Friday, June 10, 2005
Skanatra is playing a free show tomorrow at 3:30 on the Hoboken waterfront, appropriately at Sinatra Park. Skanatra's repertoire of course consists almost entirely of Frank Sinatra material reinterpreted in a variety of reggae, ska, and rock steady stylings. Their legendarily energetic shows are a hard-partying good time, and they're extra fun when the summer wind comes blowin' in from across the Hudson.
Of course, there is one non-Sinatra song Skanatra has been known to perform, and that happens to be the famous Budweiser jingle "When You Say Bud, You've Said It All." As fate would have it (and fate usually gets its way), said beer company is sponsoring tomorrow's events at the park, and they will be parading actual Clydesdales down River Street at 4:30. You can't make this shit up. I mean, technically you could, but it's much funnier knowing that it's real. The horses also will be "on display" at said park from 5 to 7 p.m. No word on whether petting is allowed. If you're having just way too good a time to leave, there's even a $10 spaghetti dinner and a "Sinatra open mic."
When you're done stuffing your face with spaghetti and meatballs, do like Rod Roddy would demand and "come on down!" to The Goldhawk, where I'll be spinning tuneage from 10 p.m. until I am physically restrained from doing so. That's usually around 2:30 a.m., although it could come earlier if I play England Dan & John Ford Coley or something. It happens. And as you should all know, it's a one-way door at Hoboken bars after 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights—roaches can check out, but they can't check in.
If you find yourself about a 45-minute drive farther south tomorrow night, get yer '80s groove on at The Den in Somerset (700 Hamilton St., about a mile south/west down Hamilton from the Ale & Wich). My esteemed DJ colleague Pat Pierson and former Melody DJ Peter McCabe have been hosting a totally rad '80s new wave night there on the second Saturday of every month since last summer. I never get to go because I'm usually spinning on Saturdays myself, but I hear they get a good mixed crowd (The Den is pretty much a gay bar) who appreciate the kind of music that used to be played at the late, great Melody Bar in New Brunswick in the '80s and '90s. Pat's also spinning at said Goldhawk tonight at 10 p.m. Every Thursday he's at The Loop Lounge in Passaic Park, which I hear is lovely this time of year. You can (and indeed should) listen to his Radio Boy show live streaming on the web today and every Friday from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Rutgers' own WRSU. The man likes to DJ.
And peep this cool page of Hoboken pics that Mister Snitch found.