Oct 2023

Hoboken Fall Arts and Music Festival 2023





94 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Oct 01, 202311am Oct 01, 20236pm Hoboken Fall Arts and Music Festival 2023 America/New_York 94 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030 Cultural Affairs
Event Description:

The Hoboken Fall Arts & Music Festival takes place on Sunday, Oct. 1st, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  

The festival, featuring displays and sales by artists, crafters, food vendors, and local businesses, will occur on Washington Street between Observer Highway and Seventh Street.  

There will also be two stages of live musical performances located on Washington Street between Newark Street and Observer Highway and on Washington Street between Sixth Street and Seventh Street.  

Washington Street will be closed to parking and vehicular traffic between Observer Highway and Eighth Street on Oct. 1 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please abide by all parking signs and traffic barriers. The New Jersey Transit #126 bus will be diverted to alternate routes during the festival.

The City has announced the headlining musical act for this year's festival: The Feelies. Hailing from Haledon, New Jersey, The Feelies are an iconic American indie rock band known for their timeless hits like "Crazy Rhythms," "Let's Go," "Fa Ce-La," and "Sooner or Later." The band's current lineup includes Glenn Mercer, Bill Million, Stan Demeski, Brenda Sauter, and Dave Weckerman.

The Feelies are releasing their seventh album and first ever live album, Some Kinda Love on Oct. 13 through Hoboken’s own Bar/None Records. Some Kinda Love features their performance of an extensive retrospective set of songs written for the Velvet Underground, recorded at a sold-out White Eagle Hall show in Jersey City on Oct.13. 2018. The album will be released on 2 x 12” LP vinyl, CD, digital download, and via streaming platforms.

In addition to The Feelies, the festival will feature a lineup of musical acts on two stages. The schedule is as follows:  

Observer Highway Stage  

  • 12:15 p.m. - Karyn Kuhl Gang
  • 1:30 p.m. - Lenny Kaye's Nuggets Golden Jubilee Band
  • 3:00 p.m. - The Bongos
  • 4:45 p.m. - The Feelies

Seventh Street Stage  

  • 12:15 p.m. - Jax Zilla
  • 12:40 p.m. - Melanie Murray
  • 1:10 p.m. - Allison Strong
  • 1:50 p.m. - Zydeco Revelators
  • 2:50 p.m. - Gene D. Plumber with Ed Fogarty and Friends
  • 3:50 p.m. - Widely Grown
  • 5 p.m. - Frankie Morales and the Mambo of the Times Orchestra

The Hoboken Fall Arts & Music Festival is funded in part by a grant from the NJ Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism and sponsored by Bijou Properties, FOG (Friends of Geri), Hufnagel Landscape Design and Construction Group, Ironstate, Veolia, This Is It Productions, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, and WFUV.

Food donations are provided by Anthony David’s, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, JP’s Bagel Express, Choc-O-Pain French Bakery and Café and Losurdo’s Italian Deli and Bakery.  

Volunteers are needed for help with vendor setup the morning of the event.
For information, please email Cultural Affairs Administrator Geri Fallo at gfallo@hobokennj.gov.

The Feelies

Seated at Elysian Park, The Feelies from left to right: Stan Demeski, Dave Weckerman, Brenda Sauter, Glenn Mercer, and Bill Million. Photo Credit: Fumie Ishii.

Formed in Haledon NJ in 1976, The Feelies released 4 albums- including their critically acclaimed and influential debut Crazy Rhythms, which was voted 49 in the top 100 albums of the 1980s by Rolling Stone magazine and chosen by Spin Magazine as 49 of the best alternative records of all time. Supporting the release of their first four albums the band appeared on the The Late Show With David Letterman and in concerts with The Patti Smith Group, REM, and Bob Dylan as well as touring with Lou Reed. The twin-guitar attack of songwriters and founders Glenn Mercer and Bill Million is the infectious sound of the group. Paired with driving drums and percussion, it has left an indelible mark on the landscape of rock and roll.

In 2008, the Feelies re-united to open for long time admirers Sonic Youth at Battery Park and then resurrected their tradition of playing low key gigs at strategic intervals throughout the year rather than doing lengthy tours. In 2009 Bar/None re-issued Crazy Rhythms and The Good Earth, this being the first band-sanctioned CD release of the former. In 2011, they released a new studio album Here Before.

In March 2016, Bar/None Records re-released the third and fourth albums, Only Life and Time for a Witness. As a special Record Store Day release Bar None/Coyote Records will co-release the Feelies Uncovered. This will be a limited edition 12 “ EP featuring studio recordings of four cover songs, none commercially available before. In addition, the Feelies recently wrapped up work on a brand new studio album, expected to be released later this year.

They continue to regularly perform live. Their music has been featured in the films Married to the Mob, Something Wild, Prelude to a Kiss, The Truth About Charlie, The Squid & the Whale and Ricki and the Flash.

The Bongos

The Bongos seated in front of Maxwells, from left: James Mastro, Richard Barone, Frank Giannini (set back) and Rob Norris.


The Bongos are the founding fathers of the Hoboken pop scene of the 1980s. Fronted by Richard Barone, with Rob Norris and Frank Giannini, the group recorded its debut album Drums Along the Hudson (1982, PVC Records), a critical hit on both sides of the Atlantic and a college radio staple. Adding guitarist James Mastro, the group toured relentlessly, signed with RCA Records, and the released of their major label debut, Numbers with Wings (1983), featuring the sweeping title song. Songs like “Barbarella” and “Tiger Nights” fared well on the fledgling alternative radio format and further raised the group’s profile. They released Beat Hotel (RCA) in 1985, a year that saw them perform over 300 concerts across the U.S. As each member of the group began to pursue their own solo projects and collaborations, performances by The Bongos became rare, though special concert events and reunions followed. In September 2023, Sony Legacy Recordings released the 40th Anniversary edition of Numbers with Wings, which includes eight previously unreleased live bonus tracks. The Bongos are delighted to perform at the Hoboken Arts and Music Festival 2023, celebrating four decades of Hoboken pop.

Lenny Kaye and the Nuggets Golden Jubilee House Band

Lenny Kaye and James Mastro perform with Lenny Kaye's Golden Jubilee Nuggets Band

Lenny Kaye and the Nuggets Golden Jubilee House Band

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the release of the classicNuggets: Original Arty facts From the First Psychedelic Era,1964-1968, Lenny Kaye (of the Patti Smith Group) will present alive performance of songs from the legendary LP and bonus material from the era. Hosted by Lenny Kaye and the Jubilee house band featuring Fred Smith (Television), Dennis Diken (The Smithereens), James Mastro (Ian Hunter, The Bongos), and Dave Amels, and with the help of guest performers GlennMercer, Richard Barone, Tammy Faye Starlite, and Karyn Kuhl. The show will rip through a selection of all two volumes and the special “Also Dug-Its” from the new 5 LP box set.These special performance come on the heels of two recent sold out shows at NYC’s City Winery, and a special 50th-anniversary re-release for 2023 thanks to Rhino Records.

Frankie Morale and the Mambo of the Times Orchestra

Frankie Morales


Starting on the streets of "El Barrio", New York City's Spanish Quarter & learning from Salsa legends such as Joe Bataan & Hector Lavoe, Frankie sang backup with greats like Celia Cruz, Ismael Rivera, Ismael Miranda, Pellin Rodriguez and Cheo Feliciano. His first recording "Sabor Del Barrio" led the way to a ten year association with Bad Street Boys. Caiman Records produced two albums featuring Frankie Morales as a solo artist, entitled "Frankie Morales: En Su Punto" and "Standing Out". He was invited as an independent vocalist to join the great legends of "The Fania All-Stars." After singing back-up for Tito Nieves, the late visionary, Ralph Mercado recommended Frankie to Ernest "Tito" Puente, who was in search of a lead vocalist. Traveling the world with Master Puente, "El Rey Del Timbal," was definitely one of the highlights of Frankie's career and famed him as a Grammy Award winner with the recordings of "Tito Puente Mambo Birdland" and "Masterpiece", Puente's final album and collaboration with "The Great" Eddie Palmieri. Still today, even after "El Rey's" passing, Frankie holds the position of Lead Vocalist with the Tito Puente Orchestra. Frankie Morales' accomplishments have acclaimed him as one of the best Salseros, and have earned him a world renowned reputation.

Karyn Kuhl Gang

Karyn Kühl Gang

Post-punk pioneer, Karyn Kühl, was a founding member of acclaimed Hoboken/NYC bands Gut Bank & Sexpod. Her songs have been featured in film & TV & she has toured nationally & internationally. Kühl’s music delivers powerful rock and roll with relevant and impactful lyrics about love, loss, resistance & freedom. Karyn will be joined by Charlie Nieland on guitar, Lou Ciarlo on bass & Jonpaul Pantozzi on drums.

Widely Grown

Widely Grown

Widely Grown is an Americana/Rock band from Jersey City, New Jersey. Widely Grown released their debut album in the summer of 2022 and toured 9 states to follow. The Widely Grown boys are known for their energetic live performances that contain their unique blend of rock, country, grass and soul.  Their DIY ethic and independent spirit has been a key fundamental to their growing success.

Zydeco Revelators

Zydeco Revelators

Zydeco Revelators
Kids of all ages love to bounce to the happy beat of Zydeco Revelators. Come groove to Zydeco & Cajun-inspired dance music from Louisiana.

Gene D. Plumber with Ed Fogarty and Friend

Gene has been working two jobs for a long time – he’s been a fixture under sinks and on stage in Hoboken since the 1970s. Gene Turonis, aka Gene D. Plumber's voice, has a gravelly outer shell that sandpapers into a smooth sweet center. As a child of rock and roll, he embraced the music of  Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee, and all the great 45’s getting cut in New Orleans by the likes of Little Richard and Fats Domino. Having discovered country music in college, he is well versed in the repertoires of Hank Williams and Jimmie Rogers – self-identifying as a George Jones “freak.” The Americana feel in his music pays homage to his musical heroes, from the 20’s and 30’s through the 50’s. He calls his music “swinging honkytonk-a-billy.” Gene has an endless enthusiasm for making music; he has been a constant on the scene for over 40 years, through the changing face of the town. While plumbing the depths of Hoboken and raising a family, he always found gigs; he never let the music slip away. Gene has put in his 10,000 hours – playing, singing, and songwriting – mostly in his basement after a long day of work. People have described Gene’s music as real, authentic, and direct, three words that happen to describe him as a person, too. From the kitchen table bohemian scene of the early 1970s through the rise of Maxwell's, punk rock and grunge, Gene and his band, D Plumbers, keep plugging away.

Allison Strong

Allison Strong


Hailed as “captivating” by the New York Times, ALLISON STRONG is an award-winning folk singer-songwriter and actor from Union City, NJ. Her second record, Brontë, a six-song EP featuring her ethereal vocals and whimsical lyrics in Spanish and English, was released in June 2023. She recently opened for Grammy + Latin Grammy Winning Duo Jesse & Joy at the Palladium in NYC and will be opening for LeAnn Rimes at BergenPAC in November.

Melanie Murray

Melanie Murray

Melanie Murray-
Melanie Murray is a 17-year-old singer songwriter from Hoboken New Jersey. Her genre is mainly indie pop and she spent the summer creating her own tour called "Touring With Taylor" (almost) where she would play outside The Eras tour originals/covers of Taylor's as well!

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