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April Music Highlights

Sa 4/17- Studio Woodstock presents ANGEL BAND with SATURDAY NIGHT BLUEGRASS BAND featuring BILL KEITH, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Hall, Red Hook—Fresh from a sell-out performance at a recent Levon Helm Midnight Ramble, the Angel Band bring their mighty three-part harmony to Red Hook for a special show.

Angel Band
Three distinctly different women with copacetic voices—Nancy Josephson, Kathleen Weber, and Aly Paige—are backed by a crackling good band that sometimes features folk guitar virtuoso David Bromberg, but always has multi-instrumentalist Marc Moss, bassist Bob Taylor, and guitarist Christie Lenée. Performing an original mixture of folk, roots, blues, country, and gospel music, the Angel Band has gathered a solid following across the country. Openers The Saturday Night Bluegrass Band consists of local favorites Brian Hollander, Tim Kapeluck, Geoff Harden, and Fooch Fischetti, joined by bluegrass banjo legend Bill Keith. Sponsored by WKZE and Feather Ridge Farm. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Hall, Broadway, Red Hook,, 845.802.6515. Doors at 6 PM

Sa 4/17- Radio Woodstock and Upstate Reggae present INNER CIRCLE, with opener THE BIG TAKEOVER at Bearsville Theater, Woodstock—“Bad boys, Bad boys, whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?” If you know one reggae tune that isn’t by Bob Marley, odds are it’s this ’94 hit from reggae survivors Inner Circle.

Inner Circle
Signed by Island head Chris Blackwell from their appearance in a famous 1978 Reggae Peace Concert in Jamaica (also featuring Peter Tosh and Bob Marley), Inner Circle went on to be one of the first from the island to tour in the US. The tour came to an abrupt end with the death of lead singer Jacob Miller in 1980. The band carried on six years later with a new singer, and in the ensuing years have racked up several international hits—including the aforementioned Grammy-winning “Bad Boys,” a Number One in several countries—re-enforcing their legend with relentless world touring, often to countries that get overlooked, like Taiwan, Sri Lanka, and United Arab Emirates. This month they’re touring their new CD State Of the World (Shanachie). New Paltz ska-meisters The Big Takeover light the fuse of a beautiful beat-full night. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St. (Rte. 212), Bearsville/Woodstock,, 845.679.4406. 9 PM

Sa 4/17- THE FLAMING LIPS, at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie—OK let’s face it, Saturday April 17 has a whole lotta choices to offer even the most casual music lover.

The Flaming Lips
We would just plain be remiss if we didn’t bear witness to the passing through of one of our favorite groups of the last decade: The Flaming Lips! The restlessly innovative Okies—Wayne Coyne, Steven Drozd, Michael Ivins, and Kliph Scurlock—have run quite the gamut over three decades: punkish anarchy to lush Brian Wilson symphonics; a four-CD recording (Zaireeka, 1997) that required four CD players started simultaneously; a tour that had the audience wearing headphones; the big plastic ball Wayne rolls around in; the balloons and costumes. And personally, I don’t mind hearing their hits—“Do You Realize?”, “The W.A.N.D.”, “The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song”—in those commercials. Well, not much, really. But this time they may have gone too far for some, having taken on re-recording Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon with Coyne’s nephew Dennis’ band Stardeath and White Dwarfs, with special guests Henry Rollins and Peaches. Expect the unexpected. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie,, 845.454.5800. 7 PM

Su 4/18- The Bard Conservatory of Music presents SO PERCUSSION at the Sosnoff Theater, Richard B. Fisher Center, Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson—If you haven’t yet experienced the delicacy, nuance, and raw power of a percussion ensemble performing contemporary music, you are missing out, and should rectify that by making this show on the campus of Bard.

So Percussion
Of course, in the interest of full disclose I should mention: I am a bona fide nerd. How bad? I used to PLAY in a percussion ensemble in college…how’s that? But hey, enough about me, check out these reviews from “cool” people: Billboard Magazine calls So Percussion “astonishing and entrancing.” The New York Times describes their performances as “mesmerizing,” “brilliant,” and “consistently impressive”; and the Village Voice writes, “This extraordinary ensemble of four young percussionists is creating a sensation in the music world . . . a New York City experimental powerhouse.” So there. This is part of the Conservatory Sundays series at Bard, benefiting the Scholarship Fund of The Bard College Conservatory of Music. Richard B. Fisher Center, Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson,, 845.758.7900. 3 PM

Sa 5/1- BLUES BLOWOUT with PINETOP PERKINS, HUBERT SUMLIN, and WILLIE “BIG EYES” SMITH, with opener PURA FE’ at Columbia-Greene Community College Art Center Theater, Hudson—Do you get the blues? If your answer is “every day,” may I recommend circling the first day of May? ‘Cause that’s the day that a trio of honest-to-goodness blues giants come to Hudson.

Willie “Pinetop” Perkins
Piano man Willie “Pinetop” Perkins was born in the Mississippi Delta in 1913 and has been playing since 1926, with the likes of Sonny Boy Williamson, Robert Nighthawk, B.B. King, and Earl Hooker before his 12-year stint with Muddy Waters, replacing Otis Spann in 1969. Legendary guitarist Hubert Sumlin was Arkansas raised, and a band he had together with James Cotton caught the attention of Howlin’ Wolf, who brought him up to Chicago and put his signature fingerstyle electric blues to its finest use. Willie “Big Eyes” Smith originally played harmonica, sometimes with Bo Diddley and Johnny Shines. But after switching to drums in 1957, he ended up with Muddy Waters in 1961, sticking with the band until 1980. Post-Muddy, these gentlemen have continued cementing their position in blues history by recording and touring: Perkins and Smith with the Legendary Blues Band, and Sumlin recording the Grammy-nominated About Them Shoes (2005) with Keith Richards and Levon Helm. Native American/Blues singer Pura Fe’ opens. Columbia-Greene Community College, 4400 Rte. 23, Hudson,, 518.828.4181, ext. 3344. 7 PM

Su 5/2- The return of THE FIGHTING MCKENZIES, at Rosendale Café, Rosendale—Songs in Spanish about Sir Walter Raleigh, volunteer cowgirl prostitutes, and a singalong ditty with the title “Lubricated Tip”—fans of the long-defunct The Fighting McKenzies apparently have had a lot of silliness to miss over the years, not to mention stop-on-a-dime musicianship from the (up to) six-man band. Main Mac Wayne Montecalvo has since moved on into the art world, and multi-instrumentalist Dean Jones is the hardest working musician in the Hudson Valley, but they’re pulling together the group again for a one-time benefit for fellow founding member John Wirtz, who is in need of expensive medical treatment. These guys are legendary in this area; come out and see why, for a good cause. Rosendale Café, 434 Main St., Rosendale,, 845.658.9048. 7 PM

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