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Friday, September 19

9:00 pm

With slide blues guitar, gospel organ chords, New Orleans-style horns, and group harmonies, bluesy roots-rockers Buffalo Stack canít help but recall Woodstock heroes the Band. In fact, it was at Levon Helmís barn in Woodstock that husband-and-wife Andy and Tania Stack of Hudson Ė 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.


Sunday, September 21, 7pm

Marilyn Maye

Wednesday, September 24

8:00 pm

After a decade of constant activity, the members of Crooked Still decided to take a break from touring in 2011 in order to pursue other projects and recharge creatively. One year quickly became three as vocalist Aoife O'Donovan made an acclaimed solo CD; banjo player Greg Liszt toured and recorded with his band the Deadly Gentlemen; and bassist Corey DiMario, fiddler Brittany Haas, and cellist Tristan Clarridge all collaborated with a long list of acoustic music's top artists.

Now, the group is back, ready to entertain audiences with its innovative bluegrass style that embraces material ranging from old-time folk, gospel and country tunes to Robert Johnson blues, Beatles pop, and contemporary singer-songwriter material by the likes of Paul Simon and Gillian Welch, all given the band's unique imprint - the soft, dreamy, mellow vocals of Aoife O'Donovan combined with the band's high energy, technical skill, and unusual instrumentation.


Friday, September 26

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

Friday, October 3

9:00 pm

While only in her early 30s, Grammy Award-nominated vocalist Shemekia Copeland has opened for the Rolling Stones, headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival and numerous festivals around the world, scored critics choice awards on both sides of the Atlantic (the New York Times and the Times of London), shared the stage with such luminaries as Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Mick Jagger, and Eric Clapton, and has even performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama. She has won several W.C. Handy Awards and Blues Music Awards for her patented blend of modern blues, funk, soul and R&B.


The daughter of the late Texas blues guitar legend Johnny Clyde Copeland, Shemekia Copeland has established her own primacy in the field, literally having been crowned the new "Queen of the Blues" by the late Koko Taylor's daughter, Cookie. Among the musicians with whom Copeland has collaborated on recordings are Dr. John, legendary Memphis soul guitarist Steve Cropper, keyboardist John Medeski, guitarist Marc Ribot, and bassist Chris Wood.

Visit shemekiacopeland.com

Thursday, October 9

8:00 pm

In psychobilly duo Heavy Trash, singer-guitarist Jon Spencer of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Pussy Galore teams up with his pal, singer-bassist Matt Verta-Ray, formerly of New York bands Madder Rose and Speedball Baby. Together, the two create a vintage sound, transporting audiences back to the mid-1950s, when by its very nature rock 'n' roll was avant-punk - a music ahead of its time. When it's played as honestly as they play it in Heavy Trash, rock retains as much shock and awe as it had in its early days. Bloodshot Bill, who started playing in his hometown of Montreal, around 1998, with just a guitar and a stomp board, and since then has established an international reputation for recapturing the thrilling sound of early rockers like Gene Vincent, Link Wray and Elvis Presley, warms up the crowd for Heavy Trash.


Wednesday, October 15, 8pm

Black Francis

Thursday,October 16, 8pm

Les Amis Creoles:
Cedric Watson, Desiree Champagne, & Ed Poullard

Friday, October 17

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.

Campbell spent eight years in what is widely considered to be the strongest lineup of Bob Dylan's "Never Ending Tour" band, and was musical director for Levon Helm's "Midnight Ramble" sessions at the late singer-drummer's barn in Woodstock, N.Y. Campbell and Williams still perform side by side on Saturday nights at the barn with the Midnight Ramble Band and with the acoustic Dirt Farmer Band.

Campbell and Williams will be joined by bassist Byron Isaacs and drummer Justin Guip at their Helsinki Hudson show.

Visit larrycampbellmusic.net

Saturday, October 18

9:00 pm

Along with Suzanne Vega - on whose breakthrough single, "Luka," she sang backup vocals - Shawn Colvin was the most successful artist to emerge out of the thriving new-folk singer-songwriter based in New York City in the early 1980s (centered around the Fast Folk cooperative of Greenwich Village), along the way revivifying the art and craft of intimate, guitar-based confessional folk songs that didn't shy away from pop songcraft.

Colvin's debut album, "Steady On," won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. (Suzanne Vega returned the favor by lending backup vocals to the effort.) Her follow-up album, "Fat City," garnered two Grammy nominations, and in 1996, just as Lilith Fair was being hatched to showcase female artists, Colvin - a charter member of the festival - struck platinum with "A Few Small Repairs," whose hit single, "Sunny Came Home," won Grammy Awards for Best Song and Best Record.

Colvin published a memoir, "Diamond in the Rough" - the name of one of her earliest and best songs - in 2012. Her concerts are noted for her deft, often-overlooked guitar-playing; for her self-deprecating, between-song banter; and for her deep catalog of catchy, incisive and acute ballads and mid-tempo folk- and country-rockers.

Visit shawncolvin.com

Thursday, October 23

8:00 pm

Folk music legends John Sebastian (The Lovin' Spoonful) and Happy Traum - Folkways artist and early session guitarist for Bob Dylan - will be joined by fingerstyle guitarists Kinloch Nelson, Craig D'Andrea and Maycn Taylor in a preview of the following weekend's Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase: a festival of handmade acoustic guitars and other stringed instruments, featuring some of the world's finest guitars and guitar builders.

John Sebastian and Happy Traum's careers are the stuff of legend. Sebastian enjoyed a string of Top 10 hits with pop-rock group The Lovin' Spoonful and later penned and recorded the memorable theme song to the hit TV show, "Welcome Back, Kotter." Happy Traum recorded several genre-defining folk albums with his brother Artie; has authored numerous guitar instruction books and articles including the prodigious series Homespun Instructional Books and Tapes; and is probably best known as an accompanist for Bob Dylan on several previously unreleased tracks that appeared on "Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, Vol. II."

Joining Traum and Sebastian in a guitars-in-the-round setting are fingerstyle guitarists Kinloch Nelson, Craig D'Andrea and Maycn Taylor, performing everything from jazz to classical, Celtic, folk and today's modern fingerstyle guitar music.

Visit woodstockinvitational.com

Sunday, October 26, 6pm

Haute Cature • Benefit Fashion Show

Sunday, November 2

Blues Hall of Fame Induction

Thursday, November 6, 8pm

The Compact

Friday, November 14

9:00 pm

with Milton Opening

Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for 50 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original. Having released a series of timeless records since the early 1970s, Chris' newest release, Still On the Levee (release date: July 22, 2014), is a career-spanning retrospective double CD. Recorded in New Orleans with studio-mates he calls The Motivators, Still On the Levee plays host to special guests including Allen Toussaint and Loudon Wainwright III. The record highlights the vast catalog of an American music master. Reviewers and fans from around the world agree that Chris is a profound songwriter, a blistering guitarist and, as he puts it, a 'one-man band to the bone.' Chris melds the styles of his two major influences, Lightnin' Hopkins and Mississippi John Hurt, into his own signature guitar sound. His music continues to draw deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and humanist philosophers. He may be best known for writing "Love You Like A Man" which Bonnie Raitt and, more recently, jazz great Diana Krall have covered. His music has been covered by numerous artists and featured in soundtrack albums, independent film, television and commercials

New York Times: With a weary, well-traveled voice and a serenely intricate finger-picking style, Mr. Smither turns the blues into songs that accept hard-won lessons and try to make peace with fate.


A Songwriters' Tribute to Chris Smither - soundcloud.com

Visit smither.com

Saturday, November 22, 9pm

Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express

Friday, December 5, 9pm

The Sacred Shakers and Zoe Muth & The High Rollers


Friday, January 2, 9pm

Sarah Borges/Girls Guns and Glory