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August 27, 2013

Pilsener Haus Jam Wednesday August 28 8pm-midnight with Julio Fernandez and Jennifer Lampert

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Pilsener Haus Jam 8-28-2013

The Pilsener Haus in Hoboken is hosting another great musical lineup tomorrow night Wednesday August 28 from 8pm until midnight. Renowned guitarist Julio Fernandez of Spyro Gyra will be celebrating his Birthday eve with a bratwurst, a beer and a band!

The Pilsener Haus Jam will feature Julio Fernandez on Guitar,Jennifer Lampert on Vocals, Chris Clark on Keys Dave Post on Bass and Charlie Caldarola on Drums.

There is no cover for this great group of performers.


Pilsener Haus and Biergarten

Address: 15th Street between Adams and Grand Streets, Hoboken

Phone: 201-683-5465

Summer hours start May 1:

  • Open Monday – Thursday 4:00pm – 2:00am
  • Friday 3:00pm – 2:00am
  • Saturday noon – 3:00am / Sunday noon – 2:00am
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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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July 4, 2013

Maxwell’s Remaining Music Schedule – An Iconic Hoboken Establishment Concludes their Lineup after 35 years

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Maxwell’s of Hoboken recently they will be closing their doors after 35 years of being Hoboken’s premier music venue. It was reported that they would close at the end of July. Here is the remainder of their July schedule…

Maxwell's at night in Hoboken, NJ

Maxwell’s of Hoboken Remaining July 2013 Schedule:

  • Thursday 7/4 The Feelies 10 p.m. SOLD OUT!
  • Friday 7/5 The Feelies 9 p.m. SOLD OUT!
  • Saturday 7/6 The Feelies 9 p.m. SOLD OUT!
  • Sunday 7/7 The Flamin’ Groovies/Daddy Longlegs 9 p.m. SOLD OUT!
  • Monday 7/8 Swingadelic 9 p.m. Free
  • Tuesday 7/9 Jon Langford’s Threesome feat. Tony Maimone and Steve Goulding performing Mekons, Waco Bros. and Jon Langford songs from throughout the centuries $10 Buy Tickets Here!
  • Wednesday 7/10 The Fleshtones/The A-Bones/Split Squad 8:30 p.m. $10 Buy Tickets Here!
  • Thursday 7/11 Hockey/Saint Model/Swimm 8:30 p.m. $12 adv./$14 d.o.s. Buy Tickets Here!
  • Friday 7/12 Rachel Yamagata/Sanders Bohlke 7:30 p.m. $18 adv./$20 d.o.s. Buy Tickets Here!
  • Friday 7/12 The Everymen/Life Eaters/Black Wine/The Brooklyn What 10 p.m. $10 Buy Tickets Here!
  • Satuday 7/13 The Kids Are Alright!: Honorable Demention/Swamp/Flagland and more 2 p.m. $5
  • Sunday 7/14 Titus Andronicus SOLD OUT!
  • Monday 7/15 Titus Andronicus SOLD OUT!
  • Tuesday7/16 Titus Andronicus SOLD OUT!
  • Thursday 7/18 The Above/Twin Guns/The Split Signals $10
  • Friday 7/19 Bosnian Rainbows/Rye Coalition $15 SOLD OUT!
  • Sunday 7/21 Screaming Females (3 p.m.) $10 SOLD OUT!
  • Sunday 7/21 Ted Leo/Shellshag SOLD OUT!
  • Tuesday 7/23 ….And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead SOLD OUT!
  • Thursday 7/25 The Muffs $15 SOLD OUT!
  • Saturday 7/26 Wild Nothing $12 advance/$14 at the door
  • Tuesday 7/30 Lee Ranaldo and The Dust $20 SOLD OUT!

Please note that the schedule is subject to change. For possible schedule updates go to http://maxwellsnj.com/. Maxwell’s is located at 1039 Washington Street in Hoboken and will be missed by many music fans from Hoboken and elsewhere.

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June 27, 2013

The Gordys to Play Tonight June 27 at Sinatra Park in Hoboken 7-9pm

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The Gordys Hoboken Concert 6-27-2013

Tonight The Gordys will be playing at the City of Hoboken Summer Enchanted Evenings Concert Series. Proudly presented the City of Hoboken, these free outdoor performances are generally held Thursday evenings in the Amphitheater at Sinatra Park, located on Frank Sinatra Dr. between 4th and 5th. Note: schedules are subject to change due to weather. Some shows have rain dates and others do not.

Tonight’s show is scheduled to run from 7pm to 9pm.

Here is a video sample from last year’s concert from Robert Strell:

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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 12, 2013

Hoboken Sinatra Idol Contest FridayJune 13th 6:30pm to 9:00pm (Rain Date)

PLEASE NOTE: Due to heavy rain prediction for Thursday, June 13th the Sinatra Idol Contest has been rescheduled for Friday, June 14th. Same location (Sinatra Park), same time (begins at 6:30pm).


Friday , June 13, 2013 (raindate) 6:30pm to 9:00pm

 Sinatra Park on Sinatra Drive between 4th & 5th Streets

 featuring hosts: Gary Simpson & Geri Fallo

 Prizes awarded to the best Sinatra Style Singers – Admission is free

Hoboken Sinatra Idol 2012 Winner

After party will take place at Little Town NJ, 310 Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, NJ, just steps from Sinatra Park. Begins at 9:15pm, immediately after the contest. All are invited to attend.

With a panel of judges featuring:

  • The beloved Manzo Brothers, Chris & Albie from Real Housewives of New Jersey
  • Cristina Fontanelli – award-winning singer/PBS-TV host
  • Jennifer Lampert – vocalist and organizer of the monthly jam at the Pilsener Haus
  • Fran Azzarto – lead vocalist of the band Skanatra, has also performed with Sinatra family members, Nancy Sinatra and A.J. Lambert. Currently, is a teacher of music at Connors Elementary School andHoboken High School
  • Jimmy Farina – Hoboken City Clerk

Hoboken Sinatra Idol Contestants for 2013:

  • George Chartofillis, West Caldwell, NJ; NJ State Government Worker/Intake Investigator with the Division On Civil Rights, Office Of The Attorney General. A lifelong Sinatra fan and admirer, George has sung all of Sinatra’s songs in restaurants and clubs in New Jersey. As part of Newark’s Downtown District summer activities, George sings every Wednesday, on his lunch hour. “I love singing and 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.”
  • Mario Cruz, Guttenberg, NJ; Teacher of English as a second language. After a student asked Mario for the lyrics to “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” he played the song many times.  The more he listened to it, the more he liked it.  He started buying Sinatra music and eventually started to perform Sinatra songs at restaurants, outdoor festivals and weddings.
  • Joseph De Sarle, Staten Island, NY; retired after 40 years in the pharmaceutical industry.  Joe’s passion for Sinatra’s music came from his mother who was a Bobby-Soxer at New York’s Paramount Theater.  According to Joe, “She played his…records all the time. When she bought Mr. Sinatra’s “Swing Easy” album, I was hooked.” Joe has been singing all his life and has written over 200 songs.  He sings Sinatra songs from every decade of his recording career from the 40′s to the 90′s. Joe performs throughout the New York tri-state area and recently sang at The 6th Annual Sinatra Birthday Bash at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ.
  • Larry Dubin, Port Washington, NY; Substance Abuse Counselor.  Larry grew up listening to Sinatra songs with his parents. Seven years ago, he started singing Sinatra tunes at karaoke bars. He sang “That’s Life” in a Senior Idol contest and auditioned for The Voice, performing “The Way You Look Tonight.” Larry sings a few times a year with the Long Island cover band, Mystic.
  • Donnie Farraro, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, Retired truck driver.  Donnie sang a little bit when he was in the army, but then life and family obligations kept him busy. Seven years ago, he was diagnosed with stage four cancer of the tongue and told he might not talk again, maybe not even live, much less sing . . . But with the help of modern medicine and faith in God, he made a full recovery. Hackensack University Hospital asked him to give a speech about his fight with cancer at their annual dinner. Instead, he performed a few Sinatra’s songs. The response was overwhelming and Donnie has been singing Sinatra ever since. Donnie feels blessed to be alive, loves Sinatra’s music and strives to keep singing.
  • 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 and The Good Wife, as well as for movies, Spider Man 3, City Island, Wall Street 2, and The Answer Man.
  • Joe Harkins, Jersey City, NJ; Active in historic preservation in Jersey City. Joe was 10 years old when he first saw Frank Sinatra perform live during a War Bond tour in 1943.  The following year, Joe competed in his summer camp’s weekly talent contest, singing Sinatra songs such as “Saturday Night is the Loneliest Night of the Week” and “Stardust.” He says, “I won every week for the first 5 weeks, at which point, I was banned from the contest because no one else wanted to compete.”  The last time Joe saw Sinatra perform live was in the late 80′s in Las Vegas.
  • Peggy Alee, Yorktown, Virginia; Professional Entertainer. Peggy began singing Frank Sinatra songs in 1994, performing at nursing and senior centers at lunch time.  She has received many awards in the past several years, all related to her performance of Sinatra songs. Peggy has worked with renowned Big Band leader, Artie Shaw.  Peggy says Sinatra’s “style of music is my addiction. I simply can’t help it.”
  • Billy Nanni, Binghamton, NY; Sales Supervisor for an Anheuser-Busch wholesaler. Billy started singing Sinatra songs as a child, winning second prize in a talent show at age 15 after singing “Don’t worry ’bout me.” As he puts it, “when my friends were listening to the Beatles I was singing Sinatra.” Billy has been singing in the Binghamton area for almost 20 years, mostly singing the music of Frank Sinatra.
  • Norman Roy, Rossland, British Columbia; Business Owner/Building Contractor. Norman has been singing for many years, entertaining in pubs, wine festivals, charity functions and special events.  Ten years ago, someone suggested he sing Sinatra tunes. Norman took their advice and has been singing Sinatra songs ever since.  He also performs a country western act and is an Elvis tribute artist, performing at Elvis festivals sanctioned by Graceland.  “My passions is singing the standards I have entertained audiences with throughout the years – I love to sing.”
  • Joseph Settineri, also known as “Danny Satin”, Staten Island, NY; Worked in finance and accounting for the last thirty-five years. About seven years ago, he started writing a novel about a down-on-his-luck singer, who almost made it to the top during the 40s & 50s. While writing his novel, in order to truly understand his main character, he wanted to experience what it felt like to sing in front of an audience & found that he loved doing it!  “I’ve accomplished a lot in the last five years: writing the book, creating and performing a show, and self-producing a CD.”
  • Dennis Teza, New Jersey-based Professional Entertainer. Dennis has been singing Sinatra tunes for over 40 years, at parties, weddings, local restaurants and clubs.  Since childhood, Dennis sang and studied the vocals of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Perry Como, Nat King Cole and Bing Crosby. More recently, he trained with Lori Blois at the Blois Vocal Studio.  He performs over 35 Sinatra songs while incorporating the unique phrasing of different arrangements (Riddle, Jenkins, Basie & Jones). Dennis and his singing partner, Alisa Cornwell, have been performing in NJ restaurants and clubs over the past 9 years.
  • James Young, Columbia, PA. Retired police detective. James began singing Sinatra tunes on a dare at a club in 1997, having never sung a note before.  After he sang “New York, New York,” people ran up to him, saying, “You sound great!”  Although he said they were crazy, he kept with it and became a Sinatra style singer.  He has been performing his Sinatra tribute show since 2004.
  • Miguel Angel Vallejo Vizcarra, Veracruz, Mexico. Professor, Language Department, University of Veracruz and a freelance translator. Miguel loves singing and is a lifelong Sinatra fan.  He performs vocals in a small band called BlueStation made up of young talented students from his university.  Their first performance was a Sinatra tribute.
  • Rick Valiant, Vancouver, BC; Sales Consultant and Professional entertainer. Rick has been paying tribute to Frank Sinatra for the past five years, performing at corporate conventions, seniors’ homes, charity functions, as well as Casinos in Vancouver. He has 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.

Last year’s winner, James Anthony, will be on hand to sing a few songs and pass the trophy to the 2013 winner. James is an Operations Manager at a digital graphic/sign facility and lives in Bristow, VA. 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 his high school choir; during the 80′s, he became a harmonist/percussionist. He left the music industry for a while to help raise a family, but returned in 2006, when he recorded a CD of Sinatra songs in different styles. “Frank Sinatra’s way of singing brings joy to me and I do my best to share that love of singing with others.”

Thanks to the event’s sponsors: Muller Insurance, Carlos Bakery, Little Town NJ & Stan’s Sports Center for their generous support.

Thanks to the following local businesses for donating such fabulous prizes: W. Kodak Jewelers, Arthur’s Tavern,  Dino & Harry’s Steakhouse, Trinity, The Madison, Empire Coffee & Tea Co., Jos. A Banks, Leo’s Grandevous, Cafe Michelina, Body Balance, Massage Envy Spa, Hoboken Dive Center, Hoboken Golf, Carpe Diem Pub & Restaurant, Sedona, Wicked Wolf, Ali Baba, Vicki’s Jewelers, Tunes, Hoboken Man, Ali Baba Restaurant, Zafra, Three A’s Bar & Grill, Hoboken Cigars, Lepores Chocolates, Teak on the Hudson, and Onieals Restaurant.

For more information call 201-420-2207.

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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 5, 2013

Hello Radio to Play at Kolo Klub in Hoboken June 7th 2013 – Doors Open at 8pm

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Hello Radio - Kolo Klub in Hoboken June 7th 2013

Hello Radio is  playing their 100th show on Friday at Kolo Klub in Hoboken, NJ. They are playing with two talented bands: Bern & the Brights (Jersey City) and These Animals (Brooklyn). The doors open at 8 pm and the bands start at 9:00.The band is selling tickets online and there are still some available. You can get them here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/385008.

The Kolo Klub is located on the 2nd floor above the Pilsener Haus at 1422 Adams Street in Hoboken, NJ.

The Lineup:

Their Facebook event page has all of the details: https://www.facebook.com/events/144764909044854/?fref=ts

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June 4, 2013

For Hoboken All’s Well That Maxwell’s by Chris Halleron

This article has been re-posted with permission of the author Chris Halleron who has been writing about Hoboken for many years. His blog is http://chrishalleron.com/. His take on the closing of Maxwell’s coming up on July 31st is below:

For Hoboken All’s Well That Maxwell’s

Maxwell's Hoboken HDR - Live Music

Snotty Brooklynite Hipster: “Y’know, Hoboken is nothing but a homogenized, flavorless suburban enclave full of yuppies and strollers.”

Self-Loathing Yuppie Hobokenite: “Oh yeah? Well we still have Maxwell’s.”

Checkmate. That argument has now been taken off the table.

With the breaking news of its impending demise, I’ll sit here and eulogize Maxwell’s—along with a number of post-post-post collegiate current and former Hoboken residents—because it’s a pretty big blow to the community. In my 15-year Hoboken tenure I’ve seen a lot places come and go—a fair amount of sh!tholes, but a few gems. Maxwell’s is more than a gem, it’s a cornerstone… and now it’s being removed.

It’s not the first major change to hit Hoboken. I imagine the Lenape Indians were equally, if not more pissed off when the Dutch moved in and tore down the first Wigwam. “Ah man—that was Ockanickon’s old joint. We used to have some pretty sweet drum circles down there.” Fact is times change, and places change along with them—sometimes for the better, and sometimes they turn into a Buffalo Wild Wings with a bouncy castle nursery back where the stage used to be.

Over the next few weeks you’ll hear a lot about Maxwell’s being “an institution,” and none of it is hyperbole. With an amazing bar and restaurant, coupled with one of the more intimate venues in the New York Metro Area, Maxwell’s is Hoboken’s mullet—business in front, party in the back. The guestbook includes Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Springsteen, The Pogues, The Feelies, Red Hot Chili Peppers, R.E.M, and so on. But while these names are all impressive, they arguably play second fiddle to the dining room’s legendary chicken potpie.

Yet like many in Hoboken, Maxwell’s has simply grown weary. The town has become noisy, competitive, pushy or even downright obnoxious—and that’s just the parking situation. As noted by manager and co-owner Todd Abramson in his interview with The Star-Ledger’s Tris McCall, “The culture in Hoboken is driven by TV now. A lot of the bars downtown are fighting with each other for who has the most giant TVs. That’s what Hoboken nightlife has become.”

If you don’t have chicken wings, Bud Light Platinum and wall-to-wall plasma, then you’re simply not going to cut it. Business decisions are made based on market conditions. If the market dictates that cookie-cutter sells, then that’s what you end up with.

And that’s the shame of it all. I can sit here and gripe about it, but it is what it is. Beyond some absurd Schindler’s List notion that, “I could have [drank] more,” there’s not much anyone can do about it. I’m looking down the barrel at 40 and spent last weekend drinking beer in my backyard while my kid chased my dog around. If I’m the Maxwell’s demographic—too old to actually get out and enjoy it, so I sit home and wax nostalgic on the internet, then go to bed—I guess a change may do them good.

Whether Hoboken has outgrown Maxwell’s or Maxwell’s has outgrown Hoboken will be the subject of some debate around here.

Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, as they say. Or perhaps more befitting a New Jersey institution, “It’s a town full of losers and I’m pulling out of here to win…”

Link to original post: http://chrishalleron.com/2013/06/03/for-hoboken-alls-well-that-maxwells/

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Family Fun Nights in Hoboken Tuesdays Starting June 4th @7pm at Shipyard Park

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Hoboken,Live Music — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 11:40 AM

Starting tonight at the Shipyark Park in uptown Hoboken is the series of Tuesday events known as Family Fun Nights. See below for the schedule…

Family Fun Nights in Hoboken

Presented by the City of Hoboken-  Co-sponsored by The Applied Companies

Free  Outdoor Performances offer fun for the whole family

Uptown Shipyard Park Fountain Hoboken

When: Tuesday evenings at 7pm

Where: Shipyard Park,located at 13th Street & McFeeley Drive.
Organizer: Geri Fallo (201) 420-2207



  • June 4The Hey Ya Brothers
    The Hey-Ya Brothers is a two-man slapstick comedy variety show for the whole family created by clown and physical comedians. Featuring  Joel Jeske and Christopher Lueck.
  • June 11Yosi 
    (lively Children’s Sing-a-long) Award winning musician, Yosi performs original and traditional songs throughout North East USA & beyond. From school and library events to regional music festivals, Yosi’s shows are whimsical, imaginative, and enthusiastic. ‘Super Kids Rock’ won NPR: 2009′s Best Music For Kids, And Their Families, and 2010 Creative Child Preferred Choice Award; Winner of The National Parenting Center’s 2010 Seal of Approval.
  • June 18 - Rockin Railroad -
    Named “Best of” by New York Magazine. The Rockin Railroad band takes you on a journey through tempo, rhythm, word recognition, and sound identification, exploring different instruments and musical genres. Co-Sponsored by Kidville.
  • June 25Garden St. Bandpresented by staff and students from
    The Garden St. School of the Performing Arts. Will keep you jumping, grooving and moving. Fun for kids and adults of all ages!
  • July 9Ron Albanese (Polka Dot!) & the Polka Dot Pals!
    Ron brings along his POLKA DOT PALS! band for a music and comedy show like no other. There’s songs for everyone, costumes, props, special effects, and more!Co-Sponsored by My Gym Hoboken
  • July 16Preschool of Rock
    Each show is a roof raising celebration, delivering a cerebral experience filled with exciting and intelligent programming. The use of live, original music, drum circles, guitars, world instruments, dramatic play, props, puppets, movement and storytelling, captivate audiences, young and old.
  • July 23- The Fuzzy Lemons - Get ready to jump, wiggle, and shake with The Fuzzy Lemons, the juiciest family-friendly rock band on the scene! With laugh-out-loud lyrics andmemorable melodies, every song tells a story and every show is full of fun. C0-Sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s. 
  • July 30Erin Lee & the Up Past Bedtime Band
    Erin’s original songs about loose teeth, lost baseballs, and other assorted joys & challenges of childhood have earned her national attention as one of the freshest, funniest, and insightful performers for kids . . . and of course, their parents.
  • August 6Music Makes Meis an integrated, educational, music and movement program designed for kids. Our artists perform interactive songs that are designed to educate by utilizing melodies that are catchy and fun. Each session delivers an extremely high level of enthusiasm and energy, which is contagious! (Raindate August 27)
  • August 13Guitar Bar Jr. All Stars
    Co-Sponsored by Guitar Bar Jr.
  • August  20 -  Music Together

Pre-Family Fun Night Events at Shipyard Park:

  • My Gym Hoboken will offer pre-show demos starting at 6:15pm on July 9 and 30, and August 6.
  • Mimi’s Kids Yoga will offer pre-show yoga starting at 6:15pm on June 4, 11; July 23 and August 6.
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