LIVE: Shannon McNally & Hot Sauce @ the Bearsville Theater, 10/17/11

October 25th, 2011, 3:30 pm by Greg

Thanks to the good folks at Bearsville Theater and Radio Woodstock, the deeply soulful sounds of Shannon McNally & Hot Sauce made a Monday night – a school night for this reviewer – feel like the weekend party of the autumn. The price of admission was free, and the good times that followed for avid music lovers, priceless.

Backed by her husband Wallace Lester (drums), Benjamin Todd (electric bass/harmony vocals) and Will Sexton (guitar/harmony vocals), McNally played two sets that showcased her extraordinary voice, engaging and often poetic songs, and exuberant guitar playing. The highlights were many.

Opening with the haunting tale of “Jack B. Nimble” and outlaw swagger of Steve Young’s “Lonesome, Ornery and Mean” from her 2009 gem, “Coldwater,” McNally established that the full range of human experience would get sonic exploration. Julie Miller’s “All My Tears” – a testimony to holding fast to faith in redemption and an after-life – evolved from a slow tempo to a military march of affirmation (“All my tears’ll be washed away”).

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Belly Up to the Bar at Club Helsinki Hudson…Finally

August 20th, 2010, 1:01 pm by Greg
Club Helsinki Hudson

Club Helsinki Hudson

Way back on Saturday, May 1, the long awaited Club Helsinki Hudson finally opened its doors to the public with a marvelous performance by Spottiswoode & His Enemies. (Read our review.)

Since then, they’ve continued to present a schedule of “Sound Check Series” concerts, including performances by Crooked Still, the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, Chatham County Line, Eliza Gilkyson, Inner Visions and Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys, to name just a few.

There was a problem, however – no alcohol.

Well, 16 weeks since the club opened its doors that problem has finally been resolved, and as of tonight’s concert by Shannon McNally & Hot Sauce (in case you missed them at Valentine’s Music Hall last night), the Hudson hotspot will be serving beer and wine, as well as food during their shows.

Shannon McNally & Hot Sauce are scheduled to begin at 9pm tonight. Doors open at 8pm, and admission is $15.

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