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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
  • Heron Furtwangler
  • 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

Vomit Fist
  • 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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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Lera Lynn Brings Dark Country Sounds to Hudson

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

Lera Lynn
  • 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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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Stone Ridge Concert Benefits Pop Opera

Posted By on Thu, Jun 8, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Debbie Lan
  • Debbie Lan

Rosendale-area resident Debbie Lan is a tireless booster of children’s music in the Hudson Valley, leading her band Grenadilla, whose songs are inspired by the kwela music of her South African birthplace, and appearing with “kindie” group Dog on Fleas. Lan also founded and directs the vocal ensembles Bloom and the B2s, both of whom will perform this Sunday at a benefit concert for her new pop opera, “On a Midsummer’s Night.”

A musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer’s Night Dream,” Lan’s production is composed of 60 pieces of music and features 12 local actors and singers. Sunday’s program will begin with members of the cast performing a sampling of songs from “On a Midsummer’s Night” followed by the B2s and Bloom.

Here's Lan and Grenadilla live at the Clearwater festival in 2010:

The “On a Midsummer’s Night” benefit concert will take place on June 11 at 2pm at High Meadow School in Stone Ridge, New York. Admission is $15; $5 for children; children age 4 and under are free. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/242924736184060/permalink/244382936038240/.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Local Jazz Super Group Debuts This Week

Posted By on Tue, Jun 6, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Hudson, left to right: Larry Grenadier, Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield, John Medeski
  • Nick Suttle
  • Hudson, left to right: Larry Grenadier, Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield, John Medeski

As regular readers may be aware, Hudson Valley music is my beat. So when a new local band pops up I’m always interested. But when it’s a jazz super group made up of locally residing, internationally renowned legends that’s named for and inspired by our beautiful region? Count me extra-intrigued. And such is the case with Hudson, the new project comprised of drummer Jack DeJohnette, keyboardist John Medeski, bassist Larry Grenadier, and guitarist John Scofield, which marks this month’s release of its debut album with a North American tour.

Officially launched in honor of DeJohnette’s upcoming 75th birthday (on August 9), the quartet originally came together at the 2014 Woodstock Jazz Festival. “There is a kindred spirit in the Hudson Valley,” says DeJohnette. “And there are many musicians who live in the area who represent a variety of genres. In recent years, we have only been able to collaborate locally on occasion due to our individual musical obligations, but the fact remains that there’s a common language that we all speak—something that emerges from our shared environment and our shared surroundings.”

On their self-titled debut, the unit references their surroundings not only in abstract ways but also by the inclusion of a piece by Woodstock’s most famous son, Bob Dylan: a transcendental version of his "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall." Here's a promotional trailer for the album:

Hudson’s initial tour begins June 9 in San Francisco. The band will perform at the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie, New York, on October 4. Hudson is out June 9 on Motemam Music. For more information, visit https://hudson-music.bandcamp.com/releases.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Keith Richards to Auction Items in Hudson

Posted By on Thu, Jun 1, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Kieth Richards
  • Kieth Richards

Celebrity charity auctions in New York or London are common, but it’s not often that rock royalty gives up the goods—for a good cause—in the Hudson Valley. Later this month, though, you’ll have the opportunity to take home an antique or two from the collection of Rolling Stones guitar god Keith Richards—provided, of course, you got the silver, to borrow a line from one of his signature tunes.

To benefit the Connecticut autism charity groups SPHERE and Prospector Theater, on June 24 the guitarist and his wife, model Patti Hansen, will put high-end items from their luxury Manhattan apartment on the block at Stair Galleries. There’s no word at this time as to whether or not the couple themselves will be on hand physically for the auction (one guesses not), but of course having the chance to appreciate firsthand some choice pieces from their legendarily tasteful collection will be a kick for Stones fans—even the ones who aren’t planning to bid on them.

Here’s Keef and the boys with the aforementioned ditty:

For more information about the auction, and a glimpse at some of the pieces being offered, visit http://www.stairgalleries.com/auctions/june-24-2017-2/.

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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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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Spring for Sound Festival Set for Next Month

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

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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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