← Back to Departments Overview

Cultural Affairs

This resource will take you to a new site. Please click on the button below to access:
Cultural Affairs
Administrator of Cultural Affairs: Geraldine Fallo

Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla and the City of Hoboken proudly present  

A Virtual Winter Concert Series.

Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla and the City of Hoboken proudly present a Virtual Winter Concert Series.

Sat. Dec. 26, 8pm - The Eagles Engagement, an ALEO Production
Every year as part of our summer concert series in Sinatra Park, as ALEO Productions brings together a group of 30 plus musicians from Hoboken and the greater Hudson County to celebrate the music of a particular band or artist who has made an impact. This year’s subject is The Eagles. The music of the Eagles is filled with tight and glorious harmonies floating over a rock and roll/country hybrid of finely crafted songs. The Eagles Engagement features performances by Sylvana Joyce, Christina Alessi, Uton Onyejekwe, Leo Main, Peter J. Bellomo, Jaime DeJesus, Kathy Hubley, Boo Reiners, Gerry Rosenthal, Chris Smith, Nick Porcaro, Carlos Haase, Darryl Joo, Dave Lambert, Jeff Greenspan, Dave Entwistle, Josh Bicknell, Matt Scuteri, Ryan Freid, Max Feinstein, Bill Hamilton, Sean-David Cunningham, Jon Andrew, Eric Swintowski, Craig Akin, Dave DeRiso, Jeff Fernandes, Jeremy Saube, Stu Damm, Brian Prokop and Matthew Golub.

Thank you to our sponsors: Ironstate Development, Suez Water, Burgiss and

This series is made possible by a grant from The New Jersey StateCouncil on the Arts, a division of theDepartment of State, and administeredby the Hudson County Office of Culturaland Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. DeGise,Hudson County Executive and theHudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

All concerts will stream free on www,Facebook.com/Hoboken and on Instagram @Hoboken on the dates and times below.
In case you miss any portion of these concerts or want to watch them again, they will be accessible on these sites for perpetuity.

Sat. Dec. 19, 7pm - Holiday Banding Concert
Featuring performances by Julio Fernandez, Jack Skuller, The Fuzzy Lemons, Gene D. Plumber, Abbe Rivers, Deena and Jon of The Cucumbers, Cliff Westfall, Demolition String Band, Emily Turonis, Lloyd United, Sputnik the Band, Dave Lambert, Annalee Van Kleeck, Jim Testa, Tom Vincent, Dave Stengel, Bryan Beninghove and more.

Thank you to our sponsors: Ironstate Development, Suez Water, Burgiss and

This series is made possible by a grant from The New Jersey StateCouncil on the Arts, a division of theDepartment of State, and administeredby the Hudson County Office of Culturaland Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. DeGise,Hudson County Executive and theHudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Sat. Dec. 26, 8pm - The Eagles Engagement, an ALEO Production
Every year as part of our summer concert series in Sinatra Park, as ALEO Productions brings together a group of 30 plus musicians from Hoboken and the greater Hudson County to celebrate the music of a particular band or artist who has made an impact. This year’s subject is The Eagles. The music of the Eagles is filled with tight and glorious harmonies floating over a rock and roll/country hybrid of finely crafted songs. The Eagles Engagement features performances by Sylvana Joyce, Christina Alessi, Uton Onyejekwe, Leo Main, Peter J. Bellomo, Jaime DeJesus, Kathy Hubley, Boo Reiners, Gerry Rosenthal, Chris Smith, Nick Porcaro, Carlos Haase, Darryl Joo, Dave Lambert, Jeff Greenspan, Dave Entwistle, Josh Bicknell, Matt Scuteri, Ryan Freid, Max Feinstein, Bill Hamilton, Sean-David Cunningham, Jon Andrew, Eric Swintowski, Craig Akin, Dave DeRiso, Jeff Fernandes, Jeremy Saube, Stu Damm, Brian Prokop and Matthew Golub.


Sat. Dec. 5th, 5pm - Family Fun Night
Featuring performances by Ron Albanese aka Polka Dot, The Fuzzy Lemons, Little RocknRollers, Rockness Music, Music Together, Music with Corey and Hoboken Aardvarks

Sat. Dec. 12, 7pm - Sinatra Tribute Concert
Featuring a screening of the short documentary "To Be Frank" produced by Branding Shorts about Hoboken's Annual Sinatra Singing Contest and performances by past Sinatra Singing Contest Winners Greg Myers, Peter Cafasso, Jerry Pearce, Zack Alexander, Dan Lauzon, Peter Cannella and Joe Cracco as well as The "Sinatra" ska band Skanatra, Mihir Beg, The Karyn Kuhl Band and so many other Sinatra Singing Contest Contestants and Sinatra music lovers.

Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla, The City of Hoboken, The Hoboken Business Alliance,

The Hoboken Business Center and Mission 50

proudly present the

Hoboken Virtual Christmas Tree Lighting

Sun., Dec. 13, beginning at 6pm

Streaming @ Facebook.com/Hoboken/LIve

Featuring Host and MC Elvis the Elf

Holiday Greetings by local Business Owners

performances by

• Finn and Jack McLoughlin of Garden Street School of Performing Arts

• Joanna Barry and Grace Connelly of Emerald Fire Irish Step Dance

• Chris O'Connor from Mile Square Theatre

• Storytime with Jack Silbert

• Special appearance by Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla and Santa Claus

The Local Barre: Bootcamp Class, Northwest Park scheduled tonight, Thursday, May 23rd,
has been cancelled due to rain in the forecast.

The Urban Souls class that was to be held at Maxwell Place tonight Thursday May 23rd,
will be held at 100 Hudson St. 4th floor.
Call the studio to reserve. Space is limited. 917-683-3489

Fitness & Yoga in the Park this week.

A Free Sample of what the local fitness and yoga studios are offering. Wear sneakers and work-out clothing. Bring a mat, if needed and water. In case of rain, classes may be cancelled or will take at the specific fitness or yoga studio.

May 20 - Retro Fitness: Zumba: High intensity and cardio fitness. Pier A Park, 7pm - If rain, class held at 130 Washington Street; 201-687-9078

May 21 - UFC Gym: Vinyasa flow yoga that will help deepen your breath and increase stamina. Appropriate for beginner through intermediate. Pier A Park, 7pm; 973-632-1539

May 22 - Meditation in the Park with Zen Space, by Kristen Mangione at Pier C Park (North east end of the park) 7pm. Bring a blanket.

May 22 - CKO: Kickboxing, Southwest Park, 6:30pm, 201-963-7774

May 22 - Max Challenge, Under the 14th St. Viaduct, 6:30pm, if rain, class held at 537 Washington Street.

May 23 - Urban Souls: Up Yoga - strengthen and stretch your body and open your heart and mind with others who seek mindful living. 7pm
if rain, class held at 100 Hudson St., 4th Floor, 917-683-3489

May 23 - Local Barre: Bootcamp Class, Northwest Park, 6:30pm, info@localbarre.com

Women's History Month:
Musicians Who Rocked
the 1980s Hoboken Sound

Celebrating their Past, Present & future as we explore their as they continue to create new exciting and inspiring music.

Monty Hall, 43 Montgomery St. Jersey City
Tickets: www.hobokennj.gov/register

Sat. March 23rd: Concert, admission $15,
MC: Hoboken Jack & featuring performances by:

8pm - Karyn Kuhl Band
9pm - Wygalator with Janet Wygal and special guest Jane Scarpantoni
10pm - Brenda Sauter & friends with WIld Carnation, The Feelies and Speed the Plough
11pm - Long Neck with Lily Mastro

Sun. March 24th: Panel discussion & video presentation, admission $10 
featuring:
• Alice Genese (Gut Bank & Sexpod)
• Janet Wygal (The Individuals, The Wygals & Splendors & Wygalator)
• Jane Scarpantoni (Tiny Lights, REM, Richard Barone, Bruce Springsteen)
• Brenda Sauter (Wild Carnation, The Feelies, The Trypes & Speed the Plough)
• Deena Shoshkes (The Cucumbers, Deena, RockDownBaby, Campfire Flies)
With Moderator: Todd Abramson (former owner of Maxwell's)

No one in Hoboken ever talked about "the Hoboken Sound.” That was a term the media came up with to explain the extraordinary group of musicians who flocked to the Mile Square City (and specifically Maxwell's) in the early Eighties, looking for cheap rents and a hospitable place to play. They came from as far away as Louisville, Cleveland, and Winston-Salem, or from right up the block; and from the beginning, women played an important role in what was happening there: Karyn Kuhl, Alice Genese and Tia Palmisano from Gut Bank, Myrna Macarian in Human Switchboard, Deena Shoskes in the Cucumbers, Janet Wygal in The Individuals, Georgia Hubley (who'd form Yo La Tengo with her boyfriend, Ira Kaplan,) Jane Scarpantoni and Donna Croughn of Tiny Lights and so many more.

Their music was made and inspired by the Amer-indie rock scene and made by friends and neighbors, influenced by each other, rather than the outside world of top 40 radio and Arena rock.

Join us as we Celebrate their contributions to that “sound" and the path that each of them took as they continue to make inspiring and exciting music. 

This program is made possible by a grant from The New Jersey State Historical Commission, a Division of the Department of State and administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive and the Board of Chosen Freeholders

‍Featuring:

Alice Geneseis a Bass Player, Singer, Songwriter and occasional Guitar player.  She cut her teeth in her hometown of Hoboken, performing, writing, and recording first with Gut Bank, then with Sexpod, both nationally touring bands.  She currently plays, records and tours both nationally and internationally with Psychic TV.  Music continues to be her passion.

Karyn Kuhl
Post-punk pioneer, Karyn Kuhl, was a founding member of acclaimed Hoboken bands Gut Bank & Sexpod. She continues to blaze a trail as a powerhouse, triple threat singer, songwriter, guitarist and leader of the Karyn Kuhl Band. 

Brenda Sauter became a part of the Hoboken music scene in 1983, after joining the NJ-based band, The Trypes, as bassist. By 1984 she was playing with other Trypes-related bands, such as Yung Wu, The Willies, and The Feelies. She resided in Hoboken in 1984. After The Feelies stopped playing in 1991, she joined Speed the Plough (a band which was originally comprised of some founding members of The Trypes), and she joined Patricia Shaw to form a duo called Evaluna. In 1992 she met drummer Chris O’Donovan and then guitarist Rich Barnes, and Wild Carnation was formed. Anne Hopkins joined the band as keyboardist in 1999.

Janet Wygal is a songwriter, singer, and musician who has been playing indie rock since before anyone called it indie rock. She is best known for her work with the Individuals, the Wygals, Splendora, Wygalator, and for writing and recording, with Splendora, the theme song for MTV's Daria.

Jane Scarpantoni is a classically trained American cello player who has played on a number of alternative rock albums. She was a member of Hoboken, New Jersey's Tiny Lights in the mid-'80s, then went on to play with other musicians especially those associated with the Hoboken underground rock scene of the 1980s and early 1990s, including Silverchair, Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Patti Smith, Richard Barone, R.E.M., Indigo Girls, 10,000 Maniacs, Throwing Muses, Kristin Hersh, Lou Reed, Chris Cacavas, Bob Mould, John Lurie's Lounge Lizards, Boo Trundle, Train and many others.

Deena Shoshkes began her music career as co-founder of “The Cucumbers” in the 80s indie pop scene in Hoboken, NJ, followed by “Over The Moon” (rock and roll for kids) “RockDownBaby” (lo-fi dance pop) and two solo albums as “Deena.” Her newest band “The Campfire Flies” will release their debut album in March of 2019. Deena’s songs have been recorded by Jackson Browne and Dar Williams and featured in films and on network TV.

Cultural Affairs

Contact Info

Cultural Affairs

Administrator of Cultural Affairs: Geraldine Fallo

Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla and the City of Hoboken proudly present  

A Virtual Winter Concert Series.

Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla and the City of Hoboken proudly present a Virtual Winter Concert Series.

Sat. Dec. 26, 8pm - The Eagles Engagement, an ALEO Production
Every year as part of our summer concert series in Sinatra Park, as ALEO Productions brings together a group of 30 plus musicians from Hoboken and the greater Hudson County to celebrate the music of a particular band or artist who has made an impact. This year’s subject is The Eagles. The music of the Eagles is filled with tight and glorious harmonies floating over a rock and roll/country hybrid of finely crafted songs. The Eagles Engagement features performances by Sylvana Joyce, Christina Alessi, Uton Onyejekwe, Leo Main, Peter J. Bellomo, Jaime DeJesus, Kathy Hubley, Boo Reiners, Gerry Rosenthal, Chris Smith, Nick Porcaro, Carlos Haase, Darryl Joo, Dave Lambert, Jeff Greenspan, Dave Entwistle, Josh Bicknell, Matt Scuteri, Ryan Freid, Max Feinstein, Bill Hamilton, Sean-David Cunningham, Jon Andrew, Eric Swintowski, Craig Akin, Dave DeRiso, Jeff Fernandes, Jeremy Saube, Stu Damm, Brian Prokop and Matthew Golub.

Thank you to our sponsors: Ironstate Development, Suez Water, Burgiss and

This series is made possible by a grant from The New Jersey StateCouncil on the Arts, a division of theDepartment of State, and administeredby the Hudson County Office of Culturaland Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. DeGise,Hudson County Executive and theHudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

All concerts will stream free on www,Facebook.com/Hoboken and on Instagram @Hoboken on the dates and times below.
In case you miss any portion of these concerts or want to watch them again, they will be accessible on these sites for perpetuity.

Sat. Dec. 19, 7pm - Holiday Banding Concert
Featuring performances by Julio Fernandez, Jack Skuller, The Fuzzy Lemons, Gene D. Plumber, Abbe Rivers, Deena and Jon of The Cucumbers, Cliff Westfall, Demolition String Band, Emily Turonis, Lloyd United, Sputnik the Band, Dave Lambert, Annalee Van Kleeck, Jim Testa, Tom Vincent, Dave Stengel, Bryan Beninghove and more.

Thank you to our sponsors: Ironstate Development, Suez Water, Burgiss and

This series is made possible by a grant from The New Jersey StateCouncil on the Arts, a division of theDepartment of State, and administeredby the Hudson County Office of Culturaland Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. DeGise,Hudson County Executive and theHudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Sat. Dec. 26, 8pm - The Eagles Engagement, an ALEO Production
Every year as part of our summer concert series in Sinatra Park, as ALEO Productions brings together a group of 30 plus musicians from Hoboken and the greater Hudson County to celebrate the music of a particular band or artist who has made an impact. This year’s subject is The Eagles. The music of the Eagles is filled with tight and glorious harmonies floating over a rock and roll/country hybrid of finely crafted songs. The Eagles Engagement features performances by Sylvana Joyce, Christina Alessi, Uton Onyejekwe, Leo Main, Peter J. Bellomo, Jaime DeJesus, Kathy Hubley, Boo Reiners, Gerry Rosenthal, Chris Smith, Nick Porcaro, Carlos Haase, Darryl Joo, Dave Lambert, Jeff Greenspan, Dave Entwistle, Josh Bicknell, Matt Scuteri, Ryan Freid, Max Feinstein, Bill Hamilton, Sean-David Cunningham, Jon Andrew, Eric Swintowski, Craig Akin, Dave DeRiso, Jeff Fernandes, Jeremy Saube, Stu Damm, Brian Prokop and Matthew Golub.


Sat. Dec. 5th, 5pm - Family Fun Night
Featuring performances by Ron Albanese aka Polka Dot, The Fuzzy Lemons, Little RocknRollers, Rockness Music, Music Together, Music with Corey and Hoboken Aardvarks

Sat. Dec. 12, 7pm - Sinatra Tribute Concert
Featuring a screening of the short documentary "To Be Frank" produced by Branding Shorts about Hoboken's Annual Sinatra Singing Contest and performances by past Sinatra Singing Contest Winners Greg Myers, Peter Cafasso, Jerry Pearce, Zack Alexander, Dan Lauzon, Peter Cannella and Joe Cracco as well as The "Sinatra" ska band Skanatra, Mihir Beg, The Karyn Kuhl Band and so many other Sinatra Singing Contest Contestants and Sinatra music lovers.

Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla, The City of Hoboken, The Hoboken Business Alliance,

The Hoboken Business Center and Mission 50

proudly present the

Hoboken Virtual Christmas Tree Lighting

Sun., Dec. 13, beginning at 6pm

Streaming @ Facebook.com/Hoboken/LIve

Featuring Host and MC Elvis the Elf

Holiday Greetings by local Business Owners

performances by

• Finn and Jack McLoughlin of Garden Street School of Performing Arts

• Joanna Barry and Grace Connelly of Emerald Fire Irish Step Dance

• Chris O'Connor from Mile Square Theatre

• Storytime with Jack Silbert

• Special appearance by Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla and Santa Claus

The Local Barre: Bootcamp Class, Northwest Park scheduled tonight, Thursday, May 23rd,
has been cancelled due to rain in the forecast.

The Urban Souls class that was to be held at Maxwell Place tonight Thursday May 23rd,
will be held at 100 Hudson St. 4th floor.
Call the studio to reserve. Space is limited. 917-683-3489

Fitness & Yoga in the Park this week.

A Free Sample of what the local fitness and yoga studios are offering. Wear sneakers and work-out clothing. Bring a mat, if needed and water. In case of rain, classes may be cancelled or will take at the specific fitness or yoga studio.

May 20 - Retro Fitness: Zumba: High intensity and cardio fitness. Pier A Park, 7pm - If rain, class held at 130 Washington Street; 201-687-9078

May 21 - UFC Gym: Vinyasa flow yoga that will help deepen your breath and increase stamina. Appropriate for beginner through intermediate. Pier A Park, 7pm; 973-632-1539

May 22 - Meditation in the Park with Zen Space, by Kristen Mangione at Pier C Park (North east end of the park) 7pm. Bring a blanket.

May 22 - CKO: Kickboxing, Southwest Park, 6:30pm, 201-963-7774

May 22 - Max Challenge, Under the 14th St. Viaduct, 6:30pm, if rain, class held at 537 Washington Street.

May 23 - Urban Souls: Up Yoga - strengthen and stretch your body and open your heart and mind with others who seek mindful living. 7pm
if rain, class held at 100 Hudson St., 4th Floor, 917-683-3489

May 23 - Local Barre: Bootcamp Class, Northwest Park, 6:30pm, info@localbarre.com

Women's History Month:
Musicians Who Rocked
the 1980s Hoboken Sound

Celebrating their Past, Present & future as we explore their as they continue to create new exciting and inspiring music.

Monty Hall, 43 Montgomery St. Jersey City
Tickets: www.hobokennj.gov/register

Sat. March 23rd: Concert, admission $15,
MC: Hoboken Jack & featuring performances by:

8pm - Karyn Kuhl Band
9pm - Wygalator with Janet Wygal and special guest Jane Scarpantoni
10pm - Brenda Sauter & friends with WIld Carnation, The Feelies and Speed the Plough
11pm - Long Neck with Lily Mastro

Sun. March 24th: Panel discussion & video presentation, admission $10 
featuring:
• Alice Genese (Gut Bank & Sexpod)
• Janet Wygal (The Individuals, The Wygals & Splendors & Wygalator)
• Jane Scarpantoni (Tiny Lights, REM, Richard Barone, Bruce Springsteen)
• Brenda Sauter (Wild Carnation, The Feelies, The Trypes & Speed the Plough)
• Deena Shoshkes (The Cucumbers, Deena, RockDownBaby, Campfire Flies)
With Moderator: Todd Abramson (former owner of Maxwell's)

No one in Hoboken ever talked about "the Hoboken Sound.” That was a term the media came up with to explain the extraordinary group of musicians who flocked to the Mile Square City (and specifically Maxwell's) in the early Eighties, looking for cheap rents and a hospitable place to play. They came from as far away as Louisville, Cleveland, and Winston-Salem, or from right up the block; and from the beginning, women played an important role in what was happening there: Karyn Kuhl, Alice Genese and Tia Palmisano from Gut Bank, Myrna Macarian in Human Switchboard, Deena Shoskes in the Cucumbers, Janet Wygal in The Individuals, Georgia Hubley (who'd form Yo La Tengo with her boyfriend, Ira Kaplan,) Jane Scarpantoni and Donna Croughn of Tiny Lights and so many more.

Their music was made and inspired by the Amer-indie rock scene and made by friends and neighbors, influenced by each other, rather than the outside world of top 40 radio and Arena rock.

Join us as we Celebrate their contributions to that “sound" and the path that each of them took as they continue to make inspiring and exciting music. 

This program is made possible by a grant from The New Jersey State Historical Commission, a Division of the Department of State and administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive and the Board of Chosen Freeholders

‍Featuring:

Alice Geneseis a Bass Player, Singer, Songwriter and occasional Guitar player.  She cut her teeth in her hometown of Hoboken, performing, writing, and recording first with Gut Bank, then with Sexpod, both nationally touring bands.  She currently plays, records and tours both nationally and internationally with Psychic TV.  Music continues to be her passion.

Karyn Kuhl
Post-punk pioneer, Karyn Kuhl, was a founding member of acclaimed Hoboken bands Gut Bank & Sexpod. She continues to blaze a trail as a powerhouse, triple threat singer, songwriter, guitarist and leader of the Karyn Kuhl Band. 

Brenda Sauter became a part of the Hoboken music scene in 1983, after joining the NJ-based band, The Trypes, as bassist. By 1984 she was playing with other Trypes-related bands, such as Yung Wu, The Willies, and The Feelies. She resided in Hoboken in 1984. After The Feelies stopped playing in 1991, she joined Speed the Plough (a band which was originally comprised of some founding members of The Trypes), and she joined Patricia Shaw to form a duo called Evaluna. In 1992 she met drummer Chris O’Donovan and then guitarist Rich Barnes, and Wild Carnation was formed. Anne Hopkins joined the band as keyboardist in 1999.

Janet Wygal is a songwriter, singer, and musician who has been playing indie rock since before anyone called it indie rock. She is best known for her work with the Individuals, the Wygals, Splendora, Wygalator, and for writing and recording, with Splendora, the theme song for MTV's Daria.

Jane Scarpantoni is a classically trained American cello player who has played on a number of alternative rock albums. She was a member of Hoboken, New Jersey's Tiny Lights in the mid-'80s, then went on to play with other musicians especially those associated with the Hoboken underground rock scene of the 1980s and early 1990s, including Silverchair, Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Patti Smith, Richard Barone, R.E.M., Indigo Girls, 10,000 Maniacs, Throwing Muses, Kristin Hersh, Lou Reed, Chris Cacavas, Bob Mould, John Lurie's Lounge Lizards, Boo Trundle, Train and many others.

Deena Shoshkes began her music career as co-founder of “The Cucumbers” in the 80s indie pop scene in Hoboken, NJ, followed by “Over The Moon” (rock and roll for kids) “RockDownBaby” (lo-fi dance pop) and two solo albums as “Deena.” Her newest band “The Campfire Flies” will release their debut album in March of 2019. Deena’s songs have been recorded by Jackson Browne and Dar Williams and featured in films and on network TV.

knowledge base: faqs

No items found.