For those looking to escape the loud bar scenes on Friday nights in Hudson County, there's an alternative. Quality musicians are playing at Park Pastries on Washington Street each Friday night.
The little haven for great food, coffee and art, is now showcasing a different singer/songwriter every week for their "Coffee Table Music" series. The concept was introduced by Hobokenite singer/songwriter John Sonntag, who approached the shop's owner about the idea. Last Friday, British musician Paul Clements performed throughout the night at the venue, and won the crowd over with his soft acoustic style.
"This is a great place for music," Clements said.
The very talented Clements performs regularly at North Jersey and New York City venues.
Sonntag's goal was to create an ambiance where patrons could appreciate acoustic music in an intimate scene. So far, the shows are going quite well, he admits. Sonntag also hosts a Wednesday night open-mic at Park Pastries. The event is for musicians who want to be heard. They must sign up by 7 p.m., and the open-mic runs from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
"We've been getting a good response from musicians and the community," Sonntag said.
Most Friday night performances begin at 8:30 p.m., but the crowd comes in a little later. On May 17, Michael Hofmann will delight audiences with his catchy melodies. He will be followed by Sonntag. On May 24, Adam Krass and Scott Elliott will perform bluegrass music.
Park Pastries is located on 517 Washington St. For more information call (201) 386-1020 or visit Sonntag's web site at www.thunderpumpkin.com -- E. Mulero q