Montclair, N.J. — Outpost in the Burbs presents “Music for Meals,” a virtual concert fundraiser on Thursday, March 4th at 7 p.m. This fundraiser will benefit the community service work of the Outpost as well as the work of Montclair’s Toni’s Kitchen and will be streaming live on the Facebook page of Outpost in the Burbs. Montclair-based musicians Scott E. Moore, Lily Vakili, Sammy Mellman, and Ed Seifert with Connie and Kathy Sharar will perform songs in-the-round along with a special set by New York City based folk-rock duo, The Kennedys.
Outpost in the Burbs and Toni’s Kitchen have been continuing to provide meals to those in need during the coronavirus pandemic. As the regular monthly soup kitchens staffed by Outpost volunteers that provide sit-down meals have been suspended, bagged lunches have been distributed at the Church of the Epiphany/Christ Church in Orange, NJ. Outpost volunteers have also distributed gloves, socks, and masks to the guests at this location.
Toni’s Kitchen, located at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair, redesigned its work into three umbrella programs during the pandemic: hot meals to go for soup kitchen guests; groceries for families; and a mix of frozen meals and light groceries delivered weekly to shut-in senior citizens. Toni’s Kitchen has worked closely with local schools and local health departments along with many community partners to ensure that those suddenly without income are able to quickly connect with healthy food.
New York City-based artists Pete and Maura Kennedy are known for their har-monies and their distinctive blend of folk, rock, bluegrass, country and pop music. Before performing as a duo, they played as part of Nanci Griffith’s band. The Kennedys have been regular cast members of Theatre Within’s annual tribute to John Lennon, working in that capacity with Patti Smith, Debby Harry, Jackson Browne, and a host of others. Throughout the pandemic, they have performed more than 500 songs for a global audience through weekly live streaming concerts every Sunday. These shows have showcased their gifts as storytellers, Maura’s powerful vocals, and Pete’s guitar virtuosity. The Kennedys have appeared at the Outpost numerous times, both as headliners and as part of an evening of music featuring the music of Bob Dylan.
Scott E. Moore is an Americana Soul artist who was raised by two Moms in working class NJ in the 70s and 80s. When he was five years old, he went to the funeral of Louis Armstrong, who was one of his childhood heroes. Scott has made several records and toured the US, playing alongside legends and upstarts like himself – from intimate rooms to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. He once opened for The Smothers Brothers in a 100+ year-old church. In 1998, he created the Writer’s Hang, his acclaimed songwriter’s residency that ran 10 years in Hoboken, NJ, and hosted Amos Lee, Phil Roy & more than a hundred others. Scott and ’The Hang’ were featured in a Sundance Channel documentary series along with Nickel Creek, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings. His guitar playing can be heard on lots of TV shows, many independent records, as well as meditation music for Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey. Scott is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker.
Lily Vakili is a songwriter, mother, lawyer, caregiver, erstwhile filmmaker and passionate front woman for the Lily Vakili Band. A multicultural background, deep love for a story well told and quixotic belief in the restorative nature of music have led to the release of two solo albums (Lake City: Next 3 Exits, produced by Bruce Hanson at Strange Dog Studios; Meadowlands, produced by Jim Mastro at Mozart Studio), a first band album (Oh Alright, produced by Ray Ketchem at Magic Door Studio), and the making of a second, to-be-released, band album with sound engineer and producer, David Amlen, of Sound on Sound Studios.
Sammy Mellman is a 26 year-old songwriter, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist from Montclair. His contemplative songs feature lyrically driven melodies and rich harmonic accompaniment reminiscent of barbershops quartets and Brian Wilson.
Ed Seifert is a veteran of the New Jersey music scene who writes and performs in such well-known combos as Yung Wu, Speed the Plough, the Campfire Flies, and Ed Seifert and the Stimulus Package. Connie and Kathy Sharar also perform with the Stimulus Package, and they make up half of the Sharar Sisters musical group, who have been longtime mainstays on the New Jersey folk scene. Over the years they’ve shared stages with Pete Seeger, John Gorka, Dar Williams, and others at events like the prestigious Black Potatoe and Falcon Ridge music festivals.