Richie Havens Memorial at Woodstock Anniversary on Sunday

August 15th, 2013, 11:01 am by Greg

Back to the garden…

On Sunday (August 18) in Bethel, the ashes of music legend Richie Havens will be scattered across the field where the historic Woodstock Festival took place in 1969, which today is the site of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. The life and music of Havens – who passed away in April at the age of 72 – will be celebrated with a “Day of Song and Remembrance Honoring Richie Havens.” Admission is free.

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LIVE: Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, 6/16/12

June 25th, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg

Review by Charlie Weintraub

Ringo Starr. He’s a Beatle. Enough said. The preceding few words could suffice as an entire review. After all, he is a Beatle. And that is why people came.

Just as baseball has its summer classic, the All Star Game, the world of music has a summer classic of its own, and it was on fire this night.

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Festival Fever: Bethel Woods Bluegrass Jamboree, 8/22/10

August 20th, 2010, 3:03 pm by Greg

Ralph Stanley

Ralph Stanley

The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is a bit of a haul from Nippertown, and a lot of their concert schedule is filled with the same shows that play at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

But every once in a while a show pops up on their slate that’s well worth the drive on a nice summer day. Like this one…

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Fall Festival Fever

September 9th, 2009, 3:15 pm by Greg

Yes, it’s sad but true.

Summertime has come … and gone … for another year.

But now ain’t the time for your tears. Outdoor music in Nippertown doesn’t just shut down after Labor Day. In fact, there’s still quite a cornucopia of festivals coming our way for the autumn season.

Here’s a quick look at some of the highlights of what’s coming up in the next couple of weeks on the fall festival circuit:

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Buddy Guy, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

August 24th, 2009, 11:14 am by Greg

“The first album I ever bought? Hmmm, it was probably a B.B. King album. Either a B.B. King or a Muddy Waters album.

“You know, when albums first came out, they were collections of songs that had been released on 45s. And I already had all of those, but I bought the albums anyway, so the old record player wouldn’t have to flip through a dozen 45s. And then sometimes they’d put one new song on it to make sure that people would buy it.

“I’m sure it was a B.B. King or Muddy album that I had first. If I’m not mistaken, I’m quite sure it was a B.B. King album.”

Blues guitar great Buddy Guy teams up with one of his mentors, the legendary B.B. King, for a double-bill at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel on Thursday, August 27.

Arlo Guthrie, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

August 19th, 2009, 3:01 pm by Greg

Arlo2“It was the Everly Brothers. It was called ‘The Best of the Everly Brothers,’ and I still have it.

“It’s a great record.”

Arlo Guthrie will team up with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra for a concert at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel on Saturday, August 22.

Be Here Now: Weekend Roundup

August 19th, 2009, 11:53 am by Greg

Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are here, so get out and enjoy that summertime entertainment while you still can.

Here are some suggestions for your weekend:

Commander Cody @ Siro’s, Saratoga Springs (FREE)
Jimmy Webb @ the Wood Theater, Glens Falls (also Friday)
“Soiree: French Music Across the Border” @ Old Songs, Voorheesville
The New Deal @ Revolution Hall, Troy
Maria Zemantauski

Maria Zemantauski

Tern Rounders, the Black Fuel @ the Albany Public Library, Albany (FREE)
Oded Ben-Ami @ Professor Java’s Coffee Sanctuary, Colonie (FREE)
David Malachowski and the Woodstock Allstars, Riverfront Park, Athens (FREE)
Pat Metheny, Jack DeJohnette & Larry Grenadier @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock (thru Sunday)
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott @ the Colony Cafe, Woodstock
Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs (FREE)
The Queers @ Valentine’s, Albany
Maria Zemantauski @ Alchemy, Woodstock
Spencer Day @ the Hudson Waterfront Park, Hudson (FREE)
Project Bandaloop @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, Mass.
Junior Marvin of the Wailers (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Junior Marvin of the Wailers (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Marilyn Crispell @ Howland Arts Center, Beacon
Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles @ Club Helsinki, Great Barrington, Mass.
Yukari Roja @ Musica, Hudson
The Original Wailers @ Belleayre Music Festival, Highmount
Chris Barron Acoustic Duo @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady
Arlo Guthrie @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel
Deni Bonet @ Alchemy, Woodstock
Adrienne Young @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam (FREE)
Johnny Rabb and the Jailhouse Rockers @ Powers Park, Troy (FREE)
The Dan Tyminski Band @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, Mass.

The 15th annual Artists’ Soapbox Derby @ Lower Broadway, Kingston (FREE)
Uncle Rock @ Belleayre Music Festival, Highmount (FREE)
“The Songs of Paul Straussman” @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
Al Stewart @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
Ruth Pelham with Ramblin Jug Stompers @ the Central Park Music Haven, Schenectady (FREE)
Marshall Crenshaw and Denny Dillon @ the Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock

Woodstock vets still alive & kickin’

August 12th, 2009, 1:29 pm by Greg

Max Yasgur's farm today (photo by Rick Bedrosian)

Max Yasgur's farm today (photo by Rick Bedrosian)

Four decades ago, they were all gathered at a farm in Bethel.

And now, many of those same musicians are continuing to spread the word – or at least, the music.

Here’s where you can catch some of the original 1969 Woodstock festival alums in action these days:

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Holly & EvanCartoonist John CaldwellCaffe LenaThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantJim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysAdvertise on Nippertown!G.C. HaymesRamblin Jug Stompers