The Smithereens Headlining Concert for Brendan Tevlin, 5pm to 9pm, Sunday, Nov. 30; Wellmont Theater, 5 Seymour Street, Montclair
by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
MONTCLAIR, NJ - This weekend, the public is invited to join with the friends and family of Brendan Tevlin at a benefit concert in his honor. Hosted by Radio personality Todd Pettengill, of Cedar Grove, the Concert for Brendan will take place at the Wellmont Theater, from 5pm to 9pm on Sunday, Nov. 30. All monies raised will benefit the Brendan P. Tevlin '13 Memorial Field Fund. The theatre is located at 5 Seymour Street, Montclair.
A band of 150 drums and bagpipers will begin the evening, followed by musical performances by "The Defending Champions" made of up musicians from Montclair and Verona, and "The Altman Brothers Band" from Basking Ridge. The concert will feature a special performance by nationally known artists, "The Smithereens."
"Please join us for a special night
In 1980, the Smithereens got together in Carteret to form a rock band made up of members:
This lineup continued until 2006, when Severo Jornacion took over for Mesaros on bass guitar. They have collaborated with numerous musicians, including Suzanne Vega, Belinda Carlisle, Graham Parker and The Kinks and were a strong influence on Nirvana songwriter and lead singer, Kurt Cobain. The Smithereens are widely recognized for their 1990 Billboard pop hit "A Girl Like You." The group continues to actively tour nationally.
Doors open at 4pm and the show starts promptly at 5pm. All monies raised will benefit the Brendan P. Tevlin '13 Memorial Field Fund.
Shirts commemorating the Concert for Brendan will be available in the Wellmont Theatre Lobby; shirts cost $20 each.
Last month, Brendan's parents, Allison and Michael Tevlin, announced that plans are underway for naming the main playing field at the Seton Hall Prep athletic complex in Brendan's memory. The Brendan Patrick Tevlin '13 Memorial Field will be named in his honor, and kept up with continuous improvements through the Brendan Patrick Tevlin '13 Memorial Fund.
The families were inspired to name the field after Brendan at the Kelly Athletic Complex, located in West Orange, to ensure that the memory of his short, but meaningful, life outshines the circumstances of his tragic, and senseless, death. Naming the field after Brendan is an appropriate memorial as he played on it often; it's regularly used for football, soccer, lacrosse and track and field events .
Brendan graduated from Seton Hall Preparatory School in 2013. While there, he was an active member of the student body and participated on the Lacrosse Team, the Ambassador's Club, the Knights of Setonia, the Math and Spanish Honor Societies and he was also a member of the National Honor Society and the Student Council. He also served as President of the Gaelic Club and received the Monsignor Tuohy Award for having achieved a GPA of over 4.0 for all four years at Seton Hall. After graduating, Brendan went on to the University of Richmond where he was a member of the school's Lacrosse Club.
The newly created Brendan Patrick Tevlin '13 Memorial Fund is very much in need of donations to insure that the memorial field project goes forward. Gifts of cash and checks are the easiest and most common method of supporting any donations to Seton Hall Prep but there are many ways to donate to the Memorial Fund:
The Facebook group "Good Vibes and Easy Living" has been established by the friends and family of Brendan. By sharing memories, photos and stories, the group seeks to celebrate Brendan's life. The name is taken from one of Brendan's favorite expressions.
"We are overwhelmed by this extraordinary promise by Seton Hall Prep,