Posts Tagged ‘Woodstock’

G.E. Smith, What Was the First Album That You Ever Bought?

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
G.E. Smith (photo: Drew Gurian)

G.E. Smith (photo: Drew Gurian)

“The first record I ever bought?

“Well, I don’t recall the first album, but I remember the first singles. I think I bought two records that night – a song called ‘The Three Bells’ by the Browns, and I bought ‘Alley Oop’ by Dante and the Evergreens. I was probably five or six years old at the time.”

Former guitarist with the Saturday Night Live Band, Bob Dylan, Hall & Oates and others, G.E. Smith teams up with guitarslingers Jim Weider (the Band, the Levon Helm Band) and Danny Kortchmar (Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Don Henley) as “The Masters of the Telecaster at Levon Helm’s Studio in Woodstock at 8:30pm on Saturday (June 14). Rounding out the band is drummer Randy Ciarlante, keyboardist Brian Mitchell and bassist Byron Isaacs. Tickets are $60 for seats; $40 for standing room. The guitarists will also conduct a master class at 3:30pm prior to the concert.


Linda Loves Bob: A Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Saturday (May 24) marks the 73rd birthday of Bob Dylan, and there will be a number of musical celebrations all around Nippertown. One of the most intriguing tributes will take place just outside Byrdcliffe’s Kleinert/James Arts Center in Woodstock. Beginning at 12noon on Saturday, performance artist pioneer Linda Mary Montano will lip sync to Dylan’s songs for seven hours while positioned on a 14-foot lift.

Montano’s performances – sometimes called “endurances” – can last anywhere from three hours to 14 years. She is well known for her sensory deprivation endurances of the ’70s, and from 1983-1998, she wore clothing all of the same color for each individual year, corresponding to the Hindu map of the Chakras.

The Dylan endurance outside the Kleinert/James stems from her realization that members of her family bear a striking resemblance to Bob Dylan. She began performing in the persona of Dylan in order to “be like my brothers, having always wanted to be a man as a child — knowing that they were always getting the better cultural deal.”

WHEN: Saturday (May 24), 12noon-7pm
WHERE: Outside Byrdcliffe’s Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, Woodstock
RAIN DATE: Monday (May 26), 12noon-7pm (Memorial Day)

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

Thursday, March 6th, 2014
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.


Francis Dunnery, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Friday, November 15th, 2013
Francis Dunnery

Francis Dunnery

“The first record I ever bought? Oh, God…

I remember buying a single years ago – ‘Black Nights’ by Deep Purple, but that was just a single.

I can’t remember the first album I ever bought. I don’t know what it was. It was probably something like ‘Nursery Crime’ by Genesis, but I honestly don’t know for sure.”

British progressive rock guitar hero and astrologer Francis Dunnery leads his humbly named Sensational Francis Dunnery Electric Band into the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock at 9pm on Saturday (November 16). Tickets are $25.

Five Firsts: Joe Veillette of the Phantoms

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
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


Real Good for FREE: Drum Boogie Festival @ Andy Lee Field, 9/7/13

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Bang a drum!

The annual Drum Boogie Festival is happening from 10am-8pm on Saturday (September 7) at Andy Lee Field in Woodstock. This year’s all-day festival will feature the music of jazz great Jack DeJohnette, the Midnight Ramble Band, Simon Shaheen, the Japanese taiko ensemble COBU, the adventurous steel drum band NYU Steel and much more.

Admission is free. Rain date: Sunday (September 8).

Here’s the schedule for Saturday’s Drum Boogie Festival:


Five Firsts: Gary Solomon of the THE BAND Band

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013


NAME: Gary Solomon

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


LIVE: Ian McLagan @ the Bearsville Theater, 6/21/13

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Review by Fred Rudofsky

“I thought every one of you would be wearing tie-dyed!” cracked Ian McLagan, dressed in black, standing behind his keyboards at mid-set to the conservatively dressed crowd in the bar area of the Bearsville Theatre. The subsequent laughter made him smile wider, raise his drink, and continue on with an engaging series of flashbacks to the peaks and pitfalls of the 1960s music scene when he was in the Small Faces with Steve Marriott, Kenney Jones and Ronnie Lane.

Joined for a majority of the set by John Notarthomas on bass, guitar and vocals, McLagan was in fine form, and honored to be playing in a venue that had deep historical connections to the Band. Glancing at the vintage photos that surrounded the bar area, McLagan opened the show with a brief reference to owning the late Richard Manuel’s piano, the instrument upon which “Hello Old Friend,” a song for Ronnie Lane, was written. (For those who may not know, Lane, who died in 1997 after 20 years of battling MS, wrote some of the best songs in rock era as bassist for the Small Faces and the Faces, as well as releasing some excellent solo albums, too).


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