Summer Concerts on the Hudson


If you dig The Smithereens, then head up to Lincoln Harbor in Weehawken tonight at 7pm!

See the rest of the summer schedule below.


The Smithereens

Wednesday, June 25, 2008 – 7pm
“Having roots in New Jersey, The Smithereens were initially influenced by British invasion pop. With several songs high on the Billboard charts (A Girl Like You, Only A Memory, Blood & Roses, among others) the group placed their stamp on album driven rock radio and earned a national reputation as a great concert attraction with sizzling pop and rock songs.”

The Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars

Wednesday, July 16, 2008 – 7pm
“The Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars include musical colleagues and disciples of the iconic Jazz legend. Featured in this concert will be Grammy nominee Claudio Roditi on trumpet, the incomparable Cyrus Chestnut on piano, and Dizzy’s long time bassist, John Lee. Many of the arrangements played by this stellar group were written by Dizzy himself.”

The Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Wednesday, July 30, 2008 – 7pm
“Since its formation in 2000, the Grammy award winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra has established itself as a standard bearer of contemporary Latin music. Directed by world-renowned pianist, arranger, and producer Oscar Hernández, this thirteen-member all-star ensemble has reintroduced the classic sounds of New York City Salsa to music lovers worldwide.”

The James Cotton Blues Band

Wednesday, August 6, 2008 – 7pm
“Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2006, James “Superharp” Cotton has won countless W.C. Handy Blues Awards and a Grammy for his legendary harmonica playing. He’s shared the stage with Muddy Waters, B.B. King, The Rolling Stones, the Allman Brothers, Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, and The Grateful Dead, among many others.”

Tango on the Hudson

Wednesday, August 20, 2008 – 7pm
“Join us for an evening of magnificent tango music and dance. Led by 2007 Grammy winner and master bandoneonist, Raul Jaurena, this gifted company of some of New York’s finest tango dancers and musicians will bring a little bit of Buenos Aires to the banks of the Hudson.”

The Wailin’ Jennys

Wednesday, August 27, 2008 – 7pm
“Three extraordinary voices, one singular vision: The Wailin’ Jennys continue to evolve into far more than the melodious sum of their individual talents five years after blowing in on a fresh acoustic breeze from Canada’s mid-western heartland. Familiar to millions through Garrison Keillor’s national radio show A Prairie Home Companion.”

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I was wondering if I should post about this here…sometimes I am reluctant to reveal real “finds”, especially where it comes to live music and other entertainment because next thing you know the event gets too crowded and it gets ruined. But since you have found out about it I must say this is a real Hudson County live music “find”. It is free, the setting is absolutely beautiful and the set up and sound quality are first rate. Re: tonight’s show, I am a Smithereens fan so I am biased. I have to admit I can’t remember Pat DiNizio being this huge! But thank goodness the pipes are still there. He is one of those singers whose voice gets better as the set goes on. The set started out like a greatest hits thing and then the band got energized when they did new songs and a couple of covers. Of those, I have to say “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” was my favorite. I heard that their Beatles tribute album is great and indeed it was sold out by the time I got to the table at the end of the show. The encore was brilliant, and they hung out and signed CDs after the show. Real old school. My teenage son was impressed but somehow he thinks it’s OK for guys my age to rock on stage but when I start dancing he tells me to stop because I might break something. Kids.

The Smithereens show rocked – sounded great.