On Saturday March 19, 2016 (8:00pm), The Falcon presents Arlen Roth’s Slide Guitar Summit, with special guest Cindy Cashdollar.

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“The Master of the Telecaster,” Arlen Roth is “the guitarist’s guitarist,” a brilliant musician with a remarkable 45-year career, and a highly regarded authority concerning “all things guitar,” through his extensive writing, as the inspiration behind their creation, and a rare ability to cross genres and styles, seamlessly, with fluent mastery.

Vintage Guitar Magazine ranked him in the Top 100 Influential Guitarists of the Century, performing one of The Top 10 Greatest Recorded Guitar Sounds. His legendary guitar prowess includes his specialty, slide guitar. He has played some of the most resounding rock ever recorded, to include an acoustic version of “Layla”, critically acclaimed as better than Eric Clapton’s. His powerful version of “When a Man Loves a Woman” was called “likely the most intense workout ever recorded on a Telecaster” by Guitar Player Magazine.

Roth was Ralph Macchio’s guitar tutor for the film, “Crossroads” and played many of his pieces in the movie. The final duel was arranged from parts played by Roth, Vai, Cooder and Bill Kanegiser.

Arlen has played with Ry Cooder, Levon Helm, Phoebe Snow and Bob Dylan, among others, and garnered four Grammy nominations for his latest release “All Tricked Out!”.

Cindy Cashdollar


Austin-based Dobro and steel guitarist Cindy Cashdollar’s career has taken twists and turns that have led her to work with leading artists in various genres; including Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Dave Alvin, Rod Stewart, Asleep At The Wheel, Marcia Ball, Jorma Kaukonen, Leon Redbone, BeauSoleil, Daniel Lanois, Redd Volkaert, & Peter Rowan.

“Equally at home picking a vintage Dobro, an old National resonator guitar, or laying down a fat horn voicing on a tripleneck 8-string steel, Cashdollar is a master of bluegrass, gut-bucket blues, honky-tonk, swampy R&B, and Western Swing.” – Frets Magazine

Cindy’s unerring ability to perfectly complement a song or step out with a tasteful, imaginative, and exciting solo – and do it in so many musical genres – has made her one of the most in-demand musicians on the American roots music scene. Her debut CD, “Slide Show”, features guest artists comprising a Who’s Who from the landscape of Roots & Americana music. Cindy was inducted into the Texas Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame in 2011 (the first female to be inducted), and The Texas Music Hall Of Fame in 2012.

No tickets! No cover! Donations encouraged!

Dinner & Brunch reservations available.


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The Falcon

PO Box 655

1348 Route 9W

Marlboro NY 12542

(845) 236-7970


No tickets! No cover! Donations encouraged!

Dinner & Brunch reservations available.





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12 Grapes will be celebrating its 8-Year Anniversary and will be celebrating all weekend long with (what else?) AMAZING live music. 

All friends are invited to stop by so 12 Grapes can give thanks for your support, and for supporting live local music.


Entertainment Lineup: 

Thu, March 31, 8:30 – 11:00, Drew Bordeaux

Fri, April 1, 9:30 – 12:30: The very first band to perform with us 8 years ago… Johnny Feds & Friends!

Sat, April 2, 9:30 – 12:30, The BEST Billy Joel Tribute in the tri-state, “Songs in the Attic” featuring David Clark

Sun, April 3, 6:30 – 8:30, DOUBLE BILL: CF Burke (Chris Burke originals), and “Ghost Millionaires” featuring Mani Cregan, Mishti, Chris Burke & Alex Nolan

Reservations are highly recommended.

12 Grapes is located at 12 North Division Street in Peekskill. To make a reservation, call 914-737-6624

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Extraordinary new works by two of America’s hottest composers; including an East Coast premiere of a visual journey into The Northern Lights, by the same team that brought us The Planets, plus a Stravinsky suite and Brahms powerful Symphony #2.

STRAVINSKY: Pulcinella: Suite

HIGDON: blue cathedral

ESTACIO: Borealis w/ projected images of The Northern Lights (imagery by José Francisco Salgado)

BRAHMS: Symphony no. 2, op.73, D major

Ticket holders are invited to a pre-concert talk by Maestro Fleischer and José Francisco Salgado one hour prior to the performance.

This series is sponsored by Rhinebeck Bank & The Dr Jeffery Perchick Memorial Fund of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, Dr. Edwin Ulrich Charitable Trust and WMC Health/Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital.

Purchase Tickets at the

Bardavon Box Office

Tues-Fri, 11am -5pm

35 Market Street





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BEACON, NY — The legendary cosmic jazz of Sun Ra Arkestra — under the direction of their longtime, nonagenarian alto saxophonist, Marshall Allen — headlines the second annual Beacon Jazz Festival. Sponsored by Birches Associates and once more celebrating this quintessential American music, alongside the distilleries, craft vendors, culture and natural splendor of the Hudson Valley, the second Beacon Jazz Festival will take place on Saturday, June 25 from 2-7 PM at Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park in Beacon, NY.

In addition to presenting Sun Ra Arkestra and four other world-class jazz ensembles, this second annual Beacon Jazz Festival, presented by Six String Productions, will also double as a Hudson Valley distillery tasting event. Local chefs, along with Hudson Valley-based craft beverage makers, will be providing food and drinks to complement the event.

There will also be a special “pre-game” celebration at Seeger Riverfront Park on the evening before, Friday, June 24 from 7-10 PM, featuring the Hudson Valley DJ Bill Skillz from the Diggin’ in the Crates radio show, now well into its third decade over Vassar College’s WVKR-FM.

Tickets for the Beacon Jazz Festival go on sale on April 1. Tickets and further details will be available at

The artists scheduled to perform at the 2016 Beacon Jazz Festival include:

Sun Ra Arkestra, under the direction of Marshall Allen — The legendary big band that has traveled the spaceways for over six decades and continues blazing the intergalactic trail launched by the late composer, pianist and cosmic philosopher Sun Ra, continues its voyages now under the indefatigable leadership of the Arkestra’s longtime alto saxophonist, 91-year-old Marshall Allen;

New Standard Trio — The classic sound of keyboard trio jazz is honored and given a alluringly modern slant in the hands of these celebrated figures on their respective instruments: Jamie Saft on Fender Rhodes piano and organ, Steve Swallow on acoustic bass guitar and Bobby Previte on drums;

Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet — The Brooklyn-based drummer, singer and composer Martinez leads one of the hottest Latin jazz bands on the planet, here joined by Misha Tsiganov on piano, Jennifer Vincent on bass, Renato Thoms on percussion, J. Walter Hawkes on trombone and Maximilian Schweiger on baritone sax;

Judi Silvano’s Zephyr Quintet — The Hudson Valley’s own matchless singer and composer Silvano leads a unique, state-of-the-art band with the twin-guitar front line of Bruce Arnold and Kenny Wessel, Ratzo Harris on bass and Bob Meyer on drums

Joe McPhee Quartet — The world-renowned multi-instrumental force in boundary-pushing creative music for half a century and longtime Poughkeepsie resident, McPhee (on trumpets and saxophones) leads a dynamic quartet featuring Billy Stein on guitar, Michael Bisio on bass and Charles Downs on drums.

The Beacon DJ Grady Salter will also be spinning classic jazz and R&B selections all day Saturday between acts.

Get up to the minute details on the 2016 Beacon Jazz Festival: here


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April 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month, which was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, National Poetry Month has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.

Poet Gold presents Poelodies: Poetry, Spoken Word, Melodies, & Song.

Gold’s poetry balances the written word with performance, delivering Spoken Word Poetry that is both transformative and entertaining. She is the New York State Dutchess County recipient of the “2014 Individual Artist Tier Grant” awarded by Arts Mid-Hudson funded by NYSCA. Gold has received numerous commissions for original poems – most recently by the world renowned Omega Institute for their 2014 ‘Women Serving Women Summit”. Gold is the featured poet in the upcoming reality series “26Mics N 26 Weeks”. Her book, “When My Soul Speaks, I Scribe…poetry” is available on

Accompanied by: Mike “Mikeys” Johnson/ Keys/Piano, Sasha Taliaferro/Vocals, Giancarlo Llaverias/Conga, Franc Palaia/Conga, Corey Dandridge/Drums

Sonnet Man

Devon Glover is a teacher, poet, rapper, from Brooklyn New York. He performs Shakespeare’s Sonnets in a dynamic way through Hip-Hop in schools, universities and theaters to young audiences nationally

and abroad. The Sonnet Man has appeared on The Today Show, MTVAct, Shakespeare Festivals

in Stratford Ontario and Stratford-upon-Avon, and won The L.A. Times Book Award for Inspirational Poetry. The recent release of his debut video “Hip-Hop Hamlet” was selected for the Shakespeare Short Film Festival in Stratford-upon-Avon. Devon will share his spoken word pieces, personal songs, as well as pieces from his work as The Sonnet Man.

Lee “Sweet Lee” Odom

A native of NC study music industry and clarinet performance at Appalachian State University, other woodwind instruments including flute and bass clarinet, Lee ventured to NYC in 2011 where she quickly

found her way into various musical communities. First starting out as “Sweet Lee Trio” Lee “Sweet Lee” Odom has performed with Don Byron, The Karl Berger Improv Orchestra, Participated in the Jamaica Jazz Festival, Jamaica Queens; also the Arts for Arts Vision Festival. The music by Sweet Lee and her accompanying bands has been sending lighting vibes throughout the boroughs of New York. With a fusion of Jazz, Hip-Hop, Classical, and free improvisation, Sweet Lee keeps the groove groovin’. A melting pot of musical styles…jazz, funk, blues and soul, all to make one….GROOVE.

For more information:

Live At The Falcon: April 4, 11, 18 and 25).

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A former rock bass player is embroiled a legal battle over dogs. 

According to Court documents, Gary Beers, formerly of the band INXS sued his Studio City CA neighbor this past January. The issue allegedly stemmed from a dog-walking incident late last year in which Beers claims that the neighbor attacked him after his dog accidentally got loose.

The neighbor apparently views the incident differently, as Beers is being counter-sued claiming that Beers unleashed his dogs on her husband.

Both sides claim their respective dogs are gentle and well-behaved.

RPM on HVNN will have updates on this case as information is made available.


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Bardavon Gala 2016: An Evening With Santana

The Bardavon has announced it will host its annual gala on Sunday, April 10 2016 7:00 PM. This year’s gala will feature Grammy-Award winning artist Carlos Santana.

Santana’s performances are always delivered with a level of passion and soul equal to the legendary sonic charge of his guitar, and the sound of this 10-time Grammy-winner is one of the world’s best-known musical signatures. For more than four decades-since his earliest days as a groundbreaking Afro-Latin-blues-rock fusion band in San Francisco-Carlos Santana has been the visionary iconic force behind artistry that transcends musical genres and generational, cultural, and geographical boundaries. Santana is playing Madison Square Garden three days after the Bardavon show, so this is a rare chance to see him in one of the most intimate venues he’s played in his career! 

Bardavon members can purchase tickets starting on February 24 at 11:00 AM (to ensure that as many members as possible get tickets to this concert, there is a 2 ticket limit per member). Tickets for the general public will be available for purchase on February 26 at 11:00 AM.

$275  includes premier performance seating / post-show party / tax-deductible contribution

$225 includes preferred performance seating / tax-deductible contribution
$150 performance only (subject to availability)


Gala guests will party down the block to a great post-show bash at the Poughkeepsie Grand. Cocktail attire.

 Funds raised by the Bardavon Gala help underwrite many programs that cannot support themselves – our education series and school residencies that bring artists and musicians to local schools, ambitious symphony concerts, special senior events, and more.



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Three-Time Grammy Winner Terri Lyne Carrington To Perform At Woodstock Community Center

Photo credit: Tracy Love

Photo credit: Tracy Love

Jazzstock presents: Terri Lyne Carrington’s Money Jungle Project.

Three-time Grammy winner Terri Lyne Carrington will bring her award-winning Money Jungle project to the Woodstock Community Center on Saturday, March 19, with an opening set by jazz legend Jack DeJohnette on solo piano in celebration of his upcoming solo piano release.

Date: MARCH 19
Time: 7:30 pm

Woodstock Community Center
56 Rock City Road
Woodstock, NY 12498

Tickets: $35
phone: 845-802-0029



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(Poughkeepsie, NY) The 44th Annual Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition concluded its multi-day contest on Sunday March 13 in front of over 300 music fans at Vassar College’s Skinner Hall. Three exceptional finalists from twenty string players vying for recognition performed in recital.

 First Place:  (pictured in the middle) Violinist I-Jung Huang from the New England Conservatory. Ms Jung earns a $3,000 first prize plus an invitation to perform as soloist Brahms Concerto in D Major, Opus 77 with the HVP as part of the 2016-17 season, plus a trip to Italy to perform as part of the “Musical Landscapes of Italy” festival in August in San Quirico d’Orcia, Tuscany founded by Poughkeepsie native Steven Slade!

.Second Place TIE: (left) John-Henry Crawford, a cellist and graduate of the Curtis Institute and (right) Yitong Guo, a violist from the Manhattan School of Music.

The HVP String Competition, begun in 1966 under the direction of then-HVP Artistic Director/Conductor Maestro Claude Monteux, was conceived as a vehicle to identify talented string players for the orchestra.  Decades later, the annual competition continues to attract some of the finest conservatory string players in the world. Many former winners have gone on to illustrious classical music careers. Previous notables include Marcus Thompson ‘67, violist (Boston Chamber Players); Fred Sherry ‘68, cellist; Ani Kavafian ‘73, violinist (Lincoln Center Chamber Players – soloist); and Adela Pena ‘85, violinist (Eroica Trio).

 The judges were: María Radicheva, Violin. She has been a member of the Manhattan School of Music college faculty since 2005 and of the precollege faculty since 2001. Daniel Avshalomov, Viola. He has been a member of the Manhattan School of Music college faculty since 1984 and precollege faculty since 2004. He is also a member of the faculty of the Aspen Music School. Susan Seligman, Cello.  She has been principal cellist with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic since 1984, and is an adjunct lecturer and cello faculty in the Music Department at SUNY New Paltz.

(l-r: Crawford, Huang, Guo)

(l-r: Crawford, Huang, Guo)

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Orthogonal Hustle Industries Unlimited, a new music series curated by Beacon multimedia artist James Keepnews, premieres with the ecstatic, amplified “doom jazz” improv of Premature Burial. Premature Burial features Peter Evans on piccolo trumpet, Matt Nelson on saxophone and effects and Dan Peck on tuba and effects.

The trio is distinctively accomplished, possessing one of the most inclusive resumes of any contemporary ensemble performing today, ranging from past work with Anthony Braxton to the innovative pop group tUnE-yArDs, from John Zorn to the Broadway musical Chicago, among countless others.

“(Premature Burial)’s combo of harsh noise gunk, metallic heft and aut-jazz skronk is carefully considered, at times even lyrical. It’s heavy and propulsive without a single drum in sight, brutal and imposing without having to spell it out for you. It’s also dynamic and varied in a way that much of this stuff is not.”

— Dustin Krcatovich, The Quietus

For their 2015 debut release The Conjuring, their record label wrote:

“New Atlantis Records is thrilled to present The Conjuring, the debut LP from Premature Burial. The unit takes it’s name from an Edgar Allen Poe story in which the narrator suffers from episodes of catalepsy and fears being buried alive. The reader is taken through various stages of paranoia, forced to imagine being trapped inside a coffin, paralyzed and unable to communicate their mortal predicament to the world of the living.

The title of the album is an homage to director James Wan’s 2013 film, The Conjuring, in which a family moves into a haunted house and is terrorized by an evil force that eventually takes possession of the mother. The private claustrophobia of coffin-death is traded for the collectivized fear of living in a cursed space, as feelings of helplessness and loathing are projected both outward and in.

It’s with this shared imagery that we arrive at the sound world of Premature Burial. Comprised of Peter Evans, Matt Nelson, and Dan Peck, all three members use varying degrees of amplification; Evans presses up against a close mic at times while Nelson and Peck have a full array of effects pedals at their disposal. Combining a vast dynamic spectrum and versatility of form, the resulting pieces range from the sound of softly scurrying rats to pitch-shifted loon-calls from Hell. The recording session took place in a church, the acoustics of which enhance the illusion of the sounds having multiple/unclear origins and supply an added dimension of unease to the standstill moments.

Houses and churches often serve as safe havens, beacons of hope. Yet once something sinister is allowed in, it is difficult, if not impossible, to get out. In contrast to H.P. Lovecraft’s haunted New England forests and Stephen King’s pagan burial grounds, the horror of Premature Burial’s The Conjuring is specifically that of a cursed interior space. Whereas the destruction emanating from the outside world exhibits a sort of timeless and ambivalent violence, the type of force occupying the inside of a space feels decidedly more insidious; more the deliberate actions of a sentient being, man-made. The church in which this album was recorded is in Wilkes-Barre, PA, a depressed Rust Belt town that in recent years has seen spikes in gang crime and unemployment. A broader definition of the word “haunted” could be applied to cities like these across the country, “ghost towns” where the progression of time and socio-economic development has seemed to creep backwards. The real darkness of Wilkes-Barre’s past still resonates within it’s interior spaces, and subtly exerts itself on this recording.”

Premature Burial will perform at Beacon Yoga, 464 Main St. in Beacon, NY on Thursday, April 14 at 8 PM. Admission will be $10 at the door. For more information, contact 212-353-6971.

Biographies of the artists:

Peter Evans is a trumpet player, and improvisor/composer based in New York City since 2003.   Evans is part of a broad, hybridized scene of musical experimentation and his work cuts across a wide range of modern musical practices and traditions.   Peter is committed to the simultaneously self-determining and collaborative nature of musical improvisation as a compositional tool, and works to use the great music of the past as a springboard to forge new directions with his colleagues. His primary groups as a leader are the Peter Evans Quintet and the Zebulon trio.  In addition, Evans has been performing and recording solo trumpet music since 2003 and is widely recognized as a leading voice in the field, having released several recordings over the past decade.  He is a member of several fully cooperative groups, such as Pulverize the Sound, Rocket Science, Premature Burial and is constantly experimenting and forming new configurations of players.  Evans’ work as a band member extends to groups such as the International Contemporary Ensemble and Wet Ink.  He has been commissioned by the International Contemporary Ensemble, Yarn/Wire, the Donaueschingen Musiktage Festival, the Jerome Foundation’s Emerging Artist Program and was a  2014 Artist-in-Residence at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, NY. He has presented and/or performed his music at many major international festivals and has toured his own groups extensively in Europe, Canada and the United States. In addition, he has played with such artists as Moppa Elliott’s terrorist bebop band Mostly Other People Do the Killing, the hyperactive improvisation duo Sparks (with Tom Blancarte), a duo with trumpeter Nate Wooley, as well as a sustained interest in solo performance. Other collaborators include: John Zorn, Tyshawn Sorey, David Taylor, Steve Beresford, Okkyung Lee, Taylor Ho Bynum, Zach Hill, Jim Black, Evan Parker, Kevin Shea, Ned Rothenberg, Richard Barrett, Mark Gould, Weasel Walter, Matt Bauder, Luka Ivanovic and many others.

In 2011 Peter Evans founded his recording label More is More Records which has released several highly acclaimed albums.  The focus so far has been on PE’s own music, but as the market for recorded music continues to flourish, releases by others maybe be expected in near future.

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Matt Nelson has been playing the saxophone since his days at El Carmelo Elementary School. He left the sunshine of California for the flurries and wintry mix of Northeastern Ohio, where he attended Oberlin College and Conservatory to study with Gary Bartz and Paul Cohen, among others. After graduating he moved back to the Bay Area and became an active member of the experimental/jazz/noise scene in Oakland and San Francisco. It was in the Bay Area that he began playing with tUnE-yArDs. After recording on the acclaimed album WHOKILL, he spent a large portion of 2010-2012 on tour with the band.

In 2010 Matt began to split his time between the Bay Area and Brooklyn, where he now resides full-time. Since relocating to New York he’s begun playing regular solo shows, as well as in the band Battle Trance, who will be releasing their debut record in August 2014 on New Amsterdam Records and NNA Tapes. He can also be heard playing with Brooklyn-based bands Skeletons, Zongo Junction, and Timosaurus. Over the past couple years he’s had the pleasure of performing with amazing musicians like Ava Mendoza, Peter Evans, Weasel Walter, Ben Goldberg, Dan Peck, Tom Rainey, Michael Coleman, Sam Ospovat, Bill McHenry, Tim Dahl, Nick Podgurski, and many others. His debut solo record, Lower Bottoms, was released in 2014.

Dan Peck is a tubist currently living and working in New York City. Since his move there in 2005, he has been active as a soloist, improviser, and sideman in a wide variety of settings. Dan’s current interests are in experimental music and improvisation, and he has performed at many of New York City’s most respected venues for creative music including The Stone, Roulette, and Issue Project Room. Dan has collaborated with many New York artists, including Tony Malaby, Nate Wooley, Michael Attias, Ben Gerstein, Tom Rainey, Peter Evans, Kris Davis, Ingrid Laubrock, and Matthew Welch. Recent projects include recordings with Tony Malaby’s Novela (Clean Feed), Harris Eisenstadt’s Canada Day Octet (482 Music), and Jeff Newell’s New Trad Band. Dan will also be on a forthcoming Anthony Braxton release, featuring music from the Falling River Series in small ensembles from Wesleyan University.

Dan currently leads a trio comprised of himself, Tom Blancarte (bass) and Brian Osborne (percussion). The group plays a mix of freely improvised music and his compositions, some of which are influenced by music of the Doom Metal genre. Their debut LP, “Acid Soil”, is out on the Heat Retention Records label. In March of 2011, the Trio completed a 9 day tour of the Midwest/East Coast.

Equally at home in more traditional jazz settings, Dan plays in the old-timey jazz band Grandpa Musselman and His Syncopators. The Syncopators appear frequently at high society events in and around New York City, and in 2007 took part in the Jazz at Aspen Festival, directed by bassist Christian McBride.

Dan also plays a lot of contemporary music. He has premiered solo tuba works at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Merkin Hall, and The Stone. In 2009, Dan was featured as part of Kagel Nacht, a celebration of the music of composer Mauricio Kagel, in which he performed two of Kagel’s solo works, Atem and Mirum. As an orchestral performer, Dan has played under great conductors such as James Levine and Herbert Blomstedt, and has worked personally with composers such as Helmut Lachenmann and Alvin Lucier. Dan is a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble, and has also worked with the American Composers Orchestra, Signal Ensemble, New York City Ballet, New World Symphony, and the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra. Dan recently recorded a DVD of Iannis Xenakis’ chamber music for Mode Records, with the International Contemporary Ensemble and percussionist Steven Schick conducting.

Currently, Dan plays on the Broadway musical Chicago, and is adjunct-faculty at New Jersey City University.

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