Music

John Monnecka
May
24
to May 25

John Monnecka

John Monnecka offers up a total package rarely seen among contemporary singer/songwriters. As technically skilled a guitarist and musical arranger as any great in the business, his edgy and soulful, baritone vocals may arguably be richer. And then there’s the passion. From his smouldering, blues-infused, acoustic guitar work lasting up to four hours without a break, to the most gut-wrenching love song poured out as though a private confession, it is John Monnecka’s passion as a live performer which defines the core of his music. And it is precisely this element which eludes capture by any studio recording, however well produced. John Monnecka must be seen and heard live to be experienced fully.

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John Monnecka
May
31
to Jun 1

John Monnecka

John Monnecka offers up a total package rarely seen among contemporary singer/songwriters. As technically skilled a guitarist and musical arranger as any great in the business, his edgy and soulful, baritone vocals may arguably be richer. And then there’s the passion. From his smouldering, blues-infused, acoustic guitar work lasting up to four hours without a break, to the most gut-wrenching love song poured out as though a private confession, it is John Monnecka’s passion as a live performer which defines the core of his music. And it is precisely this element which eludes capture by any studio recording, however well produced. John Monnecka must be seen and heard live to be experienced fully.

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The Feature Artist Series:  Brock & Sgro
May
22
7:30 PM19:30

The Feature Artist Series: Brock & Sgro

New Jersey-based singer-songwriters, Alan Brock and Chip Sgro, joined by seasoned musicians Bob Sproviero (bass) and Ken Trimmer (drums) form Brock & Sgro.   The band’s recent debut album release, No Reason to Complain, weaves influences of the British Invasion, alternative rock and power pop, to create a thoroughly relatable modern rock album with infectious melodies.  Their impact single “Struggle to Keep Pace” has been trending on oWOW radio (Top 5 Most Played Tracks), on Rich Russo’s Anything Anything, Alternative Addiction and many NJ radio stations.

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Danielle
May
18
to May 19

Danielle

found it in an underground club in Chinatown. My 26th birthday, I hit the stage with Etta James' "I'd rather go blind" and it felt devine. ​Johnny was right - He said "Don't worry Dani when you're 26, you'll know." After that night I spent the next few years writing for other people, mostly rap artists. I've recorded hooks in storage units in Brooklyn on dented mics till 4am and sang in the same booths that Biggie and Mariah made hit records in. I went home and rediscovered my love for real musicians. New Brunswick was good to me and I met my musical family there. Jazz sits well with me and I am so lucky to work with incredible passionate people who push boundaries and help me be me. My Jazz Cover EP Peach includes some of my favorite standards in styles ranging from ballad to afro cuban and funk. Look out for my Original Album DeeDee I have cooking. 

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Kelley Andre and Organic Soul
May
11
to May 12

Kelley Andre and Organic Soul

No new comer to the art of performing, Kelley Andre is a multi-talented Entertainer, Singer and Songwriter. A New York native, his infused R&B, Jazz, Funk, New Soul sound and style delivers a distinct baritone flavor that permeates inner souls.

Growing up in a house where Gospel and Jazz music were his tools of war, Kelley commenced his musical journey at the age of six, playing the piano. At the age of eight, this smooth crooner began singing at his home church in Brooklyn, NY. As an adolescent, Kelley was aware of his musical gifts, he knew that one day he would share his sound; share his voice with the world.

Kelley Andre’s 8-piece band, Organic Soul, is the pulse to his electrifying stage performances.

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Guarnera Brothers
May
4
to May 5

Guarnera Brothers

Guarnera Brothers

The Guarnera Brothers are a group of musicians originally from Palermo,Italy in the region/island of Sicily south of Italy, talented in performing in multiple languages English,

Italian & Spanish. They are known for bringing a top 40, pop, blues, classic rock-oriented music distantly derived from traditional flamenco music, to worldwide audiences.

Their music has a particular rumba flamenca style,

with pop influences; many songs of the Guarnera Brothers fit social dances, such as salsa and rumba. Their music has been described as a place where "Italian/Spanish and poprock/flamenco meet salsa rock/soul/funk".

The Guarnera Brothers, born in Italy and brought up with Italian and Spanish culture, are largely responsible for bringing the sounds of progressive pop/rock-oriented flamenco

to a world-wide audience. The family band started out in Palermo, a city in southern Italy during the 1960s.

After family business stalled in Italy, their father Cosimo

made a decision to take his family to New York to start a new life. This gave their mother Grazia the lead way needed to pursue her dreams in seeing her children build careers in their already musical family lineage.

The family legacy of musicians has

been pleasing crowds of all types. Music and performance is in there blood, and there's nothing they love more than seeing their guests and audience have a good time.

Source:: https://youtu.be/FEdxQuXv4Yg

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Joe Bussey Trio
May
3
to May 4

Joe Bussey Trio

Currently living in Montclair, New Jersey,  Joe Bussey  is a professional bass player in the NYC, New Jersey area.  He performs regularly with the French gypsy band Manouche Bag, gypsy guitar virtuoso Stephane Wrembel,  and the R&B band The PJB's.  His performance credits include jazz singers Lezlie Harrison, Champian Fulton, Lauren Henderson, Marianne Sullivan and many others. Jazz instrumentalist performance credits include Tom Harrell, Robert Glasper, Ty Sean Sorrey,  Jeremy Pelt, and Jerry Weldon to name only a few.   From 2005 to 2013 he was the bass player for the Gospel legend Joshua Nelson. Joe graduated from Mason Gross School of the Arts in 2000 with a BM degree in Jazz Performance specializing in upright and electric bass.  Joe also doubles on guitar and performs with it regularly.  He studied ear training and classical piano with Jeff Goldstein from 2000 to 2010 and has a full teaching studio of bass, piano and guitar students. 

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John Monnecka
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

John Monnecka

John Monnecka offers up a total package rarely seen among contemporary singer/songwriters. As technically skilled a guitarist and musical arranger as any great in the business, his edgy and soulful, baritone vocals may arguably be richer. And then there’s the passion. From his smouldering, blues-infused, acoustic guitar work lasting up to four hours without a break, to the most gut-wrenching love song poured out as though a private confession, it is John Monnecka’s passion as a live performer which defines the core of his music. And it is precisely this element which eludes capture by any studio recording, however well produced. John Monnecka must be seen and heard live to be experienced fully.

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The Feature Artist Series:  Music Beyond Measure's "Love Is"
Apr
24
7:30 PM19:30

The Feature Artist Series: Music Beyond Measure's "Love Is"

This month's Feature Artist Series introduces Music Beyond Measure's phenomenal mission and work to MSC and the Montclair community. Jazz sensations, The Jamale Davis Group, and jazz vocalist, Joy F. Brown, lead the performance which celebrates stories of love and redemption and highlights music written by trauma survivors.

Jamale Davis started studying bass in 2003 as a means of actively understanding what it takes to express oneself via the art of Jazz. His studies consisted of playing along to records and teaching himself to read music, but his best education was hanging at Smalls and Fat Cat, his musical home. These places inspired Jamale in the cultivation of his particular aesthetics to bass playing: the acoustic, non-microphone approach, gut string setup with a concentrated lean towards more straight-ahead bebop idiom translated in his repertoire and approach to everything musical.  Jamale is known for his tenure and continued correspondence with unsung hero Ned Goold, where he's held resident bassist for many years while recording a number of albums. He’s played for many years at Smalls.  Since 2012, he’s led The Jamale Davis Group throughout many venues in the NYC/NJ area, including playing with top musicians on the scene today. He released his debut album, Worker’s Comp, on Gut String Records in 2015, and second album, We Worked In The Bricks, in 2017.


Joy Brown received her initial musical training at the Pentacostal Church under the tutelage of her father, a singer and musician. She began singing solos at age five.  It was in the church that Joy tapped into the ability to "feel the spirit" of a song. She attended Immaculata University where she concentrated on studies of Music Education and Performance. In 2016, she moved to New York City to study, perform, and pursue a career as a jazz vocalist. She's  regularly performed in such venerable venues as Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, The Django, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Sag Harbor Music Festival.

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John Monnecka
Apr
19
to Apr 20

John Monnecka

John Monnecka offers up a total package rarely seen among contemporary singer/songwriters. As technically skilled a guitarist and musical arranger as any great in the business, his edgy and soulful, baritone vocals may arguably be richer. And then there’s the passion. From his smouldering, blues-infused, acoustic guitar work lasting up to four hours without a break, to the most gut-wrenching love song poured out as though a private confession, it is John Monnecka’s passion as a live performer which defines the core of his music. And it is precisely this element which eludes capture by any studio recording, however well produced. John Monnecka must be seen and heard live to be experienced fully.

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Alessia Guarnera
Apr
12
to Apr 13

Alessia Guarnera

At the beginning, Grandmother Grazia nurtured and realized her dream with the creation of a large gifted musical family. Grazia’s dream would outlive her, but the legacy continues with the emergence of a great talent, her granddaughter, known as Alessia.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, into her strictly traditional, music loving, Italian-American family, Alessia was instinctively aware of the power of music in expressing her innermost emotions. Under the direction of her father, Armando, the highly acclaimed singer/songwriter, producer and classically trained musician, she cultivated an informed and intense appreciation of a broad spectrum of musical styles, with a firm emphasis on Blues, Soul and ’70’s Rock.

Effectively tutoring her in the works of the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Stevie Wonder, and the Doobie Brothers, she came to the realization that music could be celebrated within a genre and yet allowed divergent individual expression. This revelation would free her to experiment within the music she had come to know and love and give her free rein to develop and define a personal interpretation of it in her song writing.

Furthermore, years of observing family band rehearsals and public appearances provide the fertile learning environment in gaining insight into the creative process and successful performance skills. She diligently traveled the musical highway, and has learned well-so well, that one is not prepared to witness this endearingly sweet and respectful thirteen-year-old assume the stage, as she did at such places like the “Bitter End” In NYC and transformed into a veritable Dynamo.

Alessia cultivated an informed and intense appreciation of a broad spectrum of musical styles, with a firm emphasis of Blues, Soul and 70s Rock… ..Effectively tutoring her in the works of the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Stevie Wonder, and the Doobie Brothers, she came to the realization that music could be celebrated within a genre and yet allowed divergent individual expression…..At ease in the spotlight,

her performance reveals the perfect combining of diverse musical styles she has mastered, while staying true to the spirit and artistry so reminiscent of her idols, Ella Fitzgerald, Janis Joplin, Etta James, and Billie Holiday...Depression Blues, Southern Soul, 70s Rock and American Jazz, sensitively expressed together through her unique musical vision which speaks to the bittersweet experience of pain and joy, of doubt and hope, with the fierce passion that deeply moves and gives voice to those who identify with her… It’s all here: the vocal clarity of Ella, the gritty angst of Janis, the boldness of Etta, and the heartrending sadness of Billie.

It’s all here; yes-but channeled through the sound that is Alessia’s. She is a diva in the making-come, listen, and make the journey with her. Grandmother Grazia must be watching, and would certainly approve.

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Danielle
Apr
6
to Apr 7

Danielle

found it in an underground club in Chinatown. My 26th birthday, I hit the stage with Etta James' "I'd rather go blind" and it felt devine. ​Johnny was right - He said "Don't worry Dani when you're 26, you'll know." After that night I spent the next few years writing for other people, mostly rap artists. I've recorded hooks in storage units in Brooklyn on dented mics till 4am and sang in the same booths that Biggie and Mariah made hit records in. I went home and rediscovered my love for real musicians. New Brunswick was good to me and I met my musical family there. Jazz sits well with me and I am so lucky to work with incredible passionate people who push boundaries and help me be me. My Jazz Cover EP Peach includes some of my favorite standards in styles ranging from ballad to afro cuban and funk. Look out for my Original Album DeeDee I have cooking. 

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Joe Bussey Trio
Apr
5
to Apr 6

Joe Bussey Trio

Currently living in Montclair, New Jersey,  Joe Bussey  is a professional bass player in the NYC, New Jersey area.  He performs regularly with the French gypsy band Manouche Bag, gypsy guitar virtuoso Stephane Wrembel,  and the R&B band The PJB's.  His performance credits include jazz singers Lezlie Harrison, Champian Fulton, Lauren Henderson, Marianne Sullivan and many others. Jazz instrumentalist performance credits include Tom Harrell, Robert Glasper, Ty Sean Sorrey,  Jeremy Pelt, and Jerry Weldon to name only a few.   From 2005 to 2013 he was the bass player for the Gospel legend Joshua Nelson. Joe graduated from Mason Gross School of the Arts in 2000 with a BM degree in Jazz Performance specializing in upright and electric bass.  Joe also doubles on guitar and performs with it regularly.  He studied ear training and classical piano with Jeff Goldstein from 2000 to 2010 and has a full teaching studio of bass, piano and guitar students. 

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John Monnecka
Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

John Monnecka

John Monnecka offers up a total package rarely seen among contemporary singer/songwriters. As technically skilled a guitarist and musical arranger as any great in the business, his edgy and soulful, baritone vocals may arguably be richer. And then there’s the passion. From his smouldering, blues-infused, acoustic guitar work lasting up to four hours without a break, to the most gut-wrenching love song poured out as though a private confession, it is John Monnecka’s passion as a live performer which defines the core of his music. And it is precisely this element which eludes capture by any studio recording, however well produced. John Monnecka must be seen and heard live to be experienced fully.

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John Monnecka
Mar
29
to Mar 30

John Monnecka

John Monnecka offers up a total package rarely seen among contemporary singer/songwriters. As technically skilled a guitarist and musical arranger as any great in the business, his edgy and soulful, baritone vocals may arguably be richer. And then there’s the passion. From his smouldering, blues-infused, acoustic guitar work lasting up to four hours without a break, to the most gut-wrenching love song poured out as though a private confession, it is John Monnecka’s passion as a live performer which defines the core of his music. And it is precisely this element which eludes capture by any studio recording, however well produced. John Monnecka must be seen and heard live to be experienced fully.

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The Feature Artist Series:  Stacia Thiel
Mar
27
8:00 PM20:00

The Feature Artist Series: Stacia Thiel

Montclair's own, Stacia Thiel is an insatiable analyzer of human quirks, twists of fate, and idiosyncrasies. Through searing vocal lines, captivating melodies, and sharp witted lyrics she explores the raw emotions that connect us all in her debut solo album Straight to the Middle.

Join us as we kick off this exciting new series at Montclair Social Club! 

MSC's Feature Artist Series (FAS) has been inspired by the rich history of performing arts in Montclair and the surrounding communities.  The series celebrates and supports exceptionally talented musicians, with a focus on emergent acts.

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John Monnecka
Mar
22
to Mar 23

John Monnecka

John Monnecka offers up a total package rarely seen among contemporary singer/songwriters. As technically skilled a guitarist and musical arranger as any great in the business, his edgy and soulful, baritone vocals may arguably be richer. And then there’s the passion. From his smouldering, blues-infused, acoustic guitar work lasting up to four hours without a break, to the most gut-wrenching love song poured out as though a private confession, it is John Monnecka’s passion as a live performer which defines the core of his music. And it is precisely this element which eludes capture by any studio recording, however well produced. John Monnecka must be seen and heard live to be experienced fully.

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Danielle
Mar
9
to Mar 10

Danielle

found it in an underground club in Chinatown. My 26th birthday, I hit the stage with Etta James' "I'd rather go blind" and it felt devine. ​Johnny was right - He said "Don't worry Dani when you're 26, you'll know." After that night I spent the next few years writing for other people, mostly rap artists. I've recorded hooks in storage units in Brooklyn on dented mics till 4am and sang in the same booths that Biggie and Mariah made hit records in. I went home and rediscovered my love for real musicians. New Brunswick was good to me and I met my musical family there. Jazz sits well with me and I am so lucky to work with incredible passionate people who push boundaries and help me be me. My Jazz Cover EP Peach includes some of my favorite standards in styles ranging from ballad to afro cuban and funk. Look out for my Original Album DeeDee I have cooking. 

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John Monnecka
Mar
8
to Mar 9

John Monnecka

John Monnecka offers up a total package rarely seen among contemporary singer/songwriters. As technically skilled a guitarist and musical arranger as any great in the business, his edgy and soulful, baritone vocals may arguably be richer. And then there’s the passion. From his smouldering, blues-infused, acoustic guitar work lasting up to four hours without a break, to the most gut-wrenching love song poured out as though a private confession, it is John Monnecka’s passion as a live performer which defines the core of his music. And it is precisely this element which eludes capture by any studio recording, however well produced. John Monnecka must be seen and heard live to be experienced fully.

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BIG MAMOU
Mar
5
7:30 PM19:30

BIG MAMOU

Big Mamou was formed in what could be described as a cosmic Cajun and country collision, smack in the middle of Montclair, New Jersey. While being dragged by her “har” through the Lincoln Tunnel in search of bluer skies, Sopranos and more square footage, country singer Julianne Ausum Fenhagen with brute husband/upright bassist Jim Fenhagen heard a bellowing lonesome strain of the bayou and stumbled upon a tall skinny guy in a big hat playing sweet, soulful accordion … none other than Cajun aficionado, John Sherman. Soon after, the three joined forces and just west of the Meadowland swamp, Big Mamou was born.


John Sherman was steeped deep in a Louisiana musical stew, serving it up in several NYC-based bands (Jole Blonde, The Zephyrs). John also toured with legendary British guitarist/vocalist Richard Thompson. Julianne toured with rocker Walter Egan (Magnet and Steel) playing original country music in a band called The Wild Ponies. Julianne and Jim rocked together in an alt country band, The DCvers playing honkytonks from Nashville to NYC . Rounding out the sound is ageless but never timeless drummer Billy Loos (Her Vanished Grace), Michael Levine (Will Rogers Follies, The Trisonics), on heart melting pedal steel and red hot guitar, and Fred Parcells (Black 47) on the very slippery trombone.

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Guarnera Brothers
Mar
2
to Mar 3

Guarnera Brothers

Guarnera Brothers

The Guarnera Brothers are a group of musicians originally from Palermo,Italy in the region/island of Sicily south of Italy, talented in performing in multiple languages English,

Italian & Spanish. They are known for bringing a top 40, pop, blues, classic rock-oriented music distantly derived from traditional flamenco music, to worldwide audiences.

Their music has a particular rumba flamenca style,

with pop influences; many songs of the Guarnera Brothers fit social dances, such as salsa and rumba. Their music has been described as a place where "Italian/Spanish and poprock/flamenco meet salsa rock/soul/funk".

The Guarnera Brothers, born in Italy and brought up with Italian and Spanish culture, are largely responsible for bringing the sounds of progressive pop/rock-oriented flamenco

to a world-wide audience. The family band started out in Palermo, a city in southern Italy during the 1960s.

After family business stalled in Italy, their father Cosimo

made a decision to take his family to New York to start a new life. This gave their mother Grazia the lead way needed to pursue her dreams in seeing her children build careers in their already musical family lineage.

The family legacy of musicians has

been pleasing crowds of all types. Music and performance is in there blood, and there's nothing they love more than seeing their guests and audience have a good time.

Source:: https://youtu.be/FEdxQuXv4Yg

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Joe Bussey Trio
Mar
1
to Mar 2

Joe Bussey Trio

Currently living in Montclair, New Jersey,  Joe Bussey  is a professional bass player in the NYC, New Jersey area.  He performs regularly with the French gypsy band Manouche Bag, gypsy guitar virtuoso Stephane Wrembel,  and the R&B band The PJB's.  His performance credits include jazz singers Lezlie Harrison, Champian Fulton, Lauren Henderson, Marianne Sullivan and many others. Jazz instrumentalist performance credits include Tom Harrell, Robert Glasper, Ty Sean Sorrey,  Jeremy Pelt, and Jerry Weldon to name only a few.   From 2005 to 2013 he was the bass player for the Gospel legend Joshua Nelson. Joe graduated from Mason Gross School of the Arts in 2000 with a BM degree in Jazz Performance specializing in upright and electric bass.  Joe also doubles on guitar and performs with it regularly.  He studied ear training and classical piano with Jeff Goldstein from 2000 to 2010 and has a full teaching studio of bass, piano and guitar students. 

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