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Slacker Genius, Long Island teen band, to open for rock concert

Reese Ortenberg, Michael Montelli and Harold Lichtenstein make

Reese Ortenberg, Michael Montelli and Harold Lichtenstein make up Slacker Genius. Griffin McCarthy is filling in as drummer for the concert at Revolution in Amityville. Credit: Slacker Genius

Even though they aren’t old enough to hold a ticket to the adults-only rock concert, the Long Island teenage band Slacker Genius has been invited to play a Rush cover set to open for several adult bands at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 25, at Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville.

They’ll play a 45-minute set of four to five songs spanning Rush’s repertoire, including “Working Man” and “Natural Science,” says Reese Ortenberg, 16, a sophomore at JFK High School in Plainview-Old Bethpage and the band’s lead vocalist bass guitarist and floor keyboards player.

Slacker Genius is made up of Ortenberg and guitar players Michael Montelli, 14, of Greenlawn and a freshman at Chaminade High School, and Harold Lichtenstein, 17, a senior at Farmingdale High School. Griffin McCarthy, 16, a sophomore at Westbrook Preparatory School in Westbury, is filling in as drummer for this gig. The band members met at Musicology music school in Smithtown.

Tickets are $20 and ticket holders must be 18. For more information, call 631-264-7712 or visit

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