Robert Sarazin Blake celebrates new recording
A Bellingham, WA, native, alt-folk songwriter Robt Sarazin Blake recorded his new album Recitative at The Building, the upstart studio associated with that hopping musical megaplex, The Falcon in Marlboro. Recitative features support from Hudson Valley notables Connor Kennedy, Lee Falco, Will Bryant, and Brandon Morrison and cameos from Amy Helm and Ruth Ungar among others. The album will be released on Friday, April 7, 2017, and celebrated on the same day with a record release set at Rocket Number Nine, 50 N. Front Street in Kingston at 8 p.m.
Irish accordionist Máirtín O’Connor and trio
Legendary Irish accordionist Máirtín O’Connor brings his trio to the St. Paul’s Church Hall in Red Hook on Saturday, April 8 at 8 p.m.. O’Connor was named Ireland’s 2015 Traditional Musician of the Year. A member of legendary Irish bands De Dannan, Boys of the Lough, and a musical force in Riverdance, O’Connor has also recorded with Mark Knopfler, Elvis Costello, Rod Stewart, and The Waterboys. O’Connor is joined by his longtime collaborator Cathal Hayden on fiddle and banjo and by Worcester, MA native Patrick Doocey on guitar. Tickets are $25 and available online at www.studioredhook.com. For more information call (845) 802-6515. St. Paul’s Church Hall is located at 7412 South Broadway in Red Hook.
James McMurtry at Helsinki
Son of the novelist Larry McMurtry, the Americana songwriter James McMurtry burst on the roots rock scene with his 1989 John Mellencamp-produced debut Too Long in the Wasteland. More than 25 years later, McMurty released Complicated Game, a naturalistic collection of finely-observed character studies and slices of life produced with shambolic grace by C. C. Adcock and Mike Napolitano. James McMurtry visits Club Helsinki in Hudson on Saturday, April 8 at 9 p.m. with Pioneer Valley songsmith Ray Mason opening. Tickets are $25 and are available at www.helsinkihudson.com. Club Helsinki is located at 405 Columbia Street in Hudson.
The Dream of Gerontius performed at Bard
The Bard College Conservatory of Music and The Orchestra Now perform Edward Elgar’s choral masterpiece The Dream of Gerontius on Saturday April 8 and 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 9 at 2 p.m. at the Fisher Center’s Sosnoff Theater. Leon Botstein conducts over 100 performers — Orchestra Now, Capella, and choirs from Bard College and Vassar College — in a piece based on a poem by Cardinal John Henry Newman. Tickets are $25-$35 and are available at http://fishercenter.bard.edu or by calling (845) 758-7900. The Sosnoff Theater is located on the campus of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson.
Gomen Kudasi hosts JBM Trio
An unlikely but storied and long-running jazz venue with a taste for the outre, Gomen Kudasi Noodle Shop in New Paltz presents a Sunday Dinner Show with the JBM Jazz Trio on Sunday, April 9 at 4:30 p.m. Featuring singer Jay Clayton, guitarist Billy Stein, and bassist Michael Bisio, the JBM trio finds a couple of players known for their avant garde prowess supporting with a singer of whom Downbeat once wrote: “Jay Clayton is an important singer…one who proposed dramatic changes in vocal styles and roles…her musicianship is impeccable.” Admission is $10 at the door. Gomen Kudasi is located at 232 Main Street in New Paltz.
Munich Philharmonic String Quartet at St. George’s Church in Newburgh
For the final concert of the 2016-2017 season, Newburgh Chamber Music presents the Munich Philharmonic String Quartet performing works by Haydn, Schumann, and Schulhoff, on Sunday, April 9 at 3 p.m. at St. George’s Church, 105 Grand Street in Newburgh. The concert is followed by a reception with the artists. Admission is $25, $5 for students. Tickets are available at www.newburghchambermusic.org and at the door.
Homage to Louis Moreau Gottschalk at Fisher Center
Bard’s Fisher Center and the Catskill Jazz Factory present the final concert in the French Connection series, programming that has examined the interplay between the American and French jazz scenes. Whisper of a Shadow: An Homage to Louis Moreau Gottschalk features French trumpetist and composer Yohan Giaume and New Orleans–based Evan Christopher leading a jazz nonet into a contemporary vision of the musical world of 19th-century New Orleans Creole composer and pianist. Whisper of a Shadow will be performed at the LUMA Theater on Friday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available at fishercenter.bard.edu or by calling the box office at 845-758-7900. The Fisher Center’s LUMA Theater is located on the campus of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson.
Colorway at Falcon
Yet another smart and challenging guitar rock back from Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley, Colorway performs at the Falcon Underground in Marlboro on Friday, April 7 at 8 p.m. Fronted by the agile guitarist and songwriter F. Alex Johnson, Colorway has been described as “amazing and inspiring” by no less an authority on edgy guitar rock than Television’s Richard Lloyd. Per usual, there is no cover at the Falcon Underground but generous donation is encouraged. The Falcon is located at 1348 Route 9W in Marlboro. For more information, visit www.liveatthefalcon.com.
Acoustic blues workshop and concert with Ari Eisinger at A.I.R Studio
One of the premiere country blues and ragtime guitarists performing today, Ari Eisinger leads a Special Pre-War Acoustic Blues Workshop & Concert at the Artist-in-Residence Studio Gallery (A.I.R.) on Saturday, April 8 from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Based in Philadelphia, Ari has toured across the US and performed in the UK and Japan, sharing bills along the way with artists like Doc Watson, John Jackson, Dave Van Ronk, Paul Geremia and Taj Mahal. He has led guitar classes both in the US and the UK, and he is a featured instructor for Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop. Cost for the workshop will be $25. A.I.R is located at 71 O’Neil Street in Kingston. For more information, visit http://www.airstudiogallery.com.
Second show for Dylan
After selling out 3500 admissions in 12 hours after the announcement of Bob Dylan’s Saturday, June 24 concert at the Hutton Brickyards in Kingston, the Bardavon has announced that Dylan will perform a second show at 8 p.m. Friday, June 23.
Tickets for the Nobel Prize Laureate’s Friday show will cost the same, $125 and $75 (seated General Admission), and $55 (standing), and will be on sale to Bardavon members only, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, April 6 and Friday, April 7. They’ll go on sale to the general public at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 8 at the Bardavon Box Office, 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, 845-473-2072 or in person at the UPAC Box Office, 601 Broadway Kingston, 845-339-6088. Online at Ticketmaster or by phone at 800-745-3000. Please note that Bardavon Member benefits and special discounts are not available through Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster fees will apply. The Hutton Brickyards is located at 200 North St., Kingston