Friday, October 12: The great progressive bluegrass banjoist, whose name may not be quite as big as Béla’s or Grisman’s but whose contribution to the jazzification and reinvention of the form is just as vital.
Friday-Sunday, October 5-7: Somewhere Alley at 73 Crown Street: a graffiti-lined descending ramp that, under normal circumstances, one would be wisely cautious about entering. For a number of festivals now, this space has become one of O+’s more popular pop-up venues.
Saturday, October 6: Book talk at Slabsides with historian David Schuyler about his new book, Embattled River. Some of the conflicts that Schuyler documents are universally known: General Electric, the PCB contamination of the Hudson and the cleanup debate, for example. Others are news – startling news – to me: a major nuclear power facility with cooling towers proposed for the Esopus/Lloyd town line in the 1970s?
Sunday, September 30: The New York City jazz guitarist Ben Monder was already the owner of a humming 30-plus-year career as leader and sideman when he was tapped by David Bowie to be one of the featured voices in the ensemble that made Bowie’s arrestingly strange final album, Blackstar. When Bowie taps, you fall down. He was the Miles Davis of rock — with feelers on every street corner looking for the first signs of fresh new things to borrow and glom upon.
Friday, Sept. 21: She’s something like the female equivalent of Tom Waits: an unapologetically idiosyncratic songwriter and record-maker who, like Tom, can appear as a deep roots torchbearer or as a mad pop avant-gardist.
Friday, Sept. 28: The band preaches a vision of something like collectivism without a trace of prescriptive hippie ideology.
Few people have combined crunch and sweetness is a more agreeable way than Evan Dando, who performs at the Old Dutch Church on Saturday, October 6 at 9:30 p.m. Also, on Saturday, the Comedy Resistance presents the legendary comedian and actress Janeane Garofalo in performance in the huge back room at BSP at 323 Wall Street
Sunday, September 2 : MMW drummer Billy Martin has recently assumed directorship of the Creative Music Studios, the avant-garde musical incubator founded in Woodstock long ago by keyboardist/composer/vocalist Karl Berger, vocalist Ingrid Sertso and the late, great saxophonist/composer Ornette Coleman.
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?
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.