Hoboken concerts in the Park: “Summer Enchanted Evenings”

Hoboken Summer Enchanted Evenings 2014Every year, musical performances take place near the recently renovated Sinatra Park area along the beautiful Hudson River. It happens in the amphitheater next to the empty restaurant space that used to be home to the Crepe Grill (which recently opened up as Crepe Guru to resident satisfaction on Washington Street between 3rd & 4th).

To the north of the stage is the thrice-rehabilitated Sinatra Field, which sunk into the river five years ago. It’s seemingly in good health now, but if I were you, I’d “walk at my own risk…”

As a reminder, for those of you who remember the old OLD Sinatra field, it was actual dirt and grass (although far from pristine – it was still “real”), but you could play ball on it whenever you wanted. After it got re-built, “free space” it was no more. No one could use it unless a permit had been acquired. So be careful when someone uses the phrase “open space,” and be sure to question who gets to use it, how and when.

Hopefully the happy music helps us forget the nonsense our silly “government” gets us into.

(Note that this schedule often changes due to weather circumstances.)

Summer Concert Series Hoboken NJ Sinatra Park 2014 Thursday Nights

June 5: Celebrating the Music of Pete Seeger

Featuring performances by Tom Vincent, Dave Calamoneri, Deena & Jon, Gene D Plumber, Ed Fogarty, Dave Lambert, Kate Jacobs, Abbe Rivers, Annalee VanKleeck, Howard Olah-Reiken and more.

June 12: Sinatra Idol Contest (6:30pm)

15 contestants will perform their best Sinatra singing style interpretation and be judged by a panel of judges. Winner receives prizes & trophy with host Gary Simpson. After party will take place beginning at 9:15pm at Little Town NJ located nearby at 310 Sinatra Drive. (Note the rain date of Friday, June 13th)

June 19: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (7pm)

Not taking place at Sinatra Park, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will put on a special “jumbo” performance at Pier A Park at 7pm. Attendees are encouraged to camp out, bring blankets, picnic baskets, etc. Hopefully, the park hasn’t collapsed by then.

June 26: The Fave and Karyn Kuhl Band

The Karyn Kuhl Band is a blues influenced alternative rock band based in Hoboken, led by singer, songwriter Karyn Kuhl. Prior to embarking on her solo career, Karyn fronted Hoboken favorites Gut Bank & Sexpod. Both bands were an integral part of the music scene that thrived in the mile square city in the ’80′s & 90′s. Karyn Kuhl band’s current lineup includes: Lou Ciarlo on bass, Jonpaul Pantozzi on drums & James Mastro on guitar.

July 10: Hoboken Summer Bash (6pm)

The annual “Summer Bash” is hosted by Frank Raia – where he provides food, drink and musical entertainment at zero cost to the participant. Lots of people turn out to this, the most popular of all the Summer Enchanted Evenings events. Get there early for best pick of the loot. Runs until 10:30pm.

Here’s what you might expect:

July 17: 10th Anniversary Performance by The Gordys

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July 24: Guitar Bar Allstars

Once again The Guitar Bar Allstars will try & break the record of having the most string instruments playing together on a song.

July 31: Orqueta La Caribena

Sponsored by the Puerto Rican Cultural Committee, Raul Morales, President.

August 7: Davey & The Trainwreck and Nipsey

August 14: Julio Fernandez Band & Friends

With special guests, an evening of jazz, soul & funk.

August 21: Swingadelic (7pm)

Swingadelic used to be a “resident” band over at Maxwell’s for the past seven years. Now that Maxwell’s abandoned Hoboken – you’ll have to follow Swingadelic around! Like at this waterfront event!