Laura Stevenson performs at Saugerties church

Laura Stevenson (photo by Rachel Brennecke)

Among its many other notable offerings, the Shout Out Saugerties event series has provided the songwriter Laura Stevenson a chance to play a true hometown show. A Saugerties resident as of this year, the recording artist will be performing in the Saugerties Reformed Church on Saturday, October 5. While Stevenson’s highly tuneful take on rumbustious power-pop has always allowed some bandwidth for excursions into the folk and country genres (and she makes no secret of her Dolly Parton obsession), 2018’s luminous solo record The Big Freeze represents her first all-in plunge into the chamber. A suite of mostly drumless acoustic songs embellished with restrained string arrangements, The Big Freeze manages, paradoxically, to be perhaps the most emotionally intense of Stevenson’s five full-lengths to date.

It is in that chamber mode that she will be performing in Saugerties. She will be accompanied in part by violinist Aidan Kohler, also a resident of the Hudson Valley, who has performed on almost all of Stevenson’s albums. Tickets cost $15.

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Laura Stevenson, Saturday, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m., $15, Reformed Church of Saugerties, 173 Main St., Saugerties,