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November 15, 2013

Hudson Taven to Host Special “Guest” DJ – DJ Kurt This Friday and Saturday and Next Weekend as well – November 15,16, 22 and 23

Filed under: Bars,bars and nightlife,Hoboken — Tags: , , , , , , — TheBoken @ 10:00 AM


Hudson Tavern, located at the corner of 14th and Hudson in Hoboken will be hosting special “Guest” DJ – DJ Kurt This Friday and Saturday and next weekend as well – November 15,16, 22 and 23. As editor of TheBoken.com I will shed my behind the scenes persona and lead the music at the Hudson Tavern while the bartenders focus on making the drinks. As a DJ in his 40s I have an both a popular and eclectic range of musical possibilities from rock, pop, good hip hop (the danceable kind), dance classics, new dance, and even some country thrown in to keep you guessing. I try to read the crowd and switch things up quite frequently to keep em’ guessing.

Spread the word and let the party begin. I will start approximately at 10:30-11pm all nights and play till close. I have had positive feedback with my guest gigs and enjoy doing this as yet another one of my hobbies. The nice thing about the Hudson Tavern is the wide range of ages that frequent the bar. It makes for a challenge to keep most people interested in the music. Leave your requests in the comments and I will do my best to accommodate.

For my gigs I plug into the house sound system from the corner part of the bar on 14th street with my iPad and the app DJay 2 shown below…..



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September 26, 2013

Hoboken Fall Arts and Music Festival Sunday September 29th 2013 11am to 6pm

Mayor Dawn Zimmer & the City of Hoboken proudly present the

Hoboken Fall Arts and Music Festival

Sunday September 29, 2013 • 11am to 6pm

Admission is Free • Rain or shine Washington Street between

Observer Highway and 7th Street

Hoboken Arts and Music Festival Crowds

For information, contact Geri Fallo at 201-420-2207. Vendor applications are available. Email requests to: gfallo@hobokennj.org.

Featuring over 300 artists, sculptors, photographers and local crafters, as well as rides, games, face painting, local businesses, non-profits, restaurants, food vendors, and much more.

3 Stages of live music featuring:

The Feelies: the legendary & influential rock band, reunited in 2008 with a highly successful series of concerts (including shows at Battery Park in NYC on July 4th of 2008 with Sonic Youth and at an REM Tribute concert at Carnegie Hall).  The classic Feelies lineup of Glenn Mercer, Bill Million, Dave Weckerman, Brenda Sauter, and Stanley Demeski performed their first shows since 1991.  Formed in Haledon NJ in 1976, The Feelies released 5 albums- including their critically acclaimed & influential debut Crazy Rhythms, which was voted #49 in the top 100 albums of the 1980s by Rolling Stone magazine and chosen by Spin Magazine as #49 of the best alternative records of all time. The twin-guitar attack of songwriters & founders Glenn Mercer and Bill Million is the infectious sound of the group. Paired with driving drums & percussion, it has left an indelible mark on the landscape of rock and roll.

Speed the Plough: is a multi-generational sextet celebrating their 30th year of making music, going back to their very first show, which was at Maxwell’s in Hoboken. Starting in their earlier incarnation as The Trypes, the group has always explored diverse instrumentation in a rock context, ranging from chamber pop to psychedic to folk rock. The group is marking the release of their career retrospective on Bar-None Records, “The Plough and The Stars.”

Davey & the Trainwreck: After meeting and hanging out in Hoboken for years, this group of old friends got together to play good, solid, and seemingly simple folk rock, reminiscent of Bob Dylan & the Band.  Lead by Hoboken Music Award winning song writer Dave Calamoneri, Davey & the Trainwreck’s motto: Good Music.  Good Friends.  Good Times.

Stuyvesant: Listeners familiar with the ‘90s Hoboken scene will remember singer/guitarist Ralph Malanga from the band Footstone and singer/guitarist Sean Adams and bassist Brian Musikoff from the Jersey City-based Friends, Romans, Countrymen. At the advent of the 2000s, these indie rock veterans teamed up with drummer Pete Martinez (proprietor of Hoboken’s Drum Den) as Stuyvesant, and picked up where they left off with their respective former groups, continuing the pursuit of perfect power riffage, rousing choruses, & impassioned vocals. Stuyvesant’s third full length effort, written & recorded in Hoboken, shall be released in early 2014!

Jack Skuller: 17 year old Jack Skuller is as inspired by the Everly Brothers as he is by the Black Keys. He has toured 12 major cities for RADIO DISNEY. He has performed live on FOX-TV’s Good Day New York and launched his career at 14 with a single on indie label BAR/NONE Records. Jack has appeared in Teen Vogue, New York Post, Time Out New York, J-14, Twist, New York Press and the Examiner.

The NERDS: high-energy stage show that combines rock & comedy, playing all your favorite hits.

Carolina Jug Stompers: Jugband gems, fiddle & mandolin rags, hokum & blues, ancient jazz, & original songs. The jug in the Carolina Jug Stompers is played by Hoboken legend Luke Faust, who’s played with Dave Van Ronk, the Holy Modal Rounders, and Insect Trust.  He’s joined by Ron Cole on fiddle, Randy Johnson on mandolin, and WB Reid on 6-string banjo. Randy Johnson has toured the US & England as a member of the New North Carolina Ramblers, as well as with Pete Peterson & Kellie Allen. Ron Cole has been the maven of hokum fiddle & obscure songs for decades, & most recently has been making music with the Piedmont Rhythm Aces in the Chapel Hill, NC area. WB Reid is the band’s west-coaster, fronting, with Suzy Thompson, the acclaimed Berkeley based 1920s party music band, The Todalo Shakers.

Gene D. Plumber: A Hoboken jewel, Gene plays a mix of standard styles, what he calls Tex-Mex-abilly.

The Deb Stein Authority: Hoboken resident & jazz flutist, Deb Stein brings together an impressive line-up of musicians performing Latin Jazz, Blues & Standards. Featuring Berklee School of Music graduates Alan Chaubert on piano & trumpet, Jim Savitt on guitar, Rob Rolling on bass & Andy O’Neill on drums.

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 and memorable melodies, every song tells a story and every show is full of fun, inspiring kids of all ages to dance and sing along with music the whole family will love!

Preschool of Rock: was founded by Michael Napolitano, a longtime member of the Blue Man Group organization and former Music Specialist at the Blue Man Creativity Center in NYC. The school offers a unique music based curriculum for children and their families. Each Preschool of Rock class or show is a roof raising celebration.  Their use of original music, drum circles, guitars, dramatic play, puppets, movement and storytelling captivates audiences.

The Garden Street School Band: Garden Street School of the Performing Arts is owned by longtime local residents Dan and Annie McLoughlin.  Garden Street is the leading school for training in all aspects of the arts including dance, theater, music, and art.  There are classes for all ages, styles, & levels from the complete beginner to the aspiring professional. They start at age 1 through adults, & there is a class for everyone. Garden Street staff is comprised of the most talented artists in the country, from Broadway credits, Grammy nominations & more.

Performance Schedule

Observer Highway Stage

  • noon – Lonesome Prairie Dogs
  • 12:45pm -  Stuyvesant
  • 1:30pm – Jack Skuller
  • 2:15pm  -  Davey and the Trainwreck
  • 3:15pm  – Speed the Plough
  • 4:30pm- The Feelies

3rd Street Stage – children’s area

  • Noon – 12:30pm – Preschool of Rock
  • 12:50pm to 1:20pm – Garden Street School
  • 1:45pm to 2:15pm – Fuzzy Lemons
  • 2:35pm to 3:05pm – Garden Street School
  • 3:30pm to 4:00pm – Fuzzy Lemons
  • 4:30pm to 5:00pm – Preschool of Rock

6th Street Stage

  • 12:30pm - Brody
  • 1:00pm - Gene D. Plumber
  • 2:00pm  - The NERDS
  • 3:15pm - Carolina Jug Stompers
  • 4:00pm - Deb Stein & the Master Class
  • 5:00pm  - Danny Matos y Son Candela Salsa Band


Special features include

  • Fine artists are located between 2nd & 3rd Sts. (both sides), 5th & 6th Sts. (North, East side), and artists from the Monroe Center for the Arts between First & Newark Sts. (North, East side), so if you are an art collector, these are the locations you will want to explore first. Oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, sculpture, mixed media, photography, etc.
  • Children’s activities on 3rd street with rides, games, creative activities, face painting, sand art, balloons, live performances and much, much more.
  • Crafters display / sell handmade: pottery, metalwork, wood items, furniture, blown & fused glass, quilts, household items made from recycled materials, batik clothing, hand painted furniture, candles, jewelry, dried florals, soaps & lotions and other unique handcrafted items.
  • Food: Lots of great food throughout the fair. Hoboken restaurants will set up street cafes offering an eclectic variety of international foods such as: Thai, Indian, Greek, French, Mexican, Cajun and Italian.

Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are greatly needed to help with vendor setup the morning of the event from 7:00am to 11:00am. Anyone interested in helping should contact Geri Fallo in the Cultural Affairs Office at 201-420-2207 or gfallo@hobokennj.org.

How to Get Here
Located just 3 blocks from all public transportation: PATH, NJ Transit Trains & buses, NY Waterway Ferries & the Hudson Bergen Light Rail. For details, visit: www.hobokennj.org/visit/how-to-get-here

Washington Street between Observer Highway and 7th Street will be closed from 6am to 9pm. During this time, NJ TRANSIT Bus No. 22 (North Bergen-Union City-Hoboken), No. 89 (North Bergen-Hoboken) and No. 126 (Hoboken-New York) will operate on a detour. Customers traveling toward North Bergen and New York will board and alight along Bloomfield Street at customer’s request. Customers traveling toward Hoboken Terminal will board and alight along Willow Avenue at marked bus stop locations.

United Water, The Hoboken Reporter, Capital One Bank, Walgreens, PATH, Port Authority of NY & NJ

Food & Beverage Donated by: Anthony David’s, Lisa’s Deli, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Luca Brasi, Vito’s Italian Deli, Losurdo Brothers Deli/Tony’s Italian Bakery.

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

For more information call 201-420-2207 or email gfallo@hobokennj.org
For updates, visit: www.hobokennj.org/departments/human-services/cultural-affairs/arts-music-festival

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September 3, 2013

Washington Street Shuffle – Maxwell’s in Hoboken to Re-open?

Filed under: Bars,Hoboken,Restaurants — Tags: , , , , — TheBoken @ 11:15 AM

Maxwells to Reopen in Hoboken - Buzz on the Street

Photo by Jean-Paul Picard Hoboken Photograher and Instructor

Maxwell’s, the recently closed music night spot that had served Hoboken for a 35 year stretch seems to have come back from the grave at least potentially. There were signs put up at MAxwell’s over the Labor Day Weekend that have state the bar/restaurant/music venue is looking for experienced servers and bartenders.  People interested can apply in person or email resumes to MaxwellsHoboken@gmail.com.

For those at a loss since the institution located at the corner of 11th and Washington Streets closed, there is indeed hope it will re-open. Perhaps they just needed to get rid of one of their partners Todd Abramson who was quoted on NJ.com stating:

“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.”

Well that is the opinion of one of the former partners but it looks look whoever is remaining is looking at another go.  For those music fans who loved Maxwell’s I offer these parting words….  in the immortal expressions of Jessie Jackson: “Keep Hope Alive!”

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August 1, 2013

That’s All Folks – Maxwell’s Closes Doors After Plus 30 Years of Music and Mixology in Hoboken

Filed under: Hoboken,Maxwells — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 8:10 AM


Last night was the last night for for the famous musical establishment Maxwell’s located at 1039 Washington Street. They announced earlier this summer they would be closing at the end of July and for the last several months saw a substantial uptick in business. Some of those who wax sentimental about such closings will feel the loss for some time and begrudgingly admit that although they did not go as often to this venue as they used to, it was still important  for it to be open and operating as a historical element of this town. The main issue with Maxwell’s was ultimately ownership choice and the changing demographic of Hoboken towards Soccer Moms and Dads on some level. Let’s face it, the concentration of people with tattoos is higher in Brooklyn and Jersey City and those are the youngers and hipsters that attend small venue musical events more than Hoboken’s residents these days. The proliferation of strollers over the last 5-10 years is a tell tale sign. Of course I am generalizing but you get the idea.

Maxwell’s closed with a block party that lasted until 11pm and the party still continued indoors. Here are some parting shots…..

Maxwell's Hoboken Closing Night 7-31-2013

Maxwell's Hoboken Closing Night 7-31-2013

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Maxwell's Hoboken Closing Night 7-31-2013

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July 4, 2013

Jack Skuller to perform at Hoboken Summertime Concert July 18 at 7pm

Filed under: Hoboken,Live Music,Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — TheBoken @ 12:50 PM


Local musician Jack Skuller will perform the Eddie Cochran classic “Summertime Blues” at Hoboken’s Hot Tunes in the Summertime on July 18th starting at 7pm.

This event will feature popular local musicians performing and reinterpreting your favorite summer tunes. It will be like a beach party by the river.

The event will be 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 & Deena, The Gefkens, Lloyd United, and Tom Vincent & the Hot Tunes House Band.

The new single from 17 year old Jack Skuller – “Someone Else” is now available for FREE download on http://jackskuller.bandcamp.com/

The song was Written by Jack Skuller and produced by Bryce Goggin in Brooklyn. The track features Nada Surf drummer Ira Elliot and bassist Jeremy Chatzky.

About Jack Skuller:

17 year old Jack Skuller is equally inspired by both the Everly Brothers and the Black Keys. Jack debuted at age 14 with a rockabilly-tinged single on Bar/None records. He performed it live on Good Day New York. At 16, he toured the U.S. with Radio Disney.

NY POST: “a mini-Jack White”
NY DELI Magazine: “Buddy Holly would be proud”
My Old Kentucky Blog: “killer power-pop songwriting”


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June 11, 2013

Industry Standard House Music Event at The Kolo Klub Friday June 14th 2013

Filed under: Bars,Hoboken,Live Music — Tags: , , , , , , — TheBoken @ 4:50 PM

Kolo Klub Friday June 14 2013 Industry Standard

Renowed DJ Marcus Robson and his freinds are planning another house music/EDM night at the Kolo Klub this Friday June 14th in Hoboken. 

This group comrpises local DJs promoting  for the love of the music rather than a quick buck. There is no cover charge to get in. They  have DJd at various clubs in NY and London, but really want to start something in Hoboken that will add to our arts scene. With the sad news regarding Maxwell’s its even more important for Hoboken to have credible promotors creating original events.
Anyway, here are the details. http://industrystandardevents.tumblr.com/
The Koloclub is located at 1422 Grand Street in Hoboken above the Pilsener Haus on the 2nd floor. Below is a photos of Marcus at a previous Kolo Klub event….
DJ Marcus Robson Kolo Klub Hoboken
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May 1, 2013

Hoboken Community: Ticket Information for Bob Dylan, Wilco and My Morning Jacket Show – Tickets on Sale May 4

From the City of Hoboken on the Bob Dylan, Wilco, and My Morning Jacket concert July 26th….

Hoboken Community: Ticket Information for Bob Dylan, Wilco and My Morning Jacket Show – Tickets on Sale May 4


Pier A Concert Hoboken

On Friday, July 26, 2013, Bob Dylan, Wilco, and My Morning Jacket will hold a concert at Pier A Park in Hoboken as part of the AmericanaramA Festival of Music tour.

Tickets will go on sale on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 10:00am. In addition to online sales, 500 tickets have been set aside for sale in Hoboken at Tunes, located at 225 Washington Street. Tickets are $75.50 each, cash only, and there is a 2 ticket limit per person. Tickets at Tunes will go on sale at the same time as online sales.

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April 16, 2013

Pilsener Haus Jam is Back at the Pilsener Haus Wednesday April 4/17 from 8pm to Midnight

Pilsener Haus Jam 4-17-2013 Julio Fernandez Hoboken

The Pilsener Haus is bringing back the Pilsener Haus jams on Wednesday night. The music series this week features Jennifer Lampert on vocals, Julio Fernandez on guitar, Jeremy Beck on keyboard, Dave Post on bass and Pail Pizzuti on drums. The show will run from 8pm-12am. The Pilsener Haus is located at 1422 Grand Street in Hoboken, NJ.

In addition to the music they will have the following food and drink specials…

  • Wednesday Happy Hour: From 5:00 till 7:00pm: just $10 for a beer and any sausage from the grill.
  • Endless Bier Mussels: They just keep on coming for just $13 per person.
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April 14, 2013

“One Love” Hudson School Performance Celebrating Africa, The Caribbean And The Americas April 20, 2013 2pm-5pm

Filed under: Hoboken,Music,Theater — Tags: , , , , , — TheBoken @ 2:40 PM

The production of “One Love” by the students of the Hudson School is coming back to Hoboken back!

One Love Festival Hudson School 4-20-2013

The entire school community is invited to enjoy energizing, interactive entertainment on Saturday, April 20th at The Hudson School’s one and only One Love Festival: Celebrating Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas.

Come and experience the music, dance, and artistry of professional and student performances of West African Drum, Stilts, Reggae, Hip Hop, Steel Pan, Capoeira and more. Exotic Face Art, Door Prizes and Surprises.

Sample Caribbean and Southern cuisine such as Patties, Coco Bread, Codfish Fritters, Jerk Chicken, Rice & Peas, BBQ, tropical beverages and Rum Raisin Cheesecake which will be available for purchase ($5-$10).

Video Preview of “One Love”

Details for event:

Date And Time: April 20, 2013 2pm-5pm
Location: The Rue Building
Address: 301 Garden & 3rd Streets Hoboken, NJ 07030

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April 11, 2013

Kolo Klub Industry Standard House EDM Music Night April 12

Filed under: Hoboken,Kolo Klub,Music — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 10:55 AM


The Kolo Klub is having an Industry Standard House and Electronic Dance Music (EDM) night tomorrow night April 12, 2013. Guests include Hoboken resident Marcus Robson, Dan Rozum, Andy Bullock, and James Tobin. The Kolo Klub is located at 1422 Grand Street Hoboken, NJ 07030 and is on the 2nd floor above Hoboken’s Bier Garten The Pilsener Haus.

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