The Jeremy Baum Soul Band
January 10. Once upon a time, just over 10 years ago, a very young man debuted his organ jazz-funk sound at the Rosendale Street Festival and it was like a lightning bolt hit the stage. Baum plays the Hammond B-3 like it was with him in the womb and is so fly for a white guy. Here at the jazzy Skytop, Baum aka JB is joined by the ever-sweet Chris Vitarello on guitar, a longtime band mate. You’ll want to drop everything (except your pint of house-made Skytop beer) at this not-to-be-missed dance party. (Baum also plays with powerhouse blues singer Shemekia Copeland; see below.) 9pm. No cover. Kingston. (845) 340-4277; www.skytopsteakhouse.com.
Shemekia Copeland Band
January 22. Grammy-nominated blues singer Copeland, still in her 20s, has already opened for the Rolling Stones, headlined the Chicago Blues Festival, and shared the stage with legends Buddy Guy, B. B. King, and Taj Mahal. Her father, the late Texas blues guitar legend Johnny Clyde Copeland, encouraged his daughter’s talent early on, even bringing her on stage to sing at Harlem’s famed Cotton Club when she was just 8. Local B-3 phenom Jeremy Baum rounds out Shemekia’s slamming touring band. 7:30pm. $30, 25. Pawling. (845) 855-1300; www.shemekiacopeland.com.
Michele Ramo Group
January 31. The Tom Humphrey Guitar Series continues to honor the memory of the late Hudson Valley-based luthier, who passed away last year. The idea came from Humphrey himself, just two months before his death, with the concerts scheduled into the vintage Ritz Theater. Chris Silva of the Bardavon and UPAC stepped up as point man, with help from La Bella guitar strings, and Safe Harbors of the Hudson. This month, enjoy the gypsy-world jazz of eight-string guitarst/violinist/composer Ramo and his knockout band, which features pianist Arturo O’Farrill, drummer David Silliman, bassist Nilson Matta, and vocalist Heidi Hepler. (When not leading his own ensemble, Ramo tours as a jazz violinist with guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli, who brings his seven-string axe to the series on February 28.) 8pm. $25, includes postshow reception with the band. Newburgh.
(845) 562-6940; www.safe-harbors.org.