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July Music Highlights

7/11 through 7/31- PIANOSUMMER Music Festival at McKenna Theatre, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz—Take a group of gifted piano students from all around the world, add a selection of devoted teachers and professional musicians, and put it all together with internationally known pianist, educator, and conductor Vladimir Feltsman for three weeks of master classes, workshops, and performances. The result: some amazing music for the fortunate audience, and further development of future piano talent. PianoSummer at McKenna Theatre, SUNY New Paltz, www.newpaltz.edu/piano, 845.257.3880. All performances 8 PM

Sa 7/11- PianoSummer Faculty Gala, with Vladimir Feltsman, Robert Hamilton, Phillip Kawin, Alexander Korsantia, Paul Ostrovsky, Haesun Paik, and Susan Starr, piano
Sa 7/18- Alexei Lubimov, piano
Sa 7/25- Anthony Newman, piano
Fr 7/31- Symphony Gala with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, conducted by Vladimir Feltsman, with the winner of the Jacob Flier Piano Competition, guest soloist


Through August- Spotlight on ALCHEMY OF WOODSTOCK, Woodstock/Bearsville—You know you’ve heard it, probably even said it yourself: Woodstock needs more music venues, like it had “back in the day.” Well, say hello to Alchemy of Woodstock, a new café/coffeehouse/gallery/bookstore/intimate music venue, in that big house right next to the Bear Café in Bearsville that once belonged to mega-manager (Dylan, The Band, Janis, Peter, Paul & Mary) Albert Grossman. Alchemy has hit the ground running with an impressive roster of musicians for the months of July and August, and their Wednesday Open Mics welcome all genres, including spoken word. Alchemy of Woodstock, 297 Tinker St., Woodstock/Bearsville, www.myspace.com/alchemyofwoodstock, 845.684.5068. All shows 9 PM unless otherwise noted.

Fr 7/10- Nina Violet Sa 7/11- Uncle Monk
Su 7/12- Sweetbryar Band (Five Points family)
We 7/15- Open Mic w/ Denise Jordan Finley and Daniel Pagdon
Fr 7/17- Joy Askew, Sarah Fimm
Sa 7/18- Amy Fradon & Leslie Ritter
Su 7/19- Mojo Daddyo
We 7/22- Open Mic w/ Ashley Pond
Fr 7/24- Rhett Tyler
Sa 7/25- Tom Ghent
Su 7/26- tJay, 8 PM
We 7/29- Open Mic
Fr 7/31- Olivia Maxwell with Richard Lloyd (Television)
Su 8/2- Red Peralta
We 8/5- Open Mic
Fr 8/7- Mike & Ruthy and Friends
Sa 8/8- Tracy Bonham
Su 8/9- Lisa Bianco


Sa 7/18- BOB DYLAN and HIS BAND, JOHN MELLENCAMP, WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel—Can’t let this one go by, no way no how. Three of America’s most honest and real artists who have achieved their success with singularity of vision, never pandering to fad or fashion, whose identity can be identified within nanoseconds of their voices entry…sharing a tour across a country they can all rightfully say they’ve conquered. I shan’t insult you by blathering on about the albums, the accolades, the hits, the legends; I’m simply going to tell you this: Bob Dylan and his Band are playing a show at Bethel Woods—the original site of the Woodstock festival--with John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson & Family. With each other in attendance, these masters will likely bring their best. Now don’t say we didn’t give you a heads up! Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Hurd Rd. off Rte.17B, Bethel, www.bethelwoodscenter.org, 800.745.3000, 866.448.7849 (Ticketmaster). 5:30 PM


Sa 7/25- THE TRAPPS at Gomen Kudasai, New Paltz—Gomen Kudasai is a brand new Japanese noodle house in New Paltz, and if you think you didn’t need one before, you’ll wonder how you managed without when you finally try one. Using locally produced fresh and organic ingredients—when possible, of course—they provide a full range of delicious noodle possibilities, as well as a variety of Japanese cultural celebrations and lessons. Starting in July they’ll be featuring live music, starting with New Paltz-based favorites The Trapps. Featured on WAMC’s Live at the Linda and at this year’s Mountain Jam 5, The Trapps Americana sound garnered regional attention and airplay with their 2006 release Good Luck or Goodbye?, and are finishing up their latest, to be released in the fall of ‘09. Gomen Kudasai, 215 Main St., New Paltz, www.gomenkudasai.com, 845.255.8811. 6 PM


Every We & Th through August- NEWBURGH JAZZ SERIES 2009, Newburgh Landing, Newburgh—Like most forces of nature, Aquanetta Wright can not be stopped, nor should she be. The self-styled “Ferry Godmother” of Newburgh has been on a mission to revitalize her beloved city, organizing community music and arts events, and offering affordable quality entertainment to the local citizenry. It its third year, her Newburgh Jazz Series presents weekday shows—free of charge—where you can bring your own chair or blanket, choose refreshments from a variety of sidewalk vendors and riverside establishments, and enjoy great jazz from the region, as well as New York City . . . and even Japan. Newburgh Jazz Series, Newburgh Landing, Newburgh, www.newburghjazzseries.com, 845.568.0198. We/Th 6:30- 8:30 PM

We 7/15- Sam "Magic Man" Waymon and the Magic Band Th 7/16- The Reese Project
We 7/22- Dangling Success
Th 7/23- Swing Shift Orchestra
We 7/29- Judi Silvano's All Women Band
Th 7/30- Jazz Pioneers
We 8/5- Taeko
Th 8/6- String of Pearls
We 8/12- Sweet Plantain String Quartet
Th 8/13- Swingin' Jive Patrol
We 8/19- Neil Alexander w/ Nail
Th 8/20- Matt Jordan Big Band
We 8/26- The Rodriguez Brothers
Th 8/27- Al Jackson



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