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June Music Highlights

Fr 6/12 and Sa 6/20- FRANK CARILLO AND THE BANDOLEROS, at Keltic House, Fishkill (6/12) and Towne Crier, Pawling (6/20)—Like a shot of good whiskey, some artists start out hot, pull back into flavor and texture, sweetness and smoke, then deliver the solid punch, leaving you reeling . . . and reaching for more. Frank Carillo is one of those guys who has paid the full fare for the ride: two records with Peter Frampton (Pre-Live) in the early ’70s before forming the hard-rocking critically acclaimed Doc Holiday. Carillo has since written with Carly Simon, Ricky Byrd (Joan Jett), Annie Golden, and Golden Earring, and often backed John Hammond on tour. With his Bandoleros—upright bassist Karl Allweier, percussionist Norman DelTufo, drummer Eddie Seville, and brother Andrew Carillo on guitar—Carillo keeps it honest; tasteful and tuneful guitar wrap around a great rough-yet-smooth rock voice, singing soul/rock songs written the way they should be written—from someplace real.
Fr 6/12 at the Keltic House | 1004 Main St. | Fishkill | 845.896.1110 | 10 PM
Sa 6/20 at the Towne Crier, w/ guest Eric Hill | 130 Rte. 22 | Pawling | 845.855.1300 | 9 PM

Sa 6/13, 20, 27- Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle presents KALICHSTEIN-LAREDO-ROBINSON TRIO, TRIO CON BRIO COPENHAGEN, and the EMERSON STRING QUARTET, at Olin Hall, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson—Chamber music lovers have much to celebrate this month, with this summer Saturday program at Bard providing a nicely varied counterpoint to the offerings across the river at Maverick Concerts. Since making their debut at the White House for President Carter’s inauguration in January 1977, pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo, and cellist Sharon Robinson have set the standard for performance of the piano trio literature for more than 30 years. An all-Schubert program (Sa 6/13) features the G minor Sonatina for violin and piano, Arpeggione Sonata for cello and piano, and Piano Trio in E-flat major, op. 100. The following Saturday (6/20) Trio con Brio Copenhagen—Soo-Jin Hong, violin; Soo-Kyung Hong, cello; and Jens Elvekjaer, piano—perform Per Norgaard’s Spell, Shostakovich’s Piano trio in E minor, op. 67, and Mendelssohn’s Piano trio in C minor, op. 66. The series concludes with the internationally acclaimed Emerson Quartet—winners of eight Grammy Awards, three Gramophone Awards, and the coveted Avery Fisher Prize. Violinists Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, violist Lawrence Dutton, and cellist David Finckel will be performing Ives’ String Quartet 1, Ravel’s String Quartet, and Dvorák’s “American” Quartet.
Olin Hall | Bard College | Annandale-on-Hudson | ticket info at
845.339.7907 | 8 PM

Sa/Su 6/20 & 21- CLEARWATER FESTIVAL, Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson—It’s the big trifecta this year: Clearwater’s 40th anniversary, Pete Seeger’s 90th birthday, and the 400th anniversary of the “discovery” of the Hudson River. Clearwater has much to celebrate, having made incredible progress in education and raising awareness about environmental issues, while holding corporate feet to the fire to clean up their toxic messes. As of this writing, PCB-laden muck—courtesy of General Electric—is being removed from the Hudson River, which has been making a comeback slowly but surely thanks to forty years of Pete Seeger and Clearwater’s efforts (see for more.) On hand to make merry—and help raise needed funds to continue this noble cause—are (deep breath): Susan Tedeschi, Taj Mahal, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens, Alejandro Escovedo, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Persuasions, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Allison Moorer, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Dr. Dog, Mike & Ruthy, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, Cornmeal, Manchado, Readnex Poetry Squad, and beaucoups more. And of course the humble gentleman who started it all: Mr. Pete Seeger.
Clearwater Festival | Croton Point Park | Croton-On-Hudson |
503.265.2270 | 10 AM to dusk

Su 6/21- STICK MEN: TONY LEVIN, PAT MASTELOTTO, and MICHAEL BERNIER, with special guest 3 THE BAND, at Bearsville Theater, Woodstock—For those unfamiliar with the Chapman Stick: no, it is not a lip balm, it is a 10-stringed electric instrument that one can—to vastly oversimplify—play bass and guitar ranged tones simultaneously by tapping/fretting strings with both hands, on what appears to be an electrified plank. Like playing a guitar like a piano. You probably saw a cool looking tall guy, bald and mustached, play one in a Peter Gabriel video at least once or twice. Well, that guy—long time Woodstock native Tony Levin (sorry, we don’t have a magazine big enough to list his discography, let’s go with Gabriel, John Lennon, King Crimson for now) has teamed up with master drummer Pat Mastelotto (Mr. Mister, XTC, presently King Crimson) and fellow Hudson Valley Stick-ster Michael Bernier (Sonny Rollins, Natalie Merchant, Jack DeJohnette) to create an inimitable sound not to be missed. The band 3—usually a headliner at the Bearsville—provides top-flight support for a provocative evening of modern progressive rock.
Bearsville Theater | 291 Tinker St. (Rte 212) | Woodstock | 845.679.4406 | 8 PM

Fr 7/10- AIMEE MANN at Paramount Center for the Arts, Peekskill—Name one blond female singer from the MTV ’80s that has a shred of relevance nowadays, as we approach the coming decade. (Madonna? Puh-leeze.) Personally, I can think of only one: Aimee Mann. Why? Because she’s written killer song after song, record after record, despite the utter bullhockey she endured over the years from the industry. Her 80s hit with Til’ Tuesday’s “Voices Carry” still sounds great all these years later; so do her solo debuts Whatever and I’m With Stupid in the ’90s—as well as the Grammy-nominated soundtrack for Magnolia. Rich with “the bleakest of poetry, with soaring, infectious melodies,” her latest release— @#%&! Smilers—“paints spare, vivid portraits of people who seem to always wind up with the smallest slice of American pie. The songs are soulful, empathetic and somehow ultimately hopeful and optimistic.”
Paramount Center for the Arts | 1008 Brown St. | Peekskill | 914.739.2333 | 8 PM

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