All posts by John Burdick

Elías Krell performs at the Old Glenford Church

Elías Krell performs at the Old Glenford Church

Friday, May 26: On As Eli, the queer and trans Latinx songwriter (and accomplished academician) Elías Krell does in fact reflect in a variety of clever and direct, candid and literate ways on hot-button themes of identity and the experience of transformation. But it may take a listener a few spins to key in on such currents and undercurrents, so immediately striking is Krell’s songcraft.

David Sancious to host “Treehouse Concerts” at Woodstock

David Sancious to host “Treehouse Concerts” at Woodstock

Saturday & Sunday, May 6-7: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee required only his first big gig – as an original member of Springsteen’s E-Street Band – to justify his induction; but for good measure, he went on the play with Sting, Peter Gabriel, Eric Clapton, Seal, Aretha Franklin, Santana, Jeff Beck and a “many more” list that I’ll leave to your imagination.

Mary Gauthier to perform in Phoenicia

Mary Gauthier to perform in Phoenicia

Saturday, May 6: For quite a few years now, Flying Cat Music has quietly been bringing a special class of folk talent – both Americana and world – into the small-but-acoustically-and-visually-stunning space at the Empire State Railway Museum in Phoenicia. The room tends to be not only packed, but also attentive in that endangered listening-room way.

Colony reborn in Woodstock

Colony reborn in Woodstock

Our first order of business here is clerical. It is to be called Colony now, not the Colony Café, as we have long been conditioned to think of it: that stylish, on-again off-again hotel/restaurant/venue that has been standing there all cool and Euro on Rock City Road just past the Green in Woodstock since 1929.

24-Hour Drone Festival at Basilica Hudson

24-Hour Drone Festival at Basilica Hudson

Saturday & Sunday, April 29-30: There is an old Zen proverb that you may have heard: “You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes every day, unless you’re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.” I like to imagine that the organizers of Basilica’s famous 24-Hour Drone Festival feel similarly about the agency of drone-based music: Those with the least patience for it are those who need it the most.

Malcolm Cecil’s 80th birthday bash

Malcolm Cecil’s 80th birthday bash

Saturday, April 29: Jazz bassist, producer, composer, electronic music pioneer: Malcolm Cecil has quietly had about as varied and storied a music career as one could quietly have. He won a Grammy for engineering on Stevie Wonder’s greatest record, Innervisions. His innovative duo Tonto’s Expanding Head Band made what is widely considered to be essential early electronic music, and was, in a bizarre turn, recently referenced on TBS’ popular show People of Earth.