Musicians who rocked the 80’s Hoboken Sound Celebrating their Past, Present and Future., Alice Genese, Karyn Kuhl, Brenda Sauter, Jane Scarpantoni, Deena Shoshkes, Janet Wygal

Musicians who rocked the 80’s Hoboken Sound Celebrating their Past, Present and Future.

Panel discussion with video presentation followed by some acoustic performances.

The panel will include:
• Alice Genese - Gut Bank, Sexpod, Psychic TV
• Brenda Sauter - Wild Carnation, Speed the Plough, The Trypes and The Feelies
• Jane Scarpantoni - Tiny Lights, REM, Richard Barone, Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed
• Deena Shoshkes - The Cucumbers, Over the Moon, The Campfire Flies
• Janel Wygal - (The
Individuals, The Wygals, Splendora, and Wygalator)

With MC and panel moderator: Todd Abramson (of Maxwell's/WFMU)

This program is made possible by a grant from The New Jersey State Historical Commission,
a Division of the Department of State and administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Alice Genese

Alice Genese is a Bass Player, Singer, Songwriter and occasional Guitar player. She cut her teeth in her hometown of Hoboken, performing, writing, and recording first with Gut Bank, then with Sexpod, both nationally touring bands. She currently plays, records and tours both nationally and internationally with Psychic TV. Music continues to be her passion.

Post-punk pioneer, Karyn Kuhl, was a founding member of acclaimed Hoboken bands Gut Bank & Sexpod. She continues to blaze a trail as a powerhouse, triple threat singer, songwriter, guitarist and leader of the Karyn Kuhl Band.

Brenda Sauter

Brenda Sauter became a part of the Hoboken music scene in 1983, after joining the NJ-based band, The Trypes, as bassist. By 1984 she was playing with other Trypes-related bands, such as Yung Wu, The Willies, and The Feelies. She resided in Hoboken in 1984. After The Feelies stopped playing in 1991, she joined Speed the Plough (a band which was originally comprised of some founding members of The Trypes), and she joined Patricia Shaw to form a duo called Evaluna. In 1992 she met drummer Chris O’Donovan and then guitarist Rich Barnes, and Wild Carnation was formed. Anne Hopkins joined the band as keyboardist in 1999.

Jane Scarpantoni

Jane Scarpantoni is a classically trained American cello player who has played on a number of alternative rock albums. She was a member of Hoboken, New Jersey's Tiny Lights in the mid-'80s, then went on to play with other musicians especially those associated with the Hoboken underground rock scene of the 1980s and early 1990s, including Silverchair, Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Patti Smith, Richard Barone, R.E.M., Indigo Girls, 10,000 Maniacs, Throwing Muses, Kristin Hersh, Lou Reed, Chris Cacavas, Bob Mould, John Lurie's Lounge Lizards, Boo Trundle, Train and many others.

Deena Shoshkes

Deena Shoshkes began her music career as co-founder of “The Cucumbers” in the 80s indie pop scene in Hoboken, NJ, followed by “Over The Moon” (rock and roll for kids) “RockDownBaby” (lo-fi dance pop) and two solo albums as “Deena.” Her newest band “The Campfire Flies” will release their debut album in March of 2019. Deena’s songs have been recorded by Jackson Browne and Dar Williams and featured in films and on network TV.

Janet Wygal

Janet Wygal is a songwriter, singer, and musician who has been playing indie rock since before anyone called it indie rock. She is best known for her work with the Individuals, the Wygals, Splendora, Wygalator, and for writing and recording, with Splendora, the theme song for MTV's Daria.


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