As the original Falcon in Marlboro once proved beyond argument, barn concerts can be pretty high-end affairs, not just straw-strewn and horsey hootenannies. Hardeman Orchards in Red Hook are themselves old hands at the high-end barn venue game: a point that will be amply proven over the next two weekends.
On Friday, August 9, Hardeman welcomes a venerated eminence of the local music scene, Professor Louie & the Crowmatix. Herr Professor’s take on American roots music is inclusive, witty, highly musical and fun. It bears all the marks of Mr. Hurwitz’s long association with the Band, Western music’s foremost example of a high-end chamber ensemble disguised as a barn band. Accompanied by the Woodstock Horns, the Professor leads the band through a repertoire steeped in rock ‘n’ roll, blues, gospel and roots music. Tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 at the doors.
Taking a sneak peek a week, on August 18 Hardeman Orchards welcome Todd Shaeffer of the wildly popular acoustic newgrass band Railroad Earth and – for those who will recall – former frontman of New Jersey’s near-miss megastars From Good Homes.
Professor Louie & the Crowmatix
Friday, Aug. 9, 7 p.m.
193 West Market St., Red Hook