Believe it or not, the legendary David Bowie graced Poughkeepsie’s presence in 2003 during a warmup show for his A Reality Tour, performing The Chance Theater. You can read excerpts and a setlist from David Bowie’s official website below and listen to the hour and a half set as part of our second Classic Concerts feature!
Can’t we give ourselves one more Chance…
Incredibly, it was five long years ago today that David Bowie played a warm up show for his A Reality Tour with an intimate performance for BowieNetters at The Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Sadly, it was a show I was personally unable to attend (a fact DB cheekily made reference to during the show) but obviously an army of BowieNetters from around the globe did make it to the show.
I’ll leave you with the eighteen song setlist from the night, which, as impressive as it was at the time, pales when compared to some of the shows on A Reality Tour a few months later. The thirty three song show in Berlin on November 3rd being a great example of that.
THE CHANCE THEATER, POUGHKEEPSIE, NY. AUGUST 19TH 2003
New Killer Star
Battle For Britain (The Letter)
Fall Dog Bombs The Moon
I’m Afraid Of Americans
She’ll Drive The Big Car
Never Get Old
The Man Who Sold The World
Hang On To Yourself
Heathen (The Rays)
Republished from the archives of Alternative Nation, 2015. The band has broken up since then, but this is a good look at an underrated Hudson Valley band.
I saw these guys play at the Sounds Asylum in Middletown, New York on April Fool’s Day 2013 when frontman Tod Elgnis was dressed up as Kurt Cobain at Nirvana’s infamous Reading concert. I would later catch up with the band in late 2014, after they released their first EP, Straight to VHS. I recently caught up with singer/guitarist Tod Elgnis, who is currently hard at work on the first proper record with the band…
Can you introduce yourselves to those who haven’t been introduced to your music?
Orange No.9 is a three piece Alt-Rock band (I think?) that consists of Me (guitar/vocals), Cheyenne Moore (drums) and Chris Liranzo (bass). Our influence in style, sound, attention to detail and effort comes from bands like Queens Of The Stone Age, Smashing Pumpkins, The Doors, Starfish, Black Sabbath, and Creedence Clearwater Revival, if you want to take the tops but there are so many more.
Tell us a little about your first E.P.
STRAIGHT TO VHS!was recorded at a studio called The Loft in Bronxville NY and it was a definite first step to getting the band to go home with the viewers and actually have something carved in time and plastic. But it arrived a little late and it didn’t capture the raw energy of the band from the live shows that people seemed to dig. THE APPROACH TO RECORDING IT, however, was what we are most proud of. We initially wanted to record it on analog tape instead of digital to show the masses that we had nothing to hide behind. But the studio didn’t want to work with a budget or the hassle of recording on such a medium so we decided to RECORD DIGITAL LIKE ANALOG and have all recordings done LIVE. We establish rules that wouldn’t allow us to use recording gimmicks like time correcting *** or quantizing or whatever. Those are TOOLS, NOTINSTRUMENTS! And we are FIRM BELIEVERS IN PUTTING OUT MUSIC YOU CAN ACTUALLY PLAY LIVE JUST AS GOOD OR BETTER!
You had previously indicated you’d be going into a hibernation to work on the debut album and redefine the band’s sound. What exactly is that transformation going to entail?
The sound of this band has always been a bit of a hard thing to nail down and drag around but after putting out Straight To VHS! and bringing it with us to shows for half a year we decided to go through a line up change on bass and just take a break from shows to work on new music. ENTER BATCH OF NEW SEXY ****! During our winter hibernation at a new secluded basement practice cave, we ended up crafting a few new songs: Waves, Too Close, Nomad and a few others that exposed new deeper, focused and grown up layers of our normal heavy/soft/smooth/buzzed formula. Armed with these, we played a few shows at The Chance (opening for Hed P.E and Alien Ant Farm) with new found energy. Afterwards we unintentionally reclused again. So we decided this time that we would gather up all remaining songs from our old cache and a few off the EP to record our first full length which we are hesitantly calling Safe, Secure & On Time, which is a complete and utter tongue in cheek reference to how this band is anything but on time, and secure. We are always safe, though.
We’ve played with them a couple times, pretty cool that they are going for that garage/grunge type stuff, not that many people trying to do that in our area… waaaay more “musical” than us!
Adele managed to sweep Album, Record, and Best Pop Vocal Album of the Year Awards, her second time doing so after 2011’s 21. “The Lemonade album was so monumental and so well-thought-out and so beautiful and soul-bearing, and we all got to see another side of you that you don’t usually let us see, we appreciate that. All us artists here adore you,” Adele told Beyoncé after winning Album of the Year. “You are our light.”
Cage the Elephant won their first Grammy award for Rock Album of the Year, Tell Me I’m Pretty. I’ve met and spoken with the band members many times over the years, and extend my congrats to the group for their success. I interviewed frontman Matt Shultz around the time of the record’s release in December 2015. Speaking about the record, Matt told me, “For us, this record is honesty, and the songs have so much diversity in them that I don’t feel like any song is representative of the entire album, kind of like each sound has its own personality.” He also compared the record to the works of David Bowie, who posthumously won five rewards stemming from his final album, Blackstar. You can read my full interview with Matt here.
Album Of The Year
Song Of The Year
Best Rap Album
Chance The Rapper, Coloring Book
Best Urban Contemporary Album
Best Country Solo Performance
Maren Morris, “My Church”
Best Rock Song
David Bowie, “Blackstar”
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Twenty One Pilots, “Stressed Out”
Best New Artist
Chance The Rapper
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Best Pop Vocal Album
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Willie Nelson, Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin
Best Pop Solo Performance
Best Musical Theater Album The Color Purple
Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media Miles Ahead (Miles Davis and various artists)
Best Metal Performance
Best Rap Song
Drake, “Hotline Bling”
Best Rap/Sung Performance
Drake, “Hotline Bling”
Best Rap Performance
Chance the Rapper, “No Problem” [featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz]
Best R&B Album
Lalah Hathaway – Lalah Hathaway Live
Best Comedy Album
Patton Oswalt, Talking for Clapping
Best Reggae Album
Ziggy Marley, Ziggy Marley
Best Regional Roots Music Album
Kalani Pe’a, E Walea
Best Folk Album
Sarah Jarosz, Undercurrent
Best Contemporary Blues Album
Fantastic Negrito, The Last Days of Oakland
Best Traditional Blues Album
Bobby Rush, Porcupine Meat
Best Bluegrass Album
O’Connor Band With Mark O’Connor, Coming Home
Best Americana Album
William Bell, This Is Where I Live
Best American Roots Song
Vince Gill, songwriter (The Time Jumpers), “Kid Sister”
Best American Roots Performance
Sarah Jarosz, “House of Mercy”
Best Tropical Latin Album
Jose Lugo & Guasábara Combo, Donde Están?
Best Regional Mexican Music Album
Vicente Fernández – Un Azteca En El Azteca, Vol. 1 (En Vivo)
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
Best Latin Pop Album
Jesse & Joy, Un Besito Mas
Best Country Album
Sturgill Simpson, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
Best Country Song
Lori McKenna, songwriter (Tim McGraw) – “Humble and Kind”
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Pentatonix – “Jolene” [featuring Dolly Parton]
Best Roots Gospel Album
Joey+Rory – Hymns
Best Latin Jazz Album
Chucho Valdés, Tribute to Irakere: Live in Marciac
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Ted Nash Big Band, Presidential Suite: Eight Variations on Freedom
Best Jazz Instrumental Album
John Scofield, Country for Old Men
Best Jazz Vocal Album
Gregory Porter, Take Me to the Alley
Best Improvised Jazz Solo
John Scofield, soloist, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”
Best Dance Recording
The Chainsmokers, “Don’t Let Me Down” [ft. Daya]
Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
Dorothea Röschmann; Mitsuko Uchida, accompanist – Schmann & Berg (tie)
Ian Bostridge; Antonio Pappano, accompanist (Michael Collins, Elizabeth Kenny, Lawrence Power & Adam Walker), Shakespeare Songs (tie)
Best Classical Compendium
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer – Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway; American Gothic; Once Upon A Castle
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
Best Choral Performance
Krzysztof Penderecki, conductor; Henryk Wojnarowski, choir director (Nikolay Didenko, Agnieszka Rehlis & Johanna Rusanen; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Warsaw Philharmonic Choir) – Penderecki Conducts Penderecki, Volume 1
Best Opera Recording
James Conlon, conductor; Joshua Guerrero, Christopher Maltman, Lucas Meachem, Patricia Racette, Lucy Schaufer & Guanqun Yu; Blanton Alspaugh, producer (LA Opera Orchestra; LA Opera Chorus) – Corigliano: The Ghosts Of Versailles
Best Orchestra Performance
Andris Nelsons, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra) – Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow
Producer of the Year, Classical
Best Engineered Album, Classical
Mark Donahue and Fred Vogler, Corigliano: The Ghosts of Versailles
Best Music Film
The Beatles, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week the Touring Years
Best Spoken Word Album
Carol Burnett, In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox
Best Children’s Album
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Infinity Plus One
Best World Music Album
Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble, Sing Me Home
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
Hillary Scott & the Scott Family, Love Remains
Best Gospel Album
Kirk Franklin, Losing My Religion
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
Hillary Scott & the Scott Family; Bernie Herms, Hillary Scott & Emily Weisband, songwriters – “Thy Will”
Best Surround Sound Album
Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony, Dutilleux: Sur Le Même Accord; Les Citations; Mystère De L’instant & Timbres, Espace, Mouvement
Best Remixed Recording
André Allen Anjos, remixer (Bob Moses), “Tearing Me Up (RAC Remix)”
Best Historical Album
Steve Berkowitz & Jeff Rosen, compilation producers; Mark Wilder, mastering engineer (Bob Dylan) – The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 12 (Collector’s Edition)
Best Album Notes
Ken Bloom & Richard Carlin, album notes writers (Eubie Blake & Noble Sissle) – Sissle and Blake Sing Shuffle Alon
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
Gérard Lo Monaco, art director (Edith Piaf) – Edith Piaf 1915-2015
Best Recording Package
Jonathan Barnbrook, art director (David Bowie), Blackstar
Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals
Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier), “Flintstones”
Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier), “You and I”
Best Instrumental Composition
Ted Nash, composer (Ted Nash Big Band), ”Spoken at Midnight”
Best Song Written for Visual Media
Max Martin, Shellback & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel, Walt Dohrn, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse & Kunal Nayyar), Track from: Trolls, “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
John Williams, composer, Star Wars: the Force Awakens
Best Recording Package
David Bowie, Blackstar
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
David Bowie, Blackstar
Best Gospel Performance/Song
Tamela Mann, Kirk Franklin, “God Provides”
Best Gospel Album
Kirk Franklin, Losing My Religion
Best Music Video
Best Dance/Electronic Album
Best Country Album
Sturgill Simpson, A Sailor’s Guide To Earth
Best R&B Performance
Solange, “Cranes In The Sky”
Republished from the archives of Alternative Nation, 2015.
The mid-Hudson valley has something of a shortage of venues; the biggest pavilion-type venue is the Bethel Woods Center For the Arts, located near the site of the original Woodstock festival, which itself is far removed from the Middletown-Poughkeepsie-Newburgh center of activity.
As such, a large number of DIY-type “hole in the wall” venues have sprung up throughout the area. Here’s a few of the most beloved of those venues and some of the acts they’ve seen take the stage, both past and present.
Located in Poughkeepsie… essentially the Master Blaster of venues, you have much bigger venue, The Chance, where bands like Soundgarden, Guns N’ Roses, Alice in Chains, and Bon Jovi played while trying to break it big, while The Loft is a much smaller space sitting comfortably on The Chance’s shoulders, accessible via staircase. The Chance/Loft is one of the only remaining venues in the general area to book major touring acts. You can check out Soundgarden’s set from 1990 at The Chance above.
Out of Middletown, New York was one of the most beloved musical venues in the area. Located across the street from a church and near several businesses, the venue proved controversial for its loud concerts which were customarily interrupted by the police.
Says founder Rob “Ruckus”, “Sounds Asylum served it’s purpose over the course of its run. It was meant to bring together the music community and bring the feeling of acceptance and belonging that I got when I was first went to a local show to everyone who entered. It was never about the money, it was about the music and the fans. This was OUR home. I’ll be continuing this effort at Motorcyclepedia Museum by organizing free events for the music community every couple months.”
The venue has since been re-purposed under new ownership as The Skyline, though that has also been shut down.
Located right on the New Jersey border in Warwick, NY, the Tuscan Cafe is a great little punk rock cafe. Highlights include open mic every Thursday night and the occasional touring act, such as Coheed and Cambria guitarist Travis Stevor’s Davenport Cabinet. Stevor’s wife runs a bakery just down the street from the Tuscan. Commonly seen at open mic nights are Cloud District, Los Huevos, and New Jersey’s Killin It’.
The Elephant Graveyard is a small venue in the loft of a barn in Chester, run by Jay from the local band Common Folk, for local independent musicians on a donation based admission. The close quarters encourages intimacy and interactivity between the musicians and the crowds of up to 80 people.
The Alter is a recently closed venue in the basement of what looks to be a normal house in New Paltz. Its dark and gloomy atmosphere has made it a popular spot for both local noise and punk bands like BILLxNYE and touring bands like the black metal band Yellow Eyes. You can check out an infodump of every artist who played at The Alter here.
The Hudson Valley’s own Jeff Ikoseems to have led a low key career so far, but with a new record coming in the near future, that all may change for the talented singer-songwriter.
Jeff’s sound draws from several stadium rock bands, both classic and contemporary. “I currently listen to Kings of Leon… I think they’re great. On my current album you’ll hear influences by U2, Pearl Jam, Hendrix…
Jeff says to keep on the lookout for a new album. “Haven’t even decided on a title for it yet! But there should be nine songs on their six are currently complete. We may do one bonus!” In the meantime, check out some of his already released material via his Soundcloud below, starting with “Red, White & Blue”.
Kayla Barone, best known as Kay, is an 18 year old singer/songwriter originally from Lagrangeville, NY. One of the Hudson Valley’s most aspiring pop stars, Kay says she is always writing new material, recording, performing, competing, and collaborating with other artists. She engages heavily on social media to build up her grassroots following, and it seems to be paying off nicely so far.
You can check out a brief interview with Kay below, listen to her song “Lullaby”, and be sure to check out her various social medias if you like what you hear!
Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
As a soulful, jazzy-pop vocalist, with influences from Amy Winehouse, Lana Del Rey, and Lady Gaga, I like to stick to my dark and mysterious side, despite the upbeat vibe of the music.
How has your career momentum been going? The Hudson Valley doesn’t have too many aspiring pop stars!
I have been blessed with a variety of amazing opportunities already throughout my career. However in 2016, things began to build upon themselves. My single, “Lullaby” is capturing the hearts of fans everywhere, and is loved by many industry elite. Also, with more than 40 performances all across the Tri-State area and beyond in just the past year, I’ve electrified crowds, entertaining for tens of thousands at some of the biggest festivals in NY and NJ. My dedication earned my work to be featured in several films and television shows over the past few years.
What can fans of Kay expect from you in the future?
2017 is underway with a full calendar of performances, and new music soon to hit the speakers! I believe from the bottom of my heart, that the combination of my uniqueness, style, and work ethic will help me to accomplish all goals.
Harmony Roadis part of the thriving cover music scene in the Hudson Valley, originating from Croton on Hudson. Read on for a brief interview with guitarist Joe Adami (who also has his own solo act) and check out a video from their recent performance at Alchemy Post Sound.
Can you give us a bit of a background of the band?
We are Harmony Road, a 6 piece band from Croton on Hudson that performs all over Westchester and the surrounding area. The consists of Frank Corrado on guitar, keyboards, sax and vocals, Joe Adami on guitar and vocals, George Angelini on drums, Jimmy ward on bass and vocals, Brian Aspinwall on Trumpet, and Joe Picianno on sax. The band has been together for 7 years and our music has evolved into an eclectic mix of great songs from
many different eras.
What kinds of stuff do you cover?
From Sinatra and Ray Charles to The Beatles, The Stray Cats, Hosier and The Black Keys, we cover everything from blues to swing and Motown. If it has a great groove, we love to play it.
What can we expect from Harmony Road in the near future?
This month we’ll be performing in Cortland, Fishkill, Cold Spring and at The Hudson Room in Peekskill!
A 5 piece band playing great covers of the best music.
Carl Perkins to Brian Setzer;
Stevie Ray Vaughn to the Beatles, Squeeze and The Talking Heads
We play blues, pop and dance music spanning Summertime Blues to Stormy Monday to
Rock This Town to Life During Wartime
Hudson Valley artist Steve Cohen is an aspiring artist that blends the Americana sensibilities of heartland rock and country music with the anthemic melodies of stadium rock. Based out of Dutchess County, you can expect new music from Cohen this year; you can check out Cohen’s song “Sweet Dreams” below, and you can find several more on his Soundcloud account, as well as a video for his single “Back to Me”. Read on for a brief interview with Cohen, who surprisingly never learned to play guitar until he was 23. Maybe it’s not too late for me!
Can you give us a little background on who you are and what you do?
I’m from Long Island. My family moved to the Hudson Valley over 25 years ago and I currently reside in Beacon. When I was 13 years old, my parents bought me a guitar that I never learned to play. Nearly a decade later (with the encouragement of a friend), I decided to learn how to play and began writing original music. I currently write music with my songwriting partner, Jessica Klee. When I’m not playing music, I am a high school Spanish teacher.
Who would you say influenced you as a musician the most?
I have several musical influences. However my two biggest ones have been Bon Jovi and country artist Kip Moore. I admire them for not only their abilities as musicians, but also for their incredible songwriting. Their songs inspire me to continue working on my craft.
What can your fans expect from you in the future?
I’m currently working on a new single called “Pray” which should be released this spring, as well as my e.p. titled “Moving On”. We are shooting for a summer release for the E.P.!
Despite coming out of one of their biggest years in recent memory, Metallica were not in top form in Copenhagen. Fans who attended the show claimed singer/guitarist James Hetfield had the flu, and so the band’s sound suffered.
Hetfield almost cancelled mid concert, but kept going due to the passion and support of his fans. Brett Buchanan from Alternative Nation transcribed the comments.
Hetfield said, “It’s not fair to you guys man, you paid a lot of money to come hear your favorite band, and we don’t sound good. I’m going to leave it up to you man. Would you rather hear us sound better another time?”
Fans cheered, encouraging the band to keep going.
Hetfield responded, “I love you too, I appreciate that. I want to stop, what do you say?”
After fans started cheering, Hetfield continued: “Okay. You asked for it, alright. I’ll keep doing my best, alright. I appreciate you guys so much, thank you for supporting us.”
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