Dennis Diken on New Brunswick rock panel discussion

Smithereens drummer Dennis Diken will be on a panel of musicians discussing “What Makes New Brunswick Rock” on Friday Sept. 8 at Rutgers University’s New Brunswick’s Alexander Library. This free event takes place from 7-9pm. Check it out!

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The New Brunswick Music Scene Archive in Rutgers University Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries, will kick off Hub City Sounds: ROCK New Brunswick 2017 music festival weekend with a free panel discussion on Friday, September 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Rutgers–New Brunswick’s Alexander Library (169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901). The panel includes New Brunswick music insiders past and present:

• Dennis Diken, the cofounder and drummer of the Carteret, New Jersey, band The Smithereens, who played numerous times in New Brunswick before they shot to international fame in the 1980s. Diken is also a record producer that has worked with Ben E. King, Mary Weiss of The Shangri-Las, Dave Amels, and R. Stevie Moore. He also fills in occasionally as a DJ on WFMU.

• Sharief Hobley, a singer, songwriter, musician, and producer who has worked with Alicia Keys, John Legend, Kanye West, Cee-Lo Green, and others. Hobley is also the guitarist and singer of his soul band, Sharief in Burgundy.

• Bob Makin, a reporter who has been covering music and more throughout New Jersey for 37 years, most notably through his column, Makin’ Waves. His current work can be found at

• Audrey Rose, the lead vocalist and keyboardist of the New Brunswick-based band The Wichts, who ran the Blueberry Patch performance space in New Brunswick. Rose is also a poet and has produced music as a solo artist.

• Andrew Spina, the owner of Spina Records, which is the only record store in New Brunswick. Spina Records specializes in selling and buying used and new vinyl records.

Free parking will be available in the College Avenue Parking Deck, Lot 26, and Lot 30 for guests not affiliated with the university.