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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Swans to Headline Basilica Soundscape Festival in Hudson

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM

  • Swans

It’s only August but from what I hear tickets are selling very briskly for the second-ever Basilica Soundscape festival, which takes place September 12-14. And no wonder. Curated by Pitchfork’s Brandon Stousy and Leg Up Management’s Brian Deran, this year’s event features a rare Upstate appearance by apocalyptic avant rock legends Swans, as well as performances by Tim Hecker, Endless Boogie, Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire, Guardian Alien, Deafheaven, Gamelan Dharma Swara, and others. Additionally, Soundscape will include visual art, DJ sets, pop-up shops, and food trucks.

In terms of headliner and venue, it’s hard to dream up a better pairing than this one. Basilica’s cavernous, reclaimed-foundry space is a perfect match for Swans’ monolithic, mountain-moving sound. Stick your skull in this edificial sonic slab from a show in Paris last year and see if you don't concur:

So if you’ve been thinking of going to this humdinger of a fest, you probably shouldn’t sleep. For a full schedule and ticket prices, visit http://basilicahudson.com/.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Garage Rock DJs Blast Kingston This Thursday

Posted By on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 9:00 AM


It’s always a plus to come across a cool new Hudson Valley nightspot (or one that’s new to me, at least). This month I was turned on to the Rondout Bay Marina, which is located along the creek that bears its name in the remote Kingston hamlet known as Eddyville. It’s a neat spot, a quirky, family-owned dockside boite with a stage, a large outdoor patio and bar, and a small but colorful cast of local regulars. Call it “Twin Peaks” on the Rondout. Anyway, recently Orange County garage punk DJ Wayne Manor started doing some events there, and I see some real potential for the place to develop into a swell hang. This Thursday, special guest DJ Shotaro (from Tokyo) will join Mr. Manor for the first of two Japan Nights to spin some crazed Far Eastern rock ’n’ roll.

Manor spent several years in Japan—a country that’s notorious for its wild, wonderfully cartoony neo-garage bands—where he befriended many of the acts he releases singles by on his Swamp Fiction record label. Here’s a track by UK band Atomic Suplex, who have a split 7” with Japan’s Theee Bat on Swamp Fiction:

Japan Night with DJs Wayne Manor and Shotaro takes place at the Rondout Bay Marina in Kingston this Thursday, August 28, at 8pm. (Japan Night returns with guest DJ Fumi, from London, on September 4.) The event is free. For more information, call (845) 339-3917 or visit www.roundoutbaymarina.com.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Noisy Night Nears in Hudson

Posted By on Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 9:00 AM

David Drucker of Painted Faces
  • David Drucker of Painted Faces

How about freeing your mind with some good ol’ experimental noise? Come on, gotta have some roughage in your diet once in a while. The Spotty Dog Books & Ale in Hudson has long been a haven for that stuff, as well the freakier folk sounds out there, and for August 27 the bookstore/bar/art supply merchant/live music venue has put together a fine trifecta of challenging acts: ISA Christ, Painted Faces, and Savior Self.

ISA Christ is the nom de noise of Dylan Hay, who has been involved in such deep-underground units as Blood Priest, Lucifer’s Worm, Mother Earth (6), and Wicked Rot. Painted Faces is the solo recording project of artist/musician David Drucker. Live, Painted Faces consists of Drucker and “whoever else he happens to have playing with him that night or for that tour (often just himself or one or other person if not a full band).” Hudson duo Savior Self includes local mainstay Logan Visscher (World Lines), and performs only rarely.

Dig this clip of ISA Christ at the 2013 Ende Tymes Festival in Brooklyn:

ISA Christ, Painted Faces, and Savior Self will perform at the Spotty Dog Books & Ale in Hudson on August 31 at 8pm. Admission is $5. For information, call (518) 671-6006 or visit http://www.thespottydog.com/blog/.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Abrams Channels Wagner in Kingston

Posted By on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Daniel Abrams
  • Daniel Abrams

The Old Dutch Church, located in Kingston’s historic Stockade section, is a fantastic space in which to experience live music. Besides being architecturally magnificent, it’s acoustically amazing; the sound quality when Spiritualized played there for last year’s 0+ Festival was truly to die for (which works out well because the church sits on one of the oldest cemeteries in New York State). If you’ve yet to sample the sumptuous setting of this stunning structure, August 31 will be a great occasion to do so, as the date will feature a concert by pianist Daniel Abrams.

Interesting story with Abrams. The pianist, who for the concert will perform works by Purcell, Mozart, Beethoven, Donizetti, and his own Wagner-inspired “Opera for Piano” series, maintains that his own recent works were composed “immediately following a re-birthing session at the Theosophical Society’s summer retreat in Upstate New York, [when] he started channeling music. The first work was written in the three days following the re-birthing experience, which had gone far beyond just his birth and flipped him back into a former lifetime. The music was in the Baroque style, and the composer was unknown. Another mystical experience followed soon after while on a visit to Mull in the Hebrides, where Richard Wagner spoke to him in a dream. The next day, he started writing ‘Fantasie Variations on Tristan und Isolde.’ All the music in his series is written in the style of composer, as if the composer had written the opera as piano music.”

In this 2012 performance, Abrams plays two of his sublime Wagner adaptations:

Daniel Abrams will perform at the Old Dutch Church in Kingston on August 31 at 8pm. For tickets and information, call (8450 331-3261 or visit www.KingstonFestival.org.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Kingston Festival of the Arts

Posted By on Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM

The acclaimed one woman show “The Other Mozart” will be performed at the festival
  • The acclaimed one woman show “The Other Mozart” will be performed at the festival

Art lovers rejoice, for the last 11 days of August the Kingston Festival of the Arts is taking over the city for over a week of dance performances, concerts, art exhibitions, and much more. The events will take place throughout the city at various venues, including Uptown Gallery and the Old Dutch Church. Founded last year by opera singer Kerry Henderson, the festival is a celebration of Kingston's vibrant artist and creative community.

The various performances and events throughout the week include the acclaimed one woman show “The Other Mozart,” the untold story of Nannerl Mozart, the sister of Amadeus, and a prodigy, keyboard virtuoso and composer, who performed throughout Europe with her brother to equal acclaim, but her work and her story faded away, lost to history. The festival will also host the return of the Mayan-inspired international aerial dance company, Dzul Dance- this time with their expanded company in “Pixom” (Mayan for “Spirit”). Dzul Dance fuses multiple dance forms with aerial circus arts and contortion as a means to communicate indigenous pre-Hispanic, Mexican and Latin culture and create bridges between contemporary art and historical heritage.

For younger art lovers, Kids Create Kingston has organized a free day of interactive art, performance and music for young people. “Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra,” offered by Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Kathleen Beckmann, will feature music from the Disney movie Fantasia and other classical favorites. The whole festival kicks off on August 21 with “A Night at the Opera,” starring international flutist and classical music television personality Eugenia Zukerman, baritone Kerry Henderson, sopranos Alison Davy and Elizabeth Tapia, and the concert pianist Peggy Reich. The program includes highlights from Pergolesi’s 18th Century “opera buffa” La Serva Padrona, excerpts from Eugenia Zukerman’s celebrated recording of opera favorites for flute and piano, “Aria” and gems from the world of song and Broadway favorites.

A full schedule of events and list of venues can be found on the festival's website.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Dutchess County Fair

Posted By on Sun, Aug 17, 2014 at 9:00 AM


Since its inception in 1842, the Dutchess County Agricultural Society has promoted and preserved the region’s farming heritage through education, competitions, shows, and involvement in the community. Its oldest and most popular annual event is the Dutchess County Fair, six days of agricultural displays, rides, and vendors and the second largest county fair in New York. From Tuesday, August 19 through Sunday, August 24, the fair will return to Rhinebeck’s Dutchess County Fairgrounds for its 169th year.

The Hudson Valley’s agricultural tradition is still at the center of the event. Twelve large stables house cows, sheep and goats, chickens, and rabbits cared for by the Dutchess County 4-H Club. A number of local businesses will have farming tools on display and for sale. Visitors can look forward to the return of yearly favorites like the Salute to Agriculture & Dairy Birthing Tent, Dairy Cattle Barns, Milk House, and Rosaire’s Racing Pigs. The award-winning Horticulture Building promises to impress avid gardeners once again; its displays and demonstrations take on a “Backyard Paradise” theme this year. Stop in for floral design shows and workshops like “Managing Grab Grass,” “Basics of Planting Bed Maintenance,” and “Design Ideas for Your Yard or Garden.”

The fair boasts some big-name grandstand concerts, too. On Tuesday night, Australian pop sensation Cody Simpson will share the stage with Coco Jones, a young Disney Channel star. Danielle Bradbery, the season four winner of “The Voice,” headlines on Thursday with her third-place contenders, the Swon Brothers. And more seasoned country musicians Randy Houser and Eric Paslay will play Friday night.

As always, enjoy a variety of classic carnival rides by Powers Great American Midways. Take a romantic Ferris wheel ride at sunset, or try out the new Stampede if you’re looking for thrills. The fairgrounds will be teeming with local vendors and caterers. Browse products from Hudson Valley Skin Care, Pure Mountain Olive Oil, Country Cupboards, and handmade items from Firehawk, a Native American craft studio. Sample good eats from fair favorites, like Taste Budd’s specialty chocolates, Amy’s Sweet Treats, Hoffman’s Pennsylvania Dutch funnel cakes, and Spacey Tracy’s deep-fried pickles. And what would a day at the Dutchess County Fair be without one of the 4-H Club’s infamous milkshakes on the way out?

General admission tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and military members with ID, and free for children under 12. Admission will be $7 after 5pm on Tuesday and Thursday. Grandstand tickets are available for advance purchase online. Discount ride tickets (10 rides for $20) and regular adult tickets can also be purchased online or at participating local businesses.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Say "Cheese"

Posted By on Sat, Aug 16, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Some of Sprout Creek Farm's award-winning cheeses.
  • Some of Sprout Creek Farm's award-winning cheeses.

August is a busy month for all of us, so you'd be forgiven if you overlooked the announcement of the winners of the American Cheese Society's annual awards. You'll also be forgiven if you were unaware that there even was such a thing as the American Cheese Society's Annual Competition, but now might be a good time to acquaint yourself with the nationwide organization, because it just named the Hudson Valley's own Sprout Creek Farm as one of the best cheese makers in the country.

The non-profit farm took third prize in the best in show category, making them the highest ranking farm in New York State. Additionally their varieties of Eden and Margie cheese were named the best in the country in their respective categories, while their Madeline cheese won third in its category.

Located in Poughkeepsie, the small, sustainable dairy farm works year-round with a small but dedicated team to produce high quality cheese. Additionally, the farm works as an educational center with programs running year round for people to learn about farming, agriculture, and where their food comes from. The American Cheese Society Competition is held annually during the organization’s conference, with this year’s winners chosen from 1685 entries representing 248 companies from the United States, Canada, and Colombia. To find out where you can get some of Sprout Creek's award-winning cheese visit their website.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Bishop Allen Video Release

Posted By on Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 9:00 AM

  • Matt Petricone
  • Bishop Allen

August is shaping up to be a big month for Bishop Allen. The once-Brooklyn-now-Kingston-based indie rock band is about to embark on a 40-show national tour, its first since frontman Justin Rice moved upstate six years ago. The tour will promote the group’s latest album, Lights Out, which is slated for an August 19 release under the label Dead Oceans. (Chronogram’s Peter Aaron sat down with Rice to talk about the record.) What’s more, the band gives its new home some love by kicking off the tour on Saturday, August 16 at the second annual Chronogram Block Party.

It’s not the first time Rice has honored Kingston. Earlier this month, he and his band released a video to accompany “Why I Had to Go,” a song off their new record. The video was shot in the back of BSP Kingston and features several of Rice’s friends and neighbors, as well as those who helped produce Lights Out. Look out for Eddie Mullen, Kingston filmmaker and director of Doomsdays (Rice was in the cast); One Mile Gallery owner Janet Hicks; Jacques magazine publisher Danielle Leder; and Mercury Rev guitarist Sean “Grasshopper” Mackowiack. The video is meant to capture its subjects’ innate personalities and most natural expressions, which is why they’re hula hooping—Rice wanted them to feel comfortable in front of the camera.

Check out the new video, and stop by the Chronogram Block Party at 9:30pm on Saturday to hear the band premiere some of its latest songs.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Celtic Cross Visits Greenwood Lake

Posted By on Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Kathleen Fee of Celtic Cross
  • Kathleen Fee of Celtic Cross

An outdoor concert of Celtic rock in Greenwood Lake called “Irish Night at the Beach”? Sounds like a pot o’ late-summer gold, indeed. And the pot will surely overflow when the seven-piece band Celtic Cross takes the stage in the Orange County town on August 23 for an evening of rollicking pop and traditional sounds.

Fronted by suitably flame-haired thrush Kathleen Fee, the New York-based Celtic Cross also features her brothers Kenny (fiddle) and John (button accordion) Vesey. Growing up with Irish immigrant parents, the three were immersed in Irish music, dance, and tradition, yet also heavily influenced by the rock ’n’ roll they heard on the radio—the end result is the group’s blend of thoughtful pop and Americana served with a lively Irish flare. The band recently released Saoirse’s Heart (2014, Independent), its fourth album, and is frequently played on Fordham University’s WFUV and SiriusXM’s “Celtic Crush” radio programs.

Listen to the band’s version of the traditional “Morrison’s Jig”:

“Irish Night at the Beach” featuring Celtic Cross will take place at Greenwood Lake’s Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park on August 23 at 7pm. The concert is free. For information, call (845) 494-1871 or visit http://www.villageofgreenwoodlake.org/calendar.html.

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Kingston Film Festival Returns

Posted By on Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Still from Doomsday
  • Still from Doomsday

Kingston has made something of a name for itself as a center of the Hudson Valley’s indie art scene. Small galleries continue to pop up, and it seems as if a new band emerges every day. But for the past few years, the city has also seen a growing film community.

Backstreet Productions (BSP) will host the third annual Kingston Film Festival from Thursday, August 14 to Sunday, August 17. The event was born of a desire to connect film buffs with filmmakers both local and international and to celebrate films in all their forms: features, documentaries, animation, shorts, experimental, big and microbudget, trailers, and more.

This year’s lineup includes a broad mix of styles. Opening the festival at noon on Thursday is Never Enough, a Doug Brown documentary about hoarding that asks, “How much is too much?” The film explores the mindset of a collector and how collecting becomes an addiction.

Also on Thursday is the first of a series of short programs, titled “B-Flat.” It concerns Amar, who learns of an old friend’s imminent death and must travel to India after 40 years to deliver a mysterious box. Eight additional shorts will screen throughout the weekend.

Audiences can enjoy some bigger-name features as well. Doomsday, a local film directed by Kingston’s Eddie Mullins and starring Kingston resident and Bishop Allen frontman Justin Rice, will show at 8pm on Friday. And Cold in July, one of the summer’s most acclaimed independent films and which was filmed in Uptown Kingston, will screen at 8pm Thursday night.

The Kingston Film Festival will begin Thursday, August 14 at noon, with film screenings, musical performances, and receptions throughout the weekend. Single screening tickets are $7 online or $10 at the door. Day passes are also available for $25.

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