How many bands have someone who beatboxes over a celtic fiddle? Meet Sonic New York. Vocalist and fiddler Rhiannon Gidden (whose other band, Carolina Chocolate Drops, won the 2011 Traditional Folk Album of the Year Grammy) leads the quartet. But folk is a bashful abstraction of a genre for Sonic New York. Giddens, Adam Matta, Sxip Shirey, and Joseph “joebass” Dejarnette sharpen the funk of Stevie Wonder with the violin cries of an Irish reel. The band also draws on the experimental percussive accents of Radiohead and the Roots, the vocal sultriness of Ella Fitzgerald, and a touch of the tango tones of Astor Piazzolla. Saturday, October 15, 8pm at St. Paul’s Parish Hall in Red Hook. (845) 758-0151; www.studioredhook.com.
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.