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return of the max

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I guess Maxwell’s got it together.  Although the Hoboken, NJ music venue/drinking establishment remains set on closing its doors after its farewell party on July 31, 2013, Maxwell’s was serving up a whole lot of business yesterday night when JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE showed up.  JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE people.  The man after everyone’s hearts performed just one song, “Take Back the Night“, for an upcoming Target commercial to the lucky 150 people who were first to enter the venue.  Maybe Target can give us a little more and convince Maxwell’s to stay open for more surprise visits from people like JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE?

-j

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bye bye maxwells

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It was a bittersweet day in Hoboken, NJ for Maxwell’s owner Steve Fallon, yesterday.  “An end of an era,” die-hards would say.  Maxwell’s, a music landmark in the Metro area, located on 11th street between Wash and Hudson Streets, is closing its doors after a 35 year run.

The past month was jam-packed of sold out shows such as The Feelies and Titus Andronicus.  Over the years, the hot spot has showcased REM, Nirvana, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Joan Jet, and the Smashing Pumpkins.  The final night’s show was done properly, as it was a sort of reunion show for “a.”  “a” was the band that opened Maxwell’s in 1978, whose members have since dispersed and formed the Bongs, and the Individuals.

Said to be the CBGB of New Jersey, it seems as if Maxwell’s succumbed to the same doom. Apparently, as property values (and miserable parking availability) rise, the music scene in Hoboken is less than lackluster, in so much that the venue can’t even support itself on brewskis at their “sold out shows”.  Interestingly enough, the owners took over the spot that used to be a tavern frequented by workers at the Maxwell’s Coffee plant in town.  This is such a shame because Hoboken is #trendier than ever and could really use Maxwell’s to add its appeal.

So to all my Hoboken residents: GET IT TOGETHER.

-j

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summer sunset

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Wednesday, August 1st was dreary, hot, and humid.  The humidity broke when rain hit the East Coast up until minutes before show time.  And just like that, the skies cleared and there was the most picturesque sunset for the kickoff of Mumford and Son‘s month long U.S. tour.  Having never performed in Jersey, the British group made their first time memorable by playing an outdoor concert at Hoboken’s Pier A Park.  It’s no wonder the show was sold out to 15,000 fans in a matter of a few hours.  Other than the unique talent, the views of the Manhattan skyline were breathtaking–and the sunset was a gift with purchase.

The quartet has a choir before them as they cheerfully played “Winter Winds,” “Little Lion Man,” and “White Blank Page” (during which I would bet Marcus shed a tear…or was that me?) from their first album Sigh No More.   Between praising the vibe of the venue and boasting the site of the Olympic Games, Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall, and Ted Dwane were eager to share several songs off of their new album, Babel. (due September 24th!!!!)  Much to our surprise, Marcus put down his guitar and assumed position at the drums.  The newer songs are more rock than folk as you will notice a heavy focus on the drums and electric guitar.

As the show came to a close, the men thanked Hoboken native, Frank Sinatra with a rendition of “New York, New York,” not to be slighted by a cover of Paul Simon’s “The Boxer.”  It was eerie how they could manipulate the energy of some 15,000 people.  Not moment before we all were stopped dead in our tracks at the opening of “The Boxer” were we all jumping around like drunks at a jamboree.

A surge of energy spread across the sea of people, again, as Mumford and Sons concluded the show with harmonious melodies of “The Cave” beneath fireworks.

-j

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