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Live Music Events in Hoboken + Jersey City {October 2018}

by Jordan and Joelle Hernandez
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Fall is officially here and while the seasons may have changed, the great live music line-up in Hudson County has not. We have a harvest full of events for all the music lovers out there. Check out our list of live music events happening in Hoboken and Jersey City throughout the month of October 2018:

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October 3rd — Our Lady Peace at While Eagle Hall {337 Newark Avenue, Jersey City}

One of Canada’s most successful rock bands is headed to Jersey. In February of this year, OLP released their latest album choosing “Drop Me in The Water” as their first single. This tour is celebrating their success and they are looking for all to come out. General admission tickets are on sale now for $30 and doors open at 7:30PM. Get tickets here.

October 4th — Amy Fairchild and Thomas Juliano at Fox and Crow {594 Palisade Avenue, Jersey City}

Both renowned and award-winning musical artists are set to share the stage for a special night. Amy may be remembered from her 12 years of recording or after being acclaimed as one of the greatest songwriters by the legendary Steve Morse. The show will run from 8:00PM-10:00PM. More info here.

October 5th — Frankie Cosmos at White Eagle Hall {337 Newark Avenue, Jersey City}

This spring, Greta Kline of Frankie Cosmos shared her latest record off her label Sub Pop Records titled Vessel. Her stage persona of Frankie Cosmos allows her to transform to her indie-pop outfit. Join her when the doors open to this event starting at 7:00PM. Purchase tickets here.

October 5th — The Nerds LIVE! At Willie McBride’s {616 Grand Street, Hoboken}

With this band, fans can expect a little bit of everything. Covering multiple genres, The Nerds is a local favorite and their shows are always a great time. Their act starts at 11:00PM. More information here.

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October 5th — Brad Cole w/ James Mastro at Fox and Crow {594 Palisade Avenue, Jersey City}

Not many can successfully mix folk sounds with rhythm and blues vibes, but this guy somehow pulls it off. Cole has just finished his fourth full-length album and will be sharing it with this Jersey City crowd. The show starts at 10:00PM. More info here.

October 6th — Gerry Rosenthal at Fox and Crow {594 Palisade Avenue, Jersey City}

An all-around professional, Rosenthal is a jack of all trades. Over his career, he has added guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, singer-songwriter, and actor to his repertoire and shows no sign of slowing down soon. While he may be known for his work with bands Big Wake, Hey Bulldog, and The Jersey Joint, this night he will be flying solo. Be ready to be entertained starting at 10:00PM. Get more info here.

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October 6th — The New Jersey Indie Rock Festival at White Eagle Hall {594 Palisade Avenue, Jersey City}

Your one-stop-shop for all indie music in JC is here. This will be an afternoon into evening of hit local bands showcasing their best work. Artists include Glazer, Ex-Maid, Glenn Morrow’s Cry for Help, The Royal ArticInstitute, Black Wail, Yawn Mower, Tony Saxon, Shithead’s Rainbow, Guilty Giraffe, The Componets, The Vaughns, Smock, and Secretary Legs. Performances will run from 4:00PM-11:00PM — be sure to grab $10 tickets in advance here.

October 9th — Sound in Color at Fox and Crow {594 Palisade Ave, Jersey City}

This West Coast band is making their way to the East. Lovers of their newest EP are in for a treat with this performance. Entry to this event is free for all and starts at 8:00PM. Get more info here.

October 11th — Babraham Lincoln /Well Wisher / Lost Boy? / Big Easy at FM Restaurant Bar and Lounge {340 Third Street, Jersey City}

A slammed line-up allows for a night of fun and amazing music. Head over to this Jersey City loved venue by 8:00PM but be sure to grab tickets beforehand {for just $7} here.

October 11th — Paul Sanchez at Fox and Crow {594 Palisade Avenue, Jersey City}

Just a few months ago, Sanchez released his latest album, One More Trip Around the Sun staying true to his New Orleans roots and sound. His performances blend music and storytelling to bring listeners through a sometimes sad but humorous and entertaining journey. His show will kick off at 8:00PM. Get more information here.

October 11th — Honk NYC! Brass Band & Street Band Mayhem at Monty Hall {43 Montgomery Street, Jersey City}

An event for all ages to come and experience New York City’s annual international brass and street band explosion in New Jersey. This year’s lineup includes Unidos do Swing from Brazil, New Creations Brass Band from New Orleans and more. Tickets are just $10 to join in the fun. More information here.

October 12th — Vein Judiciary /Fuming Mouth/ Buried Dreams/ Roseblood/ Fence Cutter at FM Restaurant Bar and Lounge {340 Third Street, Jersey City}

Get ready to rock out hardcore with these crowd favs. All ages are welcome to attend the event but of course, must be 21+ to drink. Get tickets here.

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October 12th — Band of Make Believe at Wille McBride’s {616 Grand Street, Hoboken}

Critically acclaimed as one of the best cover bands in New Jersey, this group covers hits from The Weekend to Kings of Leon. They are set to perform all their hits starting at 11:00PM.

October 13th — The Essex Green at FM Restaurant Bar and Lounge {340 Third Street, Jersey City,}

Fresh off the release of their latest album Hardly Electronic with three hit singles, The Essex Green is ready to share their newest project with Hudson County. Doors open at 7:00PM and tickets start at $15. More information here.

October 13th — The Dobre Brothers Live at White Eagle Hall {337 Newark Avenue, Jersey City}

Right from YouTube and straight to their tour, this dancing duo is ready to take the stage in Hudson County. Tickets for this event are selling out fast and start at $25. Doors open at 12:30PM. More information here.

October 13th — Ted Chubb Group at Fox and Crow {594 Palisade Avenue, Jersey City}

At just 10 years old Chubb picked up his first trumpet and hasn’t looked back since. While jazz has been his genre of choice, Chubb has dabbled in other areas such as Latin music and garage band sounds. Sharing his love and skill with audiences everywhere, Chubb is headed to NJ for a night of classical sounds. The event starts at 10:00PM. Get more info here.

October 13th — The Feelies Play the Velvet Underground and Other Favorites at White Eagle Hall {337 Newark Avenue, Jersey City}

For the city lovers out there, this will be a perfect night to combine NYC and NJ feels. The Feelies have been asked to perform this special concert to coincide with the opening of The Velvet Underground Exhibit in lower Manhattan. This critically acclaimed group will be starting at 8:00PM with tickets starting at $25 and can be purchased here.

October 13th — Audio Riot at Willie McBride’s {616 Grand Street Hoboken}

This band has played over 100 major clubs and events in over 8 different states in less than a year. With no signs of stopping soon, they are headed to NJ for a night of all the ultimate covers. The show starts at 11:00PM.

October 13th — WFMU’s Live Band Karaoke Benefit at Monty Hall {43 Montgomery Street, Jersey City}

An opportunity to perform like a true rock star. Expert musicians who are well versed in the best of the 80s and is ready for willing karaoke participants. $5 tickets will be sold at the door to benefit WFMU. More information here.

October 19th — David Rosales & His Band of Scoundrels Fox and Crow {594 Palisade Avenue, Jersey City}

Just like most artists, Rosales is thrilled to showcase the third single off his newest album, Lift Your Hands which released earlier this year. This hit has more of a southern Gospel vibe, perfect for any crowd to get going. He is headed to Jersey City for a night of music starting at 10:00PM. More information here.

October 19th — Jonathan Richman featuring Tommy Larkin on the Drums at White Eagle Hall {337 Newark Avenue, Jersey City}

Known from their glory days in the 1970’s, these musical legends are still winning fans over today. Tickets start at $20 and the show starts at 8:00PM. More information here.

October 19th — Hayward at Willie McBride’s {616 Grand Street, Hoboken}

This band takes vintage and adds in a modern twist. They will be rocking out to cover tunes everyone knows and loves, while also adding in some originals and acoustic sounds. Check out their extensive list of songs starting at 11:00PM.

October 19th — Sparkle Events presents Annual Dandiya & Garba Night at The Westin {479 Washington Boulevard, Jersey City}

This annual event is an evening of dancing, electrifying energy, captivating beats, bright costumes, and the traditional Dandiya sticks. Ticket prices vary depending on age. More information here.

October 20th — The Ethical Community Charter School There’s A Place For Us Benefit Concert at Harborside Atrium {210 Hudson Street, Jersey City}

Come together with the community for a celebration of African American music and the American songbook. Cocktails and h’ordeuvres will be served with all proceeds benefiting the TECCS Special Education and English Language Learners Program. More info here.

October 20th — Changing Lanes at Willie McBride’s {616 Grand Street, Hoboken}

Audiences may be familiar with their big-time TV spots on major networks such as NBC, CBS, and ABC or just know them from the wedding band circuit—either way, this group has been rocking and rolling for years now. Ready to turn out the hits from legends like Beyonce to the Rolling Stones starting at 11:00PM.

October 27th — The Wailers at White Eagle Hall {337 Newark Avenue, Jersey City}

Not only has this band traveled the world, but they have recorded with the legendary Bob Marley. Their next stop is here in Hudson County to share their revolutionary sound and message with fans. Doors for this show open at 7:00PM. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased here.

October 28th — The Polka Brothers at Monty Hall {43 Montgomery Street, Jersey City}

Whether its polka dancing, polka dots, or polka DJs—all polka lovers are called to this event. Join in for a night of pure fun and joy with a special showing from The Polka Brothers. Doors open at 7:00PM. Tickets are sold in advance for $12 and can be purchased here.

October 31st — Deafheaven at White Eagle Hall {337 Newark Avenue, Jersey City}

Hailing from California, this band signature sound is truly unique. A blend of black metal, shoegaze, and post-rock can be heard on their latest album which is released at the beginning of this month. Deafheaven is ready to share their new work with fans starting at 8:00PM. Purchase tickets here.

Weekly Live Music Events That are Happening in Hoboken + Jersey City:


FM Bar & Grill {340 3rd Street, Jersey City}: Open Mic Mondays — showcase new talent every Monday at this musical powerhouse of a venue. Each week a different special guest is in the house for feedback. A full backline, guitar and bass amps, and drum kit are available for use. Please bring your own cymbals if needed.

the Underground {116 Newark Avenue, Jersey City}: Piano Bar Night — request any song and their live pianist will play it on a baby grand piano.

McSwiggans Pub {110 1st Street, Hoboken}: Enjoy live music and your favorite bar eats every Monday and Wednesday at this local pub.


the Underground {116 Newark Avenue, Jersey City}: From 7:00PM-12:30AM, be surprised with the musical genre of the night. A variety ranges from jazz to rat pack and burlesque to pop.


Exchange Place in Jersey City: Jazz Lunch — every Thursday from 12:00PM-2:00PM at The J. Owen Grundy Pier Horizon Foundation Sound of the City

New Jersey Performing Arts Center {1 Center Street, Newark}: One of NJ’s premier entertainment venues, NJPAC is hosting weekly free concerts. Join in on the fun every Thursday night to hear artist ranging from Antibalas to Rah Digga. BOYS {bring your own seat} starting at 5:00PM.

The Cuban {333 Washington Street}: Havana Nights live music


Biggies Clam Bar {36-42 Newark Street, Hoboken}: Every Friday and Saturday Biggies presents Biggie’s Beats featuring a Live DJ from 10:00PM to 2:00PM

Wine and Whiskey Bar {117 Newark Avenue, Jersey City}: Choose any night of the weekend {Friday, Saturday, or Sunday} to enjoy a variety of live musical performers.

the Underground {116 Newark Avenue, Jersey City}:  On Saturdays, it’s a full night of music and fun. Starting at 7:00PM, Big Bruce and the Messengers provide a nice mix of old school R&B, Pop Classic Soul, and Motown. Directly following at 10:30PM, a Top 40 DJ starts spinning the heat with the best on the charts as well as old-school R&B and Euro house.

Iron Monkey {99 Greene Street, Jersey City}: After a few drinks everyone is great at karaoke. Test out this theory every Saturday here from 10:00PM to 2:00AM.

The Cuban {Hoboken} — Live music during Sunday brunch.

the Underground {116 Newark Avenue, Jersey City}: Meet other artists in the industry from 9:30PM to 1:30AM every Sunday. During karaoke or a live DJ, enjoy the complimentary buffet and $4 drink menu.

READ: Our ‘Fall in Love With Hoboken Contest’ Kicks off October 1-November 1, 2018

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