Saturday, March 7: The Soul Rebels are riding high into 2020, receiving national attention with recent performances with Katy Perry and DMX and on NPR’s Tiny Desk series, a debut late-night TV appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and a headlining set at the TED Conference. The Soul Rebels started with an idea: to expand upon the pop music they loved on the radio and the New Orleans brass tradition they grew up on.
Friday, Mar. 6: The recently rediscovered Swedish artist lived from 1862 to 1944, but her life’s work was indeed driven by her efforts to contact ethereal presences. Growing up in an era when spiritualism was all the rage, she claimed from girlhood on to be clairvoyant and by 17 was conducting séances. She studied Theosophy and Rosicrucianism, and later Anthroposophy. With a group of young women friends who called themselves the Five, in the 1890s she began “communicating” with a roster of spirits they termed the High Masters, and af Klint claimed that they directed her hand when she was painting.
Friday, March 6: The Dia Art Foundation commissioned acclaimed Detroit-based techno deejay and producer Carl Craig to create a sound installation at Dia:Beacon, in dialogue with the unique architecture of the space.
Saturday, Mar. 7: Lovano is about as first-tier, A-list and cream-of-the-crop as a jazz saxophonist is even allowed to be anymore. Yes, he has netted one Grammy (among 14 nominations), but that is never the gold star on a jazz curriculum vitae. The gold star, of course, is a) whom you’ve played with, and b) who has played with you. And by this standard, Lovano’s elite stature is stark.
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!”
Amongst a month of other events, there will be a bilingual flash-mob performance of “Un Violador en Tu Camino” (“A Rapist on Your Path”) in front of the Ulster County Courthouse. This choreographed protest chant originated in Chile and has gone viral.
Sunday, Mar. 1: It is an especially painful time for Towne Crier proprietor Phil Ciganer and his wife Mary, who recently lost their 26-year-old son Greyson to opioid addiction. Ciganer is now committed to transforming a personal tragedy into a call for action and change.
Saturday, Feb. 29: The man is doing what is not just the best work of his career, but really, the best work of almost anyone’s career.
Sunday, Mar. 1: In this celebration of the life and work of the famed Muppeteer (who once lived in Esopus), a variety of artists showcase selections from film and television (The Muppet Show, Sesame Street) and Henson-produced specials (Emmett Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas).
Friday, Feb. 28: Emmy-, Grammy- and Golden Globe-nominated jazz artist and bassist Russell Hall leads an exploratory study of the enigmas of jazz: Eric Dolphy, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Johnny Dunn, Charlie Mingus and others.