Hanging in the park Moore, friends to perform at festival

National singer/songwriters make a stop in Hoboken once a month to join Scott E. Moore at The Goldhawk on Park Avenue for his relaxed acoustic jam session, The Writer’s Hang.

Moore, the host and founder of the Hang since 1998, will finally get to share the good vibes of his acoustic shows to a broader audience at the Hoboken Arts and Music festival on Sept. 21. For the first time, Moore will host his intimate soft-rock show outdoors in the mile-square city.

The event will be set up at the Stevens Park lawn on the corner of Fifth and Hudson streets, directly in front from the DeBaun Auditorium. Moore’s performers include Jessica Owen, Joe Rathbone, Greg Garing, the Damn Lovelys, Bill McGarvey, Mary Ann Farley, Frank Bango, Jenifer Jackson, KJ Denhert, and Marc von em. The sets will start at 12 p.m. and last for a few hours.

"We are very excited to be a part of the festival, and we hope people come out and support us," Moore said.

The Writer’s Hang is Hoboken’s acclaimed singer-songwriter performance series. On the first Thursday of each month, people gather in the retro lounge space of The Goldhawk (formerly the Liquid Lounge) to watch Moore trade songs and stories with two guest artists from the modern acoustic circuit. The next Hang, scheduled for Oct. 2, will feature Terence Martin.

Since its inception, Writer’s Hang has gained a loyal following and has been consistently hailed for putting on outstanding shows, creating a unique scene, and attracting some of the country’s best talent. This past February, Jesse Harris played the Hang just weeks before winning his "Song Of The Year" Grammy for the Norah Jones hit "Don’t Know Why." There have been more than 90 other renowned artists who have shared the stage with Moore.

Recently, Writer’s Hang received national recognition on television when the Sundance Channel chose to feature Moore in their new documentary series Keeping Time: New Music from America’s Roots. The series highlighted contemporary musicians carrying the torch and redefining traditions in American music.

"It was an honor to be featured in the documentary. We are very fortunate for the exposure," Moore said.

In addition to Moore’s show, the festival has three other stages with performers. On the Sixth Street stage, the reggae band Verdict, singer Abbe Rivers, and salsa band Orquestra C2 will perform. On the children’s stage on Third Street, the Amazing Incredibles will play their bluegrass music, and Mother Goose will read stories to the kids.

The main stage includes a performance from headliner Felix Cavaliere from the Rascals, and sets from local rock band Eugene, pop rock group Mosquitos, and blues band Bucktooth Johnson.

More than 300 artists, crafters, and vendors will be on hand at the festival on Washington Street on Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information call (201) 420-2207. For information on the Writer’s Hang visit www.wingtip.net. q


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