Neil Alexander & NAIL – Funky World Jazz/Fusion Project to perform at Northern New Jersey’s Most Intimate Coffeehouse
The Salem Roadhouse Café proudly presents Nail on Saturday, August 10, 2019
2019 Marks the 20th anniversary of “Neil Alexander & NAIL”, the Funky World Jazz/Fusion project of keyboardist and composer Neil Alexander.
Originally imagined as a punk/prog-rock outfit in 1999, NAIL has continued to grow and evolve, exploring and incorporating new elements thru many iterations and personnel changes. For the Salem Roadhouse performance, NAIL will once again feature Brian Mooney on bass and Steven Frieder on saxophone, with Danny Pagan manning the drum chair and special guest Monroe Quinn on guitar.
Focusing on original music, Neil remains the primary composer for the group with tunes like “Everyman”, “The Stream” and “Earlier Still”. There is also a smattering of funk arrangements of jazz standards, songs from the classic fusion catalog, and a choice rock and roll tune (or 2) rendered in classic jazz tradition.
This show will feature original artwork by The Roadhouse’ summer resident artist Andrew Washington, with his works on display for all to enjoy and experience at the Roadhouse Gallery of Fine Art.
All ages are welcome. It’s a wholesome show, so bring the entire family!
Doors open 7:30 p.m. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $20. Proceeds help local charity Family Promise – Building Communities, Strengthening Lives.
About Salem Roadhouse Café
Dedication best defines the Salem Roadhouse Café: dedication to excellent music and dedication to the community. Well into its eleventh year, The Salem Roadhouse Café reaffirms its commitment to both.
Started in 2008 by members of Townley Presbyterian Church with a grant from the Presbytery of Elizabeth, the Roadhouse Café continues to operate as a non-profit that raises funds for several carefully chosen local charities. That may be its social mission… but the Roadhouse Café is and has been a solid performance venue beloved by the musicians who play there because of its special intimacy with the audience.
Church music, it’s not
The Roadhouse Café has always offered its stage to local and independent main stream musicians. It’s a clean, safe place for people who enjoy listening to live music, in a world of clubs and bars. Jazz, rock, folk and other groups have performed. During the past eleven years well over 100 different entertainers have appeared. Local fine artists also display their works. The musicians who play the Roadhouse often ask to return as soon as possible. The Roadhouse has given them a place with a beautiful stage, good acoustics, a live, attentive audience, and a sound system that is first class.
The Salem Roadhouse Café has raised funds for many carefully chosen charities. They include: The Presbytery of Elizabeth E-port Center, Center For Hope Hospice, Community Food Bank, Monarch Housing, Angel Paws Animal Rescue, National MS Society, Haiti Disaster Relief, Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief, The Union County YWCA Domestic Violence Program, Making It Possible To End Homelessness, Camp Johnsonburg, The Music Institute, Groundwork Elizabeth, Union Twp. Police “Santa In Blue” toy campaign and others. Thousands of dollars have been raised for these deserving charities.
Now nearly into its twelfth year of operation, the Salem Roadhouse Café features many of the performers who have graced the stage in the past, as well as talent that is new to the Café stage. The current season benefits Family Promise Union County.
Admission includes the show, art displays, snacks, beverages and desserts.