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March Music Highlights

Sa 3/13- SUZANNE THORPE and BONNIE JONES present ELECTRONIC MUSIC: POWERED BY GIRLS workshop and concert at Ann St. Gallery, Newburgh—Girls and young women—aged 13-18—who are interested in digital sound possibilities and personal poetic expression won’t want to miss this special workshop and presentation at Newburgh’s Ann St. Gallery. A daytime workshop features musician/educator Suzanne Thorpe and sound/text artist Bonnie Jones giving young girls hands-on experience with both digital and analog technologies, fostering familiarity and confidence in areas of art, science and technology. Then, the evening concert features the guest artists: Thorpe will present a single performance of her Nautical Twilight, a multichannel solo work for flute, electronics, laptop and hemispherical speakers. Jones will present an improvised performance based on a text/poetry score, with unusual self-made electronic instruments and use of microphones to provide a unique palette in which to explore ideas of “voice” and “language.” Also: an improvised collaborative duet performance. Ann St. Gallery, 104 Ann St., Newburgh,, 845.562.6940. WORKSHOP: 1-5 PM, CONCERT: 8 PM

Sa 3/20- Creative Music Studio presents the DIFFERENT MUSIC FESTIVAL at the Colony Café, WoodstockFounded in 1971 by Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso, and Ornette Coleman, the Woodstock-based Creative Music Studio (CMS) became an enormously influential workshop center, bringing together leading innovators in the jazz and world music communities; the list of artists who have passed through is a who’s who of great international creators. Though CMS closed officially in 1984, the community persists, and Berger and Sertso—with audio engineer Ted Orr—have literally hundreds of live concerts to transfer to digital and mix down. (The first batch is presently available through a special subscription program—see This fundraiser for the Archives Project features the CMS Orchestra—under the direction of Berger—as well as small group improvisations with drummer Harvey Sorgen, and a late funk-dance party with Blue Food, with surprise guest soloists. Colony Café, 22 Rock City Rd., Woodstock,, 845.679.5342. 7 PM

Su 3/21- ADAM LEVY & THE MINT IMPERIALS at Howland Cultural Center, BeaconKudos must go to Michael Jurkovic, who has been bringing in more music to the venerable Howland Cultural Center, which happens to be a very cool place to catch a performance; the beautiful Victorian-style open library room has very nice acoustics. This month the Howland gets a visit from Adam Levy & the Mint Imperials; if the name sounds familiar, it’s probably because Levy has been Norah Jones’ guitarist from day one. In his solo mode, Levy evokes a bluesy soft/gruff vocal style similar to Lyle Lovett, while playing supple and soulful Gibson ES-335 through a Fender Princeton (translation: his tone is like buttah) in a trio format, with bass and drums. Also coming up at the Howland: Debra Kaye (3/14), Ramblin’ Jug Stompers (3/26), Peabody Piano Trio (3/28). Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon,, 845.832.4988. 7:30 PM

Fr 3/26- JOHN MEDESKI, solo piano, at High Meadow Performing Arts Center, Stone Ridge—I remember the first time a friend turned me on to Medeski, Martin, and Wood. The beautifully raw sounds of the drums, bass, organs and pianos; the deceptively casual interplay in the trio, the sweet-pocketed grooves—sophistication with sweat. And when my friend told me that MMW were actually quite successful classing up the jam band scene, with a large fan base and many tours and releases, I have to say that was a great yee-haw moment: the good guys were winning one for a change! Local resident and MMW keyboardist John Medeski is well known to be generous with his time and talent, and this month he’s performing solo piano on behalf of the High Meadow School in Stone Ridge. Rumor has it he will be exploring a lesser-known side of his musical landscape, having started out as a classical pianist before delving into the world of jazz theory and improvisation, and later developing his rhythmic R&B Hammond organ/electric piano style. This will be a special, intimate show. $30 donation at the door, but a special $75 includes pre-show reception (7 PM), a chance to meet the artist, and preferred seating. High Meadow Performing Arts Center, 3643 Main Street, Stone Ridge,, 845.687.4855. 8 PM

Su 3/28- LOS LOBOS with special guest LEO KOTTKE at the Bardavon, PoughkeepsieIf successes in the music business were measured in sheer musicality instead of sales and ambition, Los Lobos would be in permanent contention for the top spot. This “rock band from East L.A.” is about as complete a package as you can get: each member is a monster multi-instrumentalist, great vocals with an outstanding lead singer (David Hidalgo), absolute command of multiple styles: rock, Tex-Mex, country, blues, rockabilly, Latin, Norteño, jazz, to name a few, strong songwriting chops and attention to sound quality, and to top it off, can’t tell me left-handed guitarist Cesar Rosas doesn’t look cool with his goatee and shades. Their latest twist: Los Lobos Goes Disney, where familiar tunes from Disney movies get…Los Lobofied. Only this band can make it work (well, OK, maybe the Flaming Lips). Opener Leo Kottke is well-known to lovers of fine acoustic guitar picking with his deep open-tuned 12-string approach, and dry-witted baritone often heard on NPR’s Prairie Home Companion. Like Los Lobos, Kottke defies compartmentalizing, so you’ll just have to trust me on this: arrive early. This will be a memorable evening of music. The Bardavon, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie,, 845.473.2072. 7 PM

Mo 4/8- Radio Woodstock presents THE HOLD STEADY with special guest THE ORANGES BAND at Bearsville Theater, Woodstock—Gotta give The Hold Steady credit: they’re not slacking for a second. Since their debut Almost Killed Me in 2004, they’ve kept a steady pace of a release per year and almost non-stop touring and TV appearances, playing an honest workingman’s rock ‘n’ roll that makes you wonder: how did good stuff like this ever go out of style? Craig Finn’s quartet (sometimes quintet) is putting the finishing touches on their upcoming Heaven is Whenever (Vagrant Records), which was recorded in Queens and at Woodstock’s Dreamland Recording Studios, and is due to drop May 4. Meanwhile, the group is road-testing the new record with dates in the Northeast and California, and a European run in June, including a coveted lot at the upcoming Isle of Wight Festival. Baltimore-based indie rockers The Oranges Band opens. It’s another great month of music at Bearsville—also coming in March/April: The Five Points (3/12), Amos Lee with Cary Ann (3/19), Don Preston & Bunk Gardner play Zappa (3/24), Purple K’nif (4/2), and Epiphany Project (4/10). Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St. (Rte. 212), Bearsville/Woodstock,, 845.679.4406. 8 PM

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