Sawyer Fredericks to Play Intimate Woodstock Concert

February 10th, 2016, 10:41 am by Greg

Sawyer Fredericks, the 16-year-old farmboy from Fultonville who won became “The Voice” a year ago, is slated to play an intimate concert at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock at 8pm on Friday, March 11, as the latest installment of the Amy Helm Presents Friday Nights at The Barn concert series.

Tickets just went on sale at 10am this morning (Wednesday, February 9) priced at $65 for seating; $45 for standing room.

In addition, Fredericks is slated to play at the seventh annual New York Women’s Expo at Siena College in Loudonville at 11am on Sunday, February 28.

He has also just released “Take It All,” the first music video for his recently released self-titled EP on the Republic label. (See above). And – gasp! – he’s hatless…


LIVE: Drum Boogie Festival @ Andy Lee Field, 9/12/15

September 22nd, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg


Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

As always, the theme was percussion-based music of all manners, rhythms and cultures at the biennial Drum Boogie Festival in Woodstock’s Andy Lee Field. Presented by the Woodstock Chimes Fund, this free family festival featured performers such as:

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

October 3rd, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg
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

October 2nd, 2014, 11:00 am by Greg
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?

June 11th, 2014, 10:00 am by Greg
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

May 23rd, 2014, 11:00 am by Greg

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

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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