This year’s spring Hoboken Arts & Music Festival will take place Sunday June 11, in a new location.
According to the city, the festival which typically takes place between Seventh Street and Observer Highway on Washington Street will move uptown due to the ongoing construction of the Washington Street Redesign Project.
The festival will now be between Eighth and Fourteenth Streets on Washington Street.
This year’s festival will have approximately 320 artists, crafters, and local businesses, and restaurants as well as food vendors, and non profits.
The biannual festival hosts approximately 30,000 to 40,000 visitors for the daylong event which Geri Fallo, who is in charge of cultural affairs for the city, said she begins planning for in January.
Some of this year’s vendors are newcomers to the festival.
“We are so excited to present such a great selection of music this year.” –Geri Fallo
“Aside from many favorite vendors who have participated in past years, there will be plenty of new interesting ones,” said Fallo. “Some uptown Washington Street businesses will take part for the first time this year, such as Bwe Kafe, The Elysian Cafe and Amanda’s, as well as Koro Koro.”
This year there will be two stages for musical performances, one on Eighth Street and one on Fourteenth Street.
“We are so excited to present such a great selection of music this year,” said Fallo.
This year there will be 13 bands and musicians including some local favorites.
“The Demolition String Band is a Hoboken based Americana band fronted by singer-songwriter Elena Skye and multi-instrumentalist Boo Reiners,” said Fallo. “They’ve released six albums and toured the USA and Europe. Their song ‘Go Coney Island, Roll On The Sand’ appears on the Grammy nominated album ‘My Name Is New York.’”
Another, Sylvana Joyce & The Moment, features “Hoboken favorite, violinist Sean-David Cunningham,” said Fallo.
The band has received national praise from the Huffington Post, performed live on the Amazon Video series “The Jimmy Lloyd Songwriter Showcase,” and is set to release their upcoming record, “Heavyhead” sometime this year.
Indie rock Jersey City trio Overlake will also perform this year and their second album, “Fall” was released on Hoboken’s own Bar/None Records on May 12.
According to Fallo, there will also be a Prince tribute at this year’s festival performed by Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber.
The band was founded by Village Voice writer Greg “Ironman” Tate and has been co-led with Hoboken’s bassist Jared Michael Nickerson since 1999.
Other performers include The Squid & The Rose, Glenn Morrow’s Cry for Help, Karyn Kuhl Band, In the Works, Emily & The Ideals, Mike Daly & The Planets, Christina Alessi & The Toll Collectors, RockNRoll Hi Fives, and Frankie Morales & the Mambo of the Times Orchestra.
Fallo said that although she is excited to have the festival uptown this year the move wasn’t without its complications.
“With all of the construction being done to Washington Street, we are glad to still be able to have the festival take place,” said Fallo. “It will be fun to create the event uptown in this new location. Certainly not without challenges and extra work, since we had to figure out all new logistics, but we made it work.”
Some of those challenges included the loss of the children’s stage and play area which typically includes children’s musical performers, bounce houses, and pony rides.
“There was no location to stage the children’s area with rides and games as we have downtown in the Capital One Bank parking lot,” said Fallo.
Another challenge this year was the Fire Station at 1313 Washington St., which will be blocked during the festival.
“The Fire Chief had been notified early in the planning stages, and arrangements were made to move their equipment to an accessible location, so it would be available in case it was needed for an emergency. The Fire Department will relocate their apparatus to another fire house during the event in case it is needed,” said Fallo who added, “This is standard procedure.“
For a schedule of performers or more information on the festival go to http://hobokennj.gov/departments/human-services/cultural-affairs/arts-music-festival/.
Marilyn Baer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.