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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Where You Can Watch Fireworks This July

Posted on Thu, Jun 27, 2019 at 4:33 PM

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When Independence Day falls on a Thursday, there's lots to be thankful for—a reprieve from 9-5 drudgery, a long weekend for many, and—holy freedom fries!—SO MANY FIREWORKS!

All over the Hudson Valley, the skies will be lit up to celebrate the glorious and free America— and we've got a solid little list of where you can watch fireworks this July. Most festivities include live music, food, and the ever-so-charming company of your neighbors decked out in red, white, and blue. So make sure your pets are indoors (and safely occupied with some ambient sound), pick your favorite town, and stake out a spot for the starlit spectacle.

(This is an incomplete list, of course, but feel free to let us know about your plans too!) 

Saugerties, 6/28

Washington Ave

12477 Saugerties


For some free fun, make your way down to Cantine Memorial Field to celebrate American Independence. Gates will open at 7pm, offering free hot dogs, free beverages, face painting, games, and giveaways and of course, admission. The firework display will begin at dusk.


Accord - 6/28

299 Whitfield Rd

Accord, NY 12404

For all you speedsters out there, the Accord speedway is the perfect venue to get your adrenaline fix before freedom festivities. Watch the daring racers rip through the mud before the sky glows with twinkling flames when the sun sets. A tentative rain date is set for July 5.


Albany/Troy - 6/28-7/11

There are so many fantastic upcoming firework shows in this Albany/Troy area we just couldn’t decide. But you can with this full list!


Kent - 6/30

Arts on the Lake

640 Route 52

Kent, New York 10512


The Arts on the Lake Music Festival will team up with the Town of Kent Fireworks to start off the summer with a bang. During the early evening hours, enjoy the music of folk/pop duo, The Two of Us at 7pm with a long list of Beatles tributes. The firework finale starts at so make sure to bring picnic dinners, lawn chairs and drinks for the evening.


Germantown - 6/30

50 Palatine Park Rd,

Germantown, New York 12526


Germantown offers more than a light show this independence day. Attendees can enjoy numerous food vendors, handmade crafts, and other fun events. Live music will come courtesy of Southbound before the fireworks begin.


Brewster - 6/30

Highlands Shopping Center

Independent Way,

Brewster, NY 10509


The Southeast Fireworks Extravaganza returns on this Sunday evening once again. Live music Kicks off at 7:30pm and fireworks start at 9:30pm. Rain date: 7/7.


East Fishkill - 7/01

Red Wing Park

11 Old Farm Road

Hopewell Junction, NY 12533


Enjoy a concerts before the rockets’ red glare this independence season. Before the big boom, enjoy Annie & The Attaboys along with Adam & The New Hearts at 1pm, at 7pm, on the sandy shores of Red Wing Park. Firework are planned to rocket to the sky around 9:15pm with a backup rain date scheduled for July 3.


Beacon - 7/1

Memorial Park
Robert Cahill Drive,

Beacon, NY, 12508

The City of Beacon will have its own firework show on Sunday, June 9, at Memorial Park. The evening begins with food and music at 5pm. Afterwards, the real show will begin around 9pm and carry on until dusk with dazzling displays of Independence Day fireworks.


Catskill - 7/3

13 Scribner Hollow Rd,

Hunter, NY 12442


At Scribner’s Catskill Lodge, picture your typical Fourth of July American backyard BBQ on a much bigger scale. Bring a chair and blanket and settle in with your favorite BBQ food while passing the time with some lawn games. The party will carry on from 6pm to 10 pm.


New Paltz - 7/6

249 Libertyville Rd
New Paltz, NY 12561


New Paltz’s Independence Day celebration is the ideal place for both adults and children to enjoy the festive day. There are plenty of food trucks, bouncy houses, henna body art and face painting to keep you entertained after doors open at 5pm. Music will also be provided by local musicians: Mark Rust, Hudson Valley Bluegrass Express, and Soul City. Admission is free and fireworks start at dusk

Town of Newburgh: Independence Day Celebration Party - 7/3
Cronomer Hill Park,
Gardnertown Rd &, Powder Mill Rd,
Newburgh, NY 12550

Local Fire Company displays, food, and games start at 6pm and fireworks begin at dusk. Call 845-564-4552 for more info.

City of Newburgh: Fourth of July Celebration - 7/4
Newburgh’s Waterfront Unico Park,
Front St & Fourth St,
Newburgh, NY 12550

Family Day events kick-off at noon with vendors and artists on the river at Unico Park. There'll be music from 7-9pm, with fireworks at the People's Waterfront Park starting at 9pm. Call 845-565-2138 for more info.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

The National Throws a Release Party at Basilica Hudson

Posted By on Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 11:54 AM

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Indie Rock band The National are gearing up for the release of their next album, Sleep Well Beast, on September 8. The drawn-out album hype process stokes the fire of giddy anticipation.

Today, The National released the single "Guilty Party" off the forthcoming album, which was recorded right here at the Hudson Valley at Long Pond. In celebration, the band is throwing a Guilty Party at Basilica Hudson on July 14 and 15. Other performers include Buke & Gase, Nadia Sirota, and Mouse on Mars. Video artist Casey Reas, who directed the “Guilty Party” music video, will be onsite as well, contributing live projection.

The majority of The National’s shows during the upcoming album release world tour have sold out, so don’t miss this rare opportunity to see them right here at home.

The band has released 700 tickets for each night and they're now available for purchase here with a portion of ticket sales benefiting Basilica Hudson.
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SuperTone Music Festival Returns to Hillsdale

Posted By on Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 9:00 AM

R. Ring
  • R. Ring

So many summer music festivals here in the Hudson Valley, but only so much space in our June issue every year to mention them all. But luckily there’s the Daily Dose, where I can alert you to any such events that didn’t make it into our print edition—such as the SuperTone Music Festival, which happens on July 22.

The day-long festival, which benefits the Hillsdale Fire Company, hosts country, folk, and indie rock in an intimate, family-friendly setting. This year’s bill has R. Ring (featuring Kelly Deal of the Breeders), Ian Felice, Mail the Horse, Sauerkraut Seth, the Wayside Drifters, J.P. Harris and Chance McCoy, Bat Fangs, Lewis Monroe, John Hatchett, and the long-awaited return of Sasha Pearl plus more. Local food and arts vendors will also be featured throughout the day.

Here, R. Ring perform "Fall Out and Fire":

The SuperTone Music Festival will take place at Roe-Jan Park in Hillsdale, New York, on July 22 starting at 1pm. Tickets are $35-$48. For more information, call (646) 269-9216 or visit http://www.oldtonemusicfestival.com/supertone/.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Dead Empires Honor New Album in Kingston

Posted By on Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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Hudson Valley band Dead Empires have been making quite a ruckus these past few years—a sludgy, all-instrumental, prog-metal ruckus, to be specific. Recently, though, the group added the power of words and blips to its molten cauldron when it began working with a vocalist and synthesizer player, Jason Sherman of New Jersey’s Torrential Downpour. Next week, the unit heralds the release of their third album (title unknown) with a performance at the Anchor.

Here’s the expanded lineup at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn earlier this year:

Dead Empires will perform at the Anchor in Kingston, New York, on July 7. The Escape Rope will open. Show starts at 9:30pm. Donation requested. For more information, call (845) 853-8124 or visit http://theanchorkingston.com/.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

The CENTER’s Family Series Begins July 8th

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 9:00 AM

COURTESY OF THE CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS AT RHINEBECK
  • courtesy of the CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck

Every summer Saturday morning when I was little girl, you could spy me on my Big Wheels trailing after my big sister towards the local theater for the Saturday morning children’s shows. Jill was tasked with holding the money our mom gave us and buying our tickets, and she always made sure we each got a brownie at intermission. We saw every fairytale there was, and lingered after each show to wait for the actors to greet their young audience. It was thrilling every time the house lights dimmed, the red curtain lifted, and every time Belle or Princess Aurora stepped out the backstage door to say hello. And brownies at 10a might just be the best a kid’s life can get!

The CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck is welcoming back their Saturday Family Series on July 8th with Storybook Tales: Pinocchio and Robin Hood, a 45-minute adventure, brimming with audience participation and hilarity. You can make your own family memories every summer Saturday through August 19th with classic shows, shortened to about 50 minutes just for children and families. Sleeping Beauty will be performed with marionettes, and a special performance by Keith Bindlestiff of the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus will journey through the American midway, from jaw-dropping Sideshow feats to Big Top stunts and circus skills. Families can even see their own children and friends perform in the Saturday Family Series at the CENTER when shows are performed by the CENTER’s own Kids on Stage and musical theater workshop.

Thanks to a special grant from Stewart’s Shops, all tickets this summer are just $7, for children and adults. “We are so grateful for this generous grant, which allows us to continue to offer professional family fare at affordable prices,” said Babette Fasolino, The CENTER’s Education Director.

The CENTER’s Saturday Morning Family Series – Summer 2017 at The CENTER For Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308 in Rhinebeck: Saturdays, July 8-August 19th; all performances begin at 11:00 a.m. and are approximately 50 minutes in length. Tickets may be reserved online, in advance or sold at the door one hour prior to the show. Or call the Box Office at (845) 876-3080.
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Electric Mess Rocks Woodstock

Posted By on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 9:00 AM

The Electric Mess
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  • The Electric Mess

This is a week for memorable band names here at the Daily Dose. On Tuesday, I told you about New York grindcore trio Vomit Fist’s show in Beacon on June 30, and today I’m hipping you to an upcoming appearance by another gang of rockin’ New Yorkers: garage punk/psych greats the Electric Mess, who, coincidentally, will be at the newly revamped Colony the same night.

Formed in 2007, the Electric Mess are, admittedly, a personal fave of yer ol’ music editor. Fronted by the growling/yowling Esther Crow, the quintet’s sound is further defined by the wheezing, ’60s-retro-organ of Oweinama Biu, the Jeff Beck-ish pyrotechnics of guitarist Dan Crow, and the rave-up-having rhythm section of bassist Derek Davidson and drummer Alan J. Camlet. Aficionados of both the Nuggets and Pebbles compilations and the ’77 punk sound will find much to like with this band.

Dig what I mean:

The Electric Mess and Nightmares for a Week will perform at Colony in Woodstock, New York, on June 30 at 9pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For more information, call (845) 679-7625 or visit http://www.colonywoodstock.com/.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Vomit Fist Grinds it Up in Beacon

Posted By on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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  • Vomit Fist

Beacon promoter James Keepnews keeps the good news coming for local lovers of out jazz and other forms of extreme music. Falling within the realm of the latter is New York grindcore trio Vomit Fist, who Keepnews is bringing to the Howland Cultural Center on June 30.

The band, which in 2015 was awarded Best Band Name by the Village Voice, is comprised of guitarist Nick Didkovsky (Fred Frith Guitar Quartet, Doctor Nerve, Häßliche Luftmasken), who has composed for a number of ensembles including Bang On A Can, ETHEL, and Meridian Arts Ensemble; drummer Leo Didkovsky (Diabolicus, Space Ass, Mucus), and singer Malcolm Hoyt (Adela and the Ucars, Space Ass, Mucus).

They describe their music as “fast, blackened grindcore,” which, judging by the video below for “Frogmen,” seems fairly accurate:

Vomit Fist will perform at the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon, New York, on June 30 at 8pm. 100 and Zero will open. Tickets are $10. For more information, call (845) 831-4988 or visit http://www.howlandculturalcenter.org/.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

CCE4Me

Posted By on Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 9:00 AM

COURTESY OF THE CENTER FOR CREATIVE EDUCATION
  • courtesy of the Center for Creative Education

The mission of the Center for Creative Education (CCE) is to enrich the social and cultural awareness of youth and community through arts, wellness, and education, and they do that through educational programming. So is it any surprise they’re hosting one of the biggest, free health and wellness fairs in the Hudson Valley? The Third Annual Diversity Parade & 7th Annual Let's Move! Ulster Health Fair and Celebration happens Wednesday, June 21st on the Rondout in Kingston.

The CCE is actually multiple centers. In their a main site in midtown Kingston, there are weekly drumming, dance, and fitness classes, and a homeschool hub with classes in art, Shakespeare, technology, and mythology for 10-15-year-olds. The Kingston site is home to three award-winning youth dance ensembles, as well as the Percussion Orchestra of Kingston (P.O.O.K), which brightens every Stockade FC home game at Dietz Stadium. A second site in Beacon also offers classes in music and dance, as well as youth improv, a string orchestra, and a local artist series. Plus, the CCE provides a wide array of classes in dance, music, fitness, theater, spoken word, computer arts technology and the visual arts in school districts throughout the Hudson Valley. They recently launched a successful Project Based Learning pilot program in partnership with the Kingston City School District, to help raise graduation rates among minority students.

The 3rd Annual Diversity Day Parade starts at Kingston Catholic School at 5p, when people will dance their way down Broadway. At the bottom of the hill in Gallo Park, the Let’s Move! Ulster Health Fair and Celebration will keep the party going until 8p. There will be a “flash mob” facilitated by CCE Executive Director Bryant “Drew” Andrews, fitness demonstrations such as DXF® – Dance Xross Fitness®, Yoga, Pound® and Zumba®, plus live performances from P.O.O.K, Energy Dance Company, and Uptown Swing. The fair is also a chance to learn and engage with community vendors in the health and wellness industry.

"Ulster County has been steadily climbing the Robert Wood Johnson health rankings going from 35 to 15,” said Ulster County Executive, Mike Hein. "I want to encourage all of our residents to participate in the Let's Move! Ulster campaign and attend the Diversity parade where we celebrate Ulster County's greatest asset: our people."

“We are excited to be able to offer the chance for the ENTIRE community to come together in celebration of diversity, health, and movement and we hope many people from Ulster County and beyond join us,” says Andrews.

The 3rd Annual Diversity Day Parade & 7th Annual Let's Move! Ulster Health Fair and Celebration, starting at 5p at Kingston Catholic School, 159 Broadway in Kingston, and ending at T.R. Gallo Park on the waterfront: Wednesday, June 21st, 2017; 5-8p; free! For more information, or to practice in advance for the flash mob with a video tutorial, visit the CCE website and/or the Let's Move! Ulster Facebook page.

Want to be a sponsor, vendor, or parade participant? Call CCE at (845) 338-7664 or email: letsmoveulster@cce4me.org.
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Lera Lynn Brings Dark Country Sounds to Hudson

Posted By on Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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  • Lera Lynn

Southern-born Lera Lynn is part of the newer generation of country artists that, thankfully, take their cues from classic country and alternative rock, rather than catering to the dreaded “The Voice”/“American Idol”/monster-truck demographic. On June 24, she’ll bring a bit of her torchy, noirish sound to Club Helsinki when she performs there with John Paul White of the Civil Wars.

The 32-year-old Lynn is an actor as well as a singer-songwriter. After creating music for the second season of HBO’s “True Detective,” she was cast as a recurring character who performs the songs in a dive bar frequented by the main characters.

Here she is in one such scene:


Lera Lynn and John Paul White will perform at Club Helsinki in Hudson, New York, on June 24 at 9pm. Tickets are $25 and $35. For more information, call (518) 828-4800 or visit http://www.helsinkihudson.com/.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

John Hall Jams to Help Hudson Special Needs Facility

Posted By on Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 9:00 AM

John Hall

Whether it’s performance or political activism, John Hall is, well, still the one. The 68-year-old frontman of ’70s hitmakers Orleans (“Still the One,” “Dance with Me”) continues to tour with that band, and even though his term as a US congressman lasted only four years (2007-2011), his efforts on behalf of various progressive causes are ongoing as well. He’ll be doing a bit of both this Friday via an appearance at the 15th annual benefit concert for Triform Camphill Community, a residential and therapeutic community for young adults with special needs located in Hudson.

Hall, who I interviewed for the November 2015 issue of Chronogram, has long combined his music and activism, most famously with his role in the MUSE organization’s series of No Nukes concerts at Madison Square Garden in 1979. For Friday’s event, he’ll be joined by Laurel Massé of the Manhattan Transfer as well as the Triform Bell Choir, which is made up of students from the facility.

Here, Hall performs a solo acoustic rendition of “Still the One” in 2016:

The 15th annual Triform benefit concert will take place at Triform Phoenix Center in Hudson, New York. Tickets for this fundraiser are $75. For more information, call (518) 851-9320 ext. 13 or visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2930595.

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