Giveaway! Outpost in the Burbs Reopens with The Bongos at the Van Vleck House & Gardens

Montclair, N.J. — Outpost in the Burbs will reopen with a concert by The Bongos on Sunday, September 19th at 5 p.m. at the Van Vleck House and Gardens, located at 21 Van Vleck Street in Montclair. This will be the first in-person show presented by the Outpost since the coronavirus pandemic forced its doors to shut in early 2020.

One lucky winner will score a pair of tickets! To enter, leave a comment below on this post by noon on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. One winner will be chosen at random.

The following policies will be in place for this show:

To gain entry, every patron must show a completed vaccination record (dated at least 14 days before the show). Photocopy, a photo on your phone, proof via the DOCKET app ( or Excelsior Pass (NY residents) will be acceptable. A negative COVID test will not be accepted for entry.

Masks will be required to be worn while waiting on line for entry before check-in. Once you have been cleared to enter, masks will only be needed when in close proximity with others not in your party or when in restrooms. Wearing masks while seated during the show will be optional.

If show is held indoors due to inclement weather, masks will be required at all times.

The Bongos Portrait Session
L-R-James Mastro, Frank Giannini, Richard Barone, Rob Norris
Issyra Gallery
Hoboken, NJ
December 11, 2019
Photo: ©Debra L. Rothenberg

If you are not able to comply with entry policy, you will receive a refund for tickets purchased prior to our COVID policy announcement on 7/29/2021. Please email to make this
request. Unvaccinated children of any age will not be permitted to attend.

Patrons are asked to bring their own chairs to set up in the outdoor garden. Patrons may also bring food and drinks; none will be sold by the Outpost during the concert.

In case of inclement weather, the show will be held at the First Congregational Church in Montclair at 40 S. Fullerton Avenue. Patrons are asked to check the Outpost website the morning of the show (, the Out- post Facebook page, or call 973-744-6560) to hear an updated message.

About The Bongos

The Bongos were founding fathers of the Hoboken pop scene of the 1980s and, with a handful of others, were progenitors of the Indie Rock movement that fol- lowed. Led by Richard Barone, the group recorded its debut album Drums Along the Hudson (1982, PVC Records) primarily in England. With its unique mix of Beatlesque melodies, experimental outbursts, sensual rhythms, power pop and punk sensibilities, the album was a critical smash on both sides of the Atlantic and a college radio staple in the U.S., spawning their Billboard-charting cover of the T.Rex classic “Mambo Sun”. Relentless touring led to signing with RCA Records, the addition of guitarist James Mastro, and the release of the group’s sweeping signature song “Numbers with Wings” (1983, RCA). Its accompanying video became an instant MTV favorite, earning a nomination at the first Video Music Awards. Tracks like “Barbarella” and “Tiger Nights” fared well on the fledg-ling alternative radio format and further raised the group’s profile. They
released Beat Hotel (RCA) in 1985, a year that saw them perform over 300 con- certs. At the end of that year, they retreated to the Bahamas with music legend Chris Blackwell and co-producer Eric “E.T.” Thorngren to record what was to become their long-lost Phantom Train album, which finally saw the light of day in 2013. By 1987, each member of the group, Barone, Mastro, bassist Rob Norris, and drummer Frank Giannini began to pursue solo projects and other collaborations, and performances by The Bongos became increasingly rare. In 2013 they reunited to perform on the final night of their beloved home club Maxwell’s in Hoboken, the venue where they were also the first act to perform. Since then they have reunited for special events and mini-tours. This show will be their only in-person concert appearance in NJ to celebrate four decades of Hoboken pop.

Other upcoming shows at the Outpost at the First Congregational Church, 8 pm:
10/8/21: Robyn Hitchcock

10/22/21: Bill Frisell and Tony Scherr Duo (VIP Available for 5 pm Film Screening in partnership with the Montclair Film Festival)

11/6/21: An Intimate Evening with Bettye LaVette
11/19/21: The Jayhawks

12/11/21: Fantastic Cat (on sale 9/9)

Masks will be required at all times for indoor shows in addition to proof of vaccination.

Ticket Information: Tickets for this shows are on sale now and can be purchased via TicketLeap at For more information visit or call 973-744-6560.

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