Montvale’s mom who produced “Little Steven’s underground garage” turns 36
TRIBUTE: When loved ones say their final farewells to Jenna Antonacci de Montvale on Friday, they will no doubt remember how much she loved – and at one point lived – music.
Antonacci had worked in his mid to late twenties as a producer for the hugely popular “Little Steven’s Underground Garage”, created by longtime E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt on Sirius XM.
She immersed herself in communicating with bands, managers and labels to arrange appearances, among other duties, and worked directly on the program hosted by Andrew Loog Oldham, former manager and producer of The Rolling Stones.
Heard around the world, “Little Steven’s Underground Garage” featured a variety of hosts and an assortment of music giants, such as Brian Wilson, Ray Davies, Paul McCartney, Keith Richards – and, of course, Bruce Springsteen.
Antonacci was steeped in various types of music, mostly rock and roll, but considered himself such a devout fan of the Dave Matthews Band that she was included in his obituary.
She was also the niece of another New Jersey legend, the late James Gandolfini, who starred with Van Zandt in “The Sopranos”.
Antonacci then married US Army infantryman Stephen Barnett of Lafayette, LA, in 2019. She gave birth to two boys, Lincoln and Luke, and recently worked as a certified personal trainer.
She passed away peacefully, aged 36, on Monday, her family said.
Along with her husband and children, the Pascack Hills High School and Rutgers University graduate leaves behind her mother, Johanna, and sisters Laura, Doreen and Keri.
A funeral mass was scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Mercy RC Church on Fremont Avenue in Park Ridge, followed by a private cremation.
Visiting hours were from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. thursday to Robert Spearing Funeral Home, 155 Kinderkamack Road, Park Ridge.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Antonacci can be made at Saint-François bread line.
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