THE SIXTIES SHOW COMING TO THE PALACE DANBURY APRIL 2

The Sixties Show™ ~ Touted as the greatest 1960s musical tribute show in the world ~ is coming to The Palace in Danbury.

The Sixties Show™ will transport you back to that special time and place in the universe that was the 1960’s. The show is widely celebrated for performing  spot on, note for note, re-creations of the greatest songs of the decade.

The show features a supergroup of handpicked musicians who play on authentic instruments while using a state-of-the-art sound system. Band members have toured, performed and recorded with Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Bob Dylan,The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, Mick Jagger,  Bruce Springsteen, The Bee Gees, The Smithereens and other musical legends.

The Sixties Show™ is widely celebrated for performing  spot on, note for note re-creations of the hits, B-sides and deep album cuts from the greatest songs of the decade.

The show wows audiences with instrumental and vocal arrangements that recall some of the best concerts by The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, The Kinks, The Who, The Doors, Cream, The Moody Blues, and the list goes on and on…

Attention to detail is what this show is all about. Everything is played on authentic instruments. A state-of-the-art sound system helps deliver this truly magical musical experience. In addition to the concert experience, the performance is powerfully dramatized by a combination of narration and 60’s archival audio and newsreel footage.

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The Sixties Show™ will transport you back to that special place in the universe that was the 1960s. See it in 2016 at Danbury’s historic Palace Theatre!

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THE SIXTIES SHOW

SATURDAY APRIL 2 8PM

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SUMMER MAINSTAGE AUDITIONS FOR ‘GREASE’

Auditions for the Musical “Grease”

Join us for our Summer Mainstage and perform in the classic musical comedy, “Grease” with the Book, Music and Lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey! Auditions (ages 8-22) are by appointment ONLY. Auditions take place on Friday, April 15th from 7:00-9:00pm and Saturday, April 16th from 3:00-7:00pm at the Studio Around the Corner, 67 Main Street, Brewster NY.

The show rehearses intensively 3 nights a week (Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays) throughout June and July only. Tech week takes place July 17th through July 21st and performances take place July 22nd and July 23rd.

“Grease: School Version” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. For more information and to schedule your audition appointment, visit www.SpotlightArtsInc.com or call 845.444.ARTS

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LEVON HELM STUDIOS PRESENTS STEVE KIMOCK MARCH 25

Kimock’s ability to articulate tone, melody and emotion into music combined with technical brilliance has earned Kimock the title “Guitar Monk” ( Relix Magazine) for his commitment to guitar, and his ability to make it speak with its own original voice.

His variegated brand of guitar, alternately subdued and vibrant, defies easy categorization. At times prog rock/jazz-inflected and at others gypsy-straightaway, his crystal clear tone has been captivating audiences for more than thirty years.

Kimock co-founded the Jazz/Rock fusion band Zero in the 80’s, KVHW in the 90’s and now tours under his own name. He is widely embraced by fans as one who carries the free-form torch of improvisation, through an extensive catalog of original material in his own bands, as well as through live performances with so many esteemed musicians. Kimock has performed alongside the likes of Bruce Hornsby (and can be heard on two of Hornsby’s releases), John Cipollina Jerry Garcia and all members of the Grateful Dead, as well as Peter Frampton, Bonnie Raitt, The Allman Brothers, Buddy Miles, Buddy Cage, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Bobby Vega, Martin Fierro , Joe Satriani, Baaba Maal, Angelique Kidjo, Elvin Bishop, George Porter Jr., Steve Winwood, Derek Trucks, Ivan Neville, Grace Slick, Papa John Creach, Norton Buffalo, Amos Garrett, Warren Haynes, Hadi Al Sadoon, Stephen Perkins, Nicky Hopkins, Freddie Roulette, and many more.

A relentless innovator as well as player, Kimock’s focus leads to guitar & amp craftsmanship. Over the past few years, he collaborated on a series of highly collected custom Two-Rock “Kimock Amplifiers” as well as a coveted ergonomic Scott Walker brand guitar – built in stereo.

His passion and devotion to performing live improvisation is matchless, and his unparalleled ability to embrace and capture a theater musically is the stuff of legends.

“Unconventional. Experimental. It’s sort of the Steve Kimock way.” – CNN, 2009

   

Gates 6:30pm 
Doors 7:30pm 
Show starts at 8pm

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Hammond B3 Master, Michael Torsone, Dies

POUGHKEEPSIE – Over the years, many have know him for his wide and bright smile, and many more knew him for his music but today, many mourn the passing of Michael Torsone who died Friday.  He was a relentless performer, playing six nights a week right up to his untimely death.

This message was forwarded from Vito Petroccitto, Jr.

While setting up for a gig Friday night, our fill in keyboard player suffered a massive heart attack. Unfortunately, after the efforts of many that tried to help revive him, sadly, he succumbed to the attack. Mike was a gentle, fun loving guy…a phenomenal Hammond player and vocalist! The guys in The Rhythm and Brews Band were proud to have him join us on stage… and grateful that we enjoyed one of Mike’s last gigs…as we had played Thursday night… less than 24 hours before he left us. God Bless, and Rest Peacefully my friend.

Michael grew up in a family of talented performers. His grandfather came to America in 1909, with a cornet case and a dream for a brighter future. He taught music in Amsterdam, New York and in the New York City Schools, as well as forming concert bands in both places. He later opened a funeral business in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. in the former home of the Vassar Brothers.  His father played the bass viol.

Michael learned to play keyboards, using an old 1890’s pump organ in that funeral home.  While listening to Ray Charles records played by a woman who worked for them named Lottie May Bennett. He learned to playing all the instruments available to him including  trombone, trumpet, accordion, bass viol and guitar. He would pluck the bass viol and then play the pump organ; trying to emulate the sounds of the Hammond B3, which was the dominant organ sound on the music scene at that time. While he was never able to convince his parents to buy him an organ,  he focused his natural musical abilities on the bass viol, an instrument his father played.

In his early high school years, Michael played with many different groups; including: a folk group named “3 Square = Music”, “The Ken Baron Trio”, “The Last Chance Banjo Band” and “The Matt Jordan Band”. It was in the “The Matt Jordan Band” that Michael made his debut as a vocalist and he hasn’t stopped singing since.

By the end of his high school years Michael was devoting many hours to the “O’Leary Brothers Band”, where he was a piano player. Michael received his long awaited first Hammond organ as a high school graduation present in 1971. This was the catalyst to the future success this accomplished musician and vocalist. And from there Michael spread joy to so many through his musical abilities, working as much as humanly possible.

But Michael wasn’t just satisfied playing his beloved Hammond, his obsession to understand the mechanical artistry of the Hammond organ and the Leslie tone cabinet made him a master Hammond organ/Leslie tone cabinet technician himself.  At last count, his collection of Hammond organs and Leslie speakers consists of fourteen organs and twenty Leslie cabinets

By age 30, Michael had shared his technical acumen with such well known organists as Felix Cavaliere, Jimmy McGriff, Richard “Groove” Holmes and others.

His early musical influences included artists such as: Ray Charles, Felix Cavaliere and The Rascals, Vanilla Fudge, B.B. King, Santana, Tower of Power, Lee Michaels, The Allman Brothers, Stevie Winwood, Keith Emerson, Yes, Deep Purple, Steppenwolf, Argent, The J. Geils Band, Brian Auger and Booker T. Jones.

We’re sure Michael is putting together a kick ass band with the likes of bassist John McCormick and guitarist Alex Cervone among other local musicians who died in recent years.

 

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BATTLE OF THE BANDS COMPETITION FOR MUSICIANS 26 AND YOUNGER TO PERFORM AT THE PLEASANTVILLE MUSIC FESTIVAL

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Attention all musicians 26 and younger in Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Fairfield, Bergen and the Bronx, playing original music. How’d you like to open the Pleasantville Music Festival this year?

You can, if you win the Battle of the Bands. Two winners will be awarded 20-minutes each at 12 noon — one to open the Party Stage and one to open the Chill Tent Stage.

3 Things You Need To Do

  1. Download the complete Rules and Regulations and read them carefully! 
  2. Submit your samples to us before midnight, April 17th.
  3.  The organizers will let you know whether you’ve been selected to participate in the semi-finals on or before May 1st. If you are selected for the live semi-finals, you must download this Registration Form, fill it in and and keep it with you.

Phases, Places, and Dates

This is a multi-step process, depending on how far you get. You need to be available and on time for every phase in order to be considered:

  1. Submit 2 original songs (mp3 or web link) by midnight, April 17, 2016.
  2. If chosen, you will perform those 2 songs in a live semi-final on either Sunday afternoon, May 15th at Lucy’s Lounge in Pleasantville, NY or Sunday afternoon, May 22nd at Copper Face Jacks in White Plains, NY, before a panel of judges.
  3. If you make it through, you will participate in a live performance final with 2 other original songs on Sunday afternoon, June 5th at MTK Tavern in Mt. Kisco, NY, again, before a panel of judges.
  4. If you are one of the two winners, you will get to perform 20 minutes of your original music at the Pleasantville Music Festival at noon on Saturday, July 9th.

4 Things To Keep In Mind

  1. Entering costs nothing; winners get paid to play the Festival.
  2. You don’t need to tell us which stage you’re going for, but the Party Stage winner will be a full-out rockin’ band; the Chill Tent Stage winner will be less intense and either a solo, duo or full band; any genre of music will be considered.
  3. The decisions of the judges will be final at each and every stage; this is a friendly competition.
  4. They are serious about the age limit and geographic rules— If you or a band mate is older than 26 or one of them lives outside Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Fairfield, Bergen or the Bronx, then this contest is not for you. They don’t want to turn you away … but they will if even one member of the band does not qualify.

Good luck!

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PLEASANTVILLE MUSIC FESTIVAL – SATURDAY JULY 9

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Rock, blues, and roots. Singer/songwriters and slide guitarists. Bands that have dominated the airwaves and bands that are just breaking in. All brought to one place by dedicated Pleasantville music fans and our expert friends at 107.1 the Peak. That’s what you get every year at the Pleasantville Music Festival.

Food and drink, a beer & wine garden for the adults, fun activities to keep the kids happy, and a zero-waste program to keep the Earth happy. Plus stuff to buy, charities to learn about, and a warm, positive backyard vibe.

All combined with world-class headliners, breakout stars and local artists you need to know, hand-picked and brought to the stages by dedicated music fans.

Not to mention the dedication of hundreds of volunteers and our long-standing Exclusive Broadcast Sponsor, 107.1 the Peak.

It’s New York’s Backyard Jam. Music submissions are now open. For more information, contact music@pleasantvillemusicfestival.com

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BSP KINGSTON TO HOST BENEFIT FOR WOODSTOCK MUSIC LAB ON APRIL 9

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On April 9th, BSP in Kingston will host a very special show to benefit the Woodstock Music Lab with performances by ARC IRIS, PEARL with JIM WILSON AND THE CANYON REVELRY BAND and THE PGRA SHOWBAND.woodstock music lab 

The event promises an outrageous evening of music by indie darlings ARC IRIS, (“informed as much by Joni Mitchell as it is by ’70s prog-rock, Björk’s sonic experiments, and sweeping film soundtracks. It’s hypnotic” with Jocie Adams from Low Anthem, Anti Records); PEARL (once again in collaboration with Jim Wilson for her second album that “sinks its teeth into California country sound” — Pearl’s powerful, Joplin-esque vocals move from guttural to vulnerable with an emotional intensity and honesty rarely heard in modern rock; and check out who’s in her band — husband Scott Ian of Anthrax!) along with THE PAUL GREEN ROCK ACADEMY SHOWBAND (the hardest rocking kids in the Hudson Valley).paul green rock academy logo

The event will benefit the soon-to-launch Woodstock Music Lab, the professional training program, artist development incubator and music factory set to launch the next generation of musicians in the fall of this year.

Doors at 7/show at 8.
Tickets are $15 in advance/$20 at the door

BSP is located at 323 Wall Street in Kingston.

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JON POUSETTE-DART TO PERFORM AT THE TURNING POINT IN PIERMONT APRIL 8

“The thing I’m most concerned with as a musician is to be timeless and real,” notes lauded folk rock singer-songwriter Jon Pousette-Dart upon the release of his latest album Talk.

Pousette-Dart has been creating music for four decades strong now, from his ‘70s days leading the Pousette-Dart Band — one of the busiest touring groups of the era, sharing stages with countless legendary artists ranging from the Byrds to Jerry Garcia, to Billy Joel and Yes, and the infamous Frampton Comes Alive tour – all the way to his solo work in the ‘90s and beyond, where he has written and performed with numerous luminaries on the American music scene. Needless to say, the execution of timeless music is a feat he well knows the value of.

“I want to tell stories that reflect ideals that don’t just go and change with the moment,” he explains, adding that his work on Talk is an example of how a collection of songs can reference the past yet still sound current.

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Indeed, his 10th album is a perfect synopsis of the flexibility of memory when it meets the present moment. “Talk is really about having a cohesive body of songs,” notes Pousette-Dart. “Since I walked in the doors of Quadrophonic studios in the early ‘70s to work with Norbert Putnam on the tail of Dobie Gray’s single ‘Drift Away’ it was a long nagging desire for a number of decades to write a body of songs to record with Reggie Young — adding his unique stamp on the guitar, as he is up at the top of the list of my primary influences.”

Talk not only features Young on guitar, but also employs such talents as bluegrass giant Rhonda Vincent, singers Bekka Bramlett and Jonnell Mosser, musicians Dan Dugmore and Clayton Ivey, and many other iconic players. Jon collaborated on this album writing greats such as John Oates, Kostas, Angela Kaset and Gary Nicholson. The set was produced by Bil VornDick, one of the brightest and most prolific producers in Nashville history, and recorded at Ronnie’s Place in Nashville, the city being Pousette-Dart’s home base for his catalog of solo work.

How did Pousette-Dart assemble such a stellar cast for his latest project? The answer is simple: He’s known for his genuine spirit, passion for others, and honesty in his music – as well as a humble admiration for the many talented friends he’s made along the way.

“The heart and soul of the players from Memphis, Muscle Shoals and Nashville that make up this record made it a very special moment in time for me,” says Pousette-Dart. “I am extremely fortunate to be in this rollercoaster business after all these years. I hope the tracks stand the test of time.”

The Pousette-Dart Band has been actively touring for 17 years.  Talk was released July 24, 2015 on Little Big Deal Records, distributed by BFD/Sony RED.

The Turning Point is located at 468 Piermont Avenue in Piermont.

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BEACON SOUNDWORKS GRAND OPENING SATURDAY, APRIL 9

Beacon Soundworks, professional music studios, opened their doors for business at 395 Main Street in Beacon during February of this year. Home to a recording studio, mastering studio, rehearsal studio, and individual practice/ lesson room; Beacon Soundworks is a 2,500 square foot musician’s mecca in the old Family Cinema.

Inspired by Beacon’s once thriving factories and current art galleries, Beacon Soundworks captures audio art while displaying the visual art of local artists throughout their studios.

Beacon Soundworks combines both old and new technology by utilizing 24 track analog recording equipment with Pro Tools HD for seamless editing and state-of-the-art production at affordable rates. “We feel that music is an art form, and we are offering professional production for independent and local artists at rates everyone can afford.”

The recording studio is equipped with a live/tracking room and vocal/instrument isolation booth for recording all genres of music, as well as voiceovers and commercials.

Beacon Soundworks Grand Opening will be  held on Second Saturday, April 9 from 12:00-7:00pm with live in-studio performances by local musicians Publik Johnson, Josh Stark and friends, Tony E, and Jeremy Torres; and displays by local artists.

More information can be found on their website at www.beaconsoundworks.com

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