All posts by Morgan Y. Evans

Sun Voyager bassist Stefan Mersch explains his band’s survival and evolution

Sun Voyager bassist Stefan Mersch explains his band’s survival and evolution

The Hudson Valley has a rich history of bands willing to explore the far corners of the psyche and often add a little psychedelic flavor into the mix. From the pyro-enhanced alt rock of SpinCycleLava to the delicate psych folk of Globelamp to the anything-goes jazz-influenced mind romp of Ultraam, many bands who have graced local stages over the years have been unafraid of venturing into parts unknown.

Local alternatives for vegans and vegetarians

Local alternatives for vegans and vegetarians

Ulster County in the summer is full of plenty of chances to work up an appetite. At various junctures for most of my 43 years, I have pursued either very healthy or exceedingly unhealthy lifestyles. Now on the path of virtue in a tourism season intensified by people released from lockdown, I want to promote a few local places that offer green-diet alternatives.

Faces of Kingston: Kate Cristiani

Faces of Kingston: Kate Cristiani

With all the chaos going on in the world right now, it was refreshing to write Faces Of Kingston this week and get to share a normal, light-hearted conversation with an artistic local. Kate Cristiani is a tattoo artist with Ink Inc. who lives in Kingston and it was nice to get to know her better. 

Faces of Kingston: Dina Kravtsov

Faces of Kingston: Dina Kravtsov

This week in Faces of Kingston we get to know artist, nurse practitioner and nature enthusiast Dina Kravtsov. Her unique perspectives, talent, energy and empathy add to the nicer, healthiest energy side of our community.

Faces of Kingston: Louis Torchio

Faces of Kingston: Louis Torchio

Louis Torchio, a well loved and regarded craftsmen, family man and great storyteller, is our subject for this week’s Faces of Kingston. It was a pleasure to visit The Cake Box with Louis on a Friday afternoon and chat about his background, accomplishments, life challenges, family and dreams.

Kingston After Dark: Shana Falana’s two nights at Tubby’s

Kingston After Dark: Shana Falana’s two nights at Tubby’s

This week is going to be lucky for local dream pop and indie genre fans as Shana Falana road test their pending South By Southwest 2020 appearance with two local warm up shows at Tubby’s on Broadway. I caught up with Shana to find out the scoop on the dates at the boutique bar and performance space. “It’s the first time we’re ever playing SXSW, so we’re doing 2 warm up shows at Tubby’s. Thursday, March 5 with Top Nachos and Friday, March 6 with Gold Dime of Fire Talk Records,” she tells me. “We’re going to play a stripped-down set, no backing tracks, projections or lights and are working on something new for SX. It should be pretty raw, and Mike Amari will be singing!”

Faces of Kingston: Jason Harucki

Faces of Kingston: Jason Harucki

This week’s guest for Faces of Kingston is Jason Harucki of Kingston’s NCG Cinema branch. We spoke about Kingston’s local flavor and what makes it special, the joys of growing up here and also what exciting aspects NCG is bringing to keep the mall area active and fun.