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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.
    






Sunday, May 7


8:00 pm



Lake Tear of the Clouds is one of the highest bodies of water in New York state and is the source of the Hudson River and it's tributaries, the Opalescent River and Calamity Brook. On Sunday May 7th Dust Bowl Faeries, Luis Mojica and friends will conjure up a special evening of music, dance and ritual that speaks to the vitality of the Hudson River, the mystical beauty of the earth and the extraordinary creatures who dwell upon it. Music from each band will be performed throughout the night to raise awareness, inspire minds and offer hope. A special Butoh dance by Jenn Hicks interspersed with trapeze and projections will spin the evening up into the Tear of the Clouds.


Butoh dance by Jenn Hicks

Video Installation by Chad Dziewior

Pre-show music by Rick Warren



LUIS MOJICA weaves words, chants, and sounds through a loop pedal combining Baroque-style compositions with beatbox and pop percussion. After spending four years in the mountains, Luis has emerged with his debut studio album, titled "Wholesome." The album features Melora Creager (of Rasputina) on cello and Brian Viglione (of Dresden Dolls/Violent Femmes) on drums.

The compositions of DUST BOWL FAERIES have roots in Gypsy, klezmer, and vaudeville music. Accordion, singing saw, ukulele, lap­steel, electric guitar and percussion combine to create the Dust Bowl Faeries' otherworldly sound. The band was founded by artist - musician Ryder Cooley, co-hostess of the Helsinki Open Mic. Ryder is accompanied by Karen Cole, Jen DuBois and JoAnn Stevelos. Hazel, a taxidermy sheep, performs with the Dust Bowl Fairies as mascot spirit animal.

    






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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Friday, May 26


9:00 pm



Winner of the 2017 Ameripolitan Music Award for Rockabilly Female and named the "Best Up-and-Coming Band" by Hudson Valley Magazine, Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones are New York's premier rockabilly, roots rock 'n' roll, R&B outfit.

Born from a hybrid of Lara's former rockabilly band the Champtones and upright bassist Matt's international psychobilly act the Arkhams, the Ark-Tones were formed in 2012. This fun-loving bunch packs the dance floor with original musical offerings in vintage style as well as re-workings of rockabilly, rock 'n' roll, and R&B classics and standards.

Their upcoming full-length album "Love You to Life" is set to be released on May 5.
    






Saturday, June 3


9:00 pm

With Caroline Rose Opening


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.

    






Saturday, June 10


9:00 pm



Guitarist Steve Kimock has been part of the thriving psychedelic music scene based in San Francisco since the 1970s, where fans of his included Jerry Garcia and other members of the Grateful Dead. He played with bands including the Heart of Gold Band, the Goodman Brothers, and Zero, the last of which sometimes recruited Dead lyricist Robert Hunter to contribute lyrics to their own efforts.

Kimock has been closely associated with many offshoots of the Grateful Dead, including Bob Weir's Kingfish, Bob Weir's Ratdog, Vince Welnick's Missing Man Formation, Phil Lesh and Friends, and the Other Ones. He was also a member of the Rhythm Devils, a supergroup formed by Grateful Dead drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart with bassist Mike Gordon of Phish. He has also toured and recorded as Bruce Hornsby's guitarist, and led his own groups, including Steve Kimock Band and Steven Kimock Crazy Engine.

Steve's new group, KIMOCK, features drummer John Morgan Kimock, bassist Bobby Vega, and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Leslie Mendelsohn. The group offers a listening experience that spotlights Steve's remarkable tone in an intuitive flow of Eastern and Western folk music, heartfelt acoustic guitar, ambient electronic expressions, inventive covers and reinvented classics and contemporary compositions. created and starred in the award-winning off-Broadway hit "Old Hats" and has written three acclaimed musical biographies - "A Girl Named Bill"; "I Want to Live!," the story of Barbara Graham, the third woman executed in the gas chamber at San Quentin; and "Silent Spring: It's Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature," an exploration in song of environmental pioneer Rachel Carson.

    




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Tuesday, June 27


8:00 pm

With Banditos Opening


Over the past decade, Memphis-based Lucero has evolved from a country-punk outfit into a mature Americana band with a hint of Southern soul, reflective of its hometown. The group's most recent album, "All a Man Should Do," recorded at the famed Ardent Studios, has a timeless feel, and features a tribute to one of the great rock singer-songwriters, "Went Looking for Warren Zevon's Los Angeles," and a guest vocal appearance by Jody Stephens of Memphis power-pop legends Big Star on a cover of Big Star's "I Fell in Love With a Girl."

Opening act Banditos were born in Birmingham, Ala., before migrating to Music City, where they manufacture their good-time rock 'n' roll flecked with boogie, punk, honkytonk, and blues.

    






Friday, June 30


9:00 pm



Brooklyn-based psychedelic folk outfit Woods releases "Love Is Love," their 10th album, this spring. The band's easygoing, distinctive sound, characterized by lead singer Jeremy Earl's falsetto vocals and soulful melodies, garnered a Best New Music honor from Pitchfork Magazine, and "Sun City Creeps," the lead track from the group's previous album, was featured as one of NPR's Songs We Love.

"Love Is Love" weaves psychedelic swirls of guitar between languid horns reminiscent of the best Ethiopian jazz. A distinctly New York record, "Love Is Love" is a document of protest in uncertain times and an open-hearted rejection of cynicism in favor of emotional honesty. It is bright, and then, unexpectedly, a little dark sometimes too.

Woods combines a low-fi approach with a melodic, pop sensibility. Woods should appeal to fans of My Morning Jacket and Wilco.
    




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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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