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Bethel Woods presents Deep Purple and Judas Priest

Bethel Woods presents Deep Purple and Judas Priest

Sunday, September 2: On guitar…well, you weren’t expecting Richie Blackmore, were you? His parting from DP was ages ago, and permanent. Will you take Steve Morse of the Dixie Dregs, who has not only been a member DP for several decades but is also one of the greatest living progressive (and country, and fusion, and nylon string, and…) rock guitarists? 

Ashokan Center hosts Summer Hoot this weekend

Ashokan Center hosts Summer Hoot this weekend

Friday-Sunday, August 24-26: An overstuffed lineup of cool music, and one that, per usual, taxes any stable definition of “folk music” to its breaking point. You get the idea: All high-end stuff in an extraordinary setting with the high-fiber community values that have always distinguished the Hoots from your standard-issue folk bacchanalia.

OAR to perform at Bethel Woods

OAR to perform at Bethel Woods

Sunday, August 19: OAR has always seemed to occupy a parallel universe, a cultic otherness reminiscent of those Christian rock bands you’ve never heard of selling out 100,000-seat football stadiums. What I love about OAR is that they know it; they embrace it. Their press release states, “In effect hiding in plain sight from the world outside, the band fills arenas and amphitheaters as it crafts and releases relatable songs with big pop hooks, all of this activity going down completely apart from the mainstream. Within this universe, these songs are bona fide hits, and the band members are superstars.”