Marvin Austin, defensive tackle for The New York Giants, will perform in a “Tribute To Stevie Wonder” fundraising concert with students from School of Rock Montclair on Sunday, June 23 at Just Jake’s in Montclair. Tickets are $10. All proceeds will benefit the Jack Brewer Foundation, which supports educational opportunities and economic development for underprivileged people around the world.
Marvin has been playing drums in the School’s Stevie Wonder Performance Program, and has been rehearsing for his upcoming concert for three hours each week since February.
“The kids in this show are all phenomenally talented, and I’ve been having a blast jamming with them,” says Austin, who was an All-ACC player at the University of North Carolina and was drafted by the Giants in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. “The whole experience has been a great situation, and I’m looking forward to rocking the stage with them at the concert.”
Along with Marvin, the concert will feature 25 School of Rock Montclair students, ranging in age from 7 to 17, who are part of the Stevie Wonder Performance Program. The two-hour show will include performances by the students (and Marvin) of some of the biggest hits from Stevie’s long career, including “Superstition”, “I Wish”, “Sir Duke”, and many more.
“Marvin has worked hard on his drum parts and sounds great with the kids,” says show director and School of Rock Montclair music director Mark Dollar. “The students all love him, and he gives off amazing energy and charisma when he rehearses and performs.”