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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Jeff "Siege" Siegel Celebrates New Album in Rosendale

Posted By on Thu, Dec 29, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Jeff Siege Siegel
  • Jeff "Siege" Siegel

Jeff “Siege” Siegel just might be the hardest-working jazz drummer in the Hudson Valley. He always seems to be playing somewhere in the region. And for much of last year he was hard at work not only on the stage but in the studio as well, crafting his quartet's new album King of Xhosa (Artist Recording Collective), whose arrival will be unveiled on January 17 and heralded with a record release show at the Rosendale Cafe on January 21.

Also a composer and music educator, Siegel has performed with Sir Roland Hanna, Ron Carter, Kenny Burrell, Jack DeJohnette, Benny Golson, Frank Foster, Sheila Jordan, Helen Merrill, Mose Allison, Dave Douglas, Lee Shaw, and numerous other jazz giants. King of Xhosa, the third album studio album by Siegel’s quartet, fuses straight-ahead post-bop with deeply spiritual South African stylings. Collaborating with the leader on the recording are South African trumpet master Feya Faku saxophonist Erica Lindsay, pianist Francesca Tanksley, bassist Rich Syracuse, and percussionist Fred Berryhill.

This clip from the session shows the recording of the track “Prayer”:

The Jeff “Siege” Siegel Quartet will perform at the Rosendale Cafe in Rosendale, New York, on January 21 at 8pm. For ticket price and more information, call (845) 658-9048 or visit http://rosendalecafe.com/.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Alejandro Escovedo Brings All-Star Band to Hudson

Posted By on Tue, Dec 27, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Alejandro Escovedo
  • Alejandro Escovedo

Alejandro Escovedo’s visits to the region are always notable events, but his return to Club Helsinki on January 6 is extra worthy of your attention. Why? Well just check out the all-star band that’s accompanying him: The Minus 5, which includes Peter Buck of R.E.M., Scott McCaughey of the Young Fresh Fellows, Kurt Block of the Fastbacks, and Linda Pitmon of the Baseball Project.

Though born in and strongly identified his present home state of Texas, singer-songwriter Escovedo initially made his name on the West Coast in the late 1970s as the guitarist of San Francisco punk forbears the Nuns. He returned to the Lone Star state in 1981 to cofound cowpunk pioneers Rank and File, and next formed the similarly rootsy True Believers with his brother, Zeros guitarist Javier Escovedo (Alejandro and Javier are the uncles of singer/percussionist Shiela E; their older brothers, percussionists Pete and Coke Escovedo, played in Santana). Alejandro went solo in the early 1990s and, in and around a hepatitis-C scare that engendered a star-studded benefit album to assist with his steep medical bills, has been cultivating a deep catalog of acclaimed albums. (No Depression named him Artist of the Decade in the 1990s). His newest effort is 2016’s Burn Something Beautiful (Fantasy Records), which was co-produced by Buck and McCaughey.

Here’s Escovedo performing the Burn Something Beautiful track “Farewell to the Good Times”:

Alejandro Escovedo and the Burn Something Beautiful Band will appear at Club Helsinki in Hudson, New York, on January 6 at 9pm. The Minus 5 will open. Tickets are $25 and $30. For more information, call (518) 828-4000 or visit https://helsinkihudson.com/.

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Pennings' 3rd Annual New Year's Eve Keg Drop

Posted By on Tue, Dec 27, 2016 at 9:00 AM


Pennings Farm in Warwick is hosting their New Year’s Eve celebration… With a cylinder-shaped twist. From December 31st from 9pm to 1am, the bar will hold an evening of rip roaring celebration to ring in the new year (for a full list of celebrations, check out Chronogram's New Year's Eve Event Guide).

It may be a bit too chilly to go out and enjoy their 100-acre apple orchard, but the party will rock all night with live music by the Black Dirt Bandits. This band of brothers will play a mix of southern and classic rock, including covers from Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line, Johnny Cash, and some originals.

The Black Dirt Bandits
  • The Black Dirt Bandits

Hungry after dancing?The pub and grill will be serving a late night buffet of bar snacks to compliment Pennings’ selection of American craft beer, wine, and cider. A photo booth will be set up, and guests are encouraged to post their pictures on social media with the hashtag #penningsfarmnyekegdrop. Party accessories will be provided to guests for pictures.

This all leads up to the big event. The ball drop. Actually… The keg drop. Remember that cylinder-shaped twist? Pennings will have their countdown to the drop of a lit-up silver keg. Free champagne or hard cider, courtesy of the new Pennings Farm hard cidery, toast with the keg drop countdown.

Tickets are $15. For more info call (845) 986-1059 or visit their website. Pennings Farm Market, 161 South Route 94, Warwick.

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Encourage Creative Thinking with Contemporary Art

Posted By on Mon, Dec 26, 2016 at 9:00 AM

  • Courtesty of the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Connecticut would love to be your go-to place when school is out. They offer Afternoon Studios to inspire little artists in creative thinking. With open-ended projects hosted at the Museum’s Education Center, the focus is process-based rather than product-based, so kids can explore, experiment, and let the results go. And you don’t necessarily have to carry around a finished work of art the rest of the day. Most of the 2-hour workshops are inspired by the art on exhibit in the museum, providing a family-friendly way to view art and ideas. No pre-registration required, and it’s free with Museum admission.

The Aldrich is dedicated to fostering the work of innovative artists. The independent, non-collecting museum is the only one in Connecticut devoted to contemporary art. As part of their mission to connect today’s artists with communities, the Aldrich offers all types of programming for kids and families. Young Artist Happenings for middle- and high-school students include expert talks, trips to artist studios, and portfolio programs to prepare for art school or the artist’s life. There’s also an afterschool program for grades 1-6, summer camp, school field trips, homeschooler series, teacher professional development, plus free family workshops every third Saturday from 10a-3p.

Afternoon Studios programs are running twice during winter break and again in January and February during the three-day weekend holidays. The gallery educator-led workshops for caregivers and children run from 2-4p, and are great for families with kids of all ages. Try patterned printing on December 26th; create a work of art inspired by the future on December 29th; make art that glows in the dark on January 16th; and design a penny with your own silhouette on February 20th. Before and after the workshop, explore the museum’s current exhibitions - Polaroid photography, light installation, a sculpture garden, and a camera obscura.

Family Programming at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum at 258 Main Street in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Open most days from 10a-5p except Sundays, from noon to 5p, and closed Tuesdays. Adults $10; seniors and college students $5; children under the age of 18 and K-12 teachers free. Free parking. Visit their website for more details.
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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Hank and the Skinny 3 to Tear it Up in Newburgh

Posted By on Thu, Dec 22, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Hank and the Skinny 3
  • Hank and the Skinny 3

The Wherehouse is one of the vital venues that’s doing Newburgh proud, bringing in adventurous art and music that’s helping greatly with the city’s ongoing cultural renaissance. Concerning the latter medium, this Friday night the bar and vegetarian-friendly cafe welcomes to its cozy stage the Croton-on-Hudson outfit Hank and the Skinny 3.

Led by guitarist/vocalist Michael O’Neill, once of ’80s New York scum rockers the Honeymoon Killers and Minneapolis power trio Bad Thing, Hank and the Skinny 3 kick out melodic, soulful, roots-tinged garage rock. For this gig, O’Neill promises some retooled holiday classics and new originals.

Dig 2014’s bittersweet “Everywhere I Go”:

Hank and the Skinny 3 will perform at the Wherehouse in Newburgh, New York, on December 23 at 9pm. Admission is free. For more information, call (845) 561-7240 or visit https://www.facebook.com/THE-WHEREHOUSE-83206957085/.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Hudson Valley Trumpeter Chris Pasin Offers Holiday Tracks

Posted By on Tue, Dec 20, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Chris Pasin
  • Chris Pasin

When Ron Hart favorably reviewed Chris Pasin’s Random Acts of Kindness in the March issue of Chronogram, I couldn’t help thinking how the CD cover’s snow scene really crystalized the desolate-but-somehow-soothing nature of a Hudson Valley winter. Well, it seems the season is still on the mind of the bold-toned upstate trumpeter, as he recently released three specially recorded, download-only, holiday-themed tracks.

Raised in Chicago, Pasin performed at the Village Vanguard with the George Russell Big Band in the 1970s and the Buddy Rich Band in the early 1980s, backing up Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughan, Mel Torme, Ray Charles, and Nancy Wilson with the latter. Afterward, he played with the Toshiko Akioshi/Lew Tabackin big band, Brother Jack McDuff, Machito, and others.

His new holiday sessions find him joined by local greats Jeff “Siege” Siegel (drums), Ira Coleman (bass), Armen Donelian (piano), Peter Einhorn (guitar), Rich Syracuse (bass), and Patricia Dalton Fennel (vocal) and include versions of “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and this one, “We Three Kings”:

All three tracks are available as mp3 downloads from iTunes, CDBaby, and http://chrispasin.com/.

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Winter Break Programming Round-up

Posted By on Mon, Dec 19, 2016 at 9:00 AM

The Mastodon Diorama in Native Peoples of New York Hall at the New York State Museum
  • The Mastodon Diorama in Native Peoples of New York Hall at the New York State Museum

Winter break is upon us, and it's the perfect opportunity to explore. With programming in and around the Hudson Valley, you can spend time together and apart during the last week of 2016.

The New York State Museum in Albany is hosting free Holiday School Vacation Week Programs that are great for all ages. And the theme is appropriately the Ice Age. From Tuesday, December 27th, through Saturday, December 31st, the Museum will provide science and art programming every afternoon for families. A NOVA film depicts a race between developers in the Rocky Mountains and archaeologists who uncover a unique fossil site. A Pleistocene Exploration Station lets kids hold the giant teeth of mastodons and mammoths. An inflatable planetarium will present a guided tour of the winter sky’s constellations. Mixed media craft projects highlight three-dimensional paper folding and magnet-making. On New Year’s Eve, there’s a party and 3p countdown in the Huxley Theater. For the full schedule and program times, visit their website. And remember, admission to the Museum is always suggested donation.

The Little Gym of Kingston is hosting drop-off Holiday Break Camps for kids ages 3-10.  There’s a special Christmas Eve Camp, and Camps that run from Monday, December 26th through Friday, December 30th. Choose the full day camp from 9a-4p, or opt for a mini-camp in either the morning or afternoon session. Each camp day has a different theme, including a pajama party and a New Year’s Beach Bash, and combine fun physical activity, games, and arts & crafts. Half days are $32 per child for members, $38 for non-members. Full days are $52 per child for members, $62 for non-members. Ask about the 20% sibling discount. Call 845-382-1020 to book a spot. And visit their website for more info.

Poughkidsie in Poughkeepsie is open daily from 10a-5p during the final week of 2016. And on Friday, December 30th, and Saturday, December 31st, there’s a special Time Capsule workshop. It’s an opportunity for families to reflect on 2016 and preserve memories before jumping into 2017. It’s $25 per family for members, $35 for non-members. View their website for more info and to buy tickets.

Don’t miss the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum’s biggest party of the year, New Year’s @ Noon. This Poughkeepsie staple celebrates with music, dancing, and a special surprise every hour as they count down to noon. Buy tickets in advance, as it'll likely sell out. It’s $10 per person for MHCM members, $14 per person for non-members. Go to their website.

And don’t forget! The Bronx Zoo, which is super easy to get to from upstate and has all-day parking for low rates (free for members), is pay-what-you-wish every Wednesday. The winter is a nice time of year to bundle up and visit, too. You’ll miss the crowds, enjoy winter animals in their elements, and can warm up in indoor and heated animal habitats, like Madagascar and the Butterfly Conservatory. Go to their website to learn more.
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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Stockade Works Receives CFA Funding

Posted By on Thu, Dec 15, 2016 at 9:00 AM


Looking forward to seeing more celebrities around Kingston, with the added bonus of some economic development? Stockade Works has just obtained a million dollar grant from the State of New York.

Led by founder and actress Mary Stuart Masterson (Some Kind of Wonderful, Betty & Joon, Fried Green Tomatoes), Stockade Works is a state of the art film and technology plan for Kingston’s mid-town Arts District. A 70,000 square foot factory in Kingston will get a makeover into a new film, television, and postproduction studio.

Stockade Works have partnered with RUPCO, a Kingston-based non-for-profit that helps create sustainable housing and rentals in the Hudson Valley, for the project.

As a part of their “Make Local Work” motto, they are planning on including a variety of events and local talent to be conducted in an all new, state-of-the-art space.

Film production will be a large part of the project, which includes installing technologically advanced sound stages. Other perks for bringing happenings to the area are in the works, including a space for budding entrepreneurs. Education and workshops in media technology will be available onsite, as will an entire community event space devoted to live music, film screenings, theatre productions, and panels.

The building will be redone and built using sustainable, green building techniques, and is expected to produce up to 2,000 jobs in its first three years. Crew, talent, tech developers, and creativity are all wanted.

Though they received a million dollar grant from the state, Stockade Works are still working their way toward a multi-million dollar goal in fundraising. Check out their website for more information. There will be a holiday launch benefit for Stockade Works on December 17 from 6-9 pm in Kingston. Tickets are $75.

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Troy's Sean Rowe Unveils New Video

Posted By on Thu, Dec 15, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Sean Rowe

Any lover of powerfully moving music should count themselves lucky to be living in the age of Sean Rowe, who, readers may remember, I profiled for Chronogram back in 2011. With his sweetly dark songs and robustly deep baritone he’s won comparisons to Johnny Cash and Leonard Cohen, and, now that both of those masters have passed on, Rowe is one of the few artists who seems remotely capable of filling their shoes. Only time will tell, of course. But in the interim, the Capital Region-based singer-songwriter has just released a new video for the track “To Leave Something Behind.”

Originally released as a seven-inch single in 2013, the song found a renewed life and a wider audience via the Ben Alleck film The Accountant. “I suppose the subject matter of the song is emotionally charged and represents a sentiment that other people can relate to,” Rowe says. “There’s a desperation to the times that we’re living in and I was trying to reflect that in the song through my own experience of raising a family and trying to navigate the right moves.”

Here it is:

More information about Sean Rowe is available at http://www.seanrowe.net/.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

SUNY Ulster Presents Tuba Christmas Concert

Posted By on Tue, Dec 13, 2016 at 9:00 AM


So far, this December hasn’t seen enough snow to make it look like the picture-perfect holiday season (I’m writing this a few days before its Tuesday posting), but of course the holiday music events are happening out there nevertheless.

Earlier this month, SUNY Ulster’s music department started a seasonal run of classical and jazz concerts by its students and faculty. The series culminates on Saturday with an intriguingly titled offering: “Tuba Christmas,” at which attendees are being encouraged to join as a participant or audience member. (Participating musicians can register at noon, rehearse at 1pm, and perform with the ensemble at 3pm.) The program will see tuba and euphonium players of all ages performing traditional Christmas music from around the world.

I’m not sure if the SUNY campus will hold quite as many tubists as there are in this similarly themed event that happened three years ago in Akron, Ohio. But at least this video might give you an idea of what this Saturday’s concert could be like:

“Tuba Christmas” will take place December 17 at 3pm in Clinton Hall of the Ulster Savings Bank Community Conference Center on the campus of SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge. The event is free. For more information, call (845) 687-5262 or visit http://www.sunyulster.edu/.

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