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September Music Highlights

Sa 9/12- THE FEELIES, at Bearsville Theater, Bearsville/Woodstock—In Aldous Huxley’s famous Brave New World, “The Feelies” are a popular form of entertainment that engages and stimulates on a physical level. In the real world, the Feelies—from Haledon, New Jersey—are a band with similar capabilities, with a multi-layered guitar soundscapes that had the Village Voice trumpeting them as the “Best Underground Band in New York” in 1978. After their critically-acclaimed debut Crazy Rhythms (Stiff) in 1980, the band broke up, members forming alternative projects The Trypes, Yung Wu, and The Willies, but still playing as The Feelies at Maxwell’s in Hoboken on special occasions, before reuniting for The Good Earth in 1985, with R.E.M.’s Peter Buck at the helm. After two more releases on A&M, the Feelies called it quits as a band again, but kept playing together in various projects, along with fellow New Jersey-ites Yo La Tengo. Cult status intact, The Feelies per se rarely resurface for anything other that Maxwell’s shows, so this is indeed a rare treat, courtesy of Bowery Presents. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock,, 845.679.4406. 9 PM

Fr 9/18- THE BLACK CROWES, at Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston—If you’re a hardcore fan of this Atlanta-based rock ‘n’ roll band, you probably made sure to be present awhile back when The Black Crowes recorded their latest Before the Frost live at Levon Helm’s place in Woodstock—five shows over three weeks. But if you missed that, buy the record, and catch their repeat performance at UPAC in Kingston. The band seems to be positively rejuvenated by the Levon experience (who wouldn’t be?), and the rotating lead guitar chair has finally fallen to Luther Dickinson—of North Mississippi All-Stars fame, and son of the recently-late great pianist/producer Jim Dickinson—who brings an honest Memphis/Delta flavor to the brothers Robinson’s formidable Stones/Faces/Allmans Southern stomp. The new single “I Ain’t Hiding”—no doubt you’ve heard it on concert co-sponsor Radio Woodstock WDST 100.1—has a greasy disco strut that’s downright irresistible, morphing into a killer late night jam session. Ah, it’s good to have them back. Ulster Performing Arts Center, 601 Broadway, Kingston,, 845.339.6088. 8 PM

Th 9/17- MADERA VOX, Fr 9/25- GRAHAM PARKER DUO, w/ PROFESSOR LOUIE at Howland Cultural Center, Beacon—Good things have been happening down at the “other end” of Beacon, you know, by Zuzu’s, Zahra’s and Sukhothai. The Howland’s Michael Jurkovic has been keeping the music going strong, last month with John Hammond Jr. Two good reasons to make a Beacon run this month: Madera Vox (Th 9/17) is best described as a “crossover” chamber group, featuring Nicole Golay (oboe), Cornelia McGiver (bassoon), Sylvia Buccelli (piano), David Gluck (percussion), and Kelly Ellenwood (soprano). The program includes André Previn’s Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano, arrangements of music by Kurt Weill and Chick Corea, and original material by David Gluck. The following week features the incomparable Graham Parker (Fr 9/25) with his Duo (Mike Gent). From his “Angry Young Men” (a title also applied to Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson) period with his incendiary band the Rumour in the late ‘70s, to his grizzled troubadour of the double-naughts, Parker has maintain a consistent high quality in performance and recording (most recently Carp Fishing on Valium), and should be considered one of the finest songwriters of the last 50 years. Professor Louie opens with a rare solo piano set. Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon,, 845.831.4988. 7 PM

Fr 10/9- BEN FOLDS at Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston—Crashing into the early ‘90’s with a piano through a Marshall stack, and a truckload of melodic attitude, Ben Folds Five almost single-handedly brought back the piano to rock music, after a lengthy post-Elton John/Billy Joel drought. Three solid releases, with platinum sales, and an MTV hit (“Brick”) preceded the trio’s break-up in 1999, and Folds went solo with pretty much the same formula as the Five: alternately kind and cuttingly clever lyrics delivered by wry tenor, full ten finger/two fisted piano, and a bass/drum section that can turn on a dime between shuffle and explosion. Now Nashville-based, Folds is touring his third solo effort Way To Normal, recorded with touring bassist Jared Reynolds and drummer Sam Smith, and Folds himself admits of the CD: “This was the most fun I’ve ever had recording.” Should be contagious. Ulster Performing Arts Center, 601 Broadway, Kingston,, 845.339.6088. 8 PM

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