The fall iteration of Hoboken’s biannual Arts and Music Festival, which took place last Sunday, was less well-attended than its spring counterpart, but a handful of rocking musical performances more than made up for the smaller, albeit still impressive, Washington Street crowd.
Longtime fans of Hoboken’s legendary indie rock scene, which spawned in the ’80s and ’90s thanks to clubs like Maxwell’s, flocked to the Observer Highway Stage towards the end of the day to see The Feelies, a band famous for its own blend of post-punk rock. And earlier, the Seventh Street Stage was a raucous dance party for The Nerds, who laid down rocking renditions of classic hits plus Robin Thicke’s current chart-topper, “Blurred Lines.”
The food, always a highlight and sometimes the biggest draw of the festival, was as eclectic as it was tasty. No arts and music fest would be complete without Hoboken classics, including hot and sweet Italian sausages and funnel cake, but there were also cuisines from around the world which were indicative of the mile-square city’s growing diversity.
Local businesses and craftsmen from around New Jersey set up shop to sell their wares for the day, and it seemed at some points as if you could buy just about anything, including pet bandanas and gourmet dog treats, used guitar string jewelry, and driftwood artwork painted on ruins that washed up exclusively on Hoboken’s shores.