Attention New Jersey Music Fans: Rocking On A Budget!

Oh, music… The most exhilarating form of art. Why must you consume every dollar I make? How did you become such a commodity? What happened to the good, old fashioned clapping of hands, while stomping around in a circle, doing that weird yodeling thing? Okay, I took things too far. I’m sorry if I lost you. Anyway, the point I’m trying to make is that as a music lover, I tend to spend a lot of money on concert tickets… and it sucks.

If you’re a concert feen yourself, I’m sure you understand my struggle. However, there is hope for us! This past weekend I was introduced to the wonderful world of basement shows. It was great.

Basement shows are a key element to the underground alternative scene. From pop punk to progressive rock, you’re not a true punk until you’ve attended a basement show. The concept is simple: It’s a rock show in a basement. You get the concert experience without paying more than $5.00. Sure, it may be a little cramped and the people around you may be a bit sweaty, but these conditions kind of help you form a bond. The second the music begins, everyone is instantly connected. Such an intimate venue is able to give you a concert experience like no other. It’s no longer a famous band on a stage versus a sea of fans. Instead, it’s one big room full of kids who are jamming together whether they’re playing an instrument or just shouting along.

I got the chance to chat with a couple of the bands who played on Saturday and it’s safe to say they can all agree that the best part about basement shows is the small environment. Ken Hicks, bass player of Sybil says “Even though there’s less room to move around, you can really feel the crowd’s energy”.

Here are some pictures from the show, which by the way, took place in New Brunswick!

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The Band featured in the above photos is Eagle Daddy.

And yes, that is indeed a Donald Trump punching bag.

New Jersey Nature: A Guide to the Free Outdoors

So according to my weather app, it’s going to be 60 degrees and sunny tomorrow. Last time I checked, we were in the middle of February but perhaps that nap I took last night lasted longer than I thought. I know I’m ignorant about many things in life, but I thought I could at least be aware of where we are in the year. In any case, I’ll choose not to question such awesome weather during a time where I should be out in the cold somewhere cursing mother nature as I slip on ice and spill my venti nonfat mocha all over the place (still bitter, that sh*t costed me over 5 bucks!).

So this weird and unpredictable weather has definitely been working in favor of us poor, college students! Not only have our walks to class been nicer, but there is also more to do on the weekends while we’re ballin’ on a budget. Don’t limit yourself to the typical movie night or diner trip… Nature is out there, free of cost, and waiting to be explored. I don’t think you ever really outgrow a nice trip to the park.

Despite New Jersey’s splendid reputation of being “the armpit of the country”, we are actually home to some of the most beautiful landscapes. Below is a list of my top five local parks, where you can have a great time without emptying your wallet.

  1. Belleplain State Forest
  2. Camp Glen Gray
  3. Cooper River
  4. Allamuchy Mountain
  5. Barnegate Lighthouse State Park

Each of these sites will allow you to enjoy a day of wholesome and authentic fun. Whether it be going for a hike, simply taking a walk, or playing a pickup game with some friends, there is plenty to do and it won’t cost much money at all. So, hey, why not take a break from being stuck inside four walls when there is so much adventure waiting literally outside your door? The forecast is on your side, so go out and take it in while you can! Because despite such great weather, the fact is, it’s still February. And who knows, this time next week you could be cursing mother nature and slipping on ice.

*I took the featured photo (located at the top of this post) at Cooper River in Pennsauken, New Jersey!

Introduction

Hello and welcome to Suburban Simplicity! The objective of this blog is to give some insight to Southern New Jersey’s hidden treasures. I am currently a broke college student, so I know firsthand that sometimes its hard to have a good time without dropping a ton of money (And let’s be real, anything over $10.00 feels like a ton of money). But luckily for us, there is hope. And it lies just around the corner.

This may come as a surprise, but New Jersey is actually pretty cool. Not only is it home to some of the most beautiful scenery, but our entertainment scene is thriving too. Just because you’re balling on a budget, doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. There’s plenty of adventure waiting for us right here in South Jersey.

Over the course of the new few months, I plan to inform you on the countless ways to have fun without leaving the state. From hiking trails to local concerts, I’ve got you covered. I’ll be interviewing local residents, students, and business owners to get the inside scoop on all that our community has to offer!