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Fr 11/12- A benefit concert for the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, featuring ELVIS PERKINS and TRACY BONHAM, at Club Helsinki, Hudson—If you think it’s a hard life on the farm, think of what it must be like for the animals in the factory farm system. Don’t wanna go there? Well, I don’t blame you, but it should cheer you to know that the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary ( is doing something about it, making a tough stand against the industry while rescuing and rehabilitating over 200 formerly abused farm animals. This benefit—co-produced by Jason Fine, Executive Editor of Rolling Stone—features Elvis Perkins and Tracy Bonham, both acclaimed Hudson Valley-based artists. Folk-rocker Perkins fields comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan, as he has a timeless melodic sense and eclectic instrumentation. Tracy Bonham scored a hit with “Mother Mother” in the 90s, and has since explored a variety of genres—folk, blues, country, even tango—with a variety of instruments, though she’s quite well known as a monster on the violin. The new Club Helsinki in Hudson has emerged as one of the premier venues in the area, with particular attention to good sound, and a classy vibe. Club Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia St., Hudson,, 518.828.4800. 9 PM

Fr 11/12- New Albion Records and Bard College’s Fisher Center present “AN EVENING WITH JOHN ZORN,” at Sosnoff Theater, Richard B. Fisher Center, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson—Though most know him more for his avant-garde jazz presence on the New York jazz scene, composer/musician/producer John Zorn has consistently managed to defy anything resembling categorization. Jazz yes, but also rock, hardcore punk, classical and contemporary classical, klezmer, pop, and improvised music have all provided point of reference to bounce off of over a 35-year career. Focusing more on his “classical” output, this show features three works: “(fay çe que vouldras)” featuring pianist Stephen Drury; “Frammenti del Sappho” with vocalists Lisa Bielawa, Kamala Sankaram, Abigail Fischer, Kate Mulvihill, and Kirsten Sollek ; and “Necronomicon” with Jennifer Choi and Jesse Mills (violin), David Fulmer (viola), and Fred Sherry (cello). Richard B. Fisher Center, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson,, 845.758.7900. 8 PM

Fr 11/19- C’EST BONE at Rosendale Café, Rosendale—This brand-spanking new all-female Cajun band debuts in the Hudson Valley at the venerable Rosendale Café, and by all indications this show should be a real roof raiser. But they’re no newbies, with seventeen years of experience rocking the Northeast. Starting with three original members of Cri De Bayou—accordionist Barbara Sanders, and fiddlers Jane Delisa and Susi Mills (also from Bayou Road Krewe)—and adding guitarist Betsy Fuller (All Night Ramblers) and bassist Evelyn Schneider (Jesse Lege and Bayou Brew), you get C’est Bone. I’m guessing C’est Bayou was taken. Regardless, this would be a fine evening for a Rosendale visit, and the café always has good vegetarian fare and cold pints—you’ll find a good bit of both conducive to Cajun style dancing, which tends to be mandatory at events like these. Rosendale Café, 434 Main St., Rosendale,, 845.658.9048. 8 PM

Sa 11/20- FREDERIC HAND with ESOPUS MUSICALIA, at the Ritz Theater, Newburgh—Before his passing in 2008, legendary Hudson Valley-based luthier Tom Humphrey laid the groundwork for a seasonal series of concerts featuring exceptional guitar performances. Thanks to the collaboration of The Bardavon, La Bella Strings, and the Ritz Theater, the series has been a success, with the first two seasons featuring Odair Assad, Pete Seeger, Bucky Pizzarelli, Larry Coryell, among others. This show is no exception: regional classical guitar fans are no doubt familiar with Grammy-nominated (and Emmy-winning composer) Frederic Hand who, on top of a stellar recording and touring career, has also been the appointed guitarist and lutenist at the Metropolitan Opera since 1986. For this concert he is joined by the Esopus Musicalia, a regionally-based chamber ensemble that “provides an intimate, transformative chamber music experience, linking history and music.” The theme— “Priests, Warlocks, and Spirits”—explores the private lives of four composers: Antonio Vivaldi, Frederick Delius, Peter Warlock (Philip Heseltine) and Leo Sowerby, whose personal interests run the gamut from the sacred to the occult. The Ritz Theater, 107 Broadway, Newburgh,, 845.784.1199. 8 PM

Fr 12/3- “Christmas in Little Italy” concert, featuring BERNSTEIN BARD QUARTET and SALVO GUTTILLA, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Poughkeepsie—Anybody who has checked out the Walkway Across the Hudson on the Poughkeepsie side may have noticed increased activity right there, in the little nook known as “Little Italy.” Thanks to a handful of businesses toughing it out in the Mt. Carmel area, it’s making a nice comeback, partially due to the boundless energy of Café Bocca’s Erik Morabito. This particular evening is a winner, as Poughkeepsie’s Festival of Light is happening, with the downtown parade, tree lighting, and fireworks display. Those deciding to stick around afterwards will be rewarded by a special first-ever Italian Christmas Concert at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, with special guests the Bernstein Bard Quartet—local acoustic/bluegrass masters—and Sicilian saxophonist/composer Salvo Guttilla. And the food at nearby Café Bocca is delightful and affordable: we recommend! Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 11 Mount Carmel Place, Poughkeepsie,, 845.483.7300. 8 PM

Fredric Hand photograph by Dion Ogust

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