April 16, 2019

Hoboken to host 25th annual Hoboken Spring Arts & Music Festival

Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla and the City of Hoboken invite residents to the 25th annual Hoboken Spring Arts and Music Festival on Sunday, May 5th from 11 am – 6 pm.  The festival will take place on Washington Street between Observer Highway and 7th Street.  Over 300 artists, vendors and more will be featured along with activities for children on 3rd Street including rides, games, craft activities, face painting, and sand art.

There will be over three stages of music, featuring performances from Buster Poindexter, Karyn Kuhl Band, Sonic Blume, The Joe Taino Group, James Calleo Band, Debra Devi, Jeb Jones, Gene D. Plumber, Rest Ashore, Granton Ave., Maxima Alerta, Mariachi Artistico, All Saints Episcopal Day School and Bold Arts, Rockness Music, Kid Notes with Chrissy Roberts and Ralph Capasso, Garden Street School of Performing Arts, Songs for Seeds and more.

Buster Poindexter (featured musical performer)

“Buster Poindexter first attracted attention as a glam rock pioneer (in the New York Dolls, with whom he still tours) and then as an early MTV idol (with “Hot Hot Hot”). Yet with his big, deep, resonant voice, Buster Poindexter is most impressive as a crooner and occasional belter of ballads in the classic R&B tradition. His ongoing run affirms the point that however you know him, the artist known as Buster Poindexter, complete with his one-liners and longer comic monologues (not to mention his signature pompadour), is one of the most endearing and enduring entertainers currently trodding the boards in New York.” - Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal

Karen Kuhl

Karyn Kuhl been has a key player in the Hoboken music scene ever since her acclaimed early bands Gut Bank and Sexpod were favorites at Maxwell's. With her current group, featuring James Mastro (the Bongos, and this April's Mott the Hoople reunion tour) on guitar, Larry Heinemann (formerly of Blue Man Group) on bass, and the mighty Jonpaul Pantozzi on drums — Karyn rocks more commandingly than ever before Karyn Kuhl Band's song "Be Your Friend" was recently featured on the breakout TV hit Good Trouble.

Sonic Blume

Sonic Blume is an indie, dream pop band from Asbury Park, NJ recently named one of the “Top NJ Bands You Need to Hear in 2019” by the NJ Star Ledger/NJ.com.  Their sound is reminiscent of 80s alternative/synth pop, a unique blend of The Smiths, New Order and The Cure.  Their debut EP “Sonic Blume” released in 2017 to rave reviews, earned them the 2018 Asbury Park Music Award for “Top Young Band Under 21,” and their second EP “Beach Karma,” released last summer, was named one of “NJ’s Top EPs of 2018” by YouDontKnowJersey.com. Their music can be streamed on all major music platforms and has been aired on several college radio stations and NJ’s WRAT 95.9FM. Check them out at www.sonicblume.com.