Get ready to “rock around the clock” this Saturday at the Scarsdale Teen Center’s fifth annual Adult Night of Rock fundraiser, hosted by DJ Jimmy Fink of 107.1 FM.
Come Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m., the Wicked Wolf Tavern in White Plains will jump to Scarsdale-bred bands playing music from the 1960s through today, including British invasion tunes.
“I wanted an outlet that the community could use and that was of interest,” said Peter Finkelstein, who joined the Teen Center Board of Directors in 2005. The result was a Night of Rock that during the past five years, has grown into a vehicle for community support and fun.
“It’s a lot of fun, something different. It's emceed by a classic rock DJ, and it helps the Teen Center,” Finkelstein said. “The three bands each have a unique style, and this is one of the few nights a year people can come out as a community.”
Guitarist Dave Cannon of The Del Bocas remembered the initial Night of Rock back in 2007.
“I was featured in an article several years ago about dads who rock,” Cannon said. “Teen Center board member Linda Dietz saw it and mentioned the idea for a fundraiser and asked me to put a band together."
Playing with The Del Bocas Saturday night are Cannon (SHS ’79), Erika Radin (lead vocalist, SHS ’87), Dan Groner (guitar, Scarsdale resident), Eric Wayne (Bass, Edgemont resident) and Mike Pearson (drummer, Purchase resident).
Cannon said Dan Bernstein (SHS ’79), the group’s vocalist and keyboard player, will be away for the event, as will be its drummer, Edgemont resident John Soler.
The band performs three times per year at the Vintage Bar & Restaurant in White Plains, as well as at private parties and fundraisers.
The Offbeats - John Moses, Michael Cefola, Andy Kreeger, Ted Spencer and Thom Pernice - first jammed together during their teenage years, said lead singer Jay Shulman.
“John and I first played together at Scarsdale Junior High School in 1961, where we met Michael,” Shulman said.
As for Moses, he's the lead guitarist for The Outerspace Band, which he joined more than four decades earlier.
“Andy and Ted played in the school band with my brother, Marc from the class if 1971,” Shulman said.
Pernice sang and played with The DelRays and The Overdue Experience from 1963 to 1969, whereas he and Moses were with The Offbeats from 1964 to 1967.
“I learned about them from www.scarsdalerocks.com,” Pernice said. “They played last year, and we invited them to play again.
“And now we’re playing for the children of our original band,” Shulman said. “We’re pleased and excited to be invited back again this year.”
While it might be hectic scheduling rehearsal time with members of his band, guitarist John Zaff of The Blueberries loves every minute of their time together.
“We’re a hobby band and play for fun,” said Zaff, who’s been playing for years with his cousin, Marty Taub. Saturday night, they’ll be playing classic rock and blues with keyboard player Andy Berne, drummer Mark Baldassare and bass player Ani Azoto.
“It’s rewarding to play together,” Zaff said of Taub. “Interestingly, we’re in the same field, too.” Zaff produces PSAs for nonprofit groups, and Taub is an award-winning documentary producer.
Cannon’s sentiment sums it up for the bands.
“We’re good friends and play music for fun,” said Cannon. “And we’re looking forward to next Saturday.”
Tickets are $45 in advance/$55 at the door. For more information, call 914-722-8358 or email Info@ScarsdaleTeenCenter.com.