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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Sarah Kilborne Gives Hudson 'The Lavender Blues'

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Sarah Kilborne
  • Jane O'Connor
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You wouldn’t necessarily know it from mainstream early 20th century culture, but many of the most important musical figures of the era were gay, bisexual, or transgender—and some of them even sang about being “in the life.” “The Lavender Blues,” a show by Sarah Kilborne that examines this rich, secret legacy, will come to Club Helsinki next month.

Kilborne is an author, performance artist and LGBTQ activist who has appeared on television and radio and writes for Slate, the Huffington Post, the Advocate, and other outlets. Subtitled “A Showcase of Queer Music Before World War II,” her cabaret program combines music with theater, history and dance, was conceived and written by Kilborne. The show includes songs from a variety of genres including blues, early jazz, ballads, and pop.

Here’s one of them, a version of Ma Rainey’s “Prove it on Me Blues”:

“The Lavender Blues: A Showcase of Queer Music Before World War II” featuring Sarah Kilborne will run at Club Helsinki in Hudson on January 22 at 8pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 day of show. For more information, call (518) 828-4800 or visit http://helsinkihudson.com/index.html.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Ray Blue Honors Martin Luther King in Beacon

Posted By on Tue, Dec 29, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Ray Blue
  • Ray Blue

A few years back, New York-bred saxophonist Ray Blue celebrated the music of Ray Charles as part of a revue that toured Europe. On January 18, Blue’s trio will celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King in a special performance at Quinn’s.

Blue’s web bio describes his music as “a fusion of straight-ahead jazz and African groove.” A composer as well as an educator, over the years he’s worked and appeared with John Gilmore, Dr. Art Davis, Benny Powell, Kirk Lightsey, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Patience Higgins, Reuben Wilson, Danny Mixon, Wycliffe Gordon, Steve Turre, Belden Bullock, Ted Curson, the Sun Ra Arkestra, and other luminaries.

Dig this video of Blue and trio live in Paris in 2011:

The Ray Blue Trio will perform a tribute to Martin Luther King at Quinn’s in Beacon, New York, on January 16 at 8pm. $10 suggested donation. For more information, call (845) 202-7447 or visit https://www.facebook.com/QuinnsBeacon/.

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

New Paltz Effort Helps Syrian Refugees

Posted By and on Sun, Dec 27, 2015 at 12:21 PM

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That old baby carrier that left your hands free while keeping your infant close? It could help the plight of a Syrian refugee family, possibly savings lives along the way.

New Paltz shop owner Donna Bruschi has started a local effort to collect and donate used baby carriers for Syrian refugees in Greece, where many families begin their long journey on foot to a new life in a new country. Bruschi's initiative is part of the Carry the Future humanitarian effort started by California mom Cristal Munoz-Logothetis; so far, Bruschi has collected more than 16 baby carriers to be sent to a refugee center in Greece.

“It’s natural that New Paltz should help, as our town was founded by Huguenot refugees driven from their homes by religious and political strife," says Bruschi. “This is a great way to extend what we do in our own community to help moms and families half a world away and in dire need."

The Carry the Future campaign began this past September with the goal of sending 100 baby carriers. To date they have sent more than 7,000, all through the efforts of grassroots volunteers.

To donate your used baby carrier, contact Donna Bruschi at New Baby New World, via email at newbabynewworld@yahoo.com, or by calling 845-255-9200.

Or contact Carry the Future directly.

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Friday, December 25, 2015

Rockabilly Returns to Rosendale with Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones

Posted By on Fri, Dec 25, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones
  • Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones

Few Hudson Valley bands work it quite so hard as Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones. Not content to wear an ever-deepening rut around the same local loop, the Kingston-based outfit is on the road much of the year, bringing their snappy rockabilly cocktail to clubs and car shows around the country. But of course when winter sets in so do most bands, who opt to keep it close to home until the spring—who wants to risk breaking down in the cold and snow? Thus, Hope and crew will be rocking it right in their back yard at the Rosendale Café on January 9.

Formed in 2012, the foursome features Hope on lead vocals and guitar, Matt “the Knife” Goldpaugh on upright bass, Dave Tetreault on drums, and Chris Heitzman on lead guitar.

Here’s the band in the same town for another occasion, last summer’s Rosendale Street Festival:

Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones will perform at the Rosendale Café in Rosendale, New York, on January 9 at 8pm. Admission is $10. For more information, call (845) 658-9048 or visit http://www.rosendalecafe.com/.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Albany's Last Conspirators Plan Album Release

Posted By on Tue, Dec 22, 2015 at 9:00 AM

The Last Conspirators
  • The Last Conspirators

With a spirit that’s inspiringly unbowed, Albany-area punk band the Last Conspirators solider on. Next month, the quartet will release its fourth album, Hold That Thought Forever, on the group’s own Driving Rain Music imprint.

Led by veteran vocalist Tim Livingston, who blazed a path on the late 1970s/early 1980s Capital Region scene as the front man of the Morons, the Last Conspirators have largely focused on political concerns in their lyrics. But this time out things are different, according to the band. Instead of once again addressing themes of protest and world issues, Hold That Thought Forever sees the group serving up “11 new songs expressing the painful pleasure of redemption through the passionate desire of love.”

Here are the Last Conspirators at the Rosendale Street Festival last summer:

Hold That Thought Forever is out January 8 on CD and download via Driving Rain Music. For more information, visit http://www.lastconspirators.com/.

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A Last-Minute Holiday Gift with a Lot of Heart

Posted By on Tue, Dec 22, 2015 at 4:00 AM


Some of their teachers moo.

Some of their therapists cluck.

And some of their best friends say nothing at all.

Green Chimneys, a special education school and residential treatment center in Putnam County, New York celebrates a nearly 70-year tradition of helping children and animals. Through innovative animal-assisted therapies and educational activities, children who are struggling with a variety of social and emotional challenges related to anxiety, depression, autism, ADHD and PTSD, to name a few, gain confidence and skills to last a lifetime. And for animals, many of whom are rehomed or rescued, find a loving home at Green Chimneys.

Year after year, animals at Green Chimneys play a vital role in the education and treatment of over 240 students from all over New York State. From weekly chores and lessons in animal care and wildlife rehabilitation to animal-assisted therapy, the animals, along with expert staff (teachers, clinicians, animal caretakers), help children better understand themselves and one another. Animals are unique in their ability to provide a mirror to a child’s actions in ways that are easily understood by the child and are honest, without judgment. This is especially important for students with special needs who often have difficulty relating to others, reading social cues and communicating.

Meet Paddy, a Jersey cow whose gentle nature enables the fragile children at Green Chimneys to groom and walk him. And students know well that wherever Paddy goes, miniature Jersey cow Bella is sure to follow. Paddy’s friendship with Bella is a great model for their students, especially with those who struggle with making connections of their own.

This holiday season, the nonprofit is raising funds to help provide food, veterinary care, shelter, and more for their 200+ farm animals and unreleasable wildlife – the very beings who offer so much to children with special needs. Paddy and others (a horse, llama, goat, a pair of camels and more) are available for sponsorship. Starting at $25, sponsorships can be purchased online and sent as a gift or directly to you. Each gift recipient receives a special card featuring a photograph and brief bio of the animal. For details: www.greenchimneys.org/sponsor

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Gustafer Yellowgold’s Grammy Nomination

Posted By on Mon, Dec 21, 2015 at 9:00 AM

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It’s in Morgan Taylor’s nature to write catchy pop songs. Blend that with a passion for art and humor, and Kingston-based Taylor happened upon a lucky formula. In his multi-media creation, Gustafer Yellowgold (a guy from the sun who landed in the Minnesota woods) lives out totally relatable adventures to family-friendly tunes. “I didn’t know it was going to be for children,” he says. “But that’s why people reacted to it so strongly when we put out the first album.” So Taylor stays the course while also experimenting and pushing boundaries. Recently, that landed the new album, Dark Pie Concerns, with a Grammy nomination for Best Children’s Album.

When a reviewer, in an otherwise positive review, remarked that there was a lot of food wasted by Gustafer, Taylor was struck by that idea. “I thought that was funny because they’re colored pencil drawings of food,” Taylor laughs. “But that stuck with me. How far can I take the whole food thing?” A couple years ago, he teamed up with local producer, Dean Jones, to do Rock Mellon, a Gustafer single about a mischievous pet who lobs melon balls. Then followed Cakenstein (where Gustafer bakes a robot cake who turns out to have a surprising personality) and the beginnings of a new album. All ten songs on Dark Pie Concerns are about food, and the various ways we don’t eat it.

Produced in Rosendale, Dark Pie Concerns is the first album where Taylor worked with an outside producer. “Working at home is almost like a vacuum. Having someone to apply their taste and vibe to it, we got great results.” Jones knew that Taylor’s approach isn’t through the child filter. He’s working to create something that he can play to his heroes. Honored by the Grammy stamp of approval, Taylor says, “This is a game changer for an independent artist.” He’s especially jazzed by the idea that it might broaden his appeal. “I think there are a lot of Gustafer fans out there who don’t know they’re fans yet.”

To Taylor, Gustafer is more than a character. “He represents all aspects of my creative life and sound.” Taylor likes to think that Gustafer was nominated for the Grammy. “It takes the pressure off. Gustafer just has to be Gustafer; I just have to steer.”

Gustafer Yellowgold’s Dark Pie Concerns with ten hand-drawn, animated music videos, $20 at Gustafer’s website.

Don’t miss them at the Fourth Annual Winter Hoot, January 29th-31st, 2016.
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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Albany's Move Music Festival Open for Artist Submissions

Posted By on Thu, Dec 17, 2015 at 9:00 AM


Earlier this month, Albany’s Move Music Festival officially kicked off its search for bands, singer-songwriters, and other artists for its April 2016 festival.

The event, which is set for April 22-24, will celebrate its fifth anniversary of kicking off the Northeast spring/summer music festival season, has over the submissions since its 2011 founding. During the last four years, Move has featured such acts as the Wombats, Sean Rowe, Magic Man, Locksley, Young Magic, and Paranoid Social Club. The festival is known for its interactive round table discussions, in which musicians get to sit face-to-face with music industry VIPs and receive direct advice on ways to improve their careers. Past industry figures who have shared their knowledge with musicians include Bob Tulipan (former manager of PIL and the Psychedelic Furs), Decca label head Dave Novik, producers Tony Shimkim and Joe Blaney, reps from companies like BMI, ASCAP, Pledge Music, and MUSEBOX, and even yours truly.

Here's a promotional video:

For more information, visit http://www.movemusicfest.com/.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Hudson's Bobby Previte Stars on New Christmas Album

Posted By on Tue, Dec 15, 2015 at 9:00 AM


Holiday albums usually aren’t something I get excited about. Another version of “The Christmas Song”? Nah, thanks, but I’m good. I’ll stick with my Dangerhouse singles and this delicious lump of coal. But every few years, a seasonal release comes along that transcends the trappings of crappy Christmases past and begs a listen. And this epoch it’s Charlie Hunter and Bobby Previte’s We Two Kings.

Hunter is a guitarist’s guitarist, and one of the most critically applauded instrumentalists working today. Known for his ability to concurrently play rhythm, bass lines, and solos on his custom seven- and eight-string guitars, he made his name with Michael Franti’s Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy before concentrating on jazz and funk. Drummer and Hudson resident Bobby Previte, member of the Charlie Hunter Trio, has been revered as a composer and the leader of his own bands, as well as a collaborator of Tom Waits, John Zorn, and many more. Hunter and Previte have also worked together in the Coalition of the Willing. We Two Kings, which also features Charlie Hunter Trio trombonist Curtis Fowlkes, features revisitations of 12 Christmas carols that alternate between funky, rocking, and bluesy.

Dig this twanged-out surf take on “Joy to the World”:

We Two Kings is out now on Rank Hypocrisy Records. For more information, visit http://bobbyprevite.com/2015/12/01/we-two-kings-charlie-hunter-bobby-previte-christmas-album/.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Flying Deer Nature Center Programs

Posted By on Mon, Dec 14, 2015 at 9:00 AM

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Sometimes Devin Franklin, Director of Programs at Flying Deer Nature Center in New Lebanon, likes to pass around a flint and steel set and have each student light a small pile of thistle down. They count how many times they strike before a flame erupts. Then Franklin turns to the child with the most strikes and says, “Now you’re going to be the one who lights the big fire.” The group cheers that child on as s/he lights a pile of thistle inside a tipi of dry sticks and kindling. “I like seeing the look on that child’s face after accomplishing a thing like that,” Franklin says.

On Flying Deer Days with schools in New Lebanon, Chatham, Williamstown, and Pittsfield, educators from Flying Deer Nature Center offer a weekly nature immersion experience in which students spend the day exploring the natural landscape in an outdoor classroom. Through their homeschool, after school, weekend, and summer camp programs, they co-create exciting and educational cross-curricular experiences in nature.

And on December 28th and 29th, kids can join the Snowy Owl Vacation Camp for wintery fun like ice fishing, snow fort building, animal tracking, and general wild adventuring. “Our predominant formal educational system emphasizes cerebral, metric-based learning and de-emphasizes kinetic, creative, and play-based learning,” Franklin says. “Most of us have forgotten what it means to learn as a human being because we’ve forgotten the value of sitting still for five minutes beneath a tree.” At the vacation camp and in all of the Flying Deer programs, kids learn to wonder about the natural world and internalize new possibilities for themselves as they awaken to the joys of self-directed learning.

Snowy Owl Vacation Camp at Flying Deer Nature Center, 5 Abode Road, New Lebanon: December 28-29, 9a-3p, ages 7-12, $110. Check out their website to register and for more info.

Don’t miss the Hide Tanning Workshop, February 26th-28th, when adults and teens can learn the Paleolithic art of creating a beautiful, functional fabric using only natural methods. There are also more vacation camps for ages 7-12 in February in New Lebanon and Sheffield, Mass.
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After School Art Club with Dyani @ Cornell Creative Arts Center

After School Art Club with Dyani

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Basics of Charcoal Drawing Class

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