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click to enlarge Johnny Wang plays the 60 Main benefit at Cabaloosa in New Paltz on April 14.
  • Johnny Wang plays the 60 Main benefit at Cabaloosa in New Paltz on April 14.
Rio JAZZ 20-Year Concert
April 10. This year marks the 20th annual concert at Dutchess Community College (on Pendell Road) for Matt Finley and Rio Jazz, the Hudson Valley’s premier Brazilian jazz concert band. And, after last month’s snow, who else is ready for some tropical sabor? Joining Finley (flugelhorn, soprano sax, and flute) will be Peter Tomlinson (keyboards), Jeff Ciampa (guitar), Mark Egan (bass), Joel Rosenblatt (drums), and Tomas Martin Lopez (percussion), plus special guests Peter Einhorn (guitar) and Don Miller (bass). This featured event for the Smithsonian Institute’s Jazz Appreciation Month also includes refreshments. 7:30pm. Free. Poughkeepsie. (845) 431-8050.

Kristen Capolino, Xoch, Audible Thought
April 13. These ladies will shred the Chance stage, with teen flying-V guitar mistress Capolino rocking the non-believers. Start your night with Audible Thought, Gentling, and Frank Viele & The Manhattan Project, then go nowhere until the beautiful and talented Xoch and her awesome band bring it, bizz-atch. Forget the Life Network, this is more like the real deal. Blink and you’ll miss special guest illusionist David Martin. 7:30pm. $5. Poughkeepsie. (845) 471-1966.

Benefit for 60 Main Collective
April 14. Nine musical acts plus poets and speakers will bless the Cabaloosa stage for this huge benefit for New Paltz’s 60 Main cultural collective, a cognizant ensemble of artists and activists that began in a humble storefront on Main Street. Catch those lovable funksters Ratboy plus Johnnie Wang, Life on Fire, Tiger Piss, Sneakthief, NCM, Radimus, Soma Dragon, Pacha Mama, Alien Lovecraft, Pete Laffin, and Mike Hollis. 9pm. Call for ticket info. New Paltz. (845) 255-3400.

Kris Gruen/The Bowmans
April 18. Kris Gruen returns to Ulster County to debut his first CD of intelligent and wistful pop, Lullaby School (Mother West), at the Bearsville Theater. Gruen is no stranger to the world of music, his dad being well-known rock photographer and Hudson Valley resident Bob Gruen. Born and raised in New York City, the younger Gruen now lives and performs in Vermont, where he teaches poetry and songwriting workshops; with the mighty duo The Bowmans ( On April 5 at the hip Bearsville venue, Kate Pierson introduces Before the Music Dies, a documentary about corporate vs. indie music presented by the Woodstock Film Festival. Post screening, local bands will round out the evening. $10 advance, $15 door. On April 20 Chronogram co-hosts the Clubhouse dance party ( with DJs Lemar Soulflower, Anthony Molina, and Billy Belmont. $8. 7pm. Bearsville. (845) 679-4406.

Scott Hanna
April 28. Master percussionist Hanna, a dreadlocked “former white boy from Connecticut” now lives in the Hudson Valley, but his pursuit of the music of other cultures has taken him to live with different tribes around the globe. Hanna plays over a dozen different instruments, including Nigerian xylophone, kalimba, Chinese harp, and Tibetan bamboo flute, and weaves them all into his performances and stories about the colorful characters who taught him to play the instruments. Catch one or both of his shows at this month at the Arts Society of Kingston’s (ASK) theater space on Broadway. At 10:30am, Hanna presents a special show for families titled “Music Around The World.” At 9pm, he returns with his band, Rhythm Exchange, for an all-night dance party. Morning show: $5, 3. Evening show: $12, 10 ASK members. Kingston. (845) 338-0331.

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