Attention guitar geeks of the Hudson Valley: Come discuss custom options and one-of-a-kind creations and buy or order a dream guitar from dozens of master builders gathered at the Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase. This alternative guitar show features handmade stringed instruments exhibited by over 50 makers, both to try and to buy. Friday’s Tonewood Festival features some of the most exotic woods for sale. The Bearsville Theater offers continuous live music throughout Saturday and Sunday featuring folk, flamenco, fingerstyle blues, celtic, jazz, bluegrass, Middle Eastern, African, Latin American, and Classical to name just a few. The Bear Café brings a number of instructional clinics and workshops including David Temple’s “Classical & Brazilian Melodic Techniques” on Saturday and Sunday. The Colony Café hosts a “String Sampler” Concert including the Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo Guitar Duo on Friday night and an aftershow concert including Kinloch Nelson, Sharon Klein, and George Worthmore on Sunday night. Friday-Sunday, October 21-23. (845) 679-9025; www.woodstockinvitational.com.
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.
Tal National will perform at the Falcon in Marlboro on April 3 at 7pm (donation requested; (845) 236-7970; Liveatthefalcon.com); the Half Moon in Hudson on April 4 at 8pm ($10; (518) 828-1562; Thehalfmoonhudson.com); the Iron Horse in Northampton, Massachusetts, on April 9 at 7pm ($10, $13; (413) 586-8686; Beta.iheg.com); and the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy on April 12 at 7pm ($10; (518) 272-2390; Mediasanctuary.org).
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.