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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Cold Spring Concert Series Kicks Off Next Week

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Daria Grace and the Pre-War Ponies
  • Daria Grace and the Pre-War Ponies

Watch out, Beacon: Your immediate neighbor is gaining on you. While in recent years Beacon has become a go-to Hudson Valley spot for seasonal outdoor music via the Beacon Riverfest and Hobo Concert Series, now Cold Spring is getting into the act with its Rhythm on the Riverfront series, which is being co-presented by Beacon Music Factory and Scenic Hudson, takes place August 7, 14, and 21.

Held at Cold Spring’s Foundry Dock Park (just a few steps from the MTA parking lot), the three-date program promises a different intriguing live act each time out. It opens on August 7 with Daria Grace’s (Jack Grace Band) new-ish outfit, the Pre-War Ponies. August 14 features local Hawaiian steel guitar ensemble Tiki Daddy, and the trilogy concludes on August 21 with Brooklyn’s rollicking M Shanghai String Band.

Enjoy this sampling of Daria Grace and the Pre-War Ponies:

Rhythm on the Riverfront will be held rain or shine on August 7, 14, and 21 at 6pm at Foundry Dock Park in Cold Spring. Admission is free. For more information, call (845) 473-4440, ext. 273 or visit http://www.scenichudson.org/.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

26th Annual Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 9:00 AM

DEBI FRIEDLA
  • Debi Friedla

Since the first Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in 1988, Hillsdale has played host to some of the country’s biggest names in folk music—Shawn Colvin, Ani DiFranco, and Arlo Guthrie among them. Now a three-day event, the festival is an annual celebration of community folk music and dance that features both national and up-and-coming artists.

This year’s festival boasts an impressive lineup of musicians, including The Andrew & Noah Band, The Grand Slambovians, The Great Bear Trio, and Spuyten Duyvil. Concertgoers have a hand in the selection process; every year, they get a chance to vote on their favorite acts from the event’s Emerging Artist Showcase. The 2013 votes are in, and crowd favorites The Boxcar Lilies and Darlingside (tied for first place), Roosevelt Dime, and Connor Garvey will return for the Most Wanted Song Swap this year.

The festival will offer a Summer’s Eve Song Swap on Friday night, when musician Tom Paxton, John Gorka, Cheryl Wheeler, and Seth Glier will share the stage. Also returning is the event’s popular Dance Tent. Fitted with an impressive 9,000-square-foot, all-wood dance floor, the tent is where visitors can go for workshops and instruction in all levels and styles of dance.

New this year is a pre-festival event for campers on Thursday, July 31. The day will include food, crafts, a Lounge Stage of veteran and new musicians, and a three-course social media school offered by Madalyn Sklar of GoGirlsMusic.com.

The festival will run from Friday, August 1 to Sunday, August 3 on Dodds Farm in Hillsdale. Tickets are available at the gate; go for a single day, or camp out for the whole weekend.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Woodstock Concert Honors Jeff Marx

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

Jeff Marx
  • Jeff Marx

Death is never welcome, and there's certainly been a sad bunch of high-profile deaths within the last two weeks: bassist Charlie Haden, drummer and producer Tommy Ramone, actor James Garner. We lost saxophonist Jeff Marx, who lived in Woodstock for several years, to cancer back in December. This Sunday, Marx will be honored at the Colony Cafe with a special memorial concert by many of the musicians who knew and played with him.

Marx, who specialized on tenor and doubled on soprano, mezzo-soprano, harmonica, and flute, was a key player on the 1970s New York scene, where he worked with Donald Byrd, Reggie Workman, Jim Pepper, Dave Stryker, and others. From 1985 to 1990 he co-led the group Second Sight with pianist John Esposito. An important band that naturally and fearlessly blended straight-ahead with more avant styles, Second Sight also featured drummer Jeff "Siege" Siegel, bassist Allen Murphy, percussionist Frederick Berryhill, and future trumpet king Dave Douglas—all of whom will join trumpeter Greg Glassman; bassists John Menegon, Rich Syracuse, and Emma Alabaster; guitarist Peter Einhorn; singer Teri Roiger; drummer Peter O’Brien; violinist Rosi Hertlein; pianist Francesca Tanksley; saxophonists Eric Person and Mitch Kessler; and others for the gig.

Regrettably, YouTube footage of Marx in action is scant. Here’s a tantalizing 30-second clip of the artist at Chicago’s Velvet Lounge:


The Jeff Marx memorial concert will take place at the Colony Cafe in Woodstock, New York, on August 3 at 4pm. Admission is $10 and proceeds will go to the Jazz Foundation of America’s Jazz Musicians Emergency Fund. For more information, call (845) 679-8639 or visit http://www.colonycafewoodstock.com/.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

The Big Latch On

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

NEW BABY NEW PALTZ
  • New Baby New Paltz

Here's an event that is not fun for the whole family. To commemorate the kick off of World Breastfeeding Week, New Baby New Paltz will be hosting the Big Latch On, an event dedicated to raising awareness about breastfeeding. The Big Latch On is observed around the world at designated sites, New Baby New Paltz is the official site for the Hudson Valley, at 10:30 am local time, participating mothers around the world will latch their little ones in order to promote breastfeeding in the community.

While the Big Latch On takes place worldwide, the events are only loosely connected. Instead, much of the organization happens at the local level, allowing organizers to tailor the event to their region. For the event all participating women and children are latched on for one minute at the set time and are then counted by the witnesses. The goal, when the final tally from all the events are counted, is to break last year's worldwide record of 14,536. For more information, check their website.

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J Rocco's Steakhouse on Route 28

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

Mabel Burger at J Roccos Steakhouse

Pan-seared catfish at J Roccos

I have been curious about J Rocco’s Steakhouse & Speakeasy since I first noticed it on Route 28 in Shandaken about a year ago. (It opened in 2010). I had a hunch that it would be Hudson Valley Good Stuff-worthy. When we stopped in around 5pm one Sunday, it was quiet. There was a party of three sitting at a table. The bar belongs in a country song. It’s a sturdy weathered bar with a motorcycle hoisted above it for decor. I’m always a sucker for a chalkboard with specials like “Cowboy Steak” and “Key Largo Fajitas” “Key Lime Pie” scribbled on it.

We started with the mango salsa and chips. The salsa was very good though not very spicy. I had Mad Mark’s $13 special, a pan-seared cat-fish, which came with lemon butter, green beans, and baked potato. It was very tasty. Tom ordered the Ceasar salad with steak. My daughter enjoyed a Mabel Burger with cheddar cheese. We didn’t have coffee or dessert as we were full from dinner, and as we were finishing our meal a party of 13 arrived along with a few other unrelated parties.

We had a nice dinner, and I love the Catskill flavor here! J Rocco’s Steakhouse is a very kid-friendly. Our server was very friendly and helpful.

Get more Hudson Valley Good Stuff recommendations at Vanessa Ahern's blog, HudsonValleyGoodStuff.com

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

El Amor Bruju

Posted By on Sun, Jul 27, 2014 at 9:00 AM

EL AMOR BRUJU
  • El Amor Bruju

The Phoenicia Festival of the Voice opens its fifth season with a new production of “El Amor Bruju.” This magical tale of unrequited love and a poor girl who is haunted by her dead husband’s spirit, all set the music of legendary composer Manuel de Falla. In keeping with the festival's Spanish theme, the story will be told by authentic Flamenco dancers and singers alongside a traditional orchestra.

The piece takes place in a Gypsy village, where the fathers of Candela and José promise their children to each other. Years later, the unfaithful José marries Candela but while defending his lover Lucía in a brawl, he is stabbed to death. Carmelo, who secretly loves Candela since he was a boy, is arrested while helping José and unfairly sent to prison. Four years later he is released and declares his love for Candela. However, the woman is cursed by a bewitched love and every night she goes to the place where José died to dance with his ghost. The curtain goes up at 8 pm on July 30, for more information or to buy tickets, go to the festival's website.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Millbrook Horse Trials Honors Olympic Rider

Posted By on Sat, Jul 26, 2014 at 9:00 AM

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It happened quickly: A horse tripped and fell to the ground. And Courtney King Dye, who had been riding it, fell too. She was not wearing a helmet. Two years after representing the United States in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the dressage champion spent four weeks in a coma and three months in rehabilitation—relearning to walk and talk.

On Sunday, August 3, King Dye will become the first annual recipient of the $5,000 Charles Owen Equestrian Role Model Award on behalf of Riders4Helmets. The nonprofit organization works to make equestrians sports safer, primarily by emphasizing the importance of wearing a helmet, and King Dye has tirelessly supported it since her accident. She will receive the award at the Millbrook Horse Trials Benefit Luncheon.

Now in its 14th year, the Millbrook Horse Trials (MHT) are a triathlon of equestrian sports, consisting of dressage, stadium, an cross-country jumping. The event is particularly popular because it hosts both local amateur riders and Olympic-level competitors every summer. Organizers strive to keep it challenging and relevant; as the standards of the sport change, so do the events at the trials. This year, for example, more obstacles will require that horse and rider jump over them at an angle. While certain events are becoming more demanding, the trial’s designers maintain that safety is their number one priority.

This summer’s Trials will see the return of its “WaterView” tent, a VIP venue situated above the grounds’ upgraded water complex, and will be offering $25,000 in prize money to competitors. Food vendors and a trade fair of horsewares will also be available. MHT will be held at Coole Park Farm in Millbrook from Thursday, July 31 to Sunday, August 3. Tickets can be reserved online.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

It’s a Big World in There

Posted By on Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM

“IT’S A BIG WORLD IN THERE”
  • “It’s a Big World in There”

The Women’s Studio Workshop will present a special, one night only display, “It’s a Big World in There,” this Saturday, July 26. A collaborative exhibition between sculptor and costumer Kate Hamilton, stop-motion video artist Tona Wilson, and composer and sound artist Jonathan Elliott, the experimental installation will transform Cottekill’s CHRCH Project Space into an immersive and interactive multimedia environment through which viewers can move and explore.

The installation grew out of Hamilton's four weeks as an artist-in-residence at the Women’s Studio Workshop. known for creating room-sized garments, Hamilton worked out of the CHRCH Project Space for the last month, developing new sculptural work and experimenting with rigging, light, and sound through her collaboration with Wilson and Elliott. Known for creating room-sized garments, for this exhibit Hamilton has utilized a translucent sailcloth to create ephemeral and architectural pieces that hang down the full height of Cottekill’s one room church-turned-art-space, creating an environment of what Hamilton calls, “serious play and experimentation.” Wilson and Elliott are creating projections and sound, respectively, that will interact with Hamilton’s sculptures to create layered, ephemeral fields of light, sound, and space.

“It’s a Big World In There” will be presented on Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 4-7pm. The event is open to the public and refreshments will be served. You can learn more at the Women's Studio Workshop's website.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Nina Violet Returns to Rosendale

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

Nina Violet
  • Nina Violet

Boy, it’s been too long since Nina Violet has played in the Hudson Valley. Based on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, the angelic singer-songwriter was a frequent fixture at area clubs and coffeehouses for a couple years until she scaled back her local touring. Thankfully, she’s at last breaking the long dry spell with a gig next month at Market Market cafe.

Violet’s soaring voice is a rare wonder of heartbreaking magnificence, and its owner has appeared on bills with the likes of Radiohead, Willy Mason, Beth Orton, and Elvis Perkins. Versatile on guitar, banjo, viola, mandolin, and keyboards, she infuses New England’s deep Anglo-folk traditions with a street-level indie sensibility. Or maybe it’s the other way around. Whatever. Violet’s a devastating performer and you’d do well to catch her whenever you can.

See what I mean right here:

Nina Violet will play at Market Market in Rosendale, New York, on August 1 at 10pm. For cover amount and more information, call (845) 658-3164 or visit http://www.marketmarketcafe.com/MM.WEBSITE/Market_Market.html.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Phoenicia Flea

Posted By on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM

GRAHAM & CO
  • Graham & Co

Supporting local businesses has never been easier. Chronogram's already spotlighted the Hudson Valley's handmade craft movement, now the Graham & Co. hotel in Phoenicia is stepping up to support local trade. The hotel will be holding its first annual Phoenicia Flea, a showcase dedicated to local artisans. The very best the region has to offer in handcrafted food, drink, confection, jewelry, accessories, housewares and more will converge on the hotel property this Saturday and Sunday to celebrate small business and local trade. Attendees will be able to browse through the wares of some of the Hudson Valley's best craftspersons, all in one convenient location.

Just a few of the vendors who will be represented at this event include Hudson Made, Rebecca Peacock, Andrew Molleur, Wishbone Letterpress, Nina Z, Field Guide Design, Coppersea Distillery, Fruition Chocolate, Materia Designs, Kingston Wine, Southdown Coffee, Mavis Studio, Brooklyn Oyster Party and Small Room Collective. The event starts at 12 noon and ends at 8 both nights. For more information, checkout the event's website.

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