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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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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THE FALCON UNDERGROUND NOW THE PERMANENT HOME OF THE AVALON ARCHIVES – MUSEUM OF ROOTS, ROCK & ROLL MEMORABILIA

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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LIVE FROM NASHVILLE COMING TO WESTCHESTER BROADWAY THEATRE APRIL 11

LIVE FROM NASHVILLE is a great show featuring a troupe of singers, dancers, a bona fide band of Nashville musicians, dazzling staging and rhinestone-bedecked costumes, all designed to celebrate a century of celebrities and treasured songs.

This incredible theatrical production brings phenomenal fiddling, fancy footwork and top-flight vocals to the theater in a trip through some of country’s greatest music—songs brought to life by Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton to country rockers like The Eagles, Brooks & Dunn and Garth Brooks, and including today’s hits from stars like Carrie Underwood Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum.

LIVE FROM NASHVILLE delivers it all!

MONDAY APRIL 11th

MATINEE:  11:15 am. Lunch 1:00 Pm Show

EVENING:  6:15 pm. Dinner 8:00 Pm Show
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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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SEO For Musicians: Understanding Links

**Guest Post written by Melanie Kealey of Bandzoogle.com.

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!

– See more at: https://www.indieonthemove.com/blog/2016/01/seo-for-musicians-use-link-building-to-improve-your-ranking#sthash.RrCJOAbg.dpuf

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Why Music Makers Are the Real American Innovators

**Guest post written by Blake Morgan, artist, musician, record producer, and founder and owner of ECR Music Group. Originally featured in The Huffington Post.

“I’m an American songwriter and singer.

I first became a blipMusicians Real Creators on the music advocacy radar when an email exchange between myself and the founder of Pandora, Tim Westergren, was made public in The Huffington Post. What lay at the heart of that exchange was that I’d gotten tired of billion-dollar tech companies lecturing musicians like myself about how hard those companies are working to “find ways to incentivize creators.”

Musicians know exactly how they could incentivize creators: they could pay us fairly.

That simple if not obvious idea has gained a lot of momentum, not only with music makers, but with music lovers too. It’s an idea that’s grabbing headlines, inspiring action, galvanizing organizations and associations, rallying Congress, and fueling a national, grassroots movement. A truly sweeping mobilization, united atop the bedrock principle that in a civilized society, music makers — like all people — deserve the respect of being paid fairly for their work.

So now, almost as if caught off guard by this rising headwind of popular opinion and action, these same billion-dollar tech companies appear to be floating a new argument. More and more, we’re hearing them claim that music makers don’t understand a critical economic concept: American innovation.

Apparently, we don’t understand that tech companies paying us reasonably and fairly would crush and stifle American innovation. That’s their argument.

But here’s the thing. I don’t really feel I’m in need of a lecture about the nature of American innovation from these companies, especially when — in the case of Spotify — they’re Swedish.

In fact, music makers don’t require a lesson on American innovation at all.

We know all about American innovation.

Rock & Roll is an American innovation. Hip-Hop is an American innovation. Jazz is an American innovation. Blues, Country, Gospel, Bluegrass, each of these — and so many others — are distinct American innovations.

Music is one of the things America still makes that the world still wants. The people who make that music should be paid fairly for their work.

That’s our argument.

It’s an argument so compelling that Congress is now running with it. They’re on the move with two bi-partisan pieces of legislation — remarkable in this gridlocked and polarized political climate — which would fundamentally change the lives of American music makers for the better. The Songwriter Equity Act would ensure royalties for songwriters that would reflect the fair market value of their intellectual property, and The Fair Play Fair Pay Act would ensure all artists are fairly paid on digital and AM/FM radio.

We all know Congress acts when real people care enough to make them do so, and now it’s really happening. As for the bills’ opponents, their greatest fear is unfolding right before their eyes. Tens of thousands of American music makers — and music lovers too — are standing up and standing together. They’re standing up to fight for the reasonable and fair pay for American music makers. They’re standing up for the real American innovators.

We’re seeing middle class musicians and superstars take stands. Organizations and associations, groups and individuals. We’re seeing students standing up in their classrooms, with their teachers, their families, on campuses, online; tweeting, posting, signing petitions, writing their representatives, blogging, writing Op-eds. Voting.

Each of these actions is a message to the opponents of American music: we’re not afraid and we’re not stopping. We know this is a fight worth fighting because American music and art are birthrights worth fighting for. They’re birthrights worth paying for, and they deserve respect.

Each of these actions, large or small, requires inspiration. They require inspired people who have decided to show courage in the face of enormous power and opposition.

These are Americans who are declaring that they respect what they do. They respect the songs they write, and record. The music they play. The music they make.

And each of them inspires me.

I’m an American songwriter and singer. I’m an innovator, and I respect my profession.

I respect music.”

 

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School of Rock Inspires Students By Teaching Music And Delivering Authentic Experiences

The School of Rock in Bedford believes the best way to learn music is to play music. The program takes students from the lesson room to the stage, developing both their confidence and musicianship with programs designed for all skill levels.

School of Rock teaches guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards, drums and combines weekly private music instruction and group band rehearsals to prepare students to take the stage in front of live audiences in an authentic concert setting.

To date School of Rock students have played thousands of concerts, to more than 100,000 people, at such legendary venues as CBGB’s, The Trocadero, The Knitting Factory, The Whiskey, The Roxy, The Experience Music Project, The Big Easy and BB King’s Blues Club in Times Square. The organization has also had the great fortune to be able to perform at music festivals from Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits, to Zappanale in Bad Doberan, Germany.

The immersive method inspires students to be their best, and gets them playing music as quickly as possible because it’s clear that is what they want to do. According to the School of Rock, the students become more interested in the theory of music as a direct result.

The school delivers an authentic experience using professional equipment, a staff of seasoned musicians, and performances on real rock stages, at real rock venues in front of real live audiences.

School of Rock instructors “live to play and play to live”. They are experienced professional musicians that can instruct students on the finer points of their instrument, while at the same time educating them on everything that goes into putting on a great live show.

All events are hosted at MTK Tavern (30 E Main St., Mt Kisco). MTK Tavern is located within blocks of the Mount Kisco Metro North station.
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Following is a list of upcoming School of Rock performances at MTK Tavern:

January 22nd at 6 PM – Steely Dan Tribute by School of Rock

January 23rd at 3 PM – A Tribute to Women Who Rock by School of Rock

January 23rd at 6 PM – Steely Dan Tribute by School of Rock

January 24th at 12 PM – A Tribute to Women Who Rock by School of Rock

January 29th at 6 PM – AC/DC Tribute by School of Rock

January 30th at 3 PM – A Tribute to the British Invasion by School of Rock

January 30th at 6 PM – AC/DC Tribute by School of Rock

January 31st at 12 PM – A Tribute to the British Invasion by School of Rock

February 27th at 9 PM – Back to the ’80s Adult Program Show by School of Rock

 

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

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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: http://www.liveatthefalcon.com, as well as HVMusicScene.com for up-to-date show information.

The Falcon is located at 1348 Route 9W in Marlboro

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