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Friday, September 30


9:00 pm



As leader of 1970s British rock legends Mott the Hoople and as a hugely influential solo artist, Ian Hunter is widely revered as one of rock 'n' roll's most compelling and influential performers, as well as one of its most articulate songwriters. Hunter penned such immortal rock anthems as "All The Way From Memphis," "Once Bitten, Twice Shy," and "Cleveland Rocks," and had a huge hit with the David Bowie-penned "All The Young Dudes," after turning down the first song Bowie offered, "Suffragette City."

Hunter was already a veteran of the London music scene by the time he joined Mott the Hoople in 1969. With Mott, he recorded four iconoclastic albums - "Mott The Hoople," "Mad Shadows," "Wildlife" and "Brain Capers" - by the time they hit international stardom with the glam-rock anthem for a generation, Bowie's "All The Young Dudes."

The band's artistic and commercial success continued with "Mott" and "The Hoople," between them containing the hits "All The Way From Memphis," "Honaloochie Boogie," "Roll Away the Stone" and "The Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll". On Mott the Hoople's final tour, they took out a then little-known band called Queen, who would have a hit single with a song about their experiences, "Now I'm Here."

Mott the Hoople disbanded in 1974 and Hunter moved to New York, segueing into a celebrated solo career and quickly building a formidable body of solo work. The albums, "Ian Hunter," "All American Alien Boy," "Overnight Angels," "You're Never Alone With A Schizophrenic," "Short Back 'n' Sides" and "All Of The Good Ones Are Taken," featuring such diverse talents as the aforementioned Queen and the Clash, Bowie guitarist Mick Ronson, the then-unknown jazz sensation Jaco Pastorious, and a New Jersey bar outfit called the E Street Band.

These days he performs with his current outfit, the Rant Band, which backed him on his most recent album, "Fingers Crossed," which contains "Dandy," his tribute to his late friend and collaborator, David Bowie.

    






Saturday, October 1


9:00 pm



Amy Ray is best known as one-half of Indigo Girls with Emily Saliers. But Amy has a thriving solo career, too, much of it based on her acclaimed 2014 solo country release, "Goodnight Tender," her modern take on the early Nashville Sound, dogs, pills, Duane Allman, and heartache. Amy brings her band with her to perform songs from "Goodnight Tender" and her five other solo efforts.

Singer-songwriter, author, and gay-rights activist Chely Wright grew up in a musical family in the small town of Wellsville, Kansas. The young Wright starting singing professionally at age 11, and by her senior year of high school was working as a performing musician at the Ozark Jubilee, a country music show in Branson, Missouri. After graduating, the young Kansan went directly to Nashville. It didn’t take long for her innate talents to be recognized. In 1995, she was named Top New Female Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music, then scored her first Top 40 country hit in 1997 with "Shut Up and Drive." Her songs have been recorded by Brad Paisley, Richard Marx, Indigo Girls, Mindy Smith, and Clay Walker, among others.

    






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Sunday, October 2


8:00 pm



Tom Brosseau is a folksinger and songwriter from North Dakota. He comes from a working family with a musical background, though none have received formal training. His grandmother Lillian Uglem taught him the acoustic guitar while he was in grade school. Since 2010, Brosseau has performed with Becky Stark and John C. Reilly in John Reilly & Friends, a band devoted to the current American folk music revival, whose members also include Dan Bern, Willie Watson, Greg Leisz, Jerry Roe and Sebastian Steinberg.

Brosseau has just released his new album, "North Dakota Impressions," and is taking it on the road with his producer and multi-instrumentalist Sean Watkins, of Nickel Creek and Watkins Family Hour fame. Watkins also produced Tom’s 2014 album, "Grass Punks."

"North Dakota Impressions" is the third installment of a trilogy about life in Brosseau’s home state. Brosseau calls it "a memory painting." Brosseau has toured with John Doe, Juliana Hatfield, PJ Harvey, the Punch Brothers, Milk Carton Kids, and Nickel Creek, and his songs have been covered by such acts as Chris Thile, Mice Parade, Silje Nes, and pop duo Emily & Christy,

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sean Watkins has long been known for his work as one-third of the Grammy Award-winning Nickel Creek and, more recently, for helming, with sister Sara, the itinerant, genre-hopping Watkins Family Hour ensemble.

    





Wednesday, October 5, 6:00pm


An Evening with Deborah Hanlon









Friday, October 7


9:00 pm

With The Lucky 3 Opening


With a large helping of mutual admiration and the desire to explore different genres and traditions on acoustic guitar, Grant Gordy and Ross Martin's musical relationship began with the joy and spontaneity of jam sessions. Over the course of many years, these informal sessions led to talk of "Let's play a gig!" which led to talk of "Let's make a record!" which led to "Year of the Dog," the release of which they'll be celebrating at Helsinki Hudson.

Searching for a balance between composed melodies and improvisation, Gordy and Martin's repertoire ranges from fiddle tunes to jazz standards, original compositions to traditional hymns to Bach, each piece like another paragraph in an ongoing musical conversation.

Gordy is best known for having held the guitar chair in the legendary David Grisman Quintet for six years, as well as working with such musical luminaries as Edgar Meyer, Steve Martin, Tony Trischka and Darol Anger.

Martin is a versatile guitar wizard who plays jazz, bluegrass, country, folk, experimental and classical music, and has toured and performed with a wide range of artists including Matt Flinner, Tony Furtado, Ron Miles, Mollie O'Brien, The Motet, Caroline Herring, Dwele, and Sonya Kitchell.

    




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Sunday, October 16


8:00 pm

With Jono Manson Opening


Folk-country singer-songwriter Crystal Bowersox is an American Idol finalist who was the first contestant in the program's history to have one of her original songs played on the show. Bowersox is critically acclaimed for her considerable vocal prowess – her soulful audition pieces on Idol included songs by Aretha Franklin, Erma Franklin, Gladys Knight and LaVern Baker – and she has gone on to enjoy a successful post-American Idol career of originality and authenticity, along the way winning the endorsement of Jakob Dylan, who duetted with Bowersox on "Stitches," a rootsy ballad the two co-wrote for her 2013 album "All That for This."

The 27-year-old Bowersox has performed alongside Harry Connick Jr., Joe Cocker, Alanis Morrisette, Michael Franti, John Popper and B.B. King. At her most soulful, she channels Sade; at her hardest-rocking, she recalls Melissa Etheridge, at her twangiest, she's in the vein of Mary Chapin Carpenter. It comes as no surprise to learn that Bowersox, who is also an actress, is slated to portray country legend Patsy Cline in the Broadway production of Always, Patsy Cline.

    






Friday, October 21


9:00 pm

With Dupont Brothers 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.

    






Wednesday, October 26


8:00 pm

With Derek Hoke Opening


Distinctive-voiced country singer Elizabeth Cook made a long awaited comeback earlier this year with the release of the smoking hot "Exodus of Venus," her first album since 2010. The new record is a cathartic, defiant response to tumultuous times in her life, overcoming deaths, a divorce, and personal hardships. The Wall Street Journal described the record as "an eclectic mix of old-school country, honky-tonk, gospel and rockabilly."

Cook, who sings like a cross between Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton but who rocks with the ferocity of Chrissie Hyne and Patti Smith, is a fixture of Nashville's singer-songwriter circles. She's performed at the Grand Ole Opry over four hundred times, hosts her own Sirius XM show on the Outlaw Country station, and has worked with everyone from Jason Isbell to Steve Earle to John Prine. NPR Music deemed Elizabeth a "treasure" of the Americana scene, and the knife-sharp new record appeared on Rolling Stone Country's most anticipated albums of 2016 list.

Nashville-based roots-music singer and songwriter Derek Hoke warms up the crowd for Cook.

    






Friday, October 28


8:00 pm

With Milton Opening


Having distilled his own signature sound of blues and folk for 50 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original. A profound songwriter and virtuoso guitarist, Smither continues to draw deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and philosophers. From his early days as the New Orleans transplant on the Boston folk scene, through his wilderness years, to his reemergence in the 1990s as one of America's most distinctive acoustic performers, Smither continues to hone his distinctive sound. His voice, in particular, is the very embodiment of the folk-blues sound.

New York City-based singer-songwriter Milton, who warms up the crowd for Smith, 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.

    




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Friday, November 4


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, four-time Blues Music Award Nominee 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.

The Bruce Katz Band will be celebrating the release of its latest CD, "Out from the Center," featuring guitarist Chris Vitarello, who shares vocals and songwriting duties with Katz on the album.

    






Saturday, November 5


9:00 pm



While the Raleigh, N.C.-based Chatham County Line resembles a bluegrass outfit in instrumentation, plays bluegrass festivals, and even has won awards for its bluegrass approach, Chatham County Line is as much a songwriter's band as it is a picking outfit. The group's original songs betray the influence of classic roots-rock singer-songwriters like Neil Young, Gram Parsons and Bob Dylan. The group can do the high-lonesome sound with the best of them, but then turn around and stretch out on an improvisation that takes the audience on a ride into jazz or jam-band territory. The group's next album, "Autumn," is due out in September.

    






Thursday, November 10


8:00 pm



Omar Sosa is known and hailed for his singular blend of Latin jazz and African diaspora music – a modern, urban music with a Latin jazz heart. Having grown up in Cuba, where he studied Cuban jazz, folk music, and classical music, Sosa - who has been compared favorably to Keith Jarrett and Herbie Hancock - has also lived in Ecuador, Spain and San Francisco, as well as immersing himself in the Gnawa culture of North Africa. Thus what comes out of his fingers when he applies them to the piano keyboard is a unique fusion of all these influences – a kind of world music-influenced, up-to-the-moment world jazz.

    




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Saturday, November 12, 9pm

Triage
With Special Guests The Late Regulars







Sunday, November 13


8:00 pm



Dust Bowl Faeries is an ethereal gothic­folk ensemble with a dark cabaret twist. The unique 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 artist­musician Ryder Cooley in 2013. Ryder - who co-hosts the weekly Helsinki Hudson open-mic night - is accompanied by Karen Cole, Jen DuBois and JoAnn Stevelos. Hazel, a taxidermy sheep, performs with the Dust Bowl Fairies as mascot spirit animal/go­go dancer. The group released its Seth Rogovoy-produced eponymous debut album earlier this year.

Luis Mojica uses the piano to cast wild narrative spells. He 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.

    






Friday, December 2


8:00 pm



An extraordinary and uniquely gifted pianist from Bali, Joey Alexander marked his recording debut with the release of "My Favorite Things," nominated as Best Instrumental Jazz Album for the 2016 Grammy Awards.

Joey brings a delicate, profound and soulful touch to his own interpretation of such classics as "My Favorite Things," "Giant Steps" and "Over the Rainbow" and showcases his talents as an arranger, composer and bandleader. His "Giant Steps" earned a 2016 Grammy nomination for Best Improvised Jazz Solo.

Joey Alexander taught himself to play piano by listening with his father to classic jazz albums. An amateur musician, Alexander's father soon recognized his son's gift for jazz, as his technique and ability to grasp complicated musical concepts was beyond someone of his years. Due to the lack of jazz education where he lived, Alexander began attending jam sessions with senior musicians. From there, his musical intuition flourished, as did his love of playing jazz.

In recognition of his talent, UNESCO invited Alexander to play solo piano in honor of his jazz idol Herbie Hancock, who provides enthusiastic support to Alexander's budding career. Through festival appearances and awards for his improvisational brilliance, the world has taken notice of this phenomenal and exciting pianist with the astonishing technique and soulful sound.

Joey has performed for Herbie Hancock, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. In 2014, Wynton Marsalis invited Alexander to play at the Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2014 gala, which made him an "overnight sensation", according to the New York Times. Alexander won the Grand Prix at the 2013 Master-Jam Fest, and performed at the Montreal and Newport Jazz Festivals in 2015.

Alexander is the first Indonesian act to enter the Billboard 200 chart in the United States, where "My Favorite Things" debuted at number 174 on the week ending May 30, 2015, re-entered and peaked at number 59 in January 2016.

    






Sunday, December 4


8:00 pm

CD Release


For Darol Anger's 5th Annual Keepin'-It-in-the-Fam Holiday Show, the acoustic music legend is joined by rising singer-songwriter Emy Phelps and an all-star cast of string musicians in a multigenerational musical experience focusing on the spirit of mid-winter and the turning of the year.

Anger draws upon years of experience with holiday shows from the Windham Hill Winter Solstice Concerts through Newgrange to Yulegrass, his quirky humor, and his genius for organizing exciting bands, which this year features old friend, musical colleague, and banjo genius Tony Trischka.

Anger and Trischka have mentored some of the most exciting string musicians in the world. The phenomenal bassist Ethan Jodziewicz - a protege of Edgar Meyer - and youthful guitar wizard Grant Gordy will join Anger, Trischka and Phelps in this season's concerts. Special guests, family and friends, are also expected to join in the holiday fun.

    






Friday, December 9


8:00 pm



Joan Osborne has rightfully earned a reputation as one of the great voices of her generation - both a commanding, passionate performer and a frank, emotionally evocative songwriter. Osborne is widely known for her beloved hit song, "(What If God Was) One of Us," as well as her live performances of "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" and "Heat Wave" in the Grammy Award-winning documentary "Standing in the Shadows of Motown."

A multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy Award nominee, the soulful vocalist and noted song interpreter is a highly sought-after collaborator and guest performer who has performed alongside many notable artists, including Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Luciano Pavarotti, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, the Holmes Brothers, and Patti Smith to name a few.

Counting such legendary artists as Etta James and Ray Charles as influences, Osborne is firmly rooted in R&B and soul, as evidenced by the soul covers she has recorded on her albums "How Sweet It Is" and "Breakfast In Bed," in addition to "Bring It On Home," which garnered a Best Blues Album nomination at the 2013 Grammy Awards.

    






Saturday, December 17


9:00 pm



Roots-music trio Ballroom Thieves plays a captivating mélange of acoustic styles, blending folk conventions with modern hymnals, classical textures, and Delta blues grit with rich harmonies. They describe themselves as "a rock band disguised as a folk band," and indeed they occasionally go electric in a way that reminds a listener of White Stripes or Tarbox Ramblers.

Guitarist Martin Earley, percussionist Devin Mauch, and cellist Calin Peters share lead vocals among them, adding gorgeous harmonies and fluid instrumentals to their original compositions. The band has shared the stage with bands like the Lone Bellow, Houndmouth, and fellow New Englanders Dispatch over the last couple of years.

    







Thursday, December 29, 8pm

Hayes Carll