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June Nightlife Highlights 

click to enlarge Slam Allen will perform at the Firebird Lounge on June 16.
  • Slam Allen will perform at the Firebird Lounge on June 16.

Slam Allen / Sonando
June 16, 30. Slam “The Man” and his Soul Workin’ Band rock the Firebird Lounge on Father’s Day eve with a brand new trick bag straight from Sweet Home Chicago, a city Allen often revisits to maintain his chops. Latin dance powerhouse band Sonando (June 30) may cause the Firebird to roll up the carpets for this barn-burner. Both shows will pack the house, so early arrival is recommended. 10pm. Call for cover info. Rhinebeck. (845) 876-8686.
Jazz At Jack’s
June 2, 9, 15, 23. The lovely Jack and Luna’s cafe is blessed with strong coffee, handmade morsels, and lively jazz, courtesy of owners Julie Bowman and her husband, Chris Bowman, a drummer and recording studio designer. These Friday- and Saturday-night sessions make up a revolving door of local and regional talent, including pianists Mike Kull and Pete Levin, saxman Tim Bodt, bassist Charlie Knicely, and Bowman’s own group, Urban Survival. Note to foodies: The cafe will be open seven days a week during the summer. 7pm. $5. Stone Ridge. (845) 687-9794.

A Tribute to Bobby Darin
June 9. If anyone can convey the artistry of Darin and other legendary male crooners, it’s Mark Raisch, Dutchess County’s answer to the Rat Pack. Raisch, who mastered American song stylings long before Rod Stewart made his attempts, will be backed by Rich Conley’s Big Band, and insists that “this show is not an impersonation.” Group discounts are available for these two shows at the Cunneen Hackett Art Center.
4:30 and 8pm. $25. Poughkeepsie. (845) 464-5836.

Jesse Moore
June 9. Singer-songwriter Moore, also known as The HooDoo Man, followed his calling from Ulster County to New Orleans, where his roots were only slightly dampened by Hurricane Katrina. After he and his music catalog survived the broken levees, Moore didn’t hesitate to jump back on stage and hit the road as an ambassador of good times. Don’t forget to pick up his excellent CD, More Than Life Itself, at this Rosendale Cafe show. 8pm. $10. Rosendale. (845) 658-9048.

Christine Spero Group
June 9. Beacon, like Hudson, Kingston, and other small riverside cities, has become a model of mixed-use real estate, allowing artists and galleries to flourish in a pool of cool spaces. The Howland Cultural Center brings back the way-cool Christine Spero and her combo for a benefit concert supporting geothermal project Going Green. Go tropical to Spero’s lush Brazilian and Latin jazz-pop vocals as her band’s soulful rhythms glide alongside its sexy sax and percussion. 8:30pm. $10. Beacon. (845) 831-4988.

Classics on the Mountain Festival
June 12-16. The opening program of this stellar festival comes straight from Carnegie Hall. Titled “Modern Romance: Jazz Meets Classical,” the June 12 roster features Russia’s jazz ambassador, Igor Butman, on saxophone and composer Igor Raykhelson on piano. Festival director Sherrie Brittain has put together a full five-night program at Mohonk Mountain House of other works by Tchaikovsky, Bach, and Vivaldi. Chef-prepared dinner and concert/reception ($90/person); concert and reception ($50/person); full overnight packages are also available. (Deadline for payment is June 8.) 9pm. New Paltz. (800) 772-6646.

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