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Organizes City of Hoboken Cultural events such as The Hoboken Spring & Fall Arts & Music Festival, Summer Enchanted Evenings Concert Series, Movies Under the Stars, Fitness & Yoga in the Park, Hoboken Harvest Festival, Ragamuffin Parade, Artists' Studios & Gallery Walking Tour, City Hall Holiday Craft Fair and more.

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Hoboken Waterfront Arts Gala

Tuesday Oct 12th • 5pm to 8pm

at the 12th St. & Sinatra Drive North, overlooking the Manhattan skyline.

Art displays by: 

Barsky Gallery  Field Colony • Hoboken Historical Museum • Issyra Gallery •  Neumann Leathers Artists • Proto Gallery • Roig Collection & The Show

Food Tasting by:

80 River St. • 10th & Willow • Cabots Chedder Cheese  Carpe Diem • City Bistro • Dino & Harry’s • Empaneda Cafe • Halifax  
Johnny Pepperoni • Il Tavolio •  The Madison

During the cocktail-style gala, the City will unveil a special project and local galleries and artists will showcase their work, available for purchase. Attendees will also experience a tasting of food, wine, beer, and spirits by a variety of local restaurants.

Tickets to the gala are $65 and must be purchased in advance online at www.hobokennj.gov/register. Those who purchase tickets will be required to show proof of vaccination to attend. You must be 21 years old or older to attend. Proceeds support Hoboken's Cultural Affairs Trust and vibrant arts community/

For more information about the gala, go to https://www.hobokennj.gov/news/annual-waterfront-arts-gala-returns-to-hoboken-october-12th or email Cultural Affairs Administrator Geri Fallo at gfallo@hobokennj.gov. (Social Affair Permit #91012)

Hoboken Arts and Music Festival returned after 2 year hiatus.

Thanks to everyone who helped make the event possible: police, OEM, CERT Team, the clean up crew, all the volunteers & city staff, those that worked in front & behind the scenes, all participants: talented musicians, artists, crafters, food vendors, local businesses, and all the very generous sponsors. It certainly takes a village. I am grateful for all the generous support you give to this incredible community that I call home.


Supported in part by a grant from the NJ Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism.
www.visitnj.org.

Sponsored by: Burgiss, Citi Bike, Ironstate, Kundert Cars of Hasbrouck Heights, Pegasus Partners, Suez, The Rockefeller Group, The Taurasi Group, This Is It Productions, Wonder Lofts and some very special friends.

Additional support provided by: Capital One Bank, Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects, Nastasi Architects & WFUV

Special thanks to: Anthony Davids, Choco Pain, Dunkin Donuts, Shop Rite & Starbucks



Hoboken Fall Arts and Music Festival 2021

Sun. Oct 3, 2021, 11am to 6pm

Washington St. bet. Observer Highway & 7th St.

featuring displays and sales by artists, crafters, food vendors and local businesses.
Family Fun activities for children on 3rd St. in the Capital One Bank Parking Lot with rides, games, craft activities and more

3 stages of live music featuring performances by:

Observer Highway Stage

12pm - Milton

1250pm - Tape Hiss

150pm - Freedy Johnston

310pm - Karyn Kuhl Band

430pm - The Smithereens with guest vocalist Marshall Crenshaw

7th St. Stage

1245pm - Manouche Bag

210pm - Tony Corrao

330pm - Swingadelic

5:00pm - Orquesta La Experiencia

Children's Music Performances will take place in Church Square Park by the Gazebo

located: Park Ave bet. 4th & 5th St.

12pm - Little Rock n Rollers

1pm - Music with Corey

2pm - Erin Lee & the Up Past Bedtime Band

3pm - Music Together

4pm - Garden Street School of the Performing Arts

450pm - School of Rock House Band

Supported in part by a grant from the NJ Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism. www.visitnj.org.

Sponsored by: Burgiss, Citi Bike, Ironstate, Kundert Cars of Hasbrouck Heights, Pegasus Partners, Suez, The Rockefeller Group, The Tauarsi Group, This Is It Productions, Wonder Lofts and some very special friends.

Additional support provided by: Capital One Bank, Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects, Nastasi Architects & WFUV

Special thanks to: Anthony Davids, Choco Pain, Dunkin Donuts, Shop Rite & Starbucks

The Smithereens with guest vocalist Marshall Crenshaw

The Smithereens with guest vocalist Marshall Crenshaw

The Smithereens are a loud and proud New Jersey band, whose renowned live shows and radio hits channel the essence of joy and heartbreak into hook-laden three minute pop songs, infused with a lifelong passion for rock ‘n’ roll!

Founded in New Jersey in 1980, The Smithereens have been creating electrifying, original rock’n’roll for 41 years. Jim Babjak (guitar,) Dennis Diken (drums,)and Mike Mesaros (bass) grew up together in Carteret and lead singer, the latePat DiNizio, hailed from Scotch Plains. The band paid its dues in clubs all over the NYC tri-state area from Kenny’s Castaways in Greenwich Village to the Stone Pony in NJ. They’ve since performed on stages coast to coast including the Meadowlands Arena in NJ & Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan.

​TheSmithereens’ take no prisoners sound has resonated with fans worldwide over the course of 17 albums and 2500 plus live shows. Among their biggest hits are the rock radio staples “Blood and Roses,” “Only a Memory,” and “A Girl Like You.” The Smithereens’ most recent release, COVERS, features 22 of the bands favorite songs first recorded by other artists.

TheSmithereens have been called the architects of the alternative scene & their music has inspired and influenced generations of musicians, including the late Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, who cited The Smithereens as a major influence in his diaries.

As The Smithereens’ fame escalated, they were in heavy rotation on MTV and appeared on The Tonight Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Saturday Night Live, CBS This Morning, The Dennis Miller Show, The Uncle Floyd Show, and many other shows.

Sadly,The Smithereens lost Pat DiNizio who passed away unexpectedly in 2017. The 3 surviving bandmates, Babjak, Diken, and Mesaros, who have been together since high school, decided to persevere and carry on in Pat’s memory and support their shared musical legacy, using rotating guest vocalists, including longtime friend Marshall Crenshaw and Robin Wilson of the Gin Blossoms among others.

In 2019, The Smithereens – Jim Babjak, Dennis Diken, Mike Mesaros, and the late Pat DiNizio - were honored by their home state and inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame, Class of 2018, in the “Performing Arts” category.  

Recent releases include the COVERS album on CD and red vinyl, a limited edition 45 of “Love Me Do” b/w “P.S. I Love You” featuring The Beatles session drummer, the late Andy White, and the green vinyl Christmas 45, “Christmas Morning” b/w“’Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

The Smithereens are currently featured in the Grammy Museum’s “New Jersey Legends” exhibit and have new music in the works, to be released in 2021 and 2022.

For more information: https://www.officialsmithereens.com, https://www.jimbabjak.com/; https://www.facebook.com/TheSmithereensOfficial/

Freedy Johnston

Freedy Johnston

Singer-songwriter Freedy Johnston, a Kansas native, got his start in music in Hoboken in the '90's, working with Bar None Records and recording at the fabled Water Music Studios. He'll be playing with Hoboken guitar legend Dave Schramm (Yo La Tango, Kate Jacobs) and Jared Michael Nickerson (Charlie Musselwhite, The The) on bass and Konrad Meissner (Silos, Graham Parker) on drums .

Karyn Kuhl Band

Karyn Kuhl Band

Karyn Kuhl band, fronted by the mesmerizing Karyn Kuhl, delivers powerful rock and roll with relevant and impactful lyrics about love, loss, resistance and freedom. Veteran Hoboken-based singer, songwriter and guitarist, Kuhl and her talented bandmates create a riveting, hypnotic intensity that makes you want to move at times, and listen intently as well. Kuhl’s voice and sizzling guitar blends well with powerhouse bandmates James Mastro (the Bongos, Ian Hunter’s Rant Band) on guitar, and Larry Heinemann (Springhouse, Blue Man Group) on bass, and Jonpaul Pantozzi on drums.

Tape Hiss

with Ernie Brooks (Modern Lovers, Arthur Russell), Peter Zummo (Lounge Lizards, Arthur Russell), Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth), David Nagler (Nova Social, Wesley Stace) + Pete Galub playing songs of The Modern Lovers, Arthur Russell, and more

Manouche Bag

Manouche Bag offers an intimate window into the heart of France. Led by singer/guitarist Mattias Gustafsson, Manouche Bag plays the music of such legends as Django Reinhardt, Serge Gainsbourg, and Jo Privat. They have been known to perform anything from Zaz to tangos, traditional french love songs to frenzied originals.  The instrumentation of saxophone, melodica, acoustic bass, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, and vocalist allow maximum versatility to cater to any setting.

Swingadelic

Swingadelic

Six pieces of Swingadelic will be appearing on the Sixth Street Stage of the Hoboken Arts and Music Festival on Sunday October 3rd from 3-4pm. The band will consist of John Bauers on vocals and keyboard, Andy Riedel on guitar and vocals, Neal Pawley on trombone and vocals, Bryan Beninghove on tenor sax, Dave Post on bass and Colby Inzer on drums. Plenty of room in front of the stage for dancers.

Milton

Milton

A songwriter’s songwriter, known for his lyric craft, distinctive voice and soulful songs steeped in classic rhythm & blues, pop, jazz, folk and country, Milton first gained notoriety in New York City when his song “In The City” became a hit on New York’s WFUV radio. His live performances, which include material from every one of his albums and an enormous playbook of lost classics, are praised for their wit, humor, and captivating charm. Milton has toured extensively throughout the states since 2005, as a headliner and appearing as support for his hero and mentor Chris Smither, in addition to shows and tours with Joan Osborne, Steve Earle, Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Sonny Landreth, Colin Hay, Kat Edmonson, Josh Ritter and many more.

Orquesta La Experiencia

Orquesta La Experiencia is an Afro Cuban Latin group, specializing in Salsa Jazz Dance music.

Tony Corrao - (Hoboken Sinatra Singing Contest Winner)

Tony Corrao

Jazz Vocalist Tony Corrao was the winner of the 2015 Hoboken Sinatra Singing Contest and performed during Hoboken's "Frank Sinatra Centennial Birthday Party at the Steven's Institute of Technology in Hoboken. His elegant sense of swing and style will transport you back to the era of high society and sophistication.

Erin Lee and the Up Past Bedtime Band

Erin Lee

Erin Lee Kelly is a New York City songwriter whose music has received rave reviews (“Irresistible!” -Disney’s Family Fun Magazine). Her original tunes have earned her national attention as one of the freshest, funniest, and insightful performers for kids (and their grownups).  Accompanied by percussionist Philip Joseph and bassist Tony O of the Up Past Bedtime Band, she creates a highly interactive family concert featuring seriously silly songs and stories.

“An exhilarating live performance!” ~ Brooklyn Arts Exchange

“I love your catchy songs!” ~ Eve Tannery, 69 News, WFMZ TV

Little RocknRollers

Little RocknRollers is a series of classes for babies, toddlers & pre-schoolers designed to foster a love & appreciation of music. Karyn Kuhl is currently active in the music biz as a singer, songwriter, guitarist & band leader for Karyn Kuhl Band. Her music has been featured in film & TV as well. She has been teaching children for 2 decades and uses her own original kids songs & popular favorites to nurture her students’ musicality.

Music with Corey

Music With Corey is a super fun, interactive music class for kids ages 3-7. With songs about shapes, colors, numbers and more, Corey captivates children with educational and immersive live content. He does activities like the guessing game, the freeze dance, show-and-tell, and call-and-response. It’s a party when you join Music With Corey.Music Together

School of Rock Hoboken's House Band -  

gives students under 18 the opportunity to join a gigging band composed of fellow musicians from their school. These students perform additional live shows throughout the year. All students in the Performance Program have the opportunity to audition for a spot in their school's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community, and perform live shows at local rock venues throughout the year.

Garden Street School of the Performing Arts

Sponsors:

Supported in part by a grant from the NJ Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism. www.visitnj.org.

Sponsored by: Burgiss, Citi Bike, Ironstate, Kundert Cars of Hasbrouck Heights, Pegasus Partners, Suez, The Taurasi Group, Wonder Lofts and some very dear friends.

Additional support provided by: Capital One Bank, Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects, Nastasi Architects & WFUV

Special thanks to: Anthony Davids, Choco Pain, Dunkin Donuts, Shop Rite & Starbucks

Volunteers are needed for morning vendor checkin.

For more information: gfallo@hobokennj.gov

Karyn Kuhl Band (Photo by Mickey Deneher)

Orquesta La Experiencia

School of Rock Hoboken House Band


Supported in part by a grant from the NJ Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism. www.visitnj.org.
Thanks to our sponsors: WFUV, Burgiss, Suez, Wonder Lofts, Ursa Development Group, Citi Bike, Tarasi Group,
Ironstate and Kundert Volvo Cars of Hasbrouck.

Additional support provided by: Capital One Bank, Anthony Davids, Starbucks, and Dunkin Donuts

For more information: gfallo@hobokennj.gov

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