After 35 years of shows, Hoboken’s Maxwell’s—named for the coffee factory that was once a block away—ends poetically, with Richard Barone’s “a,” the band whose backroom rehearsals provided the restaurant with its first taste of live music, coming back to say good-bye. Why is such a storied venue closing? Booker and co-owner Todd Abramson cites the familiar culprits—rising rents and a changing nightlife culture where high-def TVs are valued over live rock ’n’ roll. So tonight, turn off the tube and take the PATH to Hoboken’s most storied venue. The closing block party begins at 4, show at 8.

Wed., July 31, 4 p.m., 2013