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The Falcon in Delusionville

The Falcon in Delusionville

Saturday, May 26: Springfest this year will conceptually revolve around Ron English’s Rabbbits in Delusionville rock opera and artwork. Curated by English, the three-stage, noon-to-close show boasts an impressive list of performers, including the incendiary folk/rocker Michelle Shocked, legendary jam band (and Soulive antecedent) Moon Boot Lover, local star Decora, former We Must Be songwriter Christine Dominguez and many more.

Radcliffe Bailey’s “Travelogue” at the School in Kinderhook

Radcliffe Bailey’s “Travelogue” at the School in Kinderhook

I’ve skimmed through the white-walled halls of the School, Jack Shainman’s gleaming 30,000-foot exhibition space in what used to be Kinderhook’s high school, gawking as I go at a number of works by Radcliffe Bailey. Incorporating found objects, photos, paint and metal, his pieces explore multiple African-American themes, such as ancestry, migration, the Middle Passage and other elements of collective memory.

Dylan birthday show at Bearsville to benefit Family, Herald Fund

Dylan birthday show at Bearsville to benefit Family, Herald Fund

Sunday, May 27: This year’s concert is hosted by Happy Traum and will feature a fine contingent of celebrants including Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams; John Sebastian; Cindy Cashdollar; Scott Sherrard; Mike + Ruthy; Bill Sims; Rod MacDonald and Jay Collins. Backing them up is the always stellar house band featuring Connor Kennedy, Will Bryant, Lee Falco and Brandon Morrison.

Indigo Girls at UPAC in Kingston

Indigo Girls at UPAC in Kingston

Saturday, May 19: New Folk trailblazers, massive hitmakers and ardent social activists, the Indigo Girls are synonymous with the lighter side of ’90s music – which is to say pretty darn dark themselves, but leavened with a fine sense of close harmony and with songs that sport at least glimmers of hope and redemption.