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Stage Left At Chill To Feature New Rock Groups From School of Rock Montclair

Performance-based music school is an incubator for energetic new bands


Stage Left At Chill, a concert venue located at 312 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair, will present live performances from a variety of new bands that are composed of students from School of Rock Montclair. The show will take place on Friday, January 27 at 5:30 p.m.

“School of Rock Montclair doesn’t just offer a revolutionary way for our students to learn, enjoy, and perform music, it’s also a social scene where young musicians can meet, develop their sound, and form their own bands,” says Matt Sandoski, owner of School of Rock Montclair. “Our musicians connect with other students who share their tastes and vision, and they use our teaching staff of professional working musicians as a resource for ideas, feedback, and guidance.”

The headliner for the January 27 event will be Going Dark, an energetic, heavy rock trio of School of Rock students whose music has been featured on area rock radio stations WDHA-FM and WRAT-FM. The band is composed of Alex Fogg (15, drums), L.J. Militello (14, guitar), and Oliver Shaw (12, bass and vocals), and produced by Grammy-winner John Ginty, former music director for School of Rock Montclair. Going Dark has opened for teen sensations Big Time Rush at Six Flags in Jackson, NJ and legendary rocker Sebastian Bach at Irving Plaza, in New York. Their debut CD “Play Your Game” will be given to all attendees at their Chill performance.

Also featured on the bill are GNGR, a Caldwell-based band featuring School of Rock musicians Garrett Bell (vocals and guitar), Jake Lefkowitz (lead guitar), Jason Inguagiato (guitar), Raffaele Chiovaro (bass), Michael Berry (keyboard), and Aidan O’Connor (drums). With inspiration ranging from Led Zeppelin and Lynryd Skynrd to Guns ‘n’ Roses and the Foo Fighters, GNGR has been gigging consistently in the Essex County area at festivals, events, and venues over the past year.

Opening the show will be Holographic Jellyfish, a Montclair-based quartet of School of Rock students that combines alternative, progressive, and psychedelic genres into a sound that they describe as shoegaze metal.  Band members include Montclair High School students Willie Kunstatder (lead guitar), Nick Van Leer (drums), Nagee D.C. (rhythm guitar and vocals), and Mt. Hebron student Eli Sofly Zayar (bass).

Tickets for the Chill concert are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Special guest host will be WDHA-FM D.J. Terrie Carr. All ticket holders will be entered into a drawing to win one three-day weekend pass to the 2012 Bamboozle Festival in Asbury Park. For more details, visit Goingdarkband.com/storetickets.cfm or call Chill at 973-337-8362.



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