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Hold Steady Coming to Rock Montclair

Members of the Brooklyn-based band to perform at School of Rock in Montclair.

Craig Finn and Tad Kubler, founding members of the acclaimed rock band The Hold Steady, will take part in an open house event at School of Rock Montclair on Sunday, March 2, from 3 to 5 p.m.

"I’m thrilled that Craig and Tad will be joining us for our second open house event of 2014,” says School of Rock Montclair Creative Director Kevin March. “Our student musicians will love the insights, tips, and lessons that the guys plan to share, and our students’ parents will love getting a chance to meet two of the most acclaimed and respected rock artists and songwriters of the past 15 years.”

Noted for their lyrically dense storytelling and loud, righteous guitars, The Hold Steady debuted on the Brooklyn music scene in 2000. They were featured on the cover of the Village Voice in 2005 (the first band to do so in 15 years) and were voted Blender’s “Band of the Year” in 2006. Their songs and albums have been selected as being among the year’s best in 2005, 2006, and 2008 - and were included in the Top Tracks of the 2000s - by America’s top music critics, including the influential music site Pitchfork. The band has been cited as influential by some of today’s top rock acts, including Japandroids, Titus Andronicus, and Frank Turner.

“We’ll have a full afternoon of activities with Craig and Tad,” says March. “They’ll perform some Hold Steady songs with the School of Rock Montclair House Band, jam with some of the kids and parents who stop by, and we’ll have a question and answer session about Craig and Tad’s careers and adventures in the music business.”

Along with the musical activities, the open house will also feature a pre-release raffle of Teeth Dreams, The Hold Steady’s first new album in four years album. Available on March 25, Teeth Dreams features a bigger and tougher sound for the band, which was guided by producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush, Alice in Chains, Deftones, Ghost).

School of Rock’s open house featuring Craig Finn and Tad Kubler from The Hold Steady will be held at School of Rock Montclair, 125 Valley Road, on Sunday, March 2, from 3 to 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.  

For more information, contact the school at 973-337-5296.

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