LIVE: The Amy Helm Band @ Club Helsinki, 3/1/13

March 4th, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg

Amy Helm @ Club Helsinki (photo by Eric Gleason)

Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Eric Gleason

There are good music nights, and then there are great music nights. The latter was definitely the case for Amy Helm’s two hours-plus set at Club Helsinki to a sold-out audience last weekend. Bringing passion and joy to 20 songs, these four talented musicians (and a special guest) delved deep into the roots of American music spanning eight decades.

The band took the stage with no introduction necessary – many in the crowd knew Helm from her decade with Ollabelle and countless nights playing in the Midnight Ramble band with legendary father, the late Levon Helm. Daniel Littleton (acoustic guitar), Byron Issacs (acoustic guitar, acoustic bass) and Dave Berger (drums, squeeze box) took their seats and up to the microphone strode the beautiful Helm, clad in a floral blouse and bell-bottom jeans. “Roll the Stone” proved to be a hypnotic opener, with Berger supplementing his drums with occasional sleigh bells, while Littleton’s echo-laden lead and rhythm work complemented Helm’s fine vocal. “Wild Girl” and “Roll Away” continued the Catskills-meets-Cotton Belt rustic vibe, and the telepathy of the four elicited smiles all around. This was going to be a special night.

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Be Here Now: “Music at the Movies” @ Upstate Films at Tinker Street, 5/23/10

May 20th, 2010, 2:21 pm by Greg

Music At The Movies

Elizabeth Mitchell and Daniel Littleton

After its winter hiatus, the Music at the Movies concert series returns to Woodstock at 8:30pm on Sunday.

Sunday’s concert will feature Elizabeth Mitchell and Daniel Littleton (both of the fabulous group Ida) along with Amy Helm (of Ollabelle and the Levon Helm Band).

There’s another change, too. The movie theater formerly known as the Tinker Street Cinema is now known as Upstate Films at Tinker Street.

General admission tickets for the concert are $11.

LIVE: Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble, 10/10/09

October 14th, 2009, 8:35 am by Greg


I’d never been to one of Levon Helm‘s Saturday night Midnight Rambles at his home/recording studio in Woodstock, but over the years I’d heard lots about them. I knew it would be fun, but I never realized just how much fun.

Intimate? It really was like standing around in somebody’s living room and watching a world-class band crank out some of their favorite songs. For more than two hours, I stood no more than 15 feet away from Levon Helm as he churned through some of the funkiest backbeats I’ve ever heard. I was begoggled.

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