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June Music Highlights

Su 6/5- Pianists MICHAEL BARRETT and MICHAEL BORISKIN perform Stravinsky’s “THE RITE OF SPRING” at Copland House at Merestead, Mount Kisco—Well, it’s safe to say it probably won’t quite be like the famous Paris premiere at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in 1913, when the combination of Vazlav Nijinsky’s scandalous choreography matched with Igor Stravinsky’s modernly atonal/rhythmically churning score caused a riot, causing concert promoter Serge Diaghliev to reach for the house lights, flickering them in an attempt to calm the erupting audience, and the composer to hold the coattails of the choreographer, the latter teetering on a chair screaming out the dance counts over the crowd noise. Ah, good times. Even since that notorious proto-rock ‘n’ roll show, Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps, or “The Rite of Spring” has always brought that kind of primal power, especially with full orchestra, even without the crazy dancers dancing themselves to death. And it just so happens that Stravinsky himself composed a four-handed piano version even before he completed the orchestral score, which retains the rhythmic power and glory of the work in the lusciously percussive realm of the piano. And the pianists for this particular afternoon? Michael Barrett, CEO and General Director of the Caramoor International Music Festival, and Michael Boriskin, Artistic and Executive Director of Copland House. Copland House at Merestead, 455 Byram Lake Rd., Mount Kisco,, 914.788.4659. 3 PM

Sa 6/11, Fr 6/24- RICHARD JULIAN (6/11), and REBECCA MARTIN TRIO with LARRY GRENADIER and BILL MCHENRY (6/24), at The Falcon, Marlboro—So many great groups passing through The Falcon in Marlboro, so little ink to spill. Here are two standouts. First up is Richard Julian, one of those New York City songwriters that just can’t be denied. Years on the circuit alongside buddies like Jesse Harris, Amy Correia, and Norah Jones, making a series of irresistible records (well, if you had a chance to hear ‘em anyway. Now, hit that YouTube.) How good is Julian? Randy Newman: “One of the best songwriters and record makers I’ve heard in a very long time.” That should suffice for an endorsement, yes? Literate and passionate lyrics delivered by a guy who’s been around those darkened alleys of the street and soul, with a dynamically simpatico band backing his latest Girls Need Attention: don’t miss this show, which will be opened by super bass clarinetist Michael Lowenstern. Then later in the month, it’s singer/guitarist Rebecca Martin—formerly of Once Blue—with her trio consisting of bassist/husband Larry Grenadier (Brad Mehldau, Pat Metheny) and saxophonist Bill McHenry (Guillermo Klein, Paul Motian). Martin’s recent collection of jazz standards When I Was Long Ago has gotten some very positive response from the finicky New York jazz cognoscenti—garnering her a Best Female Jazz Singer nomination from the Jazz Journalist Association. Opened by Pyeng Threadgill Trio, check—you might want to make this opener. The Falcon, 1348 Rte. 9W,, 845.236.7970. 7 PM

Sa 6/18, 6/25- Woodstock Chamber of Commerce & Arts presents WOODSTOCK CONCERTS ON THE GREEN, Woodstock—The Woodstock Music Shop’s Jeff Harrigfeld is a good soul. In previous years he’s been single-handedly responsible for many great shows at the criminally-underutilized Colony Café, and his music shop always has some fine locally built guitars and amps, some eclectic instruments on consignment, and, of course, all the little things—strings, picks, music books—that musicians need daily. Thanks to the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce & Arts, the summer Concerts on the Green are on the sixth season, and Jeff has a strong line-up of regional bands and artists on tap. If you have more than a passing interest in local music, this is a great way to acquaint yourself with some quality bands over the summer, and it’s free. First up, it’s the JACK GRACE BAND, RAS T ASHEBER, FANCY TRASH, DYLAN EMMET, MICHAEL HUNOLD & MATTHEW BOWE, and CART MATEO (6/18). The following week will be SONGS OF SOLOMON, PITCHFORK MILITIA, HALLOW DOG, IRENA CRANSTON, THE ERIN HOBSON COMPACT, and members of THE TRAPPS (6/25); and MR. ROPER, THE GARY K BAND, BEKI BRINDLE, PETER HEAD, PAUL MCMAHON , and THE THE BAND BAND (7/2). Visit for further information. 1-6 PM

Sa 6/18, 6/25- Local 845 presents BEACON RIVERFEST ART GUITARS (auction) and 2ND ANNUAL BEACON RIVERFEST, Riverfront Park, Beacon—If it’s a musical happening in Beacon, more often than not there are the good folks of Local 845 nearby, promoting concerts at Howland Cultural Center and Open Space Gallery. It’s a busy month of June for them, starting with a citywide display of over 40 guitars painted by local artists on display, which will be auctioned off at the Beacon Riverfest Art Guitars auction at Marion Royael Gallery (Sa 6/18), with proceeds split between artists and Riverfest. Then it’s the 2nd Annual Beacon Riverfest, which reportedly drew over 2,000 people to the river their first go-round. And it’s a fine line-up this year, starting with the easy-going goodtime vibe of Milton, who, with a taste of Warren Zevon meeting Jack Johnson, has been known to get a crowd moving.

Alternately described as “psycho-mambo” and “steampunk-mambo,” the 11-piece ensemble Gato Loco takes the great traditions of Cuban son and danzon styles, and blast them into the future. The Jack Grace Band sounds like a punk band playing Southern-style groove music—a la Leon Russell—like their lives depended on it. Which is to say, believably. And certainly a Beacon show needs a proper Seeger, and Pete’s grandson, Tao, brings his tight blues/rock Tao Seeger Band to the river, and there’s something about the way he looks up over the mic while singing which reminds you of someone very familiar. And then there’s the Newburgh-based hip-hop quintet The Readnex Poetry Squad, a group dedicated to using their rhymes and music to uplift communities. Decora, FreeFlowin, Jarabe Del Sol, Latin Translator, and DJ H2O stay active working with local youth organizations, while spreading the world to an international audience, returning from performances in Germany, U.K., and Canada just before this free outdoor show. Beacon Riverfest Art Guitars (Sa 6/18), Marion Royael Gallery, 460 Main St., Beacon, 6-11 PM, auction 7:30 PM. 2nd Annual Beacon Riverfest, Riverfront Park, Beacon,, 917.806.1348. 1-8 PM

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