BUZZFEST, Benefit for Buzz Aldrin Middle School, at Tierney’s, Sat., Jan. 27th

Buzzfest, a rocking fundraiser for Buzz Aldrin Middle School, is coming to Tierney’s Saturday, January 27th. The show features BAMS parent musicians—many of them Parents Who Rock performers—playing with their bands, or solo, all to raise funds for the school’s PTA.

The lineup includes Campfire Flies, Eugene Chrysler Band, SockMonster, Julian Keenan, Jessica Henry and Ken Waitz, and Katie Scandalios. Patrick Wilson, a Tony and Emmy Award nominee, and a BAMS dad, will be emceeing the event.

Campfire Flies is a collection of six musicians, songwriters, and singers whose musical history in the Garden State stretches back decades. The band features BAMS dad, Matt Davis of the Thousand Pities, as well as members of Speed the Plough and The Cucumbers. This acoustic ensemble performs mostly original music with a smattering of covers that reflect their wide-ranging influences.

Eugene Chrysler Band is a trio playing a mix of rockabilly, western swing and Honky Tonk. The band’s live performances pack more wallop than a trucker full of Red Bull and Krispy Kremes, and feature Eugene aka Dan Karlok, flipping his standup base and even playing it behind his back, while BAMS dad Jeff Somerstein keeps the beat.

Sock Monster plays a mix of great songs from the sixties through the punk era and the alt. beyond. This quartet of local dads, including BAMS dad JP Uva on guitar, play often around town, and their smart pop with a punk edge is guaranteed to get you up and bopping.

Julian Paul Keenan is a solo jazz guitarist who uses looping, samples, and tracks to create a lively performance. He sings, writes, produces and even does brain research on music in his “other job” as a neuroscientist.

Jessica Henry and Ken Waitz , a husband and wife duo with a son at BAMS, will kick off the show with a few acoustic duets. Katie Scandalios, is a member of the local mom band, Whatserface, but will be singing a couple of fierce covers from icons like Iggy Pop and the Pretenders, accompanied by Sock Monster.

Music starts at 8 p.m. Tierney’s is located at 136-138 Valley Road. Tickets are $20 in advance on, or $25 at the door of the show, if they’re still available! All proceeds benefit the Buzz Aldrin Middle School PTA.

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TIx on Sale Now for Benefit for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Sunday, Jan. 21.

Please join us for a night of Latin music to benefit Unidos of the Hispanic Federation—Disaster Relief and Recovery Program to support the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, Sunday, January 21 at Bangz Salon & Wellness Spa, 23 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair. Music starts at 7 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m.

Tickets are $50 and available on Eventbrite.

If you can't go, please watch the live stream of the event and donate:

Please save and bring your holiday gift cards (Amazon, Visa Gift, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, Home Depot, etc.) to donate. Come be a part of our "giving tree," where we'll have opportunities to purchase specific items that are needed.

The event is presented by the Parents Who Rock and the Montclair Center Business Improvement District. Sponsored by Reaching Out Montclair, Cuban Pete's, Big Push and College H.U.N.K.S.   

For more information on donating tickets, contact Alma Schneider at


PWR Lifts Voice in Song at Montclair Center Stage This Saturday To Raise Spirits and Funds For Hurricane Relief, Gun Control

Do you hate the guns that kill a lot of people but love Puerto Rico and Tom Petty? Then you will want to join us for a Tom Petty tribute with your fave Parents Who Rock performers, and come out and donate money and supplies  to help victims of the Puerto Rico hurricane and support Moms Demand Action NJ—Active Volunteers Group.

Parents Who Rock performers will be taking to the Montclair Center Stage this Saturday, October 7, to summon the spirit of the late, great Tom Petty and raise money, collect supplies, and raise everyone’s general spirits in light of all the recent bad news headlines.

More than a dozen performers will be playing cover versions of their favorite Petty songs. Musicians include: Zara Phillips, Ellen Sternfeld Paretti, Jonathan Stonbely, Tim O’Connor, Meg Patrick, Budd Mishkin, Jessica Henry, Robert Baum, Steve Ward, Julian Keenan, ROSTAFA, and more.

The show runs from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Montclair Center Stage is located on the East End of Church Street, just off Bloomfield Avenue, in Montclair.

Please bring money to make a donation and supplies for Puerto Rico: specifically batteries, baby food, bug spay, mosquito nets, sun screen, duct tape, tarps, zip lock bags, first aid items, and dried food like ramen, dried milk, protein powder. We will have a PayPal account set up soon for you to donate online, as well.

Also, JavaLove will donate a percentage of their proceeds from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday evening to the causes, so drink some coffee!!!! 

Please come out to raise money and raise spirits!

If you would like to donate to PWR's hurricane relief and gun control efforts, please click here.


The Bloomingfields Rock Rodney Out of Office at Tierney's This Saturday!

Come help the Bloomingfields rock Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R.-NJ) out of office Saturday, September 16th at 8 p.m. at Tierney’s.

The show, a fundraiser for NJ 11th for Change, will feature the band playing their original power pop, as well as favorite covers from classic bands like the Velvet Underground, the Who and the Kinks.

The doors open at 8 p.m., and the music begins at 9 p.m.

Minimum donation is $11. Seating is limited—so be sure to reserve your tickets in advance. Cash will not be accepted at the door—payment by credit card or check only. All proceeds go to benefit the work of NJ 11th for Change.

For information, email Elizabeth Juviler at


Local Bands, Performers All Ready for PWR Backyard Event This Saturday—Sept. 9

Welcome to the 12th annual Parents Who Rock Backyard Event 2017!

We will be holding our event, featuring a lineup of great local musicians performing all afternoon, on Saturday, September 9th from 12 noon to 5 p.m. at the corner of Cedar Ave. and High Street in Montclair. It's open to all ages so bring your kids!

We do not provide food, but bring a blanket and/or chairs and a picnic lunch. We will have flower arranging demonstrations and activities for kids, plus a musical gear sale, so bring yours and buy some! We will also have a masseuse, Vanessa Vozar, from 1-2:30 p.m. and Sarah Otazo will be providing detoxifying "beemer" sessions.

A portion of the proceeds will go to our charity, Reaching Out Montclair, a non-profit that provides food, concrete services and assistance to underprivileged families in Montclair, NJ.

There is no cost to get in, but it is a fundraiser where we pass the hat.  Please donate generously!

Photo from a previous Backyard Event.


Bring Out Your Dead! Rock ‘n’ Rollers, That Is! And Get Your Tickets Now!

Save the date, sign up to play and get your tickets now!

This year’s Parents Who Rock’s Rock Tribute show, Celebrate the Great: Honor the Performers We Lost in 2016, is set for Saturday, February 11, at 7 p.m.

The show will feature PWR musicians performing songs by by artists who passed away last year. 

A $20 per person donation will go to benefiting an organization for the International Rescue Committee

To buy tickets, click here

It is rumored that David Bowie, Prince, George Michael, Leonard Cohen, Glenn Frey, Keith Emerson, Greg Lake, Paul Kantner, Merle Haggard, Bernie Worrell, Sharon Jones, Alan Vega and many others may be there in spirit.

The show is set for B’naiKeshet Synagogue, 99 South Fullerton St., Montclair.

For an extensive list of musicians who passed away in 2016, visit this page:


Sock Monster/No Rehearsals Double Header at Tierney's This Friday, Nov. 4

Come on out this Friday, Nov. 4, for a local band double header for a good cause featuring two PWR bands: Sock Monster and their special guests The No Rehearsals, upstairs at Tierney’s, raising money to help support WFMU, their favorite local radio station.

Sock Monster—John Paul Uva (guitar, keyboard, vocals), Jim Kvoriak (guitar, vocals) Bob Terhune (bass, vocals) and Andy Yeates (drums)—will play their smart pop/punk covers, many from obscure artists you can hear only on an independent station like WFMU.

The No Rehearsals, featuring Parents Who Rock founder Alma Schneider on vocals, will start off the evening with a fun set of eclectic covers. The band, which features a ragtag group of ne'er-do-practice musicians, includes Miguel Rodriguez on drums, and from Sock Monster, Uva on guitar, as well as Terhune, sitting in on bass for this show.

Both bands have pledged to donate the money they bring in to the station, which is currently having a silent fundraiser. 

Music starts at 9 p.m. $5 cover. Tierney’s is located at 136 Valley Road, Montclair. 
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