LIVE: Chris Pasin’s Random Acts of Kindness @ the Bearsville Theater, 6/18/15

July 17th, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg
Chris Pasin

Chris Pasin

Veteran jazz trumpeter-composer Chris Pasin and his band Random Acts of Kindness celebrated the release of their self titled CD on the award-winning Planet Arts label with a marvelous performance at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock last month.

Rounding out the band were guitarist Mark Kleinhaut, bassist John Menegon, drummer Dave Berger and keyboardist Wayne Hawkins (who also opened the CD release party with a solo set of his own).

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LIVE: Robert Randolph & the Family Band @ the Bearsville Theater, 2/14/14

March 6th, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg
Robert Randolph and the Family Band

Robert Randolph and the Family Band

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

If anyone knows how to spread the love, it’s steel guitar great Robert Randolph and his Family Band. So it was a wise decision for the fine folks at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock to book Randolph for a slam-bang, share-the-love concert on Valentine’s Day. And after an opening set from Erin Hobson’s Compact, Randolph uncorked a wonderful show that had folks up and dancing throughout the night… sometimes even on the stage.

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Five Firsts: Joe Veillette of the Phantoms

October 15th, 2013, 11:00 am by Greg
The Phantoms

The Phantoms

NAME: Joe Veillette
BAND AFFILIATION: The Phantoms, JV Squad
INSTRUMENT: Vocals, guitar

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WASJackie Wilson’s Greatest Hits

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Five Firsts: Gary Solomon of the THE BAND Band

July 2nd, 2013, 10:00 am by Greg
THE BAND Band

THE BAND Band

NAME: Gary Solomon
BAND AFFILIATION: The THE BAND Band
INSTRUMENT: Bass

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WASStage Fright by the Band

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Five Firsts: Marc Muller of Dead On Live

April 10th, 2013, 10:00 am by Greg
Dead on Live

Dead on Live

NAME: Marc Muller
BAND AFFILIATION: Dead On Live
INSTRUMENT: Guitar, pedal and lap steel, mandolin, banjo, bass, drums

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Beatles’ Revolver. My older brother Steve won Beatles 65 on “Wonderama” way back when.

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Hudson Valley Artists Hurricane Sandy Relief Concert @ the Bearsville Theater on Sunday

November 6th, 2012, 1:00 pm by Greg
Phelonious Phunk

Phelonious Phunk

The Hudson Valley Artists Hurricane Relief Project is a non-profit collective of some of the Hudson Valley’s most illustrious and talented musicians who came together last year for the sole purpose of raising money to help the thousands of people that are still struggling to recover and rebuild their lives in the devastating aftermath of the 2011 Hurricane Irene.

More than a year later, the Hudson Valley Artists Hurricane Relief Project is still helping out those in need. And this time around, it’s those who are suffering in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

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New Release Rack: The Catbirds’ “Catbirds Say Yeah”

September 13th, 2012, 3:00 pm by Greg

Catbirds Say Yeah

Review by Greg Haymes

Who are the Catbirds, you ask?

Well, according to their website, “If Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga had quadruplets, except somehow they ended up being kind of musical in addition to being rather large and rubbery, and it happened about 50 or 60 years ago, well, presto! – the Catbirds.”

And according to the promo sheet that was wrapped around the band’s delightful full-length debut when it landed in my mailbox, “We’re old and weird looking, just like everyone else, but louder.”

But, of course, if you’ve been paying attention, you already know that the Catbirds are one of the 347 bands led by the mighty musical maverick Chandler Travis, who also serves as the ringleader for the Chandler Travis Philharmonic, the Chandler Travis Philharmonette, the Chandler Travis Three-O, Chandler Travis and, well, you get the idea, right?

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Jorma Kaukonen, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

September 11th, 2012, 11:00 am by Greg
Jorma Kaukonen

Jorma Kaukonen

“I believe that the first album I ever bought was a Chuck Berry album. The one that had ‘Johnny B. Goode’ on it.

“Of course, back in those days, it was more about singles than albums. Artists put out singles until they had enough to put out an album.

“Buddy Holly was very influential in my early guitar-playing life, and the blues stuff was all those Chess blues recordings – The Best of Muddy Waters, Best of Little Walter and the Sonny Boy Williamson recordings. And Best of Howlin’ Wolf.”

Guitar great and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jorma Kaukonen teams up with his Hot Tuna bandmate Barry Mitterhoff on mandolin for an evening of acoustic duets at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock at 8pm on Wednesday (September 12). Tix are $25, $35 & $45.

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