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August 23, 2013

Julio Fernandez and Friends Close Out Hoboken Sinatra Park Outdoor Concert Series with a Stellar Funktastic Performance

Julio Fernandez and Friends Hoboken Sinatra Park 8-22-2013

Last night, Hoboken’s Outdoor concert series in Sinatra Park came to and end with a stellar performance from Julio Fernandez and friends. Julio Fernandez who is the lead guitarist for jazz fusion band Spyro Gyra and who spent a good deal of his formative years in Hoboken was back this year for his annual concert. Julio played a varied set that included works of Jimmy Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder, Sly and the Family Stone, Tower of Power and even James Brown.

This year the band consisted of Julio Fernandez (guitars and vocals, Tom Bowes (vocals), Benny Harrison (keys & vocals), Richie Cannata (sax), Gene Perez (bass), Rocky Bryant (drums) and Rafael Cruz (percussion). Collectively these guys have worked with Tower of Power, Average White Band, Billy Joel, Willie Colon, The Rascals, and Spyro Gyra. The performance was energetic and had the audience tapping their feet and even some brave souls up and dancing.

Kudos to Julio Fernandez, his stellar band, The Burgiss Group for sponsoring this event, Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Geri Fallo and the City of Hoboken for hosting this as well. You have to love a city like Hoboken where you can see such amazing talent for free. Until next summer….

Video highlights and photos are below…..


Julio Fernandez and Friends Hoboken Sinatra Park 8-22-2013

Julio Fernandez and Friends Hoboken Sinatra Park 8-22-2013

Julio Fernandez and Friends Hoboken Sinatra Park 8-22-2013

Julio Fernandez and Friends Hoboken Sinatra Park 8-22-2013

Julio Fernandez and Friends Hoboken Sinatra Park 8-22-2013

Julio Fernandez and Friends Hoboken Sinatra Park 8-22-2013

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June 27, 2013

Mile Square Theatre Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night on the Waterfront June 28 – July14

Filed under: Hoboken,Sinatra Park,Theater — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 3:05 PM

Here is the latest event being produced by the Mile Square Theater in Hoboken. Performances start tomorrow night at 8pm …

Mile Square Theatre Returns to the Hudson River Waterfront

with Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night June 28 – July 14th

MST 12th Night Shakespeare in Hoboken June July 2013

Mile Square Theatre, Hudson County’s premiere professional theatre company, returns to Frank Sinatra Park in Hoboken with a free, open-air production of Shakespeare’s beloved cross-dressing comedy of true love, Twelfth Night. Set in 19th century Hoboken, the production imagines a resort destination where Orsino and Olivia leisurely while away summer hours in the name of love.

Directed by MST Artistic Director Chris O’Connor, the cast will feature MST audience favorites, with Matthew Lawler (God of Carnage, The Pavilion) as the puritanical Malvolio, Charlie Kevin (God of Carnage, It’s a Wonderful Life) as Sir Toby Belch, John Keller (It’s a Wonderful Life, Banner Yet Wave) is Orsino, and Jen Ring (Rikki Tikki Tavi, Flare) as Fabiana. Rounding out the cast is NYC actor and circus performer Peter Daniel Straus (Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus) as Feste the Clown. Twelfth Night will feature original music composed by MST resident composer Sean Hagerty (A Christmas Carol, The Pavilion).

FREE and open to the public, Mile Square Theatre’s riverfront productions are a great way to cool off on a hot summer evening, and Frank Sinatra Park’s amphitheater is a spectacular venue for summer theatre. With beautiful scenery, costumes, and lighting created by Mile Square Theatre’s resident design team, and set against a breathtaking view of the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline, the show promises to be a delightful and entertaining evening of theatre.

Twelfth Night plays from June 28 till July 14. Performance nights are Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 8pm. Sinatra Park is located at the corner of 4th Street and Sinatra Park Drive in Hoboken.

Local restaurateur Anthony Pino (Anthony David’s, Bin 14) will serve fresh-made American-style summer fare at the Frank Sinatra Café. The menu will include lobster rolls, barbecue chicken, hot dogs, seared tuna nicoise salad, pulled pork, and beer and wine.

Twelfth Night is supported by Mayor Dawn Zimmer and the City of Hoboken, Bijou Properties, Ironstate, Hoboken Family Alliance, Mason Family Civic League, Party With Purpose, Pearson Foundation, The Rockefeller Group, and the Monroe Center for the Arts.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of state, a partner agency of the National endowment for the arts and by funds from 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.

About Mile Square Theatre:

Mile Square Theatre (MST) is the leading professional Equity theatre in Hudson County. Since 2003, MST has presented full-scale productions for adults and children, in addition to providing theatre education programs. Under the artistic direction of Chris O’Connor, MST receives support from The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Hudson County Division of Cultural Affairs. For company information, please visit www.milesquaretheatre.org.

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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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March 12, 2013

Reminder: City of Hoboken Irish Cultural Festival Wednesday March 13, 2103 3-10pm at Sinatra Park

Filed under: Hoboken,Sinatra Park — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 11:55 AM


Hoboken Irish Festival 3-13-2013 Cirty of Hoboken Updated Flier

The City of Hoboken invites all residents and visitors to the 2nd Annual Irish Cultural Festival on Wednesday, March 13th from 3pm to 10pm at Sinatra Park. The event is free and features Irish music, food, beer, vendors, dance, and other activities for all ages.

The festival will be headlined by The Prodigals, who have been called the “Best Irish Traditional-Rock Band” by the Village Voice. Additional musical performances include local favorites Gold n Brown, the Will O’Connor Band, Colin Nisbet, and the Jersey City Fire Fighters Pipe and Drum Band.

Anthony David’s will offer fish n’chips, while a beer truck hosted by Bin 14 will serve Guinness, Harp, and more. Sodexo Food Service will sell corned beef and cabbage and

shepherd’s pie, and On The FlipSide burger shack will offer hamburgers and hotdogs. Baker’s Bounty will be selling their famous gluten-free Irish soda bread and green shamrock cookies and Domenico Caruso will offer popcorn and green cotton candy. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Rebuild Hoboken Relief Fund and American Legion Post 107.

The festival will feature face painting, craft activities, the Hoboken Hurling Club, and dance performances by the Garden Street Irish Step Dancers, Emerald Fire Dance Ensemble and Peter Smith School of Irish Dancing. Emerald Fire Dance will not only be performing, but will also invite the audience to participate in an all-ages demonstration of Irish Step Dancing. Emerald Fire is a dance company that was originally based in Dublin, Ireland and put together to tour with symphony orchestras in Europe, in 2001.

Students from Hoboken Charter School and their high school student council will provide a booth with craft activities for children.

About the bands

The Prodigals are one of the most successful bands to emerge from the East-Coast Irish scene. The band members grew up largely in Ireland; their original songs blend a funky and anarchic energy that is pure New York with a passion for the traditional music of Ireland. The band has headlined major venues and festivals throughout the United States, Los Angeles and Las Vegas to Chicago, Boston and Maine, as well as abroad in Canada, Germany and Ireland.

Gold n Brown is a Hoboken-based Celtic – Jam band created by Lloyd Gold and Liam Brown, along with Dave Ribyat on accordion and Chuck Tumulty on percussions. This bar favorite band plays everything from their own originals such as The Gold N Brown Reel, to Traditional Irish Music, as well as their own Celtic take on classic rock  songs, old Irish Standards.

Hailing from Hoboken and performing here weekly, The Will O’Connor Band is known for thoughtfully presenting a variety of great music from the ’50s to the ’90s, but also for their passion and love of Ireland and its musical heritage. The group could not be prouder to celebrate again both their love of Hoboken and Ireland as part of the Hoboken Irish Cultural Festival.

Colin Nisbet has been playing the bagpipes for almost 25 years. He helps run his family’s business, The Piper’s Cove in Kearny, NJ, where they sell bagpipes, kilts, and other Scottish and Irish gifts.  Currently, he is the instructor for the Jersey City Firefighters Pipe Band.


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January 27, 2013

Re-Construction of Sinatra Park Underway- Excavation Underway

Filed under: Construction,Hoboken,Sinatra Park — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 2:45 PM


Excavation at Hoboken Sinatra Park

A friend of TheBoken.com’s asked about the construction at Sinatra Park. I figured it was best to go out and get some exercise and see for myself and share a few photos with readers. It is the dead of winter and it does not surprise me that my friend and others might not be aware of the progress being made down by the Hudson River. It appears the a massive excavation effort is underway as evidenced in the photo above. The photo below shows the lumber that was used to support the field. The problem with the previous design (as I understand it in layman’s terms)  was that there was no seawall built and thus over time the lumber became weak and the field was declared structurally unsound after a partial collapse. A large crane has been brought in to assist with the excavation. Here is hoping the new plan will be more structurally sturdy and last many decades before needing a major over hall.

Hopefully this answers my friend’s question a bit.

Excavation at Hoboken Sintra Park

Construction Crane at Hoboken Sinatra Park

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Photos of the Day–Full Moon Over Manhattan

Moon Over Manhattan photo #`2

Yesterday at sunset the moon was full and over the Manhattan skyline and viewable from Hoboken. Here are a few shots I was able to take during the cold.

Moon Over Manhattan 1-26-2013 HDR #2

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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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August 20, 2012

Julio Fernandez and Friends at Sinatra Park in Hoboken Thursday Aug 23rd @ 7pm

Here is the finale event for this summer’s series Concerts in the Park  hosted by the City of Hoboken and its sponsors…

Julio Fernandez and Friends at Sinatra Park in Hoboken Thursday Aug 23rd @ 7pm

Julio Fernandez (left) playing at a previous show at Sinatra Park

Julio Fernandez, renowned guitarist for Spyro Gyra will performing with some amazing musicians and will be showcasing some of his original music as well arrangements of his favorite classics. The show is Thursday August 23rd at 7pm in Sinatra Park between 4th and 5th Streets on the waterfront. Here is the lineup of talented musicians…

  • Julio Fernandez guitar and vocals
  • Gary Schreiner piano and chromatic harmonica
  • Scott Ambush bass
  • Benny Harrison organ, acoustic guitar and vocals
  • Chris Infusino drums
  • and special guests.

Editor’s Note: If you could only see one free concert in the Park at Sinatra Park this Summer this would be the one concert to see. With the quality of musicianship on display it is very hard to believe that this event is free. Julio Fernandez and his numerous musical freinds never fail to put on a great display of music of a variety of styles of music.

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July 16, 2012

Hoboken Sinatra Park Concert Series Lineup for Thursday July 19 at 7pm

Hoboken Sinatra Park Concert Series This Week
Summer Concert Series at Sinatra Park
Sinatra Drive between 4th & 5th Streets

The Hoboken Sinatra Park Concert Series continues this Thursday, July 19 with Classic Album Night from 7pm to 9pm with “The Hunt” – performing The Rolling Stones “Sticky Fingers”


  • Chris Butler as Charlie Watts (drums)
  • Dave Dunton as Nicky Hopkins/Billy Preston (keyboards)
  • Rich Feridun as Mick Taylor (lead guitar)
  • Craig Hoek as Bobby Keys (saxophone)
  • Jared M. Nickerson as Bill Wyman (bass guitar)
  • Jill Richmond as Keith Richards (rhythm guitar)
  • Debby Schwartz as Jim Price/Venetta Fields (French horn, backing vocals)
  • Tammy Faye Starlite as Mick Jagger (lead vocals)
  • with special guest Claudia Chopek (violin)


“The Deaf, Dumb & Blind Boys” – performing selections from: “Tommy” & “Live at Leeds” by The Who featuring Keith Hartel, Tom Jorgensen, Kevin Hyland & Dan Hyland

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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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