Ari Hest Plays With Fire in Montclair Theater

Ari Hest and special guest, Dawn Mitschele, are set to play on Fri., March 22 at Fletcher Hall in Montclair as part of the Outpost in the Burbs organization. Hest will be touring his new album released in November entitled The Fire Plays. Dawn will be playing her new single "My Love Has A Home" as well as tracks off her five song EP Love Remains. The event will raise proceeds for the Outpost in the Burbs organization in order for it to continue its charity.

Ari Hest lightens up the crows.

Ari Hest, as part of his sixth album tour, will be playing at Fletcher Hall in Montclair next Fri., March 22.

Ari Hest is a Bronx born singer and songwriter with three EPs, six albums and a special project titled 52, which showcased his prolific talent. He wrote, recorded and released a new song every Monday for the year of 2008. The project was a success among his fan base. The favorite tracks from 52 were compiled, remastered and rereleased in 2009 in a collection titled Twelve Mondays.

Two friend sitting in the tent, play the guitar and sing songs
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Ari Hest’s new album, The Fire Plays, has been met with positive critical reviews as well as raving fan reviews. The new album deals with a broader range of subjects than his past works.

Hest describes himself as a vessel that the music moves through. His own creativity never shuts off. As quoted in his official website biography, Hest says, “No matter what I’m doing, aside from sleeping, there’s a soundtrack to it. It’s a blessing and a curse, as it drives some people in my life nuts occasionally, but it’s how I’ve been and always will be.”

Some of Ari Hest’s more popular songs include “Dead End Driving,” “I’ve Got You” and “They’re On To Me.” Hest has been featured on television shows including Private Practice, Army Wives and One Tree Hill.

Ari Hest will be joined by special guest Dawn Mitschele, a Jersey born singer and songwriter. Songs from her album In The Moonlight and from her EP Love Remains have been used in television shows Justified,666 Park Blvd and Elementary. This show will be part of her tour of the Midwest and the east coast which will continue through spring 2013.

The show is sponsored by the non-profit charity organization Outpost in the Burbs. Consisting of over 100 volunteers, Outpost in the Burbs of Montclair has donated over 35,000 hours through their programs affiliated with Habitat for Humanity, Toys for Tots, Human Needs Food Pantry of Montclair, Community Food Bank of N.J. and Dress for Success.

The proceeds from this concert will go into maintaining the goal of Outpost in the Burbs as outlined on their website: “building a community through music, community service and cultural programs.” The funding from these concerts allows the organization to continue their charity work; become a member and you can join into giving back to the community.

Volunteers at this Outpost concert will also be collecting donations in the form of unused and unopened hotel amenities (soaps, shampoo, conditioner, lotions and make-up) as well as paper grocery bags, which will be sent to the Human Needs Food Pantry in Montclair.

Fletcher Hall is part of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair. It is a smaller hall within the church. Parking will be available on the street, and also in a pay-to-park lot right next to the venue. The room will consist of 130 seats organized in a table and chair seating arrangement, making it a more intimate concert.

The venue is located at 67 Church Street, right around the corner from Bloomfield Avenue, where several restaurants and bars are located—perfect  for patrons wishing to have a meal and drink before the show. The event is also BYOB for those interested and inclined.

Ari Hest’s tickets cost $23 in advance, and $27 at the door. Tickets are available (cash or check only) at Keil’s Pharmacy on 732 Valley Road and Studio042 on 423  Bloomfield Avenue. Tickets are available online by going to the Outpost website and clicking the TicketWeb link.

Tickets may also be purchased at the concert venue from 5 p.m. until show time, or advance sale tickets are available through the Monday before a show date. Instructions for doing so are on the aforementioned webpage.

Upcoming Outpost in the Burb shows include The Kennedy’s on April 12, Iris Dement on April 19 and Trout Fishing in America on April 26.  Good music for a good cause.

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