Rockin' for Kids: Buy Your Tickets Now!

Be sure to buy your tickets now for Parents Who Rock presents Rockin' for Kids, a family-friendly concert for kids of all ages, Sunday, February 22 at 3 pm at the Montclair High School Auditorium (entrance on Park Street). Performers include the Mama Doni Band, Mr. Ray, the Momclair Singfunny Orchestra and the Roo Mates from the soon-to-open Club Kiddoo. In addition Parents Who Rock will be raffling off a guitar and some CDs from the performers and other children's artists.

Order tickets online at or call 800-838.3006. You can also purchase tickets at the Montclair Community Pre-K, Grove Pharmacy and Kiel's Pharmacy. $10 in advance or $12 at the door. All proceeds will go to fund the work of Little Kids Rock in Montclair. Parents Who Rock and Little Kids Rock have partnered to try to raise $50,000 to help put more music in the Montclair public schools by the start of the 2009-2010 year.

Mr. Ray, aka Ray Andersen, honed his skills jamming with Bruce Springsteen, playing guitar and keyboards for Meat Loaf and writing and singing his tunes in Blue Van Gogh, an indie band with his wife, throughout Germany with Matchbox Twenty. Over the last decade, he's released three albums and two DVDs. mr. RAY toured London twice and is heading back there in the spring, where he can be seen on TV nearly every day. Stateside, his songs are all over Blues Clues, Radio Disney and XM Kids, to name a few. Simply put.... "It's music for the kid in ALL of us!" Visit his website at

Doni Zasloff Thomas, aka Mama Doni, a Montclair mom and popular singer/songwriter, breaks the mold of traditional Jewish music with her special brand of "funky music with a Jewish twist." Her quirky Jewish indie-rock band for kids brings a contagious and unexpected blend of reggae, rock, disco, klezmer and “Jewgrass,” all woven together with Yiddish lingo and a hip sensibility. These "Jewified jingles" are for people of all ages and backgrounds--just like a bagel, you don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy! The Mama Doni Band came away with one of the top prizes, "The Simcha Award," at the 2008 International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam, Holland. Music from Mama Doni's album, "I Love Herring (& Other Fish Shticks For Kids)" and her holiday EP, "I Love Chanukah," is being played on XM radio, as well as on national and international radio stations. The Mama Doni band has been recognized in The Star Ledger, The Record, The New York Post, The New Jersey Jewish News, The Jewish Week, The New York Times, Jewish Woman InternationalMagazine, Time Out New York Kids, and their music has been honored in the Top 10 Hanukah Music for Kids in 2008 by The Mama Doni Band is delighting families throughout the country. Check out their great new video above and visit their website at

Jocelyn Hassenfeld Fine, a Montclair mom, leads The Momclair Singfunny Orchestra, a playful family-centric band. Jocelyn’s musical partner is Loren Toolajian, a NJ dad who
composes music for film, theater, TV and radio. Together they have
written songs for Elmo and other well-known Sesame characters. The
orchestra features Jocelyn and daughter Ella on lead vocals, Loren on
keyboards, brother Jim Hassenfeld on guitar, Neil Wendt on bass and
Paul Lavenhar on drums. Backup vocals will be performed by family
members including, Jeff (Hassenfeld) Fine, Justin & Matthew
Hassenfeld, and Debra, Ken, Julia & David (Hassenfeld) Getz. Beth
Greenberg and Alma Schneider will also appear on stage to kid around. It's all about family for The Momclair Singfunny Orchestra!

The RooMates™ are the house band of Club Kid’doo™, a new kids' enrichment and play center scheduled to open in Montclair, NJ, in March 2009. Integral to Club Kid’doo’s music and performing arts curriculum are the RooMates and their high-energy, get-up-and- dance, clap-your-hands-to-the-beat songs. The RooMates are led by Club Kid’doo’s musical directors, Cindy and Chris McCord, who have years of professional experience writing, recording and performing all kinds of music. The RooMates also feature local musicians and talented young artists from the Montclair area. The band's music is all original, with scores about the club, the club’s mascots (Kid’doo, Rhonda, Dingo & Lucy) and fun songs about what adventures every kid can have at Club Kid’doo. You can hear some of the RooMates' songs at

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