Town Crier: Mother, daughter bond over music

MONTCLARION: April 4, 2014

It was a mother and child reunion — one of those sweet, fleeting moments where two generations meld into one.

And while most women bond over shopping, we take a different tack. We love country music.

My 24-year-old daughter and I drove to San Jose, the other day, to see Jennifer Nettles in concert. She was playing at an intimate downtown venue — City National Civic Auditorium.

How different it was to see a big name in a small setting. My daughter was the first to say it. “Mom, I must be growing up. I’m never going to a concert in a loud arena again.”

And with those words, she pulled out her phone and took a couplee — a selfie of the two of us. It was a priceless moment in time.

Band notes: Speaking of music, two local bands are rocking a popular hills watering hole Saturday night. The March Men and Too Damned Handsome play a double bill at Monaghans on the Hill — with no cover charge. I play the flute in the second band, but more about that in a minute.

The March Men are named after hills musician Dave Marchman, who has been hosting regular “hootenannys” — as he calls them — for years. He says most of his current band mates were recruited from Crogans — guys he met when he was just unwinding after work. The March Men will play a lot of your favorites from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Monaghans.

My band — a sound we like to call Irish folk/rock fusion — comes on at 7 p.m. and plays until 10 p.m. We use a mix of instruments including mandolin, accordion, guitars, drums, flute and banjo to play songs by Dylan and other artists.

There are more musicians in Montclair than you might think. Monaghans is answering the call for live music, so please come out and support them.

See food: There was a long line to the Lobsta Truck last weekend, and now I know why. They’ve got great lobster and crab sandwiches and killer clam chowder. This newcomer to the Bay Area food truck scene started up in Los Angeles and quickly became a favorite mobile food purveyor with more than 19,000 Facebook likes and 20,000 Twitter followers. The owner, Justin Mi, handles all the social media himself and flies his seafood in daily from Boston and Oregon. Find Lobsta stops at

Got news? You can reach Ginny Prior by email at or on the web at



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