Posts Tagged ‘Woodstock’

LIVE: Black Mountain Symphony @ Harmony Music, 9/19/14

Friday, October 3rd, 2014
Black Mountain Symphony

Black Mountain Symphony

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Black Mountain Symphony celebrated the release of their new sophomore album, Drawn in the Sand, with a release party at Harmony Music in Woodstock last month. They brought along their pals the Lucky Jukebox Bridgade to open the show and share in the celebration.

Black Mountain Symphony will be throwin’ themselves another big CD release bash at Albany’s Parish Public House at 9pm on Saturday (October 4). Matt Durfee & the Rattling Baddlies kick off the festivities at 9pm, followed by Carl Daniels & the Black Box before BMS hits the stage at about 11pm. Admission is $7 at the door.

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A Few Minutes With… Ben Perowsky

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
Ben Perowsky

Ben Perowsky, drummer of RedCred and Woodstock Jazz Festival curator

Interview and story by J Hunter

“Woodstock Jazz Festival.” I look at those words and I think, “That seems right.” But they do bring one question to mind: Why have we not seen those words together before? I mean, think about it: We’re talking about an area where musicians off all stripes and genres have used as a haven for almost five decades. All the musicians that will be appearing at the festival’s maiden date – Saturday (October 4) at the Bearsville Theater – have been involved with that scene in one way or another, and Bearsville is just one of multiple possibilities for venues where next-level music can happen. So with all these resources to hand, the question beckons again: Why hasn’t this happened until now?

In cases like this, it usually takes one person to have an idea, decide it wasn’t crazy, and follow it to its logical conclusion. In this case, that one person was drummer Ben Perowsky, who’s been part of the Woodstock scene for more than 30 years. Perowsky’s got a résumé plenty of musicians would kill for: His past employers include James Moody, John Zorn, Lou Reed, Walter Becker and one member of the headliners at Saturday night’s show – the inimitable guitarist John Scofield, who’ll be teaming up with current and future legends Jack DeJohnette, John Medeski and Larry Grenadier to put a capper on what might be the first of many nights in the history of the newest jazz festival on the market. Perowsky and Medeski will also team up with reedman Chris Speed to show off the “new” jazz trio RedCred; and genre-busting pianist Uri Caine will open the show with a solo-piano set where anything just might happen… and probably will.

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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
HOW MUCH: FREE
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.

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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

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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:

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