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Hoboken Arts & Music Festival 2018


Spring 2018

Celebrating our 24th Year

Proudly presented by

Mayor Ravinder S. Bhalla

the City of Hoboken 

Sun. May 6, 2018

RAIN or SHINE

Moving back downtown

Washington St.

bet. Observer Hwy. to 7th St. 

 

featuring performances by:

The Dream Syndicate

The Dream Syndicate

 
Richard Lloyd Group, the Alchemy Band

Longneck

MAXIMA ALERTA

Jaime Rose

Jeremy Beck and the Heavy Duty Horns

Bryan Beninghove’s Hangmen

Joe Taino

Nina Et Cetera

Preschool of Rock

Ron Albanese – Polka Dot

Kid Notes Music with Chrissy and Ralph

and more TBA

For information about some of the bands, scroll to the bottom.

Performance schedule 

Observer Highway Stage
Noon – Nina Et Cetera
1:00pm –  Jaime Rose
2:00pm – Long Neck
3:00pm – Richard Lloyd Group, the Alchemy Band
4:30pm –  The Dream Syndicate   

7th Street Stage
12:30pm – All Saints and BOLD Arts
1:15pm – Beninghove’s Hangmen
2:20pm – Joe Taino
3:30pm – Jeremy Beck and the Heavy Duty Horns
5:00pm –  MAXIMA ALERTA    

3rd Street Stage
12:00pm – Ron Albanese (AKA Polka Dot)
1:00pm – Ron Albanese (AKA Polka Dot)
2:00pm – Preschool of Rock
3:00pm – Kid Notes Music w/Chrissy & Ralph
4:00pm – Kid Notes Music w/Chrissy & Ralph 

 

Admission is Free

Thanks to our sponsors for their continued support
The Hudson Reporter, NY Waterway Ferry,
Suez Water, The NJ Lottery and This Is It Stage Productions. 

Additional support provided by:
Anthony David’s, Starbucks & Dunkin Donuts

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

 

Special features include:

  • Fine artists: Oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, sculpture, mixed media, photography, etc.
  • Children’s activities: face painting, sand art, balloons, and 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

Transportation

Located just 2 blocks NJ Transit Trains & buses and
NY Waterway Ferries

Washington Street will be closed from 6am to 9pm
between 8th and 14th 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.

For more information, contact Geri Fallo
201-420-2000 Ex. 5100 or gfallo@hobokennj.gov

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

 

Information about the Bands that will be performing:

The Dream Syndicate

Like a lot of bands and other incendiary devices, the Dream Syndicate began in a basement. In the final days of 1981, noted post-punk drummer Dennis Duck met up in Los Angeles for a subterranean rehearsal with Steve Wynn (guitar, vocals), Karl Precoda (guitar), and Kendra Smith (bass), three scruffy and noisy kids of no particular renown. Nine months after that basement jam session, the band recorded their full-length debut, “The Days of Wine and Roses,” in three consecutive midnight-to-8am sessions (“Because the rates were cheaper during the graveyard shift,” Wynn states.) The Dream Syndicate made a record that continues to make all-time Best Album lists and influence bands to this day.

Despite three more critically-acclaimed albums (with Mark Walton now on bass) and playing more shows to larger and larger audiences across the country and in Europe, the band split up at the end of 1988. “It just felt like we had done everything we had set out to do. It was starting to feel a little rote, a little redundant, and even a little perfunctory,” says Wynn. “Maybe we were just tired and worn out but it felt like a good time to stop.”

In the years that followed, Wynn made many well-received solo albums and also performed as part of Gutterball and the Baseball Project, while Walton founded the Continental Drifters. In 2012, Wynn was asked to perform at the prominent Walk On Project charity festival in Bilbao, Spain. “I tried to get my band or the Baseball Project to do it but they were both busy. I really wanted to play the festival so I said, ‘Hey, how about the Dream Syndicate?’ It felt like time to see what the Dream Syndicate meant and would sound like in a whole new era and setting.” Precoda wasn’t up for the reunion so Wynn immediately thought of Jason Victor, who had played in his solo band since 2001. The reunited band took everything in baby steps: a few shows here and there. The next step was to see if the excitement and newfound chemistry would extend to the studio. The resulting album, “How Did I Get Here?” (mixed at Water Music in Hoboken) was released in September 2017 to rave reviews. What began in a basement in 1981 now feels very much above ground and ready to continue the tale in 2018. And the circle never ends.

Richard Lloyd Group, the Alchemy Band
Along with bands such as the Ramones, Blondie, and Talking Heads, Television were one of the leading lights of the legendary CBGB scene of the mid-1970s. The group’s distinctive twin-guitar attack from Richard Lloyd and Tom Verlaine shined on their debut album, 1977’s “Marquee Moon,” regarded as one of the greatest rock albums in history.

Television broke up after their sophomore release, and Lloyd soon got to work on his first solo effort, 1979’s stripped-down “Alchemy.” His band on the record included James Mastro on guitar and Vinny DeNunzio on drums, two musicians he’d team with again 20 years later in the Hoboken-based Health & Happiness Show.
Since then, Lloyd has alternated between making his own albums and being a key contributor on guitar for other artists, including John Doe, Chris Stamey, Hoboken’s own Tammy Faye Starlite, and Matthew Sweet. (His unmistakable playing anchors Sweet’s classic “Girlfriend” LP from 1991.) He re-teamed with Television for a reunion album in 1992, and continued playing concerts with the band for the next 15 years. In 2017, Lloyd celebrated the publication of his memoir, “Everything Is Combustible: Television, CBGB’s, and Five Decades of Rock and Roll,” an honest and frequently humorous chronicle of the ups and downs of a life well lived, with no signs of stopping.
The Alchemy Band performing at the festival will feature: James Mastro, Tony Shanahan and Vinny DeNunzio.

 

 

Long Neck

Long Neck

Lily Mastrodimos has been recording songs as Long Neck since 2014, first as a solo project while she was a member of Jawbreaker Reunion and now as a fully realized rock band, with drums and electric guitars and everything. Mastrodimos writes the kind of personal, introspective songs that might be expected of someone who recorded her first album “Heights” alone in her room with a single mic and an MBox. The strength of her voice and her convictions lend Mastrodimos’s songs an urgency and energy that is only amplified by the addition of, well, amplifiers. As a full band, which now includes Kevin Kim, Alex Mercuri, and John Ambrosio, Long Neck makes music that’s somewhere between indie rock and pop punk–louder and faster than Mastrodimos’s solo output, but no less thoughtful.

“Will This Do?,” the band’s first for Tiny Engines, is an album about a bad year. It’s an attempt to deconstruct the frenzy of loss, emotional and mental turmoil, and deep-seated heartache into something that could be rebuilt and understood. It’s about the emotional ruin of trying to wring affection and validation from people who can’t or won’t provide it. It’s about trying to answer the impossible question of whether your life and your art can make the loved ones you’ve lost proud. It’s about losing your mind on the side of US Route 1/9, getting smoke in your eyes, and things getting stuck together. It’s about when “will this do?” turns into “when will this do?” At it’s core, “Will This Do?” is an exploration of what happens when relationships end–through death or otherwise–and how we allow ourselves to grieve. It’s an album written as a way to process, as a way to mourn, and as a way to return to life.


Maxima Alerta – 
Multi-award winning Cuban-fusion group MAXIMA ALERTA…“Latin Group of the Year” by Communitarian Media Network, ARTE Award “Best Latin Band” 2017, “New Jersey’s Best Latin Group” by Cine & Novelas, Best Cuban Band of the Year by Cuban-American Carnaval of NY, and final entry list of the Latin Grammy’s.

Maxima Alerta

 

Nina Et Cetera: roots rock/ americana
“Nina makes music the good old fashion way- with heart, soul and in mono! It is not music written for the press, critics or even for the studio . . . . in short it’s music without pretension.”  –  The Deli Magazine (NYC)

Nina Et Cetera

 

Beninghove’s Hangmen – “Surf Noir”.
The brainchild of saxophonist Bryan Beninghove, the Hangmen are a NJ/NYC based sextet that provide a humorous and rocking twist on the surf and rock genres. They have four albums under their belt, including their latest, a tribute to the rock gods Led Zeppelin.

 

Ron Albanese

Ron Albanese

 

Preschool of Rock

Preschool of Rock
Preschool of Rock has redefined children’s music by combining entertainment and education through exhilarating performance, offering classes, shows, preschool enrichments and birthday parties throughout New Jersey and New York. They provide the hippest music education for young children, inspiring creativity, confidence, and freedom of expression.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bios about each of the musical performers
playing Fall 2017 Festival

Frankie Morales & the Mambo of the Time Orquesta:

Frankie Morales

This talented vocalist sharpened and shaped his sound for most of his life, starting on the streets of “El Barrio” New York City’s Spanish Quarter. Some of Frankie’s “finest hours” was the recording of “Tito Puente Mambo Birdland” and “Masterpiece”, Puente’s final album and collaboration with “The Great” Eddie Palmieri, which both won Grammy Awards. Frankie still holds the position of Lead Vocalist with the Tito Puente Orchestra. When you wonder why you feel like dancing, you’ll know exactly what Frankie brings “to the people”: rhythm for the dancers, and through his voice, passion of a true Cantante.

Zydeco Revelators

Zydeco Revelators

Zydeco Revelators

Zydeco Revelators are Hoboken’s own spicy Louisiana-style Zydeco dance band – sure to make any crowd groove and smile! Cajun accordion, slammin’ R & B rhythms and pure adrenaline fun.

 

 

 

L-R Jon Fried, Ed Seifert, Deena Shoshkes, Matt Davis, John Baumgartner, Toni Baumgartner

Campfire Fliesa group pooling the talent of some of NJ’s most acclaimed original bands – “The Cucumbers,” “Speed the Plough” and “The Thousand Pities, ” features acoustic instruments (guitars, mandolin, banjo and accordion), layered harmony and great songs. 

 

 

 

The Skullers. Photo By JUSTIN HOLLAR

The Skullers

Channeling a powerful blend of blues-soaked modern rock with a rockabilly soul, The Skullers are releasing their debut EP, Meet The Skullers on September 22, 2017.  Frontman Jack Skuller’s songwriting and musicianship was recognized by the Songwriters Hall of Fame who awarded him the 2014 Holly Prize in tribute to the legacy of Buddy Holly. 

 

Queens of Soul and
Sun Dogs Orchestra

ALEOproduction:
The Queens of Soul Engagement 2.0

Highlighting the rich and lustrous voices of Jaime DellaFave, Casey Solomon, Christina Alessi, Carolyn Monroe, and Sylvana Joyce, “Queens of Soul” celebrates the talent and hard work of our community’s musicians. The 7-piece band, complete with horns, is also drawn from Hoboken’s thriving musical gardens. Rooted in Gospel and Blues, Soul Music stirs deep emotions in the performer and listener. The songs we have chosen span the decades of this sweeping catalogue. These girls will knock your socks off.

 

Preschool of Rock

Preschool of Rock

Preschool of Rock
Preschool of Rock has redefined children’s music by combining entertainment and education through exhilarating performance, offering classes, shows, preschool enrichments and birthday parties throughout New Jersey and New York. They provide the hippest music education for young children, inspiring creativity, confidence, and freedom of expression.

 

The Sensational Country Blues Wonders!

“The Sensational Country Blues Wonders!” are a group 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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Demolition String Band

Photo by David Plakke

Demolition String Band is a Hoboken based Americana band fronted by singer-songwriter Elena Skye and multi-instrumentalist Boo Reiners. They’ve released six albums and toured the USA and Europe. Their song “Go Coney Island, Roll On The Sand” (an Elena Skye/Woody Guthrie co-write) appears on the Grammy nominated album “My Name Is New York.”

 

Glenn Morrow’s Cry for Help

Photo by Mark Jaworski

Glenn Morrow’s Cry for Help: Hoboken New Jersey was once a hotbed of indie rock back in the 1980s when strains of new wave and college rock coalesced around a haze of jangly guitars emanating from the club Maxwells. Most of those musicians are long gone from the streets that Sinatra made famous but a few members of that by gone era just can’t let it go. Featuring former members of the Individuals and Human Switchboard.

 

 

Frankie Morales

Frankie Morales

& the Mambo of the Time Orquesta:

This talented vocalist sharpened and shaped his sound for most of his life, starting on the streets of “El Barrio” New York City’s Spanish Quarter. Some of Frankie’s “finest hours” was the recording of “Tito Puente Mambo Birdland” and “Masterpiece”, Puente’s final album and collaboration with “The Great” Eddie Palmieri, which both won Grammy Awards. Frankie still holds the position of Lead Vocalist with the Tito Puente Orchestra. When you wonder why you feel like dancing, you’ll know exactly what Frankie brings “to the people”: rhythm for the dancers, and through his voice, passion of a true Cantante.

 

Emily & The Ideals

Emily & the Ideals

Emily & the Ideals is a Hoboken original. Emily Turonis was born and raised in the square mile where she got her education in American music: Jazz, Blues and Soul. But Emily and the Ideals is also heavily influenced by the musical traditions of Brazil, Cuba and Spain and beyond. This group explores Fusion-Everything. They bring together many genres while holding down a constant sound, thanks to Paul Maurice Steinman directing the group on guitar. Their repertoire features a mix of original material, lesser known tunes from across the world, and some old favorites spanning the 20th Century.

 

Overlake

Overlake

Ever since their formation back in 2012, the Jersey City trio Overlake have been busy honing their own brand of dreamy, guitar-driven indie rock, often drawing comparisons to bands like My Bloody Valentine and Dinosaur Jr. along the way.
Their second album, Fall, was released on Hoboken’s own Bar/None Records on May 12, 2017. Come to think of it, wasn’t there another local trio associated with loud guitars and dreamy textures who put out a few records on Bar/None? Hold on, it’ll come to me…

 

Sylvana Joyce + The Moment

Sylvana Joyce + The Moment

Sylvana Joyce & The Moment is a drama-infused brand of rock, featuring Hoboken favorite, violinist Sean-David Cunningham. The band has received national praise from the likes of Huffington Post, live performances on the Amazon Video series, “The Jimmy Lloyd Songwriter Showcase”, and are set to release their upcoming record, Heavyhead, sometime this year.

 

Christina Alessi & The Toll Collectors

Christina Alessi & The Toll Collectors

Christina Alessi is a Hoboken-based singer-songwriter whose influences draw deeply from classic rock, folk, and old blues and soul. Over a dynamic blend of rootsy and contemporary sounds conjured by The Toll Collectors, Christina pairs music you feel in your bones with haunting lyrics sung from the heart.

Admission is Free

Thanks to our sponsors for their continued support
The Hudson Reporter and
Suez Water, Toyota and This Is It Stage Productions. 

Additional support provided by:
The Hoboken Elk’s Club, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts,

 

Special features include:

  • Fine artists: Oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, sculpture, mixed media, photography, etc.
  • Children’s activities: face painting, sand art, balloons, and 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

For more info call 201-420-2207 or gfallo@hobokennj.gov

 

Swingadelic
Swingadelic

Swingadelic

Swingadelic is the New York City Metropolitan Area’s greatest “little big band” that delivers the traditional big band and Great American Songbook music of Duke Ellington and Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack era and comes up with the most listenable and danceable music. Their repertoire includes everything from Motown, the Rolling Stones, and oldies and dance hits from the 50’s to the 80’s.
The newest release, Toussaintville on ZOHO records, is a tribute to legendary New Orleans songwriter, piano player and producer Allen Toussaint whose hits reigned supreme in the 50’s thru 70’s pop and R&B charts.


The Amazing Incredibles 

The Amazing Incredibles

The Amazing Incredibles

The Amazing Incredibles are a fun-loving, energetic acoustic quartet featuring John Kurgan (guitar), Dave Post (stand-up bass), Adam Krass (violin) and Eddie Fogarty (vocals, guitar and spoons), presenting a zesty mixture of swing jazz, light country and power folk these folks know how to stir up some dust.A band with a rather pretentious name, The Amazing Incredibles are based in Hoboken, NJ but have brought their music to multitudes of fans far and wide. Their music runs the gamut from country swing to blues to New Orleans jazz to acoustic R&B, and they’re quite effective at blending those styles seamlessly.
What some have written: “After seeing them perform last night, I left with the feeling that they are perhaps the most appropriately-named band since The Fugs.”

 

Frankie Morales & the MamboFrankie Morales
of the Time Orchestra:
This talented vocalist sharpened and shaped his sound for most of his life, starting on the streets of “El Barrio” New York City’s Spanish Quarter. Some of Frankie’s “finest hours” was the recording of “Tito Puente Mambo Birdland” and “Masterpiece”, Puente’s final album and collaboration with “The Great” Eddie Palmieri, which both won Grammy Awards. Frankie still holds the position of Lead Vocalist with the Tito Puente Orchestra. When you wonder why you feel like dancing, you’ll know exactly what Frankie brings “to the people”: rhythm for the dancers, and through his voice, passion of a true Cantante.

 

Jeremy Beck & the Heavy Duty Horns

Jeremy Beck.14

What happens when Jeremy Beck teams up with The Heavy Duty Horns lead by Tenor Saxophonist, Justin Flynn? A funk/rock B3 Explosion! Come listen to original versions of music from the 60s & 70s!

 

Zydeco Revelators

Zydeco Revelators

Zydeco Revelators

Zydeco Revelators are Hoboken’s own spicy Louisiana-style Zydeco dance band – sure to make any crowd groove and smile! Cajun accordion, slammin’ R & B rhythms and pure adrenaline fun.

 

 

 

 

 

Preschool of Rock

Preschool of Rock

Preschool of Rock
Preschool of Rock has redefined children’s music by combining entertainment and education through exhilarating performance, offering classes, shows, preschool enrichments and birthday parties throughout New Jersey and New York. They provide the hippest music education for young children, inspiring creativity, confidence, and freedom of expression.

 

Jason Didner & the Jungle Gym Jam

Jason Didner & the Jungle Gym Jam is an award-winning “kindie” band that brings a true rock-n-roll spirit to songs that emphasize kindness, active play, imagination & love of learning. The band’s debut album “Everyone’s Invited!” was honored with the Parents’ Choice® Approved seal & named CD Baby Editor’s Pick as it entered the online music retailer’s top 10 kids/family album charts. Based out of Montclair, NJ, they have been compared to “Elvis Costello in a particularly good mood.” The band performs a lively & interactive concert with lots of call-and-response, & opportunities for young audience members to portray the characters in the songs using the puppets the group provides. Prior to forming the Jungle Gym Jam, Jason scored a YouTube and radio hit with “You Can’t Get There from Here in Jersey,” a comedy song that was featured on NPR’s Car Talk.

Emily & The Ideals

Emily & the Ideals

Emily & the Ideals is a Hoboken original. Emily Turonis was born and raised in the square mile where she got her education in American music: Jazz, Blues and Soul. But Emily and the Ideals is also heavily influenced by the musical traditions of Brazil, Cuba and Spain and beyond. This group explores Fusion-Everything. They bring together many genres while holding down a constant sound, thanks to Paul Maurice Steinman directing the group on guitar. Their repertoire features a mix of original material, lesser known tunes from across the world, and some old favorites spanning the 20th Century.

 

Mya Hansen

Mya Hansen

Mya Hansen
Mya Hansen is a seasoned performer with an intense passion for her craft that has allowed her the opportunity to share the stage locally, nationally and internationally with headline acts such as Dustin Lynch, Colt Ford, The Bacon Brothers, John Michael Montgomery, Confederate Railroad, Chris Cagle and Angaleena Presley.  With influences such as Stevie Nicks, Kacey Musgraves, Zac Brown, Taylor Swift and Johnny Cash, Mya takes bits and pieces of what she listens to and shapes her own style.

Past Junes’ CMA Fest brought Mya and her band to the Hard Rock Stage several times.  Beginning to play guitar and write songs at the age of 12, Mya was fortunate enough to learn songwriting from ASCAP Songwriter of the Year, Keith Follese in Nashville, who also produced her first album.  Now a freshman at the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mya continues to hone her craft, with over 100 songs written.

 

 

 

Transportation

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.