Levon Helm Studios: Taz Niederauer to play first post-pandemic live show April 2

Levon Helm Studios on April 2 will host its first concert with an audience since the pandemic shut down the live music industry a year ago.  From the historic building known as The Barn, teen guitar sensation Brandon “Taz” Niederauer will unleash his sonic fury on a limited capacity live audience and through a livestream. ReservedContinue reading “Levon Helm Studios: Taz Niederauer to play first post-pandemic live show April 2”

O+ Kingston, despite pandemic, plans for October festival

Despite the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic, organizers of the O+ Festival in Kingston are planning to stage their annual gathering as a free event Oct. 8-10. According to a Wednesday afternoon announcement, the festival that compensates musicians and artists with health and well care “will emphasize outdoor venues and public art.” Organizers will alsoContinue reading “O+ Kingston, despite pandemic, plans for October festival”

Radio Woodstock’s Greg Gattine: Commanding the airwaves one listener at a time

Greg Gattine as a kid growing up in New York’s Hudson Valley loved listening to the radio. “Whether it was country or rock or just Top 40 or soul and Motown,” he said. “I just loved everything that was on the AM radio as a kid. It was about the music. It was about theContinue reading “Radio Woodstock’s Greg Gattine: Commanding the airwaves one listener at a time”

Cheap Trick: New album, ‘In Another World, shows how band still wants you, to want them

Nearly 50 years after forming and in the midst of gearing up for the release in April of their 20th studio album, Cheap Trick has a crystal clear message for their generations of fans – the band still wants you to want them. The ensemble with one of the most enduring live records ever hasContinue reading “Cheap Trick: New album, ‘In Another World, shows how band still wants you, to want them”

Grateful Dead: New Rennie Pincus CD leaves you feeling, well, ‘Grateful’

Perhaps the highest compliment I can pay the CD “Grateful” is that listening to it left me longing for one of the first Grateful Dead bootleg cassettes I ever owned. That would be a recording of the infamous band’s June 28, 1985, concert at Hershey Park, in Hershey, Pennsylvania. I likely came into possession ofContinue reading “Grateful Dead: New Rennie Pincus CD leaves you feeling, well, ‘Grateful’”

#SaveOurStages: A year later, cheering on NIVA, asking public officials WTF?

The last concert I attended pre-pandemic was a rager of a get-down, from the legendary musician I saw perform, to the historic venue I saw her perform in, to the friends and loved ones who surrounded me. We all celebrated in triumph our passion for live music and the magnetism it can generate after aContinue reading “#SaveOurStages: A year later, cheering on NIVA, asking public officials WTF?”

Daryl’s House: Daryl Hall reopens music venue and restaurant

Daryl’s House in New York’s Hudson Valley, the music venue and restaurant operated by Daryl Hall of Hall and Oates, is set to reopen March 13 after the Covid-19 pandemic forced it to shut down last summer. “Hey everybody, first we hope everyone is safe & well in these trying times,” Hall said in aContinue reading “Daryl’s House: Daryl Hall reopens music venue and restaurant”

HBO, Woody Harrelson, Justin Theroux: Casting call for ‘White House Plumbers’

Filming will begin in May for a new HBO series about Watergate starring Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux. “The White House Plumbers” will be a five-part limited series revolving around the scandal that left President Richard Nixon disgraced and forced him to resign in 1974. The project will be filmed in New York’s Hudson Valley andContinue reading “HBO, Woody Harrelson, Justin Theroux: Casting call for ‘White House Plumbers’”

Van Morrison wants to know: ‘Why Are You On Facebook?’

Van Morrison on May 7 will release his latest record, called appropriately enough, “Latest Record Project: Volume 1.” The 28-track collection marks his 42nd release and showcases creativity through the pandemic lockdown. “Latest Record Project: Volume 1” was touted in an announcement released March 3 as an illustration of Morrison’s “ongoing love of blues, R&B, jazzContinue reading “Van Morrison wants to know: ‘Why Are You On Facebook?’”

Austin, Nashville, SF, NYC music post-Covid? Bring an umbrella, just in case

By Mike Burkert On a recent Monday, the annual presidential holiday in fact, I took my son out for a golfing adventure. He and I would sample the good life and play 9 holes for $7 each. The morning started out wet, but after the early rain subsided, the day’s remaining forecast called for cloudy. Continue reading “Austin, Nashville, SF, NYC music post-Covid? Bring an umbrella, just in case”