoso Food Truck and more! The “Saint Tom” New Jersey Petty Fest is the celebration of a legacy through art and music coinciding with the anniversary of Tom Petty’s untimely passing in 2017. While there are many full-time Tom Petty tribute acts now, there was only one Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, and the intention for this festival is to do a real, heartfelt tribute, for the true fans. The Shaxe are Dan Coffey (vocals, bass); Doug Drake (vocals, electric & string bass and slide guitar); Brian Quinn (vocals, electric 6 & 12 string guitar); and Brian Impellizeri (vocals, drums, percussion). The Shaxe (pronounced SHAKES) are a central New Jersey based alt-southern rock jam band which was formed in the fall of 1992 by guitarist Mike Liskowitz and Doug Drake, bassist/guitarist Dan Coffey and drummer Brian Impellizeri. All had played professionally for years before finding chemistry in this line up. toth is a three-man band from Rocky Hill, made up of Mike V (Vocals, Harmonica), Mike M (vocals, ukulele, guitar), and Professor G (lead guitar). The band has been playing together since 2016, performing an eclectic mix of original songs and covers of their favorite indie rock, alt-country and classic rock artists like Counting Crows, Lucero, Pearl Jam, Frank Turner, and a whole lot of Tom Petty. In fact, the idea for the band started with Mike V’s burning desire to form a Tom Petty tribute band, but the three musicians ultimately decided to play a more diverse range of tunes. In addition to rehearsing for upcoming appearances, the band stay busy collaboratively writing songs to add to their ever-expanding repertoire. The trio doesn’t say much about the origin of their band name, but experts in Rocky Hill odonyms may be able to figure out its inspiration. Besides having shared musical interests, the three band mates are also family men, each of them fathers to young children, and are grateful for the ability to carve out time to create art together. You can find photos, videos, and information about upcoming TOTH shows on their website, www.tothmusic.com, or on their Facebook, YouTube and Instagram pages (all with the handle @tothmusic). This special “Petty Fest” event is a labor of love for the band, coinciding with the anniversary of Tom Petty’s untimely passing in 2017. In a statement, Mike V said “There is no greater influence on me musically than Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. The first time I saw them perform, in 1991 at Nassau Coliseum, it profoundly changed my life. It is an honor to help curate this celebration of Tom’s legacy through art and music.” Chris Ernst is a New Brunswick, NJ-based pop artist, specializing in acrylic paint. “I believe in the deconstruction of modern pop art through reverse engineering. I strive to recreate mechanical works while allowing the artist’s hand to have a strong influence. Pop culture and original sketches form the basis for a majority of my paintings. I prefer complementary, synthetic colors and intense lines. I love it when a piece strikes the balance between a childhood memory and my contemporary, personal twist. The mood I aim for is somewhere between modern and nostalgic.” Check out his portfolio at http://www.etsy.com/shop/cernstart Anker is an acoustic rocker with a confident presence & positive energy. You won’t find sleepy droning coffeehouse music here. Anker has been an opening act for Vinny Martell, Richard Barone & LUX. He has 4 CDs of original music but also produced & co-wrote a children’s CD with yoga instructor Karuna Lynne Elson. For more information visit http://www.ankermusic.com

"Saint Tom" New Jersey Petty Fest
  • October 5, 2019 to October 5, 2019
  • 1867 Sanctuary of Preservation New Jersey
  • $20 Adult, $5 kids & students, $15 members