“On the public street, you have an expectation about how things are going to play out, but there’s no control and you’re incredibly vulnerable.”
It wasn’t until his death that his three adopted children found out why this talented musician had shunned the spotlight (and doctors): Billy had been born, in 1914 in Oklahoma City, as Dorothy Lucille Tipton. She adopted a male persona in order to break into a music business that was still not very friendly to women performers, and went on to live as a man so persuasively that the two women with whom he had multi-year common-law marriages claimed never to have known that “Billy” was biologically female.
One of our several great resident vocal ensembles, Ars Choralis, has dreamt up a grave and serious concert for Inauguration
Alex Mazur’s excellent, regional Dead cover band Gratefully Yours returns to the Falcon Underground in Marlboro on Friday, January 20.
The husband and wife team of fiddler/mathematician T.G. Vanini and songwriter/musician Julie Parisi Kirby will celebrate the release the first of a quartet of CD’s titled Seed-Maid: Sentimental Songs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 14 at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 34 Tinker Street in Woodstock.
The sheer volume of material that has been gathered is astounding: 16,000 wind-spinners; millions of plastic pony beads; thousands of ceramic birds, fruits and animals; 13 gilded pigs; more than ten miles of crystals; 24 chandeliers; one crocodile; and 17 cast-iron lawn jockeys.
A jazz iconoclast of the highest order, DeJohnette has long been a genuine, walking-the-talk community member as well.
Club d’Elf is the rotating-membership collective headed by Boston-based bassist and composer Mike Rivard. The rotation has featured a number of luminaries over the years, but the most frequent big name on the marquee has been the wicked exploratory keyboardist and Hudson Valley resident John Medeski.
For anyone familiar with party scenes in New York City from the heady 1970s on, the name Anthony Haden-Guest — who has a new exhibit opening at Cross Contemporary on Partition Street next weekend, as well as a talk at a new performance venue and B&B on the Saugerties/Woodstock border January 14 — is instantly recognizable.
This Saturday at BSP- The band has long been the region’s premier reggae/ska/global pop group – maybe the only band that can pack the Bearsville Theater, the Falcon, Club Helsinki and BSP, the grand slam of our small-to-mid-sized national-circuit rooms.