WALDWICK, N.J.– Musician Kathy Sheppard will add a twist to the memorial concert for her late husband and former band member when she brings it to the School of Rock in Waldwick.
“I wanted to do something with a more relaxed vibe, where people could bring their kids,” said Sheppard, who teaches at the school.
The catered April 10 event is a “mid-year alternative” to Shepstock, an annual memorial fundraiser named for North Jersey recording artist Bob “Shep” Sheppard, who was 50 when he died of lung cancer seven years ago.
Proceeds will benefit The Best Answer for Cancer Foundation to help fund alternative cancer treatment research.
During the first hour, musicians from the annual benefit – including Peyote and The Past Masters – will be the house band for open-mic performers. They'll jam the rest of the night.
“Hopefully it will be a thrill for them to get on stage with a real band,” Sheppard, a piano and voice instructor from Mahwah, told Daily Voice.
Sheppard's son, Evan, will play drums to back up Westwood gospel singer Joan Gardner. Students from the School of Rock, as well as Evan’s classmates from The Academy of St. Paul in Ramsey, will also perform.
Admission is $25 admission for adults, $10 for those 18 and under.