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Friday, July 31


9:00 pm

with Donny Dinero Opening


The song titles alone tell half the story of JP Harris & the Tough Choices: "A Breaking Heart," "Home Is Where the Hurt Is," "South Oklahoma," "Old Love Letters," "Truckstop Amphetamines," "Young Women and Old Guitars." JP Harris is a throwback to the classic country and honkytonk sounds of Buck Owens, George Jones, Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams. Fiddles and pedal-steel guitar licks dance around his authentic honkytonk vocals as he sings lines like "My breakin' heart doesn't make a sound" and "Thought I'd write a song for you/ Retelling all the things we used to do."

After more than six generations in Alabama, Harris's family left seeking work, first to California and then on to Nevada. He left home on foot at the age of 14, traveling via thumb and freight train, living the next four years mostly from a backpack, tarp, and a bedroll. Eventually landing in the northeast, he worked as a farm laborer, equipment operator, lumberjack, luthier, and carpenter. It's no wonder he became a country music singer.

Harris released his all-original debut, "I'll Keep Calling," in May 2012. Shortly after its release it won Best Country Album of 2012 from the Nashville Scene, the same honor at the Independent Music Awards, and a cameo on NPR's American Routes. Two songs were also licensed to the soundtrack of 2012's "At Any Price," starring Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron.

Rolling Stone named JP Harris one of fall 2014's "Country Tours Not To Miss" as well as one of "21 Must-See Country Acts at SXSW 2015."

The concert by JP Harris represents Helsinki Hudson's ongoing commitment to programming emerging and rising talent in a diversity of musical genres.

    






Saturday, August 1


9:00 pm



Woodstock keyboardist 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, New Orleans-inspired music and all aspects of Americana collide into a style of original music all his own. "Homecoming," the most recent 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.

    






Sunday, August 2


8:00 pm

Christopher Paul Stelling


with Planes on Paper opening


"The way this man delivers his songs, it's not hard to imagine him actually 'tap­dancing down the edge of this here knife',- as he sings at one point from within a small tornado of acoustic guitar and fiddle." - SPIN

Christopher Paul Stelling, who comes to Helsinki on the heels of Newport Folk Festival this year, just realeased his full­length Labor Against Waste in June on Anti Records. The latest taste of this forthcoming album comes in the form of album track "Scarecrow" - recorded with The Low Anthem's Ben Knox Miller at The Columbus Theatre in Providence, Rhode Island.

Stelling traverses from country blues to flamenco to claw hammer banjo all on his trusted "Brownie," an old nylon string guitar that's been traveling the globe with him for years. He has no rule book. He sees no limitations. He is an anthology of his influences and he is the first one of his kind.

When you see him perform, you know you are watching a true artist moving forward with intensity, focus, and direction.

    







Thursday, August 6, 8pm

Don Byron & Friends








Friday, August 7


9:00 pm



Rich Robinson, guitarist, songwriter, and co-founder of The Black Crowes lands at Helsnki Hudson as part of a unique solo, (mostly) acoustic perfomance. The unique performance circumstance sees Robinson, whom PopMatters named "a solo artist worth taking seriously," on stage with just five guitars and his own musical zeitgeist. The guitars include a freshly restored Guild 12-string, two small-bodied vintage "parlour" guitars, a jumbo acoustic as well as a hand-built gypsy-style Teye electric. The dates promise to provide a look into his songwriting process with his unencumbered virtuosity laid bare.

Robinson will be performing material from his most recent album, The Ceaseless Sight, which Rolling Stone's David Fricke called "..so rich in textures and assured in the writing that it sounds like a true debut," as well as from its two predecessors, Through A Crooked Sun and Paper. Additional repertoire sources include material from Bob Dylan, Buffalo Springfield as well as traditional folk blues. He notes, "I enjoy the simplicity of doing acoustic shows where I can break a song down to its purest form; it's closest to the way I write them."

While Robinson continues to actively tour and record with the electric band with whom he recorded The Ceaseless Sight, he undertook a successful Spring acoustic tour in major US markets such as Boston, New York and Washington, DC and the concept was critically acclaimed and met with wide approval by his fans.

Robinson is excited about the prospect of performing his own music in these very intimate settings. He urges, "Come and check it out; I invite you to ‘recontextualize' with me."

    






Sunday, August 9


7:00 pm



Having just completed a sold out run in NYC at 54 Below, this will be the only Hudson Valley cabaret appearance this year for two Time Tony Award and Golden Globe winner Linda Lavin. With the incomparable multi-talented Musical Director Billy Stritch on the grand piano, look for Linda and Billy to do some great duets and listen to Ms. Lavin doing what she does best-singing the American songbook standards and telling some fabulous show biz stories.

    






Monday, August 10


8:00 pm



Having migrated from his birthplace, Nashville, to New York City, the critically acclaimed folk-rock singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle - who was named after Texas singer-songwriter legend Townes van Zandt - pairs the sage wisdom of Americana music with themes that relate to life in the Big Apple as well as his recent marriage and newfound sobriety.

Earle directly confronts the legacy handed down to him by his father, Steve Earle, on the poignant song, "Mama's Eyes," on his album, "Midnight at the Movies," when he sings, "I am my father's son/I've never known when to shut up/I ain't fooling no one/I am my father's son." His most recent albums, "Single Mothers" and "Absent Fathers," have deepened the autobiographical nature of his work.

When it comes to comparisons, the Guardian UK hears "echoes of Guthrie and Springsteen" in Earle. Earle himself claims to be influenced by artists including Randy Newman, Chet Baker, the Replacements, Tom Waits and Bruce Springsteen. Accolades for Earle include the 2011 Americana Music Award for Song of the Year, as well as the 2009 Americana Music Awards in the Best New and Emerging Artist category, as well as nominations for Best Artist and Best Album.

    






Thursday, August 13


8:00 pm


with Milton Opening


Progressive-bluegrass outfit Laney Jones and the Spirits are tearing up the modern bluegrass scene, having been featured on the PBS series "Great Performances" in a 90-minute documentary offering an overview of the Kennedy Center's American Voices weekend-long festival, featuring Jones as an emerging artist alongside musical great Alison Krauss. Jones's music ranges from very traditional-sounding bluegrass to electro-funk string-band tunes ("Work It Out"), on which she sounds as much like Arcade Fire as Alison Krauss.

Raised on an exotic animal farm in rural Mount Dora, Fla., Laney Jones sings tales of love and adventure with a voice that has been described as "a mix of lemon, molasses, gin and gunpowder" (WPRK), mellifluous and smooth but brimming with passion. Her live performance highlights her multi-instrumental prowess on banjo, ukulele, tenor guitar and harmonica backed by her band, the Spirits.

New York City-based singer-songwriter Milton, who warms up the crowd for Laney Jones and the Spirits, boasts a strong regional following based on his tender yet gritty folk-rock tunes evocative of his influences, which include Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Sam Cooke, Ralph Stanley, Bob Marley and Paul Westerberg.

    






Saturday, August 15


9:00 pm



Woodstock-based vocalist Lindsey Webster's cool, urban soul vocals have often been compared to such R&B royalty as Sade, Mariah Carey, and Anita Baker. With her partner, Keith Slattery, and their band, Webster performs an intimate style of jazzy, blue-eyed soul.

    






Sunday, August 16


8:00 pm



Twelve-year-old Bali-born jazz pianist Joey Alexander is an overnight sensation whose virtuosity has garnered the attention and support of Herbie Hancock and Wynton Marsalis, among others. His Helsinki show comes just weeks after his appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival and a residency at New York City's Jazz Standard nightclub.

Born on the island of Bali in the city of Denpassar in 2003, Joey Alexander first encountered a piano at the age of six, and was immediately able to pick out the melody of Thelonious Monk's "Well, You Needn't" and other jazz standards from his father's record collection by ear. Despite no formal jazz education, Joey rose quickly in the Indonesian jazz scene and beyond. In 2013 he was featured at jazz festivals in both Jakarta and Copenhagen, and won the international improvisation contest in Odessa, Ukraine – besting over 200 adult contestants.

This past May, Alexander's highly anticipated debut album "My Favorite Things" was released by the Grammy Award-winning Harlem-based label Motema Music. The album includes sophisticated arrangements and dazzling playing on such standards as "My Favorite Things," John Coltrane's "Giant Steps," and "Over the Rainbow."

Alexander now resides in New York City, where he plans to go to school and continue honing his chops in the jazz capital of the world. He cites his major influences as Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Lee Morgan, Miles Davis and Wynton Marsalis.

    






Thursday, August 20


8:00 pm



For over 40 years, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet have blended the rich Cajun traditions of Louisiana with elements of zydeco, New Orleans Jazz, country and blues to become the most esteemed Cajun group in music. A twelve-time Grammy Award nominee and two-time Grammy award winner (1998 & 2010), BeauSoleil were the first Cajun Band ever to win a Grammy and have released 25 albums. Perhaps no single band is more responsible for popularizing the unique Cajun sounds of the Louisiana bayou than BeauSoleil.

A frequent guest on Garrison Keillor's public radio show "A Prairie Home Companion" (Keillor calls them "the best Cajun band in the world"), BeauSoleil have also made appearances on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Austin City Limits, the Super Bowl XXXI pre-game show, and HBO's New Orleans-based hit show "Treme."

But BeauSoleil is not just about re-creating a traditional sound without lending it a new accent. While they are experts in Cajun tradition, they are equally at home channeling the godfathers of other music as well, by including a Cajun/La La-style reimagining of James Brown's classic 1962 Live at the Apollo version of "I'll Go Crazy," and a swing version of John Coltrane's "Bessie's Blues." Guitarist David Doucet even tucks an occasional Lester Flatt-style bluegrass G-run into his highly melodic guitar solos. In recent years, the group has been exploring the African roots of its music.

As always on an evening featuring Louisiana music, you can expect Helsinki Hudson executive chef Hugh Horner, a native of the bayou himself, to pull out all stops with a menu perfectly according with the musique du jour.

    







Friday, August 21, 8pm

Bosa Nova
Concert to Benefit Animalkind




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Saturday, August 22


9:00 pm

with Mad Satta Opening


The Big Takeover is a unique concoction of backgrounds and spirits that perfectly creates a version of reggae that is fresh and vivid. With Jamaican-born and raised NeeNee Rushie as a captivating and memorable front woman, plus a playful horn section and pulsating bass and drums, Big Takeover boasts a signature blend of upbeat, horn-inflected ska, deep, funky reggae grooves, soulful melodies, and dub dropouts that guarantee a memorable Jamaican-infused dance party.

Openers Mad Satta are a future-soul band based in New York comprised of eight members who strive to bring original, positive, eclectic, thoughtful music to a wide array of listeners. This ultra-tight outfit is held down by edgy bass lines and a sophisticated mix of guitar, organ, drums and horns that surround and support the powerful, smoky vocals of front woman Joanna Teters.

The show featuring Big Takeover and Mad Satta represents Helsinki Hudson's commitment to programming regional, emerging, diverse and rising talent.

    







Friday, August 28, 9pm

Slam Allen "The SoulWorking Man"









Saturday, August 29, 9pm

Ian Hunter & The Rant Band









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
STEPHEN HOLDEN - NY Times
JULY 15, 2015










Saturday, September 12, 9pm

US Elevator









Thursday, September 17, 8pm

Vieux Farka Touré







    







Thursday, October 1, 8pm

Cowboy Junkies









Wednesday, October 7, 8pm

Nick Lowe
with special guest Josh Rouse


Tickets go on sale Tuesday, August 4






Thursday, October 15, 8pm

Rasputina








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.

    




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Sunday, November 15, 8pm

Joseph Arthur