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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Living with Elephants Trumpets New Album in New Paltz

Posted By on Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Living with Elephants
  • Living with Elephants

Centering on the songs of vocalist and keyboardist Amy Poux and featuring veteran Bongos bassist Rob Norris, the Rosendale-area quintet Living with Elephants has been sharpening its craft since getting together a few years back by doing lots of gigs in and around the Hudson Valley. This Saturday, the band hits a milestone with a performance in New Paltz to unveil its self-released sophomore album, Home.

Complementing Poux and Norris in the Living with Elephants lineup are drummer Chris Anderson, violinist Jerusha Kellerhouse, and back-up vocalist Marianne Tasick. An enchanting collection of quiet, Baroque-flavored soft pop, Home was produced by Daniel Weintraub (Hell's Kitchen Recording) at the Art Farm in Accord. In 2009, the group’s music was featured in the Natalie Portman film Other Woman.

Living with Elephants will perform at Unison Arts Center in New Paltz on May 3 at 8pm. Tickets are $15. For further information, visit http://www.livingwithelephants.net/.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

The New Mickey's Igloo 3 Ice Cream wins over Saugerties

Posted By on Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Soft serve coffee ice cream

The counter at Mickeys Igloo 3 in Saugerties

Mickey's Igloo 3 just opened in Saugerties last month in the storefront that was home to the old deli. A couple Saturdays ago when the mercury finally hit 70 we decided to try it out in the afternoon. Taking the kids out for ice cream is one of my favorite Spring time activities. When we arrived there around 3 pm, the outdoor picnic benches were packed with families and little leaguers. We decided to eat our ice cream in the bright and clean interior.

I had a bit of a sore throat so I was eager to try out a bit of soft serve ice cream, and as my luck would have it, my favorite flavor coffee was the flavor of the day. A kiddie cone of vanilla soft serve with sprinkles and a Spiderman ice cream stick were a hit with the kids. They also serve milkshakes, egg creams, and colossal sundae specials. Customer service was very friendly, and it was fun watching everyone place their order, and carry their ice cream creations outside. Mickey's Igloo 3 is located at 72 Main Street in Saugerties, near the Cahill Elementary school. If you are in the mood for a delicious ice cream treat and you're in the Saugerties area, it's definitely worth a stop!

I have been covering the Hudson Valley on my Hudson Valley Good Stuff blog since January 2009. Please follow Hudson Valley Good Stuff on Facebook, and subscribe to my newsletter.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Geoff Muldaur Moans in Rosendale on Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Geoff Muldaur
  • Geoff Muldaur

“There are only three white blues singers,” said Richard Thompson. “Geoff Muldaur is at least two of them.”

Muldaur is one of the most important figures of the American folk revival of the 1960s. It’s no exaggeration to say he was as much a force in the early days of that era as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Phil Ochs, or anyone else to spin a tune and pass the basket in the coffeehouses of Greenwich Village or Cambridge. And tomorrow night he’ll be doing just that—well, probably not passing the basket—in Rosendale, New York, when he visits the Rosendale Cafe.

Muldaur initially rose to prominence with the highly influential Jim Kweskin Jug Band, which also featured his then wife, singer Maria Muldaur. He went on to play with Paul Butterfield, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Von Schmidt, Jerry Garcia, and many others. He dropped out of site in the 1980s to concentrate on film and TV scoring (his “Brazil” was used in Terry Gilliam’s movie of the same name), but has since re-emerged as a touring artist and a frequent guest on Garrison Keillor’s NPR program “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Here he is playing “Wild Ox Moan”:

Geoff Muldaur will perform at the Rosendale Cafe on April 25 at 8pm. Tickets are $20. For information, call (845) 658-9048 or visit http://www.rosendalecafe.com/.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bring the Kids: Gustafer Yellowgold in Saugerties, Apr. 27

Posted By on Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 12:10 PM


Gustafer Yellowgold - local kids' favorite musical space alien - will perform this Sunday, April 27, at Mountaintop School in West Saugerties. Described by the New York Times as "a cross between 'Yellow Submarine' and Dr. Seuss," Gustafer is the bright yellow avatar of Woodstock-based singer-songwriter Morgan Taylor. In addition to music and all-around merriment, the show will engage kids with a "make your own felt Sunpod" craft and homemade Gustafer cookies.

At just $5, this is a great chance to see a national family-stage talent in a down-home local setting. All proceeds will benefit Mountaintop School, a mixed-aged kindergarten and preschool inspired by Waldorf education. Beginning in fall 2014, the school will be expanding its offerings, which will include a new on-site building.

Gustafer Goes to Mountaintop
Mountaintop School
West Saugerties, NY
Sunday, April 27, 2014
$5 per person

For more info call (845) 389-7322 or e-mail mountaintopschool@gmail.com.
Find Gustafer at www.gustaferyellowgold.com.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

MOVE Music Festival Shakes Albany This Weekend

Posted By on Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 9:00 AM


Well, music festival season is revving up once again. And not a moment too soon, after the previous week’s last-gasp snow dusting courtesy of the Winter That Wouldn’t Die. As usual at Chronogram, June will see the re-emergence of my yearly summer concert festival rundown in our Music section. But ahead of that comes the third annual MOVE Music Festival, which takes place in Albany, New York, this weekend.

The festival will consist of approximately 100 acts performing at venues across Albany on April 25-27. Among those artists set to perform are Magic Man, the So So Glows, the Big Takeover, Sirsy, Black Taxi, the Charlie Watts Riots, Linear North, Party Boat, Lost in Society, Snowflake, and, yes, Bong Hits for Jesus.

“The main purpose of this event is to give exposure to regional talent through live performances at select venues and provide musicians with insight on how to conduct their careers in today’s independent music scene,” say the event’s organizers, adding that, “In addition to the music showcases, MOVE will be holding a merchandise trade show and interactive round table sessions with industry professionals.” I’m honored to have been asked to be part of the latter segment, and I look forward to meeting MOVE attendees and offering my experience and other services to assist them.

Check out this promotional video about the festival:

The MOVE Music Festival will take place April 25-27 in Albany at various venues. For tickets, lineups, set times, and other information, visit http://www.movemusicfest.com/.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Bluestone Roasting Company in Saugerties delivers that great cup of Joe!

Posted By on Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Bluestone Roasting Company in Saugerties

Mike Hom, Joshua Wilber, and Robbin Wilber, owners of Bluestone Roasting

It seems like every time I swing by Saugerties to run an errand there is a new business that has opened. Yesterday I checked out Bluestone Roasting Company at 138 Partition Street. It has only been open for a week, and the owners, Mike, Joshua and Robbin were very happy to be welcoming in customers. I love good coffee so I’m excited to find a new place to have a quality cup of coffee in Saugerties. My husband and I both had the Rwanda roast, and it was delicious. My husband kept on saying how he enjoyed it even better than Starbucks coffee. (A high compliment from him as we go to Starbucks more often than I’d like to admit).

They just finished writing their second chalkboard menu that includes such interesting specialty coffee drinks such as hot nutella with a shot of espresso, caffee machhiato, and salted caramel cappucino. Tea lovers will enjoy the shagadelic English breakfast tea served in one of those French press gadgets. Bluestone Roasting Company is planning to offer sandwiches and wraps. If you are in Saugerties, make sure you stop in for a cup of coffee. I can definitely see the Bluestone Roasting Company turning into a popular coffee and lunch destination in Saugerties.

Vanessa Ahern covers all the good stuff in the Hudson Valley at her blog, Hudson Valley Good Stuff

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Spa Week Brings Affordable Pampering to Phoenicia

Posted By on Sun, Apr 20, 2014 at 12:38 PM


Just say "spa-aah": National Spa Week begins tomorrow, April 21-27. Now in its 10th year, Spa Week brings $50 spa treatments to the masses from coast to coast. Here in the Hudson Valley, the lovely Mahasukha Spa at Menla Mountain Center in Phoenicia is participating. The spa will offer the special $50 price for both its Customized Mahasukha Massage and Deep Tissue Massage. That's $75 off the regular price for each ($125).

If you're willing to travel farther afield, you can find plenty more participating spas in the Capital Region and in Rockland County (such as Lazur La Vie in Nyack and Little Tor Skin Care Studio in New City). Search for a spa near you at Spaweek.com.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

New Pete Seeger Single: A Chronogram Exclusive

Posted By on Fri, Apr 18, 2014 at 10:18 AM

In honoring the musical legacy of Pete Seeger, we are proud take part in releasing "To My Old Brown Earth." This single from the Pete Seeger/Jeff Haynes album Pete Seeger: The Storm King contains vocals, guitar, and violin to compliment Pete's moving spoken word testament to our mother earth and to the end of his life. As of today, the full single is available on CD Baby, and can be purchased on iTunes and Amazon later this week.

In addition, a performance of Pete Seeger: The Storm King will take place to celebrate Pete's 95th birthday. On Sunday, May 4 at the Towne Crier in Beacon, Jeff Haynes presents a night honoring Pete's touching gift for storytelling. The show features Pete Seeger's recorded spoken words as he recounts his most engaging stories, narratives, and poems set to live music by Dar Williams, David Amram, Richie Stearns, Timothy Hill, Sarah Malonavich, Casey Erdman, Jacob Bernz, NFA D.R.U.M. Students, and more. Click here to purchase tickets.

Listen to more tracks from the Storm King Project here.

Click to read our interview with Pete Seeger, or our remembrances of the artist by local musicians and writers.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Laura Cantrell Plays BSP Lounge Next Week

Posted By on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Laura Cantrell
  • Laura Cantrell

Born and raised in Music City, USA—Nashville, Tennessee, in case you didn’t know—Laura Cantrell studied accounting in college. Thankfully for lovers of real-deal country sounds, however, she’s augmented her career as a Bank of America numbers-cruncher (and host of WFMU’s “Radio Thrift Shop”) with her better-known vocation as a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter and recording artist. On the heels of No Way There From Here (Spit and Polish Records), her fifth studio album, Cantrell will perform at BSP Lounge on April 24.

Recorded in her hometown, No Way There From Here is Cantrell’s first originals-dominated release since 2005’s Humming by the Flowered Vine (Matador Records). The new disc has drawn praise for its maker’s bell-clear voice and the highly personal feel of her story-songs, which, Rolling Stone says, “illuminate more than explain—just enough to make you want to hear ’em again.”

Cantrell recently sang the album’s single “Starry Skies” on CBS TV’s “This Morning”:

Laura Cantrell will perform at BSP Lounge in Kingston, New York, on April 24 at 8pm. Wygalator and Adir L.C. open. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 day of show. For details, call (845) 481-5158 or visit http://bspkingston.com/.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Omega Institute Reopens and Offers NYC Programs

Posted By on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 1:53 PM


Rhinebeck’s prestigious Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, which was recently featured on ABC News, is going above and beyond its expected educational opportunities. The beautiful 200-acre campus is open for the season, now containing more than 325 workshops, professional trainings, and retreats.

All Rhinebeck guests to Omega’s educational retreat center have the option to attend daily classes in yoga, tai chi, meditation, and movement. Visitors can access the campus library, sauna, sanctuary, lake, tennis courts, basketball court, woodland trails, gardens, free Wi-Fi, three delicious (primarily vegetarian) buffet meals per day, and tour the award-winning environmental education center. Omega's Wellness Center offers massages, facials, acupuncture, and life coaching for both guests and day visitors. There are children’s programs available for kids ages four to 12 along with a limited number of teen programs, ensuring age-appropriate learning and friendly supervision.

This season, in addition to the many resources, articles, videos, and online opportunities Omega has to offer, there will be two programs in New York City. On May 3, renown meditation teachers Mark Epstein, MD and Joseph Goldstein host “The Trauma of Being Alive,” where they’ll share their expertise on Buddhist psychology and the theory of Insight Meditation, revealing how trauma can be used to awaken the mind. Another NYC event takes place June 17 where spiritual teacher Adyashanti, author of True Meditation and The End of Your World, hosts an evening of intimate investigation into spiritual awakening. Chief external affairs officer at Omega, Carla Goldstein, states, “We’re thrilled to continue our efforts to make Omega more accessible by bringing some of our top teachers to New York City, and continuing to develop content and learning opportunities online.”

To see what else Omega has to offer in the Hudson Valley and beyond, visit eOmega.org.

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