What’s better than combining legends with a reggae beat, the day after Thanksgiving? Realizing that the day is none other than Jimi Hendrix’s 73rd birthday, in what would have been Bob Marley’s 70th year? And that to celebrate, the venerable Upstate Reggae is bringing the great classic vocal trio the Mighty Diamonds – founded in 1969 and hitting their commercial stride from the 1970s on – to play a concert at the Bearsville Theater, just down the road from the church (now Upstate Films) that Hendrix rented for several months to find a new sound and rehearse for his gig in that “other Woodstock,” the festival that took place down the road a spell in Sullivan County?
Expect a raucous evening, complete with an opening Hendrix salute featuring Woodstock’s own Chogyi Lama and Gypsy Sun, a VIP after-party with deejay Queen Tubby, Ras Moses and friends and the Bearsville Theater’s great new feel.
Jimi Hendrix Birthday Party/Mighty Diamonds, Friday, November 26, 9 p.m., $50/$25, Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker Street (Route 212), Woodstock; (845) 679-4406, www.bearsvilletheater.com.