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January Music Highlights

Sa 1/16- THE NEW YORK DOLLS featuring DAVID JOHANSEN, at Towne Crier, Pawling—The band that was more swagger than success, more grit than glam, that could never turn the corner into mass adulation, and had to settle for mere legendary status: The New York Dolls! They’re back on their “second coming,” with a brand new Todd Rundgren-produced release—‘Cause I Sez So—and the surviving members of the band who debuted in 1973—singer David Johansen and guitarist Sylvain Sylvain—have a hard new line-up, and have left the girl clothes in the closet. There can be no mistaking that this band has earned the right to have “New York” in their name; I would defy anyone to find a more New York sounding band. This shouldn’t be remotely a dinosaur revue. Towne Crier, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling,, 845.855.1300. 8:30 PM

Fr 1/22, Sa 1/30- WDST presents GRACE POTTER & THE NOCTURNALS (1/22) and SOULIVE (1/30) at Bearsville Theater, Woodstock—WDST Radio Woodstock 100.1 has a nice two-fer gift for folks who like feelgood music that features fine keyboard work (and in case you’re wondering, this writer is demonstrably one such person). Sporting two new band members, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals pass back through the area on a make-up gig (Fr 1/22, changed from 1/9). In case you didn’t know, Potter—who is a top-notch singer, songwriter, and B-3 organ monster to boot—and band have owned the Northeast for some time now, playing just about every club possible, and will have a new T-Bone Burnett produced album out later this year that should take them to the next level. You probably missed them at Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble on 1/9, so don’t miss them here. Then it’s that wickedly grooving organ trio Soulive (Sa 1/30) who ten years ago cut their debut Get Down just outside of Woodstock, and since have circled the globe with an infectious groove machine assembled by brothers Neal Evans (organ, left-hand bass) and Alan Evans (drums) with guitarist Eric Krasno, opening for the Rolling Stones, jamming with Stevie Wonder. People, nothing knocks the chill off a January funk like a nice warm Hammond B-3 organ. This I know. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St. (Rte.212), Woodstock/Bearsville,, 845.679.4406. Both shows 8 PM

1/21 through 2/7- 8th Annual MODFEST, a celebration of the arts of the 20th and 21st centuries at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie—Well if this free-to-the-public extravaganza of artistic expression doesn’t break the mid-winter doldrums, nothing can. Modfest founders Richard Wilson and Adene Wilson—both Vassar alums—have long had the goal of showcasing the interrelationships between contemporary forms of music, dance, film, literature, poetry, and visual arts. This year’s musical schedule—with all shows at Skinner Hall—features contemporary classical by the Biava Quartet (Fr 1/22, 8 PM), avant-garde jazzman Joe McPhee (Sa 1/23, 8 PM), and pioneering modern composer Milton Babbitt with the Argento Ensemble (Su 1/24, 2 PM). Among other things, this multi-week event features a mini-film festival throughout, special concerts at the Lehman Loeb Gallery, and the Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre performing selections from Stephen Rook’s The Griot Dance. Forgive me if I just don’t have space to do this party justice: visit for the complete schedule, and make some time to get over to that nifty little part of Poughkeepsie. Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, See website for full schedule of events and times.

Fr 1/29- LARRY CORYELL at the Rosendale Café, Rosendale—Having witnessed this distinguished gentleman destroy a full festival-sized audience waiting for James Taylor one balmy summer evening in the late ‘70s—with naught but an acoustic guitar, no words, all music—I personally have no doubt that seeing and hearing Larry Coryell in the cozy space that is the Rosendale Café will be nothing short of mind-blowing. As one of the few guitarists who could truly make the rock and jazz fuse properly, Coryell has been a musical force since coming to the fore with vibraphonist Gary Burton in 1967, forming his “fusion” band The 11th House in 1974, and since made numerous (75 and counting) recordings, and toured the world while also becoming a top-level educator. You may have heard of his son Murali, a well-known blues guitarist based in the Hudson Valley. This will be a special night of music not to be missed. Rosendale Café, 434 Main St., Rosendale,, 845.658.9048. 8 PM

SPOTLIGHT on THE CHANCE THEATER, Poughkeepsie—Nobody is really sure how they do it, but The Chance Theater manages to keep putting on rock show after rock show, providing what is probably the only possible place for 80% of the young bands in the area to play. Along with the Bearsville Theater, it’s also the only place to catch mid-level touring bands headed north from the City. This month The Chance has a combination of the two, with a regional “battle of the bands” thrown in for good measure. But this winter is particularly good for fans of the tribute band. And truly…you know you love them. Confess. (See or Roll’s music listings for The Loft/Platinum Lounge listings.) The Chance Theater, 6 Crannell St., Poughkeepsie,, 845.471.1966

Su 1/10- THE BREAK CONTEST: Official Contest for Bamboozle 2010 (sign bands up at 7 PM
Sa 1/16- NOVEMBER RAIN (Guns & Roses tribute) w/ Karascene 8 PM
Su 1/17- THE BREAK CONTEST: Official Contest for Bamboozle 2010 7 PM
Fr 1/22- THE CHILLIEBURGERS (Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute) w/ Ghost Grounds 8:30 PM
Su 1/24- THE BREAK CONTEST: Official Contest for Bamboozle 2010 7 PM
Fr 1/29- PAUL DIANNO (formerly of Iron Maiden) w/ Icarus Witch, Desdemon, Downfire, & Left In Ruins 8 PM
Sa 1/30- WAR PIGS (Black Sabbath tribute) w/ Ghosts of Winter, Adams Echo, & Dead and Bloated (Stone Temple Pilots tribute) 8 PM
Su 1/31- Su 1/24- THE BREAK CONTEST: Official Contest for Bamboozle 2010 7 PM
Sa 2/6- TAKE ACTION TOUR w/ We Are Kings, Mayday Parade, A Rocket To The Moon, & There For Tomorrow 7 PM

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