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Street Hassle performs at Parsippany’s Summer Concert Series

PARSIPPANY — The band Street Hassle performed during the final concert at Parsippany’s Summer Concert Series on Thursday, August 20.

The weather forecast was for rain, but Parsippany Parks and Recreation Superintendent Joseph Plescia decided to move forward and have the concert.  The luck was with him. It didn’t start raining until the concert ended for the evening.

“There was a nice crowd of people came out to Veteran’s Memorial Park to see Street Hassle,” said Karen DeChristopher, a member of Parsippany’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM).

Street Hassle is no stranger to Parsippany, performing the last Friday of each month at Mount Holleran Town Tavern, with the next performance scheduled for Friday, August 28.

Street Hassle is a “Powerful Horn Band” with skilled area musicians that enjoy performing interpretations of Classic Rock, Blues, Motown and Pop. They are energetic and an entertainingly enjoyable band. They also cut from 60’s classic rock to 70’s disco and can ease their way through a 200+ song catalog to excite the most diverse crowd. I heard exhilarating renditions of classic from Chicago, The Rolling Stones, Dusty Springfield and Tina Turner. They also choose the right song for the moment, and don’t not fall into repetitious medleys of just number one hits.

The band has turned a lot of heads. When you see a blazing horn section in action, or see and hear the sound of a real Hammond

Organ spinning a whirl of sounds through the air, you can rest assured that  this band is not aiming for the slickness of a cruise ship lounge act. They are a real band playing real songs and sometimes that just takes 12 people to accomplish. “We cant cut corners like our competitors,” jokes the bands leader and founder Steve Hantis.

Street Hassle has open for John K & Steppenwolf, Blood Sweat & Tears and many other national acts. They enjoy a loyal following centered in the NY/NJ Metro Area. In addition to Parsippany’s Summer Concert Series the group performs at large outdoor events including Millburn and Fredon’s annual concert Series in addition to Florham Park, Rockaway Boro and Berkeley Heights Feast Of Our Lady Of Mount Carmel Fireworks.

They are the house band at The Legendary Stanhope House and continuously play the club scene all throughout the year. The band is also proud of their affiliation with The Blue Knights MC and have been the headline act for 5 consecutive Gooch’c Garlic Runs.

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Frank L. Cahill
Frank L. Cahill
Publisher of Parsippany Focus since 1989 and Morris Focus since 2019, both covering a wide range of events. Mr. Cahill serves as the Executive Board Member of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, President of Kiwanis Club of Tri-Town and Chairman of Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Board.
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