FEST: Beacon Jazz Festival @ the Seeger Riverfront Park on Saturday

July 21st, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg

Celebrating the music, distilleries, artisan crafts and culture of the Hudson Valley, the inaugural Beacon Jazz Festival is slated to take place from 12noon-6pm on Saturday (July 25) at the Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park in Beacon. Presented by Six String Productions, the festival will offer a wealth of musical talent.

And in addition to presenting great jazz, the first Beacon Jazz Festival will also double
as a Hudson Valley distillery tasting event with free tastings throughout the day. Local craft breweries, cideries and wineries will be also be providing their own offerings, along with local artisan chefs providing food to complement the event.

Tickets for the Beacon Jazz Festival are $45 per person; $65 special VIP tickets allow early admission with a free t-shirt, event glass and tote bag, along with related merchandise. For this inaugural, intimate event, admission will be limited to 1,500 attendees.

Here’s the complete line-up of bands performing at the inaugural Beacon Jazz Festival:

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LIVE: The Tani Tabbal Trio @ Quinn’s, 4/27/15

May 14th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg
Tani Tabbal

Tani Tabbal

Photographs by Rudy Lu

No question about it, jazz drummer-composer Tani Tabbal has a resume to die for – Roscoe Mitchell, the Sun Ra Arkestra, Cassandra Wilson, James Carter, Leroy Jenkins, Geri Allen, Anthony Braxton, Milt Jackson, Oliver Lake, Henry Threadgill, Karl Berger, David Murray… the list just goes on and on.

And he’s also got his own career as a bandleader. Recently, he brought his trio – featuring bassist Michael Bisio and saxman Adam Siegel – to Quinn’s in Beacon to celebrate the release of his new album, Mixed Motion.

It was an explosive blast of adventurous, soul-cleansing music.

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LIVE: The Joe Fiedler Trio @ Quinn’s, 11/3/14

November 14th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg
The Joe Fiedler Trio

The Joe Fiedler Trio

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

Avant garde jazz is generally heard infrequently around Greater Nippertown, although venues such as the Sanctuary for an Independent Media in Troy and Club Helsinki in Hudson have hosted the form on an occasional basis.

About a year ago, a small lunch luncheonette known as Quinn’s in Beacon was converted into a small Japanese restaurant/bar that features live music several times a week, including Monday night jazz sessions.

On Monday, November 3, the spotlight was on the Joe Fiedler Trio. Led by stellar trombonist Joe Fiedler and featuring bassist Rob Yost and drummer Michael Sarin, the threesome took advantage of the ability to swing about and shift tempo on a dime in the manner that only a small ensemble of virtuosos can.

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The Towne Crier Cafe Slated to Open in Beacon on Friday

October 1st, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg

The Town Crier

The Towne Crier Cafe has been one of the Hudson Valley’s hidden musical treasures for 40 years, first in Beekmanville, where it opened in 1972, and then for the past 25 years in Pawling. Despite a capacity of just 150, the Towne Crier hosted some true musical greats, from Richard Thompson to Dave Edmunds, from Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys to Tom Waits. Sadly, the cafe lost its lease last year, and fans were afraid that the venue would be gone for good.

Ah, but no…

On Friday (October 4), the Towne Crier Cafe is celebrating its brand new home in Beacon with a grand opening performance by the Grand Slambovians. At the new location, owner Phil Ciganer promises “more space, better sound, top-tier acts and a new fine-dining menu featuring fresh local fare… but with the same intimate Towne Crier experience you’ve known and loved since ‘72.”

Friday’s Grand Slambovians’ show is sold out (although you can still sign up on the waiting list), but there are plenty of other great shows already scheduled on the cafe’s concert calendar, including Rickie Lee Jones (Sunday, October 13), the Robben Ford Band (Saturday, October 19), the Duke Robillard Blues Band (Friday, October 25), Sonny Landreth (Sunday, October 27) and lots more.

Five Firsts: Brian Cruse of Luray

September 6th, 2013, 9:51 am by Greg
Brian Cruse

Brian Cruse

NAME: Brian Cruse
BAND AFFILIATION: Luray, Brian Cruse & the J.Smith Trio, Fado Nosso, quux collective, Larri Branch Agenda, Petersburg Symphony
INSTRUMENT: Upright & Electric Bass

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Nirvana – Nevermind. That was based off the recommendations of my friends. That album blew me away. I was in fifth grade & certainly had never heard anything like that before. Another album that really sticks out in my mind is Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water. That was the first album I really felt an uncontrollable urge to hunt down and find, after hearing the song “The Boxer” on the radio in high school. That song holds a special place in my heart to this day.

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Real Good for FREE: Rhythm On the Riverfront @ Beacon’s Long Dock Park

July 30th, 2013, 9:00 am by Greg
August 15: Tin Pan

August 15: Tin Pan

Returning for its third summer, Rhythm On the Riverfront is a free weekly concert series that takes place in Long Dock Park in Beacon throughout the month of August. At Long Dock’s tip is Beacon Point Project, a shoreline installation by renowned artist George Trakas, which projects out over the river (at high tide, water actually flows through it), making this a perfect place to fish, sunbathe, admire magnificent vistas of Newburgh Bay and, in this case, present concerts.

The concerts will take place at 5:30pm on Thursdays, and concertgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics.

Here’s the line-up of performers for Rhythm On the Riverfront:

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Festival Fever: Beacon Riverfest @ Beacon’s Riverfront Park, 6/29/13

June 18th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg
Matuto (photo by Kirsten Ferguson)

Matuto (photo by Kirsten Ferguson)

Photograph by Kirsten Ferguson

Local 845 will present its fourth annual Beacon Riverfest outdoor music festival in the city’s Riverfront Park beginning at 12noon on Saturday, June 29. And this year’s theme seems to be more, more, more…

Yes, in fact, this year there are three stages and twice as bands playing at the Beacon Riverfest than played last summer. From the Appalachia-gone-Afro-Brazilian sound of Matuto to the sizzling Latin rhythms-meet-psychedelic surf sounds of Chicha Libre to the Van Halen-goes-hillbilly lampoon of Jack Grace’s Van Hayride, there’s a whole great big mess o’ mashed-up music coming your way.

And best of all, the eight-hour fest is free, although donations at the gate are gratefully accepted.

Here’s the complete schedule for the day:

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Festival Fever: In the Pines Music Festival @ University Settlement Camp, 5/25/13

May 9th, 2013, 1:00 pm by Greg

Down in Beacon, Local 845 presents the In The Pines Music Festival at 6pm on Saturday, May 25 at the University Settlement Camp. Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door.

The festival features five bands:

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