The sweet sounds of a classic reggae beat seeped through the cracks surrounding a door marked "Library." I was drawn to it, the same way I'm typically drawn to a bag of chocolate chips. I'd been informed that behind that door was the rehearsal of the Adult Rock Band of the Kardon-Northeast branch. They practiced every Wednesday night and it was my very lucky day: a Wednesday night.
I opened the door to reveal a group of guys positioned behind their respective instruments playing with concentration and bounce. To describe this scene concisely: it was a cohort of older dudes vibing out to some smooth reggae music. They had soul and they surely had a groove.
Mark Forchic, the Director of the Kardon-Northeast branch, described the adult rock band as "a whole extended family thing" where the members have the opportunity to hang out and jam out. Forchic says that the rock band is about four years old now and "they have a blast." Sometimes they play gigs out in bars and have their annual Chickie's and Pete's performance.
The rock band is run by Alex Kauffman, a Jazz Ensemble and piano faculty member at Settlement since 2013. He emanates unmatched chill and a deep musical appreciation to the adult members. He keeps them focused on the feeling of the music, not simply the notes.
A place where adults come together and play fun repertoire as a hobby? My dad would love this.