Classic Rock for Kids, Cats Production This Weekend
If your child likes such bands as The Beatles or Led Zeppelin, StarFish's performance this weekend is the event for you and your family.
The tagline on StarFish's website reads, "The Greatest Rock Band in the World ... For Kids!"
And that is what they are aiming for. This band is not your average group of children's musicians–they try to please both parents and kids by not dumbing things down musically. They just play good classic rock-based music with lyrics appropriate for children.
"When the five of us were together, we came up with this classic rock sound," said Dave Hartkern, drummer and back-up vocalist for StarFish. "It sounds like something you'd hear on the radio, but lyrically for kids."
The group is made of five seasoned musicians, trained at such places as the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, The Julliard School, Berklee College of Music, and New York University. They have played in different bands for decades and are veterans of the New York and New Jersey club scene. After having children, though, their focuses began to change.
"We all have been playing pro for years," Hartkern said. "[This was] something I always wanted to do ... but in a unique way."
On Saturday afternoon, StarFish, a group based in Maplewood, will be coming to Morristown to put on a benefit concert for the Red Oaks School at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.
More events in Morristown this weekend:
Friday, Jan. 28
- Friday night is Manhattan Comedy Night at the Community Theatre at 8 p.m. If you can’t make this one, they have already scheduled another performance for May 6. See the Community Theatre’s website for tickets.
- If you've ever wondered how the Master Cleanse works, then sign up for The Health Shoppe's Master Cleanse class from 6 to 8 p.m. $20 per person.
- The Arts Council of the Morris Area will honor one of the founders of Art in the Atrium, Russell Ado Murray, with a gallery on the second through fifth floors of the Morris County Administration & Records Building featuring works by more than 30 African-American artists until March 11. The gallery is free and open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and the opening reception will be held this Friday from 6 to 9 p.m.
- Friday nights are game nights at Zebu Forno from 7 to 10 p.m., with classic and new board and card games.
- John Roberts and Debra Cowan will perform together at The Folk Project’s The Minstrel at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship at 8 p.m. Admission is $7 on the way in and whatever you think the performance was worth on the way out.
Saturday, Jan. 29
- Grab your bike and head to Marty’s Reliable Cycle of Morristown at 8 a.m. for their weekly 20-mile Saturday morning road ride.
- The Running Company will host their weekly 5-mile all abilities run, open to everyone. Meet at their store on South Street at 9 a.m.
- Cats is coming to Morristown for two performances this weekend, with the first beginning at 8 p.m. at the Community Theatre. See the Community Theatre's website for tickets to either of this weekend's performances.
Sunday, Jan. 30
- This Sunday is your last chance to check out the Macculloch Hall Historical Museum’s “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” holiday ornaments and toys exhibit from 1 to 4 p.m. The exhibit has been open since Nov. 10, and features works by Thomas Nast.