In Harlem in the '20s, cash-strapped tenants turned their apartments into makeshift night clubs and charged friends, neighbors and all other interested parties for admission (click here for background).
Now, local musicians are adopting the spirit of those parties to aid area food pantries. On Feb. 15, local musicians will converge at the Springfield Elks Lodge for a Rent Party concert to benefit Springfield's Lily's Pantry.
The idea for the rent parties started in 2009 when Bob Fanneron of the Elks approached Dickson about organizing something to assist two Essex County food pantries. Dickson, a Maplewood resident, has a wealth of experience with local charitable concerts after putting on the Battle of the Basement Bands concerts and the food drive at Maplewoodstock.