The Trappsâ€™ Sean Schenker plays Griffinâ€™s Corners Cafe on January 6. Image provided.
January 5. This Poughkeepsie-based alt-rock band rolls toward “next big thing” status after rocking out for 7,000 fans at Bethel Woods in August. The buzz says that a major label is courting them, so local fans should hurry to The Chance for what may be one of their last shows with a single-digit cover charge. With Admit One, Call It a Night and All Points East. 8pm. $7. (845) 471-1966. www.myspace.com/chasingdaybreakrock.
The Felice Brothers
January 5. Woodstock’s fave sons—Simone, Ian, and James—saddle up and head down Route 212 to New World Home Cooking for what is bound to be a thick evening of Americana and storytelling, courtesy of author Simone (Goodbye Amelia, Monkfish Press, 2004). Previous collaborations like Odd City notwithstanding, the absolute best description of the Bros.’s music can be found on their MySpace page (where else?), which hysterically says the group “sounds like: a barn smells.” 10pm. No cover. “Saugerstock.” (845) 246-0900. www.newworldhomecooking.com.
Torch: Songs for Lovers
January 6. The Marbletown Artists Association’s annual Cabaret was such a hit this past autumn, it’s taking the show down the road to uptown Kingston’s fab Backsatge Studio Productions (BSP) space. Featured performers include Barbara Dempsey (from Big Joe Fitz’s Disciples of Soul), Wet Paint’s Doug Elliot, Melissa Hewitt, Sarah Perrotta, and Carla Rozman. John Simon, often called “the sixth member of The Band,” accompanies on piano and pulls out a few songs of his own. The MAA, one of the area’s most active arts collectives, promises a sultry evening. Elegant attire is requested. 9pm. $15. Kingston. (845) 338-8700. www.bspinfo.net.
Denise Jordan Finley and Daniel Pagdon
January 6. Here’s the scoop du jour in northern Dutchess County: Tin Pan Alley has opened in the hip space on Route 9 that was once the popular Julia and Isabella. And if you follow the calendar at choice music site hvmusic.com, you already know Finley is the hardest-working woman in Hudson Valley nightlife. She and musical partner Pagdon host First Saturdays here each month, playing contemporary folk and guitar-based
instrumentals as a musical digestif to the highly recommended new menu. 7pm. No cover with dinner. Red Hook. (845) 758-4545. www.denisejordanfinley.com.
The Trapps (acoustic)
January 6. Proprietor Will named his Griffin’s Corners Cafe for the landmark intersection where Gayle’s Luncheonette sat for two decades. Since 2003, the cafe has been a hot spot for live music and good grub, with excellent events slated into 2007. Tonight, The Trapps’ Sean Schenker and Jason Sarubbi bring two sets of acoustic Catskill mountain rock to the peaks of Ulster County. (The full band returns to Oasis in New Paltz on January 26.) 6pm. Call for cover info. Fleischmanns. (845) 254-6300. www.griffinscornerscafe.com.
Brazilian Jazz & Beyond
January 19. Hudson Valley winters demand a little tropicalia to shake off the snow, and new addition La Puerta Azul restaurant has just the ticket. The bright decor and gourmet Mexican fare provide an excellent backdrop for jazz when three of the Hudson Valley’s top musicians—Matt Finley (horns), Peter Einhorn (guitar), and Don Miller (acoustic bass)—bring their unique brand of contemporary original Brazilian jazz. ¡Bueno! 8 pm. Millbrook. (845) 677-2985. www.cdbaby.com/cd/mattfinley
Band Battle III
February 2. Celebrate Groundhog day with me when I host the third installment of this over-the-top teen band series at Skate Time 209. Instrumental funk-rockers Junior Jones, winner of the second battle in October, vies to hold their crown against the mighty Vyle, Preferably Tapioca, Code of Conduct, A-14, Among the Fallen, and others. Bands play in the skateboard park while surrounded by the rippers who love them. Co-sponsored by www.TheHVScene.com and Dynamic Drums music store. 7pm. $9. Accord. (845) 626-7971.
A more serious and committed Hudson Valley musical figure than Decora does not come to mind. Everything the 32-year-old does and says comes with a breathtaking level of locked-down, unwaveringly intense focus.
Why and how dare she devote an entire album to songs by Laura Nyro when we can just listen to the originals on Spotify? I'll tell you why. Because Christine Spero fully inhabits these songs, uncovers hidden nuances, and with her stunning ensemble—including drummer Peter O'Brien, bassist Scott Petito, saxophonist Elliot Spero, and Christine's own magic hands on the ivories.
With its open-air format, where attendees picnic in the parks and watch the stars emerge during performances, and its $5 youth tickets, the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice is the perfect place to share with children a love of music and theater, in a variety of styles.