Father’s Day Should Be Fun for All

Father's Day is this Sunday, June 21. Make his day extra special with these nine fun tips whether he's active or lazy as long as you're bonding.

Father’s Day Should Be Fun for All

Nine Ways To Ensure a Happy Father’s Day! It seems Father’s Day sneaks up on us quite quickly at this time each year. With yourself or your children wrapping up the school year or keeping busy at a summer job, it is easy to forget to plan ahead for Dad’s big day. We’ve settled on nine quick activities and […]

Montclair Center Stage

The Montclair Center Stage features talented artists and it's all thanks to John Finnegan for bringing music back to Church Street.

Montclair Center Stage

Montclair Center Stage and John Finnegan. Another outdoor concert series has begun at the Montclair Center Stage, which got me to thinking about a plaque that was given in honor of a musician by the name of John Finnegan, a very talented musician who did local gigs and attended many of the open miss that […]

Gigs: Record the Moment

With today's technology, it's easy to record gigs or take some pictures for cherished memories that will last a lifetime within ourselves.

Gigs: Record the Moment

Gigs and capturing the experience. How many times when on a gig you wished you had saved a poster or taken a picture of the gig, then months or even years later someone mentions something about the gig and you remember! You remember that you were on a gig and you start talking about who […]

‘JazzTimes’ Top 50 Albums

'JazzTimes Magazine' recently released their Top 50 albums review list, which gives insight into some great musicians and pieces.

‘JazzTimes’ Top 50 Albums

  JazzTimes Magazine January/February 2015 has released its top 50 albums of the year.  Every year, JazzTimes Magazine does its Reader’s Poll results, and this year’s top album is no surprise! Well, at least to those who follow jazz! I will quote a brief excerpt from the reviewer just to give the reader a birds-eye view […]

Music Hall of Fame in Montclair

Adding a Montclair Music Hall of Fame would be the perfect addition to an area that is thriving with so many successful artists.

Music Hall of Fame in Montclair

Request for Montclair Music Hall of Fame. Why do we need a Music Hall of Fame? Because Montclair is an Essex County arts hub! There is the Wellmont Theatre, Jazz Hose Kids, The Montclair African American Heritage Parade & Festival, The Montclair Jazz Festival, Jazz Month In Montclair, The Montclair Jazz Archives, The Montclair Film Festival, […]

Safety During Live Performances

Safety is always important during live performances, and places such as Trend Coffee and Tea House always have the safety of their performers in mind.

Safety During Live Performances

Safety is always important at Trend performances. For part one, please click here. Another safety issue that is all too common in some places are loose electrical boxes, exposed wiring and broken socket plates. I can’t tell you how many times I went to a club owner or manager and pointed out exposed wiring and loose socket plates. If […]

Safety During Live Performances

Safety is always important when performing live, for both the artist and the audience. Please be aware of your surroundings.

Safety During Live Performances

Safety while performing is always important. Fire exits, steep stairs, panic bars, exposed wiring on stage, mirrors on stage, loose floorboards, stage height, outside weather, storm protection, lack of lighting, fighting, thrown objects, wet staging and floor areas, weapons and fire; these are just some of the things that musicians should be aware of when performing in clubs, […]

DLV Lounge: Montclair’s Hidden Gem

The DLV Lounge in Montclair offers great entertainment for artists and musicians. Recent bands such as the Black Lace Blues and Oxygen Box play here.

DLV Lounge: Montclair’s Hidden Gem

DLV Lounge offers great entertainment. The DLV Lounge located on Bl oomfield Avenue in Montclair, N.J. is located between the Verizon Building on the corner of Gates and Ave and Chill on Bloomfield Avenue. It is long and narrow with the bar that runs nearly the length of the entire establishment. There is a small […]

Social Media Ruining Friendships

With technology always changing, people are becoming more and more dependent on social media and the "relationships" that they create.

Social Media Ruining Friendships

It’s time to become less dependent on friendships created by social media. Just this past weekend, after months of following each other on Instagram and being friends on Facebook, my friend met his cyber buddy. They’d liked each others’ photos and would regularly check each others’ profiles on social media. When they’d see each other […]

Governor Christie Sets Himself Up for Hypocrisy

After striking down DOMA, the Birthright Bill, which would add much needed transparency to adoption, is barreling towards Governor Christie's desk again.

Governor Christie Sets Himself Up for Hypocrisy

Governor Christie speaks out. Dear Editor, Governor Christie criticized the Supreme Court when they invalidated the Defense of Marriage Act, claiming it was an incredible insult to the members of Congress who voted for it.  Well don’t look now, but the Birthright Bill, which would add much needed transparency to adoption, is barreling towards his desk again. […]