Maplewood/South Orange Rent Party Turns 8 with Jesse Malin


rpmalinHow do you throw the perfect party for an 8-year-old? Rent Party is kicking off its 8th season of raising money to fight hunger in the community with a rocking show on Friday, October 14, featuring Jesse Malin.

Since 2009, Rent Party has been putting on shows with local and national bands to benefit three area food pantries (Our Lady of Sorrows, St. Joseph’s and Oheb Shalom), support a community garden in front of the South Orange Elks lodge and run the BackPack Pals program to help food-insecure kids.

That dedication to serving those in need in Maplewood/South Orange has been baked in since the beginning. “Rent Party’s mission has remained the same since our inception: To fight hunger ‘hyperlocally,’” says Party leader Chris Dickson. “It’s the community that supports it and the community that Rent Party has become. That community is the musicians who play the shows and our volunteers in the garden and the BackPack Pals program. That community is the folks who come to the shows and support our mission.”

malinThis season-opening show should rock that community right. Malin has a deep New York punk background and a songwriting voice that has grown into more clear-eyed rock and roll storytelling. Over the years he’s collaborated with Bruce Springsteen and Ryan Adams, and paid tribute to The Clash and The Replacements. Last year he released two records, Outsiders and New York Before the War, which cast his sturdy songs both in spare arrangements and full-on band rave-ups with crackling guitars and punchy horns.

The Brooklyn-based quartet Girls on Grass (featuring Luna lead guitar player Sean Eden) are opening the show, bringing the catchy-as-hell songs from their self-titled debut LP.

Jesse Malin and Girls on Grass play Rent Party’s season opener on Friday, October 14, 8pm, at the Woodland in Maplewood, 60 Woodland Road. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here.

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