New York

Park Slope's School of Rock

It's a Saturday afternoon at Complete Music Studios on St. Marks Avenue and the members of The Messed Up Hobos have a problem.

There are just 24 hours until their big performance at Rockwood Music Hall in the East Village, but their guitarist, Joel Rader, is nowhere to be found. Though the Hobos have been preparing for this show for 12 weeks, one last rehearsal wouldn't hurt. After all, moms and dads and uncles and friends will be in the audience tomorrow. Not to mention they all just learned to play their instruments within the last year. Then there's that whole part about how they're all eight- and nine-year-olds.