Church Square Bands Participating, dates, and music description.

June 25th - Americano Family Jamboree (Folk and Americana music)

Americana Family Jamboree is an all acoustic music program lead by Demolition String Band members Elena Skye and Boo Reiners that the entire family will enjoy -- fun for kids of all ages, but safe for grown-ups! Music from the Great Americana Songbook springs to life in the strings and voices of Americana Family Jamboree as they perform traditional songs by Jimmie Rogers, The Carter Family, Leadbelly, Bill Monroe, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Hank Williams, Stephen Foster, Loretta Lynn, Jim & Jesse, Ola Belle Reed, Buck Owens and many others. There'll be guitars and fiddles, banjo pickin' too, so bring your dancing shoes and be ready for lots of singin' and clapping!

Elena Skye and Boo Reiners are based in Hoboken/NYC and have lead their Demolition String Band for well over a decade plus, releasing five albums and completing numerous tours in the US and abroad. BILLBOARD MAGAZINE says, "Demolition String Band are across the board connoisseurs; master instrumentalists, lyricists and entertainers while Skye is a vocal treasure." Elena's songs have been covered by other artists and appeared in various films and tv shows. She recently received a co-write with Woody Guthrie for putting his lyrics "Go Coney Island, Roll On The Sand" to music for the album "My Name Is New York: Rambling Around Woody Guthrie's Town" featuring songs about Woody's 27 years in NYC. The album will be released in September 2014 by The Woody Guthrie Foundation.

Boo's multi-instrumental work is featured on the Grammy winning album "Wonder Wheel: Lyrics By Woody Guthrie" from world music pioneers The Klezmatics. He is also known for his work in the studio and on tour with indie rock phenoms Dispatch, and his recent live collaborations with Grateful Dead co-founder Phil Lesh have been met with joyous acclaim from audiences on the West Coast. Boo is also a member of Swingadelic, Hoboken's own little big band led by Dave Post who moonlights on the bass fiddle with American Family Jamboree. Dave has been a fixture onstage and in the studios with many of the Metro area's most talented artists Fiddler Diane Stockwell is a frequent collaborator with AFJ and has performed with Jim & Jennie and the Pinetops, Dan Zanes and others.

July 2nd - George Naha + Friends (Scintillating Blues)

Guitarist George Naha has been a fixture on the NY music scene since the early 1980s. He has recorded with a great variety of artists, among them Bill Doggett, Livingston Taylor, Queen Esther Marrow, Bernard Purdie, Jack DeJohnette, Gerald Albright, Cornell Dupree and Hank Crawford. He has gigged around the world with such artists as Donald Fagen, Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn, Mick Fleetwood, Roy Orbison, Melissa Manchester, Bernadette Peters, Willie Dixon, Wilson Pickett, Junior Walker and Sam & Dave. George has done Jingle, TV and Movie Soundtrack work. He has played guitar on Broadway, including the productions of Les Miserables, Song & Dance, Smokey Joe’s Cafe and Mamma Mia, and was the guitarist in the Apollo Theater House Band for three years. George has produced a few records, written arrangements for live dates and recordings, and worked as Musical Director for many artists. He also has maintained a teaching practice for over 40 years.

The Sons of Rest formed in the early 1980s in Hoboken. They had a long running Monday night gig at The Beat’n’ Path, and then went on to form the nucleus of a band that backed many top R&B/R&R artists. The Sons consisted of Tim Tindall on bass, Charlie Caldarola on drums, and George Naha on guitar. They all went their seperate ways after a while, but have reunited recently, playing gigs in NY and NJ. The Sons of Rest have expanded, adding the great Ron Sunshine on vocals and harmonica.

July 9th - Jessy Carolina and The Hot Mess (1920's Jazz)

Jessy Carolina & The Hot Mess is a New York City based traditional jazz band. The group, formerly known as the Bill Murray Experience, formed in 2008. Over the years, the band has performed throughout the East coast and has participated in many organizations that include The Jazz Foundation of America, Music Under New York, Music That Heals, Healing Arts Initiative, and Make Music New York. Early on, the band was featured on The Simpson's 20th Anniversary Special and most recently, Jessy Carolina's musical performances were featured in the video game Bioshock Infinite. In 2012, the band traveled overseas and performed in Germany, Denmark, Israel, and Romania.

The Hot Mess is a six piece band. Lead vocalist Jessy Carolina also plays washboard and percussion. Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton plays banjo, piano, and also warbles. Jordan Hyde is the band's guitarist, and Jay Sanford is the band's bassist. The horn section doubles up with Carolina's husband, Mario J. Maggio on clarinet and tenor saxophone. Satoru Ohashi rounds it out on trumpet and trombone.

July 16th - Dirty Water Dogs (Cajun/zydeco/funk)

Dirty Water Dogs (named after the mystery morsels that are vended on street corners in their native New York City) are somewhat of a roots rock supergroup. Being a hybrid of the swamp rock monsters Loup Garou and folk heroes 5 Chinese Brothers, Dirty Water Dogs perform a unique mix of rollicking zydeco, blues, cajun, funk and heartfelt originals. Come see Dirty Water Dogs d-d-d-do it at Church Square Park, Park Ave & 4th St, Wednesday July 16 from 7pm-9pm as part of this traditional Hoboken family-friendly concert series.

July 23th - Lyell Gressitt and Joe Ruddic (American songbook Jazz)

The Mile Square All-Stars present distinctive interpretations of great American and Brazilian jazz standards from composers Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington, Antonio Carlos Jobim and many others. Each musician brings their own unique sound and artistry to the music while maintaining a shared vision. With their distinctive abilities, the band creates an exceptional sound that is passionate and captivating.

Singer, Lyell Gressitt is an adventurous vocalist with a warm and vibrant tone. Her superb phrasing can be attributed to a rhythmic freedom developed as a young child influenced by her father who was a fine swing drummer. Her sultry sound is evocative and captivating.

Joe Ruddick is an expressive piano player with a brilliant harmonic sense and a unique percussive approach. As a self taught musician well versed in a variety of musical styles, he is able to break free from traditional boundaries to create truly beautiful improvised music.

Doug Clarke is an exciting and inventive guitarist. He studied for many years with the legendary guitarist Tal Farlow, from whom he gained keen insight into the melodic and harmonic complexities of bebop and traditional jazz. Doug's lyrical melodic solos reveal maturity beyond his years.

Completing the ensemble, bassist Dave Hofstra and drummer Rudy Petschauer add unparalleled depth and soul to the music. Individually, they have played with a list of musicians that reads like a “Who's Who” in jazz. This experience enables them to both honor the pioneers of jazz and at the same time, break free from the harmonic and rhythmic boundaries of traditional jazz.

July 30th - Gene D Plumber (New Orleans Tex-Mex Jazz-a-billy)

Stay tuned for more information about this band.

August 6th - Fausto and The Weeds (Country Blues Maistro)

Manhattan native Fausto Bozza's parents were professional opera singers. His entire life has been engulfed in music. In fact,and he made his stage debut at the age of two in a performance of Madame Butterfly.

He has since developed his own wide-ranging style of musicianship. Fausto’s solo material is inspired by a variety of sources, including Blind Blake, Irving Berlin, Leo Kottke, and Hank Williams - and his own compositions are performed in his own distinctive style. In addition to performing solo, Fausto plays in a duet and trio format and is the leader and front-man of FAUSTO & THE WEEDS and THE FABULOUS FAUSTONES., two NYC-based rock and roots music bands. He is also the leader and co-founder of the electric swing band GROOVALAYA.

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August 13th - Emily Turonis (Eclectic International Blues)

Emily and the Ideals is a Hoboken original. Emily Turonis was born and raised in the square mile, and from an early age she connected with Jazz, Blues and Soul music. Extended stays in Brazil, Cuba and Spain introduced her to the worlds of Bossa Nova, Salsa, Flamenco, and of course, Fusion-Everything. Emily and the Ideals brings together many genres while holding down a constant sound, thanks to Paul Maurice Steinman directing the group on guitar. Emily and the Ideals plays a mix of original material, lesser known tunes from across the world, and some old favorites spanning the 20th Century.

August 20th - Christine Santelli

Christine Santelli has been on the NYC/NJ music scene for more than 2 decades. She has toured around the world and has released 9 CD’s over her long career. Her most recent EP, “Limelight ‘69”was chosen 2013 EP of the Year by Deep Roots Magazine. “ The beauty of Limelight ’69 is that you don’t have to buy any of your faithful friend and narrator’s cockamamie ideas about its narrative arc but can rather enjoy the tunes here as unconnected short stories—literate, engaging, darkly humorous in spots, certainly unabashedly romantic by the time the curtain comes down—and appreciate a fine songwriter at the top of her game.” Deep Roots Magazine

"Dragonfly," Santelli’s 8th CD, continues to burnish her reputation as a critically respected artist with that much sought-after quality—street cred”....Dave McGee veteran former Rolling Stone writer emeritus and distinguished author, "…Christine Santelli’s solo acoustic stunner Dragonfly is a complex, coming of age work…the matured singer-songwriter whose voice and acoustic guitar alone give wings to her poetry".

- “Dragonfly” was a direct result of a project she embarked on in the summer of 2010. Christine wrote and video taped 100 original songs in 100 consecutive days and shared them on Facebook and Youtube. She chose 15 of these originals and recorded them for her first solo acoustic album. These 15 weren’t the only songs chosen to be recorded that year. -Soul Singer Bettye LaVette recorded “Old”, one of the 100 songs from Miss Santelli’s project. The song was released on Bettye LaVette’s latest Deluxe Album “More Thankful n’ More Thoughtful”, November of 2012. ...‘Old’, simply a dead slow masterpiece, penned by Christine Santelli, lyrically draining as is Bettye’s performance over the simplest of backing...The Basement Britain #1 Soul magazine.

-Christine has performed festivals and many live shows in throughout the globe including South Africa, Norway, Germany, Switzerland (Montreaux Jazz fest among others) Russia, France, Spain and of course the US.

-She just returned from a tour in Savannah GA, Mobile Al, New Orleans LA, and Jackson MS.

-Deep Roots Magazine is hardly alone in their praise of Christine. Rick Anderson, in the All Music Guide, wrote, "…A solid roots rock winner." of her 2009 Vizztone Release “Any Better Time”. Diana Schwaeble of the Hudson Current, observed, "…(her) lush vocals, confident guitar licks and vibrant story telling are…richly hypnotic."

"When Christine Santelli sings you can see the pain, the joy, the passion, and the experience of all women in the world all at one time. Its' deep. It's soulful. And its meaningful. She has the wisdom of the ages in her voice and you can see it right there on her face. She's a revelation."-Willie Nile


August 27th - High School Confidential

  1. Cachabacha
    Stay tuned for more information about this band.
  2. Rest Ashore
    Rest Ashore frontwoman and songwriter Erica Butts recalls the group’s genesis with fondness and a characteristic hint of comic self-loathing, “I was a teenager, at the height of my angst, writing terrible emo songs on an acoustic guitar.” In those early days, middle school friends would drift in and out as Butts’ composition and writing matured. Late in high school, the project grew somewhat accidentally into a band. Drummer Isabelle Diamond, guitarist Franklin Savulich, and bassist Gabe Bond came together to back Butts at live shows and, finding a strong chemistry, decided to stick around. But despite casual origins, Rest Ashore wields uncommon focus and technical skill as they fuse emo roots with jazz and funk. Songs often juxtapose wrenching lyrics with a keen sense of rhythm and tasty melodic phrases creating a driving, danceable riot.