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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Tickets on Sale for Mavis Staples in Hudson

Posted By on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Mavis Staples
  • Mavis Staples

There can be no argument: Mavis Staples is one of American music’s living legends. As a member of the gospel/soul icons the Staple Singers, who were led by her father Roebuck “Pops” Staples, she lent her powerful voice to the civil rights movement and crossed over into the pop charts with 1971’s “Respect Yourself” and the 1967 Buffalo Springfield cover “For What it’s Worth.” Next month, this certified giant will be back in our neck of the woods for a performance at Club Helsinki.

Recently, Staples reached millions of younger ears thanks to her collaboration with Wilco main man Jeff Tweedy for a series of Grammy Award-winning recordings that includes 2011’s You Are Not Alone and 2013’s One True Vine (both Anti- Records).

Get a load of this amazing clip of Staples belting out the Band’s “The Weight” with Wilco and Nick Lowe backstage at the Civic Opera House in Chicago:


Mavis Staples will perform at Club Helsinki in Hudson, New York, on February 22 at 8pm. Tickets are $55 and $85. For more information, call (518) 828-4800 or visit http://helsinkihudson.com/.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Piano Prodigy Plays Albany on Friday

Posted By on Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Gleb Ivanov
  • Christian Steiner
  • Gleb Ivanov

Pianist Gleb Ivanov was awarded the Michaels Award of Young Concert Artists, which led to his recital debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and a rave review in the New York Times. “[Ivanov] is a cut above the usual, a young super-virtuoso,” said the Times, “with musical sensitivity and an appreciation of style to go with the thunder and lightning.” The Russian prodigy, who will perform at the Massry Center for the Arts on January 30, boasts a repertoire “from Mozart to Rachmaninoff” and has appeared with the Moscow State Orchestra and the Kremlin Orchestra, and at the Pushkin, Glinka, and Scriabin museums in Moscow.

In the US, Ivanov has performed with the symphony orchestras of Missouri, West Michigan, Eastern Connecticut, Southwest Florida, Knoxville, Dearborn, Las Cruces, Grand Rapids, and the Napa Valley, as well as the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.
Here he is playing a segment of Haydn’s Sonata in C Major and discussing his career:



Gleb Ivanov will perform at the College of Saint Rose’s the Massry Center for the Arts in Albany on January 30 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 and $20. For more information, call (518) 337-4871 or visit http://www.strose.edu/academics/schoolofartsandhumanities/massry_center_for_the_arts.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Get Your Winter Fest On

Posted By on Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Youngsters sitting in with Elizabeth Mitchell at The Winter Hoot 2013 - JACK BARAN
  • Jack Baran
  • Youngsters sitting in with Elizabeth Mitchell at The Winter Hoot 2013

If you’re like me, ogling every blocked street, hay-strewn mud puddle, and enigmatically-fastened paper wristband that happens by, if the sound of banjos or the glimpse of red, plastic cups are enough to make your toes start tapping, and if your family already has multiple meet-up spots, in case you get separated, then you’re fully satiated by living in the Hudson Valley in the summer and fall. But what’s a festival-lover to do in the winter months?

First, find a kindred soul in Ruthy Merenda. She grew up in the world of Hudson Valley music and festivals, and put together The Hoot back in February 2013 when she and husband/music partner, Mike, organized the festival. It was such a raging success that they took The Hoot outside that summer, and they’ve been organizing two Hoots every year ever since. This Winter Hoot, held January 30th-February 1st, indoors at the Ashokan Center, boasts local, kid-friendly musical performers like Elizabeth Mitchell and Uncle Rock, demos in the blacksmithing shop, and a family-friendly square dance. Ruthy says they’ve worked harder than ever to organize the family angle by partnering with local kid-related groups from the community to lead different activities at the Kid Zone all day on Saturday, January 31st. It kicks off with stories and songs at 1:30p, followed by winter crafts and an epic marble run. Check out the parade at 6p and the evening chill out time. “My vision is that in 10 years we'll have a fun crew of teenagers who've been coming to The Hoot since they were 5, and they still want to come!” Ruthy says. The Winter Hoot is "pay what you want”, and contributions help fund the Ashokan Center's environmental programs for students. The suggested donation is $30-60 per adult, but any amount (large or small) will get you a weekend wristband. Indoor capacity is limited (especially for Saturday evening), so reserve tickets and guarantee admission online at www.homeofthehoot.com or at the Woodstock Music Shop. FYI, volunteers are always needed, and they get a free place to bunk for the night!

Also, on Saturday, January 31st, are two city festivals, both free. Each offers wintery ways to play outside, fun stuff for warming up indoors, and an opportunity to support a good cause.

Snowshoeing at Hasbrouck Park during Winter Fest 2013 - STEVE NOBLE
  • Steve Noble
  • Snowshoeing at Hasbrouck Park during Winter Fest 2013

Kingston’s 6th Annual Winter Fest at Hasbrouck Park on Delaware Avenue is sponsored by the City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department and by the Friends of Forsyth Nature Center. Guided snowshoe hikes will be led by Forsyth’s fabulous Environmental Educator, Julie Noble, and include instruction on sport basics, animal tracking, and winter survival skills. Snowshoes will be provided and lessons, good for all ages and levels of experience, are first come, first serve. Dress warm and ready for the weather. Inside the Hasbrouck Park Stone Building will be hot chocolate and nature-based crafts, like pine needle sachets and Replictrack Stories. Grab a s’mores kit for the bonfire! The event is 10a-2p, weather-permitting. Check Facebook for updates before you go.

The annual Winter Fest at Lippman Park on Route 209 is partnering with Minnewaska State Preserve to offer park fun, including ice skating, hay rides, broom ball and other games, from 10a-4p. At 10:30a, a family-friendly snowshoe hike led by Minnewaska’s own, Laura Conner, will explore animal activity on the trails, which feature a wetland and early successional forest. Conner will have tools on hand for making nature rubbings that kids can take home. It’s sponsored by the Ellenville Wawarsing Youth Commission and by the Renegades MTB Bike Club (the group, whose volunteer efforts, are responsible for building and maintaining the hiking and biking trails around the park). Parking is free. Food vendors will be available. Call 845.647-7800 ext. 129 for more info.

Wherever you are this weekend, there’s a winter fest for you!
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Broncho Gallops into Kingston Next Week

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Broncho
  • Broncho

Like those of most local venues, BSP Lounge’s bookings have slowed for the winter. The pickin’s be slim, as only the bravest of bands—or perhaps youngest and foolhardiest—would dare take to the road at this time of the year (I remember kicking off one tour myself in Quebec in the dead of February. Not recommended.). But don’t tell that to hearty indies Broncho, who buck the weather and ride into (see how I did that?) into the Kingston nightery next week.

Formed in 2010 by Ryan Lindsey (vocals, guitar), Broncho made a name for themselves plying their brand of surfy garage punk around their home state before debuting with 2011’s Can’t Get Past the Lips (a swipe at fellow Oklahomans the Flaming Lips, perhaps), released on the now-defunct CQ Records. Now the Tulsa trio returns to the record store racks with Just Enough Hip To Be Woman (Dine Alone Records), which, according to the band bio, “certainly bears the hallmarks of their previous work—fuzzy, guitar driven rock—the production and energy of the record moves into decidedly sleeker and decidedly more new wave directions (think Cheap Trick meets the Drive soundtrack meets every great song from Fast Times at Ridgemont High meets the greatest after-hours party you’ve never been to).”

See the band play the album’s “Class Historian” on Austin radio station KUXT last November here:



Broncho will perform at BSP Lounge in Kingston on January 27 at 8pm. Earl Boykins and Dreamers open. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. For more information, call (845) 481-5158 or visit http://bspkingston.com/.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

I Pole Danced for Fitness. Really.

Posted By on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 9:00 AM

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As two fellow students and I get ready for class at Studio 9 in Kingston, a few nervous laughs escape our lips. We chuckle about the men who would love to be named as emergency contacts on the waiver forms that we're asked to fill out before we begin. Because this isn't just your ordinary fitness class - this is pole dancing fitness class.

We're dressed in comfy leggings and tops - clothes that will stay on for the entirety of class, mind you. When we get down on the floor to stretch, it feels like any other athletic warmup. But not for long. Soon Sarah Jacoby - our teacher and Studio 9's owner - asks us to take our place at one of four poles that are bolted from floor to ceiling in the small room. For the next hour this pole, silent and reliable, will be our dance partner.

Nervous laughter turns into smiling comfort as Jacoby teaches us the moves - the fireman spin, the peep show, the show boat. We learn to hook a thigh around the pole, twirl, and slide down; then we link the moves together in a choreographed dance. Music and colored lights help us shimmy off our inhibitions.

I had no idea that pole dancing called up so much artistry and flair, along with strength, flexibility, and sheer, brazen confidence. Even if I'm not a natural at pole (you won't catch me spinning sideways in a split anytime soon), I leave feeling sexy, happy, and strong.

"It's a head-to-toe workout," Jacoby tells me over tea after class at the El Salvadoran restaurant downstairs. Now in three locations throughout the Hudson Valley - Middletown, Poughkeepsie, and Kingston - Studio 9 is gaining traction among a small but growing fitness pole community.

As both exercise and art, pole dancing is shaking off its erotic stigma. Originally designed to titillate men, "it's being reclaimed as a form of empowering women," says Jacoby, who has seen women of all ages, shapes, and sizes gain a newfound confidence from her classes.

One of the best parts of my pole experience is telling friends about it over the next few days. All of them respond with wide-eyed curiosity and an unmistakable hint of longing. "You mean, I could do that, here in the Hudson Valley?" they ask. Yes, ma'am. If I could do it, you could too.

DETAILS:
Studio 9
3 Field Court, Kingston NY
101 Monhagen Avenue, Middletown NY
235 South Ave, 2nd Floor, Poughkeepsie NY
info@dancestudio9.com
Tel: 845.866.POLE

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Debut Album by Newburgh's Decora Set to Drop

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Decora
  • Decora

In August 2010, when I profiled Hudson Valley hip-hop crew ReadNex Poetry Squad for Chronogram, I found their intense focus and seriousness of purpose concerning social change greatly inspiring. The group has been inactive collectively these last few years, its members pursuing other artistic and community-oriented projects. Most visibly active has been Decora, one of ReadNex’s four MCs, who is readying his solo debut, Bread and Oats, for release next month.

Recently, Decora released a single from the album, “Flowers.” The tune pays tribute to his late hero and mentor Pete Seeger, referencing the folksinger’s classic “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” in the chorus as the verses offer rapid-fire commentary on our current sociological and environmental situations. “[The track] comes from the perspective of a younger generation in hopes of reaching all generations and making the world a better place,” explains Decora. “Which is something Pete mastered so well.”

Check it:


Bread and Oats is out in February. For more information, visit ‪http://www.Iamdecora.com


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Monday, January 19, 2015

It’s a Winter Wonderland When You Get Out There

Posted By on Mon, Jan 19, 2015 at 9:00 AM

The bigger sledding dip at Cornell Park in Kingston - HILLARY HARVEY
  • Hillary Harvey
  • The bigger sledding dip at Cornell Park in Kingston

Baby, it's cold outside. But when you throw on some snowpants (parents included) and get out there and revel, it can be a winter wonderland. And there are some nifty places to do it.

Bear Mountain State Park doesn’t just have amazing hiking trails, scenic views and Octoberfest. There’s also a picturesque outdoor ice skating rink with public skate times. Morning sessions on Mondays and Tuesdays are great for homeschoolers and preschoolers, and the Friday night session is popular with middle schoolers and teens. You can even sharpen your skates for just $5. For double the fun, go on the weekend when the nearby carousel is open. Call the rink before you go (it’s weather-permitting), and check the website for pricing and additional holiday times. Weekend parking is $8, or free with the Empire Pass. Lockers and vending machines are available at the rink and there’s a snack bar at the carousel. Carousel is open weekends and some holidays; $1 per person.

Hunter Mountain has lots of ways to introduce the kids to skiing. There’s an all-day or half-day PlayCare option where kids ages 2-6 can play games, hear stories and do crafts in a caring environment while the more experienced skiiers in the family hit the slopes. Registered three-year-olds can opt for a private ski lesson while at PlayCare for an additional $40. There’s also beginning ski instruction at the All Day Ski and Play Program, where 4-6 year-olds, who aren’t ready for all-day lessons, can alternate between group instruction and free play in the PlayCare. It’s $130 and includes equipment rental, a lift ticket, and up to 9 hours of childcare. Pre-registration is required.

Families with kids who have physical and developmental impairments can go skiing, too. Two mountains offer adaptive ski programs where children (and adults) with disabilities have different options for private lessons with various adaptations for physical impairments (including sight) and developmental disabilities. It’s for all levels of ski experience. Bellayre Mountain’s Adaptive Snowsports Program runs seven days a week during the season. Windham Mountain’s Adaptive Sports Foundation is the largest of its kind on the East Coast and offers half- and full-day options. (Keep the latter in mind for summer sports, too.) Using the adaptations and one-on-one guidance from caring instructors and volunteers, kids can learn to maneuver with the equipment to experience that mountain thrill.

Of course, there's also always the ever-available, always-local and free outdoor adventure option: sledding! Let's start a sled hill resource list right here. My family loves Cornell Park in Kingston. The first of the double-dip hill is great for littles, and the bigger second dip is exciting for older kids.

Where do you go sledding?
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Friday, January 16, 2015

Midge Ure Rocks Orange County

Posted By on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Midge Ure
  • Midge Ure

While many larger local venues have closed down for the colder months, the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center has been ramping up the live music events. Recently, the Orange County hall announced dates by rock legend Leon Russell (February 14) and others. One of those others is Scottish rocker Midge Ure, who plays a solo acoustic show at the center on February 28.

Ure is one of those Zelig/Forrest Gump figures of rock lore, an artist who seems to pop at pivotal times before flitting away before anyone can get a serious bead on him. After first appearing in teenage UK bubble-glam hitmakers Slik, he makes an underrated one-off single with punk unit PVC2 (1977’s “Put You in the Picture”) before joining ex-Sex Pistol Glen Matlock’s short-lived Rich Kids. From there, he forms New Romantic staples Visage, tours and records with Thin Lizzy, signs up with new wavers Ultravox, and co-writes the 1984 Band Aid hit “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” with Bob Geldof. (Like Gedof, Ure has been bestowed with an esteemed title in his homeland; that of an OBE, or Order of the British Empire.)

This video shows Ure singing Visage’s “Fade to Grey” on Irish TV last year:


Midge Ure will perform at the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center in Sugar Loaf, New York, on February 28 at 8pm. Tickets are $22. For more information, call (845) 610-5900 or visit http://www.sugarloafpac.org/.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Woodstock's Amy Helm Holds Album Campaign

Posted By on Tue, Jan 13, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Amy Helm
  • Amy Helm

The good news this week is that Amy Helm’s long-awaited debut solo album is nearing completion and due out this spring. To cover the costs of its release, the Woodstock-area singer is currently running a crowd funding campaign via her website that offers pledgers some enticing album-oriented premiums—everything from straight-up pre-orders of the CD ($15) all the way up to private concerts by Helm and her group ($7,500).

Begun four years ago, the self-titled set features the sometime Ollabelle singer backed by a cast of outstanding musicians that includes her band the Handsome Strangers. The album also features some of the final recorded performances by her legendary father Levon Helm. Amy cites the late Band drummer and vocalist as “the anchor” of the project, and states that besides playing on the tracks he was instrumental in advising her and helping to select the material.

Here’s Amy Helm and the Handsome Strangers playing the classic “Long Black Veil” at Mountain Jam in Hunter in 2013:

For more information on the album-funding campaign, visit http://www.amyhelm.com/#top.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

The Paul Green Rock Academy Presents A Tribute to Radiohead and Best of Season Shows

Posted By on Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 9:00 AM

PHIL MANSFIED
  • Phil Mansfied

When advanced students from the Paul Green Rock Academy took the stage this time last year, the 300+ seats at the Woodstock Playhouse theater was over-filled. Frank Zappa fans, who go to all the tribute shows, said The Paul Green Rock Academy Presents: The Music of Frank Zappa show was as good as any they’d seen.

“We don’t want to do recitals. We want to do concerts,” says Paul Green, the director and namesake of the Rock Academy. They put on 4-5 shows per season, all at real rock venues like Utopia Soundstage at Radio Woodstock and Levon Helm Studios. Performances at the Playhouse are their "professional" concerts, showcasing senior students, as well as new students committed to do the hard work, and this January 16th and 17th, they’ll be back to play A Tribute to Radiohead at 7pm.

The lead-up to each concert is the Rock Academy's season, and there are three of them each year. With over 100 currently-enrolled students and a teaching staff of 9 professional musicians, including Aaron Freeman of Ween and celebrated local, Simi Stone, each season consists of weekly one-on-one lessons, group rehearsals and access to rehearsal space and equipment. In between shows, they’re working on musical theory, the value of hard work, and teamwork within a creative environment, and it translates into the performances. “The shows are to teach the fundamentals,” says Green. “Not instead of.”

The Rock Academy has a great track record for quickly getting kids to play music well. Regardless of experience, Green says, “Any kid, age 8-18, can walk in the door and be ready for a show, if they’re willing to practice. You can feel good about yourself in 10 weeks, and then it’s a lifetime of mastering.”

At $300/month, each season is a $1200 commitment, and performers are also expected to sell tickets for their shows, to learn how to promote their art. Growing up in a single-parent home, that’s not something Green himself could have afforded to do as a child. So the Rock Academy gives away more in scholarships than they take in. Of their student body, at least a third are on scholarship, and of those, at least a third are on full scholarship.

At the close of every season, there’s a Best Of Season show at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, this year held on January 31st at 7pm. Featuring the top 4-5 songs per show that season, it celebrates those students (all of whom perform) and feeds the scholarship program. Between ticket sales and the raffle (this year, they’ve got a $1000 Bob Dylan package including signed Elliot Landy photos and a rare edition of Dylan lyrics), the Best of Season show is their big fundraiser.

If you’ve been itching to re-live your old concert-going days and share that passion for live music with the kids without having to deal with the spilled beer and cursing crowds, the Rock Academy shows are great for that. Aside from helping a bunch of music-loving kids get their start, it’s also a chance to witness small triumphs. Green tells his students, “Try getting over your fear and laziness for three months, and see how loud people will clap for you.” And that’s what audiences come to the concerts to see. “Kids have so much to say, and nowhere to say it. Here, we stick a bass in their hand or a mic in their face, and it gets them out of their shell a little bit,” Green continues. “Emily the Shy Girl becomes Emily the Bassist. That’s a big shift. It’s magical.” Seeing something unexpected is what makes the shows special.

A Tribute to Radiohead plays January 16th & 17th at 7pm at the Woodstock Playhouse. General admission is $20. Or get your tickets free at Chronogram's ticket give-away! Doors open at 6:15pm. Best of Season (celebrating the Fall 2014 season) is January 31st at 7pm at The Bearsville Theater in Woodstock.
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