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“Organic Rock Concert”

October 3.
This all-acoustic benefit inside the Snyder Estate’s Widow Jane Mine features Chronogram faves the Virginia Wolves and Quitzow, and aims to raise funds for the preservation of the historic 1809 Century House. Also playing: flutist Sarah Elia, singer-songwriters Amy Laber and Mike Ponte, Mamalama, the Saddle Tramps’ David Kraai and Sean Powell, and more. But the music isn’t all that’s cool: The acoustically perfect mine is a constant 58 degrees, so bust out that sweatshirt before you dig in. 3pm. $15. Rosendale. (845) 616-3820;

Pittsfield CityJazz Festival

October 7, 15, 16, 17, 18.
Now in its fifth year, Pittsfield’s town-wide CityJazz Festival is being headlined by the legendary Dave Brubeck, who performs on October 17 in honor of the 50th anniversary of his classic Time Out LP. In addition to the cool jazz king and local acts, the festival stars African percussionist Royal Hartigan (October 7), the California-based Industrial Jazz Group (October 15), and guitarist Frank Vignola (October 16). See website for complete schedule, venues, and ticket prices. Pittsfield.
(413) 442-7718;

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;

Tony Trischka
October 17.
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;

The Trapps Record Release Party
October 24.
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;

click to enlarge Terry Reilly plays Sosnoff Hall at Bard - College October 9 & 10.
  • Terry Reilly plays Sosnoff Hall at Bard College October 9 & 10.

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