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

Rhiannon Giddens. Photo by Ebru Yildiz.

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 Bardavon on Tuesday morning announced three new upcoming shows. Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, for Bardavon members. Tickets go on sale to the public at 11 a.m. Friday.

The announcement of Alan Cumming on Oct. 25, Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi Nov. 5, and  The Wailin’ Jennys March 27 comes as the Bardavon staff and audience gear up for Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue on Aug. 22 at UPAC in Kingston, the Bardavon’s sister theater. Trombone Shorty will mark the first Bardavon performance since the COVID-19 pandemic emerged in March 2020 and shut down venues nationwide.

Cumming, a Scottish actor, singer, writer, filmmaker and Tony Award winner will be at the Bardavon on Oct. 25 “In Conversation” with WAMC/Northeast Public Radio personality Joe Donahue. Cumming, who viewers of the Apple TV+ streaming service have been watching in “Schmigadoon,” will discuss his new book, “Baggage,” and take part in a question-and-answer session with the audience. Ticket prices start at $35.

A Grammy winner, MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient and folk musician, Giddens has built a loyal following while digging deep into our nation’s musical and historical past and presenting it on stage for public dissection. Ticket prices start at $43. Her show with Turrisi is being presented with Oblong Books & Music in Rhinebeck and Millerton.

The Wailin’ Jennys

The Wailin’ Jennys started “as a happy accident for a one-time performance almost 20 years ago.” This ensemble features Ruth Moody, Nicky Mehta and Heather Masse. Ticket prices start at $36.

Tickets for these and other upcoming shows can be purchased at the Bardavon and UPAC box offices, which are open Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call the Bardavon box office at 845-473-5288; call the UPAC box office at 845-339-6088; or send an email to boxoffice@bardavon.org. Tickets, with service fees, can also be purchased through www.ticketmaster.com.

Those attending upcoming shows at the Bardavon and UPAC need to know that, due to the COVID-19 Delta variant and recent increase in new Covid cases, audience members must be fully vaccinated and wear masks at all times. Ticket holders on show days will be required to show proof of vaccination and a government issued ID.

Visit bardavon.org for information.

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