Photographs by Tim Livingston, Ruby, Stanley Johnson and Sara Ayers
The second annual Hudson Music Festival took over downtown Hudson for three days earlier this month, and it seemed as though there was music everywhere you looked – in the parks, in the restaurants, in the art galleries, in the parking lots and sometimes even in the middle of the streets. Folk, hip-hop, blues, rock, funk, country, punk, jazz and just about everything in between…
Some torrential rain made the outdoor Saturday sessions something of a washout, but even then there was plenty of good listening to be had at numerous indoor venues, especially the high-profile showcases at Club Helsinki and Basilica Hudson.
On Sunday, the weather was absolutely perfect, but unfortunately, the crowds were pretty thin. In the courtyard in front of a very cool antique shop, Lady Moon crooned her way through a batch of impressively soul-soaked original tunes, as well as solid cover of the classic “Stormy Weather,” while her band, the Eclipse, made sure the previous day’s storm clouds didn’t return.
Uptown at the 7th Street Park, Forever Autumn eased through their acoustic-doom styling in the mid-day sun, guitarist-vocalist Autumn Ni Dubhghaill and a cellist conjuring up some unholy sonic melding of “Broken English”-period Marianne Faithfull and Tom Waits.
At American Glory’s Blues, Brews & BBQ tent on Warren Street, the New York Funk Alliance churned through some vintage ’60s and ’70s nuggets, while we sipped on refreshingly cold, locally brewed Chatham Blonde Ale.
We did a lot of window shopping, poked our heads in a few art galleries, browsed around the Spotty Dog Books & Ale (our first time there, I’m embarrassed to admit, but certainly not our last), ran into quite a bunch of old friends, bought an arm-load of small-press anthologies at the Hudson Opera House book sale (five books for a buck!) and finally wrapped up the day with a post-Hudson Music Fest after-party at Dennis Herbert’s Folk Art Gallery with some good food, some sparkling wine and some equally sparkling conversation.
Tim Livingston’s review and photographs of Kris Perry’s “Machines”
Greg Haymes’ story and Sara Ayers photographs of the preview of the Marina Abramovic Institute for the Preservation of Performance Art at Nippertown
Rudy Lu’s photographs of the Hudson JazzWorks concert at Albany Jazz