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Monday, July 15 2013 10:00

Chicago Kindie Rockers POOCHAMUNGAS Roar out of the Firehouse for a BLOCK PARTY!

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Chicago!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!

Poochamungas - Block PartyFronted 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).

"Being a firefighter has its hard days, but getting to play music for kids and families more than makes up for that. It's nothing but fun when a roomful of adults and kids are singing and dancing along with Poochamungas. We wanted the songs on BLOCK PARTY! to mirror the good times and general zaniness of our live shows, and I think we've succeeded in giving listeners a true, Chicago-style Poochamungas experience."John Joyce, Poochamungas

Pre-Order information is expected to arrive shortly, but in the meantime, keep an eye on the band's official site and facebook page for updates.

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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James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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