Bradfest Benefit Features 6 Great Bands at Tierney's This Saturday, Nov. 14th

Come on out this Saturday night, November 14, for Bradford School’s fourth-ever Bradfest, a rocking parents night out for a good cause—to raise money for the Bradford PTA.

The show will feature six bands, four of which are members of Parents Who Rock: Stacia Thiel, Eugene Chrysler Band, MMY-FM and Sock Monster. Youth in Revolt and The Plimptones will also perform.

The show is scheduled to run from 8 p.m. to about 1 a.m. at Tierney’s Tavern, 136 Valley Road in Montclair.

The Bradford PTA will use any funds raised to purchase technology and supplies and to fund programs to help teachers enhance the education of students at the school. 

Tickets are $20 at the door.


Meet Tom Petty Biographer Warren Zanes at Watchung Booksellers Nov. 19th

Come meet rock 'n' roll biographer and musician Warren Zanes as he unveils his new biography of Tom Petty, Petty: The Biography, at Watchung Booksellers in Montclair. 

Zanes, a Montclair resident and Parents Who Rocker, will be at the favorite Montclair bookseller Thursday, November 19th at 7 p.m. 

In the new book, Zanes illuminates the richness and darkness, the unlikely success and little-known personal troubles, of rock icon Petty.

In the mid-eighties, already a rock icon, Petty invited 22-year-old Warren Zanes and his band the Del Fuegos to open for him and the Heartbreakers on a three-month summer tour. At the time, Zanes would’ve never guessed that 30 years later he would pen Petty’s biography with the artist’s full cooperation and unguarded honesty.

For the first time, Petty speaks candidly about his struggle with heroin addiction and depression, his troubled first marriage, and drama within the Heartbreakers. The biography includes extensive interviews with Petty, his daughter, former Heartbreaker Stan Lynch, famous producer Jimmy Iovine, Stevie Nicks, and more.

Petty has all the richness and darkness of a great American story, but this one comes with a soundtrack. Like Petty’s music, this book is intimate, resonant, with recognizable characters, tragedy, loss, hope and success. Zanes’s transporting, evocative prose gives us the dramatic and inspiring ballad of Tom Petty’s life and rise to stardom.

 Warren Zanes holds a PhD in visual and cultural studies from the University of Rochester. He was a member of the Del Fuegos, and continues to record music. His work has appeared in The Oxford American, and he has served as a V.P. at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is currently the Executive Director of Steven Van Zandt's Rock and Roll Forever Foundation.

Watchung Booksellers is located at 54 Fairfield St., Montclair. 


PWR Bands Play South End's Harvest Fest This Saturday, Oct. 17

Parents Who Rock bands who be performing this Saturday, October 17, at the South End Business District’s First Annual Harvest Fest.

The Fest will feature great food, wine tastings, demonstrations, samples, and some fabulous bargains from participating businesses, such as B London, Mahir’s Unisex Barbershop, BeautyMark, CakeaholicObsession, South End Liquor, and many more. Bring the family and check it out!

The South End Harvest Fest runs from noon to 5 p.m. in the South End Business District, on Orange Road. Come out and support the district and hear some great music!


Warren Zanes Will Headline PWR 10th Annual Lawn Party at Montclair Art Museum September 12

Parents Who Rock will celebrate it's 10th Anniversary with an annual Backyard Party that has more star power, has more performers, and will take place on a bigger lawn than usual—in front of the Montclair Art Museum

Singer/songwriter Warren Zanes will headline the event, and more than 25 acts—many of them PWR favorites, will perform at the show, set for Saturday, September 12 from noon to 6 p.m.

Think of it as PWR's annual backyarder on steroids: bigger acts, more performers, and tons of great music, along with more food and fun activities for the whole family.

Zanes, who may be best known as a member with his brother Dan of the indie rock band, the Del Fuegos, is also a singer and songwriter who has released three solo albums, including the most recent, "I Want to Move Out in the Daylight." 

In addition, Zanes has has been a university professor, a vice president at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and a writer whose subjects have ranged from Jimmy Rodgers and Dusty Springfield to the history of Warner Bros. Records. His next book, a biography of Tom Petty, is due to come out in November. Zanes is also executive director of Little Steven Van Zandt's Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, where his work is an extension of his non-profit experience and his teaching at Case Western Reserve, the School of Visual Arts, the University of Rochester and other institutions. 

Time Out New York has said of Zanes, he is "as smart a pop songwriter as there is." Entertainment Weekly lauded his solo work as "a thing of indie-pop beauty." Rolling Stone described his music as having "flashes of Beck and 1970s Paul McCartney . . . [and] a lot of what sounds like
XTC." Among those who have already stepped forward to praise his latest recording are Cameron Crowe, Aimee Mann and Tom Petty. 

Zanes currently lives in Montclair with his two sons.

Other acts include many favorites from 10 years of shows, plus new members. And after many years, PWR  will be once again selling its famous T-shirts for adults and kids. So remember to bring your check books.

The celebration will highlight the opening of the Montclair Art Museum’s exhibition Eric Carle: Animals and Friends. Visitors can see MAM’s brand new exhibitions, enter to win exciting raffle baskets, and enjoy delicious fare from a variety of food vendors.

Family programming at the MAM Lawn Party will include art activities such as a collage project inspired by Eric Carle, the launch of a children’s art contest sponsored by TD Bank, an instrument petting zoo in partnership with School of Rock, and the MAM Art Truck. Don’t miss family yoga with Jacquie Ruderman and Eric Carle face painting! The Family Learning Lab and Reading Nook will also be open for interactive gallery experiences.

Those in attendance can also enter to win an exciting raffle basket comprising everything from relaxation packages to children’s goodies and grabbing a delicious bite from one of the participating food vendors like Cakeaholic Obsession, Cheezen Food Truck, Lost Brother’s Pizza Truck, Ms. Fu’s Yummy Food Truck, The Green Radish, Nick’s Shaved Ice, and Yogic Chai.
There will be no cover charge, but all donations accepted will go toward special needs programming at the MAM.

The Montclair Art Museum is located at 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair.

Parents Who Rock is a nonprofit association of musicians and others based in Montclair who volunteer their time and talents onstage and behind the scenes to raise money for not-for-profit organizations throughout the community. The group was founded by Alma Schneider in 2005 and will celebrate its 10th Anniversary at the MAM Lawn Party. Parents Who Rock has helped to raise more than $200,000 for local nonprofits and educational institutions. 

For more information, contact Alma Schneider at


The Bloomingfields, Unmentionables and Kingpin This Saturday at the Old Canal Inn

Let The Bloomingfields get your party started this Saturday night. Join the Fields with their friends, The Unmentionables and Kingpin, June 27, at the Old Canal Inn in Nutley.

The show starts at 8—Kingpin is on first, followed by The Unmentionables at 8:45 p.m. and The Bloomingfields at 10 p.m. Come early for dinner and stay late to dance it off!

The Old Canal Inn is located at 2 East Passaic Ave. in Nutley. No cover. Dancing always strongly encouraged.

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In the Dreamlife at The FIne Grind This Wednesday, Oct. 29

In the Dreamlife—Carrie Cantor and Malcolm Marsden—will be playing The Fine Grind Coffeebar this Wednesday, Oct. 29. It’s part of the Fine Tuned in the Evening series at the shop, located at 101 Newark Pompton Turnpike (Route 23), in Little Falls. Music runs from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., so stop by for some cool music and hot coffee.


PWR-ers Rock for Bradford at Bradfest Fundraiser This Saturday, Oct. 25

Bradfest is coming! Bradford School’s rocking parents night out is set for Saturday, October 25th at Tierney’s Tavern. The show features Bradford mom- and dad-bands—who also happen to be in Parents Who Rock—playing music to raise money to benefit the Bradford PTA.
This time around, four performers/bands are donating their time and musical talents to help raise funds for their children’s school. 
Bradford mom singer/guitarist Stacia Thiel will kick off the show with an acoustic set of alt-country meets indie-folk originals and covers. Thiel did an amazing version of "So Like Candy" at PWR's Elvis and Elvis show in February. 
Next up will be MMY-FM, featuring Bradford parents Ross Yustein on guitar and Connie and Greg Mattison on vocals and keyboards/vocals. Joining the Bradford trio are Watchung dad Howard Freund on bass, and Paul McKeon, who used to live in Montclair, on drums. MMY-FM plays a mix of great rock ‘n’ roll classics, guaranteed to get everyone up and dancing.
The third band on the bill, Sock Monster, finds cool songs from bands like the Kinks, Clash, and Squeeze and mixes them up with alternative and power pop gems like The Records’ “Starry Eyes” and the Plimsouls' “Million Miles Away.”
“We play the stuff we love, the music that would be on the radio if we were programming a great station,” says guitarist John Paul Uva, dad to two Bradford fifth graders. Montclair resident Jim Kvoriak, on vocals and guitar, and two other dads, Andy Yeates from Verona on drums, and Bob Terhune on vocals and bass, round out the band.
Filling out the bill are The Plimptones, with Bradford dad Mike Potenza on guitar, along with several lawyer friends from the firm Debevoise and Plimpton, who got together to play the Law Rocks Battle of the Bands at the Gramercy Theater in New York in December. Potenza has also played with Eugene Chrysler Band. 
In addition, Bradford parent Joe DeLuca will emcee the event. T-shirts featuring a Bradfest logo designed by Bradford mom Debra Pirkle will be on sale and there will also be a 50/50 raffle that night.
This is the third year Bradfest has been held. The PTA came up with the idea in 2010 to take advantage of the number of Bradford parents who played in rock ’n’ roll bands in their spare time and give them the opportunity to raise some money for their children's school. 
The event raises lots of money for the Bradford PTA. It also give the school’s parents a great, casual way to kick back, reconnect with old friends and show their support for fellow parents who play music.
The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 from the Bradford PTA website, or $20 at the door that night. Tierney’s is located at 136 Valley Road. For more information, visit or like Bradfest on Facebook:


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