Parents Who Rock host benefit

The Montclair Times
Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Montclair’s Time Out: Parents Who Rock, will provide an evening of rousing musical performances by Montclair parents performing original and cover tunes in a benefit on Saturday, Jan. 21, 8 p.m., at the Diva Lounge, 369 Bloomfield Ave. Proceeds from the quarterly event will go to the Essex County Rape Crisis Center.

This is the fourth “Parents Who Rock” Benefit. Alma Schneider, social worker and mother of three, stated “I’m especially interested in supporting programs that provide critical services to women and children, particularly those in need.”

Previous events have raised money for the Tsunami Relief Effort, breast cancer programs offered through The Mountainside Hospital Foundation, and early intervention services provided by The Children’s Center at Montclair State University.

The parents are happy to jam for a worthy cause. Plus, the performing may have a therapeutic effect. “It’s fun and exciting to see that life in music goes on after the children are born,” stated Ed Daingerfield, a guitarist and father of three. Other parent-performers include Max Polaner, pianist; Bob Carino, aka Bob Carr, singer-songwriter who recorded and toured with his band, Swales, in the 1990s; Schneider, a singer-songwriter; Michael Alltop, singer-songwriter; John Fotiadis, a multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter; Jessica Henry, vocalist; Ivan Max, guitarist; and Michael de Leeuw and Brian Howard performing as the B-Bed Reddy Experience.

Rounding out the program is Big Mamou, who will perform an original mix of traditional Cajun and country music, spiced with rocking Zydeco, featuring John Sherman on accordion and vocals; Julianne Ausum, vocals; Jim Fenhagen, bass and vocals; Billy Loos on drums; and Larry Buksbaum on guitar.

There is a $10 per person donation, and reservations are required. Call (973) 746-0800.

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