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The Terminals Band is a one-off, all-star quartet led by drummer-composer Bobby Previte performing music from his recently released "Terminals" project, including Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, jam-band icon John Medeski on keyboards, and avant-jazz saxophonist Greg Osby.






Friday, December 26, 9pm

Seth's Sauerkraut Review


A mini-festival of regional Americana and honky-tonk performers hosted by "Sauerkraut" Seth Travins, Seth's Sauerkraut Revue features guitarist Séamus Maynard and special surprise guest singers and instrumentalists, backed by Chops and Sauerkraut, the house band for the evening.

Chops and Sauerkraut are a hard-edged rockabilly, honky-tonk and garage band influenced by Carl Perkins, the Standells, ? and the Mysterians, Frankie Yankovic, Elvis Presley, Bob Wills, and the Cramps, featuring upright bassist Chops Laconte (Lustre Kings, Wanda Jackson), "Sauerkraut" Seth Travins (the Wiyos) on vocals and guitar, and Slink Moss on drums and vocals.








Saturday, December 27


9:00 pm



Bruce Katz's resume reads like a who's who of blues and blues-rock. Playing piano and Hammond B3 organ, Katz has toured and recorded with the Greg Allman Band, Delbert McClinton, Maria Muldaur, Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters, among numerous others. While blues remains his core influence, Katz's music occupies a unique space where blues, soul-jazz, jam-band rock, and all aspects of Americana collide into a style of original music all his own. "Homecoming," the new recording by the Bruce Katz Band, features songs and instrumentals including guest appearances by guitarists John Hammond Jr. and Jimmy Bennett and drummer Randy Ciarlante.

    






Wednesday, December 31


9:00 pm

with DJ GIO


Soul legend Lee Fields & The Expressions will ring out the old and ring in the new with their old-school soul and R&B for a New Year's Eve dance party. Fields's gritty voice - one part church, one part bedroom - and the Expressions classic sound can't help but bring a listener back to the heyday of soul, when James Brown, Al Green, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder ruled the roost.

Recent highlights of Fields's career since he teamed with the Expressions include opening slots for the Black Keys, Pretty Lights, and Wilco, as well as performing in front of 7,000 people at Rosklide, 10,000 people at Red Rocks, and sold-out shows in New York, San Francisco, Los Angles, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Montreal, Austin, Houston, New Orleans and many more.

There couldn't be a better way to usher in the new year than with such tried-and-true R&B sounds as those of Lee Fields & the Expressions.

    






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 3, 8pm

Home Bass 2:
A Little Help for Our Friends
Tommy Stinson, Rhett Miller, Elvis Perkins, Jesse Malin & More!
Habitat for Humanity Concert


Tommy Stinson, a cofounder of legendary rock band The Replacements and a touring member of stadium-rockers Guns n' Roses, will headline Home Bass 2: A Little Help for Our Friends, a benefit concert for Columbia County Habitat for Humanity. Stinson, who is curating the evening of entertainment, will be joined by Rhett Miller, lead singer of the Old 97's; rock singer-songwriter Elvis Perkins; Jesse Malin; his pop-singer daughter Ruby Stinson; and other surprise guests.

The evening follows up the huge success of 2013's "Home Bass: 4 Strings, 4 Hearts for Habitat," which featured Stinson as well as fellow Hudson four-string players, including cellist Melora Creager and bassists Meshell Ndegeocello and Melissa auf der Maur, who is a member of Habitat's Board of Directors.








Saturday, January 10


9:00 pm



Elvis Presley's impact on all music that came after him is impossible to tally. Bob Dylan, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, U2 – they're all impossible to imagine without Elvis having paved the way. For several decades, the Capital District-based Mark Gamsjager and The Lustre Kings have been keeping the sound of early rockabilly alive, both in the region and across the U.S. and around the world. They bring an immediacy to the joyful music with a dark underbelly that has compelled performers like Wanda Jackson, the Queen of Rockabilly, as well as Bill Kirchen, Eddie Angel and Robert Gordon, to draft them into the service of rock 'n' roll revivalism.

For the annual Elvis Birthday Bash at Helsinki Hudson – marking what would have been the King's 80th birthday - the Lustre Kings are expected to be joined by other members of the region's talented rock 'n' roll revival scene.

    






Friday, January 16


9:00 pm



Glamour hit the nail on the head when they described Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds as what you get when you cross Amy Winehouse and Tina Turner with Mick Jagger and a dose of the Squirrel Nut Zippers. It's big-city grit and down-home sweetness together with a bit of Americana. The Dirty Birds' unique blend of R&B combines influences from deep soul to James Brown-style party-funk to Jamaican ska and reggae. Arleigh Kincheloe aka Sister Sparrow has drawn comparisons to Tina Turner and Amy Winehouse for her powerful, raspy vocals and dynamic stage presence. All in all, you couldn't ask for a more suitable outfit to provide the musical rhythms and excitement to power a soul-funk dance party.

    







Saturday, January 24, 9pm

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus


Hudson's own Bindlestiff Family Cirkus continues its wintertime tradition of hosting a monthly cabaret, featuring a variety of circus, theater, comedy and musical entertainers. Each month this winter, Bindlestiff Cirkus will bring a new lineup, with acts including trapeze, contortion, acrobatic balance, sword swallowing, juggling, physical comedy, and oddball novelty turns. The Bindlestiff stage is one of the few arenas in the world where attendees may see internationally renowned street performers, featured acts from Cirque du Soleil and Ringling Brothers, and artists from "America's Got Talent" next to local legends, live, on stage, and in the same show.

Live music is a defining feature of Bindlestiff's cabaret shows, with witty, original tunes by a variety of NYC's best composers and accompanists. Bindlestiff's unique style reflects deep roots in NYC's underground club scene, nods to political street theater, and a steady respect for the traditions of American popular entertainment and illegitimate theater.

Unlike Bindlestiff's family fare at local venues like Bard's Summerscape Spiegeltent, Bindlestiff's Winter Cabaret is for grown-ups only. (A family-oriented matinee will be offered on March 29.) In keeping with Bindlestiff's clubby NYC roots, the audience is encouraged to dress for festival and be part of the show. Audience members attending in costume will receive a discounted admission.







Sunday, January 25, 6pm

Community Music Space presents the Young Performers Showcase









Friday, February 6, 9pm

Barnstar!









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


Hudson's own Bindlestiff Family Cirkus continues its wintertime tradition of hosting a monthly cabaret, featuring a variety of circus, theater, comedy and musical entertainers. Each month this winter, Bindlestiff Cirkus will bring a new lineup, with acts including trapeze, contortion, acrobatic balance, sword swallowing, juggling, physical comedy, and oddball novelty turns. The Bindlestiff stage is one of the few arenas in the world where attendees may see internationally renowned street performers, featured acts from Cirque du Soleil and Ringling Brothers, and artists from "America's Got Talent" next to local legends, live, on stage, and in the same show.

Live music is a defining feature of Bindlestiff's cabaret shows, with witty, original tunes by a variety of NYC's best composers and accompanists. Bindlestiff's unique style reflects deep roots in NYC's underground club scene, nods to political street theater, and a steady respect for the traditions of American popular entertainment and illegitimate theater.

Unlike Bindlestiff's family fare at local venues like Bard's Summerscape Spiegeltent, Bindlestiff's Winter Cabaret is for grown-ups only. (A family-oriented matinee will be offered on March 29.) In keeping with Bindlestiff's clubby NYC roots, the audience is encouraged to dress for festival and be part of the show. Audience members attending in costume will receive a discounted admission.






Sunday, March 1


8:00 pm



The Grammy Award-nominated North Mississippi Allstars and singer-guitarist Anders Osborne are combining forces as N.M.O. (North Mississippi Osbornes), pairing the Southern blues-rock approach of the North Mississippi Allstars with Anders Osborne's unique brand of New Orleans soul to make for a new American roots fusion in an evening of music featuring one acoustic and one electric set.

Brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson form the core of North Mississippi Allstars, which was founded in 1996. Right out of the gate, their 2000 debut album, "Shake Hands With Shorty," garnered them a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Blues album. Two more nominations followed in the same category for subsequent recordings.

Bluesy singer-guitarist Anders Osborne left his home in Sweden at age 16 and traveled around the world, eventually settling in New Orleans, where he has been a mainstay of the music scene as both a guitarist and songwriter, collaborating with Galactic and Tab Benoit, as well as Phil Lesh & Friends.

    







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


Hudson's own Bindlestiff Family Cirkus continues its wintertime tradition of hosting a monthly cabaret, featuring a variety of circus, theater, comedy and musical entertainers. Each month this winter, Bindlestiff Cirkus will bring a new lineup, with acts including trapeze, contortion, acrobatic balance, sword swallowing, juggling, physical comedy, and oddball novelty turns. The Bindlestiff stage is one of the few arenas in the world where attendees may see internationally renowned street performers, featured acts from Cirque du Soleil and Ringling Brothers, and artists from "America's Got Talent" next to local legends, live, on stage, and in the same show.

Live music is a defining feature of Bindlestiff's cabaret shows, with witty, original tunes by a variety of NYC's best composers and accompanists. Bindlestiff's unique style reflects deep roots in NYC's underground club scene, nods to political street theater, and a steady respect for the traditions of American popular entertainment and illegitimate theater.

Unlike Bindlestiff's family fare at local venues like Bard's Summerscape Spiegeltent, Bindlestiff's Winter Cabaret is for grown-ups only. (A family-oriented matinee will be offered on March 29.) In keeping with Bindlestiff's clubby NYC roots, the audience is encouraged to dress for festival and be part of the show. Audience members attending in costume will receive a discounted admission.







Sunday, March 29, 3pm

Bindlestiff Family Matinee