• Your Guide to Live Music in Hoboken + Jersey City {August 2017}

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    Well, the bad news is {obvious} that there’s only one month left of summer. But even though we’re about to head into the Sunday of the calendar year, it’s not all bad news. There are a lot of great live music events happening in Hoboken and Jersey City this August, so we can all finish out summer dancing outside or in our favorite bars. From Kendrick Lamar’s tour stop at the Prudential Center to the final Midnight Market in Jersey City, there are plenty of events to check out this month. Here is your guide to live music in Hoboken + Jersey City this August.

    August’s Live Music Events

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    Thursday, August 3rd at Maxwell’s Tavern {Hoboken}

    Stop by Maxwell’s Tavern for an evening of acoustic music from the Brett Altman Duo. Their set starts at 8pm, but half-priced drinks start at 10pm. What a way to kick off the weekend.

    Friday, August 11th at Midnight Market {JC}

    Live music, DJ dance parties, and 20+ food vendors all for $5? That sounds like a pretty good deal to us! This all-in-one stop is saying adios for the summer on the 11th. Stop by for one last hoorah.

    Tuesday, August 15th at Palisade Lumber Supply {JC}

    Live at the Lumberyard is part of JC Fridays with live bands, a DJ, food truck, and other street vendors. August’s concert date is the 15th from 7-10PM, featuring performances from The Sensational Country Blues Wonders, Karyn Kuhl Band, and Sea of Otters.

    Friday, August 25th at Prudential Center {Newark}

    Kendrick Lamar will be rolling through Newark towards the end of the month. The young rapper’s highly anticipated The Damn Tour with YG and D.R.A.M. is sure to be an exciting night for fans. The venue is easily accessible via the Path, making it super convenient to catch this show. Tickets minimum $75 here.

    Saturday, August 26th at Monty Hall {JC}

    Austin based singer-songwriter Bob Schneider will bring his expansive musical catalogue from Texas to New Jersey at Monty Hall at the end of the month. Tickets $22 here.

    Every Wednesday at the Grove Path Plaza {JC}

    Groove on Grove is a free concert series happening from May – September featuring all kinds of live musicians, performances, and street vendors. Don’t miss it — September will creep up.

    Weekly Live Music Venues in Hoboken

    Amphitheater at Sinatra Park {Sinatra Dr.} Outdoor concerts every Thursday night.
    The Cuban {333 Washington St.} Thursday nights – Havana Nights Live Music, and live music during Sunday brunch.
    Finnegan’s {734 Willow Ave.} Go here Fridays + Saturdays for a solid music selection, Sunday open mic.
    Grand Vin {500 Grand St.} A chill ambiance and live background music to boot.
    Green Rock {70 Hudson St.} Live jams on Wednesday nights.
    House of ‘Que {340 Sinatra Ave.} A variety of live music throughout the month and Dueling Pianos every Saturday at 9PM.
    The Madison {1316 Washington St.} Swing by for live jazz + Sunday brunch from 10:30AM – 2:30PM.
    Maxwell’s Tavern {1039 Washington St.} Don’t miss the live music lineup at this iconic venue; Tuesday is open mic night.
    McSwiggins {110 First St.} Every Monday + Wednesday bands go on at 9PM.
    Northern Soul {700 First St.} Self-proclaimed adorers of music. Check site always and often for acts.
    Onieals {343 Park Ave.} Wednesday night live music of’ free
    Porter Collins {1426 Willow Ave.} Upscale + entertaining — music on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday.
    Willie McBride’s {616 Willow Ave.} The best bands in the area play here on Friday + Saturday nights.

    Weekly Live Music Venues in JC

    Midnight Market { 147 Harborside Financial Center Platform} Every second Friday from July 14th – August 11th, Midnight Marker brings you over 20 food vendors with everything costing less than $5, as well as live music and DJ dance parties. This event is 21+ and runs from 6:30 – midnight. Tickets are $5.
    The Archer {176 Newark St.} Wednesday nights are bluegrass night with the Go Bailors at 7:30pm.
    Brightside Tavern {141 Bright St.} Live jazz on Monday night and an open mic on Thursday – Sunday.
    Fox + Crow {594 Palisade Ave.} Live music on Thursday, Friday + Saturday.
    Madam Claude {390 Fourth St.} Live Gypsy Jazz every Tuesday + Thursday, featuring Manouche Bag.
    Moore’s Lounge – aka Bill + Ruth’s {189 Monticello Ave} Blues + Jazz Friday nights and a meet the artist series on Sunday nights.
    PJ Ryan’s Squared {4 Path Plaza} Great music every Thurs, Fri + Sat.
    WFMU’s Monty Hall {43 Montgomery St.} Check out their serious lineup here.
    Zeppelin Hall {88 Liberty View Dr.} Campy party bands play every Friday at 9PM.

    Don’t hesitate to take advantage of all the awesome live music in your own backyard this August. There’s really no better send off to summer than to experience these musical events, and with truly something for everybody, this is just one of the many reasons to love living in Hudson County.

    Share your live show experiences with us on IG @HobokenGirlBlog or #HobokenGirl!


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    Emily was born and raised in Bergen County, NJ. She graduated from Pace University in 2015 and spent her first year out of college working as an au pair in Kinsale, Ireland. After returning home, she began pursuing a career in digital media and now works as a content coordinator and video producer at iHeartMedia. Her writing has also appeared on Romper.com and HelloGiggles.com. She's obsessed with young adult fiction, diet coke, and hopes to one day publish her own novel.


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