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.
The Earth’s carbon dioxide level was 326 parts per million when I moved to Woodstock in 1972. By 1989, when my daughter was born, it had reached 352 ppm. Now this week in March 2021, it stands at 416 ppm. What’s worse, it used to rise by one ppm per year. It currently increases by three ppm annually.
Leon wasn’t born to greatness; he earned it. And like his hero, Ali, he triumphed against all odds.
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.
Technological advances have made “access to information” a necessity that requires most libraries to provide Internet and computer availability for their patrons. But a trend that has taken off recently, particularly since the public health crisis, is the lending of things: physical objects as well as places along the bandwidth.
A new park straddling the border of Kingston and Ulster along the Hudson is in the works. The site includes some striking cliffs as well as the remains of the area’s brickmaking past.
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.
On For the Record, his first release in nearly two decades, the guitarist/songwriter, writer/journalist, and Woodstock historian Tad Wise presents a fully realized set of nine substantive, lyrically elaborative tunes, topical art songs disguised as sleek soul pop with an anchor in the sounds and dialects of ‘80s rock — the shimmery guitar, the super crisp and tight rhythm section. An elegant electric guitarist with a command of idiomatic harmony, texture and guitar arrangement, Wise did well to recruit these supra-A-list sidemen (as, I suppose, would we all), and also did well not to festoon too much else on top of this lithe and crisp trio sound — a harmonica here, a keyboard there, some vocal beds and not much else.