New Albion Weekend with Terry Riley
October 9, 10.
One weekend a year Bard College becomes the East Coast refuge of California’s New Albion Records, when the institution presents performances centered on the composers and musicians associated with the gloriously forward-looking label. The star of this year’s program at Sosnoff Hall is the great minimalist pioneer Terry Riley, who with a stellar roster of instrumentalists performs selections from his Book of Abbeyozzud on October 9 and an evening of improvisation on October 10. 8pm both nights. $20, 30, 35. Annandale-on-Hudson. (845) 758-7900; www.fishercenter.bard.edu.
Dubbed “the godfather of what’s sometimes called new acoustic music” by the New York Times, Tony Trischka is easily one of roots music’s most influential banjo players. Trischka, who heat ups Staatsburgh’s Dinsmore Firehouse this month, has inspired countless pickers through his performances and instructional videos, tapes, and publications. Territory, his acclaimed 2008 release on Smithsonian Folkways, features his fellow banjo greats Pete Seeger, Bruce Molsky, Bill Keith, and the late Mike Seeger. With Too Blue. 8pm. $30. Staatsburgh. (845) 889-4683; www.staatsburg.lib.ny.us.
The Trapps Record Release Party
Led by tireless singer-songwriter Sean Schenker, the Trapps may just be the Hudson Valley’s hardest-working band; on any given weekend the jam-flavored crew can usually be found kicking out its classic rock-influenced originals at one area venue or another. The quartet’s sophomore album, Cheap Seats (2009, Independent), drops this month with a celebratory show at the High Falls Cafe, and will also be available online. (The band plays live at noon on 91.3-FM WVKR’s “Radioactive Lunch” on October 21.) 8pm. Call for ticket prices. (845) 687-2699; www.highfallscafe.com.