There will be a lot of "Good Lovin'" going on at this year's fall arts and music festival in Hoboken. Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals will headline the event, scheduled for Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cavaliere will hit the First Street stage at 4:45 p.m.
Cavaliere's career began in the '60s with the Rascals and the group released such hits like "Groovin'," "Beautiful Morning," and "Lonely Too Long."
Keeping Cavaliere company at the festival will be local favorites like Swingadelic and Eugene. Swingadelic, the swing and jazz house band at Maxwell's in Hoboken, is led by Dave Post and they have performed at the city's "Concerts in the Park" this summer and at the Back East Picture Show last spring at the Hoboken Train Terminal.
Eugene is quickly gaining momentum and becoming one of Hudson County's top rock acts. They specialize in pop alternative rock with smooth tunes. Their relentless touring schedule have earned them the unofficial status of "the hardest working band" in town. Dominick and Jamie Della Fave are the best onstage duo keeping fans entertained. Also performing on the First Street stage will be Bucktooth Johnson, and Sputnik.
Several blocks down on the Sixth Street stage, the Fourth Street Nite Owls will play their washboard swing music, and local favorite Abbe Rivers will rock out and celebrate the release of her album.
For the first time in the festival's 10 year history, Scott E. Moore will host a Writer's Hang stage on Fifth and Hudson streets on the lawn in front of the DeBaun Auditorium. Moore's performers include Joe Rathbone, Jessica Owen, Mary Ann Farley, Greg Garing, KJ Denhert, Marc Von Em, The Damn Lovelys and Bill McGarvey.
"We wanted to add something new to the festival," said Hoboken Cultural Affairs director Geri Fallo.
Moore has hosted his Writer's Hang series at The Goldhawk in Hoboken for more than three years. During that time he has brought "A-list" talent to the mile-square city.
In addition to the live music, the festival will transform downtown Washington Street into a marketplace of ideas and products. More than 300 artists, crafters, photographers, sculptors, and vendors will lineup the streets.
"This is our 10 year anniversary and we are proud of what we've accomplished," Fallo said.
The Hoboken Arts and Music Festival will be held on Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Washington Street. For information call (201) 420-2207 or visit www.wingtip.org. Pick up the Current next week to read more about Cavaliere. q