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Published on January 18th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz


New York’s “Masquerade Rock Music Fest” Makes Its Return With Sponge, Everclear & The Raskins

On January 17, 2020, New York rock fans had an excellent line-up to celebrate the end of their work week with at Mulcahy’s Pub & Concert Hall in Wantagh, New York. Billed as Masquerade Rock Music Fest, the Friday evening event featured three bands: Everclear, Sponge, and The Raskins.

Everclear and Sponge were of course responsible for plenty of MTV and radio hits — including “Santa Monica,” “Everything To Everyone,” “Wonderful,” “Plowed,” “Molly (Sixteen Candles)” and “Wax Ecstatic” — while The Raskins themselves have toured alongside Alice Cooper, Motley Crue, and Steel Panther. The profile of the event was further raised in being hosted by That Metal Show co-host (and notable stand-up comedian) Don Jamieson and supported by local rock radio staple WBAB-FM 102.3

Said Art Alexakis, frontman of Everclear, in a prepared statement before the gig: “We’re excited to get back in front of our New York fans for Masquerade Rock Music Fest. It’s going to be a great show with a killer lineup.” Vinnie Dombroski of Sponge echoed Alexais’ sentiments: “Sponge is excited to be a part of a great lineup.” Added The Raskins’ Logan Raskin: “It’s an honor for my brother and I to have the Raskins playing with some of our favorite bands, listening to these bands for many years as fans and having the opportunity to share the same stage with them at the Masquerade Rock Music Fest.”

As the second Masquerade Rock Music Fest — the previous outing took place at The Space At Westbury, as featuring Puddle Of Mudd and Fuel beyond Sponge, The Raskins and Jamieson — New York rock fans ought to be supporting this particular concert series. It brings together great bands and great fans in relaxed, intimate spaces. Videos examples from the January 2020 show are embedded below from Instagram, while more information on The Raskins and Masquerage Rock Music Fest can be found online by visiting the festival’s official website at

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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.

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