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February Music Highlights

Though February- BENEFITS FOR THE HAITI EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS, at Bearsville Theater, Woodstock; Towne Crier, Pawling; Rosendale Café, Rosendale—Unless you’re just a sociopathic misanthrope who just doesn’t care a whit about the suffering of others (I’m thinking of that South Carolina Lt. Governor who compared starving people to stray dogs recently, saying one should never feed either…and of course, Rush Limbaugh), you probably had a visceral reaction to the devastation in Haiti, and the immense suffering it has caused this already sorely tried nation. Most have already given something—the texting donation program has been very impressive—but aid will continue to be needed. Some of our top regional musicians have donated time and music to several different fundraising events, giving Hudson Valley audiences a pleasant way to continue the generosity. Some great music for a very good cause..try to make at least one of these shows, if you can.

Sa 2/13- THE FELICE BROTHERS at the Rosendale Café (434 Main St., Rosendale,—No advance tickets, $20 donation, first come first served at this intimate location. The Brothers also are putting out the call: bring cans of food for the Rosendale Food Pantry, 10 PM.

Su 2/14- OPEN YOUR HEART TO HAITI Valentine’s Day fundraiser, with CHRIS BARRON (Spin Doctors), THE JOE K. BAND, HOPE MACHINE, THE FIRECRACKERS, LAUREN BONAVENIA, and others, at Towne Crier (130 Rte. 22, Pawling,—Tickets can be purchased in advance online, $25 donation goes to the Doctors Without Borders Haitian Fund.

Sa 2/20- HAITIAN PEOPLE’S SUPPORT PROJECT BENEFIT at Bearsville Theater (291 Tinker St., Woodstock,—The Haitian People’s Support Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit based in Woodstock that has been working in Haiti for the past 20 years, and has the relief infrastructure in place to get help to the people quickly. Visit for more information, or to make an on-line donation via PayPal. If so inclined, send a donation to Haitian People’s Support Project, Box 496, Woodstock NY, 12498.

This being a benefit in Woodstock, you know there’s going to be some spectacular musical performances. At press time, confirmed artists include JACK DEJOHNETTE, DAVID SANCIOUS, GRAHAM PARKER, HAPPY TRAUM, JERRY MAROTTA, THE TRAPPS, and MARC BLACK BAND. A $20 donation is requested, and doors are open at 7 PM for an 8-12 PM show.

Sa 2/13- WINTERFEST: a fundraiser for the Rosendale Street Festival, at the Rosendale Recreation Center, Rosendale—Since losing all corporate sponsorship last year thanks to the economy, The Rosendale Street Festival bounced back with one of its best seasons yet, thanks to the tireless efforts of volunteers. As one of the yearly fundraisers for this favorite summer event, Winterfest brings together some of the region’s best (and hard working) acts for a February party in Rosendale we don’t recommend missing. Rosendale Rec Center, 1055 Rte. 32, Rosendale, Noon-10 PM. —Noon- RATBOY JR.; 1 PM- FUZZY LOLLIPOP; 1:45 PM- CENTRIFUGAL FORCE (hoop troupe); 2 PM- KURT HENRY; 3 PM- SAX LIFE; 4 PM- KINGSTON HIGH SCHOOL BIG BAND; 5 PM- SABOR CON COLOUR; 6 PM- DAVID KRAAI AND THE SADDLETRAMPS; 7 PM- BREAKAWAY; 8 PM- JOEY EPPARD (from the band 3); 9 PM- VOODELIC

Sa 2/27- THE SECOND ANNUAL HUDSON VALLEY SOCIAL PARIAH FESTIVAL, at the Holiday Inn, Fishkill—Oh lordy they’re back at it again: since last year’s Hudson Valley Social Pariah Festival was such a smash it’s becoming a yearly habit. Music, art, and lots of tattoos: this year the event is sponsored by More Sugar Magazine, Zahra’s Studio (Beacon), Black Star Productions, and the Hudson Valley Renegades (Minor League baseball team). Bands include Psychocharger, God’s Green Earth, Casket Architects, Sipher, Thinning the Herd, and Resurrection Sorrow, plus belly dancers and a burlesque troupe. 40 alternative vendors will be onsite as will a cash bar for those of age (festival is 18+, sorry kids), and Seven Tattoo Studios will be representing all day. Proceeds go to the Hudson Valley Renegades Pitch For Kids Fund, and admission is a scant five bucks. Second Annual Hudson Valley Social Pariah Festival at the Holiday Inn, 542 Rte. 9, Fishkill. Email for further info. 11 AM-9 PM

Sa 3/6- UNCLE ROCK and the PLAYTHINGS at the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock—If you’ve got kids, there’s a pretty good chance that you are aware of richness of the regional “family music” scene, with groups like Dog On Fleas, Spiral Up Kids, Kidz Town Rock, and Ratboy Jr playing kid-fun-parent-enjoying-too tunes at local festivals and libraries. But the undisputed daddy of the bunch—ask anybody in the aforementioned bands and they’ll tell you—is Robert Burke Warren, aka Uncle Rock (previously profiled in Roll, please see the website), and he’s got a new CD fresh from the oven: The Big Picture, baked with loving care with help from Dean Jones (Dog On Fleas, many many others) and cellist Jane Scarpantoni (see this month’s Music section). The result is a definite kid-pleaser, while showing crossover potential thanks to a bigger, more mature sound. The early afternoon show also features face-painting, healthy snacks, and special guests. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock,, 845.679.4406. Doors at 12:30 PM, show 1 PM.

Su 3/7- RAY DAVIES at The Bardavon, Poughkeepsie—You probably don’t know it (unless of course, you do), but you are a Ray Davies fan. Maybe you got into the early Kinks rockers “All Day and All of the Night” or “You Really Got Me,” the latter possibly even from hearing the Van Halen hit version. Or you’ve chilled to his more pastoral Kinks compositions like the classic “Waterloo Sunset,” “Celluloid Heroes,” or “Autumn Almanac.” Or the biting satire of “A Well Respected Man” or “David Watts.” Maybe you caught the 70s Kinks rock comeback with “Destroyer,” or early MTV hits like “Come Dancing.” Or…perhaps you just got strangely turned on by his paean to a particularly groovy transvestite titled “Lola.” Doesn’t really matter either way, as Mr. Davies is generally considered one of rock’s all-time greatest songwriters, and he’s not slacking for a minute, hitting the bricks to promote his recent compilation Ray Davies-Collected (U.M.T.V.), which showcases the best of his five-album solo career away from the Kinks. Don’t miss this show. The Bardavon, 35 Market St.,, 845.473.2072. 7 PM

Header Image: An injured child at a Hotel in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Photograph courtesy Ivanoh Demers/AP

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