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Friday, December 29, 2017

New Year’s Eve, Family-Style

Posted By on Fri, Dec 29, 2017 at 8:00 AM

New Year's at Noon at the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum
  • New Year's at Noon at the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum

Just because the New Year ushers in way past bedtime doesn’t mean families need leave the little ones out of New Year’s Eve celebrations. There are plenty of parties and opportunities to ring in 2018, family-style.

New Year’s at Noon hosted by the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum at 75 North Water Street in Poughkeepsie from 9:30a-12:30p. It’s the biggest party of the year with pop music, dancing, and surprises every hour on the countdown to noon. $10 per person MHCM Members, $14 per person non-members. This event will sell out, so grab tickets in advance using the “Find Ticket” link on Facebook.

Children’s New Year’s Eve Party hosted by Hyde Park Roller Magic at 4178 Albany Post Road in Hyde Park from 12p-3p. Add some noise makers, games, prizes, and a photo booth to your skating. There’s a balloon drop finale countdown. Admission is $7; skate rental is $2 quads/$4 blades; non-skating adults are free. See Facebook for more.

Family New Year’s Eve Party hosted by Wood’n Wheel at 365 Broadway, Route 9W in Ulster Park from 12-3:30p. Annual fun for the whole family with hats, horns, novelties, games, prizes, refreshments, and a grand finale balloon drop. Admission is $11; skate rental is $3.50. Arcade games are available a la carte. Learn more on the Facebook event.

New Year’s Eve Dance + Dinner hosted by the Ashokan Center at 477 Beaverkill Road in Olivebridge from 6p on. Ring in the New Year with dinner, live music, and dancing at the family-friendliest spot around. Two dance halls will feature swing, Cajun, waltzing, contras, and squares beginning at 8p, followed by late night Zydeco. Family-style dinner starts at 6p with options for vegan and gluten-free eaters. Make it a sleepover! Overnight bunk and breakfast packages are available.

If you’re not in the party mood, but want to make the New Year meaningful for kids and teens, try the Water Ceremony at the River hosted by The Dreaming Goddess at the Poughkeepsie Waterfront from 10-10:30a. It’s the final circle of the year and this will be a Water Prayer Ceremony, where people can send out prayers for a better world for all. The event is weather permitting, so check the Facebook page before you go.

Make it a weekend with events before and after New Year’s Eve in Kingston.

Preparing for 2018! Tarot Readings with Silvia Forni hosted by Anahata at 35 North Front Street, Floor 2, in Kingston on Saturday, December 30th from 1-4p. Become more aligned with heart and soul desires, and get clear about goals, wishes, and dreams for 2018. What is it you want to release or manifest this year? 20 minutes for $20. Book by emailing Theresa@anahatakingston.com and receive a coupon for a discounted reading in 2018.

Day 1 Walk on Monday, January 1 from 1-4p. Start the year walking together, seeing each other as fellow human beings. It’s not a march, or a rally, or a protest. It’s just a chance to walk, get to know each other, and start the year from a unified place. The walk starts at Dietz Stadium at 170 North Front Street in Kingston, and travels two miles downtown to the Riverport Wooden Boat School at the Hudson River Maritime Museum at 50 Rondout Landing in Kingston, where there will be hot beverages.

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Slam Allen Brings New Year's Bang to Beacon

Posted By on Thu, Dec 28, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Slam Allen
  • Slam Allen
Hudson Valley bluesman Slam Allen made his bones by leading the legendary James Cotton’s backing band for several years. But more recently he’s been leading his own bands and releasing his own albums, performing steadily across the US, Europe, and South America. And this Sunday he’s bringing his searing soul fire to the Towne Crier for a blues-blasting New Year’s Eve celebration.

Before becoming a formidable singer and guitarist, Allen played drums in his family’s soul band the Allen Brothers. The New York Blues Hall of Fame inductee has racked up dozens of awards, including a number 11 placing in blues bible Living Blues for his 2015 release Feel These Blues.

Here, Slam and his band stretch out on the epic “Been Mistreated” back in 2014:

The Slam Allen Band will perform at the Towne Crier in Beacon, New York, on December 31 at 9:30pm. Willa & Company will open. Tickets $45-$100. For more information, call (845) 855-1300 or visit http://www.townecrier.com/.

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Roswell Rudd (1935-2017)

The Kerhonkson jazz great passed away last Thursday.

Posted By on Sun, Dec 24, 2017 at 4:00 AM

Roswell Rudd - FIONN REILLY
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  • Roswell Rudd
The news has certainly been depressing enough lately, so I’m sad to bring more as a parting shot to this largely lousy year, but here goes: Last Thursday the great trombonist, composer, and Kerhonkson resident Roswell Rudd lost a long battle with prostate cancer.

Rudd, 82, was the leading and most influential trombonist of the early free jazz movement that developed in New York during the early 1960s. His name-making work from this heady era includes the albums he made with saxophonist Archie Shepp for the Impulse! label; 1964’s ESP-Disk debut by the New York Art Quartet and New York Eye and Ear Control film soundtrack; and numerous collaboration with Steve Lacy, Cecil Taylor, Carla Bley, Charlie Haden, Pharoah Sanders, Gato Barbieri, Larry Coryell, the Jazz Composer’s Orchestra, and others. In addition to being a trailblazer on his instrument, the one-time Bard College educator and Alan Lomax assistant was a pioneer of world/Western music fusion, a practice he explored on his later albums as a leader, such as 2002’s MALIcool and 2005’s stunning Blue Mongol. His most recent release was this year’s Embrace.

Besides being an intrepid musical explorer, Rudd was easily one of the warmest and sweetest souls I’ve encountered in my years as a Hudson Valley music journalist. In 2009 I profiled him for Chronogram.

Here he is in collaboration with Sonic Youth circa 2006 on a version of the traditional “Dry Bones” for a Hal Wilner-curated Harry Smith Project concert in New York:

Rudd is survived by his life partner, the producer and ethnomusicologist Verna Gillis; and his two sons from prior partners, Christopher and Greg Rudd. Chronogram’s condolences go out to all of them and the rest of the late musician’s friends and other relations.

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

James Maddock Sings in Rosendale

Posted By on Thu, Dec 21, 2017 at 9:00 AM

James Maddock
  • James Maddock
British singer-songwriter James Maddock rose to fame as the frontman of Americana outfit Wood, whose Top Five single “Stay You” was featured prominently on TV’s “Dawson’s Creek.” Maddock, now based in New York, will pay the Rondout Creek a visit when he plays the Rosendale Café on December 30.

In addition to appearing on “CBS This Morning” and “Late Night with David Letterman,” Maddock has performed with no less than Bruce Springsteen himself. Prior to forming Wood, he fronted earnest indie outfit Fire Next Time.

In this sepia-shot video, he croons Wood’s signature tune at New York’s Rockwood Music Hall, where he’s held down a popular and long-running residency:

To download the tracks and learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/ElvisPerkinsMusic/. For more information on the Emergent Fund, visit https://www.emergentfund.net/grantees.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Big Takeover to Ring in New Year in Woodstock

Posted on Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 9:00 AM

The Big Takeover
  • The Big Takeover
One New Year’s Eve, but so many great New Year’s Eve gigs to choose from. What’s an upstate music fan to do? Hey, all I can do is plug the ones I can here. The rest is up to you. So here’s another: everyone’s local reggae faves the Big Takeover at Colony.

Formed in New Paltz in 2007 and fronted by the alluring NeeNee Rushie, the Big Takeover has taken their rocksteady stew of ska and roots reggae all around the continental U.S. and released their fourth album, Silly Girl, this year.

Here’s the band stirring it up with “Stay with Me” at the 2015 Summer Hoot:

Knock Yourself Out will perform with the Octomen, MSL, Dirt Bikes, and M Roosevelt at Quinn’s in Beacon, New York, on December 31 at 8:30pm. A $10 donation is suggested. For more information, call (845) 202-7447 or visit https://www.facebook.com/QuinnsBeacon/.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Marco Benevento Meets Rubblebucket for Kingston New Year's Eve

Posted on Thu, Dec 7, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Marco Benevento - FIONN REILLY
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  • Marco Benevento
We dig West Saugerties keyboardist Marco Benevento a lot around here. The impish virtuoso’s are always a blast and over-filled with all kinds of unexpected musical twists and turns. And the recently announced New Year’s Eve throwdown by Benevento at BSP sounds like a hell of a way to plunge off the precipice into 2018.

Benevento’s latest release is this year’s Woodstock Sessions (reviewed by John Burdick in the August 2017 issue of Chronogram), which was recorded live ’n’ local at Applehead Studios. For this sonically orgiastic NYE jam, he’ll be sharing the bill with headliners Rubblebucket.

Dig “Limbs of a Pine,” Benevento’s 2012 collaboration with Rubblebucket singer Kamia Traver:

Rubblebucket and Marco Benevento will perform in BSP’s Back Room Theater in Kingston, New York, on December 31 at 8pm. Tickets are $40 online and $50 at the door. For more information, call (845) 481-5158 or visit http://bspkingston.com/.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Singer Cecile McLorin Salvant Returns to Bard College

Posted on Tue, Dec 5, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Cecile McLorin Salvant
  • Cecile McLorin Salvant
Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant made her sold-out Fisher Center debut in 2015 to a rapturous reception. On December 17, she’ll return to the Bard College venue for an afternoon concert accompanied by revered pianist Sullivan Foster.

Born in Florida to a Haitian mother and French father, Salvant studied voice and in France and won the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Competition in 2010. Her carefully chosen repertoire explores the connections between jazz, vaudeville, blues, and folk, with the accent on rarely recorded, forgotten songs, with strong stories, and The New York Times has cited her as a prominent upholder of the Billie Holiday/Ella Fitzgerald/Sarah Vaughn tradition.

Here she delivers a sublime rendition of the Rodgers-Hart classic “I Didn’t Know What Time it Was”:

Cecile McLorin Salvant will perform with Sullivan Foster at the Fisher Center’s Sosnoff Theater at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, on December 17 at 3pm. Tickets are $25-$65. For more information, call (845) 758-7900 or visit http://fishercenter.bard.edu/.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Pick-me-up at Woodstock Healing Arts

Posted By on Mon, Dec 4, 2017 at 10:56 AM

Naomi McCann is offering mini-facials at Woodstock Healing Arts
  • Naomi McCann is offering mini-facials at Woodstock Healing Arts

On Wednesday, December 13th, take some time out of your busy schedule for restoration and self-care with organic mini-facials with Naomi McCann at Woodstock Healing Arts. Focusing on thorough cleansing, massage, and maintenance, and using only the finest natural and organic products, the skin is cleansed, exfoliated, and nourished. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect pick-me-up?

Woodstock Healing Arts is a multidisciplinary, team-based health and wellness center that weaves conventional and traditional healing methods to address the root cause of disease. Treating body, mind and spirit, the approach is safe, evidence-based, and geared toward each situation. “Our vision is that integrative, mind-body medicine is the medicine of the future,” their website reads. Another goal is to make integrative medicine accessible to the greater Woodstock community.

Naomi McCann is a licensed Aesthetician with a passion for supporting her clients in achieving optimal health. She customizes her approach by incorporating Reiki and energy healing with treatments which include a blend of positive vibrations, loving touch, and attention to detail. McCann believes that when the skin is cared for and healthy, the light from within radiates outward. Emerge from a session with deep relaxation and healing, radiant, glowing skin, and an overwhelming sense of well-being. With the mini-facials on December 13th, you can add a little inner light to the season of lights.

Organic Mini-Facials with Naomi McCann at Woodstock Healing Arts, 83 Mill Hill Road in Woodstock: Wednesday, December 13th, 12-2p; by donation. Pre-book your "me" time with Naomi online. Walk-ins welcome, based on availability.

Don’t miss the Woodstock Healing Arts December special: buy one gift card and get a second 50% off, of equal or lesser value! Click here to purchase.
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