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Friday, December 1, 2017

Joe Henry Visits Woodstock Next Week

Posted By on Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 2:23 PM

Joe Henry
  • Joe Henry
Like his friends and collaborators Daniel Lanois and T-Bone Burnett, Grammy winner Joe Henry is a formidable double threat: a singer-songwriter who draws from a deep well of rich and varied music and a producer who’s worked with some of music’s most respected names. And, speaking of respected names, on December 9 Henry will perform at the home of the one-time home of one of the greatest: Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, as part of the late Band drummer’s ongoing Midnight Ramble series.

Raised in Detroit, Henry established himself as a recording artist in the 1980s and ’90s via such albums as Shuffletown, Short Man’s Room, and Trampoline, which exemplify his organic, alchemical, and quiet blend of country, soul, blues, folk, and jazz. As a producer, he’s helped craft albums by Elvis Costello, Allen Toussaint, Ani DiFranco, Joan Baez, and others.

Here’s a track from Henry’s 14th and newest album, Thrum:

Joe Henry will perform at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, New York, on December 9 at 7:30pm. Standing room tickets are $20. For more information, call (845) 679-2744 or visit https://www.levonhelm.com/.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Shana Falana Unveils Uplifting Music Video

Posted on Wed, Nov 1, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Shana Falana - FIONN REILLY
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  • Shana Falana
For many musicians, making the statements about social change that are so direly needed at the present can be a tricky thing. If you’re not Pete Seeger or Phil Ochs, how do you comment on such stuff without it feeling forced? Sometimes, it seems, the right song is already there, right under your nose — it just didn’t occur to you in quite that way when you were writing it. So it is with Kingston’s psych-pop songstress Shana Falana, who just debuted a new video for “Cool Kids,” a track off her 2016 album Here Comes the Wave. “This song, which I wrote last year, is about embracing yourself and letting go of judgements against others,” she says. “At my shows recently I’ve been sewing felt hearts onto people’s clothing and asking them to make a pledge to be more vulnerable, empathetic, and to actively take care of others in their communities.” Here’s the epically uplifting video for “Cool Kids,” which costars many members of our own Hudson Valley community: Shana Falana is on tour in the US starting November 2. For show dates and more information, visit http://www.shanafalana.com/.
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Tastings Train

Posted By on Tue, Oct 31, 2017 at 3:13 PM

click image The Rip Van Winkle Flyer. - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE DELAWARE & ULSTER RAILROAD.
  • Photo courtesy of the Delaware & Ulster Railroad.
  • The Rip Van Winkle Flyer.

Hop aboard The Delaware & Ulster Railroad (DURR) Tastings Train for a leisurely-paced excursion through the scenic Catskill Mountains on Saturday, November 4. Come with your appetite; passengers will be treated to samples of local craft beverages, cheeses, and charcuterie while seated aboard the recently restored historic Rip Van Winkle Flyer. During the 3-hour round-trip, Delaware County craft beverage and food producers will make their way to each car and educate patrons on their Delaware County-made food and drink.

Departing from DURR’s Arkville Station at 2pm, The Tastings Train will make a brief stop in Halcottsville at the Hubbell Family Farm where guests can view the apple pressing process by the farms authentic 1800s cider mill. After the presentation, the historic convoy will continue on to Roxbury. On the journey back to Arkville, more discussions, demonstrations, and tastings of local beverages and foods will take place.

This autumnal adventure will kick off the 2017 Taste of New York Craft Beverage Week, with programming running from Sunday, November 5 through Saturday, November 11. Hudson Valley Rip Van Winkle Brewing Company, Angry Innovation Ciderhouse, and Dennings Point Distillery will be participating in the week-long event, along with a dozen other New York Breweries, Cideries, Wineries, and Distilleries. Tickets for The Tastings Train are $25 per person and can be purchased from Eventbrite or the Delaware County official website.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Guitar Great Rogerio Souza Plays Tarrytown

Posted on Thu, Oct 26, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Rogerio Souza
  • Rogerio Souza
Award-winning traditional Brazilian guitarist, composer, arranger, and teacher Rogerio Souza has recorded with other top Brazilian artists such as Baden Powell, Sivuca, and traditional choro band Epoca De Ouro. Souza has performed at prestigious venues around the world, including the Festival Villa Lobos in Brazil, the International Jazz Festival in Denmark, the Stadgarden Festival in Germany, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. On November 5, he’ll bring his exotic sounds to our region when he visits Jazz Forum.

Souza is a master of choro, a Brazilian popular and instrumental music genre that can be traced the arrival of the Portuguese Royal Family in Rio de Janeiro in 1808. With the Portuguese influx, Brazilian musicians, already strongly influenced by African rhythms, were suddenly more exposed to European musical styles; choro is the lush result of this musical merger.

In this 2014 video, Souza and accompanists play “Retrato Brasileiro”:

Rogerio Souza will perform at Jazz Forum in Tarrytown, New York, on November 5 at 6pm. Tickets are $10 and $15. For more information, call (914) 631-1000 or visit http://jazzforumarts.org/.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Jonny Couch Gets Comfy at Colony

Posted on Tue, Oct 24, 2017 at 9:00 AM

A veteran of the New York and Pittsburgh punk scenes, rocker Jonny Couch has spent most of his musical years on the drum stool, keeping the beat for such bands as the Napalm Stars, the Choke, and Cynics singer Michael Kastelic’s short-lived Honeyburst. Recently, Couch has come from behind the kit to front his own outfit, which he’ll bring to Colony next Friday.

On Animal Instinct, Couch’s 2016 debut EP, the singer and multi-instrumentalist plays drums, organ, and synthesizer on all five tracks. Recorded in Savannah, Georgia, with producer Peter Mavrogeorgis (Panther Burns, Alice Texas, Bellmer Dolls), the sound of Animal Instinct has been described as “a leather-capped New Romantic disguised as Brando-Elvis belting out anthemic heartbreak missives of pain.”

See if you don’t agree:

Jonny Couch, the Beautiful Bastards, and Sham Morris of SPIV:UK will perform at Colony in Woodstock, New York, on November 3 at 8pm. Tickets are $10 and $12. For more information, call (845) 679-7625 or visit www.colonywoodstock.com.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

La Paulée at The Amsterdam

Posted By on Fri, Oct 20, 2017 at 3:36 PM

click image PHOTO COURTESY OF LA PAULÉE DE NEW YORK.
  • Photo courtesy of La Paulée de New York.

A celebration held at the end of the grape harvest, La Paulée was once a widespread practice throughout medieval France, with the most well-known festivities held in Meursault, Burgundy. La Paulée de Meursault is part of Les Trois Glorieuses, or "the three glorious days," that take place around the walled town of Beaune, the center of the Burgundy winemaking region in France, on the third weekend of November.

The modern day La Paulée was initiated by wine baron Jules Lafon who decided to revive the traditional harvest celebration in 1923. Lafon held his first Paulée at his Meursault vineyard, inviting 35 of his friends to a small banquet in the vat-room. Neighboring vignerons decided that Lafon had an excellent idea, and over the next few years La Paulée de Meursault expanded rapidly. By 1932, it was officially established as an annual event. Over the years, La Paulée has changed from the original banquet for growers and their workers to a grand gala attended by Meursault growers and producers along with other wine connoisseurs. It is a privilege to attend and reservations are mostly made a year in advance.

This year, La Paulée makes its upstate New York debut at The Amsterdam in Rhinebeck on Saturday, October 28 at 5:30pm. Daniel Johnnes, famed sommelier and founder of La Paulée de New York & de San Francisco, two of the world’s preeminent Burgundy festivals, joins The Amsterdam’s Chef Sara Lukasiewicz, to host an evening filled with live music, and great Burgundy wines. The evening will begin with Champagne Delamotte, charcuterie, and mezze by Boulud chefs. Tasting stations and Chef Sara's pig roast with autumnal accoutrements will follow, with cheese and sweets to close out the evening. Each dish will be paired with Burgundian wines poured by some of New York City's most renowned sommeliers (Joe Campanale of Fausto, Jason Cho of Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Dean Fuerth of Sushi Nakazawa, Jeff Taylor of North End Grill, and Ray Vaidya of DANIEL.)

In the convivial spirit of La Paulée, guests are encouraged to bring special bottles of Burgundy to share with the room throughout the evening. Guests should bring their wines directly to The Amsterdam where they will be checked in and handled by the expert team of sommeliers. This event is exclusively for American Express Card Members.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Lousie Goffin Graces Hudson This Month

Posted on Thu, Oct 19, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Besides giving birth to her, Louise Goffin’s parents gave birth to some of the greatest songs in the history of popular music. The singer’s mother and father are none other than Carole King and Gerry Goffin, who penned “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “Take Good Care of My Baby,” and “The Loco-Motion,” among many others. Louise has learned her songwriting and performing lessons well from her folks, and will put them into practice when she visits Club Helsinki on October 29.

Goffin’s newest release is the 2015 EP Appleonfire, which features guest vocals from the offspring of another famous songwriter, Jakob Dylan, as well as New York tunesmith Joseph Arthur. Enjoy this video for the single “5 th of July”:

Louise Goffin will perform at Club Helsinki in Hudson, New York, on October 29 at 8pm. Tickets are $15. For more information, call (518) 828-4800 or visit https://helsinkihudson.com/.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Politics of Belonging–Tonight at SUNY New Paltz

Posted By on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 11:08 AM

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Without Limits–Exploring Citizenship

Citizenship is a complicated issue in the US. And yet defining who is a US. citizen—who possesses the rights and duties of citizenship—has been the crux of our history and the focal point for many struggles.

Join the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at SUNY New Paltz for the first event in this year's Without Limits series, which will begin a year-long campus discussion on "Citizenship."

The exploration of this theme kicks off TONIGHT with:

“The Politics of Belonging:
Reflections from New Paltz Faculty”

Tuesday, October 17, 5:30–7:00pm
Lecture Center 102

A panel of faculty from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will share aspects of their research that touch on the present and historical challenges of citizenship and inclusion both locally and nationally. The panelists are:

  • César Barros, speaking on “The Nation’s Rejected Subjects: Paradoxes of Belonging”
  • Nicole Carr, speaking on “Strange Fruit: The Politics of Belonging in the Trump Era”
  • Sharina Maillo-Pozo, sharing “A Few Reflections on Women of Color and Academic Citizenship.”
The concept of “Citizenship” is also at the heart of the College's Diversity & Inclusion Council’s programming this academic year, so the campus and the community will have ample opportunities to discuss this vital and relevant topic.

This event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception in the Lecture Center Lobby for guests and participants.


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Roedelius Performs at SUNY New Paltz on Sunday

Posted By on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Talk about an amazing and unexpected event. Electronic musician Hans Joachim Roedelius, the founder of Cluster and Harmonia, two of the leading acts of the 1970s Krautrock movement, is performing this Sunday at SUNY New Paltz.

Born in Berlin in 1936, Roedelius cofounded Cluster with Dieter Moebius and Conrad Schnitzler in the same city in 1970. Concurrent with the rise of similarly minded German bands like Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, and Can, Cluster worked with the pivotal producer Conny Plank and caught the ears of David Bowie and future their collaborator Brian Eno. In 1973, as a side project, Roedelius and Moebius formed the “Krautrock super group” Harmonia with Neu! member Michael Rother; the trio went on to release two influential albums. As a solo artist, Roedelius has remained a vital force in the worlds of ambient and experimental music.

Here’s a track from Roedelius’s 1981 album Wenn dur Sȕdwind weht:

Hans Joachim Roedelius will perform at the Julien J. Studley Theater on the campus of SUNY New Paltz on October 22 at 2pm. Tickets are $8 ($6 for seniors and $3 for students). For more information, call (845) 257-7869 or visit http://www.newpaltz.edu/music/concertseries.html.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Seasonal Vintage Train Rides

Posted By on Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 1:36 PM

COURTESY OF CATSKILL MOUNTAIN RAILROAD
  • courtesy of Catskill Mountain Railroad

The vintage passenger trains run by the Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) date to the 1930s, ’40s, and ‘50s, and offer rides along the sleeks tracks around Kingston and into the picturesque rural landscapes nearby. The Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad (C&CV) was built in 1869, and passengers aboard today experience this once-primary form of travel, while enjoying the beautiful scenery of Otsego County. Both historic railroad lines run special train rides throughout the year to share a love of train travel with people of all ages.

COURTESY OF CATSKILL MOUNTAIN RAILROAD
  • courtesy of Catskill Mountain Railroad

This weekend, both lines are running Pumpkin Patch Trains. They’ll wind their way through fall foliage to a pick-your-own pumpkin patch where a pumpkin is included in the ticket price. The CMRR will run the last two weekends in October with their new character, Jackie O’Lantern, the Harvest Queen. C&CV runs on October 21st and 22nd. They’re offering a special Halloween Costume Party Train for adults on the evening of October 28th with light food and a full cash bar and DJ.

Pumpkin Patch Trains on the CMRR board at the Westbrook Lane station, 149 Aaron Court at the Kingston Plaza shopping center: October 21-22 and 28-29; departing 11a, 1p, and 3p; rides are 60-75 minutes round trip; $18 adults, $16 seniors, $12 youth ages 2-12, free for ages 2 and under on a lap; purchase tickets online.

October Train Rides on the C&CV board just east of Route 28 on Route 166, 136 East Main Street in Milford: Pumpkin Patch Train, October 21-22; departing at 1p; rides are two hours round trip; $20 adults, $19 seniors, $17 children ages 3-12, free for under 3. Halloween Costume Party Train, October 28th; departing 7p; ride is 2 ½ hours; $20 adults, $19 seniors, must be 21+ with valid ID to ride; reservations required, call (607) 432-2429.

COURTESY OF CATSKILL MOUNTAIN RAILROAD
  • courtesy of Catskill Mountain Railroad

Beginning November and December, both lines will host Christmas-themed train rides, some with Santa on board. C&CV’s North Pole Express features colorful lights, Christmas music, and a stop at the North Pole Station for a casual nighttime ride along the Susquehanna River with holiday treats. Their Santa Express is decorated with garland and ornaments, and parents can bring a small gift to hide behind the Depot to the Reindeer Shack so Santa can hand it out on the train. The CMRR’s trademark Polar Express is inspired by the Warner Bros film and book by Chris Van Allsburg. There's Santa, music from the motion picture soundtrack, characters come to life, pajama-clad passengers, and all the magic of the story and of the season.

2017 Polar Express on the CMRR board at the Westbrook Lane station, 149 Aaron Court at the Kingston Plaza shopping center: November 17-19 and 24-26, December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 21-23 and 27-28; rides are up to 1 ½ hours round trip; $39 adults and $32 youth under 12 for off-peak, $48 adults and $38 youth under 12 for peak; purchase tickets online.

Holiday Rides on the C&CV board just east of Route 28 on Route 166, 136 East Main Street in Milford: Santa Express, November 24-26, December 3, 10, 16, and 17; departing at 1p; rides are 2 ½ hours round trip; $20 adults, $19 seniors, $17 children ages 3-12, free for under 3. North Pole Express, December 2, 9, and 16; departing 6:30p; ride is two hours round trip; $20 adults, $19 seniors, $17 children ages 3-12, free for under 3; reservations required, call (607) 432-2429.


Ask the CMRR and C&CV historic railroad lines about private charters for groups, nonprofit organizations, and schools!
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