Freedy Johnston, Karyn Kuhl, Tape Hiss to perform at free Hoboken fest

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Freedy Johnston will perform at the Hoboken Arts and Music Festival.

Singer-songwriter Freedy Johnston, the Karyn Kuhl Band and Ernie Brooks’ Tape Hiss band will be among the performers at the free, annual fall edition of the Hoboken Arts and Music Festival, taking place on Washington Street from the Observer Highway to 7th Street, Oct. 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Art displays, vendors and family entertainment will also be available on Washington Street, which will be closed to traffic for the occasion.

Johnston was living in Hoboken and recording for Hoboken’s Bar/None record label when he first became known, nationally, in the the early ’90s.

The fiery rock singer-songwriter Kuhl is joined in her band by guitarist James Mastro, bassist Larry Heinemann and drummer Jonpaul Pantozzi.

Ernie Brooks — a member of Jonathan Richman’s beloved Modern Lovers band in the ’70s who later worked with the avant-garde musician Arthur Russell, plays Modern Lovers and Russell material and more in Tape Hiss with Steve Shelley (of Sonic Youth), Peter Zummo, David Nagler and Pete Galub.

Other performers on the festival’s three stages (one of which will be devoted to children’s entertainment) will include Manouche Bag, Milton, Orquesta La Experiencia, Tony Corrao (a past winner of Hoboken’s annual Sinatra singing contest), Erin Lee & the Up Past Bedtime Band, Little RocknRollers, Music With Corey, Music Together, and School of Rock.

The band schedule is not available yet.

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