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”.

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.

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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

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NED MORAN & The Avalon Archives Museum of Roots, Rock & Roll

In late 1983, the Avalon Archives, a premier collection of Rock & Roll Art, first appeared in public on the Walls of Uncle Willy’s, a nightclub on Broadway in Kingston NY, operated by Ned Moran and Bill Guldy. Ned was a retired New York City fireman and Bill, “Uncle Willy”, a much loved and colorful character who appeared at Yankee games in a crown, a cape, and long beard, leading the fans in cheers. The nightclub itself became legendary, hosting thousands of nationally and internationally known musicians, as well as most of the musicians in the Woodstock NY artists’ community.

Many of those players are now in The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Dickey Betts (Allman Brothers), John Sebastian (Lovin’ Spoonful), Rick Danko (The Band) and Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna) to name just a few.

In 1989, the collection was invited to a major exhibit at The Museum of Art. Science, and Industry in Bridgeport, Connecticut: Annie Liebowitz, Linda Eastman McCartney, Keith Haring, Andy Warhol,

Robert Mapplethorpe, Fred W. Darrah, Jim Marshall, Ron Wood, and Richie Havens were some of the artists whose work was hung along with the Avalon Archives collection. Since that very successful exhibit, the collection has toured around the US and in and around its Hudson River Valley home for almost twenty years: schools, museums, radio stations, concerts, festivals, and even hardware stores, (the Marbletown Hardware store is the world’s only Rock & Roll hardware store!). The collection consists of original posters and handbills from San Francisco’s Fillmore, Fillmore West,

Avalon Ballroom (the venue’s namesake), and Fillmore East NYC, as well as Woodstock, Watkins Glen, and the The Newport Jazz Festival. Recently, the Avalon Archives’ posters were included in major exhibits at the Boston Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum NYC (“Summer of Love”). Paintings and photographs published by notable photographers such as Fred W. McDarrah (photo editor of The Village Voice), Woodstock’s Elliot Landy, Lisa Law, John Cohen, Susan Wallach Fino, Henry Diltz, Mick Rock, Rita Weigand, David Spindel (who photographed John Lennon’s last recording session), and Charlotte Brooks (Look Magazine’s only female photographer) are also part of the collection.

A library of 5,000 vinyl records, video tapes, audio tapes, and hundreds of books on music add to this vast collection. Ninety percent of the collection is framed and under glass…..not an easy feat.

The Avalon Archives, pays tribute to musicians through art and education.

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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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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.

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Princess WOW CD Release with Roland Mousaa at The Falcon on March 2

The quirky, original, Princess WOW releases her CD “Princess WOW-Her Smile Revolution Songs” and is “raising conscious awareness to the healing power of a sweet smile.”

WOW will perform on March 2 at The Falcon with the Grammy Award-winning Roland Mousaa, who produced, co-wrote, and provided the orchestration for the recording. Included on the set list – two Shirley Temple songs- “If You Smile, You Will Be Ha, Double Py”, and “Be Optimistic”. The show is scheduled to begin at 7pm.

“Roland Mousaa is one of the greatest unknown artists in the world.” – Pete Seeger

The evening begins with a series of short films, to include:

– WOW’s efforts as founder of the Smile Revolution, a movement that she began in 2005

-Shirley Temple videos (after all, Temple brought hope and smiles to people during the dark days of the Depression era)

-Folk icon Pete Seeger who embraced Wow’s joyful revolution

-David Amram, prolific American composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, and author

-Children sharing their thoughts about the power of a smile

– Princess WOW at one of her Hat Happenings where she shares funny anecdotes with the audience while modeling the extraordinary hats she has designed

“Princess Wow & Roland Mousaa are very talented and this is the sweetest CD ever!…bottled with the love and smiling charm of Princess WOW and Roland’s vocal harmonizing…and touch my heart!” – Maureen Pietoso/Aftershow Pass Magazine

“Princess Wow has made me realize, that there are many different kinds of peaceful revolutions. So, don’t just listen to Princess Wow, also look at her.”- Pete Seeger

“Princess Wow is a force of nature.” – Richard Barone/The Bongos

“Princess Wow is starting a revolution. One smile at a time.” – Times Herald Record


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Jay Collins & The Kings County Band To Perform At The Falcon February 5

Jay Collins and the Kings County Band will be performing on Friday, February 5 at The Falcon in Marlboro (7pm). The band mixes up Soul, New Orleans rhythms, Classic Rock, and Blues into a funky stew that surprises and satisfies.

The saxophone player of choice for famous artists like Gregg Allman, Levon Helm, and Donald Fagen, Jay Collins played on 2 Grammy-winning recordings with Mr. Helm, and a platinum-selling DVD with the Allman Brothers Band (Live at the Beacon Theater). Jay has also been “moon-lighting” as a singer-songwriter for years, but the secret is leaking out:  His songs are being admired and recorded by young musicians in the Hudson Valley, New York City, and beyond. And on vocals, his granite pipes prompted Time Out NY to note that, “His soulful ‘croak’ definitely deserves to be heard!” and Blues Revue said, “Jay Collins plays a hot saxophone, but he covers a lot more ground than that….”

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Fronting his “Kings County Band” on gigs throughout the NY area, as well as continuing to perform and arrange with the horn section at Levon Helm’s Ramble in Woodstock NY, Jay also recently toured with The Dukes of September, a collective featuring Donald Fagen, Boz Scaggs, and Michael McDonald, and is currently the horn arranger and saxophonist for the Gregg Allman Band.

“He has a killer tone…”-Gregg Allman.

Jazz is a huge part of what I learned about music, but it’s just a small piece of what I do,” says singer-songwriter, saxophonist, flautist, pianist and bandleader Jay Collins. With his Kings County Band, Collins mixes up blues, Afro-Cuban rhythms and classic soul into a modern patchwork of root-bound sound.

One of the most sought-after touring musicians in American music, Jay is perhaps best known for his saxophone and flute work with many artists including Gregg Allman, Allman Brothers Band, Levon Helm (of The Band), Donald Fagen and the Dukes of September (w/ Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs), James Hunter and jazz greats such as the late Andrew Hill, Jacky Terrasson, and the late bassist LeRoy Vinnegar. In recent years, Mr. Collins has also become recognized for his gritty singing and his singular songwriting.

“Collins’ soulful croak definitely deserves to be heard” – Time Out, NYC

Coming up as a young player on the late ’80s and early ’90s music scene in Portland, Oregon, Collins caught what he considers to be the city’s last wave of a golden age.

“Lots of jazz musicians from L.A. had migrated there in the ’80s for the quality of life,” he explains. “You could still learn to play just by hanging around with older musicians, and learning “on the job.” Collins played some of his first sax gigs with Portland jazz mainstays Ron Steen and Mel Brown then went on to play with West Coast bassist Leroy Vinnegar and to record with hard bop drummer Dick Berk.

After cutting his teeth in Portland, Jay Collins made the move to New York City and quickly became a force to be reckoned with. His focus was hard-hitting instrumental jazz. By 1993 Collins had established himself in New York’s East Village, assembled a band, and by the end of the ’90s had recorded three CD’s: Uncommon Threads, Reality Tonic and Cross Culture, all on small independent labelsHe recorded and toured with French pianist Jacky Terrasson on Blue Note Records as well as the legendary pianist and composer Andrew Hill, whom he’d first met in his Portland days. “In the East Village in the ’90s there was all kinds of music going on….little places with live bands every couple of blocks.”

During his time on New York’s Lower East Side, Collins also immersed himself in the rhythmically charged world of Latin music. He spent 1996-2004 leading local sensation Mambo Macoco (with master percussionist Eddie Bobe’), playing with Nuyorican percussionist Bobby Sanabria Y Ascension, and touring Cuba and the Caribbean. “Learning about Afro-Cuban rhythms and their connection to American and New Orleans music are the keys to what I’m doing now,” says Collins.

“This robust tenor saxophonist is a great example of a player whose varied experiences nurture a deeper musical personality.” – Village Voice, NYC

In 1999 Collins felt the pull to change musical direction; he formed a new band and began to move beyond the boundaries of instrumental jazz.  “I needed something more…. I wanted to express myself more fully with words. I was into experimental jazz and had always liked words and poetry so at first I tried putting my poetry to music,” he says, though he didn’t actually sing a note until he was 30 years old. ”
At first, my idea was to write the songs and have someone else sing them, but then I decided to take singing lessons and get into it.” Collins also kept up his sax and flute chops as a sideman while working out his own songs on piano. Ironically it was while playing a jazz gig that he was recommended for a spot with legendary rocker Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band. “I knew the songs of Robert Johnson, Freddie King, B.B. King and the Allman Brothers because I grew up hearing them,” he says.

“My stepfather is a guitar player, he’s African-American, and his record collection was heavy on the blues. Working with Gregg sent me back in that blues and roots direction. It’s also really informed my singing. I’ve learned a lot just from being onstage, night after night, standing next to that caliber of singer.” In 2004, the first album by the Jay Collins Band, Poem For Today (Hipbone Records) featured Collins on sax and vocals, Dred Scott on piano and Diego Voglino on drums and Moses Patrou on percussion and backing vocals. “I was still transitioning from instrumental jazz. The vocal influences are mostly Tom Waits, Ray Charles, Dr. John,” says Collins. At the recording sessions, Collins met vocalist Amy Helm (Ollabelle), and since then, Collins has gone on to tour and record with Amy’s dad, Levon Helm, the drummer and lead-singer from The Band, Jay had the pleasure of playing on Levon’s Grammy-winning CD, “Electric Dirt” in 2009.

While continuing to tour with Gregg Allman, and front Jay Collins and The Kings County Band, Jay has also worked during the last few years with British neo-soulman James Hunter, singer Ray LaMontagne, drummer Jaimoe’s Jazz Band, guitarist/singer Chris Bergson, jazz guitarist Ed Cherry, and toured from 2010-2012 with the Dukes of September (featuring Donald Fagen, Boz Scaggs, and Michael McDonald). Jay’s arranging, musical directing, and horn playing skills are featured on Gregg Allman Band’s 2015 DVD/CD release, “Back to Macon, GA” on Rounder Records.

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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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