Hoboken will launch a Virtual Winter Concert Series premiering Dec. 5 and continuing every Saturday this month to help residents celebrate the holiday season.
The virtual series will replace in-person events run by Hoboken’s Office of Cultural Affairs, which have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, which will be moved to an all-virtual event this year at a date still to be determined.
“Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working hard to keep our annual traditions alive, virtually this year to protect everyone’s safety,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla. “Thank you to our Cultural Affairs Department for helping ensure our children and families have some holiday cheer we can enjoy from home.”
The virtual events include Family Fun Night, a Sinatra Tribute Concert, Holiday Banding Concert, and The Eagles Engagement with all performances to be broadcast on the City of Hoboken Facebook and Instagram pages.
Lots on the schedule
The series begins Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. with Family fun Night featuring performances by Ron Albanese aka Polka Dot, The Fuzzy Lemons, Little Rock n’ Rollers, Rockness Music, Music Together, Music with Corey, and Hoboken Aardvarks
On Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. Hoboken will celebrate its favorite son Frank Sinatra with a Sinatra Tribute Concert. The event will feature a screening of the short documentary “To Be Frank” produced by Branding Shorts about Hoboken’s Annual Sinatra Singing Contest as well as performances by past Sinatra Singing Contest winners, including Greg Myers, Peter Cafasso, Jerry Pearce, Zack Alexander, Dan Lauzon, Peter Cannella, and Joe Caracco, The “Sinatra” ska band Skanatra, Mihir Beg, The Karyn Kuhl Band, and other Sinatra music lovers.
To help celebrate the season, the annual Holiday Banding Concert will take place on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. It will feature performances by Julio Fernandez, Jack Skuller, Tom Vincent, Gene D. Plumber, Abbe Rivers, Deena and Jon, The Fuzzy Lemons, Elena and Boo, Emily Turonis, Dave Lambert, Dave Stengel, and more.
The Virtual Winter Concert Series will end on Dec. 26 at 8 p.m. with The Eagle Engagement featuring local Hoboken and Hudson county musicians in celebration of The Eagles.
The Eagles Engagement will feature performances by Sylvana Joyce, Christina Alessi, Uton Onyejekwe, Leo Main, Peter J. Bellomo, Jaime DeJesus, Kathy Hubley, Boo Reiners, Gerry Rosenthal, Chris Smith, Nick Porcaro, Carlos Haase, Darryl Joo, Dave Lambert, Jeff Greenspan, Dave Entwistle, Josh Bicknell, Matt Scuteri, Ryan Freid, Max Feinstein, Bill Hamilton, Sean-David Cunningham, Jon Andrew, Eric Swintowski, Craig Akin, Dave DeRiso, Jeff Fernandes, Jeremy Saube, Stu Damm, Brian Prokop, and Matthew Golub.
The virtual concert series was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, Hudson County Executive Thomas DeGise, and the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders as well as corporate sponsors Ironstate Development, Suez Water, and Burgiss.