Ivan Julian Band will headline free Spring Arts & Music Festival in Hoboken

Hoboken fest 2022


The Ivan Julian Band will headline the 2022 edition of the annual Hoboken Spring Arts & Music Festival, taking place on Washington Street in downtown Hoboken, May 1 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A founding member of Richard Hell & The Voidoids and guest guitarist for The Clash, as well as lead guitarist for Shriekback and Matthew Sweet, Julian recently released a gripping solo album, Swing Your Lanterns, on LADTK Records.

Julian’s stellar band, which features several Hoboken residents, includes James Mastro on guitar (Ian Hunter, The Bongos, Richard Lloyd); Jared Michael Nickerson on bass (Burnt Sugar Arkestra, Charlie Musselwhite); Debby Schwartz (Psycho Positive, The Aquanettas) and Judy Ann Nock (Psycho Positive) on backing vocals; Al Maddy (Joey Ramone) on guitar and piano; and Mike Ratti (The Nails) on drums.

I saw them recently at City Winery in New York and was dazzled by their emotive and sparkling performance.

“We’re gonna pull out all the stops” in Hoboken, said Julian, adding that the setlist will include songs from Richard Hell & the Voidoids’ Blank Generation album, his own The Naked Flame (recorded with the band Capsula) and Swing Your Lanterns, “plus the usual surprises.”

Pierce Turner will also perform with his band, featuring Mastro on guitar and Patti Smith’s rhythm section: Tony Shanahan on bass and vocals and Jay Dee Daugherty on drums. Turner recently released an album titled Terrible Good.

Frankie Morales (lead vocalist for the Tito Puente Orchestra) and his Mambo of the Times Orchestra will kick off the event’s second stage, at Seventh Street, according to Hoboken administrator for cultural affairs Geri Fallo, who organizes the festival.

Other performers include The Counterfeiters, The Brooklyners, Gentlemen of Soul, Widely Grown, Ruby Bones and Max Feinstein.

(Washington Street at Newark Street)

11 a.m.: The B Breakers
12:40 p.m.: The Counterfeiters
1:40 p.m.: Widely Grown with James Calleo
2:40 p.m.: Krystal
3:40 p.m.: Pierce Turner
4:45 p.m.: Ivan Julian Band

(Washington Street at Seventh Street)

12:30 p.m.: Ruby Bones
1:30 p.m.: The Gentlemen of Soul
2:50 p.m.: The Brooklyners
3:50 p.m.: Max Feinstein
5 p.m.: Frankie Morales & the Mambo of the Times Orchestra‍

The free event regularly attracts thousands of people to downtown Hoboken, with two music stages, a children’s entertainment stage and hundreds of art displays, food vendors and other attractions lining Washington Street.

For information and updates, visit hobokennj.gov/departments/cultural-affairs or facebook.com/Hobokenartsfestival.


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