The Hudson Valley is home to a surprising diversity of under-the-radar- and famous musicians. Its awe-inspiring landscape has been the subject of many hits. Naturally, the influx of musicians has led to the creation of many eclectic venues. Here are some of our favorites.
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
The site of the iconic 1969 Woodstock festival, the 800-acre Bethel Woods campus hosts old-timey musicians and modern-day stars. Groove to Bob Dylan or shake it to Pitbull at the Pavillion Stage (an amphitheater which seats 15,000) or the intimate 440-seat indoor Event gallery. If you go during the day, pay homage to the '70s at the Museum at Bethel Woods.
200 Hurd Road, Bethel (866) 781-2922; Bethelwoodscenter.org
If you’re looking to hear some contemporary and classic rock bands, stop here. This historical venue has worn many hats—from its start as a vaudeville house to a silent film theater, and now a music venue—changing ownership many times. Its roots are ever present with its wooden balcony and decadent ceilings. The theater complex consists of four rooms: The Chance, the primary concert hall; The Loft, a smaller upstairs concert hall; The Platinum Lounge, a downstairs bar/nightclub; and The Nuddy Irishmen, a downstairs cafe/bar. 6 Crannell Street, Poughkeepsie (845) 471-1966; Thechancetheater.com
Snug Harbor Bar and Grille
If you’re feeling collegiate, or extra-social, head on over to Snug Harbor Bar and Grille. This kitschy dive bar hosts live music most nights. This venue is a favorite among local and international bands. With a packed boisterous crowd and a full-stocked bar, a night here is bound to help you make new memories.
3 Main Street, New Paltz (845) 255-9800; Facebook.com/snugsnewpaltz
This '50’s-style luncheonette has transformed into a collaborative, cooperative venue catering to the hipster community. Quinn’s serves Japanese food with a specialty in ramen, which guests can enjoy at the counter or a booth under hanging stained-glass lamps. The bands tend to be obscure and unknown of varying genres: jazz, rock, metal, and more. Stop by anytime Mon-Fri from 6pm to 1am.
330 Main Street, Beacon (845) 202-7447; Facebook.com/QuinnsBeacon
This reconstructed 1800s solid brick Helsinki complex houses a club, restaurant with outdoor seating, two performance spaces, a gallery, recording studios, and much more. Established to unite the local community visionaries, both well-known and niche musicians are booked. Past shows include names such as Levon Helm, Norah Jones, Soulive, Jim Lauderdale, and many more.
405 Columbia Street, Hudson (518) 828-4800; Helsinkihudson.com