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Phish, David Bowie, Bob Dylan and Frank Pallett: Taking The Chance

Sometime in late 2002 I was interviewing Mike Gordon of Phish on the phone in advance of his appearance at the Woodstock Film Festival, for his film “Rising Low.” This was very early in my tenure at the Poughkeepsie Journal and USA Today Network. After we had talked about the film, I mentioned to MikeContinue reading “Phish, David Bowie, Bob Dylan and Frank Pallett: Taking The Chance”

Bardavon: Rhiannon Giddens, Schmigadoon’s Alan Cumming, Wailin’ Jennys set for Poughkeepsie

A star of the Apple TV+ series “Schmigadoon,” a co-founder of The Carolina Chocolate Drops and a trio of women whose band name is a clever twist on “Waylon Jennings” are helping the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie ramp-up its entertainment offerings as a pandemic-induced closing gives way to a long-awaited reopening. The BardavonContinue reading “Bardavon: Rhiannon Giddens, Schmigadoon’s Alan Cumming, Wailin’ Jennys set for Poughkeepsie”

Bearsville Theater: Were Jon Anderson and the Paul Green Rock Academy great? YES! YES! YES!

The vocal harmonies from Jon Anderson and the Paul Green Rock Academy were so rich and thick Friday night at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock that, at times during their concert, I felt like someone was pouring a big bucket of sweet, warm molasses over my head.  I’d close my eyes for a moment andContinue reading “Bearsville Theater: Were Jon Anderson and the Paul Green Rock Academy great? YES! YES! YES!”

Denise Parent doesn’t hold back, reveals another side with new CD, ‘The Songs In My Heart’

When I think of musician Denise Parent, I think of the Janis Joplin-inspired vocals I have seen her deliver on the Grateful Dead‘s, “The Music Never Stopped,” with the band she performs in, The Deadbeats. Parent, of Woodstock, sings with plenty of attitude, determination and a strong sense of, “I’m comin’ for ya.” I’ve seenContinue reading “Denise Parent doesn’t hold back, reveals another side with new CD, ‘The Songs In My Heart’”

Hall and Oates: Daryl’s new cheesesteak, live music from Chris Bergson drive post-pandemic momentum at Daryl’s House

At Daryl’s House in the Hudson Valley, live music and the culinary arts are generating post-pandemic momentum at the venue and restaurant operated by Daryl Hall of Hall and Oates. The eastern Dutchess County club that opened on Halloween night in 2014 with a historic performance by Hall and Oates has returned to its pre-pandemicContinue reading “Hall and Oates: Daryl’s new cheesesteak, live music from Chris Bergson drive post-pandemic momentum at Daryl’s House”

Jon Anderson, Paul Green Rock Academy at Bearsville Theater: YES! YES! YES!

I’ve never seen the original lineup of Yes, the iconic British rock band inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017. But I have no regrets because I saw this legendary band’s fearless, relentless, fiery and enduring spirit come alive through a performance that lead singer Jon Anderson gave in 2014, atContinue reading “Jon Anderson, Paul Green Rock Academy at Bearsville Theater: YES! YES! YES!”

Amy Helm: ‘What the Flood Leaves Behind’ offers urgent tonic for uncertain times

As traumatic as the COVID-19 pandemic has been for us all, I’m finding the end of the pandemic to be as equally traumatic. The pandemic for me has been like that one big wave at the beach, when you’re a kid, that clobbers you hard, sends salt water into your lungs and leaves you seeingContinue reading “Amy Helm: ‘What the Flood Leaves Behind’ offers urgent tonic for uncertain times”

Tracy Bonham: Rocker, songwriter, mom redefines herself yet again with Melodeon Music House

Tracy Bonham, it seems, always manages to stay ahead of the curve. The two-time Grammy nominee known far and wide for the 1990s hit “Mother Mother,” Bonham in the years since has not so much reinvented herself as redefined herself by building, expanding and adding depth to her past and present self. The end resultContinue reading “Tracy Bonham: Rocker, songwriter, mom redefines herself yet again with Melodeon Music House”

Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones ‘can’t stop, won’t stop’ with new record, new shows, same old determination

You’d be hard pressed to find a band that is more invested in its community, more invested in its music, its fans and itself than Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones. They’ve toured with Brian Setzer of Stray Cats fame, they played the 1969 Woodstock site to mark that famous festival’s 50th anniversary and on SaturdayContinue reading “Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones ‘can’t stop, won’t stop’ with new record, new shows, same old determination”

Bardavon: City and Colour, Bonny Light Horseman set for Kingston

The Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie is ramping up its offering of shows in the wake of COVID restrictions being relaxed by public officials. Bardavon members beginning at 11 a.m. Thursday can purchase tickets for City and Colour on Oct. 22 at the Broadway Theater at Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston; and Anaïs MitchellContinue reading “Bardavon: City and Colour, Bonny Light Horseman set for Kingston”

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