Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Sara Ayers, Matt Mac Haffie, Tim Livingston
We headed to the Hudson Music Festival last Saturday (August 10), and really, we simply couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day for wandering around Warren Street in Hudson, soaking up the sun and the sounds.
And what a glorious array of sounds it was – everything from blues to punk, from singer-songwriter folk to gospel, from jazz to roots-rockin’ Americana – emanating from seemingly every street corner, bar, park, restaurant and art gallery around town. And all of it was free…
Caged in by a foreboding wrought-iron fence in the parking lot at the corner of Warren and Fifth were the Matchstick Architects and the Last Conspirators (who served up a healthy preview of super-charged, psychedelic, politico-punk their upcoming album, A Celebration of Fury, slated for release next month). And just across the street, the oh-so-controversial Wandering Dago food truck finally found a home (at least temporarily), doing steady business throughout the day.
Holly and Evan paired back to their original two-piece sound, dishing up Muddy Waters blues alongside traditional gospel gems, as they took their music off the Warren Street stage and out onto the sidewalk, delighting passers-by. And John Brodeur served up a solo show, sneak-previewing some excellent, hook-filled tunes from his new album, Little Hopes, which was officially released on Tuesday (August 13).
And so much more…