Clearwater Festival Announces First Round of Artists

The Clearwater Festival will be held on June 17 & 18 at Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson.

The “Early Riser” Period Ends This Friday! Buy Now And Save. Kids 12 & Under get in for free!!!

Here’s a look at our first round of artists: Six of our favorite bands will return this year – Cry Cry Cry Reunion Show (Lucy Kaplansky, Richard Shindell & Dar Williams), Lake Street Dive, Los Lobos, Josh Ritter, Arlo Guthrie, Richard Thompson, Tommy Emmanuel, Toshi Reagon & BIGLovely, Joan Osborne singing the songs Bob Dylan, Alejandro Escovedo, Valerie June, The Barr Brothers, Lucky Chops and so many more!
In addition to our seven bio-diesel/solar-powered stages of music, there’s also the Juried Handcrafters Village, Green Living Expo, Activist Area, Artisanal Food & Farm Market, Children’s Area, The Circle of Song, Story Grove, Marketplace and so much more!

When you purchase tickets to Revival, the proceeds go directly to support Hudson River Sloop Clearwater’s environmental research, education, and advocacy efforts to help preserve and protect the Hudson River and its tributaries, as well as communities in the Hudson River Valley.

Day and Weekend Passes now available at www.ClearwaterFestival.org

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Listen To David Bowie Performing In Poughkeepsie

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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

Reality
Modern Love
New Killer Star
Cactus
Battle For Britain (The Letter)
Pablo Picasso
Afraid
Fall Dog Bombs The Moon
Sister Midnight
I’m Afraid Of Americans
She’ll Drive The Big Car
Suffragette City

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Fantastic Voyage
Never Get Old
The Man Who Sold The World
Rebel Rebel
Hang On To Yourself
Heathen (The Rays)

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Grammys 2017: Adele, Bowie, Cage the Elephant Win Big

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
Adele, 25

Song Of The Year
Adele, “Hello”

Best Rap Album
Chance The Rapper, Coloring Book

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Beyoncé, Lemonade

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
Greg Kurstin

Best Pop Vocal Album
Adele, 25

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Willie Nelson, Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin

Best Pop Solo Performance
Adele, “Hello”

Best Musical Theater Album
The Color Purple

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
Miles Ahead (Miles Davis and various artists)

Best Metal Performance
Megadeth, “Dystopia”

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
iLe, iLevitable

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”

Contemporary Instrumental
Snarky Puppy, Culcha Vulcha

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 Classical Instrumental Solo

Zuill Bailey; Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor (Nashville Symphony) – Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
Steve Reich

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
David Frost

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 Gospel Performance/Song
​Tamela Mann; Kirk Franklin, songwriter – “God Provides”

Best New Age Album
White Sun – White Sun II

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
​Beyoncé, “Formation”

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Flume, Skin

Best Country Album
​Sturgill Simpson, A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

Best R&B Performance
​Solange, “Cranes In The Sky”

Best R&B Song
Maxwell, “Lake By The Ocean”

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Fans Of Amy Winehouse & Lady Gaga Should Check Out KAY

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.

Instagram: krbmusic

Soundcloud: Kayla Barone

You now: krbmusic

Youtube: Kayla Barone

Twitter: musickrb

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Fans Of The Beatles & The Black Keys Should Check Out HARMONY ROAD

Harmony Road is 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

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Fans Of Bon Jovi & Kip Moore Should Check Out STEVE COHEN

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.!

 

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Metallica Ask Fans To End Show: ‘We Don’t Sound Good’

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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Watch Soundgarden Perform In Poughkeepsie

The Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie has been a staple of the local music scene for decades, having seen greats like David Bowie, Bob Dylan, and Bon Jovi grace their stage and give intimate performances.

A young band from Seattle named Soundgarden played at The Chance Theater in 1990, in the year before their breakthrough success in 1991 with their grunge classic Badmotorfinger. Of course, Soundgarden would end up becoming one of the most influential bands of the 90’s, and frontman Chris Cornell would also go on to have a successful solo career and two tenures in the band Audioslave. Drummer Matt Cameron later joined fellow Seattle band Pearl Jam after Soundgarden’s initial breakup.

Check out this rare video of Soundgarden performing some of their earliest/heaviest material in Poughkeepsie below!

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Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty, Dave Matthews To Lead Famous Music Festival

The lineup for 2017’s New Orleans Jazz Fest has been unveiled. Taking place over two weekends in May, the fest will be headlined by Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty, and Maroon 5.

Other acts that will be present include Kings of Leon, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, and Earth, Wind & Fire.

Check out the full lineup below! Specific dates and ticket information can be found on the festival’s website.

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Slayer Address Donald Trump Controversy

Legendary metal act Slayer recently attracted some controversy when their frontman, Tom Araya, posted a photoshopped image of the band with President Donald J. Trump on Instagram. The image was promptly removed after the backlash; in response, Araya reposted the image with the following caption:

Believe it or not this picture was posted by me Tom Araya on 1/20 cause I thought it was funny … I was amazed at the comments about the picture some positive some negative more amazing was in 2 hours there was 10,000 likes … But i never would have guessed that there where so many snowflakes commenting their distaste for the new president. Like him or not he is the president … woke up the next morning and found someone had deleted the post … can some one please explain why…?

Rolling Stone Magazine reached out to the rest of the band for comment, who responded with the following:”As was verified by Tom, this was his post, is not something the band would have posted if asked, and does not belong on a Slayer social page. We all have our personal opinions, some of which we have voiced in the past, but Slayer has never endorsed any political party or any candidate, and the band intends to keep it that way.”

 

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