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’”

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”

Ziggy: Bardavon leaves COVID in the Stardust with David Bowie YouTube stream

by Robert Burke Warren The Bardavon 1869 Opera House is looking to the stars for the latest installment of its “Albums Revisited” music streaming series. “Albums Revisited #6: David Bowie’s ‘The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders From Mars’” is a step closer to the concert experience we’ve all so dearly missed—andContinue reading “Ziggy: Bardavon leaves COVID in the Stardust with David Bowie YouTube stream”

Amy Helm: New album, ‘What The Flood Leaves Behind,’ set for June 18 release

Amy Helm on June 18 will release her third album, “What The Flood Leaves Behind,” an autobiographical collection of songs recorded at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, New York. The first single, “Breathing,” a lush, soulful serenade punctuated by organ and horns, is out now. Click here to listen. “What The Flood Leaves Behind,” accordingContinue reading “Amy Helm: New album, ‘What The Flood Leaves Behind,’ set for June 18 release”

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”

#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?”