Here are some of the best bands in New Jersey

Local music is the backbone of a community.

At least in my opinion.

Whether it’s the local chamber orchestra, your children’s wind band or marching band, or even your favorite DJ playing songs in a bar or restaurant, music is an integral part of our lives.

Photo by Sebastian Ervi on Unsplash

Photo by Sebastian Ervi on Unsplash

Of course, New Jersey is home to some very big names in the rock world.

You immediately think of Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and My Chemical Romance.

Plus bands like the Misfits, The Whirling Dervishes (who make one of the best You are a mean Mr. Grinch blankets around), Overkill and ska kingpins Streetlight Manifesto all come from the Garden State.

There’s nothing cooler than being able to churn out some big names in the rock world who are all from our state.

I saw an article about APP.com on the group Mercy Unionan NJ supergroup that debuted in 2018 is now releasing a new album.

It really got me thinking.

What is your favorite LOCAL band or artist?

I asked this question on social media, but I’m looking to really add to the list.

Michael Garofalo said his favorite band from Jersey was Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes.

On Instagramuser pendergast.mary said the absolute best band in New Jersey is Alley on the morning side.

And Melody from Seaside Heights who I was talking to at the Ocean Club the other night mentioned the band Skinny Amigo as one of his favorites.

Personally, I love a good cover band.

Garden State Groove are a really fun set of musicians from Jersey, I saw them play at Italian Fest a few weekends ago and was really impressed!

Also, Captain Eric and the shipwrecks is another talented cover band that deserves to be discovered and seen from time to time.

Who is YOUR favorite band or artist from New Jersey?

Email me at [email protected] so we can compile the ultimate list of New Jersey-based bands!

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