Tuesday-Sunday, Aug. 1-6: B. J. Thomas and Oak Ridge Boys headline this year’s musical offerings.
Saturday, July 29: The Golden Notebook in Woodstock presents a reading by the dynamo of American arts and letters Joyce Carol Oates at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum.
Friday, July 28: Think of Dweezil Zappa not as someone riding on his father’s coattails, but rather as an apologist for and curator of his father’s formidable legacy.
Saturday-Sunday, July 15-16: With so many years of curation and scheduling under their belt, the Festival’s savvy organizers have developed an undeniably distinctive aesthetic for each of the seven stages.
July 13-16: Every summer, the venerable festival showcases the full spectrum of American bluegrass and folk: the old and the new, the traditional and the progressive, unknowns and certified national treasures with last names that strike awe.
Thursday, July 13: Curling for Amateurs is a highly skilled core band accompanied by Jones’ Hocket Workshop. Various sets of instruments – end-blown wooden organ pipes, pitched wood blocks, PVC tubes, bottles and the human voice – are played hocket-style, in which each person plays or sings a single note, which, in collaboration with others, creates melody and rhythm.
July 10-28: Now tuition-free, PianoSummer brings top emerging pianists from all over the world to SUNY-New Paltz. This year the Flier Competition carries a new first prize: a solo debut recital at Carnegie Hall.
Saturday, July 8: Tepfer alternates between performances of Bach’s famous variations (at one time the quarry of Glenn Gould and a few others with the technical facility to handle them) and modern improvisations on Bach’s themes by a truly liberated improvisor.
Saturday, July 8: The visionary novelist and cyberpunk William Gibson famously wrote, “I have always maintained that Steely Dan’s music was, has been and remains among the most genuinely subversive oeuvres in late-20th-century pop.”
Friday, July 7: Emmylou Harris and Carlene Carter join him on stage during his Sad Clowns and Hillbillies tour.