The annual event Hobokenites have been waiting for all winter is coming to Hoboken on May 4. With an extraordinary musical lineup and a variety of vendors, this year's spring arts and music festival will again feature more than 300 artists, crafters, photographers, and sculptors exhibiting their works.There will also be lots of food like and entertainment for the kids, according to Hoboken's cultural affairs coordinator, Geri Fallo.
"This festival is awesome, and we are really excited with our headliner," Fallo said.
Headlining the event is Nancy Sinatra. The pop-music icon will delight the crowd with many of her '60s hits at 4:45 p.m. on the First Street stage in front of City Hall. Also performing will be singer/songwriter Bill McGarvey, Hoboken ska group Skanatra, The Crescent City Maulers, acoustic pop band FM Radio, a cappella group Mad Agnes, traditional Irish band Lenahan, legendary Hoboken musician Gene D. Plumber, the Lancaster Italian Folk Troop and M'Zume Rhythm Academy.
"This is one of the best festivals we've ever had musically," Fallo said. "I'm sure everybody will enjoy it."
A special area will be set up on Third Street for children's activities. It will include a magic show, sing-a-longs, juggling acts, face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo, sand art, temporary tattoos, and rides, according to Fallo.
The festival is free and open to the public, and it will be held on May 4 at 11 a.m. on Washington Street between Newark and Seventh streets. Sponsors include The Hudson Current, The Hoboken Reporter, WNEW, The Trust Company Bank of New Jersey, New Jersey Lottery, Bon Secours and Canterbury Partnership for Care, and Metro Homes. For information call (201) 420-2207. Rain date is May 18. Pick up next week's Current (May 1) for a complete schedule of the festival and an in-depth interview with Nancy Sinatra. q