Posts Tagged ‘Hudson’

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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LIVE: All Over Albany’s Rail, River, Hudson Tour, 7/12/14

Monday, July 21st, 2014
All Over Albany’s Rail, River, Hudson Tour

Get on the bus…

Story, photographs and video by Timothy Reidy

On a recent Saturday, a group of us went on a travel adventure. Last year, I had as similar day trip to Hudson, but this was better planned and had more going for it. For All Over Albany’s Rail, River, Hudson Tour, there were enough folks to pack both buses from Albany to the Rensselaer train station. The group was orderly packed in the train, too, and had a nice day to go south to Hudson.

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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: Many Arms / Century Plants @ the Spotty Dog, 6/10/14

Friday, June 20th, 2014
Century Plants

Century Plants

Review and photograph by Joel Reed

Just before Many Arms crashed into “Surface of Last Standing,” the first song of their set at the Spotty Dog Books & Ale in Hudson, someone who’d been enjoying the evening too much had a request: “Play Jimi! I love Jimi Hendrix! I know you can do it – ‘The Wind Cried Mary!’”

He was right – of course they could. Nick Millevoi (guitar), Johnny DeBlase (bass) and Ricardo Lagomasino (drums) have the chops to play anything, but in their own way. Saxophonist Colin Fisher, joining the group for this tour and on Suspended Definition, Many Arms’ latest release from John Zorn’s Tzadik label, responded that they’ll play all of Hendrix mashed-up, condensed and backwards.

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Real Good for FREE: Music at Sunset @ Greenport Town Park

Thursday, June 12th, 2014
The Greyhounds

Friday, August 8: The Greyhounds

Music At Sunset Concert Series
Greenport Town Park, Hudson
Concerts take place at 7pm on Fridays unless otherwise noted.

Here’s the complete line-up of free Music at Sunset concerts for the summer of 2014, beginning on Friday (June 13):

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LIVE: Michael Hurley @ the Half Moon, 5/23/14 (Take Two)

Friday, May 30th, 2014

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Review and photographs by Ross Marvin

One night before Bob Dylan turned 73 years old, Michael Hurley (a.k.a. Elwood Snock) played a $10 concert to a packed house at the Half Moon in Hudson.

The 72-year-old Hurley, whose First Songs was released on the legendary Folkways label 50 years ago, turned the dive bar full of 20-somethings into a hushed coffee house. “All of you shush up just awhile,” said Hurley before he launched into “The Revenent,” where he pronounced his truest lyrics of the night, “I am invincible, and I will survive.” Beyond all else, Michael Hurley is a fiercely independent counterculture survivalist. He is the Bear Grylls of freak-folk.

Like his better-known contemporary Mr. Zimmerman, Hurley’s legendary past doesn’t quite mean his live performance is life-altering. If you saw him busking on the street, you’d know he’d been at it a long time and you’d throw him a couple bucks, but you probably wouldn’t sign him to your record label before checking his pedigree (which includes a close association with the Holy Modal Rounders, and the Youngbloods) and taking a second listen to his seemingly simple lyrics.

Where Dylan’s live singing voice has deteriorated to a croak, Hurley’s is still recognizably endearing, though tonality was never his bag either. Hurley is at his best when he gets into the high register and lets his voice slip into an almost-tuneful falsetto as it did in the aptly-titled opener “Open Up.” Playing his hollow-body guitar through a borrowed amp, Hurley’s singular front-porch picking is epitomized by the single-note bass runs and licks that he turned out all night long.

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LIVE: Michael Hurley @ the Half Moon, 5/23/14

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

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Review by Bokonon
Photograph by Ross Marvin

The Sazerac. It may be America’s oldest cocktail. Astringent; sweetly bitter, but not bittersweet; and with the ghost of absinthe floating through its finish.

They serve a good Sazerac at Hudson’s Half Moon. It’s the right drink for Michael Hurley’s music, bracing, but hazily psychedelic; wooden yet electric.

Hurley was in the house at the Half Moon on Friday, singing to a considerably larger complement than he had in previous Friendly City visits at John Doe Records and the Hudson River Theater. John Doe owner, Dan “Bunnybrains” Seward — effectively Hurley’s Hudson booking agent — was there to let everyone know it, too, barking about the fourteen fans at the original early-aughts tour stop.

Now 72, Hurley plopped himself down in a wooden chair at the Half Moon, following opening sets by Metal Mountains and Tara Jane O’Neil. A few songs in, he was joined by Pittsfield guitarist and songwriter Wes Buckley, who immediately found the curiously funky Hurley pocket and never left it.

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