“We haven’t really quit the board, you know. We simply have not run for reelection. We’ll continue to be still involved with the school.” Thus does Paula Nelson – one of the surviving founders of the Woodstock School of Art, and a mainstay of its operation for more than five decades – downplay the recent decision by herself and her husband, John Kleinhans, to step down from WSA’s Board of Directors. Nonetheless, it’s nice to pay tribute to people who have contributed a great deal to a community while they’re still alive and kicking. So, this action seems as good an excuse as any to remind readers how much work and commitment it took to keep this amazing cultural resource alive for all these years.
For some venues, particularly those without outdoor space, the question of returning may be if, not when.
Laila Mach closed out American Idol’s “Showstopper” round last night, March 29, with a powerful rendition of Alicia Keys, “If I Ain’t Got You.” Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to get her into the Top 24.
On the morning of March 12, Sally Grossman, the widow of Bob Dylan’s foremost manager, Albert “the Baron of Bearsville” Grossman, failed to answer her locked front door. A spare key was fetched, and the baroness was found at peace in her bed. While cause of death has not been determined, Sally recently gave up cigarettes and — to one and all — seemed an unstoppable force at 81.
On Sunday evening, March 21, 15-year-old New Paltz singer/songwriter sensation Laila Mach performed in front of millions of television viewers on the American Idol stage inside the glittery halls of Hollywood. This week’s performance showcased Mach’s choice of genre and artist.
This Sunday evening, March 21, 15-year-old New Paltz singer/songwriter sensation Laila Mach will perform in front of millions of television viewers on the American Idol stage inside the glittery halls of Hollywood. This week’s performance, which has already been taped but has yet to be aired, will showcase Mach’s choice of genre and artist.
After going mostly online for 2020, the O+ Festival plans to return to Kingston for in-person events October 8-10, 2021.
For the sixth installment of the Making Records, I spoke with Scott Petito, the area native who, as a bassist and a producer, is well into the fifth decade of his prolific career. Scott has done it at all: he’s played with everybody, and he’s recorded everybody else. Space is tight, so I encourage you to check his website if you want his almost absurd bona fides. Otherwise, just take my word.
The first audition out of the gate on Sunday night’s episode of American Idol was that of Laila Mach, a 15-year-old singer/songwriter from New Paltz. “You sound like you’re from New York,” said country star and Idol judge Luke Bryan with his Southern drawl. “Upstate New York,” corrected Mach, as she stood in front of music legends Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Bryan on a bare stage in San Diego, on the brink of auditioning for the world’s most renowned and successful singing competition.
The Saugerties Arts Commission is busy, with reports and art shows on the web, Trustee Jeannine Mayer reported at the Village Board meeting on March 1.