Now, with his new website McCall’s Almanac, Tris is back. He’s taking fans on a trip across the United States, posting a new entry every Tuesday focused on a different American city. Each post comes with an original song, some tourist tips, and a short story. So far, the Almanac has visited Baltimore, Denver, New York City, Pittsburgh, San Diego, and Seattle with lots more to come.
Jersey City has a long tradition of cooperation between musicians and visual artists. At events such as 4th Street Arts and Music Festival, the Cathedral Arts Festival, painters, sculptors, and songwriters have often presented their work to the same audiences at the same time. Many of this town’s best bands have proven particularly sensitive to the expressive power of Jersey City’s homegrown visual arts community.
Hudson County’s Cantigas Women’s Choir will join forces with the Glass Menagerie of Lower Manhattan, along with Soprano Naomi Katz Cohento to perform, Zimriya: A Festival of Jewish Song, on Sunday, March 5, at Temple Beth-El. Cantigas Women’s Choir, named after a medieval Spanish song form called a “cantiga,” is composed of about 50 women
In case you hadn’t heard local writer Jack Silbert has been battling a serious illness. Jack is well known throughout Hudson County (and beyond) for his love of music and his expansive coverage over the years of the indy music scene. He has written about almost everything from local food spots, to theater, to politics.
RiverviewJazz.org has partnered with Mack-Cali Realty Corporation to present the Jazz at Harborside Series, a monthly lunchtime performance, which will take place at the Harborside Atrium (147 Harborside Financial Center Platform) from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.
Concerts at the MLK Hub (384 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive) return on Wednesdays from 5 to 8 pm featuring local R&B and soul performances. There will also be a special guest DJ at each show. Full Schedule: July 13: R&B April, Marlena Moniece, Juanita Douglas & Company July 20: Ambrosia July 27: IRA & Friends and The Unlimited Sounds
Free outdoor concerts in Liberty State Park are back! Presented by the Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs, concerts will held on Tuesday and Sunday evenings this year.
Although she’s never played the event before, no artist represents the spirit of the Riverview Jazz Festival better than Rebeca Vallejo. Her live performances lead with their exuberance — a natural match for an annual celebration of music at its most freewheeling. She loves jazz, but her understanding of the form is broad and inclusive:
Patrick Hambrecht first caught the attention of music fans in Jersey City as the frontman of the apocalyptic psych-rock band Flaming Fire. Hambrecht’s taste for signal processing and sonic experimentation — not to mention off-kilter songwriting and general delightful weirdness — made Flaming Fire a favorite of the free-form deejays on WFMU. Lately, Hambrecht has
On Saturday, October 24 the Harsimus Cemetery was alive and well with the sound of music. The annual Ghost of Uncle Joe’s Fundraiser presented by “Dancing Tony” Susco’s Rock-it Docket and The Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery was a great community event for all ages. Just take a look at the photos from this year’s event in our
It’ll be a sunny day, so I’ll meet you at the cemetery gates…. Oh wait, the Smiths tribute band played last year’s annual Ghost of Uncle Joe’s fundraiser concert for the Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery. Don’t worry, “Dancing Tony” Susco’s Rock-it Docket have put together an all-new slate of top local acts honoring their
Sunday, August 2 is the first annual Goat-Stock Festival at the Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery, 435 Newark Avenue, from 3 to 9 pm. If the combination of goats, graves, and grooves sounds pleasingly surreal to you, then you likely won’t want to miss the band Life in a Blender. The offbeat but undeniably tuneful
Montreal is home to the biggest jazz festival in the world. Like most good things, however, it started small: in its first planned year, it didn’t even launch. A few decades later, it’s huge, bold, and bossy enough to take over the city for several days every summer. The characters behind our own Riverview Jazz
On Saturday, May 16 the Pushing Up the Daisies Festival went off almost without a hitch. The doors opened later than expected due to a morning funeral. It is an active cemetery, after all. The weather cooperated for most of the day, all the bands played, including AMINAL, Black Wail, Bodega Dream, Cicada Radio, Cold Fur, Hey Anna, Higgins, and Vincent,
Kevin Fish has always been a man out of time. If he’d written and released the last two Higgins albums — the artfully ornate Zs and the gorgeous, sedate Straight A’s — in, say, 1974, he’d have probably earned himself raves in Rolling Stone and set himself up for life. As it is, the market for warm,
“Please, no more of your sweets,” sing sisters Natalia and Andrea Stevenson on “Stitch Me Tight,” one of the eight striking folk-pop songs on Reboot/Repeat, the 2014 set from Cachabacha. The Stevensons don’t want any of your phony compliments — they’re ready for the kind of salutary truth-telling that often stings during application. The arrangements
For about a decade, Adam Copeland has been a principal contributor to some of the area’s best and most intelligent guitar rock bands — he helped bring the storm to The Meltdowns, Kids With Guns and Ben Franklin, and he fronted the pleasantly menacing Black Water, too. Now he’s back with a new project that
You’d think a city of a quarter million — a pretty interesting one, too — would have more songs written about it. Luckily, we’re growing a crop of young rappers ready to represent for Hudson County. Piece Of Shit, the latest collection from local emcee Vincent, The Owl, is not going to win any clean-living fans
A legit jazz great sat against the back wall of the front room of Razza Pizza last Wednesday night, in a low chair, strumming and picking a guitar with an unconventionally small hole under the fretboard. Stephane Wrembel began the night flanked by another guitarist (this one with an unconventionally large, loaf-shaped hole under the fretboard
Update Jan. 26, 2016: The Dopeness has closed and reopened as The Citizen. After too many seasons in which nothing has gone right for fans of live music in Hudson County, here’s some welcome relief for you, rocker: the re-jiggered The Dopeness (332 2nd St.) is the real deal. Not just a bar and restaurant