Bet you can't guess who's the brainchild behind all those headbanger shows at clubs like Lakewood's Hi-Fi Lounge and Parma's Jigsaw Saloon. Here's a hint: By day, she works side-by-side with priests and nuns.
Jennifer Adams is a twentysomething science teacher for the eighth-grade class at Metro Catholic Parish School on West 54th Street. But most nights, the sleepless Adams pairs punk, grunge, and rock bands with hi-NRG nightclubs for Starloft Productions
, a grassroots booking agency she founded in January of 2005.
In nearly two years, Adams' client list has grown to boast such local notables as Adrenaline
, and Living in Chaos
. Her sales pitches have helped them get gigs in venerable nightclubs like the Beachland, Phantasy, and the Jigsaw. One of her most ambitious projects takes places January 13 with a 7 p.m. show at the Phantasy, with headliners Third Nature
, backed by APG
, Altered (www.altered.us), Social Zero
, and Screaming Silence
. (Tickets are $7 at the door/$8 in advance. Add $3 if you're under 21.)
Adams concedes that her social life pretty much sucks: She spends most nights on bookings and promotions and has to be in class every weekday morning at 7:45. "The fact that I love both teaching and music certainly doesn't hinder things," Adams explains. "There's nothing worse than going to a job that you dislike." --Cris Glaser