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Friday, October 24


9:00 pm



Born at SUNY-New Paltz in 2008, upstate New York's own ska-reggae group the Big Takeover specializes in Jamaican rhythms, as heard on its third album, "Children of the Rhythm," which boasts the band's signature blend of upbeat, horn-inflected ska, deep, funky reggae grooves, soulful melodies, and dub dropouts.

The Big Takeover is fronted by Jamaican-born and raised vocalist NeeNee Rushie and features a two-man horn section. Claiming influences including Dennis Brown, Bob Marley, Beres Hammond, Delroy Wilson, Alton Ellis, Michael Jackson, Fela Kuti, the Specials, and Aretha Franklin, the Big Takeover has shared stages with such reggae royalty as the Wailers, the Skatalites, the Slackers, Yellow Man, Inner Circle, Eek a Mouse and Sister Nancy.

    






Saturday, October 25


9:00 pm



Brooklyn-based quartet Lip Talk and San Francisco rockers Yassou Benedict both revel in ethereal female vocals that float atop a bed of dream-pop. Both groups are also originally from our region: Lip Talk was formed in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and were known as Railbird; Yassou Benedict was formed right here in Hudson, and resident rock star Melissa Auf Der Maur contributed vocals to one of their early recorded efforts.

Lip Talk is led by Sarah Pedinotti Kyle (SPK) on keys, sampler, and lead vocals, with Chris Kyle on guitar, Derek Leslie on bass, and Ian Chang or Bryan Bisordi on drums. SPK’s vocal delivery has earned her apt comparisons to musical luminaries Bjork and Kate Bush, and the band’s unique blend of experimental psych-pop has found a home with fans of Braids, The Dirty Projectors, and Little Dragon.

Though they employ unconventional song structures and shifting time signatures, Yassou Benedict makes alluring, moody dream-pop. No one in the band is named Yassou Benedict.

Between the two groups, it promises to be an evening of shimmering textures and sultry sounds.







Sunday, October 26, 6pm

Haute Cature • Benefit Fashion Show


More than 25 models will stride the runway to display "Hudson Style" collections and garments ranging from original and designer clothes to vintage clothes and Halloween costumes created by nearly two dozen local artists and designers for Haute Cature, the annual fashion show and auction to benefit Animalkind, Hudson's cat rescue center. All proceeds will benefit Animalkind, a nonprofit shelter and adoption center for cats in need of medical attention and homes. Steve Hartman from CBS News's "On the Road" will be master of ceremonies for the event.






Friday, October 31, 10pm

DJ T-Bone Halloween Dance Party








Monday, November 3


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.






Thursday, November 6


8:00 pm



Hudson Valley favorites the Compact have chosen to celebrate the release of their new album, "One at a Time," at Club Helsinki Hudson. At the core of the Compact is the songwriting team of guitarist/vocalist Erin Hobson and bassist/vocalist Steven Ross. The group plays an original blend of music that variously recalls Little Feat, Tom Tom Club, Phish, and Steely Dan.

    






Saturday, November 8


9:00 pm



With his group’s jazzy, horn-laced New Orleans funk and soul, singer-trombonist-bandleader Glen David Andrews always turns Club Helsinki Hudson into Mardi Gras. He combines a voice and stage presence worthy of Louis Armstrong, updated for the hip-hop era. A typical Glen David Andrews set offers a mix of traditional jazz, rock, gospel, funk and even a little zydeco. And with a menu already steeped in Louisiana flavors courtesy of Chef Hugh Horner, who grew up on the bayou, Helsinki Hudson will take on the aspect of the legendary Preservation Hall – where Andrews performs on a regular basis – when Andrews comes to town.

    







Sunday, November 9, 7pm

Brent Barrett








Monday, November 10


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.






Thursday, November 13


8:00 pm



Diamond Doves' soulful, hook-laden indie-rock-meets-electronica has drawn comparisons to Arcade Fire, Ben Folds Five, Talking Heads and Autumn Defense. Singers and multi-instrumentalists Nick Kinsey, Brigham Brough, and Wyndham Boylan-Garnett were formerly known as Dearland, of critically acclaimed folk-rock act Elvis Perkins in Dearland. As Diamond Doves, they have toured extensively in support of artists like the Felice Brothers and A.A. Bondy.

Last Good Tooth leader Penn Sultan finds inspiration in his family's roots in the mountains of North Carolina and the old-time Appalachian music from the Blue Ridge region, mixed with his love-hate relationship with New York City. Sultan and bassist Kevin Sullivan met in Providence at the Rhode Island School of Design where they pretended to like art for a while so that they could play music for real. They discovered Alex Spoto playing fiddle at nearby Brown University and called up their old-time-high-school-drummer-buddy-friend Arthur Kapp, and thus was formed Last Good Tooth, whose music has been described as "Gordon Gano-ish Appalachian voodoo."

Boston multi-instrumentalist Adam Schatz is best known for his art-rock band, Landlady, which has drawn comparisons to Talking Heads and TV on the Radio.

    






Friday, November 14


9:00 pm



with Milton Opening


Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for 50 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original. Having released a series of timeless records since the early 1970s, Chris' newest release, Still On the Levee (release date: July 22, 2014), is a career-spanning retrospective double CD. Recorded in New Orleans with studio-mates he calls The Motivators, Still On the Levee plays host to special guests including Allen Toussaint and Loudon Wainwright III. The record highlights the vast catalog of an American music master. Reviewers and fans from around the world agree that Chris is a profound songwriter, a blistering guitarist and, as he puts it, a 'one-man band to the bone.' Chris melds the styles of his two major influences, Lightnin' Hopkins and Mississippi John Hurt, into his own signature guitar sound. His music continues to draw deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and humanist philosophers. He may be best known for writing "Love You Like A Man" which Bonnie Raitt and, more recently, jazz great Diana Krall have covered. His music has been covered by numerous artists and featured in soundtrack albums, independent film, television and commercials

New York Times: With a weary, well-traveled voice and a serenely intricate finger-picking style, Mr. Smither turns the blues into songs that accept hard-won lessons and try to make peace with fate.


$30     








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Saturday, November 15, 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.








Monday, November 17


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.







Thursday, November 20, 8pm

Pro Jam 8








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, 8pm

Alexander Turnquist
with Sontag Shogun and Julia Kent








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!








Friday, December 5, 9pm

The Sacred Shakers and Zoe Muth & The High Rollers

co-bill







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, 9pm

Robert Randolph & The Family Band









Friday, January 2, 9pm

Sarah Borges/Girls Guns and Glory









Saturday, January 24, 9pm

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus









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, 9pm

Nicole Atkins









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