Alright, friends... I get pretty excited when I share news like this. You see, I've actually had (on quite a few occasions) people contact me thinking that THE ROCK FATHER is a New York-based website. The reason? Particularly in Brooklyn, there's been a sort of Kindie-rock explosion taking place these past few years, and thus I cover a lot of artists and news that have an East Coast connection. REALITY: I'm Third Coast... from The Second City, and THE ROCK FATHER carries the Chicago flag high, representing The Land of Lincoln on a Global scale. This is the 52nd article on the site to mention the word "Chicago" within it's text, and today I'm bringing you news of a Chicago-based Kindie-rock band... POOCHAMUNGUS. On September 17, POOCHAMUNGAS will release their sophomore album, BLOCK PARTY!
Fronted by full-time Chicago Firefighter (and friend of the site) John Joyce (Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals), POOCHAMUNGUS performs "musically diverse, rockin', angst-free music" for all-ages, the product of a band that includes fellow Firefighter, Pete Cunningham (Guitar, Vocals), along with Frank Izzo (Drums), Alton Smith (Keyboard, Vocals), and Don Zaloudek (Bass, Ukulele).
Catch POOCHAMUNGAS Live: (Confirmed Dates, more TBA)
July 28 - Jefferson Park Arts & Music Festival, Chicago IL
August 10 - Peanut Butter & Jams for Kids, Kenosha, WI
August 25 - St. Helen's Carnival, Chicago, IL
September - 21 Voce, St. Louis, MO
October 31 - Trunk or Treat, Chicago, IL
November 16 - World Cafe Live, Philadelphia PA
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About James: A work-from-home Dad with a pair of daughters (Released in 2009 and 2012) - James Zahn is The Rock Father™.
Bringing over two decades of experience in the entertainment industry into the parent blogging landscape, Zahn is a regular contributor to Chicago Parent, serves as a PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent), and has guest blogged as a member of the Sprout Kindness Crew.
Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for the likes of FEAR FACTORY, DIRGE WITHIN, PRODUCT OF HATE, ARCANIUM and others, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands.
James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Blogcritics, Fangoria, Starlog, The River Cities' Reader. Slowfish, Oil, and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360, and in 2013 he's been quoted on CNN, Babble, The Huffington Post, and The Good Men Project, in addition to making appearances on ABC News and WGN.
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