Jazz Musicians Invited to Jam This Saturday, April 26

Doug Andrews (bass), a parent who rocks and and also plays jazz, invites interested musicians to please come to play at the next Community Monthly Jazz Jam session at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair at 67 Church St. in Montclair this Saturday, April 26, from 7 to 11 pm.

In this supportive, non-competitive environment, everyone gets an opportunity to play and several sessions may be going on. If you want to play or sing a tune that’s not in the Real Book, please bring copies of the music in the key you want to do it in. Original charts welcome. A $5 donation is requested (for the space and for refreshments). You can drop by at any point during the evening, for as long or as little as you like. Get more information here.


Cantor and Marsden Back to The Fine Grind This Wednesday

Malcolm Marsden and Carrie Cantor are back for another night of wonderful live music at The Fine Grind this Wednesday, April 23, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. They expect Mark Schaffer to stop by and add some fiddle to the first acoustic set. Come out for some good coffee and great music!

The Fine Grind is located at 101 Newark Pompton  Turnpike (Route 23) in Little Falls.


Fundraiser for the North Star Foundation at Tasti D Lite and Planet Smoothie of Montclair on April 5th

On Saturday, April 5th, in honor of Autism Awareness Month, Tasti D Lite and Planet Smoothie of Montclair will host a fundraiser for the North Star Foundation.  A portion of the day’s revenue will be donated to North Star to further their work with breeding and training assistance dogs for children on the autism spectrum and those who face other challenges.

North Star Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to place assistance dogs with children who face challenges ranging from autism to serious medical conditions to grief over the loss of a parent. To aid in the social interaction aspect for children with autism, North Star’s goal is to pair children with puppies in training in order to help create the strongest bond possible between the child and the dog.

Patty Dobbs Gross, Executive Director of the North Star Foundation will be present at 12 Noon to answer questions and provide information about the North Star Foundation.  North Star dog, Nahly, a golden retriever, will also be present.

Jason Didner, leader of the kid-friendly band Jungle Gym Jam, host of TV-34's Cool Rockin' Daddy Video Show, and a member of Parents Who Rock, will be performing from 5  to 7 p.m. He will play acoustic rock-n-roll for all ages, including songs by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Smash Mouth, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and my own tunes, including the locally inspired "You Can't Get There from Here in Jersey" and "Jackals on the Prowl," as well as some kid-friendly creations that have made their rounds on radio internationally.

Jonah and Ellen Zimiles, the owners of WORDS Bookstore in Maplewood, will share the presence of their North Star dog, Daisy, a yellow labrador, at the fundraiser.

Please come out on Saturday, April 5th to Tasti D Lite and Planet Smoothie of Montclair from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. to support the North Star Foundation and the amazing difference being made in the lives of children.

Tasti D Lite and Planet Smoothie of Montclair is located at 349 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair, NJ.  973-783-0675.  www.facebook.com/tastimontclair


Say Good-Bye to Winter with In the Dreamlife at the Fine Grind This Wednesday

Join Carrie Cantor and Malcolm Marsden for some music at the Fine Grind, 101 Newark Pompton Turnpike (Route 23) in Little Falls this Wednesday, March 12 from 7:40 to 9:30 p.m.

There’s food, comfy couches and chairs, great coffee and good songs. Time to get out and celebrate the end of this dreary winter!


Garden State Equality Says "Thank You, Elvis"

Garden State Equality sent Parents Who Rock this letter of thanks for the Elvis and Elvis benefit concert February 8.

Dear Alma and everyone at Parents Who Rock,

Thank you, on behalf of the staff, board and members of Garden State Equality for the Elvis v. Elvis benefit concert.  You are an exceptional group of people and musicians and we are all so grateful for your support.   

GSE is NJ's largest civil rights organization focused on protecting and enriching the lives of the state's LGBT population including youth. Proceeds donated from PWR will be used to support GSE’s anti-bullying work in our public schools. 

Thank you again, Parents Who Rock! 

John Mikytuck
Interim Executive Director


Learn to Write Break-Through Songs with Martin Briley* At Workshops Starting this Month

Learn songwriting from Martin Brileya prolific recording artist, songwriter, vocalist, musician, teacher and lecturer, best-known for his Top 40/MTV hit in the 80's ("Salt In My Tears"). His latest workshop is an absolute must for all songwriters and/or artists, designed to teach them the tenets of good songwriting and composition and help give them the tools and options they need to take their songs from just being "good" to be "brilliant" and "unique."

The course will cover key aspects of writing break-through songs in today's cluttered, competitive market world, including Martin's "Seven Rules of Successful Songwriting" and a review and analysis of hit songs past and present. 

Each participant will also have a chance to work "hands-on" with Martin, during class, on one of their unfinished songs, as well as be given weekly homework assignments which might inspire them to write new songs either solo or in collaboration with other class members. All levels of experience are welcome, only requirement being a basic understanding of either guitar or piano/keyboard.

Five Tuesdays: March 11, 18 & 25; April 1 & 8, 7-9 p.m.
At 853 Seventh Ave Studios (between 54th & 55th)—rear lobby Midtown Manhattan
$300 course fee for the 5-week session

RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY by emailing Annie at coralwestmusic@gmail.com. Payment instructions will be sent via email with your course confirmation. This workshop will be limited to first 10 songwriters who sign up, so don't delay.
Questions? Feel free to contact Annie at the above email.

* Martin Briley's songs have appeared on almost 30 million records by top recording artists including Celine Dion, *NSYNC, Ke$ha, Michael Bolton, Kenny Loggins, Pat Benatar, Greg Allman, Barry Manilow and even Barbie!Currently, his songs are on releases by Halestorm, The Maine, Orianthi, Phil Stacey and Ballas Hough. Martin is a frequent guest lecturer and instructor at Berklee College of Music, ASCAP, The New School/NYC and Songwriters Guild of America. Additional information on Martin and his music can be found on YouTube, Facebook, iTunes, and at martinbriley.com.


Elvis is In the Building. Or Is It Elvis? PWR Benefit Features Music of Two Greats, This Saturday, February 8

Parents Who Rock invites you to spend an evening with Elvis or Elvis—as a dazzling array of local musicians interpret the music of either Elvis Presley or Elvis Costello—all for a good cause.

The event is set for Saturday, February 8, 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!

The lineup of performers includes:
Daniel Brenner and the Halftime Show
Connie and Greg Mattison
David Acosta
Lily Vakili
Aliza Mattensen and Ciaran Kinsella
Mark Egan
Alma Schneider and Brian Saltzman
The Hobo Hootenanny
Jason Didner
Christine Kelly
Stacia Thiel
Paul Ruderman
Thee Volatiles
Carrie Cantor and Malcolm Marsden
John Paul Uva
Ed Carine
Ellen Paretti and Tim O'Connor
Rob Maskin
Jessica Henry and Ken Waitz
Lesley Scammel and Chris Matthews
Adam Laboz
Dana Hawkins Simons

All proceeds collected will go to benefit Garden State Equality in Montclair.

Garden State Equality is New Jersey's largest civil rights organization. Since its founding in 2004, New Jersey has enacted more than 200 state, county and local pro-LGBT laws. Though best know for its successful campaign to win marriage equality in 2013, Garden State Equality has also fought for and won a wide range of other civil rights milestones. Outside of marriage equality, its most recent victory is the Anti-Bullying Bill of RIghts, a law the organization drafted and for which it led a successful statewide campaign. New Jersey now has the strongest Anti-Bullying law in the United States protecting all children both straight and gay.

Don't miss this great Parents Who Rock event!

Saturday, February 8
Showtime: 7 to 10 p.m.
$20 online, $25 at the door
BYO refreshments

Click below to buy your tickets.


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