Sep 2019

Fall Arts & Music Festival

11:00 am


6:00 pm


Washington St. between Observer Hwy. & 7th St.

Sep 29, 201911:00 am Sep 29, 20196:00 pm Fall Arts & Music Festival America/New_York Washington St. between Observer Hwy. & 7th St. Health and Human Services
Event Description:

Celebrating our 26th Year

Over 300 artists, crafters, photographers, food vendors, local restaurants and businesses and much more.
Admission is free. Rain or shine event.
For more information: gfallo@hobokennj.gov or 201-420-5100 ex.5100

Volunteers are needed for morning setup on day of the event.
Email Geri if interested: gfallo@hobokennj.gov

3 stages of live music

Special features include:
Work by Fine artists: oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, sculpture,
mixed media, drawings and photography
Children's Activities: face painting, sand art, rides, games & live performance
Crafters displays selling handmade: pottery, metalwork, jewelry, wood items, blown & fused glass, quilts, home decor, candles, soap, body products, dried florals, hot sauce, teas, and other unique handcrafted gift items
Food: Lots of great international foods throughout the fair including: Thai, Indian, Greek, Mexican, Italian, Cajun, and French

Over 300 artists and crafters will exhibit their work
Great food. Kids activities on 3rd Street including rides, games, craft activities, face painting & sand art.

Over 300 artists and crafters will exhibit their work
Great food. Kids activities on 3rd Street including rides, games, craft activities, face painting & sand art.

3 stages of live music featuring performances by:

Remember Jones
The Swingadelic Big Band
The Schramms
Cliff Westfall
Maxima Alerta
Manouche Bag
The James Calleo Band
Gregory McLoughlin
Elevator Pitch
Jerry Pearce (Sinatra Singer)
Songs for Seeds
Rockness Music
Erin Lee and the Up Past Bedtime Band
Garden Street School of the Performing Arts
and much more

Observer Highway Stage

11:50am - Elevator Pitch

12:45pm - Cliff Westfall

1:45pm - The Schramms

2:50pm - The Swingadelic Big Band

4:30pm - Remember Jones

7th Street Stage

12:20pm - School of Rock - students will perform

1:00pm - Gregory McLoughlin

1:45pm - Jerry Pearce

2:45pm - The James Calleo Band

3:45pm - Manouche Bag

5pm - Maxima Alerta


12PM - Rockness Music

1PM - Songs for Seeds

2PM - Erin Lee and the Up Past Bedtime Band

3PM - Laura Doherty

4PM - Garden St. School of the Performing Arts

Remember Jones

Remember Jones

Remember Jones is a one-of-a-kind soul/pop singer, storyteller and bandleader with a throwback vibe and authentic energy. Collaboratively supported by a large ensemble of musicians, the band has played to countless packed and sold-out ballrooms, clubs and theaters throughout the country.

Remember Jones’ debut album, Ladies and Gentlemen, Remember Jones!, was created after raising close to $19,000 through nearly 300 small donations via IndieGoGo. Their subsequent release, Tranquilizer!, was recorded at the Bomb Shelter in Nashville, TN, under the production of Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray For the Riff Raff, Langhorne Slim). Remember Jones was named one of Paste Magazine and Daytrotter’s Top 10 R&B/Soul Artists of 2017.

Remember Jones

n addition to touring and supporting two albums worth of original material, Remember Jones presents and fronts multiple productions which have also gained wide popularity. BACK TO BLACK, a recreation of the Amy Winehouse album and Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen in a 20-piece arrangement, have helped Remember Jones develop a diverse audience. The company has performed Jeff Buckley's Grace album in its entirety as a collaboration with Grammy-nominated guitarist and Grace co-writer Gary Lucas and a 50th Anniversary concert experience of the musical HAIR.

Remember Jones has shared stages with George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Ronnie Spector & The Ronettes, Darlene Love, Buster Poindexter, Nigel Hall, The Hip Abduction, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, and more. In the vein of putting their spin on others’ material, Remember Jones released Ain’t That a Kick in the Head?!, a single in celebration of Dean Martin’s 100th birthday, sharing studio time with Dean’s daughter, Deana Martin.

Whether you see him fronting a piano, a four-piece band, or with a soul orchestra of 25, Remember Jones evokes the energy of the great front men and women, with one of a kind song styling and expert storytelling that keep audiences on their toes and emotions in the moment.

Remember Jones

The Schramms

The Schramms havejust released their 7th album, Omnidirectional, on the venerable Hoboken Independent Bar/None record label. Frontman, guitarist and songwriter Dave Schramm is perhaps the best known as an original member and lead guitarist for Yo La Tengo, but over the years has worked with many other notable artists, including The Replacements, Freedy Johnston, Teddy Thompson, Soul Asylum and Kate Jacobs. Joined by drummer Ton Metz (The Human Switchboard, Glenn Morrow's Cry for Help, Tammy Faye Starlite) and Al Greller (Peter Stampel & the Bottle Caps, Yo La Tengo, Beat Rodeo), the three have played together as The Schramms since their first album Walk to Delphi in 1990.

The Schramms
The Schramms


Swingadelic Big Band

Swingadelic began in 1998 as the neo-swing movement was cresting. Upright bassist Dave Post gathered his jazz and blues playing friends together to play engagements atNew York City's Supper Club, Swing 46 and Window's on the World, the former restaurant atop of the World Trade Center. The band has continued to play for swing dance groups, concerts, festivals, weddings, special events and private engagements. Swingadelic has maintained a six-year residency at Swing 46 in NYC where they perform every other Monday as a ten piece "little big band." They have seven CDs and has been recording for the Zoho Music label since 2011. The CDs have been on the JazzWeek Radio charts top thirty and garnered many critically acclaimed reviews in jazz publications such as Jazz Times and All About Jazz. Their latest ZOHO release is called "Mercerville" a collection of the songs written by the legendary Johnny Mercer who was not an iconic figure as a lyricist and composer for the American Songbook but was a celebrity and entertainer throughout the 40s and 50s.

Cliff Westfall

Cliff Westfall

Cliff Westfall is a New York City-based honky tonk songwriter. A proud son of Owensboro, KY, his debut album, Baby You Win, made multiple Best of 2018 lists, not only in the US but also in Canada, Ireland, the UK and Switzerland. Come see why PopMatters called his music "some of the most cunning and richly melodic country to grace us in the genre's contemporary era."

Manouche Bag

Manouche Bag is a French gypsy jazz ensemble with pop sensibilities. They have been the house band at Madame Claude Bis in Jersey City since 2008. Manouche Bag is led by guitarist and vocalist Mattias Gustaffson, and features multi-instrumentalist Bryan Beninghove, guitarist Jim Kaznosky, and bassist Brian Glassman.

Manouche Bag

Maxima Alerta

Maxima Alerta

Multi-award winning group MaximaAlerta“Latin Group of the Year” byCommunitarian Media Network; Premio ARTE 2017 for “Best Latin Band”, “NewJersey’s Best Latin Group” by Cine & Novelas; Union City ArtistAward; and final entry on the Latin Grammy’s.  

Maxima Alerta was one of Cuba’s best known and loved fusion bands.  The group is now based in the NYC area and is known for its fusion of Cuban Music and other genres forming a fresh hip sound.  From son cubano to conga, from cumbia to merengue, from rap to ballads… all with a fresh modern sound taunting audiences on their feet.

In 2005 Máxima Alerta was nominated to Cuba disco as “Best Album Rap, Dance and Hip Hop” which garnered the group great popularity both nationally and internationally, as well as topping the charts. Later in 2009 the group returned to the top of the charts with the song "La Figura" (“Ay Lola”) recorded with the multi-award winning and internationally renowned group Gente de Zona. In 2016, Maxima Alerta released its new song"Vive la Vida" with an accompanying music video: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9YEtBVjltIc

Gregory McLoughlin

Gregory McLoughlin is a Jersey City based bass player and singer whose original songs have been performed and recorded by several Hudson County musicians, including Ross Sandler, Anthony Tamburro & Abbe Rivers.  His band, Gregory's Lemonade, plays catchy original songs with four part harmonies, influences ranging from the Beach Boys to the Band.

Gregory McLoughlin

The James Calleo Band

James Calleo is a singer/songwriter, has been calling Hoboken home since 2013. Calleo’s music, inspired by his travels around the country and the world, is deceptively mellow; the songs seem to start off with easygoing guitar strumming and then slowly, the band leads them into something multi-layered and surprising. Whether the tunes are built from big heart or big energy, they tell us stories. Well crafted stories.

James Calleo

Erin Lee and the Up Past Bedtime Band

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

Erin Lee

Laura Doherty

Laura Doherty

Laura Doherty acoustically rocks your kid’s world with breezy folk-pop tunes from her 5 Parent’s Choice award-winning CDs, which feature her adorable puppet friends Muddy Puddles, Jazzasaurus, and Domingo the Flamingo! Doherty has performed hundreds of shows at premier venues and festivals across the country, including Lollapalooza, Nashville's Pilgrimage Fest, Austin's SXSW, NYC's Brookfield Place, Philly’s World Cafe Live, and many more! "Doherty writes the perfect pop song for kids, light and breezy" - Chicago Tribune


Instagram: @lauradohertymusic

FB: lauradohertymusic

School of Rock Hoboken House Band

School of Rock Hoboken's House Band program 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.

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.

Sponsors: Capital One Bank, NJ Lottery, PATH and NJ Lottery.
Food donations provided by:
Anthony Davids, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, JP's Bagel Express, Losurdo's Italian Deli and Bakery, King's Fresh Idea Supermarket

For more information: gfallo@hobokennj.gov.
Volunteers are needed


Thank you to our sponsors for their continued support.
BMW, Suez Water, Getaround, The NJ Lottery and This Is It Stage Productions. 
Additional support provided by: Anthony David’s, Starbucks,
Kings Food Markets, Dunkin Donuts, Losurdo's Italian Bakery & Deli,
Grimaldi's Pizzeria and JP Bagel Express.

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


Located just 3 blocks from NJ Transit trains & buses, Hudson Bergen Light Rail
and NY Waterway Ferries.

Washington Street will be closed from 6am to 10pm between Observer Hwy and 7th St. During this time, NJ TRANSIT Bus No. 22 (North Bergen-Union City-Hoboken), No. 89 (North Bergen-Hoboken) and No. 126 (Hoboken-New York) will operate on a detour.

Customers traveling toward North Bergen and New York will board and alight along Bloomfield Street at customer’s request. Customers traveling toward Hoboken Terminal will board and alight along Willow Avenue at marked bus stop locations.

Fall 2018
• The Smithereens with guest vocalist Marshall Crenshaw

• Joe Grushecky & the House Rockers
• RocknRoll Hi-Fives
• Sylvana Joyce + the Moment
• Zydeco Revelators
• Sensational Country Blues Wonders
• Maxima Alerta
• Elevator Pitch
• Songs for Seeds
• Kid Notes w / Chrissy Roberts & Ralph Capasso
• One of The Rockness Monsters
• Garden Street School of the Performing Arts - teachers & students will perform
• North River Sing Community Chorus and more

Performance Schedules:

3rd St. Stage:
11:30am - Kid Notes with Chrissy Roberts & Ralph Capasso
12:30pm - Kid Notes with Chrissy Roberts & Ralph Capasso
1:30pm - Songs for Seeds
2:30pm - One of The Rockness Monsters
3:15pm - One of The Rockness Monsters
4:00pm - Garden St. School of the Performing Arts - (students & teachers)

Observer Hwy Stage:
noon - Zydeco Revelators
1:10pm - RocknRoll Hi-Fives
2:50pm - Joe Grueshecky
4:30pm - Smithereens with guest vocalist Marshall Crenshaw

7th St. Stage:
12:20pm - Elevator Pitch
12:50pm - North River Sing Community Chorus
1:40pm - The Sensational Country Blues Wonders
2:40pm  - Emily & the Ideals
3:45pm  - Sylvana Joyce + the Moment
5:00pm  - Maxima Alerta

Musician Bios

The Smithereens

When Pat DiNizio died in December 2017, fans, friends, and maybe even the band members themselves thought that was the end of the Smithereens after 35 great years. But in January, during a celebration of DiNizio's life, Steven Van Zandt and others urged the band to find a way to keep going.

And now, the Smithereens have done it. They knew they could never replace their frontman, so they went out and found two exceptional stand-ins: Marshall Crenshaw, and the Gin Blossoms' Robin Wilson.

The result? In a review of the June 1 show that featured Crenshaw on the mic, Goldmine said: "It almost defies logic that a veteran band that has existed since 1980 could put on such a blistering show. But their show in Montclair proved, once again, that The Smithereens still have a lot of gas left in their tank. They are still very much a must-see in concert."

The rest of the band remains intact, with Jim Babjak on lead guitar and backing vocals, Mike Mesaros on bass and backing vocals, and Dennis Diken on the drums playing Smithereens favorites including "Blood and Roses" and "Behind the Wall of Sleep," deep catalog numbers (“One Look At You” and “Can’t Go Home Anymore”), and great covers (the Beatles' "When I Get Home," the Outsiders' "Time Won't Let Me").

The Smithereens with Guest Vocalist Marshall Crenshaw.

The Sensational Country Blues Wonders
are a band that has it’s own unique interpretation of American Roots Music - classic Country music from the fifties and sixties, down home spiritual songs from the Golden Age of Gospel, and time-honored Blues numbers that go back to the greats hailing from Mississippi and Chicago. The Jersey Journal called us "One of the best throwback blues groups on any side of the Hudson.”


Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers

Joe Grushecky’s music has stood the test of time.  Forty years since the creation of the Iron City Houserockers, Grushecky continues to create vital, complex music that is lyrically eloquent and relevant while remaining timeless in scope. After so many years, Grushecky continues to find new ways to express his muse in song. Publications such as Billboard, Rolling Stone, Village Voice, No Depression, and countless others have hailed him as one of rock & roll’s most talented singer-songwriters.

In 1979 Rolling Stone magazine crowned his band’s first album Love’s So Tough the “debut record of the year.” Acclaimed rock writer Jimmy Guterman named their second album, Have a Good Time (But Get Out Alive), as one of the 100 Best Rock & Roll Records of all time! Legendary guitarist and Rock Hall of Famer, Steve Cropper, produced Blood on the Bricks. Rock superstar Bruce Springsteen, produced American Babylon in 1995 and continues to perform with the band and write with Joe including the Grammy winning Code of Silence. Their most recent collaboration “That’s What Makes Us Great” is an incredible duet and a call to arms.

Blurt Magazine has to say about the band’s live performances. “Grushecky & The Houserockers performed like they thought they were damn rock stars and, on that night, they were indeed the greatest rock 'n' roll outfit on the planet”

“The new record, More Yesterdays Than Tomorrows, is an entertaining, exciting work that takes full advantage of the Houserockers’ immense musical chemistry – forged by decades of hard knocks and a shared faith in the religion of rock ‘n’ roll – to create a wonderful collection of songs that rock recklessly but pump the brakes when needed. Reunited with his longtime band after a handful of solo albums, Grushecky displays a renewed fervor and commitment to rock music as both soapbox and as a catalyst for social change. Grushecky delivers a career milestone, outdoing himself once again.”                  

In a world where truth is rare and nothing seems genuine anymore, some things remains constant…there is still real music being made out there.  And Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers are still making it.

RocknRoll Hi-Fives

RocknRoll Hi-Fives

If you want to find the hardest rocking family band in the truest sense of the word, look no further than the RocknRoll Hi-Fives. Comprised of parents Joe and Gloree Centeno and their progeny Eilee, aged sixteen, and Evren, aged fourteen, the RocknRoll HiFives.

The RocknRoll Hi-Fives have had a busy year.  They are just back from their seven week US tour and played six shows in Japan in early Spring promoting their new first full length record “Re-Introducing the RocknRoll Hi-Fives” out on Little Dickman Records in the US and Custard Core Records in Japan.

With Eilee singing lead vocals and creating sounds from her Theremin, Evren manning the drums, Gloree holding it down on bass and Joe shredding on lead guitar and backing vocals, the RocknRoll Hi-Fives are more than gimmick. They’re a great band with great songs and a energetic live show. The RocknRoll Hi-Fives are influenced by a mixed bag of rock n roll, indie rock, noise, punk and super heroes. Music from the Beatles, Superchunk, Guided by Voices as well as Joan Jett, the Ramones and Blondie with the awesomeness of Evel Knievel. The RocknRoll Hi-Fives enjoy sharing their love for music and proving that you’re never too old (or too young) to rock out.

Maxima Alerta

Maxima Alerta

Maxima Alerta was one of Cuba’s best known and loved fusion bands. They are credited with popularizing the Cuban version of reggaeton, blending son, salsa, merengue, cumbia, reggae, and hip-hop. Formed in 1999 by Ray Machado, the group soon became a local favorite, and within a few years had hit songs and albums across the country, with an international following as well.

Cuba’s government wasn’t a fan, however. They felt that one of Machado’s lyrics didn’t adhere to communist philosophy, but he refused to change the words. Machado realized it was time to leave. In 2011, he emigrated to the United States, first living in Jersey City before settling in West New York. At first he focused on caring for his father and supporting his family. But by 2015, Machado was ready to form the U.S. version of Maxima Alerta.

It didn’t take long for the group to draw a devoted fan base in the New York City area, with sold out concerts at venues including the legendary Bitter End and SOB’s in Manhattan, and Maxwell’s Tavern in Hoboken. They’ve also appeared on TV on Univision and Telemundo. The first song Maxima Alerta recorded in the U.S. was “Vive La Viva,” which reached the first round of voting for “Best Urban Fusion” at the Latin Grammys. Meanwhile, the 2016 single “Que Viva USA” is a tribute to their adopted home country

Whether in Cuba or Hudson County, when Maxima Alerta comes to town, it’s time to get up and dance!

Songs for Seeds

Songs for Seeds is a live three-piece live band who encourage kids to sing, play instruments, learn and dance! We have instruments for the children, bubbles, magic, animal wheel and more! Every kid (and their adults) go home singing all the songs for seeds tunes.  It is the most fun you will have with your child – all week! www.songsforseeds.com/hoboken

Songs for Seeds

Sylvana Joyce + The Moment

Sylvana Joyce and The Moment are consummate performers, with an unabashed theatricality that's endeared her to both the local music scene and fans around the country, having garnered press from the likes of MTV, Huffington Post,  and live performances on the Jimmy Lloyd Songwriter Showcase (NBC, Amazon Prime, AppleTV, DailyMotion).  Joyce has become a darling of the North Jersey live music circuit, having packed the legendary Maxwell's just last winter to celebrate the release of their sophomore record, "Heavyhead," which has received critical acclaim from The Aquarian, calling it "original gold" and "on the podium of greatness".

Sylvana Joyce + the Moment

Zydeco Revelators

Zydeco Revelators deliver hot, fun Louisiana-inspired dance music. Sweet Cajun accordion, electric guitar and a powerhouse rhythm section, and that cool metal rubboard vest! Bring yer dancin’ shoes... ZydecoRevelators.com

Emily and the Ideals is an original music machine. They write across genres, centering in on American Soul, Vintage Rock, y Música en Español. Heavy on the back beat, obsessed with jazz trumpet, and always telling a story.

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