NOW PLAYING: The POP Stars
HERE’S THE GANG: John Powers, acoustic guitar, lead vocals, Holliston; Tibor Nemeth, electric guitar, Winston-Salem, N.C.; John Marczewski, keyboards, vocals, Holliston; Ira Kittrell, mandolin, vocals, Holliston; Tim Neves, harmonica, vocals, Natick; Tom Farrell, bass guitar, vocals, Holliston; Dave Ripp, drums, Natick
WE PLAY: “Our speciality is good time folk rock with a jug band feel. Our original songs were about the challenges and funny moments of parenthood when our kids were growing up,” John Powers said. The POP Stars is known for “fun shows in which kids can dance along and parents can laugh,” he said. They often bring miniature tambourines and bells for youngsters in their audiences to play. The performances are appropriate for children from “infants to the age of 12.”
OUR SOUND: “We’ve got an upbeat, positive vibe. We play the music you might hear sitting on your porch.”
HISTORY: The POP Stars was born in 2005 when Powers and several other first-time dads performed in the Holliston Library singing songs he’d written about parenthood. “POP Stars became our support group,” he recalled.
WE MADE THE SCENE AT: The POP Stars performed at Holliston’s 2009 July 4th concert. They were the only male band invited to perform last year at Mamapalooza in New York City and played Father’s Day at Georges Island in Boston Harbor