Spring is here as winter lingers, and we have some exciting plans for the warm seasons.
A few days ago, Tierneys Tavern announced that on May 31st, they will be celebrating their 80th year in business with the Tierneys Tavern Music Festival. This is going to be huge in both spirit and scope. For the first time, The Tierneys Family will be shutting down the parking lot to cars and opening it up to an all day music festival. The house of Tierney has rented a huge stage with an overhead roof and lighting from The County of Essex. There will be 3 stages inside and out, local food trucks, and an incredible list of approximately fifteen bands that have brought the music & party to Tierneys in a big way over the years. The date they selected, May 31st, is pretty awesome too. Its the weekend after Memorial Day, and the last day in May. And the Tierneys ain’t afraid of no weather. This is a rain or shine event. Mark your calendars and get your tickets now. They are on sale behind the bar at Tierneys & online here.
Have you seen or heard the band Pinegrove yet? Whether you have or haven’t you should come to The Porchistas next house party, Saturday March 29th, and see them live in our living room. They’re a great band with a real Montclair vibe – Smart, fun, they rock hard, harmonize well and shred when they feel like it – They’re currently on tour in the Midwest and we are hosting their return to Montclair show. Also playing is a killer band from Asbury Park that we are stoked to have in the house. Check out this live recording of The Drive Home.
It’s a pot-luck party and bring your own mug event. We hate plastic cups. We’ll supply the Keg for 21 and overs and we’d appreciate you kickin’ in for your share and so we can throw the bands some pay. House opens at 8pm. Get on the facebook invite here.
As you might know, we had a huge opportunity last month to rock the stage at the historic Wellmont Theater. Unfortunately, as you may also know, there were overwhelming issues with the sound that were never worked out that put a damper on the overall experience. However, it was a successful day in that so many people came out to share the experience with us. We thank you enormously for your support that day. As a result, The good people at the Wellmont have a) made some serious changes to ensure those issues won’t happen again and B) offered us and The Defending Champions the opportunity to put together a series of Sunday afternoon shows on that amazing stage. We are working out some details and we already have some lineups in mind that we think would work. So stay tuned. If all goes well, you’ll be seeing more local, New Jersey Independent rock at The Wellmont in the near future.
Below is the flyer for The Tierneys Festival designed by our good friend Nora Wertz. Its a photo from the early years, of the original owner, the grandfather of the current Tierney family, tending bar, as generations of Tierneys have done for 80 years. Please help us spread the word and make this a righteous celebration of a historic family establishment – Tierneys Tavern – Where Friends Meet Since 1934.
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A few nights ago I was told by a new friend who is in charge of social media for a major New Jersey media outlet, that I should post a regular blog for The Porchistas. More exposure; expand the audience; yet another way to get the band into the public eye. Makes sense to me. I am utterly mixed up in this world of independent bands trying to do our thing, whatever that means to each of us. Its an interesting world with alot of ups and downs. Why not write about it?
This Monday is St Patrick’s Day and I am not Irish. However, I lived the first stretch of my life in the Vailsburg section of Newark, NJ., a neighborhood with thick Irish roots and a St Patrick’s Day parade that rolled down South Orange Avenue with vigor and pride, past the bars, Sacred Heart Church, Raymond’s Deli and ended at The Hall, a 2 story bar and club that filled elbow to elbow until closing on parade day. I am also the son of a Newark firefighter, a department heavy with generational Irish members and a bagpipe club that could still compete with any in the world. So Saint Patrick’s Day has always been a big deal to me.
Speaking of a rich Irish heritage, this Friday March 14th (the onset of St. Patrick’s Day Weekend) The Porchistas are playing on our homestage at Tierneys Tavern in Montclair. Tierneys is a family owned bar that is celebrating its 80th year in business. That’s right 80 years. Opened in 1934, Tierneys Tavern is a slice of New Jersey and America that has existed for approximately one third of United States history. Its also the place where you can get a $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon draft. There is no phone and its a cash only bar. The 2nd floor music room can squeeze in 200 people and its the perfect small venue in size and sound. Tierneys is our favorite place to invite our friends to throw a party. And we are real stoked for this Friday’s Show with our good friends Adam & the Plants and Accidental Seabirds. Doors open at 9pm and music starts shortly thereafter. Who knows, someone might even kickoff the night with an old traditional St Patty’s Day song? If you’re in the area, please join us.
There it is. I am Alan of The Porchistas and now I blog. I’ll try to keep you updated on what we do and I’ll try to make it interesting.
Slancha & Happy St Patrick’s Day. (photo of Tierneys Tavern from NJ.com)