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

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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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SEO For Musicians: Understanding Links

**Guest Post written by Melanie Kealey of

Bandzoogle Link Building Blog

“So you’re looking to continue to improve the SEO for your band’s website. You’ve added some great website content and customized your page titles. What’s next?

One of the most important things you can do to help with your website’s SEO is link building. Think about it this way: one friend told you to check out a musician’s website. Then ten friends told you to check out another musician’s website. Which one would you likely visit first?

In a similar way, Google takes recommendations in the form of links and compiles them. Then it selects websites with many links pointing to them as more trusted.

So the more high-quality websites that link to yours, the higher your website will place in search engine results.

Why links matter

Links are one of the best ways to signal to Google what your website is about, and to improve your ranking in search engines. Let’s take a look at some places you can build links.

How to build links

Links from established websites that weren’t paid or traded for, will help improve your search engine ranking. Here are a few examples:

Popular music blogs: Contact local music blogs about an interview, a music review, or doing a guest post for them.

Online newspapers: Playing a local event? Your community likely has a few online newspapers that will promote it ahead of time in a ‘weekly picks’ column, or even a full article.

Festival or event websites: The majority of events you will play have a website and want to promote you. Creating a press kit with promo images and bio is standard, and make sure when they add your info, they also add a link to your website.

Venues: Most venues from pubs to sit down music clubs have a website where they create sections for the artists. Make sure you’re listed along with your website.

Podcasts: Besides audio, most podcast websites will include text information about the content. Seek out music podcasts and sit in as a guest, or ask for a music review.

Social Media links: Linking to your website on social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter is a great idea. These links may not hold the same kind of weight that an external website would, but they still help, and are easy to share. Plus the more people that see your content, the more likely they are to link to it.

The importance of link context

As well as links to your website, the text used when linking helps search engines understand the context of the link.

Use descriptive anchor text

Anchor text are the words you use when creating a link. Using detailed words, like ‘folk rock group from Toronto’ as the text linked to your website is more useful than just writing ‘click here’.

If external websites link to your website using specific words, Google will know that your site is a good match for those words. So anyone typing in ‘folk rock group from Toronto‘ to the search engine is more likely to find your website. You don’t have to use the exact same words each time, but the words should be descriptive.

Create quality content

Think of how your link will fit in with the content it’s presented with. The website it appears on, the page on the website, and the words around your link also help Google understand the context of the link. So focus on creating a high-quality website, and update it often with good content to encourage people to share it!

Tools to check out

Now that you’ve worked on adding links, how will you know that other websites are linking to yours? Here are a few tools you can use to track your success:

Open Site Explorer shows you websites linking to yours, and their influence.

Google Webmaster Tools offers insight about your site in Google Search.

Google Alerts can let you know if you’re mentioned online.

I hope this helps you add a few links to your website. Be sure to always keep your website url in mind, and share it widely to get links back to you!

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If You Build It, They Will Come – A Brief History Of The Falcon

The Church

The Falcon’s story begins with a church in the Hudson River Valley hamlet of Marlboro, NY. It had been built by a Methodist congregation in the early 19th century, who stuck it out till the 1960s and left when they merged with another congregation. In the mid-1990s, Cyril Nolen, of the Knights of Columbus, a selfless and generous man, organized a benefit to raise funds for a homeless shelter he was building in Newburgh, NY. Cyril brought life to the old building by hiring a rock band with the impossible name of “The Wild Animals of North America” led by Tony Falco.

Falco, naturally engaging by virtue of his musicianship and interests in the arts, and naturally civic-minded, by virtue of his homeownership in Marlboro, saw a community center with endless possibilities. He bought the tired architectural relic and rented half to the Marlboro Children’s Center, a day care service, reserving the other half for various music performances. It was a money pit.

Relief came by way of the United States Postal Service of Marlboro, NY. They made Falco an offer. Now here’s the messy but magical part. They wanted the land, not the church. Falco set about dismantling the place, carefully removing and storing each architectural detail for its next destination.

“If you build it, they will come”

A magnificent building began to grow behind the Falco home. Exquisite stained glass windows, imposing doors and beams were employed to create what appeared to be a well proportioned “carriage house”. The real magic, though, was concentrated in the upper floor – an intimate listening room of a concert hall.

In 2001, Tony Falco became an art & music promoter, forming Falcon Music & Art Production, Inc., and began the now legendary, private house concert series. Gallery walls were made available to painters & photographers. The remarkable space with its fine acoustics was outfitted with a studio grand piano, stage lighting, a sound & PA system and seating for nearly 100.

When asked how long it was before The Falcon was discovered by the upper echelon of the music world, Falco answered, “About two months.” These well-regarded players, many of whom were Grammy Award nominees & winners, had found a “home away from home” – an intimate space where they could play without restriction to an appreciative, generous audience. The response to these private performances was unbelievably enthusiastic! The community attended, listened and supported living artists, using a donation box and a potluck table for their contributions.

If there’s an award in the music world for hospitality, it goes, hands down, to Tony & Julie Falco and their children. The world over, one can find musicians who have not only played well at The Falcon, but have eaten and slept well in the Falco home.

The Factory

The success of the series strained the small facility. In 2005, Falcon Music & Art Productions, Inc. purchased a 19th century button factory in the center of the hamlet of Marlboro. 1348 Route 9W, Marlboro, New York, is perched over the Marlboro Falls, once used to power the factory. Through the years, the main floor of the building had been a roller-skating rink, community center and a cabinet factory.

It has become the “Village Vanguard of the Hudson Valley” and on a regular rotation with New York City’s most respected venues; a rural Mecca for the finest in multiple genres; to include jazz, blues, rock, world music and contemporary chamber music.

Within nine weeks of the opening, The New York Times ran a story with the sub-head, “Away from Manhattan’s urban frenzy, one man’s hospitality has created an intimate stage for top tier musicians.”

The 3,500 square foot main floor provides the acoustically correct, live performance venue with a 24’ X 16’ stage. The Falcon’s backline is assembled to please its artists – Yamaha C7 grand piano, a Hammond B3 organ with the sought-after Leslie amp & pedals, full drum kit, guitar & bass amps, powered monitors with separate mixes, along with light and sound systems of excellent quality.

Gallery space on the main floor presents & promotes the work of visual artists and photographers from the Hudson Valley to New York City. Exhibitions feature a different artist every two months. The Falcon takes no fee from art sales, but encourages visitors to buy original pieces from the artists.

The barroom was created entirely with recycled materials. The bar itself had a past life as a shuffleboard. Kitchen facilities are designed to provide creative, affordable food for the live performances and support catered events on the lower floor, which is nearing completion.  The Falcon’s deck seats diners over the dramatic gorge that is Marlboro Falls. At the lower level, a patio area and a rock-walled pathway and lookout attract those seeking a complete experience – fine food, world-class music and an unforgettable natural setting.

The Scene

The Falcon welcomes everyone. There are no tickets, no cover charge and no minimum. The venue encourages contributions to the careworn donation box, which remains as both a symbol of democracy in the arts and a way for any patron, of any financial strata, to give what they will and what they can, in support of the living artists whose work they have enjoyed. This fund goes directly to the extraordinary performing musicians in the main act, demonstrating The Falcon’s respect and gratitude for their skill, and livelihood.

For more details, please see The Falcon’s website:, as well as for up-to-date show information.

The Falcon is located at 1348 Route 9W in Marlboro

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