Bayonne To Host First Music Festival on May 20

 Hoboken has one, so why not Bayonne?  Get ready for the first-ever Bayonne Music Festival a week from Saturday.  It promises to be a blast.                                                                                                                                                                                      The Artists Avenue and the City of Bayonne have announced that the first Bayonne Music Festival will take place on Saturday, May 20, from 12:00 noon to 7:30 p.m.  The location of the event will be the lower level of DiDomenico – 16th Street Park, which is situated between Avenue A and Newark Bay.  Performances will take place on the stage of the amphitheater in the park, which is located near the foot of West 16th Street.  The rain date for the event is Sunday, May 21, from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.  

The music festival was organized by The Artists Avenue, a local, non-profit performing arts group.  The event will be hosted by the City of Bayonne.  The performances are free of charge and open to the public.  Melissa Rada of The Artists Avenue will serve as the main emcee for the program.  Rev. Dorothy Patterson of the Wallace Temple AME Zion Church will also introduce musical acts at the festival.   Mayor Jimmy Davis said, “I would like to thank Melissa Rada and The Artists Avenue for planning this event to showcase several of Bayonne’s outstanding musical artists.  We are proud to have such great musical talent in our community.”

The festival will feature sixteen different musical acts, ranging from bands to soloists.  Here is a complete rundown: 

12:00 noon-12:30 p.m. – K.w.Y.n&Z:  Zumba instructors will present upbeat dance. 

12:30 p.m.-12:45 p.m. – Aurelia Luciano will recite Golden Light Poetry. 

12:45 p.m.-1:00 p.m. – Raffy Sencillio, a soloist, will perform Bachata and Merengue. 

1:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. – Dave Doc Watson, The Yes Yes Man, a soloist, will offer Blues, Jazz, and R&B. 

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. – Larissa’s Music Studio/Artists Avenue will present musical theatre numbers. 

2:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. – Magdalena and the Saints, a band, will offer rock/alternative, and indie music.

3:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.  – The choir of the Global Harvest Fellowship will sing gospel music.

3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. – Melody’s Music Studio will present music from pop and musical theatre.

4:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. – Marty, I’m Afraid, a band, will play pop, folk, and indie rock.

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Noelis Cruz, a soloist, will provide R&B music.

5:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. – Thermadora, a band, will play rock/alternative music.

5:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. – Kahuna and Kompany, an acoustic band, will offer acoustic/rock.

6:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. – Lost Romance, a band, will play rock tunes.

6:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. – Bennett Rhoad, a duo, will play acoustic music.

7:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. – OC Jukebox, a band, will play music from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. 

There will be a temporary community mural designed by artist Justine Enriquez.  The community is welcome to participate between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m., so be ready and wear your painting gear! The mural is designed for the Bayonne community to engage and create together.  The mural is temporary and will wash out once it rains.  The mural will be located in the same area as the vendors.  The mural will be open to painters of all ages.

Food trucks at the event will include Good Food Good Mood, Latin Bites, Lady G Empanadas, Grey’s Area Grille, T-Bark Foods, El Chilango Taqueria, and Superstar Ice Cream.

In addition to the food trucks, other vendors and community organizations present will be Workin’ Together, C & C Creations, Mom & Pop! Shop, Visionary Art Gallery, Tasha’s Boutique of Treasures, A Plus Screen Printing, Twin Novelties, Asanti’s Jewels, Infinite Therapy Solutions, Nicholas Oresko School Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), Sari Sari Company, Hola Doctors, Affordable Property Management, Keller Williams City Life JC Real Estate, Wallace Temple AME Zion Church, and Global Harvest Fellowship.

The food trucks and vendors will all be located near the amphitheater on the lower level of DiDomenico-16th Street Park.



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