Sunday, Oct. 28: The Wailers that will appear at Colony are no Menudo – no distant descendants of the founders, with maybe “the original gear,” as the joke goes. These Wailers are led by famed bassist and founder Aston “Familyman” Barrett, joined by fellow original Wailers Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey.
Hurley-based Osi Audu will be the focus of a rare one-person exhibit opening with a 3 p.m. talk and a 4 p.m. reception Saturday, October 20 at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street in Woodstock.
Writers, established and prospective alike, will be celebrated this third weekend of the local culture fest Shout Out Saugerties.
Saturday, Oct. 20: From a Billboard perspective and in the rebel language of rock narrative, the great songwriter, bassist and recordmaker registers as confoundingly, demonstratively eclectic. Contrarian, even: one who runs from what the market wants her to be, one who ignores the nervous directives of label men. That story perplexes me.
Savage had met the eccentric bohemian writer Joe Gould at a poetry reading, after which he became “romantically” obsessed with her. So in 1945 she decided to leave her city life behind, relocating to Saugerties.
Sunday, October 14: Members of the public are invited to attend for a short or a long time between 2 and 5 p.m. to observe, and perhaps respond to, The Psalms R Us at the Saugerties Reformed Church, part of the Shout Out Saugerties month-long arts festival.
Saturday, October 13: Hudson Valley Philharmonic opens its 59th season with Puccini, Verdi and Rossini gems.
Sunday, October 14: Pianist Hiroko Sakurazawa introduces a new concert series in a new venue that doesn’t even have a piano. “George Tsontakis, one of our great local musicians and a friend, helped to find and contact these performers. Since there is no piano at the venue, George reached out to some of his friends, including harpist Nancy Allen [of the New York Philharmonic] and violinist Phil Setzer [of the Emerson Quartet]. I am grateful that we could have such distinguished performers here ‘in the middle of nowhere’.”
Saturday, October 13: AJJ is the elliptical rechristening of the jesting, jostling, Phoenix-bred punk-rock band Andrew Jackson Jihad. Why the rebrand? Many good reasons come quickly to mind, but even so, the old fans grouse.
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.