Thanksgiving Eve turned out to be a fitting occasion to have a show featuring six of Northern Jersey’s acclaimed bands – Sunflower, LKFFCT, Whiner, Trü, Smock, and Shred Flintstone, gathering to celebrate Tyler Curtis’ birthday. Though some groups have been around longer than others (scene veterans LKFFCT, for instance, are somewhat of a collective “father figure” at this point), all of these musicians have been supporting each other for years, as well as the whole music scene of the greater Montclair area.
Last week, Terrapin Productions, a project of Sunflower drummer Tyler Curtis, hosted a banger of an event in Montclair featuring five acts, including Banana on tour from, our neighbor to the north, Massachusetts. The show was held at The Groov Café, which, the show aside, is a great place to go for some fresh juice and has an unbeatable brunch, for all of you avocado-toast loving millennials out there.
You know when you start listening to an album and you think, “This is it. I’ve found it. The album I’ve been waiting for my entire life”? That happened to me within seconds of playing Sunflower’s first full-length studio album, Within My World. I don’t want to make any assumptions about you, but I’m pretty sure that this album is going to make you lose your fucking shit. But like, in a nice way. Gently. Folksily. Psychedelically. As a flower softly opens its petals to the morning sun, so will you lose your shit.
It’s hard to say if it was the empanadas, the toy drive, or the Washington Square Park reunion but one thing is for sure, Saturday December 17th 2016, is a night that will go down as one of those “diamond in the dirt” kind of events that happened in this crazy year. For anyone who made the mistake of missing out The Meatlocker held its second annual Toys for Tots drive, in which they found twice as much success as the year before. Both the money and the toys were all donated to Oasis NJ. Oasis is a Paterson based organization with the mission “to change the lives of women and children by breaking the cycle of poverty through compassionate programs designed to feed, clothe, educate, and empower women and children in need.” It was great to have seen a mountain of toys and know that they are going to a good local organization.
Montclair is kind of a bougie city. Upper Mountain Road is where all the Mr. Burns-esq villainous rich people live and look down the mountain at all the dirty poor people. Bloomfield Avenue is lined with fancy antiques and craft stores and designer clothing stores filled with young attractive white yuppie couples, who aspire to live on Upper Mountain Road and probably never will, wearing pea coats and furry earmuffs, who might stop in at Fricassee French Bistro to have the $34 Sole Meunier for dinner. However, if you live in Montclair, go to Montclair State University, or live in the greater Montclair area and you don’t fit into this aforementioned stereotype, fortunately, there is a place for you too. Conveniently located (essentially) in the basement of Fricassee, is The Meatlocker.