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Eat Food or Die: A Monthly Podcast Hosted by Chef Hugh Horner

Front Porch Style Conversations with Food Professionals of all walks and Helsinki Musicians, with music hand selected from some of Chef's favorite artists to appear here at Helsinki, both past and future.

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Thursday, October 23

8:00 pm

Folk music legends John Sebastian (The Lovin' Spoonful) and Happy Traum - Folkways artist and early session guitarist for Bob Dylan - will be joined by fingerstyle guitarists Kinloch Nelson, Craig D'Andrea and Maycn Taylor in a preview of the following weekend's Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase: a festival of handmade acoustic guitars and other stringed instruments, featuring some of the world's finest guitars and guitar builders.

John Sebastian and Happy Traum's careers are the stuff of legend. Sebastian enjoyed a string of Top 10 hits with pop-rock group The Lovin' Spoonful and later penned and recorded the memorable theme song to the hit TV show, "Welcome Back, Kotter." Happy Traum recorded several genre-defining folk albums with his brother Artie; has authored numerous guitar instruction books and articles including the prodigious series Homespun Instructional Books and Tapes; and is probably best known as an accompanist for Bob Dylan on several previously unreleased tracks that appeared on "Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, Vol. II."

Joining Traum and Sebastian in a guitars-in-the-round setting are fingerstyle guitarists Kinloch Nelson, Craig D'Andrea and Maycn Taylor, performing everything from jazz to classical, Celtic, folk and today's modern fingerstyle guitar music.

Visit woodstockinvitational.com

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

Friday, October 30, 10pm

DJ T-Bone Halloween Dance Party

Monday, November 3, 8pm

Melora Creagor
Chops LaConte, Ryder Cooley, Luis Mojica & Tim Oakley

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, 8pm

Melora Creagor
Chops LaConte, Ryder Cooley, Luis Mojica & Tim Oakley

Thursday, November 13, 8pm

Diamond Doves

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.


A Songwriters' Tribute to Chris Smither - soundcloud.com

Visit smither.com

Saturday, November 15, 9pm

Voodoo Orchestra North

Monday, November 17, 8pm

Melora Creagor
Chops LaConte, Ryder Cooley, Luis Mojica & Tim Oakley

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, 8pm

Melora Creagor
Chops LaConte, Ryder Cooley, Luis Mojica & Tim Oakley

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

Everett Bradley's Holidelic

Friday, December 5, 9pm

The Sacred Shakers and Zoe Muth & The High Rollers


Saturday, December 6, 9pm

Simi Stone

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

Friday, February 13, 9pm

Voodoo Orchestra North

Saturday, February 14, 9pm

Nicole Atkins

Saturday, February 28, 9pm

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus

Friday, March 13, 9pm

Voodoo Orchestra North

Saturday, March 28, 9pm

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus

Sunday, March 29, 3pm

Bindlestiff Family Matinee