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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Rock n Roll Resort Returns to Kerhonkson

Posted By on Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 9:00 AM

The Nth Power
  • The Nth Power

As of last week, spring is official upon us once again. Before long, summer will be here and with it my annual summer concert festival round-up in our June issue. Today, as a season teaser, if you will, I come bearing news of a local fest-time warm-up that kicks of tomorrow and runs all weekend: the seventh return of Rock n Roll Resort.

Dubbed “Rock n Roll Resort v7: Feast of Fools” for this installment, the three-day, jam-band-leaning event promises performances by Pink Talking Fish, the Nth Power, Midnight North, Jen Durkin’s “Steal Your Funkin’ Birthday Blackout” featuring Doug Wimbish of Living Colour, Lespecial, Madaila, Hayley Jane and the Primates, the Primate Fiasco, Gang of Thieves, Beau Sasser Trio, Ben Silver (Orchard Lounge), Formula 5, Bearly Dead, Swift Technique , Tweed, Craig Brodhead (Turkuaz), and many more.

Here’s Pink Talking Fish, doin’ what they do:

“Rock n Roll Resort v7: Feast of Fools” will take place April 31 through May 2 at the Hudson Valley Resort in Kerhonkson. Weekend passes for all entertainment are $85; Friday-only passes are $48 and Saturday-only passes are $50. (Meals, beverages, and lodging not included.) A full weekend RV parking pass is $100. For the full lineup and schedule, room information and packages, additional artist announcements, activities, directions, and other event information, visit www.RocknRollResort.com or call (845) 626-8888.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Stephen Clair and the Pushbacks Play Marlboro

Posted By on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Stephen Clair & Co.
  • Stephen Clair & Co.

Beacon's Stephen Clair is well known around the region as the tirelessly guiding force behind the popular Beacon Music Factory, which teaches music to adults and kids via camps that concentrate on the songs of one or more influential acts. Clair is also a singer-songwriter in his own right, and his current band is set to perform at the Falcon Underground this Thursday.

The five-piece Stephen Clair and the Pushbacks include the leader on guitar and vocals, Brad Hubbard on baritone sax, Jay Nicholas on bass, Sarah Terrell on keyboards and vocals, and J. Why on drums and vocals. The project has a new album in the chamber for a spring release, and for the show will perform both older and brand-new songs by Clair.

Here, Clair and group play “Long Lost Friend”:

Stephen Clair and the Pushbacks donation is requested. For more information, call (845) 236-7970 or visit http://www.liveatthefalcon.com/.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Kite Flying with the WLC

Posted By on Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 9:00 AM


Where Zena Road meets Route 212 just outside the town of Woodstock, there’s a magnificent 22-acre open field with a sweeping view of Overlook Mountain. It's had some lives: agriculture, a drill field for militia in the War of 1812, and corn production for so long, it became known simply as The Cornfield. When it was listed for sale around 1989, it took the newly formed Woodstock Land Conservancy (WLC) just eight weeks to raise the more than the $160,000 needed to purchase it.

In 1987-88, a small group of Woodstockers formed the WLC in response to the inadequacy of local zoning laws to protect land under pressure from development. 550 people pledged anywhere from $99-$3000 each to the WLC, and rescued The Cornfield from the threat of suburban sprawl. Only the second property acquired at the time, its purchase put the WLC on the map and remains a signature asset for an organization that, in the past 25 years, has protected (both through acquisitions and easements) more than 1,000 acres of Woodstock. With mitigation to undo the harm done to the land from years of pesticide use, Zena Cornfield is now a healthy public preserve. And on Saturday, April 1st, it’s the ideal spot to bring the kids and fly a kite.

No joke–April is National Kite Month, according to two organizations dedicated to flying. They mark the first month of spring as the perfect symbol for the hope, potential, and joy inherent to kite flying. People will gather at Zena Cornfield around 10a to catch a breeze, and there’s a spring flower planting activity for kids planned. Native flower seeds, recyclable containers, potting soil, and some kites will be provided. It’s part of the First Saturdays on the Trail event series, which encourages visitors to explore WLC preserves with nature-themed happenings every month. As they write on their website, “We believe that it is the places we love most that bring us together as a community.”

Kite Flying with the Woodstock Land Conservancy at Zena Cornfield: Zena Road near Route 212; parking is available across the street from where Gitnick Road veers off from Zena Road (the same parking spot for Little Deep and Zach’s Waterfall); Saturday, April 1st, 10a-12p (Zena Cornfield is open dawn to dusk); free! Bring a kite, if you have one. There are no bathroom facilities and the park is carry in, carry out. Weather-related updates will be posted on their Facebook page.

Check out the WLC’s Thorn Preserve, which is just down Zena Road on John Joy Road. And don’t miss the WLC’s Vernal Fling fundraiser on May 27th!
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Friday, March 24, 2017

Tickets on sale for Spiegeltent 2017

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 4:00 AM

For the fourth year in a row, Tony-nominated performer, Mx. Justin Vivian Bond is set to host the return of Spiegeltent to the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, opening June 30 through August 19. Tickets are now available for this collection of cabaret, late night performers, and some of New York’s finest DJs. In terms of cabaret, some of the shows include: John Waters: This Filthy World, Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely, and Suzan-Lori Parks’ Sula and the Noise. Performers out of the Jazz Factory in Catskill will start with 1920s:Birth of the Big Band with Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks on July 13 and end with 1960s: Songs of Protest and Reconciliation with the Vuyo Sotashe Ensemble on August 10. In addition there will be five additional special events with a mix of stories, songs, swing, and more.

Some of the performances may contain nudity, and are for mature audiences only. Cabaret submission is restricted to those over 18 unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. No one under 21 is permitted during After Hours.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Beacon Singer's Music Benefits Autism Awareness

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 9:00 AM

  • Vievannessa

When I have the space to do it, it feels good to give a shout-out to a good cause here at the Daily Dose. This is one of those times: Beacon singer-songwriter Vievannessa recently released ECHO, a three-song digital EP whose sales will benefit autism advocacy efforts in the region.

“‘Beautiful Things’ was the title song of my EP that I released many years ago,” says Vievannessa about one of the tracks on offer. “It was inspired by the birth of my first son and the events of 9/11. Fifty percent of the proceeds from downloads of this and all my music will go to the Autism Society of the Hudson Valley. I feel the song is just as relevant today as it was almost 16 years ago, because of the current social and political climate.”

And here it is:

Vievannessa’s ECHO and other music is available for streaming and purchase at https://vievanessa.hearnow.com/.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Giacomo Gates Swings into Kingston on Thursday

Posted By on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Giacomo Gates
  • Giacomo Gates

Jazzstock promoters/musicians Teri Roiger and John Menegon's Jazz at the Senate Garage series continues this Thursday with an appearance by Giacomo Gates with the Don Miller Trio.

Gates is a cool-school classic jazz singer who’s renowned for his smoky timbre, aerobatic scatting, and instrument-imitating vocalese. A jazz educator in Connecticut, he studied with the great Sarah Vaughn and has released seven albums as a leader, the latest being 2015’s Everything is Cool. Kerhonkson bassist Miller has spent much of the last four decades performing, recording, and touring with such artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett, Ramsey Lewis, George Benson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lou Donaldson, Clark Terry, Nat Adderly, Larry Coryell, Mark Murphy, Freddy Cole, Slide Hampton, Frank Foster, David Amram, Dakota Staton, and literally too many others to list.

Here, Gates swings “Lady Be Good” live in 2013:

Giacomo Gates and the Don Miller Trio will perform at the Senate Garage in Kigston, New York, this Thursday at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15. Jazzstock shows take place at the venue every other Thursday of the month. For more information, call (914) 388-7357 or visit http://www.jazzstock.com/index/.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

The Moonlights Sunday Brunch

Posted By on Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Dean Jones and Rachel Loshak of The Moonlights
  • Dean Jones and Rachel Loshak of The Moonlights

There’s a symphony for dogs that the songwriter can’t hear, but that cats, mice, porpoises, bats, ferrets, and rats can. It’s goes high as the singers alternate in reaching the next higher note until you can’t help but smile or giggle. Many of the songs on The Moonlights debut album are fun and quirky like that. They're also a feat of gorgeous harmonies and beautiful lyrics about the natural world, some as soothing lullabyes. The Moonlights are making the rounds at a series of live performances, including two of the upcoming Sunday Brunch at the Falcon in Marlboro, where families can enjoy the complete experience–fine food, world-class music, and an unforgettable natural setting.

The idea to join the distinctive yet complimentary forces of Dean Jones and Rachel Loshak was inspired one winter night in 2016. Jones has been creating original children’s music for many years as a solo artist and with the band, Dog on Fleas. He’s also produced multiple Grammy Nominated albums in the Best Children’s category for artists like Frances England, Elizabeth Mitchell, Gustafer Yellowgold, and The Okee Dokee Brothers. Loshak is a singer/songwriter, performing original music for twenty years, and collaborating on projects with Norah Jones, Moby, Natalie Merchant, Chris Ballew, and others. She’s also worked with her partner, Morgan Taylor, to manage the Gustafer Yellowgold project through their label, Apple-Eye Productions. Together, Jones and Loshak have created a rich collection of striking and whimsical songs for the whole family.

The Falcon scene includes live music of all genres, gorgeous outdoor spaces, and New York-sourced food crafted by Chef James Cundiff. Situated above the Marlboro Falls, there’s a balcony for families who need a break or a bit of a romp in the fresh air. The Sunday Brunch features classics like French toast, eggs benedict, and tofu scramble, as well as lunch options like burgers and salads. The bar specializes in small-batch New York beers, ales, wines, and spirits, and the Sunday Brunch menu offers coffee and cocktails.

The Moonlights Live at the Falcon, 197 Old Post Road in Marlboro: Sunday Brunch at the Falcon on March 26th and April 23rd; both shows are from 10a-2p; music is suggested donation and all funds go directly to the main act; brunch menu available; reserve your table online; buy The Moonlights album at the show or online.
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Ultraam Unveils New Sounds Online

Posted By on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 9:00 AM

  • Ultraam

Last week, everyone’s Hudson Valley space-improv band, Ultraam, unveiled The A EP, the first of four digital-only EPs the group is releasing as the lead-up to next month’s drop of their full-length debut, The Pastures of Ultraam.

The instrumental outfit has been blowing minds since 2014 and features Mercury Rev’s Jeff Mercel and Grasshopper and their fellow veteran local players Matthew Cullen, Chris Turco, D. James Goodwin, Marc Ferraro, and Eli Walker. If you haven’t stepped inside the space oven at one of their too-infrequent area gigs, well, then, my friend, I’m afraid you’re nothing but a sad, ground-tethered Earth mortal.

Here’s the link to download The A EP, as well as the band’s forthcoming and earlier releases via Bandcamp:


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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Gilded Grower: Local Craft Brewery Tournament

Posted By on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Pennings Farm Market in Warwick is kicking off a new seven-week, bracket-style tournament for eight Orange County breweries to be held at their brewpub. Every Friday night starting on March 24 and ending on May 5, two breweries will go head to head, with locals tasting and voting for the better beer. The first four weeks will have the breweries competing bracket style with the fifth and sixth weeks being the semi finals and then the seventh week determining which brewery will be the first to win the Gilded Growler trophy.

The event will also have live entertainment from local bands and musicians starting on March 24 with In Living Cover. The rest of the performances are as follows: March 31 has Black Dirt Band Duo, April 7 has Nailed Shutt Acoustic, April 14 has Hudson Valley Bluegrass Express, April 21 has The Choice, April 28 has Wood Hippie, and May 5 is still to be announced.

Participating breweries are matched up as follows:





· April 21 and April 28: Semi Finals

· May 5: Final Taste Off and The Gilded Growler Trophy Presentation

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Baird Hersey and Prana Cut Protest Track

Posted By on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Baird Hersey
  • Baird Hersey

In the current issue of Chronogram, John Burdick reviews Chiaroscuro, the new release by Baird Hersey and Prana with guest percussionists Nexus:


Hersey, a Woodstocker and a NEA Composition Fellow, formed the harmonic singing group Prana in 2000 and has led the ensemble through four albums thus far. In response to the present and dangerous US political situation, he and the group have stepped out of their usual purely spiritual style to record “Stand Up!,” which Hersey describes as “ a song for resistance.”

“‘Stand Up!’ is meant to motivate, inspire, and uplift those who are resisting the present administration’s use of fear, hate, and division to subvert the Constitution and seize power from every American,” he says. The track features singers Hersey, Amy Fradon, Kirsti Gholson, Timothy Hill, and Bruce Milner and drummer Jerry Marotta.

Hear it hear:

Funds from the song's sales will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). It's available for download at CD Baby: https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/bairdherseyprana3.

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