Considering the great wealth of musicians who live and work in the Woodstock area, it’s always been somewhat surprising that there aren’t more live music venues around town.
Wonderful old places like the Joyous Lake and the Brass Rail are long gone, but now it finally seems as though there’s a new kid in town for live music.
Alchemy is the name of the brand spankin’ new coffeehouse/bookstore located in the Bearsville Theater complex at 297 Tinker St., Woodstock. And in addition to fresh, healthy food and free wifi, Alchemy is also offering lots and lots of great acoustic music. Wednesdays are open mike nights, while a free, emerging artist concert series takes place on Sundays.
Here’s the line-up of Alchemy’s first month of shows, all of which start at 9pm:
Fri. June 5 MARC BLACK/MIKE ESPOSITO
Two venerable Woodstock musicians come together for a magical night of music.
Sat. June 6 COMMANDER CODY/PROFESSOR LOUIE
A rare solo piano show; the Commander and the Professor. As leader of the legendary band Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen, Cody should be in the Rock hall of Fame. Meanwhile, producer of The Band and leader of the Crowmatix, Louie should be in the Woodstock Hall of Fame.
Sun. June 7 KAT LARIOS
Minimalist music from this colorful Kingston based ukulele player.
Fri. June 12 THE BOWMANS
Fast rising Americana twins that sing like angels. The renowned Malcolm Burn produced their recent CD “The Bowmans.”
Sat. June 13 JILL STEVENSON
Former Woodstock resident triumphantly returns with a brilliant new CD featuring her amazing voice and compelling songs.
Fri. June 19 RAMBLIN JUG STOMPERS
Featuring former Blotto members and a jug, Woodstock has always loved jug bands, this will be no exception. 78 RPM music for the 21st century.
Sat. June 20 HAPPY TRAUM
A Woodstock guitar legend if there ever was one, Happy returns to his former manager Albert’s house. This is an event not to miss.
Sun. June 21 NAKED
Julia Nichols’ gorgeous voice leads this eclectic tribe of musicians from Woodstock.
Fri. June 26 MACHAN TAYLOR
This exotic singer has toured with Pink Floyd and Sting, sings her own Brazilian-based tunes with a voice that will make your jaw drop.
Sat. June 27 STONEY CLOVE LANE
Killer tunes and musicianship power this well loved local act that has captured the heart of Woodstock.
Fri. July 10 THE KENNEDYS
Sat. July 11 UNCLE MONK (featuring Tommy Ramone)
Fri. July 17 JOY ASKEW/SARAH FIMM
Sat. July 18 AMY FRADON & LESLIE RITTER
Fri. July 31 OLIVIA MAXWELL with RICHARD LLOYD (of Televison)
Sat. August 8 TRACY BONHAM
Fri. August 14 SWATI