Washington Park LIVE! 2012
Press Release for Washington Park LIVE! 2012
Contact: Katherine Crawford-Gray: (646) 379-1855 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington Park pulses with live bands, dancers, artists, and storytellers on Saturday September 22nd* Washington Park, Hudson County, NJ Saturday, September 22, 2012 - Washington Park Association of Hudson County, Inc. (WPA) unleashes a lineup of local artists for its third annual Washington Park LIVE! Arts & Music in the Park.
“We are deliberately focusing on showcasing the cache of professional artists in the neighborhoods surrounding Washington Park,” says WPA president, Peter Basso. “Jersey City has one of the highest number of artists per capita in the U.S. We wanted to celebrate our creative residents with a free community event that brings everyone together in a really beautiful park that is enjoyed by residents and visitors of Hudson County.
Headlining is Cubanoson, a ten-piece Cuban dance orchestra from Union City uniting the talent and dedication of excellent contemporary musicians expressing traditional Cuban music. Other featured bands include Triangle Offense, an independent electrohop trio based in Jersey City united by a love of New Jersey, hip hop and basketball and Pitchblak Brass Band a ten piece group of composers, producers, artists, and rappers who have been rocking neighborhoods from Park Slope to Harlem.
The day’s lineup kicks off with Walter Parks (internationally recognized as lead guitarist for legend Richie Havens) and his band, Swamp Cabbage, who will raise the roof with southern musical influences. Blues artist, Christine Santelli, follows. Her recently released album, “Dragonfly” was described by Rolling Stone as a “solo acoustic stunner.”
Washington Park Live! takes over the park section bordered by Webster Avenue, Central Avenue, Paterson Plank Road and North Street. The site will pulse with DJ’s, community urban dance and art, Story Haven storytellers, Surati Performing Arts, artists demonstrations from Riverview Arts District, Arts at St. John's Group, and Union City Artists Collective.
Noreen Leddy, a teacher at Parsons and Kean University, will lead The Aphrodite Project where participants will design, build, and create hacked garments and accessories that combine safety and fashion. Other activities include henna tattooing and face painting artist. The event will start off with Yoga In The Heights and a boot camp demo for participants. Local food vendors will cater to the crowds throughout the day.
Sponsors include: Hudson County Parks Division, Union City, Jersey City, AIG, United Way of Hudson County, Inserra Shop-Rite Supermarkets, Inc., TD Bank, Jersey City Independent, United Water, Hudson County Community College, Statewide Granite and Marble, Palisade Wine and Spirits, New Jersey City University Office of Grants and Sponsored Prgrams, Century 21, Empire Realty, Charles B. Swenson Realty, Council President Peter Brennan, Councilman Bill Gaughan, Councilman Stephen Fulop, and Home Depot.
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. Degise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.Washington Park Association of Hudson County, Inc. (WPA) is an independent, volunteer run, 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing services and benefits to more than 1,000 community residents. Founded by residents of Jersey City and Union City, who were motivated to create positive change in the community surrounding Washington Park. WPA works with the community to revitalize, maintain, and protect Washington Park, a 100 year old, 22-acre park Hudson County Park and promote its use through programs and activities that enhance the quality of life of park users and local residents. We believe that by engaging residents in activities that improve their neighborhoods, civic pride and care increases, leading to healthier, wealthier, and progressive communities.
*Rain Date: Saturday, September 29, 2012
11:00am Event opens with Donovan Ensemble
11:15am DJ Smoke
12:00pm Walter Parks and Swamp Cabbage
1:00pm Christine Santelli and her band
2:00pm Triangle Offense
3:00pm Surati Dance
3:15pm community urban dance and arts (cuda) and DJ Smoke
4:30pm Pitchblak Brass Band
12pm Boot Camp
1:00 –3 Hacked" Purse Art & Safety Workshop, Face Painting, Henna Tattooing
1:30 - 4:30pm Story Telling
3:30 – 4:00pm Surati Dance workshop
5:15 - 5:30pm Tango demonstration