The Falcon Presents The Chris O’Leary Band

MARLBORO – Friday, Apr. 7 at 7:00 p.m. at The Falcon will have the Chris O’Leary Band perform.

Featuring:
Chris O’Leary/Lead Singer/Harp, Chris Vitarello/Guitar, Matt Raymond/Bass, Andy Stahl/Tenor Sax, Chris DiFrancesco/Baritone Sax and Jason Devlin/Drums.

The Chris O’Leary Band’s music is rooted in the blues and steeped in the tradition of Memphis, Chicago and New Orleans with shades of New Orleans, rockabilly and big, high-energy sound. Levon Helm can be heard in Chris’s early sessions, and sitting in with regular gigs. Soon, Levon asked Chris to join the house band at his new club in New Orleans. Chris’s band relocated and became the focal point of Levon Helm’s Barn Burners, backing up touring stars and opening for New Orleans’ finest players.

Their CD” Gonna Die Tryin” is first-rate musi-cian-ship through-out, and O’Leary’s band is a group on the rise. The material truly shines. Awards include Blues Blast Best New Artist Debut winner and BMA nominee.

For more information visit, http://thechrisolearyband.net/

Dinner & Drinks from 5:30 Opening Acts at 7:00 Main Acts at 8:00
Start times are subject to change. Donations Encouraged! Table reservations for dining only.
Call 845 236 7970 or go to liveatthefalcon.com and click “RESERVE YOUR TABLE”

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Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down To Me: The Micros Play The Blues

MARLBORO – Live at The Falcon on Thursday, Apr. 6 at 7:oo p.m. performance is a CD release for the band’s “Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down To Me: The Micros Play The Blues”.

Featuring:
Richard Dworkin (drums), David Hofstra (bass), Phillip Johnston (soprano saxophone), Mike Hashim (tenor saxophone), Dave Sewelson (baritone saxophone), Don Davis (alto saxophone), Joel Forrester (piano)

The Microscopic Septet – considered one of the most unique bands to come out of the New York Downtown scene of the 1980s – could not suit a single category.

The Micros have distinguished themselves as a raucously fun, musically adept, and wickedly clever jazz band. A brilliant blend of fresh-sounding ideas, orchestrations, and inspired soloing, topped by a unique combination of swing, energy, and humor that DownBeat Magazine recently described as “seminal, brilliant post-modern jazz.”

Never limited to jazz alone, they reward even casual listeners with tasty bits of klezmer, Latin, R&B, tango, and tributes to pop entertainment ranging from silent comedy through big-screen melodrama, with stops at Warner Brothers cartoons and B-movie camp along the way. Unencumbered by the humorless purism of uptown jazz critics, audiences quickly recognized what the former took decades to see: music this eclectic doesn’t require a cap and gown to appreciate it.

For more information http://www.microscopicseptet.com/

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Andy Stack’s American Soup at The Falcon Underground

MARLBORO – On Thursday, Apr. 6 at The Falcon Underground Andy Stack will perform with Jesse Murphy and Michael Bram at 8:00 p.m.

Featuring:
Andy Stack/Guitar, Jesse Murphy/Bass, Michael Bram/Drums.

“Andy Stack’s American Soup” freewheels through American Classics from Duke Ellington to Hank Williams.

As leader and a solo artist, Stack’s approach to songwriting, guitar playing and singing is sweeping. He generates creative expression with broad strokes. He builds momentum with nuance, but he comes at you with a full-throttle approach that lifts you up and places you back down gently.

Stack knows when to apply pressure. And he knows when to take his foot off the gas pedal. He gives it all a gentle nudge with a little swing, as he combines old-school sensibility with a contemporary edge.

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The Falcon Underground Songwriter Sessions

MARLBORO – On Wednesday, Apr. 5 at 7:00 p.m. a very special creative showcase – Hudson Valley Singer / Songwriters convene at The Falcon Underground every first Wednesday.
Each month selected songwriters will be announced by our Host, Casey Erdmann. Interested artists may contact: caseyerdmann@gmail.com

Adam Falcon

Ian Flanagan

Adam Falcon – Adam has worked and shared stages with Roberta Flack, Whitney Houston, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Jim Lauderdale, Robert Palmer, Peter Gabriel, and Nona Hendryx. He’s opened for James Cotton , Matt “Guitar” Murphy, The Wailers, Jim Lauderdale and Tower of Power. Writing for George Benson and having songs on national television got him noticed by The Song Writers’ Hall of Fame, which honored him with the Abe Olman Award for Songwriting. For “Woke Up Cryin'”, Falcon was an International Songwriters Competition semi-finalist and a nominee for the 15th Independent Music Awards. http://www.adamfalcon.com/

 

Ian Flanagan – Ian is a seasoned acoustic singer-songwriter, Ian Flanagan, can engage a crowd as an opener or headliner, with his original music. His style is often compared to Ray Lamontagne, Damien Rice and John Mayer. Ian’s draw is an eclectic mix of characters, including romantic couples, fun-loving families, rowdy sports fans. No one is excluded. www.ianflaniganmusic.com

Julia Green

Seth Davis

 

Julia Green – Florida native, Julia Green relocated to NYC in 2014 to audition for musicals after a childhood and college years spent in the theatre. Ironically, after she landed; she realized her true passion was songwriting. Green wrote and released her first EP “Cannibals” in spring 2016 and performed in venues with her band. She recently performed her comic material in “The Room Actors, Where Are They Now?” – a mockumentary of the so-terrible-its-hilarious-cult-classic “The Room”, in Los Angeles. Working with the Brooklyn-based indie label “Motherwest” Julia is preparing her next EP. Julia relocated to Beacon from Harlem and is writing and performing locally.

 

Seth Davis – Singer/songwriter Seth Davis’ “story-songs” are laced with wounds, reconciliation, addiction and irony. Seth has crafted three critically acclaimed records. Davis’ fourth record, Life Is Long was produced by his friend and former band mate Jim White, the visionary alt-country Luaka Bop and Yep Rock songwriting legend. They raided the indie rock toy chest, experimenting freely while keeping Davis’ concise and urgent songs in the foreground. Davis, who grew up in housing projects in Queens was a fixture on the NYC folk and rock scenes in the ‘80s and ‘90s, a busker and a musical traveler. http://sethdavis.com/

 

Casey Erdmann

Host: Casey Erdmann – Born into a musical family, Casey has been living and playing music in the Hudson Valley for 10 years. In 2012, her Kickstarter campaign funded her debut album, along with endless support from local artists and musicians. Her album was recorded at the Clubhouse in Rhinebeck NY with producer/world renowned guitarist Earl Slick. Since, Casey has been playing throughout the region, celebrating the work of her community and of the completion of a CD that’s been a long time coming.

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Live At The Falcon: Mike Keneally & Beer For Dolphins

MARLBORO – On Wednesday, Apr. 5 at 8 p.m. Mike Keneally and Beer For Dolphins will perform at The Falcon. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

“…this band, with such a peculiar genius leading it, is a thing to savor.” – Time Out New York
“Keneally is the leading progressive rock genius of the post-Zappa era.” – All Music Guide

Long acclaimed as one of the world’s most creative and intense guitar and keyboard players, Mike Keneally’s talents as a vocalist, songwriter, arranger, producer and multi-instrumentalist are nearly unequalled in rock music.

Keneally played in Frank Zappa’s last touring band, performing as a vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist. He’s appeared on many Zappa albums, is currently a touring member of both Dethklok and the Joe Satriani Band. He has recorded or performed with Robert Fripp, Wayne Kramer, Kevin Gilbert, Solomon Burke, Steve Vai, Chickenfoot, Bear McCreary, Henry Kaiser, Michael Manring, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Andy Prieboy, Mullmuzzler, The Persuasions and many others.

Known for his innovative, unpredictable live shows, Keneally has played extensively in the United States and Europe, in contexts ranging from solo and duo concerts to performances with large-scale orchestras. His 52-minute orchestra-with-guitar suite The Universe Will Provide received its world premiere in 2003 by Keneally performing with Holland’s Metropole Orkest; the US premiere of Universe occurred at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles in 2011.

2012’s release was Wing Beat Fantastic: Songs Written by Mike Keneally & Andy Partridge, a collection of material written with ex-XTC leader Andy Partridge; the album was widely acclaimed, ranked highly on several critics’ “Best of 2012” lists, and spawned the early 2013 release Wing Beat Elastic: Remixes, Demos & Unheard Music.

Keneally’s album is “You Must Be This Tall”, featuring Mike playing all instruments on several pieces, as well as performances from Marco Minnemann, Bryan Beller and Andy Partridge.

“…this band, with such a peculiar genius leading it, is a thing to savor.” – Time Out New York

For more information http://www.keneally.com/promo/bio/

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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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Fans Of Nirvana Should Check Out ORANGE NO. 9

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.

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“Inhale” is a personal favorite of this writer.

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.


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Drummer Cheyenne Moore’s Foo Fighters tribute artwork. The official Sound City Facebook page took notice of it and sent Cheyenne the following: “Dave will see it. I just sent it to him!”

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!

– Nick Jakubowski (Bill X Nye)

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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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Sounds Asylums: Punk Venues Of The Hudson Valley

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.

The Chance/The Loft

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.

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Left: The usual haunts. Right: The Venetia Fair play Sounds Asylum.

Sounds Asylum/The Skyline

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.

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Los Huevos bring their brand of awkward garage rock to the Tuscan Cafe.

Tuscan Cafe

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’.

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Elephant Graveyard, a repurposed barn.

The Elephant Graveyard

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.

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The Alter

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.

Snug Harbor Bar & Grill

A bar in New Paltz known for its constant metal and punk shows booked by “Crazy” Dan, drummer for Minotaur’s Redemption. Such shows usually fall on Tuesdays from 10 PM to 2 AM.

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