International Bastille Day Party
July 14. Three great performances in three hours presented by producer/publicist Stacy Fine launches Woodstock’s first Rock The Reactors concert. Haale, a Persian-American singer from the boogie-down Bronx stages her area debut after kicking positive ions at the last Bonnaroo festival. This year, David Byrne presented Haale at Carnegie Hall as part of the former Talking Head’s emerging artists series. Local greats Ron Toth and Cheik perform a short opening set and rising star Shamsi Ruhe closes this Colony Cafe show. 9pm. Call for ticket info. Woodstock. (845) 679-5342. www.haale.com.
Anthony da Costa, Abbie Gardner
July 6. Da Costa, a 16-year-old musician is wowing audiences and recently racked up big prizes at the Kerrville (Texas) Folk Festival. He’s also a Northeast regional finalist in the Mountain Stage New Song Contest and was just chosen to be showcased as an emerging artist at the upcoming Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in Hillsdale (July 26 through 29). Abbie Gardner (one of this columnist’s fave performers) joins Anthony at for this show at Taste Budd’s Café. Expect sweetness for all the senses. 7:30pm. No cover. Red Hook. (845) 758-6500. www.anthonydacosta.com.
Belleayre Music Festival 2007
July 7-29. This summer, music fills the mountains again courtesy of Mr. Mel Litoff and his wondrous crew. Start July with a hot reunion of doo-wop legends featuring The Coasters, The Platters, and The Drifters on July 7, and then boogie on back for Dr. John with special guest Hazmat Modine on July 14. The sublime, immortal Roberta Flack seduces on July 21; then make way for the classic opera “The Barber of Seville” on July 28; and children’s opera(!) “The Three Little Pigs” on July 29. All shows at 8pm, except “The Three Little Pigs,” which is at 1pm. Ticket prices vary. Highmount. (800) 942-6904, ext. 344. www.belleayremusic.org.
July 8. Rebel Red extends the known boundaries of swamp rock with a ripe blend of styles that mixes Creedence Clearwater Revival and Little Feat with Captain Beefheart and Patti Smith. The band is led by female singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Red, who was born on Manhattan’s Lower East Side but has lived all over the world. Late local producer Steve Burgh introduced her to the family of talented musicians that make up her band: Ken Pine (guitar), Lester Wilson III (bass), Greg Bal (drums), Rave Tesar (keyboards), and Peter Holmgren (mandolin). Applewood Winery. 2pm. Call for ticket info. Warwick. (845) 986-1684. www.rebelredmusic.com.
July 8. Brooks is a country-folk songwriter from Vermont who introduced himself to our area in April 2007 at the illustrious John Street Jam series in Saugerties, then appeared in early May on WAMC’s “Performance Place.” Brooks will visit next as part of the Arts Society of Kingston’s Sunday Songwriter Series to promote his new EP The White House Sessions. Listen to tracks from his last two releases at his MySpace page. 2pm. $10/$8 ASK members. Kingston. (845) 338-0331. www.myspace.com/joshbrooksvt.
Kingston Latino Festival
July 22. The City of Kingston, the Rondout Business Association. and El Coqui restaurant present the town’s fifth annual fiesta on the historic Rondout waterfront celebrating the Latino community. The event features traditional and contemporary cuisine, music by caliente dance bands and DJ Kue, and work by local artists. This year, proceeds will benefit SCORE (the Strand Community Organization to Rehabilitate the Environment). Vamanos! Noon. Free. Kingston. (845) 331-4580. www.cal.ci.kingston.ny.us.
Saugerties Sunday Jazz Sessions
July 1 and 8. Losing longtime Saugerties bistro The Chowhound and the swingin’ Sunday jazz sessions hosted by beloved diva Pamela Pentony last year was a tough blow for the scene. But with a rich serving of irony that’s truly (and literally) delicious, the jams are now back at the same venue’s new incarnation, The Pig Bar & Grill. The always-surprising rotating cast regularly features such top-drawer Hudson Valley musicians as pianist Francesca Tanksley and drummer Jeff “Siege” Siegel. You never know who’ll show up! 7:30pm. Free. (845) 246-1058. www.pamelapentony.com.