Hoboken Spring Arts & Music Festival

Presented by The City of Hoboken &  WFUV


Celebrating our
20th Anniversary

May 4, 2014

11am to 6pm

Washington St. bet. Observer Highway & 7th St.
Rain or shine – Admission is Free

For info, contact Geri Fallo at 201-420-2207

Volunteers are needed for morning setup on day of the event
from 7am to 11am. Please contact Geri at 201-420-2207 in advance
if you are interested in helping us out.

Over 300 Artists, Crafters, Photographers, Sculptors, Food Vendors, local restaurants and businesses, non-profits, car dealers,  children’s activities & more

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Southside Johnny. Photo by Rudolfo Sassano


3 Stages of music featuring a performance by:

Southside Johnny
& the Asbury Jukes
first achieved prominence in the mid-1970s, emerging from the same New Jersey Shore music scene as his now legendary contemporary & friend Bruce Springsteen.  Southside’s first three albums, I Don’t Want To Go Home, This Time It’s for Real, and Hearts of Stone, were produced by band co-founder Steven Van Zandt (E Street Band, The Sopranos), & largely featured songs written by Van Zandt &/or Springsteen. The Van Zandt-written “I Don’t Want To Go Home” became Southside’s signature song, an evocative mixture of horn-based melodic riffs & sentimental lyrics. In 1982 Rolling Stone Magazine voted Hearts of Stone among the top 100 albums of the 1970s & 1980s. With their classic blend of hard-core R&B & street-level rock, molten grooves, soulful guitar licks & blistering horn section, Johnny & his Jukes continue to put their unique stamp on the Jersey Shore sound, while recalling the glory years of Otis Redding & similar Stax Records titans.


Frankie Morales

Frankie Morales & the Mambo of the Times Orchestra. Frankie Morales has sharpened his sound since starting out on the streets of El Barrio, NYC’s Spanish Quarter.  At age of 14 he sang backup for Latin legend Joe Bataan & at 15 with Hector Lavoe.  This lead to other opportunities singing with Celia Cruz, Ismael Rivera, Ismael Miranda, Pelin Rodriguez, Cheo Feliciano, Joe Cuba, Fania 6 & Tito Nieves. Frankie Morales was the Lead singer for Tito Puente orquestra 1990-2000, which won him 2 Latin Grammy’s, 1 Nomination, Ace Latin Award & Bobby Capo Lifetime Achievement Award! His Voice makes the dancer’s groove on the dance floor!!





The Black Hollies
Alternative/Neo-Psychedelic/Space/Experimental/Garage Rock
Emerged in 2005 from Jersey City. Have expanded their sound dramatically since their debut LP in 2006. Their influences vary from The 13th Floor Elevators, Velvet Underground & the Stooges, to Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd, Can & Spacemen 3. The band’s 4th album, Somewhere Between Here & Nowhere, was released in late 2013 & the LP’s title track was featured in an episode of Showtime Network’s “Shameless”. The song also made NPR’s Top Ten Heavy Rotation list.

Black Hollies

The Black Hollies

The Karyn Kuhl Band –  Karyn Kuhl Band’s new album ‘Songs For The Dead’ won best album at the Hoboken Music Awards 2013.  The band currently features James Mastro ( The Bongos, Ian Hunter ) on guitar.


Karyn Kuhl Band

The Coffin Daggers - The Coffin Daggers deliver an all out attack on the senses drawing on influences ranging from Dick Dale, Henry Mancini, Link Wray, and the Cramps. The dynamic surf-punk instrumental combo is currently promoting their latest single, “Cat’s Eyes” now available on 7″ vinyl. Playing on drums is Pete Martinez, the owner-operator of Hoboken’s own Drum Den.

Coffin Daggers photo

The Coffin Daggers


Overlake –  Jersey City residents Tom Barrett & Lysa Opfer met while playing in other bands & bonded over a shared love of ’90s bands like My Bloody Valentine, Yo La Tengo & Sonic Youth. This friendship soon led to a musical collaboration & Overlake was born. With new drummer Scotty Imp on board, the band released their debut album, Sighs, in April via Killing Horse Records.



Liam Brown & the PoundsLiam Brown & The Pounds are considered the missing link between the old traditional storytelling songs of Ireland and the groove-oriented, improvisational style known as Jamband. This local quartet recently recorded at Hobokens Water Music Studios and will be releasing their new EP later this month. 

Liam Brown

Liam Brown & the Pounds


Hoboken Songwriters Workshop
Al Festainfluenced by by the music of southern county, bluegrass, heartland rock and laidback California folk 

Ann Walshwas part of the acoustic folk duo, The Marys with Don Brody and solo project Cherry Flip. 

David CogswellPlayed music with some of the old greats, the original Coasters, Drifters, Tiny Tim, Randy and the Rainbows, Freddie Cannon, shared bills with many others, including Sam & Dave, the Shirelles, the Smithereens

Carol LesterASCAP &UNISONG Award Winning Songwriter; Industry Judge for IMA’s “Independent Music Awards” Children’s Category;VP Mamapalooza Records & Mamapublooza Publishing; Owner ABC SING WITH ME! Baby/Toddler Music. Carol has four full length CDs

Twiddlin’ Thumbs (Erin and Ben)personify the new wave of the Americana revival.  Their original tunes marry classic rural themes with modern urban sensibility.

Lou Selmi –  With  many credits to his name, Lou has forged an original & masterful path through the jungles of rock, blues, jazz, folk and country.

John St. ClairA multi instrumentalist who is at home whether he is chopping out blue grass rhythms on the mandolin, blowing blues riffs on the harp, or picking funk on the bass.


Of the SeaClassic Rock. Influences Ranging from Pink Floyd to U2 to Later Era Beatles - 

Preschool of Rock: was founded by Michael Napolitano, a long time member of the Blue Man Group organization and former Music Specialist at the Blue Man Creativity Center in NYC. Preschool of Rock has redefined children’s music by combining entertainment & education through exhilarating performance, offering classes, shows, preschool enrichments & birthday parties throughout New Jersey &
New York.  They provide the hippest music education for young children, inspiring creativity, confidence, & freedom of expression.

Preschool of Rock

Preschool of Rock 

Garden Street School of the Performing Arts: Fun, upbeat music show for children of all ages with song ranging from toddler classics and hit pop/rock songs! Come sing and dance with us. 

The District of Hoboken’s Mash Up of Songs from the Production The Little Mermaid Jr.  students present selections from their District Wide Musical: Disney’s The Little Mermaid Junior. (Which is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International) Featuring students in kindergarten through 12th grade.  Under the directorial leadership of Danielle Miller, musical direction by Kristen Dziuba, and choreography provided by Guinevere DiPiazza.

Tempest Productions Inc. presents The Bremen Town Musicians:
What do a goat, a cat, a rooster have in common?  They are all part of the fab group The Bremen Town Musicians.  Come sing along, dance along and groove as you hear them tell their stories!



Performance Schedule

Observer Highway Stage
Noon    Overlake
1pm      Coffin Daggers
2pm     Karyn Kuhl Band
3pm    The Black Hollies
4:30pm to 5:45pm – Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes


3rd Street Stage – Children’s area

11:00am     Tempest Productions Inc. presents The Bremen Town Musicians
noon             Garden St. School of the Performing Arts
12:45pm     Mad Science
1:15pm         Preschool of Rock
2:00pm       Hudson Dance & Movement
2:30pm       Tempest Productions Inc. presents The Bremen Town Musicians
3:15pm        Mad Science
4:00pm      Preschool of Rock
4:45pm       Hoboken School of Music Youth Choir


7th Street Stage

12:15pm     Hudson Dance Studio
12:30pm    Movement Space Children’s Dance Company
12:45pm     Zach Matari
1:00pm      The District of Hoboken’s Mash Up of Songs from the Production The Little Mermaid Jr. 
1:30pm      Hoboken Songwriter’s Worksshop
2:15pm      Liam Brown & The Pounds
3:15pm      Emily Turonis
4:00pm     Of the Sea
5:00pm     Frankie Morales & the Mambo of the Times Orchestra

Schedules are tentative and subject to change.

 Special features include

  • Fine artists are located between 2nd & 3rd Sts. (both sides), 5th & 6th Sts. (North, East side), and artists from the Monroe Center for the Arts bet. First & Newark Sts. (North, East side), so if you are an art collector, these are the locations you will want to explore first. Oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, sculpture, mixed media, photography, etc.
  • Children’s activities on 3rd street with rides, games, creative activities, face painting, sand art, balloons, live performances and much, much more:
    • Crafters display / sell handmade: pottery, metalwork, wood items, furniture, blown & fused glass, quilts, household items made from recycled materials, batik clothing, hand painted furniture, candles, jewelry, dried florals, soaps & lotions and other unique handcrafted items.
    •  Food: Lots of great food throughout the fair. Hoboken restaurants will set up street cafes offering an eclectic variety of international foods such as: Thai, Indian, Greek, French, Mexican, Cajun and Italian


Located just 3 blocks from all public transportation:
PATH, NJ Transit Trains & buses, NY Waterway Ferries & the Hudson Bergen Lightrail

Washington Street will be closed from 6am to 9pm
between Observer Highway and 7th Street
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.

Special thanks to our Sponsors:
United Water

Carepoint Health Medical Group



The Hoboken Reporte

This Is It Productions

Capital One Bank, Walgreens,  


Food & Beverage Donated by:
Anthony David’s, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Luca Brasi,
Vito’s Italian Deli, Losurdo Brothers Deli / Tony’s Italian Bakery

For more information, contact Geri Fallo
201-420-2207 or

Volunteers are needed for morning setup on day of the event
from 7am to 11am. Please contact Geri at 201-420-2207 in advance
if you are interested.