Posts Tagged ‘Club Helsinki’

LIVE: The Baseball Project @ Club Helsinki, 7/23/14

Monday, July 28th, 2014

The Baseball Project @ Club Helsinki, 7/23/14

Review and photograph by Ross Marvin

By the time the Baseball Project roared into Hudson on Wednesday, they had played more than a double-header, appearing on “The Dan Patrick Show” and later on WAMC-FM (lunch was apparently quinoa burgers at Howard Glassman’s the Low Beat) before cruising south to Club Helsinki.

Despite the long day, the veteran rockers played with the spirit of newly signed bonus babies. Keyboardist Josh Kantor (who is also the official organist of the Boston Red Sox) threw the first pitch with some tasty ballpark sounds on his B3, and the band – Scott McCaughey (guitar/vocals), Steve Wynn (guitar/vocals), Mike Mills (bass/vocals) and Linda Pitmon (drums) – took the stage like the home team in the top of the first (OK, OK, enough of the baseball puns, but I could go all night).

For anyone who doesn’t know, this indie supergroup has released three albums of story songs about America’s pastime. From the obscure (Doc Ellis’ ejection for hitting three Cincinnati Reds in a row) to the infamous (A-Rod and Pete Rose), the band is a dream come true for those true blue-blooded Americans who love their baseball with a side dish of power pop.

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Five Firsts: Ruby Stinson

Monday, July 14th, 2014
Ruby Stinson

Ruby Stinson

NAME: Ruby Stinson
INSTRUMENT: Voice

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … The Fugees’ The Score

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Cher! She was also my mom’s first concert.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … My first instrument was the viola. I was never really that great, but I stuck with it until high school.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “I Am the Cute One” by the Olsen Twins for a Filipino talent show.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … I was in a girl group called R&B Divas in the sixth grade. I don’t think we ever had an official performance, but we sang a lot of Divine and Destiny’s Child songs, a true kid of the ’90s.

Ruby Stinson will team up with her dad Tommy Stinson (who plays bass for Guns ‘n Roses and the Replacements) for the FarmOn! Hoedown at Club Helsinki in Hudson at 7pm on Friday (July 18). Headlining the benefit for the FarmOn! Foundation will be another second generation musician, Willie Nelson’s son, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, who made quite an impression at SPAC last September at Farm Aid. The Liana Gabel Band will open the show. Tickets are $50 for general admission; $75 for reserved VIP.

FIVE FIRSTS: Karen Cole of the Dust Bowl Faeries

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
The Dust Bowl Faeries

The Dust Bowl Faeries

NAME: Karen Cole
BAND AFFILIATION: The Dust Bowl Faeries
INSTRUMENT: Lap steel guitar / percussion / vocals

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … I had a lot of 45s earlier, but the first two albums I remember actually buying were Donovan’s Greatest Hits and The Best of the Bee Gees, the one with the yellow cover.

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LIVE: The Felice Brothers @ Club Helsinki, 3/17/14

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

The Felice Brothers

Review and photographs by Martin Benjamin

The Felice Brothers delivered a spirited and ramshackle performance on St. Patrick’s Night at Club Helsinki in Hudson. Starting with a set list of 32 songs at their feet, they delivered a dozen of them before diverting from the list and calling an audible. Sadly, a dozen songs into it, “It’s a Wonderful Life” was skipped on the set list. Perhaps the room was getting too rowdy for a selection that quiet and sensitive, so they barreled ahead with faster rollicking material, which was more appropriate for this holiday drinking Monday night crowd. While playing lots of familiar stuff, there was an Irish tint to some offerings as well. And they did deliver some surprises.

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LIVE: Pro Jam 4 @ Club Helsinki, 2/6/14

Thursday, February 20th, 2014
Murali Coryell with Richard M. Surrano

Murali Coryell with Richard M. Surrano

Story and photographs by Wanda Callagy

The recent Pro Jam 4 at Club Helsinki in Hudson was well attended by both listeners and musicians who came from Woodstock, Poughkeepsie and the Capital Region to play. At the Thursday evening jam session, folks had the opportunity to sit in with first-class musicians, including many NYS Blues Hall of Fame inductees and several Grammy nominees.

Sponsored by Harley Davidson, the jam session was organized by Gary McKeever and Sonny Rock. “This was our fourth event, and Sonny and I have been able to put this together on a weeknight so that these working musicians can actually meet and play with new people,” said McKeever. “Most of them are doing gigs on the weekends, and since musicians attend from all over, they get the opportunity to network and see other artists. They may need a drummer or see someone who has a talent that could add to their band or performance.”

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LIVE: Bettye LaVette @ Club Helsinki, 1/11/14

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Bettye LaVette

Review and photograph by Tim Livingston

Stunning, beguiling, sexy, raw, emotional, gritty, smooth, transforming, independent, uplifting. original, gracious, dignified, powerful, stirring, heartfelt, down-to-earth, upbeat, soulful, bluesy, uncompromising, full of youthful exuberance, wise and witty…

Just a few of the words that come to mind while experiencing the terrific Bettye LaVette in concert recently at Club Helsinki in Hudson. You may have heard her story – under-appreciated during the early days of ’60s soul, but having a major resurgence in the second half of her life/career, due in part to some smart musical choices, an epic Kennedy Honors performance honoring the Who and singing at President Obama’s inauguration.

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LIVE: Simi Stone @ Club Helsinki, 12/7/13

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

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Photographs and blurb by Tim Livingston

Singer Simi Stone returned to Club Helsinki and set the cold winter night ablaze with a fiery and passionate set of her original soul-pop. Backed by a crack band, including the rock steady combo of drummer Zack Alford and bassist Sara Lee, along with the always incredible Gail Ann Dorsey, (tonight playing the part of guitar player), Simi captivated the full-house with two hours of sweet soul music.

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CD Release Parties: Poor Old Shine @ The Linda & Club Helsinki

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Poor Old Shine isn’t wasting any time getting out there in support of their just-released self-titled debut album on the Signature Sounds label. In fact, they’ll be stompin’ into Nippertown twice this weekend, landing at WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany tonight (Friday, November 22) before slipping down to Club Helsinki in Hudson of Saturday night (November 23).

The band grew out of late night jam sessions at the University of Connecticut’s Folk Music Society just three years ago, and since then they have gone on to spread their grassroots brand of Americana all throughout the northeast and at festivals from coast to coast.

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