In Hudson NY: Monday August 8th through Sunday August 14, 2011

 ELLEN’S PICKS  by Ellen Thurston 

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The big event this week is, of course, the first annual Hudson Music Festival, complete with five tent venues in addition to music in restaurants, galleries and city parks.  This nonstop music event also includes live music and musician interviews broadcast from the studios of our community radio station WGXC 90.7 FM.  (If you can’t be in Hudson this weekend, you can still listen in online )  Headliner performances will be at Basilica Hudson and Club Helsinki, and at the Black Arts Festival in Riverfront Park.  Images of early music videos will be shown at the PARC Park on Saturday night.   

A brief description of the festival as I know it at the moment can be found in the listings below.  A full schedule of events will be released any moment now at .  Schedule or not, just fall into almost any open door this weekend and you will surely find music.  And look for those random acts of music that are bound to take place in unexpected places.

Please note:  Open Mics shown at the end of this section.

 Monday, August 8  

Monday Showcase – Local and Free of Charge!   The Trapps – 8 pm    Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street   828-4800

 Monday-Sunday, August 8-14

Hudson’s local community radio station, WGXC 90.7 FM, becomes part of the Hudson Music Festival with a special Local Music Week, featuring CD cuts, live recordings, interviews, live broadcasts from the Festival, and more.  For a list of scheduled music activities or to listen on line go to

Tuesday, August 9

Free Tuesday Night Movies –Fiddler on the Roof (1971) – Award-winning film version of the stage musical, based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem   –  8:30 pm   PS21 performance tent, 2980 Route 66, Chatham   392-6121

Wednesday, August 10

Hudson. Water. Music.   Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde carries on the tradition of her Puerto Rican ancestors with a six-piece international ensemble – Yukari Rojaoffers “Flamenco Jap Pop groove and balladry” – Strolling and rolling entertainment provided by the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus – Picnicking and dancing encouraged – Bring a blanket or chair – Food vendors available – Sponsored by The City of Hudson and produced by Rob Caldwell – 6 pm to 9 pm – Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, over the grade crossing on Front Street, south of the Amtrak station (In case of rain, event will be held at Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street)

Acres Co-op Market (the name for the proposed Hudson Co-op Food Market) Meeting –– Guest speaker Nate Horowitz, Membership Director of the Albany Honest Weight Co-op, will talk about the important ways membership supports the co-op business model – Also, update by Peter Pehrson on progress toward opening the Hudson market – 6:30 pm – Parish Hall, Christ Church Episcopal, 431 Union Street at East Court Street (use Union Street entrance)

Wednesday-Sunday, August 10-14

Grease – “The rockin’, rollin’ favorite” musical –– Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham   Information, schedule and reservations at 392-9292

Wednesday-Monday, August 10-15

Family Variations – 2nd annual free Summer Film Festival – “Acclaimed films that focus on the joys, heartbreak—and sometimes dysfunctional nature—of family life” – 8 pm each night this week – PS21 performance tent, 2980 Route 66, Chatham   Information and schedule of films at  or 392-6121

Thursday, August 11

The River Ensemble, a classical trio of violin, cello and trumpet, will perform a benefit concert to support the repair and restoration of the chancery windows in the First Presbyterian Church – 6 to 7:30 pm – In the tent on the lawn of the First Presbyterian Church, corner of Warren & Fourth streets – Information at 828-4275

Thunder Ridge plays as part of the Music in the Park series – 6 pm – Claverack Town Park, Mellenville

The Wood Brothers – A Helsinki favorite, with a “funky folk and blues mix”  Gabe Dixon opens 8 pm   Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street   828-4800

Thursday-Sunday, August 11-14

Films at TSL:

Passione: A Musical Adventure – Actor/director John Turturro’s film includes 23 songs from many cultures. In English and Italian, with subtitles

The Woman with the 5 Elephants – A portrait of Svetlana Geier, a small and formidable woman who was the pre-eminent translator of Dostoyevsky’s novels into German – In German and Russian with English subtitles

Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street   Schedule at 822-8100 or

Friday, August 12

All Shook Up performs as part of the Music at Sunset concert series sponsored by the Town of Greenport 7 pm – Greenport Town Park, Joslen Boulevard  Information at 828-4656

Paul McKenna Band – Award-winning Glasgow-based group performs traditional and folk music – 8 pm    Spencertown Academy, Spencertown  or 392-3693

Legendary folk singer Kath Bloom – 8 pm   Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street   671-6006 or 

Michael Louis   “…bluesy, jammy, raw and southern….”   8:30 pm   American Glory, 342 Warren Street     822-1234

Swing Dancing in Helsinki’s Grand Ballroom – Music provided by live swing bands – Dance Lesson 8:30 to 9 pm, Music and Dancing 9 pm to midnight  Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street   Reservations at

Chris & Lolly   A CD release with special guests and a rousing Main Stage Event as a fundraiser for the Hudson Music Festival   Chris Swicegood is a classically-trained guitarist and Lolly “is a vocal throwback to a time of smoky jazz clubs and all-powerful girl groups”  The Last Conspirators go on at 7 pm; Chris & Lolly at 10 pm

5 pm to 12 am   Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street  828-4800

 Fantastic Four – A free outdoor movie – “A group of astronauts gain superpowers after a cosmic radiation exposure and must use them to oppose their enemy, Doctor Victor Von Doom.” – Bring a chair – Presented by Time & Space Limited, the PARC Foundation and the City of Hudson – After dark – PARC Park, 328 Warren Street

John Doe presents the noise group Nautical Almanac and the iconoclastic, found sound, anti-rock group Bunnybrains, with special guests   Part of the Hudson Music Festival   10 pm   Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Friday-Sunday, August 12-14

The first annual Hudson Music Festival teams with Operation Unite’s Black Arts Festival for a weekend of music of all kinds in both indoor venues and outdoor spots.  Headliner performances can be found at Club Helsinki (405 Columbia St.), Basilica Hudson (110 South Front St), and Henry Hudson Riverfront Park – Look for performances in tent venues in the courtyard at Club Helsinki, at Promenade Hill ( 1 Front Street at the foot of Warren Street); Thurston Park (227 Warren St), First Presbyterian Church (4th & Warren), American Glory tent (5th & Warren), Seventh Street Park (7th & Warren), and Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, as well as in galleries, restaurants and shops, and on street corners. Major headliner events can be found at Basilica Hudson and Club Helsinki   Other high points include a Blues, Brews & BBQ event from noon to 10 pm in the American Glory tent at Fifth & Warren, and live performances from the WGXC 90.7 FM studio or from various venues broadcast  all day and night, swing dance lessons at Club Helsinki, and open acoustic jam space in the PARC Park (300 block across from the Opera House) and the pocket park in the 500 block next to Mexican Radio.  See separate entry for details of the Black Arts Festival – Hudson Music Festival activity Fri from 5 pm on; Sat and Sun from 12 noon on   Schedule    Schedule also posted in the window at PARC Foundation Gallery, 330 Warren Street

Taconic Stage Company presents The Real (Desperate) Housewives of Columbia County Musical, a new dinner theatre production by Carl Ritchie and composer Wayne Moore in a revue format – Tickets and information at 325-1234  – Weekends through Labor Day – Fri/Sat: Dinner at 7 pm, show at 8 pm; Sun: Brunch at 1 pm, show at 2 pm – Lighthouse Marina and Restaurant, Copake Lake

Saturday, August 13

Guided hike to Catskill Mountain House and North-South Lake  Part of Art Trail Hikes program–guided hikes to the nearby places that inspired Thomas Cole and other artists of the Hudson River School. See the views that appear in some of the most beloved landscape paintings of the 19th-century and hear stories that bring their history to life. Hikes range from easy walks to moderately vigorous climbs – Reservations at 943-7465, ext 5 — 9 am – Cedar Grove, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

Americana Exposition Auction   Furniture, pottery, silver, textiles decorations, and fine and folk art from the Late Sir Jay Chernis, the Estate of Leila Hadley Luce, the Estate of Louis S. Auchincloss, and others   Catalogue and rites and times of previews online – 11 am   Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street   751-1000

Clermont Community Day & Village Green BBQ – 10 am to 7 pm   Village of Clermont

Tours of the historic 1874 Hudson-Athens Lighthouse, sponsored by the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society — 11 am to 2 pm – Tours depart from Henry Hudson Riverfront Park on the hour and Athens Waterfront Park on the half hour    Henry Hudson Riverfront Park is accessible by driving over the grade crossing on Front Street, south of the Amtrak Station   Reservations at 822-1014 – Information at or 828-5294

Hillsdale House Tour – Tour five historic 19th-century houses with country gardens and small barns in a farming area of Hillsdale – Learn about barn restoration and visit the historic cemetery – Box lunch picnic – 11 am to 3 pm – Information and tickets at

Fourth Annual Sangria Festival – Mexican food, flamenco guitar music, and more – 12 noon to 5 pm – Hudson-Chatham Winery – Directions and information or 392-9463

The 77th New York Regimental Balladeers present a concert of music popular during the Civil war along with letters and commentary from and about the war  Bring a blanket or chairs   2 pm    East Lawn, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 State Route 9G, Greenport

The Civil War: A History in 3D  Richard Loren Copley talks about  Civil war stereographs and the process of making 3D photographs   Limited space   Register at 828-1872 x 109    2 to 4 pm   Wagon House Education Center, Olana State Historic Site, Route 9G, Greenport

Dance Omi Open Salon   5 to 7 pm   The Omi Barn, Omi International Arts Center, 1405 County Route 22   Information at or 392-4740

Gallery Celebration – A celebration of the 25 exhibits presented at Carrie Haddad Photographs (closing on August 27) and the launch of Carrie Haddad Photographs Online Gallery – Photographs for sale, refreshments, music   5 to 8 pm   Carrie Haddad Photographs, 318 Warren Street   828-1915  

Exhibition Opening  –  Jeff Jacobson:  Photographs from “Melting Point” (2006) and “The Last Roll” The Last Roll is unpublished, but nearly complete.  Many of the photos, taken with discontinued Kodachrome film, will be displayed for the first time.   6 to 8 pm    Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street   697-0266 

Exhibition Opening – Christina Hirsch:  New Paintings – 6 to 8 pm – – Gallery 135, 135 Warren Street – 828-2535

Culture + Commerce Reception and Opening to showcase new work and new artists – 6 to 9 pm   Culture + Commerce, 428 Warren Street

 Music-DJ-Art-Fog & Laser Night with Daniel Higgs, Buke & Gass, DJs Brian Degraw and JD Samson   Also a Basilica Art Gallery show and video installation by TV Carnage   Part of the Hudson Music Festival   Exhibition opening at 7 pm  Performance at 8 pm   DJ’s, fog and lasers at 11 pm   Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Bird FlyYellow playing “avant jump swing” and Genghis Complex with violinist Jonathan Talbott and guitarist Seamus Maynard with gypsy music, jazz, and virtuosic improvisation   8 pm   Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street  671-6006  

Tribute to Elvis Cruise on the Spirit of Hudson – 8 to 10 pm – Reservations or 822-1014  – Board at the City of Hudson dock, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park – Over the grade crossing on Front Street, south of the Amtrak Station

Dos Diablos   Two guys play classic covers – 8:30 pm   American Glory, 342 Warren Street    822-1234

Hudson’s own Bindlestiff Family Cirkus with Kinko the weary clown, Ringmistress Philomena, aerialists, comedians, tight wire walkers, and live music (adult version) – 8:30 pm   Spiegeltent at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Route 9G, Annandale   (Also Sunday, August 14 at 3:30 pm)

Rock Pop & Soul Video Rarities 1962-1968   Music video collector Spike Priggenpresents a program of rarely seen clips including Scopitones, the 16mm pre-cursor to the modern music video; live footage of bands such as the Who, The Yardbirds, Van Morrison’s first band, Simon & Garfunkel and others; and early clips of the Shirelles, Dion, Dusty Springfield, and others – 9 pm    Outdoors at the PARC Park, 330 Warren Street   

Zach Deputy   A guitar wizard and…”a soulful singer with a 4+octave vocal range…”   “a vibrant, high energy, one-man dance party…” – 9 pm    Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street    828-4800

Saturday-Sunday, August 13-14

Black Arts & Cultural Festival    Saturday:  Community Parade at 2 pm travels down Warren Street from 7th Street Park to the waterfront;  2:30 to 6 pm Family Festival with an arts tent, community talent show, crafts, food, vendors, games, school supply giveaways, African drum and dance workshops, and performances by Mangue SyllaWayne White and Moirelle Braithwaite; 5:30 pm performance by Gaia Roots World Music; 7 pm a Jazz Fest featuring Gabriel’s Groove Latin Jazz; Sunday a music festival from 2 to 4 pm and a sunset service at 5 pm with the Albany District Chorale and more – Henry Hudson

Riverfront Park, over the grade crossing on Front Street, south of the Amtrak station   Schedule at    Information at 828-3612

Sunday, August 14

Sightseeing Cruise on the Hudson River – 1 pm –- Board at the City of Hudson dock, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park – Over the grade crossing on Front Street, south of the Amtrak Station  – Reservations at or 822-1014 

Hudson Jazzworks, Inc. presents the 5th Annual Hudson Jazz Concert with pianistArmen Donelian, saxophonist Marc Mommaas, guitarist Vic Juris, and Hudson Jazz Workshop participants   Part of the Hudson Music Festival   Pre-concert talk at 3 pm  Concert at 3:30 pm   Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street   822-1438

Hudson’s own Bindlestiff Family Cirkus (kiddie version)  – See description under Saturday, August 13

3:30 pm   Spiegeltent at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Route 9G, Annandale

Exhibition Opening – Weather Report: Depictions of Political and Natural Weather  Paintings by Joan Giummo – 4 to 6 pm   510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street   822-0510

Music Fest Cruise – 6 to 8 pm  – Board at the City of Hudson dock, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park – Over the grade crossing on Front Street, south of the Amtrak Station – Reservations at or 822-1014

Steve Forbert   “…an enduring performer of an enormous body of work offering plainspoken, heartfelt eloquence and rare musical brilliance….”  “A rock and roll master” – 8 pm    Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street  828-4800

Monday, August 15

Monday Showcase – Local and Free of Charge!   Brian Kehoe, The Landlines andBlack Mountain Symphony – 8 pm   Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street   828-4800

Important Meeting  Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood Panel Discussion – After much study and discussion The Hudson City School District is ready to submit its application for a Promise Neighborhood Grant. “The vision of the program is that all children and youth growing up in Promise Neighborhoods have access to great schools and strong systems of family, and community support that will prepare them to attain an excellent education and successfully transition to college and a career.” – Panel will explain and discuss the program which has had such success in Harlem. – 6 pm – John L. Edwards Elementary School, 306 State Street



Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Evan Randall and Stephen Bluhm – Information at 828-4800  — Sign-up begins at 7 pm – Performance from 8-11 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street



Open Mic Night – Broadcast live on WGXC 90.7 FM – Hosted by Rob Johanson – Information at 469-7489 or — Sign up at 8 pm – Performance from 8:30 pm to 11 pm – Red Dot, 319 Warren Street


Acoustic Open Mic with host and guitar expert Al Sire – Information at  or 822-1234 — 8 pm – American Glory, 342 Warren Street



Thursday Night Performance Circle – Any performance style from comedy to music is welcome – Open to all ages – Hosted by Jackie and Marilyn – Information at 828-2210 or send e-mail message to  — 7-9 pm – Parlor Coffee & Tea House, 742 Warren Street


Karaoke Dance Party with DJ Ed – Dual monitors and 4 mics – 8 pm – Information at 822-1234 or – American Glory, 342 Warren Street


First Saturdays

The People’s Open Mic – Sign up by e-mail at – Information at 392-2337 – 7:30 pm on – Peint O Gwrw Pub, 36 Main Street, Chatham





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