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August Music Highlights

Fr 8/13, 8/20- ROSIE LEDET & THE ZYDECO PLAYBOYS (8/13) and SHANNON MCNALLY & HOT SAUCE (8/20) at Club Helsinki, Hudson—The brand-spanking new Club Helsinki in Hudson—just across from Time and Space Limited on Columbia—is up and running, and deserves your attention early this month with two outstanding female artists. Rosie Ledet is the real zydeco deal, born and raised in Louisiana, and learning the music from listening to Boozoo Chavis and Morris Ledet, who eventually became her husband and accompanist. With eight records since her debut in 1994, she’s become a zydeco festival staple with her Zydeco Playboys, blending sultry singing with energetically soulful accordion playing (Fr 8/13). Though she’s an original New Yorker, Shannon McNally made her home the road, opening for folks like Ryan Adams, Stevie Nicks, and John Mellencamp, before eventually ending up in the South (Oxford, MS), where her mix of blues, country, and soul found the right place to coalesce. With her new band, Hot Sauce, she’s working her recent release Coldwater, which was recorded at legendary (and recently passed away) producer Jim Dickinson’s Zebra Ranch in Coldwater, MS. Two exciting Southern women playing real music, in sunny Hudson this summer. Sounds good to me, y’all. Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia St., Hudson, helsinkihudson.com, 518.828.4800. Both shows 9 PM

Fr-Su 8/13 through 15- THE PHOENICIA FESTIVAL OF THE VOICE, performing in five venues, Phoenicia—A year ago this month, three internationally acclaimed opera singers—Maria Todaro (Opera Nacional di Rio di Janiero), Louis Otey (Metropolitan Opera) and Kerry Henderson (Opera Australia)—staged an evening of “Opera Under the Stars” in their adopted town of Phoenicia, with the goal of raising money for local playground equipment. Despite inclement weather, the evening was such a success that they decided it shouldn’t be a one-off, and with this year’s Phoenicia Festival of the Voice, they’ve made into a three-day event that covers a wide variety of vocal music. The festival kicks off Friday evening (8/13, 8:30 PM, Phoenicia Park) with world-renowned soprano Elizabeth Futral, then a full day of Saturday singers starting with gospel artist Rozz Morehead (8/14, 11 AM, Methodist Church), followed by Native American artist Joseph Firecrow (1 PM, Phoenicia Park), Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire’s musical revue Closer Than Ever (2 PM, Shandaken Theatrical Society), children’s music with Uncle Rock (4:30 PM, Railroad Museum), and sacred music with composer/pianist Mitchell Bach (6:30 PM, Catholic Church). The night closes with an all-star cast performing Verdi’s Falstaff, with The Metropolitan Opera’s own Steven White conducting (8 PM, Phoenicia Park). Sunday features two shows in the park: a comedic performance by pianist Justin Kolb and actor Jay Braman (2 PM), and the Choral Closing Concert is the grand finale, featuring multiple choirs from the area (2:30 PM). Phoenicia Festival of the Voice, Phoenicia, www.phoeniciavoicefest.com, 845.586.3588

Through 8/22- SPIEGELTENT at the Richard B. Fisher Center, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson—Though often eclipsed by the large-scale performances at the Frank Gehry-designed Richard B. Fisher Center during the Bard Music Festival and SummerScape (see our music feature this month), The Bard Spiegeltent has developed into a nice companion/counterpoint to those proceedings, mixing family fare, cabaret, great bands, food and drink, and late night dining/drinking/dancing at the SPIEGELCLUB on weekends (Fr/Sa 10 PM- 1 AM). Afternoon family shows and later cabaret on weekends, “Thursday Night Live” belongs to WKZE “Radio Archaeology” DJ Raissa St. Pierre, who brings a diverse mix of local and international sounds to the tent. It seems like it’s all too brief, Spiegeltent. Why only a month and a half? Just asking. Bard College, Rte. 9G, Annandale-on-Hudson, fishercenter.bard.edu/spiegeltent, 845.758.7900

Th 8/12- Mali’s KHAIRA ARBY & HER BAND 8:30 PM
Fr 8/13- Singer/comedian/actor JACKIE HOFFMAN 8:30 PM
Sa/Su 8/14 & 15- THE MAGICAL WORLD OF MANFRED WINTHROP 3:30 PM
Sa 8/14- Actor/magician ERIC WALTON’S ESOTERICA 8:30 PM
Th 8/19- “YOU CAN’T BE SERIOUS!,” Viennese Popular Music and Operetta (Bard Music Festival Program Eight), featuring the DEREK B. SCOTT SINGERS 8:30 PM
Fr 8/20- Albanian Folk Music with MERITA HALILI and the RAIF HYSENI ORCHESTRA 8:30 PM
Sa/Su 8/21 & 22- BINDLESTIFF FAMILY CIRKUS 3:30 PM



Through 9/4- BELLEAYRE MUSIC FESTIVAL, at Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, Highmount—When it gets warm, it only makes sense to head for the hills. The Catskills, of course. A relatively short jump up Route 28 (going west) can result in not only a pleasant drop in temperature, but some really fine music on the weekends up at Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, whose Belleayre Music Festival consistently brings great talent to the mountains. Music lovers have no doubt already enjoyed shows there this season with John Scofield, Patti Austin, Ricky Skaggs and even dadgum Charlie Daniels.

But there are some great shows coming up in August for the whole family, starting with AMERICA—featuring founding members Gerry Buckley and Dewey Bunnell—bringing its 70s hit machine (“Horse With No Name,” “Ventura Highway”) for it’s 40th anniversary (Sa 8/14, 8 PM). Then it’s the 50’S DANCE PARTY: “THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED,” featuring the music of Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Richie Valens (Sa 8/21, 8 PM), in tandem with a special Car Show (12-6 PM), and opera lovers will enjoy the Belleayre Festival Opera’s version of Rossini’s CINDERELLA, directed by festival favorite Donald Westwood, and sung in English by Richard Tucker’s Community Chorale of the Catskills, with chamber orchestra directed by John Covelli (Sa 8/28, 8 PM). The following day brings a free performance of the children’s opera THREE LITLE PIGS, written and directed by Westwood (Su 8/29, 1 PM), and the festival closes with a special performance by AARON NEVILLE QUINTET (with special guest CHARLES NEVILLE, Sa 9/4, 8 PM). Aaron really needs no introduction, but if you just haven’t heard anything this amazing singer has done, Google “Tell It Like It Is.” Aaron’s falsetto helps God draw mountain peaks. Don’t believe? Look and listen. See what I mean? Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, Rte. 28, Highmount, www.belleayremusic.org, 800.942.6904.ext. 1344, 845.254.5600 ext. 1344.

Sa 9/4- HUDSON VALLEY GREEN FESTIVAL, featuring BLUES TRAVELER, DONNA THE BUFFALO, JOHN BROWN’S BODY, and AMOS LEE, at Mills Mansion, Staatsburg State Historic Site, Staatsburg—Anybody who has even been inclined to check out the scenic Mills Mansion site—just south of Rhinebeck, overlooking the Hudson—would have good reason to declare it an absolutely perfect spot for a concert festival. Terrapin Restaurant’s Paul Schiavo certainly did, and he’s cooked up what should become a really great annual event, bringing together top local and national musical talent together with great food and drink (courtesy of Terrapin), a Farmers Market of regional vendors, an Alternative/Sustainable Energy pavilion, and even a “Green Beans” kids tent. Awareness of green and sustainable lifestyle possibilities, plus goodtime music makes for a solid day of fun—Labor Day Weekend—on the river. Some of the best regional bands: Mike and Ruthy, The Duke and The King, Voodelic, Brian Goss Band, Nina Violet, Love Eat Sleep, and kid fave, Uncle Rock (plus more), support the aforementioned national acts; look for the locals to give them a nice kick in the keister (hey, I’m a local musician! What am I supposed to say?) This event will happen rain or shine, and yes, there will be much harmonica. Mills Mansion, Staatsburg State Historic Site, Staatsburg, www.hudsonvalleygreenfestival.com, 800.594.TIXX (8499). 11 AM-11 PM, gates open at 10:15 AM

MAIN STAGE
11:45 AM-12:40 PM MIKE & RUTHY
1:20-2:10 PM BRIAN GOSS BAND
2:30-3:35 PM JOHN BROWN’S BODY
4:15-5:25 PM DONNA THE BUFFALO
5:45-7:00 PM THE DUKE AND THE KING
7:40-8:50 PM BEAUSOLEIL BAND
9:00-10:10 PM AMOS LEE
10:30-11:45 PM BLUES TRAVELER

SECOND STAGE
11:00-11:30 AM LINDSAY RAKERS BAND
12:45-1:15 PM VOODELIC
3:40-4:10 PM LOVE EAT SLEEP
7:05-7:35 PM NINA VIOLET

“GREEN BEANS” KID’S TENT
11:30-11:40 AM, 2:15-2:25 PM, 5:30-5:40 PM
UNCLE ROCK



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