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June 17, 2013

New Jersey Symphony at Pier A Park in Hoboken Thursday June 20 7:30pm

Here is a free cultural event in Hoboken with a view of New York city and a quality orchestra. This program was created several years ago by the current Mayor Dawn Zimmer. This year’s selection has a variety of composers from different periods and is similar to a Boston Pops concert….

Mayor Dawn Zimmer and the City of Hoboken proudly present



Free  – No tickets required

Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 7:30pm

Bring a blanket or low back chair and a picnic

NJ Symphony Pier A Park Hoboken

Take a seat on the lawn of Pier A Park where Music Director Jacques Lacombe leads the Orchestra in a concert of light classics and popular favorites—with a patriotic flair. As night falls, the New York City skyline lights up and is reflected in the Hudson River, making this a very unique and romantic summer symphony concert destination.

The Orchestra performs selections from Bizet’s Carmen, Copland’s Rodeo and Bernstein’s West Side Story, alongside favorite tunes from Gershwin and movie classics like John Williams’ Raiders March. Patriotic tributes include “America the Beautiful” and Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” and the Orchestra honors servicemen and women with the moving Armed Forces Salute.

Jacques Lacombe is the Conductor.


  • KEY – The Star-Spangled Banner
  • SUPPÉLight Cavalry Overture
  • FALLA - Spanish Dance No. 1 from La vida breve
  • BIZETCarmen
    • “Song of the Toreador” from Suite No. 2
    • “Aragonaise” from Suite No. 1
    • “Les Toréadors” from Suite No. 1
  • COPLAND – “Hoe Down” from Rodeo 
  • MONCAYOHuapango   
  • BERNSTEIN/MASONWest Side Story Selections
  • WILLIAMSRaiders March
  • BERLIN/HEALY – “God Bless America”
  • ARLEN - “Over the Rainbow”
  • GERSHWINGirl Crazy Overture
  • ALFORDColonel Bogey’s March
  • LOWDEN – Armed Forces Salute
  • DRAGON – “America the Beautiful”
  • SOUSA - “The Stars and Stripes Forever”
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June 6, 2013

Concerts in the Park in Hoboken Thursdays at 7pm – Starts June 6th!

More free entertainment for the masses in Hoboken. This series starts tonight and goes through August 23rd…

Mayor Dawn Zimmer and the City of Hoboken

proudly announce free events for the summer

Concerts in the Park Thursdays at 7pm

At Sinatra Park Hoboken, NJ

Julio Fernandez at Sinatra Park - Music in the Park Hoboken

The Hoboken Summer Evenings Concert Series starts again tonight! These free outdoor performances will be held Thursday evenings at 7 pm at the Amphitheater at Sinatra Park, located on Frank Sinatra Drive between 4th and 5th Streets. Note: schedules are subject to change. Some shows have rain dates. Unfortunately not all showings can be rescheduled.

Schedule for summer 2013:

June 6 – An Evening of Performance from the Hoboken Public Schools’ Music Students

Featuring performances by: The Hoboken Rockin’ Redwing Band, Wallace School Chorus, Wallace 2nd Grade Chorus, Calabro School Chorus, Calabro School String Ensemble, Connors School Chorus and The Wallace School Beginner Band
Pre-show demo by My Gym Hoboken begins at 6:30pm.

June 13 – Sinatra Idol Contest (raindate, Fri. June 14th)

15 contestants will perform their best Sinatra singing style interpretation and be judged by our panel of judges. Winner receives prizes and trophy with host Gary Simpson. After party will take place beginning at 9:15 pm at Little Town NJ, 310 Sinatra Drive.

Thanks to our local merchants for their support of Sinatra Idol: Muller Insurance, Carlos Bakery, Stan’s Sports Center, Leo’s Grandevous, Jos. A Banks, The Madison, Trinity, Massage Envy, Body Balance, Cafe Michelina, Sedona, Vicky’s Jewelers, Dino & Harry’s, Empire Coffee, more TBA

Sinatra Park - Hoboken Idol

June 20 – Performance by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Pier A Park, begins at 7pm

Bring a blanket and picnic basket.

June 27 – The Gordys

July 11 -  Hoboken Summer Bash, 5:30pm to 10:30pm

Hosted by Frank Raia who gives out free hotdogs and beer in exchange for what he hopes are more votes.

July 18 – Hot Tunes in the Summertime

Popular local musicians performing and reinterpreting your favorite summer tunes. A beach party by the river.

Featuring performances by: Julio Fernandez, John Bauers, Tammy Faye Starlite, Jack Skuller, Jeremy Beck, Karyn Kuhl, Gene D. Plumber, Jennifer Lampert, Dave Lambert, Alice Genese, Emily Turonis, Dave Calamoneri, Jon and Deena, The Gefkens, Lloyd United, Tom Vincent and the Hot Tunes House Band, and many more

July 25 – Guitar Bar All-Stars

Guitar Bar All-Stars: return for a night of rock ‘n roll classics, and you can always expect some surprise musical treats. The band – comprised of Guitar Bar’s staff – features some of Hoboken’s finest and best-known musicians. Sponsored by the Guitar Bar

August  1 -  Ray Rodriguez Y Su Swing Sabroso

Sponsored by the Puerto Rican Cultural Committee, Raul Morales, President. Website is:  www.swingsaborso.com.

August 8 -  She Rocks: Female Fronted Bands

Featuring performances by: The Fave, Abbe Rivers, Alice Genese, Karyn Kuhl Band, and The Pretty Babies

August 15 -  Swingadelic

August  22  - Julio Fernandez

Julio brings in a bunch of special guests, an evening of jazz, soul and funk. Link: www.myspace.com/62157842

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June 21, 2012

Triple Header Concert at Sinatra Park Tonight June 21st in Hoboken at 7PM

Mayor Dawn Zimmer and the City of Hoboken proudly present another installment ..

The Summer Enchanted Evenings Concert Series Frank Sinatra Park

located on Frank Sinatra Dr. between 4th and 5th 7pm to 9:30pm, Free

Thursday, June 21: (raindate Fri. June 22)

Tonight’s performers form a triple header with the following lineup…

The Thousand Pities features Matt Davis from The Vestrymen and Michael Carlucci, best know for his group Winter Hours. East of Venus features Michael Carlucci of Winter Hours, Rob Norris of the Bongos, and Glenn Mercer and Stan Demeski of the Feelies. And Yung Wu started as a Feelies side project, with percussionist Dave Weckerman on lead vocals.

For more info call 201-420-2207 or go to  www.hobokennj.org.

A big thanks go out to the generous sponsors that make this event possible:

The Applied Companies, N.J. Division of Travel & Tourism, United Water, The Hudson County Division of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, The Burgiss Group, The Shannon, P.R.omotion!, Ben & Jerry’s, Shop Rite of Hoboken, and Bar None Records.

This program is made possible in part by funds from The New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of The National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. Degise, County Executive and The Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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June 15, 2012

Hoboken 2012 Sinatra Idol Recap–Third Time is a charm for Winner James Anthony

Last night at Frank Sinatra Park in Hoboken, the 6th Annual Sinatra Idol was held with 15 contestants crooning to be this year’s Sinatra Idol. Third time contestant James Anthony traversing from Bristow Virginia won this year placing first with his rendition of "Blues in the Night". He was the only contestant to get a perfect score from all five judges of 25. His story behind his Frank Sinatra singing is very compelling. James  was struck by lightning in 2005 in Florida and used his singing to rehabilitate himself physically and mentally. At one point his left side was paralyzed from the lightning strike and he was able to recover. Nothing like the power of music.

For the singing contest contestants were rated on a score from 1-5 for their performances. Hoboken judge Dale Monaco who is the only living relative of Frank Sinatra in Hoboken was the toughest grader of the bunch at one point being referred to as the Simon Cowell of Hoboken Sinatra Idol judges. After the contest Dale confirmed her high standards to TheBoken.com by reminding this editor of who the singers were trying emulate, Frank Sinatra. Of course with Frank, he set a very high bar.

Hoboken 2012 Sintra Idol Winner James Anthony

A special cake for this year’s concert and contest was made by Carlo’s Bakery for the event and shown to the audience by Gary Simpsinatra and James Anthony depicted below:


Hoboken 2012 Sinatra Idol Cake

This year there were no tie-breakers so after the contestants finished and prizes were awarded the show went straight to all contestants joined in for a finale of “New York New York”. Port Washington, NY native Larry Dubin was named the second-place winner and Danny Satin, a Staten Island resident was named third-place winner. In addition to the prizes James Anthony received, he will get the chance to perform in the Sinatra Birthday Bash,which will be held December 7 at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, N.J. Last year’s Sinatra Idol winner Greg Myers said it was an incredible experience to perform at the Count Basie Theater last year . James Anthony will have something to look forward to this fall. Perhaps lightning will strike twice.

Below are some photos and a video of the winning performance…

Photos 6-14-2012 Hoboken Sinatra Idol:

Video- 2012 Hoboken Sinatra Idol Winner  Anthony James “Blues in the Night” from Hoboken :

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June 14, 2012

Hoboken Sinatra Idol Contest Tonight June14th Starting at 6:30pm

Tonight, the 6th Annual Sinatra Idol Contest will take place at Frank Sinatra Park down by the waterfornt in Hoboken. Details are below….

Mayor Dawn Zimmer and the City of Hoboken proudly present the 6th Annual

Hoboken Sinatra Idol Contest
Thursday June 14  begins at 6:30pm

(Raindate: Friday June 15)
Sinatra Park on Sinatra Drive bet. 4th & 5th Streets
featuring Host: Gary Simpsinatra
Prizes awarded to the best Sinatra Style Singers
Admission is free

This years first place winner of Hoboken’s Sinatra Idol Contest will automatically be cast  in the 2012 Sinatra Birthday Bash at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, which takes place on Friday, December 7, 2012.  This is a musical celebration of the life and artistry of Frank Sinatra on his birthday weekend.  The Hoboken winner will perform with a dozen of New Jersey’s finest saloon singers, all selected by audition specifically for this performance, at the historic Count Basie Theatre, backed by the 17-piece Red Bank Jazz Orchestra under the musical direction
of Joe Muccioli, who Jazzwise Magazine says, “Works with a maximum of authenticity.”

Thanks to this year’s sponsors: Anastasia’s Accessories, Leo’s Grandevous, Onieals Restaurant, Lepores Chocolates, Empire Coffee and Tea Co., Inc, The Hoboken Man, Trinity, Madison Bar and Grill, Stan’s Sports Center, Tutta Pasta, Carp Diem, Arthurs Steakhouse, Three As Bar, Pleasant Road Spa, The Village Pourhouse, The Wicked Wolf, Pleasant Road Spa, and Tunes

Contestants this year include: 

  • Ralph Muro, Endicott, NY; Retired teacher and football coach, having taught for 36 years in Binghamton, NY. Ever since the boom of karaoke, Ralph’s love for singing Sinatra tunes has grown. For the past eight years, he has been the vocalist of a fifteen piece swing band orchestra. In Ralph’s words, “With every song, Frank became the song, and the song became him. I try to put the same passion and feeling into what I’m singing, the way he exemplified.”
  • George Chartofillis, West Caldwell, NJ; N.J. State Government Worker/Intake Investigator with the Division On Civil Rights, Office Of The Attorney General. Every Friday for the past 5 years, from the beginning of June through the end of September, the Newark Downtown District sponsors summer activities throughout the City of Newark, New Jersey. There’s karaoke twice a week, every Wednesday, from noon-3pm on Beaver Street, around the corner from where George works. This means George has been singing on his lunch hour. He says, “I intend to pursue my dream until I die. I know it takes hard work, going from place to place, having ups and downs, but I’m ready, and I’ve always wanted the challenge and opportunity to let the world know who I am.” www.youtube.com/watch?v=oD57r6VfZLw
  • Sean Hanlon, Holmdel, NJ; Retired, after 40 years in the direct marketing-printing business. Sean began performing Sinatra songs in clubs with the Jerry Lambert Band in the 70′s and continues to perform his music. In December, 2009, he sang at the Count Basie Theatre, for the 3rd Annual Frank Sinatra Birthday Bash. Presently, Sean gives concerts at retirement villages, golf course events, hospitals, and assisted living homes.
  • Barry Wayne, Hoboken, NJ; Works in Midtown as a financial advisor. Barry grew up listening to the sounds of Sinatra at his Grandma Shirley’s House. “She used to put me in a room called the ‘Radio Room’… My Grandpa Bert was a big fan of Bennie Goodman, Manhattan Transfer, and Sinatra, which formed my appreciation.” Through the years, Barry’s love of jazz and big band grew exponentially. When he began working as a disc jockey and entertainer in his 20′s, Barry found himself playing Sinatra tunes at all events. Now he sings Sinatra tunes throughout his day, along with his other advisors – when they don’t have client meetings, of course!
  • James Anthony, Bristow, VA; Operations Manager of digital graphic/sign facility. For James, growing up in Las Vegas during the 70′s offered wonderful memories, from watching performances by Rat Pack members, to hearing Elvis. James started singing in high school choir; during the 80′s, he became a harmonist/percussionist. Later, James left the music industry to help raise a family, but returned in 2006 after relocating to Washington DC, where he recorded a CD of remastered Frank Sinatra songs in different styles. “Frank Sinatra’s way of singing brings joy to me, and I do my best to carry on his legacy.” www.ReverbNation.com/JamesAnthonySinatra
  • Tony Palumbo, Midland Park, NJ; Financial advisor at Wells Fargo. Always a huge fan of Frank and the Rat Pack, Tony really began singing in 1984; while driving down to Florida, he brought the entire Frank Sinatra Collection along with him – all on cassettes. Tony also sang Frank’s songs while he worked as a bartender during the late 80′s early 90′s. But in 1999, he was invited to Gary Simpsinatra’s house party, where he took it to a whole new level.
  • Gary Willner, Valley Cottage, NY; Professional entertainer. Gary got started singing Frank Sinatra music when he was hired by the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, singing Frank’s arrangements with the band. He was even lucky enough to perform with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra for the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter, in Washington, D.C. Gary has recorded many albums for the record label, Music Minus One, and his “Pocket Songs” sing along recordings are sold and used all over the world. www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDVgs5v-z_A
  • Larry Dubin, Port Washington, NY; Substance Abuse Counselor. Larry has been singing since age five. And for the past thirty-three years, Larry has used music in his therapeutic work. While working for a drug treatment center, he’d MC, singing, “That’s Life.” Larry’s voice was recently showcased on the Nassau Community College Radio Station, 90.3 FM, in NY.
  • Donnie Farraro, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, Retired truck driver. Sang a little bit when he was in the Army, but life and family obligations kept him busy until he was diagnosed with stage four cancer of the tongue a few years ago. He was told he might not talk again, maybe not even live, much less sing…but with the help of modern medicine and faith in God, made a full recovery. Hackensack University Hospital asked him to give a speech at their annual dinner about his fight with cancer; Instead, he performed a few Sinatra songs. The response was overwhelming.” Donnie feels blessed to be alive and strives to, “keep the music of the greatest singer of the 20th century” alive.
  •  Salvatore Gigante, Newark, NJ; Head of sales and marketing, BBT Logistics. In his late teens and early twenties, Salvatore became interested in singing Sinatra. “Wow, the crowds of people that would show up to hear him sing…And the screaming girls.” I’d never witnessed that before. He remembers the way Howard Cosell introduced Frank Sinatra at Madison Square Garden. It was as if a Heavy Weight World Champion fighter was entering the ring for, “THE MAIN EVENT.” www.bbtlogistics.com/SG.html
  • Ed Houff, Wilmington, DE; Safety consultant for a trucking company. Ed grew up listening to Sinatra; he enjoyed the music and the interpretation. About seven years ago, Ed started singing karaoke, naturally gravitating toward Sinatra songs, due to their timeless nature. “Not only are Sinatra songs crowd-pleasers, but I get tremendous pleasure from singing them.”
  • Bill Gagliardi, Lakewood, NJ; Retired jewelry sales and marketing executive. Since retiring in 2006, Bill has been doing a Frank Sinatra Tribute Act and was one of eleven singers featured at the 2008 Count Basie Theater, Sinatra Birthday Bash. He was also the Senior Idol winner at a competition held at the Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ. Bill has been a background actor for TV shows such as The Soprano’s, Law and Order, 30 Rock, Rescue Me, Damages, One Life to Lead, as well as for movies Spider Man 3, Enchanted, The Answer Man, and City Island.
  • Alex Grigato, Mantova, Italy; Fashion designer. When Alex was born in 1945, the echo of war was in the air. “My mom told me the only way to keep me quiet was the sound of a record. ‘Night and Day’ was my mom’s favorite song. Since then, it’s become the ‘lied-motif’ of my life. I still have the old 78 record.” In Palm Springs, in 1995, Maestro Joe Malignaggi, first violinist of the Sinatra Orchestra, introduced Alex to Frankie himself. The first time Alex sung on stage was at the 2010 Sinatra Idol Contest.
  • Anthony Kane, Hoboken, NJ; Sales representative for a wholesale company in NYC. Born in NYC, Anthony has been a Hoboken resident since 1989. He started singing and playing harmonica in blues bands when he was a teenager. He has played with many notable musicians, including Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Junior Wells, and Willie Dixon. In recent years, he’s expanded his repertoire to include jazz standards and Sinatra songs, performing at Birdland and other major venues in Manhattan. www.kanebrosbluesband.com
  • Al Procaccino, Holmdel, NJ; Financial planner. Al grew up on Monroe Street in Hoboken, a few doors from where Frank Sinatra was born. His parents remember Frank when he was a young boy, crooning the streets of Hoboken. Al started working with vocal coaches 13 years ago and takes bi-weekly lessons. He says, “Quite ‘Frankly’ something went off inside of me when Frank Sinatra died. I felt a need to sing properly, and the best influence was to go back to my childhood and study the best.” Presently, Al performs with the Saint Francis Choir, alongside his mother. www.repriseorchestra.com
  • Rick Valiant, Vancouver, BC; Professional entertainer. Rick has been paying tribute to Frank Sinatra for the past four years, performing at corporate conventions, seniors’ homes, charity functions, as well as casinos in Vancouver. He recently attended the Tribute Artist and Impersonator Convention, performing in the Golden Nugget Casino and on the Freemont Street Stage in Las Vegas. Rick also performs in Vancouver theatres with his own nine-piece orchestra and continues to bring back the Big Band sound, keeping Frank Sinatra’s music alive in Canada and beyond. www.rickvaliant.com

Here are some prior videos of some standout performances:

2011 Hoboken Sinatra Idol Winner Greg Meyers:

2010 Hoboken Sinatra Idol Winner David Arellano sings “I did it my way”:

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August 5, 2011

Son Nueve Provides Scintillating Salsa at Sinatra Park Hoboken 8-4-2011

Filed under: Concerts in the Park,Hoboken,Live Music,Sinatra Park — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 10:45 AM

Last night Son Nueve, a nine piece Latino band put on a great show for the residents of Hoboken at Sinatra Park. Named after the fact that they are nine musicians they performed some great salsa songs and even a tribute to legend Tito Puente. The large crowd responded well to the performances and several audience members got up and just danced with the rhythmic music being the inspiration.

Photos and video of the event are below. This was yet another successful concert at Sinatra Park as part of the City of Hoboken’s Concerts in the Park Summer Series for 2011. Another show is due up next Thursday.




And two dynamic songs from the group last night via YouTube:

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July 8, 2011

Batman Dances at Frank “Pupie” Raia Party

I know some of you might be sick of him by now but TheBoken has a special place for Batman and last night he made his expected appearance at Frank Raia’s 60th Birthday Party showing off his signature dance moves. A source of mine has Batman getting his groove by taking a lot of dance lessons when he lived in Miami. TheBoken wonders if he was in Bruce Wayne mode back then. Could you imagine trying to dance in full bat gear in that Miami heat?


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Frank Pupie Raia Birthday Bash Highlights

Filed under: Concerts in the Park,Hoboken,Live Music — Tags: , , , , , — TheBoken @ 8:30 AM

Last night Frank “Pupie” Raia held his 60th Birthday party at Hoboken’s Sinatra Park from 6pm-10pm. Musical guests were a Neil Diamond Tribute band, a top 40 cover group from Montreal Canada called Alter Ego and the finale was scheduled to be Grand Funk Railroad. TheBoken did not stay for the whole event but it was very well attended and all paid for by Frank Raia himself. Free food and beer were provided as well.

Last year the Naked Cowboy made an appearance and this year it was the Naked Cowgirl! I swear Frank Raia is trying to unite this city with nudity since his last two runs for mayor didn’t seem to do the trick. The caped crusader (Hoboken’s Batman) made an appearance as well and that should be no surprise as Batman loves a free concert and showing off his dance moves.


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July 6, 2011

Frank “Pupie” Raia 60th Birthday Bash Tonight July 7 at 6-10 pm Sinatra Park

Filed under: Concerts in the Park,Live Music,Sinatra Park — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 9:00 AM

Naked Cowboy at Frank Raia's Party July 2010Folks, break out the Geritol and affix your dentures, its time to celebrate Frank “Pupie” Raia’s 60th Birthday Bash at Sinatra Park July 7th from 6pm-10pm. Just kidding the Frankster. Milestone birthdays should always be celebrated with a bit of levity. In a town of colorful characters with interesting nicknames, Frank “Pupie” Raia is one of those and his bash is a consistently well attended event year after year. Free food and beverages all night and two musical acts of Grand Funk Railroad and  Neil Diamond promise to keep the crowd entertained. The crowd tends to be diverse with a mixture of old and new Hoboken.

Last year the Naked Cowboy from NYC showed up and wowed the ladies as the above photograph shows. TheBoken wonders if he will make another appearance. Frank might even sing a number or two.

Pupie Party

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July 1, 2011

63rd Army Band Brings the Brass at Sinatra Park Last Night

Filed under: Concerts in the Park,Live Music — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 9:00 AM



Last night at Sinatra Park, the 63rd Army Band played a series of patriotic numbers to celebrate freedom in the USA and the price we as a country had to pay for it. Below is a video of part of two of their numbers.  Every Thursday during the summer the City of Hoboken sponsor’s these free concerts for residents and visitors to Hoboken alike. 


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