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Maverick launches its 103rd season of music in the woods

Maverick launches its 103rd season of music in the woods

June 30-September 2: Maverick Concerts in Woodstock is the oldest continuous summer chamber music festival in America. Lest that sound too staid and venerable, Hervey White’s Maverick colony, of course, was an incubator of progressive thought in society and in all the arts. Maverick Concerts is White’s legacy, and the current curators honor that with an inclusive approach to programming and repertoire that is anything but pandering.

Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening is coming to Kingston

Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening is coming to Kingston

Sunday, June 24: When John Bonham dropped that crazy foot of his 12 seconds into “Good Times, Bad Times” on Led Zeppelin’s 1969 self-titled debut, rock drumming changed instantly and forever. John’s son Jason Bonham can hardly be accused of cashing in on his father’s thing. But he hasn’t shied away from the family brand, either. He has recorded with Page and played with Zeppelin at several of their more significant one-offs over the years.

Mountain Jam 2018

Mountain Jam 2018

Friday-Sunday, June 15-17: Jack Johnson, Alt-J, Sturgill Simpson, George Clinton, Kurt Vile, the Decemberists and dozens more bands take to the hills. Compared to the urban polyglot favored on Roosevelt Island, the slopes of Hunter are a place where guitars still play.

What’s on deck at the Clearwater Festival

What’s on deck at the Clearwater Festival

Saturday-Sunday, June 16-17: More than any other established music festival, the Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival is directly associated with activism and the environmental movement via the imprimatur of its founder, Pete Seeger. This year’s performers include Jeff Tweedy, Rhiannon Giddens, Ani DiFranco, The Mavericks, Beth Orton and They Might Be Giants. 

Cassandra Wilson to perform in Kingston

Cassandra Wilson to perform in Kingston

Thursday, June 14: Jazzstock, our region’s tireless collective of professional jazz players, promoters and preservers working now out of the Senate Garage, has made big-name jazz bookings routine. But even by their high standards, this is a huge get: Multiple-Grammy-winner Cassandra Wilson will perform with the Lonnie Plaxico group.

Indigo Girls at UPAC in Kingston

Indigo Girls at UPAC in Kingston

Saturday, May 19: New Folk trailblazers, massive hitmakers and ardent social activists, the Indigo Girls are synonymous with the lighter side of ’90s music – which is to say pretty darn dark themselves, but leavened with a fine sense of close harmony and with songs that sport at least glimmers of hope and redemption.