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Friday, January 13, 9:00pm


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.

Bindlestiff's evening Winter Cabaret performances are for grown-ups only, with a family-oriented, matinee performance on Sunday, March 12, at 3pm. 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.


    






Saturday, January 14


9:00 pm



Club D'Elf and special guest John Medeski return to the scene of the musical crime to celebrate the release of a live concert album recorded right here at Club Helsinki Hudson back in 2011.

The brainchild of Boston bassist/composer Mike Rivard (Morphine, Either Orchestra, Guster, Boston Pops), Club d'Elf is a Moroccan-dosed dub-jazz collective featuring a constellation of top musicians from the jazz, DJ, rock and world music scenes of Boston and NYC who get in the groove and proceed to blow it up. With Rivard and drummer Dean Johnston at the core, guitars, turntables, Fender Rhodes, laptops, horns, tablas and a myriad of exotic instruments flow in and out of the mix - often with special guest keyboardist John Medeski.

Derived from ancient sources, trance forms the central core of the Club d'Elf aesthetic, unifying the various genres the band has absorbed, leading them to be called "One of the most inventive and ever-changing bands in all of new jazz. There is simply not another band like Club d'Elf on the planet," by Jazz America. Marlon Bishop of radio station WNYC summed them up thusly: "Club d'Elf sounds like the lovechild of Pink Floyd and George Clinton, dropped in Marrakesh... some deeply psychedelic music."

Special guest John Medeski, who has been an "honorary core member" of Club d'Elf from day one, is best known for his work with the genre-defying trio Medeski Martin & Wood. Built upon jazz roots, electronics and rhythmic grooves - not unlike Club d'Elf - MMW have broken out of the traditional jazz sphere and have shared the bill with groups such as The Roots, Beck, A Tribe Called Quest, Ray Charles, Hermento Pascoal, and Phish, frequently appearing in venues unavailable to most jazz artists.

    







Thursday, January 19, 8:00pm


ProJam 18








Saturday, January 21, 9pm


Elvis' Birthday Bash • Mark Gamsjager & The Lustre Kings


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 82nd birthday - the Lustre Kings are expected to be joined by other members of the region's talented rock 'n' roll revival scene.


    






Sunday, January 22


8:00 pm



Nellie McKay co-created and starred in the award-winning off-Broadway hit "Old Hats" and has written three acclaimed musical biographies - "I Want to Live!," the story of Barbara Graham, the third woman executed in the gas chamber at San Quentin; "Silent Spring: It's Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature," an exploration of environmental pioneer Rachel Carson; and "A GIRL NAMED BILL - The Life and Times of Billy Tipton," which she will be featuring in her performance at Club Helsinki Hudson.

Nellie has released six full-length albums, including "Normal as Blueberry Pie: A Tribute to Doris Day" and her latest, "My Weekly Reader," featuring music from the 1960s and produced by Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick.

Nellie has won a Theatre World Award for her portrayal of Polly Peachum in the Broadway production of "The Threepenny Opera" and performed onscreen in the films "PS I Love You" and "Downtown Express," as well as writing original music for the Rob Reiner film "Rumor Has It" and contributing to the Emmy-winning documentary, "Gasland."

    






Friday, January 27


9:00 pm



Overcoats is New York-based female duo Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell. Their sound captivates, combining electronic backdrops with soaring, harmonic intimacy - a sort of Chet Faker-meets-Simon & Garfunkel. The duo's voices glide over shivering chords and minimal electronics. Their songs alternately surge with dance-floor energy and unfold in gentle, soulful waves.

More than just a band, Overcoats is a friendship, an artistic duo whose songwriting is musical empathy that verges on telepathy. They approach music-making with both freedom and focus, but the strength of their connection, in both voice and as artists, is what makes Overcoats so distinct. They share a sonic intuition - and the result is mesmerizing.

    







Sunday, January 29, 7pm

Community Music Space Winter Performance


    






Friday, February 3


9:00 pm



Bella's Bartok is a brassy, theatrical six-piece ensemble that melds Gypsy swing, Balkan brass, Bohemian punk with pop sensibilities. Their sound moves way beyond labels, pushing the envelope towards the darker side of Eastern and Central European music, blended with the sounds of vaudeville and the downtown avant-garde. The group will appeal to fans of Beirut, Gogol Bordello, Howard Fishman, and the Klezmatics.

Bella's Bartok has shared stages with musicians and acts including Rubblebucketburlington9, Red Baraat, Indigo Girls, Larry & His Flask, The Suitcase Junket, Parsonsfield, And the Kids, Kanye, Rough Francis, Beau Sasser's Escape Plan, West End Blend, Adam Ezra Group, Meat Puppets, World Inferno/Friendship Society, Rupa & the April Fishes, and Arc Iris.

With multiple awards under their belts, including the Valley Advocate's Best Band in the [Pioneer] Valley 2014 and the Deli Magazine's Best of New England, this eclectic group of guys have carefully crafted a sound that is part strange and creepy, part pure pop for now people. With an aura of theatricality, Bella's Bartok shows not only entertain, but they invite listeners to partake in the wild party they are having on stage. In a word: a spectacle.

    






Friday, February 10


9:00 pm



Noam Pikelny has emerged as the preeminent banjoist of his generation, hailed by the Chicago Tribune as the "pros' top banjo picker.” Noam is a founding member of Punch Brothers, a string ensemble which the Boston Globe calls "a virtuosic revelation” and the New Yorker describes as "wide"ranging and restlessly imaginative.”

In September 2010, Pikelny was awarded the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Pikelny, a former member of Leftover Salmon and John Cowan Band, is a three"time Grammy Award nominee and his record, "Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe,” was described by the New York Times as "a token of reverence, a feat of translation and a show of dominion.” The album is widely considered a landmark recording in acoustic music, and was named "Album of the Year” at the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards.

    






Sunday, February 12


8:00 pm



Husband-wife duo JT Nero and Allison Russell anchor Birds of Chicago, a sprawling collective of soul-inflected, groove-based Americana from the Midwest. Birds of Chicago's music seamlessly spans genres, drawing on the soulful balladry of the gospel tradition while simultaneously embracing deep grooves of country and soul.

Birds of Chicago was born in 2012 when JT Nero began writing for his vocal star-muse, Allison Russell. Both were accomplished singer-songwriters with projects of their own, Nero with JT and the Clouds and Russell with the acclaimed Canadian roots outfit Po' Girl. Together they found an unmistakable chemistry, both on- and offstage. Nero had found the perfect voice for his rock and roll psalms; Russell moved from being a primary songwriter to an interpreter, blessed with simmering restraint in a world awash in vocal gymnastics and over-emoting.

    





Saturday, February 18, 9:00pm


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.

Bindlestiff's evening Winter Cabaret performances are for grown-ups only, with a family-oriented, matinee performance on Sunday, March 12, at 3pm. 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.


    






Thursday, February 23


9:00 pm



With Exene Cervenka, John Doe was a cofounder, co-vocalist, and chief songwriter of legendary California punk-rock outfit X, which still tours to this day.

On his own, Doe has been a prolific solo recording artist, with 10 albums to his credit, and an actor with roles in over 50 films and TV productions.

On his current tour, Doe will perform solo renditions of songs from his latest self-described "psychedelic soul" album, "The Westerner," along with selections from his entire career.

    






Saturday, February 25


9:00 pm



Between the two of them, husband-and-wife duo Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams have the entirety of Americana music flowing their veins. While best known for his work with Bob Dylan and Levon Helm, Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist Campbell has been a stalwart of the roots-rock scene since the 1970s, having produced, toured or recorded with the likes of Judy Collins, Lucy Kaplansky, Linda Thompson, Sheryl Crow, Paul Simon, B. B. King, Willie Nelson, Eric Andersen, Buddy and Julie Miller, Kinky Friedman, Little Feat, Hot Tuna, Cyndi Lauper, k.d. lang, and Rosanne Cash.

Teresa Williams has most notably created and toured the role of Sara Carter, who was lead singer of the Original Carter Family, in the story of the Carters, "Keep on the Sunny Side," and appears as Sara in the BBC documentary "Lost Highway," and in the PBS documentary, "The Carter Family: Will the Circle Be Unbroken." The West Tennessee native has also performed with such country and blues icons as Bonnie Bramlett, Emmylou Harris, Mavis Staples and Buddy Miller, among others.

    





Saturday, March 11, 9:00pm


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.

Bindlestiff's evening Winter Cabaret performances are for grown-ups only, with a family-oriented, matinee performance on Sunday, March 12, at 3pm. 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 12, 3:00pm


Bindlestiff Family Matinee




    





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.

    






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.