Sarah Perrotta: New album, ‘Blue to Gold,’ upcoming Colony Woodstock show offer plenty to be thankful for

Sara Bareilles and Tori Amos could each do themselves a favor by listening to “Blue to Gold,” the new album from Hudson Valley singer-songwriter Sarah Perrotta. Yeah, “Blue to Gold” is that good. This album shines and sparkles in a very special, effortless way. Everything makes sense. Everything fits—the holy and the haunting, the sweetContinue reading “Sarah Perrotta: New album, ‘Blue to Gold,’ upcoming Colony Woodstock show offer plenty to be thankful for”

Carolyn Wonderland: Real and Ready for the blues in Woodstock

In an age of uncertainty, Carolyn Wonderland is real.  Her soul, her spirit, her passion, her charm, her humility and her endurance—it’s all so real.  I’ve seen Carolyn perform numerous times in the Town of Woodstock. I’ve chatted with her off stage. I’ve watched her dazzle audiences. I’ve seen her fans leave her shows inContinue reading “Carolyn Wonderland: Real and Ready for the blues in Woodstock”

Hudson Valley Rodeo: Chris Janson, Ian Flanigan set for Amenia

According to the Oklahoma Historical Society, “The sport of rodeo is the only American sporting event that grew out of an occupational activity: ranching.” And by way of the rodeo, those of us who will never work on a ranch get a glimpse of the romanticism of the Wild West and the grit and theContinue reading “Hudson Valley Rodeo: Chris Janson, Ian Flanigan set for Amenia”

Simone Felice’s big week: From The Lumineers to his new song, ‘Year Around The Sun’

Simone Felice is having a very big week. On Monday, The Lumineers announced that “BRIGHTSIDE,” the album Simone co-produced with fellow Ulster County, New York resident David Baron, would be released on January 14, 2022. This morning, Simone announced the release of his own new music, a new song titled “Year Around The Sun,” theContinue reading “Simone Felice’s big week: From The Lumineers to his new song, ‘Year Around The Sun’”

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!”