Beginning October 2015, teen musicians who want to enjoy their Saturday evenings rocking out with their peers can do so each weekend by joining the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts Rock Performance Workshop.
The group welcomes vocalists and those who have several years of playing experience on drums, guitar, bass and keyboards. Additional instruments are accepted as well. Interested teens are encouraged to call the Music Studio if they feel their instrument would work in a rock setting.
Guitarist Glen Brown and percussionist John Bryan will again direct the RPW. Brown has taught and performed professionally and has been involved in various recording projects. His experience in composition and performance spans many genres, but he finds a focus in modern and pop music.
Brown is enthusiastic about encouraging teens to join the various groups. “I’m excited about welcoming new members this fall to play along with our seasoned members,” said Brown. He continued, “It’s so awesome to see the strides members make both musically and personally. If you are considering joining, now is the time!”
Equally enthusiastic to encourage group membership is co-director John Bryan, who is an accomplished percussionist in the music field and is well known in the New York, New Jersey and West Coast club scene. He has performed at many popular venues such as the Bitter End, China Club, Village Gate, Ritz, CBGB, Webster Hall, the Bottom Line and the Stone Pony. Among the legendary rock performers for which his band has opened are Patti Smith, the Whirling Dervishes, the Fixx, Billy Squire, the Goo Goo Dolls, Jewel, and the Romantics.
The RPW will meet on Saturday evenings at the NJWA studios, located at 150-152 East Broad Street, Westfield. Group A will meet from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm and Group B from 7: 30 pm to 9:00 pm. Beginning October 3 for 14 weeks of coached rehearsals, culminating in live performances. Younger or more inexperienced musicians, who may be interested in joining an Intro to Rock Performance class, should call the NJWA for specific information.
The RPW groups have appeared at the Crossroads in Garwood, at Jay’s Cycle Center in Westfield, where they did a benefit performance for Furniture Assist in Westfield, and at the Westfield Spring Fling. The various group have been known by such names as Fang Thang, Wrong Direction, Just the Thang, Less Direction, Hurricane Zane, Knuckle Sandwich, ScamWow, Negative Reinforcement and Spyked.
To join the Rock Performance Workshop, please call 908-789-9696 or visit the NJWA studios at 150-152 East Broad Street, Westfield. For information on this or any other program of the NJWA log on to www.njworkshopforthearts.com.