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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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