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Nightlife Highlights: November 2008 

click to enlarge Terry Blaine plays the Hudson Valley Hospice Benefit at Bard College November 23.
  • Terry Blaine plays the Hudson Valley Hospice Benefit at Bard College November 23.


Clockwork Mercury

November 7. The duo of poet/vocalist/bassist Eric Mingus and saxophonist Catherine Sikora, known as Clockwork Mercury combines the powerful insights of Mingus with the free playing of Sikora. Critics and fans alike compare the duo’s righteous sound to the more political songs of Marvin Gaye or Gil Scott-Heron. Sikora, originally from Ireland, played in England and Germany before moving to New York, where she studied improvisation with George Garzone. The pair makes a rare local foray to the new Muddy Cup/Inquiring Minds bookstore and java joint. (For a full live music and open jam/mike schedule, check www.myspace.com/muddycupsaugerties.) 8pm. Free. Saugerties. (845) 246-5775;
www.clockworkmercury.com.

Pete Seeger and Tao Rodriguez-Seeger
November 15. The Ritz Theater, in cooperation with La Bella Guitar Strings and the Bardavon, continue its Tom Humphrey Guitar Series in honor of the famed Hudson Valley-based luthier who passed away earlier this year. The concerts, which benefit the restoration of the historic Ritz, were initiated by Humphrey himself just two months before his death. Humphrey’s designs and building techniques revolutionized the classical guitar and legend has it he created his best-known model, the Millennium, after the idea came to him in a dream. To raise the roof, musical legend Pete Seeger (who just released a new CD, At 89, on Appleseed Records) will be joined by his grandson, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, on guitar, banjo, harmonica, and vocals. All tickets include a post-concert reception with the artists, thanks to co-sponsorship from the Safe Harbor housing and arts foundation. 8pm. $25. Newburgh. (845) 562-6940; www.safe-harbors.org.

Uncle Rock DVD Release Party
November 15. Kid rocker and Chronogram contributor Robert Burke Warren brings a lot to the sandbox. After playing Buddy Holly in London’s West End, Warren brought his act stateside and honed it for his nieces and nephews (hence “Uncle Rock”). After many successful kid gigs at Utopia studios, the Uncle moves across the parking lot to the Bearsville Theater to celebrate the release of his new video, Number 1 DVD. Do we smell a number two in the works? Noon. $8 adults, $6 kids. Woodstock. (845) 679-4406; www.unclerock.com.

Benefit Concert for Hudson Valley Hospice
November 23. For the last few years, the sublime jazz singer Terry Blaine has raised money for the music department at Hudson Valley Hospice with an annual fundraising concert. For 2007’s benefit, folk legend Tom Chapin and his band joined Blaine and her fellow vocalist Bar Scott and the response was so fantastic that Chapin has again agreed to be a featured artist this year. This year’s show moves to a larger venue at Bard College, Olin Hall, so the artists can spread their good work around even more. 3pm. $15,/$10. Annandale-on-Hudson. (845) 473-2273 ext. 1109; www.terryblaine.com.

The Wailers
November 28. Any opportunity to see the Wailers, especially with as many original members as possible, is a Jah blessing. The Chance Theater is especially I-rie for reggae, with its classically adorned stage and fantastic acoustics. Taking the lead on vocals tonight is Junior Murvin, the crooner of the classic Lee Perry-produced hit “Police and Thieves,” a song that takes on new meaning in these trying times. Wailer alums Al Anderson and Earl Lindo round out the front line, with a back line consisting of past and present musicians (calling Aston “Family Man” Barrett!). 8pm. $25. Poughkeepsie. (845) 471-1966;
www.myspace.com/originalwailers.

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