Notes from the Porch

Updates & ramblings from Montclair, New Jersey's The Porchistas

Winter Shows, Videos, and Spring Shadows

We have the info on two killer shows coming up Valentines Weekend and a Music video to share with you, and some info on our 2015 plans.

First, please check out the first of a few music videos to come out of our now legendary November 1st space themed Halloween Bash and CD release of Shoot it at the Sun.  The video A Piece a Junk featuring Kelly Henneberry tearing up lead vocals about 3 minutes in is a Hannah Wylie production.  Please share it if you dig:

And our upcoming schedule:

Friday February 13th at Tierneys in Montclair with:                         tierneys13th

Homeless Apians 9pm
Thomas Wesley Stern 1015 pm
The Porchistas 1115pm

– doors open 830pm $10

Excited as hell to be hosting the first show of Homeless Appians!

Homeless Apians is a recycle rock trio from central New Jersey. Their DIY attitude and environmentally conscious ideology has led them to construct their own unique instruments. These include drummer Kevin Grossman’s xylophone and “Patriot Pipes” made from scrap lumber and aluminum piping, bassist Cody McCorry’s “Moon Bass” made from a decommissioned washtub and sheet metal from a former furnace, and Matthew C. Brown’s “Grilltar” made from a defunct portable propane grill. Individually, they sound like trash. Literally. But when they play together, you’ll feel right at Homeless.”

Why am I excited? Well, Matt Brown, formerly of Bog Iron Bloom is one of the most innovative guitarists and artists I will ever know.

Then there is Thomas Wesley Stern “… a band from the Pine Barrens of New Jersey, a densely wooded forest of winding sandroads and rich cedar streams. Taking a cue from traditional American folk music, but never sticking strictly to it, the members of Thomas Wesley Stern weave original songs around classic melodies and instruments. Violin and standup bass compliment the banjo and guitar, while the boys harmonize in a rustic hum. Playing original and traditional American music, Thomas Wesley Stern harkens back to a simpler time we assume was better, but insists the best is yet to come.” – Country Living Magazine

And some words about us Porchistas in an incredible review we recently got from Tris McCall at, “”Folk rock with occasional forays into space country and psychadelia. That description makes the Porchistas sound like the Flaming Lips and there’s definitely some resemblance between Smith’s nimble, playful songwriting and Wayne Coyne’s astral rambles. But the Porchistas also recall a much older tradition of folk rock – music made by goofy pranksters like the Holy Modal Rounders who hang around in basements, take solos and crack jokes, keep things as loose as possible and sift through the detritus of popular culture for sociopolitical messages. Like Camper Van Beethoven, The Porchistas are a slightly seedy, neon lit establishment that welcomes all kinds of oddballs to the party.”

Friday the 13th promises to be a big night at Tierneys.   And it only gets better the next night!

Saturday February 14th – Valentines Night @ The Wonder Bar – Asbury Park.
Mad Feather Group – CD Release,

Mad Feather Group, Accidental Seabirds, The Porchistas, The Shady Street Show Band, Feathers in the Shade

Doors open 7pm $10 cover

We love Mad Feather Group and we are stoked as hell to be a part of this show! And Accidental Seabirds, well, they are pretty much our favorite band anywhere. If you haven’t yet heard their 2014 release The Greenpoint Spill you’d be a fool to not give it a full listen.

From there Alan is taking some time on the farm in the rain forest at Rancho Mastatal

And we will return in April with a show in New Hope PA and May 1 we’ll be back at Asbury Lanes for the incredible psychedelia of our spacey soul-mates Bone & Marrow‘s CD Release; May 16th at our home studio with our brothers Kagero, jammin the Japanese Gypsy Rock; and Tierneys Music Festival Returns May 30th (shhh! don’t tell anyone!).

We hope like hell to see you Valentines Weekend.  And stay warm.


Alan, Adam, Gerry, Jon, Sam


Montclair Music Happenings: Tierneys, Pinegrove, The Wellmont Theater

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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Blogging Porchistas – St Patrick’s Day & Tierneys Tavern

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