Ranchero Cantina, located in Emerson, NJ, is the newest nightspot in Bergen County. Owner Lorie Montenigro, has created a venue with a great mix of Tex-Mex and Texas BBQ, Great cocktails and Hot Music.
The room has a cozy warmth with good sight lines to the stage and great acoustics. You can hear the music clearly and see the show at the same time, and there is a dedicated stage…not the case with many other venues!
As musicians, we appreciate that ownership values the importance of making the band the center piece of the room. 😉
Service is friendly, drinks are great, food is great and we are happy to be returning to Ranchero Cantina, July 26th.
Make a reservation, get a great table!
We recently played Just Jakes in Montclair, NJ and I have to tell you this is a great live music room. The sound and lights are wonderful along with a big sound stage.One of the wonderful things about this venue is that we start very early… 7:30pm. Makes things a lot easier on everyone and also provides an opportunity to get dinner a reasonable hour. The food at Just Jakes was wonderful, fresh and reasonably priced.
We have dates coming up in October. We will keep you posted.
The unBrothers — “the most original un-original band you’ll ever see” — will be performing at Pete’s Saloon on Friday, April, 11th. Once upon a time, good rock bands were young, immature, pretty, and played only the hits ofthe day because the day was young, too. It used to be that the combination of grey hair and electric guitars was worthy of a snicker: “If it’s too loud, then you’re too old!” Ha. Ha. Ha.
But an even funnier thing happened as rock music lasted longer than predicted and “young” became a relative term. By the ‘90s, parents and grandparents were going to see other parents and grandparents rocking out in clubs and on large stages everywhere. And by the ‘00s, their kids and grandkids were discovering that Classic Rock was not old-fogey music, even if the old fogies were playing it. The music was still vital, but how do you keep it fresh?
You’ll get your chance to have that question answered when unBrothers land at Pete’s Saloon in Elmsford on Friday, April 11th for their first show on this side of the Hudson. This 5-piece band out of Bergen County plays the old favorites like they’re new, and the new favorites like they already belong on a K-tel collection. But the special sauce is how unBrothers find the common threads in great songs from every decade of the rock eraand weave them together seam lessly in a way that is above simple medley, beyond mashup, and more faithful than stylistic reinvention. They manage to pervert the source material in a way that excites audiences without making them cry, “Look what they’ve done to my song, Ma!”
How do they do that? “Well,” begins John Freund, Hammond organist, co-founder and one of the band’s three lead singers; “We’ve been listening to these”songs forever and we still just really love and respect this music. As songwriters and arrangers, it was a natural thing to hear where the songs hit the same track long enough to scramble the train, so to speak.”
And scramble, they do. The unBrothers’ train carries passengers of all ages on a winding trip through Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, David Bowie, Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Grand Funk, Pink Floyd, Maroon 5, No Doubt, Bob Marley, Focus, Bruno Mars, Steely Dan, The Who, Michael Jackson, U2, Police…and with 4 singers, groups like The Beatles and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young get the treatment they deserve.
Oh yes, and they like to open their second set with ELP’s “Karn Evil 9”. “Ha!,” Freund laughs. “Believe it or not, that was (bassist) Jeff Gellis’ idea. Not mine! I didn’t think that would fly. But when we play that, people go nuts.” He continues, “We are really lucky to have the depth of talent and experience that we do. It allows us to set the bar pretty high, and then give each other a musical boost to get over it.”
Indeed, the band members’ resumes back up that claim of depth, with credits as varied as they are impressive: Blood, Sweat & Tears, Meat Loaf, Stanley Clarke, Chuck Negron (of Three Dog Night), Phoebe Snow, David Clayton-Thomas, Pieces of a Dream, Roger Glover (of Deep Purple), Paramore, Soul Providers (later known as Dap Kings), Rod Morgenstein, Deep Banana Blackout, Bigger than a Breadbox, Will Galison and the house band at SOBs.
John Freund sings and plays Hammond organ and other keyboards; John Alden sings and plays guitar; Dave Gellis plays lead guitar and sings, Jeff Gellis (yes, Dave is his brother and yes, they know it’s ironic) handles the “Low Notes” (it says that on his business card), and Dave Hirschberg rounds them out singing and beating the drums.
Why “unBrothers”? Another laugh from Freund. “Honestly, with decades of rock music history available on the internet, it was an exercise in frustration trying to find a name someone didn’t hate and wasn’t already in use. We had been joking about “brothers” names because they’re common in rock and blues. So I sent John Alden a stream of consciousness list and he picked that one out as a solid old-school rock name. AND it was available!”
Leave it to unBrothers to find a fresh take on something old.
8 W Main St, Elmsford, NY
Come share an evening of songs and spoken word with your unBrother John Freund. John will be singing and and playing a bevy of his songs on various instruments. Joining him are your unBrother-from-such-and-such-other Jeff Gellis on low notes and Joe Cardello on things that are hit with hands and sticks.
“Concert for the Benefit of Many”
Friday, March 28, 2014
7:30pm(doors), 8pm (music)
Central Unitarian Church
156 Forest Ave.
Paramus, NJ 07660
$25 at the door.
Reservations recommended: 201.262.6300, 10am-2pm weekdays.
The “Concert for the Benefit of Many” benefits a fund supporting a wide range of Bergen County non-profit organizations fulfilling basic life needs in our community. Some of the organizations supported are Center for Food Action, Holley Childcare & Development Center, Children’s Aid and Family Services, Family Promise of Bergen County, Outreach Angels, PFLAG of Bergen County, and Shelter Our Sisters.
The event is sponsored by Central Unitarian Church (CUC) Annual Outreach Committee. Past CUC Outreach events have raised over $350,000 since 2001, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the designated charities.
Note that some of the material is “rated PG-13” and the show is meant for adults and mature teens.
Come enjoy some sounds and do some good for the neighborhood!
We happy to announce that we have added two new venues for upcoming shows in April
Firstly, we are headed up to Westchester County, NY to Elmsford, NY. Located just over the Tappen Zee Bridge, Elmsford is home to Pete’s Saloon. The owner, Pete, a bass player, is supportive of musicians, and we are really psyched about this new venue. Shout out to Hollywood East Entertainment, we look forward to working more with this great organization. April 11, 2014, 10:30pm
This is a great room, perfect for unBrothers, and it’s an early gig and its local! We understand that you all work hard and staying to the end of the gig is later than many of you wish to stay out. This gig is early, you will be home for the 11:00pm news, or not. Thanks to Mousey Petillio for all the support, we love you baby! April 26, 2014, 7:30pm
Hey unFriends, if you have ideas about venues you would like to see us at, let us know. If you haven’t signed up for our mailing list, please do. Your contact information is respected and we would love to keep in touch.
Thanks for all your support.
Forget all that come out to AB&G where the unBrothers will really bring in the new year with our first gig of 2014 albeit a couple of days after the fact. We’ve got some new material and we would love to see y’all.
Always a good idea to make a reservation at AB&G while you can still get primo seating. Click here for directions and phone info.
Seasons Greetings unFans of unBrothers!!
It’s THAT time of year. Yes, XXma$.
Cyber Monday. Thru Friday – pretty much anytime you’re getting paid to shop online.
Then there’s Pink Slip Monday – that’s when you get fired for what you did at the office holiday party on Friday night (and for Cyber Monday-Friday).
Do you love love love love hitting the malls with the rest of Humanity? Or maybe you look at people who do and sarcastically mutter, “Good for you, Sheep!”
Either way, we have a song for you….
Lend your ear to this little rotten XXma$ ditty by our organist/vocalist John Freund and his original band, Bigger than a Breadbox:
“I Hate XXma$”
Christmas – Cool.
XXma$ – Suck.
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Thank you SO MUCH for your support in 2013 and we’ll see you in 2014 – starting with our gig on January 3rd at Allendale Bar and Grill.
Have a safe and joyful Chanakwanzmas and New Year,
unBrothers@ Joe & Joe Restaurant Novermber 23, 2013
unBrothers will be appearing at Joe & Joe’s Restaurant Lounge NEXT Saturday (11/23) @ 9:30pm. It’s a really nice venue with great food, a nice wine list, and friendly staff. It’s only a few minutes north of Bergen County. This will be our last public appearance this year, so we hope to see you there.
Check out our NEW website: www.unbrothers.com
…and our NEW video:
unBrothers are (in order of enlistment):
John Freund – Hammond organ & vocals
John Alden – Vocals & guitar
Dave Gellis – Guitar & vocals
Jeff Gellis – Bass & vocals
Dave Hirschberg – Drums & vocals
Thanks for your support!