The founders of Hoboken's biergarten are all from Europe and are adamant that the biergarten is kid-friendly and open to guests of all ages -- just as they were used to, growing up with that tradition.
Weekend brunches are a favorite for local parents and you'll see lots of kids there. Big Jeff's music includes country-rockin' original tunes, well-known children's favorites, holiday songs, & family-friendly classic rock. If your kids like The Wiggles, they will love Big Jeff. “Big Jeff” DeSmedt is the hardest-working six-foot-six-inch singer-songwriter in family music. His blend of humor, learning and “super-interactive” audience participation has been captivating young audiences across the New York Metropolitan area for the past ten years.
Jeff began writing songs for his own young daughters 13 years ago, and started playing them for the children at the New Jersey daycare center where he worked as an aide and bus driver. He developed his material by testing it with various groups of two- to eight- year-olds as he quickly transitioned into a full-time traveling troubadour. Dozens of daycare classics (”Big Pterodactyl in the Sky,” “The Orange Song,” “Dance on One Leg”) were developed as part of this ongoing dialog with thousands of youngsters at preschools, libraries, parties and concerts. Big Jeff’s first CD won a Children’s Web Award for Classic Children’s Recording, and his songs have appeared on compilations alongside favorite kids’ acts like Trout Fishing in America, Sharon, Lois and Bram, Jack Grunsky and Parachute Express. His high-profile shows include Bethlehem Musikfest, Six Flags Great Adventure, Make Music New York at Bleecker Park in Manhattan, Pete Seeger’s Clearwater Festival, and an ongoing series with the New York Public Library system.