MONTCLAIR, NJ - Eight local bands will come together under one venue to support the NJ Arts Education Partnership on Friday, August 26.
Hosted by Outpost in the Burbs, the Clearmountain Festival,  will feature eight young artists and bands who have Montclair roots. The Festival will be from 4 -10:00 pm at 
the Montclair Women's Club, 82 Union Street in Montclair.

The Festival was the brain-child of the organizing band members who wanted to have the opportunity to perform alongside and for their Montclair peers and wanted to support an organization that advocates for arts education in public schools. 
For more information about the work of the NJ Arts Education Partnership, visit

The Clearmountain Festival performances include:
Pinegrove, Stolen Jars, Topaz Jones, Werebears, Cranes are Flying, Half Waif, Shakai Mondai, and Gifts
There are a variety of ticket levels:
$10 students
$20 adults
$50 (silver level Friend of Clearmountain)   only available on TicketLeap
$100 (gold level Friend of Clearmountain)    only available on TicketLeap
$10 and $20 tickets are also available in town at East Side Mags,  a Festival sponsor, 7 South Fullerton  (no service fee) 
“We wanted to do something to celebrate the extraordinary amount of talent that has come out of the Montclair music scene and, at the same time, give back to the community that fostered these artists,” says Stolen Jars frontman Cody Fitzgerald, who organized the festival with Werebears singer Daryl Shelton.
The show is for all ages.
More details about the acts set to take the stage:
  • Pinegrove, who channel “the rootsy shamble of early Wilco and general guilelessness of pre-prog Built To Spill” (Pitchfork).
  • Stolen Jars, an eclectic indie rock band who were named one of NPR’s favorite discoveries at last year’s CMJ Music Marathon.
  • Topaz Jones, a 23 year-old rapper known for his "charismatic storytelling" (XXL Magazine), and "pure lyricism" (Okayplayer).
  • Half Waif, an experimental trio praised for their “endlessly inventive sonic machinery” (The Deli Magazine).
  • Werebears, a young indie-electronic band with a brash, DIY punk ethos.
  • Cranes Are Flying, fronted by two brothers who share songwriting duties and ply dynamic, vocal-driven alt-rock.
  • Shakai Mondai, named one of Stereogum’s “Bands to Watch” for their innovative take on electro-pop.
  • Gifts, an emo/punk tour de force who are anchors of the Montclair music scene.
A companion album, Clearmountain Benefit Compilation, will be released on August 26 and available on CD at the festival. It features unreleased tracks and demos from most of the bands performing, as well as songs from SPORTS and Forth Wanderers. A digital release will be available on Bandcamp. All proceeds from the compilation will benefit the NJ Arts Education Partnership. 
The concert is produced with support of Missing Piece Group and Terry’s Serendipity Café, and sponsored by East Side Mags. 
For more information, contact Evan Schlansky
Gail Prusslin, Outposts In The Burbs
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