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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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

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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Monday, June 12, 2017

Opening Party at SallyeAnder's Flagship Store

Posted By on Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 9:00 AM

The SallyeAnder family - COURTESY OF SALLYEANDER
  • courtesy of SallyeAnder
  • The SallyeAnder family

Sallie Austin fell in love with the Hudson Valley. She decided it was the perfect place for her family’s long tradition of soap-making, which began with a line of handmade soap products developed in 1982. Austin is the second-generation owner of SallyeAnder, an all-natural, hypoallergenic soap company that's sold in over 2,000 stores nationwide, and she picked Beacon’s historic business district as the location for the company’s first-ever brick-and-mortar store. On Saturday, June 17th, you can share the excitement of the company’s flagship store with a family-friendly opening party.

What’s made the soap line so popular are the healing properties of its all-natural, organic ingredients. Earlier this year, SallyeAnder launched its Calendula Dandelion Soap, which uses olive and soy oils, organic calendula and organic dandelion blossoms, sweet tea, olive and rose essential oils to protect and heal dry, irritated skin. With its new location in the Hudson Valley, SallyeAnder has developed a relationship with Common Ground Farm in Wappingers Falls, which cultivates some of the natural ingredients used in the SallyeAnder line of soaps.

At the flagship store opening party, along with live music and food, there will be a soapmaking demonstration, and Austin, the mother of two, will show kids how to look to their natural environment for ingredients that clean. So far over 300 kids have signed up for the soap-wrapping contest where kids get to design the SallyeAnder soap packaging. It's happening in the two weeks leading up to the party and the winner will be announced at 3p at the party.

“We hear from folks from all over the country who have been able to resolve serious skin issues by going to a product that harnesses the power of our natural environment,” said Austin. “We so look forward to expanding on our SallyeAnder family by welcoming our local community to our storefront in Beacon. We were very deliberate about our choice of location - we wanted something in the beautiful, historic Hudson River Valley, which is not only a tourist destination that has exploded in popularity, but just a truly special place in which to live and work.”

The New York-based SallyeAnder handmade, all-natural soap company’s flagship store opening party at SallyeAnder, 1 East Main Street in Beacon: Saturday, June 17th, 12-6p, free and open to the public! For more information about the opening celebration, contact 315.343.0793. To learn more about the kids’ soap-wrapping contest, check Facebook. To learn more about family-owned SallyeAnder soap company, visit their website.
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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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Monday, June 5, 2017

Think Differently Dash

Posted By on Mon, Jun 5, 2017 at 9:00 AM

COURTESY OF WALKWAY OVER THE HUDSON
  • courtesy of Walkway Over the Hudson

The day before it becomes a staging ground for a marathon, the Walkway Over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie, in partnership with Dutchess County Government and the City of Poughkeepsie, will host a dash designed to celebrate athletes with physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities. On Saturday, June 10th, the Think Differently Dash will line Main Street with cheering, athleticism, advocacy, empowerment, and fun. Whether you participate as a racer or a spectator, it’s a sweet way for families to spend a Saturday morning.

The Walkway Over the Hudson is a reclaimed 19th century railroad bridge turned linear park, with connections to the Hudson Valley Rail Trail and the Dutchess County Rail Trail. During the weekend of June 10-11, 2017, it will host four races for the annual Walkway Marathon weekend, including a 5k, half marathon, and full marathon. It all starts with the Think Differently Dash, a one-mile race down Main Street in Poughkeepsie, in which anyone and everyone can participate.

After the race, try lunch at Soul Dog, just a couple blocks down from the dash finish line, at 107 Main Street. Serving hot dogs, burgers, and frosted cupcakes, it’s a gluten-free oasis with placemats for coloring. Kids will love to display theirs in the Kids Corner.

The Think Differently Dash at the Crannell Street Parking Area, traveling out and back on Main Street in Poughkeepsie: Saturday, June 10, 2017; pre-registration and packet pick-up 8:45-9:45a, race runs 10-11a; $10 day of registration, free to cheer. Learn more on the website and check their Facebook event for updates.

Got a kid participating in the Think Differently Dash? Prep them with this adorable make-your-own picture book.
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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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