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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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August 22, 2012

City of Hoboken – End of Summer Events

Folks, can you believe it is almost the end of Summer? I can’t but the City of Hoboken has some fun family events that should wind down the Summer with a variety of choices and most of them are free….

Mayor Dawn Zimmer and the City of Hoboken invite you to

the following end of Summer events

Movies Under the Stars – Wednesday August 22nd 7pm

Location is Pier A Park – 1st Street and Frank Sinatra Park. Event is free!

  • 7:00pm: music by Preschool of Rock
  • 8:00pm: screening of Wizard of Oz
  • 9:40pm: screening of The Artist

Bring a blanket or low back chair & a picnic basket.  For more info: 201-420-2207 or

Link: www.hobokennj.org/departments/human-services/cultural-affairs/movies-under-the-star

Concerts in Sinatra Park -  Thursday August 23rd 7pm

Location is Sinatra Drive between 4th and 5th Streets.

Julio Fernandez and Friends Concert

Featuring: Gary Schreiner on piano and chromatic harmonica, Scott Ambush on bass, Benny Harrison on keyboard, guitar and vocals and Chris Infusino on drums and special musical friends.

Family Fun Nights at Shipyard Park- Tuesday, August 28th, 7pm to 8pm

Performance by Polka Dot, also known as Ron Albanese

Spaghetti Dinner Block Party – Thursday August 30th, 5pm to 8pm

Location is Sinatra Drive walkway between 1st and 2nd Streets.

Tickets on sale through Monday August  27th

Price: $20 for adults, $10 for children, $12 for seniors,  $200 to reserve a table of 10.

Dinner includes 4 kinds of pasta, meatballs, sausage, eggplant rollatini, salad, assorted rolls and breads plus dessert.
Performances by Sinatra Idol winners: David Arellano and Greg Myers

For more info go to link: www.hobokennj.org/spaghetti-dinner-block-party

A big thanks to the generous sponsors for this year’s Summer events in Hoboken….

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.

For further information, please call Geri Fallo at (201) 420-2207.

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July 16, 2012

Comedy of Errors By William Shakespeare Monday July 16 and 23 at Sinatra Park in Hoboken

There are two shows of this Shakespeare masterpiece in Hoboken with one tonight…

Comedy of Errors
By William Shakespare

Directed by Michael Hagins
Location: Frank Sinatra Park
Dates: Monday July 16 and 23 at 7pm

For the second summer production of the 2012 summer touring season, Hudson Shakespeare returns to Shakespeare’s most screwball comedy – The Comedy of Errors. Set in a 1940′s homage to Looney Tunes cartoons. There are two Hoboken performances both at Frank Sinatra Park in Hoboken. The shows are:

  • Monday, July 16 @ 7pm- Frank Sinatra Park in Hoboken, NJ
  • Monday, July 23 @ 7pm – Frank Sinatra Park, Hoboken, NJ

Top: Antipholus of Ephesus (Michael Rehse) and Antipholus of Syracuse (Rich Wisneski)
Bottom: Dromio of Syracuse (Melissa Meli) and Dromio of Ephesus (Laura Mae Baker)

Photo Courtesy of Hudson Shakespeare Company

Show Synopsis:

Ephesus and Syracuse are at odds. Any Syracusan found in Ephesus will be executed unless he can pay a ransom of a thousand marks. Egeon, an old Syracusan merchant, has been arrested. He explains how he has come to Ephesus: he and his wife Emilia had identical twin sons and identical twin slaves, purchased for the purpose of serving the sons. In a shipwreck many years ago, he was separated from his wife, one son and one slave.

The survivors are renamed in memory of the lost ones: Antipholus for the son and Dromio for the slave. Once grown to manhood, Antipholus of Syracuse, with his Dromio, had set off in search of his brother and mother. Egeon is now in search of them. The Duke gives him until evening to find the ransom money. By chance Antipholus and Dromio of Syracuse have also just arrived in Ephesus. The other Antipholus and Dromio have been living there since the wreck. And so the comedy of errors ensues.

The locals constantly mistake the visiting twins for the natives – even Antipholus of Ephesus’ wife Adriana and her sister Luciana are fooled. The confusions result in Antipholus of Ephesus being arrested for debt and declared mad, while Antipholus of Syracuse take refuge from his brother’s angry wife in a Priory – where the abbess turns out to be Egeon’s long-lost wife. All is resolved and Egeon is freed.

For More information go to: http://www.hudsonshakespeare.org/pastshows/2012/ComedyofErrors2012.html

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June 15, 2012

City of Hoboken to Celebrate Olympic Day Saturday, June 23rd starting at 11:00am at Pier A Park

City of Hoboken to celebrate Olympic Day

Event to feature Olympian Taraje Williams-Murray

5K Race and Sports Activities for Kids

 The spirit of the Olympic Movement will roll into Hoboken, as the City hosts a variety of athletic and recreation events in celebration of Olympic Day.

Hoboken’s Olympic Day will take place on Saturday, June 23rd starting at 11:00am at Pier A Park and along Sinatra Drive between 1st and 4th Streets, which will be closed to traffic during the event.

Taraje Williams-Murray, a 2004 and 2008 Olympian in the sport of Judo, will be Hoboken’s honorary Olympian and will be demonstrating the sport of Judo. The event will also feature a 5K race, a mini soccer field and gymnastics for kids, table tennis, yoga, fitness trainers, music, and other activities. In the spirit of the Olympic games, all are asked to wear their nation’s colors.

Those participating in the 5K race, which will take place at 11am, can register by visiting www.hobokennj.org/register (select “2012 Summer Fun In the City”).

“We are excited to take part in Olympic Day and inspire kids in our community,” said Health and Human Services Director Leo Pellegrini.

“The City of Hoboken is proud to support the Olympic Movement and encourage children to lead healthy, active lives,” added Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

Hoboken’s event is one of more than 700 events taking place nationwide between June 22 and July 1. The events, designed to engage youth and promote the ideals of the Olympic movement, feature athlete appearances, family-friendly activities and interactive learning experiences. This year, the U.S. will almost double its 2011 Olympic Day event total.

Around the world, more than 160 countries take part in the annual celebration. Olympic Day, created in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games, focuses on the Olympic values and ideals such as fair play, perseverance, respect and sportsmanship. In the U.S., Olympic Day events range from small gatherings to large, city-wide events.

For more information about Hoboken’s Olympic Day, please contact the Department of Health and Human Services, 201-420-2012 or recreation@hobokennj.org.

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June 12, 2012

Sinatra Park Construction Progress in Hoboken

Sinatra Park Progress in Hoboken June 2012

Here are some recent photos of the progress being made at Sinatra Park and the soccer field. The construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year as per previously published schedule. At this point it is hard to ascertain if the project is on schedule but substantial progress seems to have been made.

Sinatra Park Progress in Hoboken June 2012

Sinatra Park Progress in Hoboken June 2012

Sinatra Park Progress in Hoboken June 2012

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May 16, 2012

Woody Guthrie Centennial Tribute Concert Thursday May 24th 6:30pm Frank Sinatra Park Hoboken

From the City of Hoboken, a kickoff concert for the Music Summer Series in Sinatra Park….

Mayor Dawn Zimmer and the City of Hoboken invite you to celebrate the kick-off of our free weekly summer concert series at Sinatra Park with a special

 Woody Guthrie Centennial Tribute Concert

Thursday May 24th beginning at 6:30pm

Frank Sinatra Park (on Frank Sinatra Drive, between 4th & 5th Streets)

The Woody Guthrie Tribute Concert at Sinatra Park hosted by The Demolition String Band will feature performances by Elena Skye, Boo Riners, Dave Lambert (of The Fuzzy Lemons), Kate Jacobs, Deena and Jon from the Cucumbers, The Jersey Follettes, Hello Radio, Dave Calamoneri, Julio Fernandez, Mary Olive Smith, Randy Noojin, James Mastro, Tom Vincent, Annalee Van Kleeck, Gary & Martha Frazier, David Cogswell and Al Festa, Eddie Fogerty, Jeremy Beck, Garden Street School of Performing Arts, Students from the Hoboken Dual Language Charter School (HoLa), Hoboken Jr Girl Scout Troop 12402, Brownie Troop 12041, and many more.

The audience will be invited to sing along during many of the performances.

For more information, call 201-420-2207 or online at

http://www.hobokennj.org/departments/human-services/cultural-affairs/concerts/

From Wikipedia Commons

Woody Guthrie (July 14, 1912 – October 3, 1967) was an American singer-songwriter whose musical legacy includes hundreds of political, traditional and children’s songs including “So Long It’s Been Good To Know You,” “This Train Is Bound For Glory” and “Oklahoma Hills.” His best-known song, “This Land Is Your Land,” has become one of America’s most beloved patriotic songs and is considered by some as the unofficial second national anthem. Songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Pete Seeger, Joe Strummer, Billy Bragg and Tom Paxton have all acknowledged Woody Guthrie as a major influence.

Guthrie fathered eight children, including American folk musician Arlo Guthrie and grandfather of musician Sarah Lee Guthrie. Guthrie died from complications of Huntington’s disease, a progressive genetic neurological disorder. During his later years, in spite of his illness, Guthrie served as a figurehead in the folk movement, providing inspiration to a generation of new folk musicians, including mentor relationships with Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Bob Dylan.

Although Guthrie’s catalog never brought him many awards while he was alive, in 1988 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the same year Bob Dylan was inducted (much of Dylan’s initial folk music work was heavily influenced by Guthrie), and in 2000 he was honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

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July 23, 2011

The Music of Grease at Sinatra Park Tonight July 23,24 and July 29-31 at 7pm

Filed under: Hoboken,Sinatra Drive,Theater — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 2:30 PM

Here is another free concert at Sinatra Park tonight sponsored by the City of Hoboken and the Theater Company of Hoboken….

Mayor Dawn Zimmer, The City of Hoboken, and The Theater Company of Hoboken present
The MUSIC of GREASE!

Grease BirdsJoin one of Hoboken’s active theater groups on the waterfront in Hoboken as The Theater Company’s performers sing the music of one of the most beloved musicals of all time – Grease! Sing and dance along, or just hang out and enjoy!

When: July 23, 24 at 7pm  and July 29, 30, 31 at 7pm
Where: Frank Sinatra Park, 410 Frank Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, NJ
Price: FREE ADMISSION!

Featuring Angela Amabile, Mercedes Harrod, Thatcher Iliff, Chelsea Kelsey, Matthew Levine, Andrew Lister, Kristy Magee, David Maglione, Rebecca Neill and Michael Paulauski. Special guest for Teen Angel each night!

For further details and cast bios: www.thetheatercompany.org

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June 2, 2011

Hoboken Businesses: What Vendor is next at Hoboken’s Sinatra Park?

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The owners of the the Crepe Grill at Sinatra Park had a good product and invested their life savings into this business. Then a perfect storm started: the owners claim there were problems with the facility but what really hurt business was when the soccer field was closed down due to structural deficiencies with the underlying pier. Who wants to play on a soccer field that could collapse? Needless to say their business suffered for it and they have closed down for this year.

The crepes were great but TheBoken always envisioned it more as a hot dog and hamburger type of food place given the traffic. This venue probably won’t get many serious looks until the soccer field and surrounding Pier are fully fixed up.

What do you The Boken reader think should go here as a venue? McDonalds, Burger King or another local entrepreneur? Or perhaps you miss those crepes and will want the Crepe Grill to make its triumphant return.  I guess you would give a crepe after all. Pun intended. Share your thoughts below…..

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June 1, 2011

Concerts in the Park Series Kicks off Thursday June 2nd

Concerts in the Park 2011Here is an event for the Hoboken parents and children out there in the public schools:

The City of Hoboken kicks off its Concerts in the Park Series with the Hoboken Rockin’ Redwing Band and other local schools this Thursday June 2nd at Sinatra Park from 7-9pm. The event is free.

The performing groups are as follows:

  • The Hoboken Rockin’ Redwing Band
  • Wallace School Chorus, Wallace 2nd Grade Chorus
  • The Wallace School Beginner Band
  • Calabro School Chorus
  • Calabro School String Ensemble
  • Connors School Chorus
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May 25, 2011

Schedule for Hoboken’s 2011 Concerts In Sinatra Park Series

From Frank "Pupie" Raia's Big Bash 2010Here is the Schedule for  Concerts In Sinatra Park Series on Thursdays this Summer. The concerts are located at Sinatra Drive Between 4th & 5th Streets. Performances are normally from 7pm to 9pm unless otherwise noted.

Schedule:

Thurs., June 2
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

Thurs., June 9
Buzz Universe
Rained Out!

Thurs., June 16
Sinatra Idol Contest: featuring Host:Gary Simpson
Prizes awarded for the best Sinatra Style Singers
Judges include: Ernie Contri, Florence Pape, Diana London, David Zimmerman,
(raindate: June 17)

Thurs., June 23
Drums of Thunder (Youth drum orchestra from Hillside, NJ)
(raindate: June 24)

Thurs., June 30
The 63rd Army Band
An evening of patriotic & popular tunes

Thurs., July 7
Hoboken Summer Bash
Hosted by Frank Raia

Note: Time for this event is is from 6PM to 10 PM.  Special Musical guests Grand Funk Railroad and Neil Diamond.

From Frank "Pupie Raia's Big Bash 2010Thurs., July 14
Ernie Contri
Singing the best of Sinatra
Sponsored by Muller Insurance

Thurs., July 21
Gene D’ Plumber
Tex Mex-abilly
Sponsored by Court Street

Thurs., July 28
Guitar Bar Allstars
Sponsored by the Guitar Bar

Thurs., Aug. 4
Son Nueve
Sponsored by the Puerto Rican Cultural Committee,
President Raul Morales

Thurs., Aug. 11
The Gordys

Thurs., Aug. 25
Swingadelic

Date TBA
Julio Fernandez & friends
Sponsored by The Burgiss Group

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