Down in Hudson, Rob Caldwell of Musica music store curates one of the most eclectic and intriguing free outdoor concert series in the Greater Nippertown area. The series – dubbed Hudson.Water.Music. – is back for another summer at the gazebo at the spacious Henry Hudson Waterfront Park, kicking off with the ubiquitous Chandler Travis Philharmonic on Wednesday (July 18).
In addition to the great music, each evening will also feature roving circus performers – unicylers, jugglers, magicians, comedians and clowns – from the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, for your added enjoyment.
The concerts take place every Wednesday from 6-9pm.
Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)
Hudson.Water.Music. is a free summer-time concert series co-sponsored by the City of Hudson and Hudson’s own fab music store, Musica. The concerts take place from 6-9pm on Wednesdays at the Henry Hudson Riverfront Park.
In addition to the great music with a decidedly international flavor, each evening will feature roving circus unicylers, jugglers, magicians, comedians and clowns from Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. In addition, a great choice of fine summer victuals will be available at the shows.
The series kicks off this evening with Sweet Soubrette, a NYC-based indie rock band led by singer-songwriter Ellis Baker, featuring ukulele, violin and marimba. The band is touring in support of their latest album, “Days and Nights.” Sharing the stage will be the Edna Project – the duo of Liz Queler and Seth Farber performing a song-cycle set to the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay.
The second World Music Extravaganza will be presented at 8pm Saturday (December 5) at the luxurious Savoia Lounge at 214 Warren St. in Hudson. Featured performers on the eclectic bill will be the tango/Gypsy jazz duo of Jonathan Talbot and Seamus Maynard, Japanese-pop/bossa nova songstress Yakuri Roja and the swingin’ hoedown rhythms of Ramblin Jug Stompers.
Throughout the evening HVAPA Belly Dancers will also be performing for your pleasure. The evening’s entertainment begins at 8pm, following the ever-popular Hudson City Winterwalk – the hip and happening community festival that that runs from 5-8pm all up and down Warren Street, kick-starting the holiday season in historic Hudson.
The concert is sponsored in part by B LO 3rd and Hudson’s fab community music store, Musica.
Straight outta Pleasant Valley, the singer-songwriter, guitar ‘n’ ukulele duo My Rifle land at Musica in Hudson for a free outdoor patio performance at 6pm on Saturday, July 18.
Shannon Beyer and Franny Olsen have been making music together since they were in the sixth grade, but they’ve only recently gotten serious about it and released their debut EP recording “Onion Blues.”
As influences the neo-folk duo lays claim to Stephen Malkmus, the Flaming Lips, Patsy Cline and Hank Williams.
Wanna hear more? Go here now or go here on July 18.
Singer-songwriter Shane Murphy slips into Hudson’s uber-cool music shop Musica for a performance at 6:30pm Saturday, July 11.
Here’s a bit of Murphy’s story in his own words:
“I was born in 1986 and raised in the Northern Adirondacks. I began playing piano and saxophone in elementary school, then dropped piano, then learned bass guitar in high school.
“Though I’d never played guitar, I knew I needed one in order to figure out the melodies I’d been humming. Initially, I learned a ton from tabs – Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan, the Beatles and a slew of Canadian bands like the Tragically Hip, Moist and I Mother Earth.
“After I’d written and recorded a few of my own songs, my dad asked if I’d been listening to Tim Buckley. His was a name I didn’t know. Then, when my dad bought ‘Happy Sad’ for me, an entirely new sense of and interest in music was ushered in. I’ve never tried to mimic him; if any similarities are apparent, they are out of profound admiration for him.
“After high school, I went to Allegheny College, spent a year in Spain, and graduated with a degree in Spanish. Until recently, I was at Ohio State’s MFA program in poetry. I left the program early to come work at The Sheep Meadow Press, a non-profit poetry press in Rhinebeck.”
Admission is free; donations are gratefully accepted.
On their second North American tour, the Norwegian alternative-folk duo of Martha Redivivus and Seth Horatio Buncombe make a stop at Hudson’s community music store and all-purpose service center.
Their recently released debut album, “(awakeinwhitechapel),” shows that the free-thinking banjo ‘n’ musical saw twosome draws inspiration from a vast, cross-cultural wheelbarrow of sounds, including Philip Glass (“redlightcockfight”), John Jacob Niles and Daniel Johnston (a charming cover of “Walking the Cow”).
Admission is free, but donations to defray the musicians’ expenses are greatly appreciated.
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