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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Hillary Clinton at Oblong Books | Rhinebeck

Posted By on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 10:31 AM


The nation’s would-be first female president is breaking her long silence. In a new memoir titled What Happened, Hillary Rodham Clinton lays bare the struggles, triumphs, twists, and heartbreaks of her 2016 presidential campaign against Donald Trump.

Amidst a climate of rage, pettiness, and sexism, confronted with a sensationalist bully, Clinton was a model of composure, self-restraint, and preparedness. In the introduction to What Happened, Clinton writes, “In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I’ve often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net. Now I’m letting my guard down.” This candid memoir gives invites the reader into the intense personal experience behind the public campaign.

What Happened hits national book stands on September 12. HRC then takes to the road for a North American tour. She will be stopping for a special book signing event at Oblong Books & Music in Rhinebeck on December 7. "We are incredibly honored that Hillary will be coming to Oblong to celebrate the release of her new memoir," say Oblong co-owners, father and daughter team Dick and Suzanna Hermans.

This event is sold out.

Oblong Books & Music
6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck
Thursday, December 7, 6pm
Tickets: $33 (admits 1 and includes 1 copy of What Happened)

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Ryan Montbleau Rambles into Woodstock

Posted By on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Ryan Montbleau
  • Ryan Montbleau

Thanks to his Woodstock-friendly blend of rock, folk, funk, and soul, the Boston-based Ryan Montbleau is big with much of the same demographic shared by singer-songwriters John Mayer, Jack Johnson, and Martin Sexton. Perfect, then, that he’ll be paying a visit to the town’s iconic Levon Helm Studios on September 8.

Montbleau made his first forays as a solo acoustic performer on the Boston folk/coffeehouse scene before forming the Ryan Montbleau Band, which debuted in 2006 with One Fine Color. Over the years, he’s performed with Nils Lofgren, Ani DiFranco, John P. Hammond, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and others.

Montbleau’s newest album is this year’s I Was Just Leaving. Here’s a slice:

Ryan Montbleau and special guest Kat Wright will perform at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, New York, on September 8 at 7:30pm. At this writing seating tickets are sold out, but standing room-only tickets are available for $25. For more information, call (845) 679-2744 or visit https://www.levonhelm.com/.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

John Abercrombie (1944-2017)

Posted By on Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 9:00 AM

John Abercrombie
  • John Abercrombie

Sadly, we lost John Abercrombie last week. A guitarist whose strikingly unique style, tone, and compositional approach made his music instantly recognizable, Abercrombie was born in Port Chester and most recently lived in Putnam County. Via his work for the ECM label in the 1970s he rose to prominence in the jazz world during the heyday of fusion, but his approach—rooted in bebop notation, yet more impressionistic and suggestive of painterly emotionalism rather than athletic technique—set him far apart from the soulless showoffs sometimes identified with the era.

Abercrombie’s ties to the mid-Hudson Valley run deep, stretching back to the height of Woodstock’s Creative Music Studio, and his frequent returns to the Rosendale Cafe were always epic events. Prior to making his acclaimed 1974 ECM debut as a leader, Timeless (with local legend Jack DeJohnette on drums), he played with saxophonist Gato Barbieri, arranger Gil Evans, and jazz rock pioneers Dreams, who also featured drummer Billy Cobham, another frequent collaborator. In 1975, he formed Gateway with Jack DeJohnette and another area CMS veteran, bassist Dave Holland. During the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s he experimented with guitar synthesizers, led his own bands, and worked with such figures as Paul Bley, Ralph Towner, Joe Lovano, and John Scofield. In January, the John Abercrombie Quartet released the excellent Up and Coming, whose title, a seemingly sarcastic career commentary on the lot of a jazzman, now perhaps takes on a darkly ironic hue, given the leader’s sudden passing of heart failure on August 22.

I’m inclined to say this is my favorite recorded Abercrombie performance, “Back-Woods Song,” the classic psychedelic jazz track that opens Gateway’s eponymous first album:

Rise on, John Abercrombie. And thanks.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Punk Poet John S. Hall Performs in Hudson

Posted By on Thu, Aug 24, 2017 at 9:00 AM

John S. Hall (lower left) and King Missile on the cover of New Route magazine, ca. 1991
  • John S. Hall (lower left) and King Missile on the cover of New Route magazine, ca. 1991

Punk poet John S. Hall made his mark in the 1980s/1990s New York rock underground as the front man of avant-weirdos King Missile (anyone remember “Detachable Penis”?) and found more fame via appearances on MTV’s “Spoken Word Unplugged” and HBO’s “Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry.” Nowadays, Hall has a new band, Unusual Squirrel, which he’ll bring to Club Helsinki on September 10 as part of the venue’s Rogovoy Salon series.

Curated and hosted by Chronogram contributor Seth Rogovoy, the monthly Rogovoy Salon features hand-picked musicians, writers, and, other artists and, in some cases, also includes conversation and a Q&A with the performers. Unusual Squirrel’s debut album, Fuck Sandwich, was released in January of this year. In this clip, Hall and one incarnation of the band hold forth appear at Saint Marks Church in New York:

Unusual Squirrel will perform under the auspices of the Rogovoy Salon at Club Helsinki in Hudson, New York, on September 10 at 7pm. Tickets are $15. For more information, call (518) 828-4800 or visit http://www.helsinkihudson.com/.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Newburgh-Linked Living Colour Unleashes New Album

Posted By on Tue, Aug 22, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Corey Glover
  • Corey Glover

Living Colour were unchallenged radio champs in the late 1980s. After climbing the college charts with their platinum debut, Vivid, and taking over MTV with their storming single “Cult of Personality,” the hard rock/funk quartet went on to tour with the Rolling Stones (Mick Jagger had been an early booster of the band). The pressure of their rocket rise presaged a messy demise in 1995, but by 2001, the foursome, fronted by current Newburgh resident Corey Glover, were back together for touring and recording. And on September 8, the Grammy-winning group drops its first album in eight years, Shade.

In addition to singing with Living Colour, Glover is also an actor (Platoon) and a solo performer who’s headlined at the Falcon in Marlboro, the Newburgh Illuminated festival, and other venues. But here he is with his main outlet, on “Program,” the topical first single from Shade:

Shade is out now on Megaforce Records. For more information, visit http://www.livingcolour.com/.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Brooklyn Raga Massive to Visit Hudson

Posted By on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Brooklyn Raga Massive
  • Sachyn Mital
  • Brooklyn Raga Massive
Terry Riley’s “In C” is one of contemporary music’s landmark compositions. Written in 1964, the hypnotic, pulsing, highly malleable work essentially launched the minimalist movement and has been recorded and performed by many times by ensembles with all manner of instrumentation. And one of the most intriguing is Brooklyn Raga Massive, which will perform Riley’s masterwork at Hudson Hall on September 1.

Rooted in Indian classical music but inspired by Western classical, jazz, and rock, Brooklyn Raga Massive pairs sitar, tabla, sarod, bansuri flute, and other traditional Indian music makers with guitar, banjo, violin, cello, and various Western instruments to create a sound that’s at once otherworldly and truly worldly.

As evidence, I submit this clip of the group performing a bit of “In C” here:

Brooklyn Raga Massive will perform “In C” at Hudson Hall in Hudson, New York, on September 1 at 7pm. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. For more information, call (518) 828-1438 or visit http://hudsonhall.org/.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Vanishing Hudson Valley

Posted By on Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 9:00 AM


In 2005, writer Sari Botton and her husband, a musician, were casualties of hyper-gentrification. After a long, legal battle, they were evicted from their large, bohemian apartment on Avenue B in New York City, and moved to the Hudson Valley, eventually settling in Kingston. Their old place was renovated, designated a landmark building, and rented to a famous film director for four times what Botton paid. Upstate, Botton began to collect other women’s stories about leaving New York, including long-time Kingston resident Valerie Eagle and TMI Project Executive Editor Eva Tenuto, eventually editing (and contributing a piece to) the bestselling essay anthology Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving & Leaving NY.

Since 2007, “Jeremiah Moss” — the pseudonymous writer behind the popular Vanishing New York blog and author of Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost its Soul – began chronicling the shuttering of New York City’s beloved establishments due to quickly rising rents. Hyper-gentrification, a term he coined, is just what it sounds like: rapid, unsustainable growth that edges low-to-middle income communities out of cities through unaffordable living expense increases. Moss believes the culprit is a shift toward neo-liberalization in city government, where developers and corporations are prioritized to the detriment of citizens and small business owners. An activist, he’s even staged protests in support of businesses who were about to lose their leases.

Botton and Moss began corresponding in 2013. Botton says she’s a huge fan of Moss’s. When she received a press release for his book, which was just released in July, she knew she needed to bring him to Kingston. “Because this is where a lot of people who lost their places in New York City come,” Botton says. “I want to know how we can encourage growth in Kingston without running into the kind of hyper-gentrification that leads to people getting displaced.”

On Friday, August 18th, Botton and Moss will be in conversation at Kingston’s City Hall to do just that. Botton wants to discuss zoning which includes affordable housing, imposing a vacancy tax, and the role artists play in gentrification, and to hear Moss's ideas for Kingston and other cities like it. The conversation is well-timed, as many Hudson Valley towns are being squeezed by gentrification. “We need to play a different part if we want a different outcome,” Botton explains.

Vanishing New York Blogger/Author Jeremiah Moss Joins Local Writer Sari Botton for a Conversation About Hyper-Gentrification at City Hall’s Council Chambers, 420 Broadway in Kingston: Friday, August 18th; 6-8pm; free. Learn more on Facebook or email kingstonwritersstudio@gmail.com.

A conversation between Moss and Botton was recently published on Longreads.com, where Botton is Essays Editor. Read an excerpt of Moss’s book, which The Golden Notebook will have for sale at Friday's event in Kingston.
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

WGXC Lodge Returns to Round Top

Posted By on Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 9:00 AM


Thanks to the internet it streams all over the world, but Columbia and Greene county residents are lucky to be able to tune in WGXC, their own community radio station, right on their car or home radios (90.7-FM). On the air since 2011, the station serves up a 24/7 schedule of highly diverse music, transmission art, locally oriented talk, varying opinion, and other content. But being a volunteer-operated, community-supported operation with no commercial advertising, WGXC relies on the donations of its listening audience for its sustenance. Thus, the station holds regular pledge drives and fund-raising events. One of the latter is Lodge, a two-day happening that makes its fourth return to the charming Reidlbauer’s Resort on August 26 and 27.

Lodge 2017 features two full nights of live music from Laraaji, Larkin Grimm, Pigeons, Kraus, Alexander Turnquist, Nick Millevoi, Lily and Horn Horse, Scratch Ticket, Devin Gary & Ross, and DJs Lunar Moss and Peter Brauch. Experimental sound artists Rory Solomon and Elia Vargas and others will present their works. Food, drink, and other on-site activities are available throughout the weekend, and the music will be broadcast live at wgxc.org.

Here are the magical Pigeons, who I profiled for the October 2015 issue of Chronogram:

WGXC’s Lodge 2017 will take place at Reidlbauer’s Resort in Round Top, New York, on August 26 and 27. Tickets are $15 in advance, or $20 on each day of the event. For tickets, an event schedule, and more information, visit wgxc.org.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

The Kingston Artist Soapbox Derby Reboots

Posted By on Mon, Aug 14, 2017 at 10:00 AM

  • courtesy of the Kingston Artist Soapbox Derby

For twenty years, the Kingston Artist Soapbox Derby has been a staple of the Kingston arts scene. Every August, the parade of gravity-run, kinetic sculptures roll, scootch, and waddle down Broadway, from Spring Street towards the waterfront, one at a time, as spectators cheer, laugh, and, in recent years, vote online, from their perches behind a protective barrier of tires that line the curb. The homemade entries may fall apart or run askew during the “race” but, prized for ingenuity and creativity, whatever happens as the cars make their way down Broadway, it’s all part of the fun. The contest culminates in a rally-style lineup and a wacky awards ceremony with one-of-kind artist-designed trophies. Now, with a fresh pair of organizers who affectionately call themselves the Derby Directors of Chaos, the family-friendly arts happening takes place this year on Sunday, August 20th, on the Rondout.

After the one-two-punch of urban renewal and IBM’s departure left the once bustling community of the Rondout desolated, the arts community moved in to do what it does best: revitalize. Attracted by the remaining historic structures, with their Kingston-made brick, grand entryways, and life-size windows, a couple of forward-thinking artists, who had a particular eye for beauty and history, began to attract a current of other artists, museum-builders, small business developers, and restauranteurs. One night in 1995, over margaritas and blue corn tortillas, they devised a way to really jump-start the re-discovered waterfront neighborhood: with an arts festival designed to attract a fun-loving community to enjoy the Rondout’s renewal.

Through 22 years of ups and downs, the Kingston Artist Soapbox Derby has recently come under new management, in consultation with the original organizers. Sarah Bissonnette-Adler and Sarah Olivieri (the latter is owner of the co-working and event space and cafe, PivotGround, on lower Broadway) are breathing new energy into the Derby with larger prizes and rebooted categories. There’s a 13 and under Youth Category, a themed category, and the Rondout Reject, where entrants compete for last place. The grand prize People’s Choice Award was recently increased to $1000. It all serves to achieve the Derby’s mission of “giving money to artists for making art.”

Beyond the day of the event, the Derby sponsors workshops for entrants who need some extra help, and encourages local community organizations to join in the fun and build a soapbox car as a team. Two nearby early childhood programs, Hillside Nursery and Livingston Street Early Childhood Community, have been joining little forces to build a Derby car every year since 2015. “As two early childhood programs located on the Rondout, it's vital to take part in the fabric of our community by engaging with the multitude of wonderful resources and people in our neighborhood,” says the programs’ owner and director, respectively, Cheryl Demuth. “The soapbox derby is a great way to do just that!”
  • courtesy of the Kingston Artist Soapbox Derby

Since last winter, Bissonnette-Adler and Olivieri have worked within the local community to foster relationships and excitement for the Derby with several fundraiser dinners that have been hosted at volunteers’ homes. With very little overhead needed to facilitate the event, 95% of the money raised goes back into the community in the form of prize money. Co-Chair Bissonnette-Adler says it’s more about creating community, supporting community, and making connections, admitting, "There wouldn’t be a Derby without the community.”

The Kingston Artist Soapbox Derby on lower Broadway between Spring Street and Gallo Park in Kingston: Sunday, August 20th, check in and assembly at 10a in front of the Arts Society of Kingston (ASK), cars roll at noon; entries are $45, or $35 for kids category, and free to watch! Local restaurants and shops will be open. For more info see the Derby website and check their Facebook page for updates.
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Rene Bailey Celebrates New Album in Rosendale

Posted By on Thu, Aug 10, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Rene Bailey
  • Rene Bailey

Yes, the Hudson Valley has a wealth of musical greats. But Miss Rene Bailey is one of the most indispensable. The vocalist, who leads the six-piece traditional Dixieland/swing ensemble the Saints of Swing, has lately been finishing up making her first solo gospel album, which she’ll celebrate with a performance at the Rosendale Theater on August 20.

Across her decades-long career, Bailey, who will be the long-overdue subject or my Music column in the September 2017 issue of Chronogram, has performed with some of music’s greatest legends and was a mainstay and the late Peg Leg Bates’s famed local country club. She began by singing gospel in her native Georgia before moving to New York to pursue a career in jazz and blues clubs. This month’s date at the Rosendale Theater celebrates her new record and benefits the theater as well.

Check out this promotional video for the new release:

Rene Bailey will perform at the Rosendale Theater in Rosendale, New York, on August 20 at 3pm. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information, call (845) 658-8989 or visit www.Rosendaletheatre.org.

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