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Wednesday, March 29, 7:30pm


Struttin' With The Stars Act II








Thursday, March 30, 6:00pm


An Evening with Deborah Hanlon









Friday, March 31


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. 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.

He describes his new album, "Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins," as "California Noir," which could well describe all of the output of this quirky original who has been associated in one way or another with musicians and bands including Ryan Adams, Lucinda Williams, Alejandro Escovedo, Cake, Kim Richey and Kelly Willis.

Think of him as America's answer to Ray Davies.

Since the mid-1990s, The Bottle Rockets have been making a unique brand of populist, Midwestern, brawny rock 'n' roll. Part of the alt-country explosion of the Nineties, the Bottle Rockets list Woody Guthrie, Neil Young, and the Replacements as key influences.

    






Saturday, April 1


8:30 pm



Catskill, NY-based Guilty Pleasure is more pleasure than guilty. These veteran musicians have developed an electric onstage chemistry and pride themselves in giving their audience a high energy show from start to finish. Guilty Pleasure plays hit songs from nearly every genre, keeping the dance floor rocking with Kacey Quirk on lead vocals, Sean McLaughlin on lead vocals and guitar, Paul Illsley on lead guitar, AJ Ricci on electric bass, and Tom Buffe on drums.

    





Sunday, April 2, 7pm


Joseph Keckler • Benefit for Animalkind


The New York Times calls alt-cabaret vocalist Joseph Keckler "an operatic singer whose range shatters the conventional boundaries of classical singing." Kecklerís style, voice and approach may remind listeners of Rufus Wainwright and Antony Hegarty aka Anohni.

Keckler is a widely acclaimed singer, writer, songwriter, and artist, with a rich, versatile three-plus octave voice and sharp wit. His compelling performances combine humor, autobiography, and classical themes from a unique perspective.

The Village Voice named him "Best Downtown Performance Artist," and the New York Times declared him a "major vocal talent








Friday, April 7


8:00 pm



The Lavender Blues brings to life the story of queer music before World War II. People commonly believe that the LGBT movement began in 1969 with the Stonewall Riots, but a hundred years ago queer men and women were claiming their identities in the public sphere - and singing about it too. Written and performed by cabaret artist Sarah Kilborne, The Lavender Blues is a musical journey to a courageous and colorful time in America's past when artists sang boldly about sexual and gender fluidity - something daring even for today, and as deliciously fun and inspiring as ever.

The Lavender Blues has been chosen one of 2017's "exciting new works in development" by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. This performance also celebrates the release of the show's first CD.

    






Saturday, April 8


9:00 pm

With Ray Mason Opening


Award-winning rock singer-songwriter James McMurtry writes literate, politically charged songs with country, folk, Americana, and Texas influences. Son of famed novelist Larry McMurtry, James has a strong cult following, devoted to his smart lyrics, laconic vocals, and deft guitar playing. Last year McMurtry released "Complicated Game," his first album in six years, which Texas Music Magazine called "a collection of narratives as sharply observed as any from McMurtry, but with a contemplative depth that comes with maturity."

Pioneer Valley-based rock singer-songwriter Ray Mason has been on his own never ending tour since 1982. Accompanying himself on his road-worn 1965 Silvertone guitar, he writes classic-style catchy garage-rock tunes with a laid-back vibe that has garnered him shared stages with the likes of NRBQ, The Band, Fountains of Wayne, the Flatlanders, Laura Cantrell, Amy Rigby, Marshall Crenshaw, Bill Morrissey, Graham Parker, Robbie Fulks, Yo La Tengo, They Might Be Giants, Steve Forbert, Chris Whitley, Nils Lofgren, Warren Zevon, Joan Osborne, Freedy Johnston, Alejandro Escovedo, Geoff Muldaur, Joan Jett, Blue Mountain, the Bottle Rockets, Junior Brown, Marah, Ass Ponys, and James McMurtry, for whom he warms up the crowd tonight.

    






Sunday, April 9


7:00 pm



Varla Jean Merman is a character originated and portrayed by Jeffery Roberson, an American actor, singer, and drag performer. Varla's fictitious pedigree boasts that Ernest Borgnine is her father and Ethel Merman is her mother. Merman has been a star of stage, screen, TV, cabaret, and concert halls. Merman's cabaret shows are a staple of summer entertainment in Provincetown, Mass.

Roberson guest-starred as Varla Jean on "Ugly Betty" in the final season of the show and was also featured on Bravo's "Project Runway Season 5" as the winning model for the show's drag challenge. He played the role of Mary Sunshine in the revival of "Chicago" on Broadway and made his network television debut on "All My Children" in the recurring role of lady of the evening Rosemary Chicken. He shared the Outfest Film Festival "Best Actor" Award and the Aspen HBO Film Festival "Best Actress" Award with his costars Jack Plotnick and Clinton Leupp for his featured performance in the cult classic film "Girls Will Be Girls" (Sundance 2003).

This event is sponsored by GayHudson.com.







Thursday, April 13, 8pm

ProJam 19


The Club Helsinki Blues Pro Jam is a bimonthly event, with dozens of professional musicians from the greater Hudson Valley region having taken part since it was launched in summer 2013. The event welcomes all working musicians in the region to sit in for a freewheeling blues jam.
    







Friday, April 14, 9pm

The Roughouts


A mini-festival of regional Americana and honky-tonk performers hosted by "Sauerkraut" Seth Travins, Seth's Sauerkraut Revue will feature country-roots and old-time sounds from the Roughouts and old-jazz, ragtime and blues from Miss Maybell & Slimpickins.
    






Saturday, April 22


9:00 pm





Best known as a member of the soul-pop sensation Lake Street Dive, Bridget Kearney is stepping out on her own this spring, hitting the road in the wake of the release of her first solo effort, a wry, big-hearted pop album entitled "Won't Let You Down." Shades of the Beatles, Wilco, Fleetwood Mac and even Nick Cave can be detected, as the album swerves from 1960s pop to modern indie-rock.

With Lake Street Dive, Bridget Kearney has fine-tuned many things - voracious collaborating, acclaimed bass playing, and harmonizing to name a few. But the skill she has honed most obsessively is songwriting. While still a student at the New England Conservatory of Music, Kearney won the grand prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, a harbinger of things to come.

Now it's Kearney's turn in the spotlight.

    






Sunday, April 23


7:00 pm




Growing up in a household that appreciated diverse music, Gabriel Tajeu was provided a mash up of influences across the spectrum from Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind, and Fire, to Miles Davis and Frank Sinatra. When it came to music that hit his core vocally, he gravitated to the styling, phrasing, and use of harmonies of R&B legends Al Green and Marvin Gaye. Recently, it's the music of Ben Harper, Ryan Adams, John Mayer, Joni Mitchell, D'Angelo, Brett Dennen, and Elvis Costello that has had a profound influence upon his writing.

Gabriel Tajeu's first album, "Finding My Way," reached #11 on the iTunes Japan R&B chart, and his first single, "Raindrops," reached #48 on the Tokyo Top 100. For his sophomore album, Gabriel visited the legendary FAME Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., where he laid down the tracks for "Southern Skies." He used some of the same musicians as Aretha Franklin and Percy Sledge when they recorded in Alabama, including David Hood on bass and Spooner Oldham on keys.

Gabriel will be presenting his songs acoustically in a stripped-down fashion, sharing some of the inspirations and stories behind the songs, and also playing some of his favorite covers, in this fundraiser for the Columbia-Greene Humane Society.

    






Friday, April 28


9:00 pm



Singer-songwriter Greg Brown is one of the titans of the new-folk movement of the early-mid 1980s, a mostly acoustic, back-to-the-roots movement that rebelled against the slick folk-rock of the previous decade.

Along with the likes of Patty Larkin, John Gorka, and Shawn Colvin, Brown has remained one of its leading lights, and his contemporaries paid tribute to his legacy on the 2002 album, "Going Driftless: An Artist's Tribute to Greg Brown," which featured guest vocals by Ani DiFranco, Gillian Welch, Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Shawn Colvin.

Brown is known as much for his portraits of small-town America and the characters who reside there as for his gruff vocals that belie a kindness and generosity of spirit.

    






Sunday, April 30


7:00 pm



The Backdoor Boys are not quite like other boy bands. In their new show, "Bring on the Men!," they draw on material from the musical theater, pre-rock pop standards, and the counterculture music scene. They put a new spin on some old favorites and explore lesser-known socially and politically satirical numbers.

In the tradition of "Broadway Backwards" and revues such as "Whoop-de-Doo!" and "When Pigs Fly," the Backdoor Boys - Craig Cunningham and Kevin Weldon - sing and joke their way through contemporary life, looking at the world through lavender-colored glasses, as it were.

Separately, Cunningham and Weldon have criss-crossed the globe performing on Broadway, throughout the U.S., Canada, Middle East and Europe. Audiences have enjoyed their work on radio, TV, and all types of venues from Radio City Music Hall and the concert stages of Europe to intimate cabaret clubs in New York City, like Don't Tell Mama's and Eighty Eights.

This evening is a fundraiser for the Hudson Pride Foundation.
    






Saturday, May 13


9:00 pm



With a time-stopping voice, born in New York but simultaneously roughed up and refined by New Orleans and Mississippi, Shannon McNally has cut a singular path through the musical landscape - one that includes a Grammy nomination and a place on the stage with a who's who of rock, country and soul: Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Bonnie Raitt, Vince Gill, Levon Helm, Charlie Sexton, Dr. John, Bobby Rush, Luther and Cody Dickinson, Derek Truck.

Most recently, McNally has teamed with Americana legend Rodney Crowell, who took the producer's chair for her upcoming album on Compass Records, a collection of transcendent folk-blues and country-rock songs that are poised to solidify her place as a peerless Americana songwriter and performer.

    






Thursday, May 18


8:00 pm



Troy, N.Y., native Sean Rowe is a throwback to 1970s-era soulful rock poets like Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, and Van Morrison. Rowe boasts an impossibly deep and rich baritone, a gift for melody, an innate sense of groove, and a knack for the perfectly hewn image to get across his haunting, brooding folk-rock and soul anthems. He'll be performing in the wake of his just-released album, "New Lore," recorded at Sam Phillips Recording Studio in Memphis. Rowe's new album has been called "a road map for a gentle heart in modern times, in a world where the best oracle isn't within a computer, but within ourselves."

A lifelong naturalist, Rowe's spare, organic approach and poetic simplicity at times recalls Greg Brown, another folk-rock poet with a deep growl. Other influences include Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, John Lee Hooker and Ray Charles, all of whom can be heard in Rowe's vocals, rhythms, and percussive guitar playing.

Capitol Region electro-pop singer-songwriter Girl Blue (stage name of Arielle O'Keefe) will warm up the crowd for Rowe.

    




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Saturday, June 3


9:00 pm



The Suitcase Junket is the nom-de-bande of Northampton, MA based indie-blues singer-songwriter Matt Lorenz, who should appeal to fans of Tom Waits and White Stripes alike.

Lorenz learned to sing by copying his sister Kate. (The siblings are two-thirds of the touring trio Rusty Belle.) Lorenz graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 2004 and on moving day, pulled his guitar, filled with mold and worse for wear, from a dorm Dumpster. He fixed it up and started pulling songs out of it. That was the beginning.

The Suitcase Junket is filling rooms and drawing festival crowds all over his native New England and beyond, from Signal Kitchen near the Canadian border to Wisconsin's Mile of Music Festival, from Ireland's pubs to Mountain Jam in the Catskills, from opening nights for Lake Street Dive and Charlie Musselwhite to Mountain Stage in West Virginia. He caught the attention of National Public Radio who chose his video session for "Earth Apple" from his 2015 album Make Time as one of the year's favorite sessions.

    






Friday, September 1


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.

    




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