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Thursday, November 20, 8pm

Pro Jam 8


Vocalist Lex Grey, who leads her own group, the Urban Pioneers, will be the featured guest for the eighth Club Helsinki Blues Pro Jam, a bimonthly event featuring dozens of professional musicians from the greater Hudson Valley region. Anchored by the Club Helsinki House Band, the event welcomes all working musicians in the region to sit in for a freewheeling blues jam.







Saturday, November 22


9:00 pm



Chuck Prophet writes and sings wry, trenchant rock songs that connect the dots, musical and otherwise, between Tom Petty and Warren Zevon. With the aid of the Mission Express, his band of heartbreakers, Prophet embraces a host of traditional and classic sounds, including country, soul, LA rock, indie-rock, folk-rock, and plain old rock ‘n’ roll. On his most recent album, “Night Surfer,” he adds a bit of glam and prog-rock to the mix.

Lyrically, Prophet is deceptive, seemingly tossing off one-liners in his wry twang, but often in the service of full-fledged story-songs or sociopolitical narratives that are always cinematic, often funny, and subtly brilliant. The California rocker is a quirky original who has been associated in one way or another with musicians and bands including Ryan Adams, Lucinda Williams, Cake, Kim Richey and Kelly Willis. Think of him as America’s answer to Ray Davies.

    






Sunday, November 23


8:00 pm

with Sontag Shogun and Julia Kent


This unique triple bill of Hudson-based composer-guitarist Alexander Turnquist, Brooklyn-based piano trio Sontag Shogun, and experimental cellist-composer Julia Kent is a full-fledged mini-festival of contemporary ambient sounds, offering an evening of peaceful, calm, quiet listening and relaxed, shimmering beauty.

Alexander Turnquist is a guitarist/composer who uses his 12-string acoustic finger-style approach in creating very dramatic and emotionally engaging music. His unique style of composition and performance connects the dots between players like Alex De Grassi and Kaki King, minimalist composers like Philip Glass and Steve Reich, and fellow innovators like Rhys Chatham and Sonic Youth.

    








Pooling their influences from modern classical, improvised and ambient musical spheres, the three keyboardists who comprise Sontag Shogun create long-form, shape-shifting compositions that are at times lush and melodic as well as textural and unpredictable. The band counts composers like Arvo Part, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Philip Glass, and Max Richter among their influences.

After years spent performing and recording with other artists and groups, including Antony and the Johnsons and cello-rock group Rasputina (founded by Hudson's own Melora Creager), Vancouver-born, New York City-based Julia Kent found her own voice with her solo debut, "Delay." Kent uses looped and layered cello, electronics, and field recordings to explore the intersections between the human world and the natural world, the melding of the technological and the organic, the patterns and repetitions that exist in nature and are mirrored in human creations (at times recalling Philip Glass), and the complexity and fragility of our relationships with one another and with the world that surrounds us.

Visit westernvinyl.com/artists/turnquist.html

Visit sontagshogun.com

Visit juliakent.com







Monday, November 24


8:00 pm



Melora Creager is best known as founder and leader of the historical cello-rock band Rasputina, and has played with Nirvana, Marilyn Manson, Bob Mould, Cheap Trick, Joan Osborne, Porno for Pyros, and others.

Her "Mondays with Melora" residency during the month of November feature her band the Calico Indians plus special guests. Creager says the performances - which will include a mix of old originals re-orchestrated for the new group, old covers re-originalized, and new songs, including a few about Columbia County - are intended as a live "lab" with "an ear to recording."

Creager, who sings and plays cello and banjo, will be accompanied by Chops LaConte on stand-up bass, Ryder Cooley on musical saw and vocals, Luis Mojica on piano and vocals and Timothy Oakley. Special guests will include singer-violinist Eszter Balint, Kiki * d, and Wild Boy with Clare Felice.







Friday, November 28, 9pm
AND
Saturday, November 29, 9pm

Everett Bradley's Holidelic


Part dance party, part funk concert, part comedy show, the holiday-funk spectacular Holidelic features original holiday songs as well as loose, funk-infused adaptations of Tchaikovsky, "Frosty the Snowman," "Little Drummer Boy" and the like. With his new show, "Sugar Daddy," Everett Bradley puts a fresh spin on holiday cheer, through lively holiday party tunes, outrageous costumes, and a theatrical stage show worthy of George Clinton's Parliament-Funkadelic. There'll be no "Silent Night" when Holidelic reinvigorates the season, prompting concertgoers to shake their holiday booties to Sly Stone-style funk 'n' roll. Ho-ho-ho!








Thursday, December 4, 8pm

Winter Songwriters Round Tour








Friday, December 5


9:00 pm

co-bill


The Sacred Shakers, featuring vocalist Eilen Jewell, play a rollicking blend of old-time, country and blues-influenced gospel music in the tradition of Hank Williams, the Carter Family, the Stanley Brothers, Son House, and Mississippi Fred McDowell. They effortlessly connect the church to the back porch and the back porch to the honkytonk. This Boston-based, all-star, eight-piece roots ensemble offers new life to the gospel genre by revisiting the stripped down country and bluesy gospel material that inspires them.

First making her name in the Pacific Northwest, where she's been called "Seattle's Emmylou," and heralded as one of the best songwriters to come out of Washington State, Zoe Muth has spent the last four years touring across the U.S. and Europe. Muth's clear, honest vocals and classic approach have garnered her comparisons to Maybelle Carter, Loretta Lynn, John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Iris Dement, and Patty Griffin. With her band, the Lost High Rollers, her musical arrangements have one foot in 1950s Nashville and the other in the early country-rock experiments of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers. While Muth's own songs sit comfortably aside her country music forebears, she's equally as comfortable delivering renditions by songwriters as diverse as Ronnie Lane, Anna McGarrigle, Dock Boggs and Jerry Ragovoy in her inimitable country style.

    






Saturday, December 6, 9pm


9:00 pm



Woodstock singer-songwriter Simi Stone plays violin, guitar and percussion, boasts a huge, versatile voice, and commands the stage like a latter-day Tina Turner. She writes catchy pop tunes, dance numbers, and compelling, introspective folk songs, all in her signature, upbeat "Mountain Motown" style. And her band is a veritable funk-rock supergroup, including bandmates of David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, the B-52s, and Gang of Four.

Reviewing her December 2013 show at Helsinki Hudson, local music critic Seth Rogovoy wrote, "If there is any justice in the world, her upcoming album will propel Stone into national consciousness as a major new force on the pop-soul scene... What the world needs now - right now, and not a moment too late - is Simi Stone, in all of her multitalented, glorious appeal."

Stone’s band includes drummer Zack Alford (Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Vernon Reid), bassist Sara Lee (Gang of Four, B-52s, Ani DiFranco), and guitarist Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie, Tears for Fears, Gang of Four), as well as keyboardist David Baron.

Simi Stone names Aretha Franklin, Sly Stone, old school Madonna, Donna Summer, and Whitney Houston as influences, and it's hardly out of the question that someday Simi Stone will frequently be mentioned among them as a peer.

    






Friday, December 12


9:00 pm

co-bill


Legendary musician, producer, and Blue Note label honcho Don Was pretty much sums up the miracle of Robert Randolph thusly: "He has mastered what is, arguably, the most complex instrument in the world and developed a unique voice that is equal parts street-corner church and Bonnaroo." Rolling Stone magazine agreed when it included Randolph in its chartor the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" list, which attracted the attention of such giants as Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana, who have collaborated with him on stage and in the studio.

Frontman Randolph played pedal-steel guitar for years in the House of God church, where it was called Sacred Steel. It was avant-jazz organist and frequent Helsinki performer John Medeski who discovered him, teamed him with the North Mississippi Allstars, and helped Randolph reach a wider, secular audience with his unique style of soul-rock, as well as exposing Randolph to music the likes of the Allman Brothers, Buddy Guy and Muddy Waters.

    




Randolph's group, the Family Band, is comprised of the guitarist's actual family members Marcus Randolph, Danyel Morgan, and Lenesha Randolph, together with guitarist Brett Haas. At one point, the group can play a metal-funk tune that recalls Fishbone, and turn around and deliver a catchy pop-soul party tune that sounds like classic Sly and the Family Stone. The group covers tunes by Ohio Players and the Doobie Brothers, giving listeners a further clue to the group's eclectic and wide-ranging musical ear.

Visit robertrandolph.net








Friday, December 26, 9pm

Seth's Sauerkraut Review









Saturday, December 27, 9pm

Bruce Katz Band








Friday, January 2


9:00 pm



Sarah Borges and Girls Guns and Glory are two avatars of Boston's thriving roots-rock scene. Both artists mine early rock 'n' roll styles as well as their roots and tributaries, including country, blues and R&B, on their way toward making new indie-rock with the immediacy and passion of 1950s and early-'60s music.

Longtime Helsinki favorite Sarah Borges has been entertaining audiences for years with her diverse brand of punk-inflected noir-rock. She cuts an alluring figure onstage, and was seemingly born to play rock 'n' roll. Her latest album, "Radio Sweetheart," was produced by Steve Berlin, best known as keyboardist and saxophonist for the similarly roots-music mining Chicano-rock group Los Lobos.

Girls Guns and Glory is a modern Americana group that harkens back to the early rock 'n' roll of Nashville and Memphis, with influences ranging from Hank Williams to Buddy Holly to Eddie Cochran to Johnny Cash, and with an emphasis on songwriting akin to fellow travelers like Steve Earle. The band recently released its fifth album, "Good Luck," produced by Eric "Roscoe" Ambel (the Bottle Rockets).

This twang-rock double-bill promises to transform Helsinki Hudson into an old-time honky-tonk club with urgent and immediate, dance-ready rock 'n' roll.
    







Saturday, January 10, 9pm

The Elvis Birthday Bash
Featuring
The Lustre Kings with Special Guests









Friday, January 16 , 9pm

Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds









Saturday, January 24, 9pm

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus









Sunday, January 25, 6pm

Community Music Space presents the Young Performers Showcase









Saturday, February 13, 9pm

Voodoo Orchestra North


The Voodoo Orchestra North, led by legendary jazz drummer, improviser and composer Bobby Previte - a recent transplant to Hudson - and featuring many great upstate New York musicians, plays a regular series of performances devoted to exploring the music of Miles Davis's eternal electric jazz-funk masterpiece, "Bitches Brew."

One of the greatest works of the twentieth century, "Bitches Brew" - released in 1970 - changed the entire landscape of not only jazz but rock, funk, soul, and pop as well. Hailed as a masterpiece upon its release, it has proven even more influential in the fullness of time. "The Voodoo Orchestra North starts where 'Bitches Brew' left off, and begins anew," says Previte.








Saturday, February 14


9:00 pm



If Chrissie Hynde had grown up in New Jersey listening to the Shangri-Las and Roy Orbison, she may have grown up to be Nicole Atkins. Now a Brooklyn-based indie-rock singer-songwriter, Atkins blends pop-fueled hooks and moody introspection in songs that veer from rootsy to classic to psychedelic.

Among the highlights of her emerging career have been contributing a dark, intimate version of "Dancing in the Dark" to a Bruce Springsteen tribute album, making it sound much more in line with a Springsteen song than the brash, commercial disco-rock version the Boss recorded in the mid-1980s. She's been featured on NPR, in Relix and Paste magazines, and in the Wall Street Journal.

    







Saturday, February 28, 9pm

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus









Saturday, March 13, 9pm

Voodoo Orchestra North


The Voodoo Orchestra North, led by legendary jazz drummer, improviser and composer Bobby Previte - a recent transplant to Hudson - and featuring many great upstate New York musicians, plays a regular series of performances devoted to exploring the music of Miles Davis's eternal electric jazz-funk masterpiece, "Bitches Brew."

One of the greatest works of the twentieth century, "Bitches Brew" - released in 1970 - changed the entire landscape of not only jazz but rock, funk, soul, and pop as well. Hailed as a masterpiece upon its release, it has proven even more influential in the fullness of time. "The Voodoo Orchestra North starts where 'Bitches Brew' left off, and begins anew," says Previte.









Saturday, March 28, 9pm

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus









Sunday, March 29, 3pm

Bindlestiff Family Matinee