No Rehearsals Salute Prince's Purple Reign at Van Vleck This Friday night, July 8th!

Just days away from a purple celebration! Join Alma Schneider and the No Rehearsals for a set of Prince covers before the Montclair Film Festival screening of “Purple Rain,” coming up on Friday, July 8.

The No Rehearsals will be joined by special guests—Marlaine Powell, Eddie Nicholas, Antoine Green and Ben Morss—to perform a selection of Prince’s best songs! The set starts around 8 p.m. at Van Vleck House and Gardens, 21 Van Vleck Street, in Montclair. Film should start around 8:30 p.m. And it's free! So wear some purple, bring some lawn chairs and a blanket, and come enjoy a great night saluting Prince in music and film! Rain Date is Saturday, July 9.


No Rehearsals Salute Prince's Purple Reign at Van Vleck July 8th!

Mark you calendars in purple now! Join Alma and the No Rehearsals for a set of Prince covers before the Montclair Film Festival screening of “Purple Rain,” coming up on Friday, July 8.

The No Rehearsals will be joined by special guests to perform a selection of Prince’s best songs! The set starts around 7:30 p.m.  at Van Vleck House and Gardens, 21 Van Vleck Street, in Montclair. And it's free! So wear some purple, bring some lawn chairs and a blanket, and come enjoy a great night of music and film! Rain Date is Saturday, July 9.


Mt. Hebron Parents Ready to Rock the Mount, Tomorrow Night, Saturday, Feb. 27

Several Parents Who Rock-ers will be performing tomorrow, Saturday, February 27, at Rock the Mount, Mt. Hebron Middle School’s band night fundraiser, upstairs at Tierney’s.

The show, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., will feature Mt. Hebron parent rock ‘n’ rollers, playing with their bands to raise money for the school’s PTA.

The Thousand Pities will take the stage first. Singer/guitarist Matt Davis started out in the ‘80s and ‘90s playing in the western Massachusetts indie band, the Vestryman, touring a lot and sharing stages with the likes of Robyn Hitchcock, Aimee Mann and Green Day. He took some time off for family and to set down some new Jersey roots, then started playing again with The Thousand Pities. Davis will kick off the night singing and playing an acoustic set of his jangly power-pop originals, with special guests—he'll be joined by some of his friends from Speed the Plough.

Next up will be Whatserface, five local moms who met while their kids were at Rand School and decided to start a rock ‘n’ roll band. They bring a girl-powered approach to their quirky pop and rock songs, some familiar and others from a little further down the charts.

Last up will be Sock Monster, who play a power pop/punk mix of shoulda-been-hits that span the time from the ‘60s through the present, from the Kinks to the Replacements to the Plimsouls and the Gin Blossoms—all the great stuff that should and would get played on the radio if radio was good!

The event will raise money for the Mt. Hebron PTA.
The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 until midnight Friday, February 26, from, or $25 at the door that night—all money raised goes to benefit the Mt. Hebron PTA. Tierney’s is located at 136 Valley Road. Montclair.


From The Montclair Times: PWR Holding Feb. 20 Fundraiser

Montclair organization Parents Who Rock hosts its '2016 Parents Who Rock Tribute Show: One Hit Wonders' event on Saturday, Feb. 20, at Bnai Keshet synagogue to raise funds and awareness for the 2016 Disability Pride parade. Pictured is Lincoln Saltzman, 11, of Montclair, who lives with Prader-Willi syndrome, at last summer's Disability Pride Parade in New York City.


From the Beatles to the Stones to Michael Jackson, the biggest names in pop music history all have a long string of hits. But every true pop fan also has a favorite flash in the pan - maybe Gerardo crooning "Rico Suave" or Debby Boone wailing "You Light Up My Life" - who burned brightly for a moment then quickly vanished.

The Montclair organization, Parents Who Rock, will be celebrating those momentary megastars with a fundraising event on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 7 to 10 p.m. Twenty of the area's musical talents from PWR will be dusting off their favorite obscure tunes at the 2016 Parents Who Rock Tribute Show: One Hit Wonders! The show will be held at Bnai Keshet, 99 South Fullerton Ave., to raise funds and awareness for this summer's 2016 Disability Pride parade, which will be held in New York on July 10. Tickets for the Parents Who Rock show can be purchased at the PayPal link at

Over the past 11 years, Parents Who Rock events have spotlighted the music of artists like Bob Dylan and Tom Petty. But PWR founder, Alma Schneider, credited her husband, Brian Saltzman, with the one-hit wonder idea. "We had a lot of the women say, 'Why aren't you choosing a woman?'" said Schneider. "We didn't want to keep choosing men. But this gave people the opportunity and the option to do a man or a woman. This really opens it up, and it allows one-hit wonders from any era, and any type of music. So we're hoping that we'll have a nice variety."

Kindred Spirits
It's not the first time that PWR has been involved with the disabled community. "We collaborated about five years ago with Parents Who Rock," said Dave Fucio, chair of the Township of Montclair's Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities, which addresses a range of disability issues for citizens of all ages. "They ran a concert where we were helping to organize the all-children's playground at Edgemont Park, because the playground was woefully in need of restoration. Alma knows, from her own experience, a lot of people who have kids with special needs. So there's lots of cross-fertilization between People with Disabilities and SEPAC, the Special Education Parent Advisory Council."

Tying the One-Hit Wonders event to the Disability Pride Parade has special meaning for Schneider. Her and Saltzman's son, Lincoln, was born with a rare syndrome called Prader-Willi, which prevents the stomach from sending a signal to the brain to say it's full. "It's very dangerous," said Schneider, "because people who have this can literally die from overeating."

Dealing with her son's condition, however, spurred her into action. "I was depressed because of Lincoln when he was born," she recalled. "It was so hard for me emotionally that somebody said, 'You need to get creative again.' And that's how I started Parents Who Rock."

Making a connection
Lincoln's diagnosis had one other benefit. While taking him into New York for treatment, Schneider met jazz musician Mike LeDonne, who has played with the likes of Sonny Rollins to Milt Jackson, as well as making Trumpets in Montclair one of his regular stops. LeDonne's daughter Mary also suffers from Prader-Willi, and was also diagnosed with hydrocephalus. After spending years observing the misperceptions and injustices heaped upon the disabled, he created the Disability Pride parade, which was inaugurated last July.

"Alma and I both got plunged into the same world," said LeDonne. "I think our two children were the first two children born in St. Luke's Hospital in New York City with Prader-Willi syndrome. That's how rare it is.

"Their hospital called us and said they had a mom who just had a Prader-Willi child, and she was having kind of a rough time. So she came over here, and we helped her. We said, 'Look, he's fine. The troubles that come up, you'll deal with them, and you can just make things work.'"

Parading for Awareness
"The parade is about two things," explained LeDonne. "The parade is about instilling pride in the community, and also tearing down the walls between the disabled and abled world. We want inclusion of everybody together, and we thought on a day of celebration, that would be a nice thing, where everyone is having a good time.

"We're trying to bring focus to the community. Period. All year long. To me the Disability Pride parade is the umbrella celebration for all issues for the disabled community.

"We're about inclusion. We want the abled people to stop feeling sorry for the disabled people and treating them like fragile little broken damaged goods. They might be in a wheelchair, or they might have problems from a disability. But they're people who need to make a living. They need housing, they need to eat, they want to get married, things that everyone else does, that's what they want to do, but they're actually just kind of shoved in the background now. And we're trying to take them out of the background, and say, 'They're just folks. These are people.'

Music of Montclair
"It's not just a fun musical get-together for parents to show their talent," added LeDonne. "The cause is not just a New Jersey thing that they're raising the money for. It's a worldwide thing. It has no boundaries of race, states, countries, religions, you name it, it has no boundaries. Because everybody is disabled, all over the world. It knows no limits."

"I'm always impressed by the volunteerism in town," said Fucio, of the Parents Who Rock event. "I think it's a good way to have a celebration of understanding that there is a lot of variety in the world. And people can be involved in things, regardless of whatever physical challenges they might have."

In short, the evening promises to be a fun gathering for a serious cause. It's a chance for the disabled community to reach out with the message that David Soul - a classic one-hit wonder - sang in 1977: "Don't Give Up on Us."



Parents Who Rock Offers A Night of One-Hit Wonders for a Good Cause

Parents Who Rock invites you to spend an evening with One-Hit
Wonders!—as a dazzling array of local musicians interpret
the music of many performers who were fortunate or
unfortunate enough to have one hit—all for a good cause,
to benefit the 2016 Disability Pride Parade's Montclair

The event is set for Saturday, February 20, from 7 to 10
p.m. at the sanctuary at Bnai Keshet Synagogue, 99 South
Fullerton Ave., in Montclair, and is open to the the
public—adults only. Please leave the kids at home!

Click here to get your tickets!


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. 


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