Journal Square . Marion . Little India . Bergen Hill . The Island . McGinley Square . Sparrow Hill . Hilltop . Western Slope . Bergen-Lafayette . Greenville . City Line . Lincoln Park . West Side . the Heights . 440 . Dog Patch . Hackensack River Waterfront . Country Village . West Bergen . Society Hill ... what did I leave out?

Friday, August 24, 2012


We are sorry to report that somehow our newer posts have disappeared.  For the time being, please see our Facebook page for details about upcoming events at https://www.facebook.com/TheUptownCrew.

Our September 7 JC Fridays contribution is JC Originals Jazz, with three amazing jazz acts.
For more details, visit http://jcfridays.com/events/fabulous-uptown-music/.


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Bantu Dub Jazz Project @ Moore's Lounge, Sunday, August 7!


After laying down the law at Moore's during the JC Originals Jazz showcase in June, Duke Bantu is bringing out his full quintet to take you to new heights of sublime.

The line-up:

Duke Bantu X, tenor sax
Jackie Coleman, trumpet
Keiji Yoshino, guitar
Matt Snow, bass
Jojo Kuo, drums

Moore's Lounge is located at 189 Monticello Avenue, between Jewett and Gardner, in UPtown Jersey City, NJ.  

(This concert is brought to you by Fabulous Uptown Music, with a portion of proceeds benefitting Uptown Crew.)

6 - 10pm * $10 admission

Refreshments will be available.


Click here to RSVP to the Facebook event.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

SATURDAY, JULY 9 - Alive and Growing! A Fundraiser for UPTOWN Crew

As we sow, so will we reap.

We have so much to celebrate ... 


- Our Neighborhoods
- Our Gardens
- Our Lives

- and, UPTOWN CREW too!

Uptown Crew continues to develop programming that highlights the people, places and history of UPtown Jersey City.

Come join this very "growth oriented" evening of food and fun. You'll learn about what we do, our plans for the upcoming months and how you can help us keep the energy flowing throughout ALL of Jersey City. Bring your ideas and your appetite!

We are aiming to serve produce that is locally grown or sourced.
Can you help? If you garden, please bring something from your bounty to show and share!

If you don't, or if it's a little early to harvest, consider donating a beverage or dessert.

Representatives from the Journal Square CSA and Jersey City Food Coop will be available to talk about options for your access to healthful, fresh foods.

Music provided by the incomparable DJ Neva, and some creative surprises....

$10 admission.

Plus, we'll be raffling off beautiful, GREEN prizes!



Link to the Facebook Event Invitation.


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

JC ORIGINALS - JAZZ! Friday, June 3

Wow! Here we go again, with another JC Originals showcase at Moore's Lounge!

JC Originals means this night brings you all Jersey City talent! In fact, the bandleaders from all three of these amazing ensembles live UPtown. (That's what we've been talking about!) And many of the band members call Jersey City home too.

It's almost summer, and JC Originals Jazz! is going to inject a little cool into that hot....

The talent:
  • Village Drums of Freedom:Drum Jazz. In 2009, VDF celebrated its 40th anniversary as a Trinidadian and Caribbean music powerhouse.
  • Bantu Dub Project. This South African-led ensemble swings totally sublime.
  • GMJ Groove. Virtuosos abound in this rock-jazz fusion trio, with sax, violin, bass and drums.
And this time around, we've got an amazing production group on board to make things smooth and cool for you. Nick Ciavatta, CEO of Friggin Fabulous Productions; Trish Szymanski, Executive Director of Uptown Crew; and Neva Wartell, ethnomusicologist and the brains (and heart) behind the Music for the Masses movement, are bringing their formidable experience and skills to this project. (Check out our recent press coverage on NJ.COM.)

Thank you to the producers for putting this event together and for donating a portion of proceeds to Uptown Crew.

Doors open at 8pm.
$10 suggested donation.

And don't forget
Miss Ruth's Famous Friday Night Fish Fry...yummy!!!

All jazz, all night.

This event is part of JC Fridays.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Uptown Crew @ Jersey City Festival

Uptown Crew has collaborated with
JC Landmarks Conservancy to test you on your knowledge of Jersey City. If you answer correctly, you can walk away with a special prize from Uptown merchant, Lee Sims Chocolates!

The NEIGHBORHOOD GUESSING GAME is scheduled from 1:45p - 2:15p.

And check out all the other fun activities tomorrow.

It all happens in front of City Hall, Grove Street at Montgomery.

It's a BIG CITY, folks!

Here's the Facebook invitation, should you do the Facebook :)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Birthday, UC Open Mic!

We can hardly believe it ourselves...but we're coming up on ONE YEAR since the first Uptown Crew OPEN MIC!

It was May 1, 2010 that we started up at 264 Fairmount Space with a few poets and musicians lounging in our couches there.

In October, we hosted JC Opens Up the Mic Tour 2010 at Moore's Lounge (aka Bill+Ruth's), and joined the Moore's family. Miss Ruth has made us welcome ever since, and in January we followed our audience's wishes and doubled the fun. So, our Open Mic now runs every 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month at Moore's.

The bottom line is, this coming Open Mic on April 28 is our

As usual, there will be some excellent Yummies for your Tummy, so don't eat beforehand! We promise, we will have delicious dinner and dessert.

And we'll have lots of surprises for you too, including a raffle and, hopefully, a special feature performer!

Don't miss this celebration of community and entertainment in the Upper and Outer Reaches of Jersey City.


Saturday, February 26, 2011

JC ORIGINALS Performance Showcase!
Friday, March 4, 2011 at Moore's Lounge

A talent showcase to close out the winter and celebrate the arts in Jersey City!

We asked Nick Ciavatta, CEO of Friggin Fabulous Productions, to put together a line-up of local talent, and we're thrilled with the results.

Every entertainer in JC Originals hails from Jersey City in one way or another: Many are born and raised here, and everyone else is a transplant who has embraced this amazing City as their home.

And, whether a singer/songwriter, a poet or a spoken word artist, every performer in JC Originals writes their own material, so you are guaranteed a truly unique night!

The line-up:

- Terry Haman
- Gerald Lucas
- Susan "Rescue" Justiniano
- Trash Executioner
- Pat Lally
- Jozy Bentley
- Nick Ciavatta
- Upset
- David W. Jacobsen
- Just Putt
- Trish Szymanski

Our own DJ Neva will be spinning the steady-rocking international sounds she is famous for to take us through this incredible program!

Moore's Lounge (189 Monticello Avenue) is the perfect setting for this event. The home of Uptown Crew's twice-monthly open mic, Moore's is a neighborhood staple and a great Uptown venue. And Friday night is always Fish Fry Night at Moore's, so bring your appetite!

The doors will open at 7:00pm, with the last act scheduled to go on after midnight.

Suggested donation at the door: $7

Click here to answer the Facebook invitation.


JC Originals is a JC Fridays event.