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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, September 3, 8pm

ProJam 12

Saturday, September 5

9:00 pm

Since the last time Lake Street Dive performed here, the group has been discovered by the national press, with raves in Rolling Stone, the New Yorker, Hollywood Reporter and the Daily News, and championed by superstar producer T Bone Burnett. Yet the Boston-bred band, known for its unique fusion of jazz, classical, pop, swing and soul, are committed to keeping it real.

Lake Street Dive is a unique quartet with an approach like no other group you've ever heard. Four jazz- and classical-trained musicians who met at Boston's New England Conservatory got together and formed an indie-pop band featuring a trumpet-wielding guitarist, a bassist, a drummer, and a female vocalist with pipes that can seduce you while at the same time they're knocking you down with sheer power. The wonderful result produces a lazy, strutting New Orleans-inflected version of the Jackson Five's "I Want You Back" or a steamy jazz-funk version of Hall & Oates' "Rich Girl."

Lake Street Dive find themselves on the cusp of stardom, though they insist they will always be the same people whose stage outfits once consisted of matching sweater vests. "We realize this could all go away tomorrow," says Rachael Price. "But that won't change what we do. We want to continue to do this for a long, long time. This is what we love. We just want to make sure we keep enjoying ourselves."


Sunday, September 6, 8pm

Charles Busch

Review: Charles Busch in "That Girl/That Boy" Shares Songs and Stories
JULY 15, 2015

Saturday, September 12

9:00 pm

featuring Johnny Irion
with special guest Darren Jessee (Hotel Lights)

Perhaps best known as one-half of the husband-and-wife folk duo, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, Johnny Irion actually began his musical career in the midst of the alt-country renaissance of the 1990s. With his new band, U.S. Elevator, Irion returns to his musical roots with a melodic blend of sounds that marry "Tonight's the Night"-era Neil Young to the more psychedelic side of the Beatles.

Irion's voice unmistakably reminds a listener of Neil Young, but a prettier Neil Young perhaps the musical love child of Young and his one-time singing partner, Graham Nash, with a touch of George Harrison. And some of U.S. Elevator's group harmonies will remind listeners of Crosby, Stills and Nash, or perhaps the Hollies. A few tunes on the upcoming album have the spiritual vibe of "All Thing Must Pass"-era George Harrison, while others rock hard like Neil Young with his band Crazy Horse.

For Irion, U.S. Elevator is the rocking alter-ego to Sarah Lee and Johnny's eclectic and unbounded folk music.


Saturday, September 19

9:00 pm

with Fake Limbs Opening

Bully just released its debut album, "Feels Like" (StarTime/Columbia). It's already garnered a 3 1/2 - star review from Rolling Stone Magazine, and the band's brainchild, Alicia Bognanno - who does multiple duties as lead singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer, and engineer -- is being touted as her generation's answer to Courtney Love and Liz Phair.

Bully's melodic, hardcore confessionals have drawn comparisons to 1990s pop-punk bands like Hole, the Breeders, and Veruca Salt. But inside her band's churning guitars, rambunctious rhythms, and tightly coiled intensity, Minnesota native Alicia Bognanno's smart, sharp-edged millennial indie-rock is intensely personal. Her voice rises from sugar-sweet to scratchy howl as she bares her most harrowing fears to the world.

In other words, Bognanno is her own bully.


Friday, September 25

9:00 pm

Friday, September 25, 9pm With slide blues guitar, gospel organ chords, New Orleans-style horns, and group harmonies, bluesy roots-rockers Buffalo Stack can't help but recall Woodstock heroes the Band. In fact, it was at Levon Helm's barn in Woodstock that husband-and-wife Andy and Tania Stack (a Grammy and Juno award- winning fiddle player) of Hudson - at the time performing as a duo called the Stacks - met bassist Brandon Morrison, drummer Lee Falco, and guitarist Connor Kennedy, the other musicians who would soon join them to become Buffalo Stack, who at their hardest hitting and blues-rockingest recall Black Keys or White Stripes.


Thursday, October 1, 8pm

Cowboy Junkies

Friday, October 2, 9pm

Nicole Atkins

Wednesday, October 7

8:00 pm

with Special Guest Josh Rouse

Best known for his songs "Cruel to Be Kind" (a US Top 40 single) and "Breaking Glass" (a top 10 UK hit), Nick Lowe was an essential figure on the late-1970s/early-1980s power pop and New Wave scenes, as well as one of the most influential producers (Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, Pretenders, The Damned) and songwriters ("(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding" for Elvis Costello; "I Knew the Bride (When She Used to Rock 'n' Roll)" for Dave Edmunds) of all time.

In his current "second act" as a silver-haired, tender-hearted but sharp-tongued singer-songwriter, he has no equal. Starting with 1995's "The Impossible Bird" through to 2011's "The Old Magic" and 2013's Christmas album, "Quality Street," Lowe has turned out a fantastic string of albums, each one devised in his West London home and recorded with a core of musicians who possess the same veteran savvy. Lowe brings wit and understated excellence to every performance, leading Ben Ratliff of the New York Times to describe his live show as "elegant and nearly devastating."

Nashville singer-songwriter Josh Rouse, who has called Spain home for the past decade, has been hailed for his "pop-folk introspection" and sharp wit. His latest album, "The Embers of Time," released earlier this year, has drawn comparisons to the work of Neil Young, Paul Simon, Harry Nilsson, and Glen Campbell.


Visit nicklowe.com

Sunday, October 11, 6pm

Heather MacRae

Star of the original company of Hair, Falsettos, Merrily We Roll Along and A Catered Affair, Broadway veteran Heather MacRae brings her award winning tribute to her iconic film star father, Gordon MacRae in Songs for my Father.

MacRae sings the songs her father made famous from such films as Rodger and Hammerstein's Oklahoma, Carousel, and Tea for Two, as well as tells stories about what life was like growing up as the daughter of Gordon and Sheila MacRae in Hollywood and New York City. Songs for My Father is both a breathtaking musical tribute to the actor/singer who was such a part of The Golden Age of Hollywood as well as a uniquely beautiful father/ daughter relationship.

"Ms. MacRae has a luminous presence and an abundance of charisma to match the beauty of her well-trained voice...sassy, funny, dramatic, sensual, joyful and immensely likable." - Backstage

"There's a most appealing, warmly human unforced quality in what she does" - The New York Post

Thursday, October 15, 8pm


Saturday, October 17

9:00 pm

A longtime favorite of Helsinki audiences, rootsy singer-songwriter Fred Eaglesmith headlines the Traveling Steam Show, an old-fashioned vaudeville-style road show, which includes an opening set by singer-songwriter Tiffani "Tif" Ginn, who is also a member of Eaglesmith's band.

Acclaimed singer, songwriter and bandleader Eaglesmith is a genuine iconoclast and true original. As he has doggedly gone his own way as an independent musical artist, Eaglesmith has also enjoyed such high profile rewards in recent years as having his songs covered by country superstars Toby Keith, Alan Jackson and Miranda Lambert, among many other accomplishments.

The closely observed details of rural life, including dogs, guns, trains, tractors, trucks, cars, engines, drinking and farming, often populate Fred Eaglesmith's songs, many of which portray the vicissitudes and struggles of family farms and small businesses. Down and out characters dealing with loss of love or livelihood, and quirky rural folk also populate his songs. His songwriting uses many of the techniques of short story writing, including unreliable narrators, surprise endings, and plot twists.

He's also hysterically funny, and a Fred Eaglesmith concert is nearly as much a stand-up comedy show as it is a musical performance.



Friday, November 13

9:00 pm

For the last quarter-century, Rockabilly Hall of Fame winners Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys have mined the corners of pre- and early- rock 'n' roll influences, including Western swing, honkytonk, doo-wop, and country boogie. Hearing Big Sandy instantly puts a listener in mind of early greats like Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Buck Owens, Chuck Berry, and, of course, Elvis Presley. Take a trip back to a more innocent time with these ever-joyful roots-rockers.


Visit bigsandy.net

Sunday, November 15, 8pm

Joseph Arthur