Saturday, April 22: “I have a large seashell collection that I keep along all the major coasts.”
Sunday, April 23: The North Carolina new-old-folk quartet Mipso aims for an archaic string band sound with a matching set of timeless Americana personae, intending to betray little if any evidence of the modern world within the musical and thematic confines of their songs. They really miss the mark, and in a wonderful variety of ways.
Including: Robert Sarazin Blake at Rocket Number Nine in Kingston, Irish accordionist Máirtín O’Connor and trio at St. Paul’s Church Hall in Red Hook, James McMurtry at Helsinki in Hudson, The Dream of Gerontius performed at Bard, JBM Trio at Gomen Kudasi in New Paltz, Munich Philharmonic String Quartet at St. George’s Church in Newburgh, Homage to Louis Moreau Gottschalk at Fisher Center, and acoustic blues workshop and concert with Ari Eisinger at A.I.R Studio
4/8: Frampton Comes Alive, with its full-face cover, was ubiquitous. In terms of sales, it keeps company with Rumours, Thriller and a tiny handful of others.
Friday, 3/24: A master of many styles and a man with an utterly distinctive voice, the Dylan sideman and solo artist will play his axe, the Vox Continental. He’ll perform with Frank Carillo and Cindy Cashdollar.
The Youngbloods immortalized Spring Weekend at SUNY-New Paltz in 1970 by putting a shot of the crowd on the back cover of their album. That famous two-day concert also featured performances by Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker and Leon Russell.
In which our intrepid middle-aged music critic samples the life of a young punk on tour.
Rhett Miller, longtime New Paltz-area resident, barely seems taxed by the responsibility of stocking a solo career and the legendary alt/country pioneers with sturdy songs. Undertones of sin and salvation erupt to the surface in the (suddenly red-hot) single, “Good with God,” a smoldering duet with Brandi Carlisle.
Saturday, March 4- The Levin Brothers finds Pete and Tony uniting over a shared musical passion of their youths: old-school cool jazz. “There are so many artists, writers and filmmakers in the area. Taking Woodstock as the spiritual center and fanning out from there, the Hudson Valley really is like a large, extended art colony.”
Among my many fusion favorites was one – precisely one – local band. They weren’t from here, they didn’t form here and they’re not here anymore; but for a period in the early ’80s, they camped out in Coochie’s in New Paltz