Hardscrabble Day brings Art Neville to Red Hook – free; Basilica Soundscape, Music in the Field in New Paltz; Joe Louis Walker at the Falcon; ETHEL’s Circus in Hudson; Vertigo score performed live during film screening at Bard’s Fisher Center; Matthew Sweet plays Helsinki Hudson; Colony in Woodstock hosts Rough Shapes’ EP-release show & more.
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Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16-17: Kim Novak and Jimmy Stewart star in Alfred Hitchcock’s psychological thriller Vertigo, cited by the American Film Institute as the country’s greatest mystery film. Screening the film classic with a live performance of Bernard Herrmann’s haunting score is the brainchild of film and television director Allen Coulter, known for his work on HBO’s The Sopranos.
Saturday, Sept. 9: Jack DeJohnette headlines, and special guests Baird Hersey and Prana will join Nexus onstage. Also set to appear are POOK, the Creative Music Studio with jazz vibraphonist Karl Berger, the NYU Steel Drum Ensemble, the North/South Indian Music Project, the Beatbox House, the Northeast Ghana All-Stars and the Big Takeover Reggae Band.
Saturday, Sept. 9: Ear Op finds the veteran New Paltz trio opting, for the very first time, not to self-produce. The Doggies called upon the New Paltz-based indie- and post-rock producer Kevin McMahon. McMahon is best-known for his work with the epic punk group Titus Andronicus, the avant-noise legends Swans, the clinical indie guitar-pop band Real Estate and some other nationally known acts.
Opening Saturday, Sept. 9: “Artists as Innovators: Three Decades of New York State Council on the Arts/New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships” covers three decades of New York artistry supported by state arts funding. Additional programming this September supports the exhibit with literary readings, panel discussions and performance art.
Wednesday, Sept. 13: Legendary writer, natural performer, a formidable interpreter and kickass guitarist on a guitar that has truly had its ass kicked, Willie Nelson comes to the Mid-Hudson Civic Center.
Friday-Sunday, September 8-10: The Meltasia Festival offers much to differentiate itself from ordinary music festivals: B-movies, a haunted mansion, wiffleball games, pool parties and goats, to name a few. Last year, Meltasia was held in the high-concept setting of the long-abandoned Catskill Game Farm. Great in theory, but this year they’ve upgraded the digs to the Blackthorne Resort in East Durham.
Friday-Sunday, Sept. 15-17: Basilica Hudson’s Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone are working in collaboration with The Creative Independent editor-in-chief and former Pitchfork director Brandon Stosuy to program the weekend. Notable musical performers this year include Zola Jesus, Priests, Bing & Ruth, Jlin and many more.
Friday, Sept. 1: You need to accept – acquiesce to – Sting’s default pieties and pretensions. That’s just him. Get over it. Once you’ve done that, be prepared to be impressed both by the musical craftiness of these new confessional songs, and ultimately, by their courageously awkward honesty.
Saturday, September 2: The funky and reggae-inflected jam/rock band are supporting their spanking-new release Magic, which was produced in Ohio by Joe Viers (Blues Traveler, Twenty-One Pilots).