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Northern Soul Recap 04-21-16 (RIP Prince)

Just a few hours after we learned of Prince’s passing, Northern Soul’s Thursday night of music began. Surrounded by videos of Prince performances on screen and the feeling that music has the power to connect us in mysterious ways, I took the stage with Ty Tuschen joining me on electric guitar. It was a special night to be playing music and one that I won’t forget anytime soon.

At the end of my set, we paid tribute to the purple one with two songs. “Nothing Compares 2U,” which Prince wrote but Sinéad O’Connor made popular. And for “Kiss,” we were joined by Jaime De Jesus, who had the perfect falsetto to take the lead vocal up into the stratosphere. To close the night, Jaime, Ty, James Calio, and I did a collaborative rendition of “Purple Rain.”

Here was the setlist.

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And here’s a little clip of “Nothing Compares 2U” that Jonathan captured. (If you can’t see the embed below, visit this link: https://www.instagram.com/p/BEfP5rgAbRl/)

Josh & Ty pay tribute to the purple one #prince #livemusic #hoboken

A video posted by Jonathan Andrew (@jonathan.w.andrew) on

I also debuted a brand new original song called “Howlin’.” Special thanks to Lola for capturing this one! (If you can’t see the embed, here’s the link: https://youtu.be/h1Zu8z-IuK0)

And a few photos…

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What a fantastic night of music. Thanks to everyone who came out to experience it with me!

Watch Three New Toll Collectors Videos

Captured during a live performance at Finnegan’s in Hoboken, NJ on Saturday, October 17th, here are three original songs by Christina Alessi & the Toll Collectors. Enjoy!

“Leave the Light On” https://youtu.be/NjqzH7R8gnA

“My Little Sin” https://youtu.be/HkhaWwjIhV0

“Rescue Me” https://youtu.be/Z-dNwKGeV3Q

Back at Maxwell’s on Friday 11/6/15

Fresh off a really fun Halloween show where we played Cyndi Lauper, Christina Alessi & the Toll Collectors are back at Maxwell’s tomorrow night for a set of original music at 10pm!

It’s also the release of Bern & the Brights new EP. This is going to be a great show. It begins at 8:30pm. The Toll Collectors hit the stage at 10pm sharp.

Here’s the link to RSVP on Facebook.

Friday, November 6th 
Christina Alessi and the Toll Collectors
Maxwell’s Tavern
Hoboken, NJ

Halloween at Maxwell’s

Join me on Halloween for a one-of-a-kind show. I’ll be playing drums with Christina Alessi and the Toll Collectors, but with a twist. We won’t be playing our songs. We’ll be covering Cyndi Lauper. Yes. Show your true colors and get to this show! We’re excited to sharing the night with two other bands who are also “dressing up” as other bands.


Here’s an article in HMag all about it. http://hmag.com/halloween-covered-maxwells-phish-police-cyndi-lauper-tribute-bands-take-stage/

RSVP on Facebook here.

It should be a really fun night. I hope you can join us!

Recap of Solo Acoustic Show in Hoboken

This past Saturday, I had a great time at Northern Soul in Hoboken, NJ playing a solo acoustic show. I was able to work two new songs into the setlist and they turned out pretty well.

Here’s a photo of me playing on stage.

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And here’s the setlist.

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My next solo acoustic show is next Wednesday night at Pianos Upstairs Lounge. Lower East Side, NYC. See the performances page for more details.



Last-Minute Solo Acoustic Show on Saturday


Sure, it’s last minute. But sometimes last-minute gigs can be the most fun and spontaneous. If you’re around on Saturday, I hope you stop by. I’m going to try out at least one new original song and also a new cover.

Saturday, August 16th 
solo acoustic
Northern Soul
557 First Street
Hoboken, NJ

See you Saturday? Hope so!