October 18. Mike Watt will need little introduction to fans of punk and alternative rock. Currently the bassist of the revived Iggy and the Stooges, Watt was a founding member of California’s highly influential Minutemen and that trio’s successor, fIREHOSE, and has been involved in numerous solo and related projects in his more than three decades as an iconic DIY musician. He brings his newest outfit, Mike Watt and the Missingmen, which features the same rhythm section that backed him on his 2010 Hieronymous Bosch-inspired album Hyphenated-Man, to Valentine’s this month. The Last Conspirators open. (The Lucky Jukebox Parade and others rock October 8; catch Herpes October 19.) 8pm. $12. Albany. (518) 432-6572; Valentinesalbany.com.
If you want to catch some of the best jazz in the Hudson Valley, head over to the Derby bar and restaurant on Main Street in Poughkeepsie. Since 2013, the duo of pianist John Scanlon and bassist Ben Basile has held court there every Tuesday, jamming with an array of local talent each week and establishing Po-Town as a rising force in local bop.
Why and how dare she devote an entire album to songs by Laura Nyro when we can just listen to the originals on Spotify? I'll tell you why. Because Christine Spero fully inhabits these songs, uncovers hidden nuances, and with her stunning ensemble—including drummer Peter O'Brien, bassist Scott Petito, saxophonist Elliot Spero, and Christine's own magic hands on the ivories.
This month, we once again ring in the new year with a specially selected panel of Hudson Valley music mavens, who run down their top releases of 2016 and talk current crushes and future faves along the way.
With its open-air format, where attendees picnic in the parks and watch the stars emerge during performances, and its $5 youth tickets, the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice is the perfect place to share with children a love of music and theater, in a variety of styles.