Only a blizzard can stop Subcommittee

| 15 Feb 2012 | 10:19

Halloween show rescheduled at the Stanhope House for Dec. 3 STANHOPE — Back by popular demand, New Jersey's own Subcommittee comes to the Stanhope House on Dec. 3. Subcommittee’s Halloween Bash Extravaganza was cancelled due to the October snowstorm that shut down much of the east coast. The band's unique sound blends the best of jazz, punk, rock and reggae and always packs the dance floor. Subcommittee have been active players in the New Jersey music scene since 1995. Defined by driving rhythms, sharp horn arrangements, sparring vocals and guitar driven melodies, the band has become known for the groove-laden elements of their distinctive sound as well as their ability to whip the crowd into a hip shaking frenzy. Since their inception, the band has played many clubs in New York City, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and has a strong following at the Stanhope House. Subcommittee released their first LP, Machitos Wonder, in 1998 on Hi-Test Records, a cooperative record label co-founded with producer/engineer Mike Ward of Big Blue Meenie Studios in Jersey City. Hi-Test was distributed by Black Pumpkin Records, and the album was promoted independently and performed frequently between the Tri-State area and New England between 1998-99. After a brief hiatus in 2001-02, Subcommittee reinvested energy in their original lineup, continued to write new material, and joined forces with producer Charles Johnson (Kool & The Gang, Lauren Hill) to record their second LP, What Goes Wrong. In 2007, after 14 years and roughly 1,000 live performances, Subcommittee announced an extended hiatus to "develop side projects, raise families, and explore new situations and musical avenues." Like so many artists before them, the lure of the music was too strong, and the band has re-joined forces with both each other and engineer-extraordinaire Mike Ward to work on their long awaited third full-length album. Tickets are $12. The show is for ages 21 and over. For more information on this and other shows call the Stanhope House at 973-347-7777 or visit The Stanhope House is located at 45 Main Street in Stanhope.