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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Diana Krall Performs in Poughkeepsie Next Month

Posted By on Tue, May 30, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Diana Krall
  • Diana Krall

One wouldn't exactly call Diana Krall a “loud” artist—her medium is mainstream jazz, after all, not grindcore. But as the title of her newest album, Turn Up the Quiet, would have it, the new disc really puts the soft point on the singer’s subdued style. And on June 11, local Krall cravers will have their chance to bask in that style first hand when the diva performs at the Bardavon Theater.

A collection of 11 classic standards, Turn Up the Quiet arguably eclipses even 2009’s Quiet Nights for wee-small-hours friendliness via three modestly sized ensembles (a trio, a quartet, and a quintet).

Here’s the new disc’s hushed take on Cole Porter’s “Night and Day”:

Diana Krall will perform at the Bardavon Theater in Poughkeepie, New York, on June 11 at 7pm. Tickets are $108-$133. For more information, call (845) 473-2072 or visit http://www.bardavon.org/.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Newburgh is for Families

Posted By on Mon, May 29, 2017 at 9:00 AM


Sometimes an obstacle to revitalization simply comes down to overcoming a bad rep. While she could have been talking about any one of the Hudson Valley’s 19th and 20th century industrial epicenters turned urban decline, Elissa Garay wrote for Chronogram recently, “Newburgh's biggest hurdle has perhaps been its reputation, one of lurid notoriety for crime and grit—a rehashed narrative, as residents will tell you, that's more of a retelling than a reality at this point.” A surefire way to combat this dilemma is to invite people in to see for themselves what’s happening in transitioning communities. So on Saturday, June 3rd, from noon to 10pm, Newburgh will be throwing open its doors for a block party that goes above and beyond. It’s an opportunity for families to explore this city’s flourishing cultural scene, where food, the arts, history, architecture, and geographic attributes beautifully intersect.

Aptly named Newburgh Illuminated, the event is meant to highlight and celebrate the city, and bring people together to enjoy its assets and achievements. The festival takes place on Broadway and Liberty Streets, just a short walk from Washington’s Headquarters Historic Site and the Hudson River waterfront. There will be three stages of live music, and a Colorfest where participants playfully toss colorful powders. On the Ritz Performing Arts stage, there will be movement artists, jazz musicians, spoken word artists, and magicians from Newburgh and abroad. It's a dancer’s dream stage, with a wide variety of dance styles like ballet, Indian classical, and African drummers and dancers on display. There’s even a participatory dance called Newburgh Open Movement Mob, happening throughout the day.

Check out scenes from last year’s Newburgh Illuminated festival.

Newburgh Illuminated on Broadway and Liberty Streets in Newburgh: Saturday, June 3rd; noon-10pm; free to attend. There will be food vendors and specialty offerings by local makers available for sale a la carte. Visit the festival website for more info and their Facebook page for updates.

Don’t miss the Fullerton Cultural Center’s popular book exchange, and Tempus Body Art’s vendor tent for Henna and Jacqua body art!
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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Spring for Sound Festival Set for Next Month

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 9:00 AM


On June 10, the annual Spring for Sound music festival returns to Millerton to raise proceeds for the North East Community Center, which provides healthy, caring, and responsive services to underserved area residents.

The event will be held rain-or-shine, and performances are scheduled throughout the village. This installment includes the Big Takeover, the Nice Ones, Lespecial, Take One Car, Buddha Da Great, the Gents, the Lucky Five, Vibe Theory, Black River Reunion, the Harlem Line Band, Little Motel, Arjun, the Hayrollers, Bish Bash Bluegrass Band, Last of the Marsupials, DJs, and more.

Here are the headliners, Hudson Valley reggae faves the Big Takeover, with a promo video for the new single, “Love Understands”:

Spring for Sound will take place in Millerton, New York, on June 10 from 10am to midnight. For more information, visit http://www.springforsound.com/.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Harvey Kaiser Holds Birthday Jam in New Paltz

Posted By on Tue, May 23, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Harvey Kaiser
  • Harvey Kaiser

Saxophonist Harvey Kaiser has been a much-loved staple of the Hudson Valley jazz scene for several decades now. This Saturday, his KC Four & More will celebrate their band leader’s birthday will a special performance at area Japanese restaurant Gomen Kudasai.

A diverse player whose rich style encompasses bop, blues, Latin, avant-garde, and classic jazz, Kaiser has released a handful of CDs by his Kansas City Sound project, a group that references the hard-swinging early Midwestern jazz sound of greats like Jay McShann and Count Basie.

Here’s the horn man himself, jamming with another local master, drummer Marvin
Bugalu Smith:

“Har Kai’s B Day Bash” featuring Harvey Kaiser and his KC Four & More, will take place on May 27 at 7:30pm at Gomen Kudasai in New Paltz, New York. Admission is free. For more information, call (845) 255-8811 or visit http://gknoodles.com/.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

MAYfest and the Kid’s Canteen

Posted By on Mon, May 22, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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The only thing better than Music, Art, and Yoga (MAY) is when they all meet up. The Hudson Valley’s homegrown MAYfest is bringing internationally acclaimed musical acts, yoga instructors, art programs, and activities together in Cold Spring for the second time. And MAYfest has possibly the best kids’ tent around.

While parents spend a day or the entire Memorial Day weekend experiencing yoga classes, meditation and wellness workshops, hiking, art, and live music performances, kids up to age 12 can enjoy activities designed just for them. There are quiet areas and outdoor games, as well as organized workshops like instrument making, songwriting, mindfulness crafts, yoga, and even a theater class based on Hanuman, the Monkey King, whose asana is a split.

In order to participate in the Kid’s Canteen, children need a Weekend Kids Ticket, and kids under the age 5 must be accompanied by an adult. Children ages 5-12 can be dropped off for programs all day, and there are G-rated movies shown each night where kids can snuggle up in their PJs and sleeping bags until 11p. Perfect for parents who want to catch music headliners, Dar Williams, DJ Drez, and Rusted Root.

MAYfest and the Kid’s Canteen at Surprise Lake Camp in Cold Spring: Friday, May 26th, at 2p, through Sunday, May 28th, post-11p; tickets range in price from $50-250 for music only to full weekend passes, and kids’ tickets are $40-65 for day to weekend passes. For tickets, info, the festival guide with more on camping, housing, and food options, and to design your experience by booking classes, visit the website.

Don’t miss late night campfire music sets, or SUP (stand-up paddle) yoga classes, which you can add on for only $10!
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Disc Jam Flies Back to Stephentown

Posted By on Thu, May 18, 2017 at 9:00 AM


At last, summer’s just around the bend. So, as warm-up (heh) to my annual roundup of June summer music festivals, figured I’d tease you Daily Dosers with advance news of a fest or two—such as the return of Disc Jam, which will take place June 8-11 at the Stephentown outdoor recreation grounds.

Now in its seventh year, this disc golf-themed event features camping, family events, vendors, and yoga in and around its jam-friendly lineup of Dopapod, Turkuaz, Break Science Live Band, the Motet, Tauk, Manic Focus, Kung Fu, Consider the Source, Pink Talking Fish, Electric Beethoven, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Aqueous, Yheti, Esseks, Brightside, Of the Trees, Honeycomb, Snarky Puppy side project Ghost-Note, Spiritual Rez, Sophistafunk, Hayley Jane, Congo Sanchez, Wild Adriatic, live DJs, and more.

To get a taste, check out a bit of this full-length movie of Disc Jam 2016:

For more information, visit Facebook.com/DiscJamFestival.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Classic Cult Film Gets Live Score in Woodstock

Posted By on Tue, May 16, 2017 at 9:00 AM


It’s encouraging news, that the former Colony Cafe in Woodstock, long plagued by frustratingly apathetic and/or incompetent management, looks like it’s poised to at last realize its potential as a consistent performance venue. Rechristened, simply, the Colony by new owners Neil and Alexia Howard, the 1927 building recently began hosting live events once again. And one such happening, on May 26, sure looks like a winner: a screening of the 1962 psychedelic horror classic Carnival of Souls with live accompaniment by electronic musician Matthew Cullen and a post-film set by the local improv rock band Ultraam.

Cullen, who also performs in Ultraam as well as the Duke McVinnie Band, is also a noted producer and recording engineer who has worked with such artists as Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Norah Jones, and the Flaming Lips. Ultraam also includes members of Mercury Rev, Geezer, and Snowflake.

To get you in the mood for this enticing event, here’s the original 1962 trailer for Carnival of Souls:

Carnival of Souls with live accompaniment by Matthew Cullen followed by a set by Ultraam will take place at the Colony in Woodstock, New York, on May 26 at 8pm. Tickets $10. For more information, call (845) 684-7625 or visit https://www.facebook.com/colonywoodstockny/.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

On Public Education

Posted By on Mon, May 15, 2017 at 9:00 AM


“If you have a problem, you don’t go to the mayor first–you develop a relationship with your council or town board member. They have more power,” explains Rebecca Martin, co-founder of KingstonCitizens, the community-based organization committed to nurturing citizen participation and empowerment in government. “Just like in our country, Trump can proclaim whatever he wants, but it still goes through Congress and the Senate. It gets hashed out with the public, and decisions are made and voted on.” Through monthly Community Forums which began in February with discussion on Constitutional Law, KingstonCitizens has been helping people find ways to engage on subjects they’re passionate about, and to give the public a voice in an organized productive way, so there are more eyes on the local process. On May 21st, they’re considering public education with expert panelists, discussion, and desserts.

KingstonCitizens has been holding forums on and off since their inception in 2006. The organization is essentially a network of volunteer citizens coming together on an issue, creating a strategy as a group, and following through to the bitter end. The group achieved some fame when they took on and ultimately defeated a proposal by the Niagara Bottling Company to purchase a significant portion of Kingston’s water supply. Now, they’re focusing efforts on informing a public energized by the Trump Administration’s agenda, and crafting a framework for involvement in local politics that can be modeled in communities everywhere.

The forum On Public Education will be a conversation with Robin Jacobowitz and James F. Shaughnessy, both experts in education and members of the Kingston City School District Board of Education. It will look at some or all aspects of education that were portrayed by Trump, and will be framed primarily by the panelists and moderator Martin, with opportunity for public comment and questions. Martin says, “We want people to get inspired to ask, ‘Where is my role in this?’”

Part IV: On Public Education of the Community Educational Forums: An Eight-Part Series at Church Des Artistes, 79 Wurts Street on the Rondout in Kingston:, Sunday, May 21st, 2017, 1-4p, free. For the full monthly schedule of forums and to watch video from previous forums, visit the website. Coffee and tea are provided, and participants are encouraged to bring a dessert to share. KingstonCitizens encourages people to bring a personal computer laptop, if they have one. Wi-fi is available. This event is geared towards adults. Bringing children is at the discretion of the caregiver, as no childcare or activities are available. The event is ideal for children who are equipped to sit and listen, bring questions or just absorb.
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

John Berenzy Returns to Rosendale Cafe

Posted By on Thu, May 11, 2017 at 9:00 AM

John Berenzy
  • John Berenzy

Many of us record-collector-geek types first became aware of John Berenzy through the inclusion of his explosive 1978 track “Vice Versus” on Killed by Death, Vol. 3, a 1990s compilation of rare punk singles. But Berenzy is a much more diverse player than many KBD fans may realize; besides making his own heavy sounds in the ’70s and ’80s, the classically inspired guitarist and singer has played with Johnny Thunders, Willie Deville, Carlos Alomar, and Ron Carter, and as a solo acoustic artist. Presumably, he’ll be in the latter setting when he performs at the Rosendale Cafe on May 20.

Berenzy, who was born in Jackson Heights, Queens, recorded with Danny Kalb of the Blues Project before immersing himself in the early scene at CBGB. His 2011 release, Out of Darkness, features Garth Hudson, Graham Parker, and Richard Lloyd, Fred Smith, and Billy Ficca of Television.

Here, he and Hudson deliver that album’s “Cold Grey Sky”:

John Berenzy will perform at the Rosendale Cafe in Rosendale, New York, on May 26 at 8pm. Admission is $10. For more information, call (845) 658-9048 or visit http://www.rosendalecafe.com/.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Free Classes Saturday, May 13 at The Yoga House in Kingston

Posted By on Wed, May 10, 2017 at 12:32 PM


The Yoga House in Kingston is about to spread its wings. Quickly outgrowing its quaint space on Crown Street in Uptown Kingston (the classes were "bursting at the seams," say the founders, Leigha Butler and Jacqui Nash), the studio will be opening a second location this weekend at 474 Broadway in Midtown Kingston.

To celebrate the grand opening of the Broadway studio, The Yoga House will be offering free classes all day at both studios on Saturday, May 13. There will be a total of 16 free classes to choose from, many of them just 40 minutes long, offering a Whitman's sampler of yoga styles and tempos - from Ashtanga and AcroYoga to Slow Flow and Restorative.


The new, larger space on Broadway will hold most of the classes currently on the menu at The Yoga House (such as Flying Flow and Yoga Basics), while a selection of specialty classes will now occupy the Crown Street location (such as Prenatal Yoga and Yoga en Espanol). Students who purchase class cards will be able to use them at both studio locations.

Coinciding with its physical expansion, The Yoga House is also adding a few new classes to its schedule. Kundalini Yoga, Meditation, and Gong will be led by HariPrakaash; Baby & Me will be taught by Amy Reed; and Aroma RESTorative, featuring a combination of aromatherapy with gentle poses and relaxation, will be led by Mel Toth.

Visit the studio website for a schedule of free opening day classes on May 13. Or take a look at the new schedule for both studios beginning May 14.

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