Vince Martell Band to headline benefit for HomegrownRadioNJ.org

by JAY LUSTIG
VINCE MARTELL

VINCE MARTELL

Vanilla Fudge co-founder Vince Martell will bring his own Vince Martell Band to Bernie’s Hillside in Chester, Oct. 16 at 3 p.m., for a concert and auction benefiting HomegrownRadioNJ.org. He is joined in the band by Vanilla Fudge’s current bassist, Pete Bremy, singer-keyboardist Peg Pearl and drummer Russ T. Blades. The Atlanta Café Band will open.

Among the items being auctioned off are an electric guitar signed by members of the Vince Martell Band; two guitars signed by the late Les Paul; and photos and posters signed by Martell and Paul.

HomegrownRadioNJ.org, based in Boonton, was formed 12 years ago, and now has more than 40 shows, with more than 50 DJs specializing in a wide range of music — from rock to jazz, classical, world music and more.

Formed in 1967, Vanilla Fudge was one of the leading bands of the psychedelic rock movement as well a band that helped pave the way for heavy metal to flourish in the ’70s, and even had a Top 10 single with their cover of the Supremes hit, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On.” Since breaking up in 1970, they have reunited sporadically.

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