Posts Tagged ‘Club Helsinki’

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.



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.”


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.


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

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013


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.


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.


CANCELLED: Holly Williams @ Club Helsinki

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
Holly Williams

Holly Williams

Originally slated for Club Helsinki in Hudson at 9pm on Friday night (November 22), alt-country singer-songwriter Holly Williams’ concert has been cancelled. Helsinki is seeking to reschedule the performance, but no new date has been set yet.

LIVE: NYS Blues Hall of Fame Induction & Concert @ Club Helsinki, 11/3/13

Thursday, November 7th, 2013
The Michael Packer Band.  Michael Packer, Jay Collins, Tony Parker, Freddie Jackson, and  EB Becton.

Jammin’ the blues… Michael Packer, Jay Collins, Freddie Jackson, Tony Parker and EB Becton

Story and photograph by Wanda Callagy

There was blues galore on Sunday as Michael Packer and his band hosted another New York Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Concert – this time at Club Helsinki in Hudson – honoring many musicians who share their talent throughout New York State from Long Island to Upstate.


NYS Blues Hall of Fame Inductions @ Club Helsinki on Sunday

Monday, October 28th, 2013

NYS Blues Hall of FameInduction ceremonies for the New York State Blues Hall of Fame seem to be popping up every couple of months. In the past year, area ceremonies have been conducted at Pauly’s Hotel in Albany (November, 2012), the Orpheum Performing Arts Center in Tannersville (February) and the Saratoga City Tavern in Saratoga Springs (August).

At 2pm on Sunday (November 3), Club Helsinki in Hudson will host the next induction ceremony. As usual, Blues Ambassador Michael Packer & His Blues Band will host the day’s festivities, inducting the region’s top blues artists into the Blues Hall of Fame, which is dedicated to honoring and showcasing legendary, master and great local blues artists from around the world. Tickets are $15.

Here are the inductees for Sunday’s ceremonies:


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