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”

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”

Gov’t Mule, Danny Louis gear up for shows and glimpse of brighter days ahead

More than a year has passed since the last time Gov’t Mule multi-instrumentalist Danny Louis has performed in public with his band mates. So yeah, Danny is most certainly looking forward to this coming weekend, when Gov’t Mule is set to take the stage in New Haven, Connecticut, for three shows at the Westville MusicContinue reading “Gov’t Mule, Danny Louis gear up for shows and glimpse of brighter days ahead”

Joan Osborne, Nicki Bluhm, Chris Thile: Levon Helm Studios set for outdoor shows

Levon Helm Studios is charging out of the gate with shows in the wake of officials loosening pandemic restrictions on live music. The Woodstock, New York-venue that was the home of the late Levon Helm will host a series of outdoor shows at the destination known as The Barn. Performances will take place in aContinue reading “Joan Osborne, Nicki Bluhm, Chris Thile: Levon Helm Studios set for outdoor shows”

Rick Dobbelaer, Pete Jameson, Dave Ramie: The time is now to ‘Right Your History’

If you’re looking for a songwriter to take you far away from everything, the pandemic, the economic fallout of the pandemic, the lockdown, the quarantine, the hunker-down, the social distance, the grind of routine and, above all, the endless endlessness of this more-than-year-long madness, then Rick Dobbelaer is your guy. With two long-time musical cohortsContinue reading “Rick Dobbelaer, Pete Jameson, Dave Ramie: The time is now to ‘Right Your History’”

Byron Isaacs: From Lumineers to Lost Leaders, driven by the joy of sharing music

Byron Isaacs is eagerly anticipating that moment when he hits the stage, to the roar of the crowd, with his band mates in the Lumineers. “I cannot wait for it to start back up again,” said Isaacs, who plays bass for the Lumineers. “And I don’t know what it’s going to look like when weContinue reading “Byron Isaacs: From Lumineers to Lost Leaders, driven by the joy of sharing music”

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”

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”

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?’”