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Helsinki Hudson hosts Justin Townes Earle

Helsinki Hudson hosts Justin Townes Earle

Sunday, Nov. 19: Justin Townes Earle bears the formidable weight two famous names, and one of them ain’t Justin. The son of Steve Earle and namesake of the currently bigger-than-Elvis Townes van Zandt, Mr. Earle’s career as a Bardic American troubadour has been somewhat polarizing, and has positioned the prolific writer at the center of a lot of heated discussions about the nature of authenticity.

Robert Gordon and Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones at Colony

Robert Gordon and Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones at Colony

Saturday, Nov. 18: A central figure in the rockabilly revival of the late ’70s and early ’80s, Gordon coexisted with punk and New Wave, and few people know the old repertoire like this fellow does. When Colony booked Gordon, there was probably very little doubt or even conversation about whom to lock down as the support act: Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones, of course – the mid-Hudson Valley’s own ardent rockabilly aficionados. 

Ozark Henry’s “Map to the Stars” in Kingston

Ozark Henry’s “Map to the Stars” in Kingston

Saturday, Nov. 11: During this performance, Ozark will be presenting “Map to the Stars,” an exploration using live 3D audio sound to create an immersive experience for concert-goers. He will incorporate technology developed by Paul Geluso, an engineer, composer, and educator, who is currently on faculty at NYU researching 3D audio technology.

Pere Ubu comes to BSP

Pere Ubu comes to BSP

While Devo demos its famous choreography and Oingo Boingo and XTC hiccup through their skittish numbers, Ubu’s David Thomas commands your…concern. He doesn’t seem quite right. He’s dressed for a business meeting — suit and tie, his clean shaven and pudgy baby face scrubbed raw behind the ears. He gesticulates wildly, the purpose inscrutable.

Vying for the vista: Carleton Mabee’s final opus, Saving the Shawangunks

Vying for the vista: Carleton Mabee’s final opus, Saving the Shawangunks

The book is positioned as a celebration of nature’s fragile ecosystems and of the David v. Goliath community members (for David’s tactics, in this case, were largely litigatory) banded together to protect them. But in the moment-to-moment of the prose and in the very consciously balanced, 360-degree management of his facts, Mabee reveals himself mostly as a fastidious historian and no polemicist at all.

Tuvan throat singers to play Rosendale Cafe

Tuvan throat singers to play Rosendale Cafe

Saturday, Oct. 14: Named for a river that runs through the northwestern region of Tuva, Alash is an ensemble comprised entirely of master Tuvan throat singers. The singers learned the traditional technique from their families, and later banded together under the name Changy-Xaya as students at Kyzyl Arts College.