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April music/highlights

Th 4/16- THE DUHKS at Towne Crier, Pawling—Blending gospel, Celtic, old-timey, zydeco, country, French-Canadian, and rock & roll into their personal blend, Winnipeg’s own The Duhks have evolved over the five or so years they’ve been together. With new siblings Sarah and Christian Dugas replacing original members Jessee Harvey and Scott Senior (vocals and percussion respectively), their new Fast-Paced World shows the band (including fiddler Tania Elizabeth, guitarist Jordan McConnell, and banjo player Leonard Podolak) hasn’t lost a step with the changes. They’ve been repeat performers at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, and are one of the few bands on the road keeping their carbon footprint small, using bio-diesel in their vehicle, supporting local organic farmers, and offsetting CO2 emissions with carbon credits.
8 PM | Towne Crier | 130 Rte. 22 | Pawling
845.855.1300 |

Fr/Sa 4/17,18- the AMERICAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, Leon Botstein, conductor, at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson—It’s not often that you find the president of highly accredited college to also be a top-notch orchestra director and conductor, but that’s exactly what Bard College has with Leon Botstein, who has assembled a formidable group with the American Symphony Orchestra, performing in the acoustically wondrous Sosnoff Theatre at the Fisher Center. This season concludes with Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.1 in A Minor, featuring violinist Fangyue He, Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 in F Major, and the world premier of Richard Wilson’s The Cello Has Many Secrets, featuring mezzo-soprano Mary Nessinger and cellist Sophie Shao.
Pre-concert talk 6:45 PM | Concert 8 PM
Richard B. Fisher Center | Bard College | Rte. 9G | Annandale-on-Hudson
845.758.7950 | B.O. 845.758.7900 |

Fr 4/24- SPRINGSTOCK 2009: Benefit for Ted Orr, at the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock—Most folks know Ted Orr as the lightning fast funk guitarist of Blue Food, Futu Futu, da 411, or 420 Funk Mob, to name a few, but he is also the lead engineer at Sertso Studio, charged with the several-year task of digitizing all the tapes generated by the renowned and revered Creative Music Studio as part of their Archive Project. (Please visit for more about this amazing organization.) Ted has been losing his eyesight the last few years due to diabetes, and is in need of major eye surgery to forestall blindness, so a host of Hudson Valley talented friends and neighbors are pulling together a one-of-a-kind show to help out. You may have heard of some of them.
Bearsville Theater | 291 Tinker St. | Woodstock
845.679.4406 |

Silent Auction/DJ Dave Leonard- 6 PM
Chimi Choden- 7:30 PM
Gilles Malkine- 8 PM
John Sebastian- 8:30 PM
Jack DeJohnette/David Sancious- 9:15 PM
Mambo Kikongo- 10 PM
Dutchess of Funk- 10:30 PM
Voodelic- 11 PM
Stoney Clove Lane- 11:30 PM
Ras T- 12 midnight

Sa 5/2- THE CHROME CRANKS (in photo), with FRANKIE & HIS FINGERS and VENTURE LIFT, at Backstage Studio Productions, Kingston—New York City’s punk/blues/noise kings The Chrome Cranks had a good run from 1992 to 1998, with a raw, feral sound reminiscent of the Stooges, Gun Club, and the legendary Cramps. Peter Aaron—yes, the Roll music contributor and critic—combines a scraping yowl with glass-shard rhythm guitar, while guitarist William Weber (ex- G.G.Allin), bassist Jerry Teel (ex-Honeymoon Killers), and drummer Bob Bert (ex- Sonic Youth/Pussy Galore) backed him with a jagged and thunderous ferocity that’s gotten name checks from the White Stripes and Mooney Suzuki. Eleven years after their break-up, the Spanish label Bang! Records is paying tribute with a release of “career overview” The Murder of Time: 1993-1996, which features re-mastered tracks from the band’s three studio albums, a live 1997 concert recording, and several rare cuts. NYC shows and a European run in May follow. With Frankie and His Fingers and Venture Lift.
8 PM | Backstage Studio Productions | 323 Wall St. | Kingston
845.338.8700 |

Sa 5/2- LONNIE BROOKS with DRUM & BANJO CORPS, at Columbia-Greene Community College, Hudson—Looking at the career of guitar slinger Lonnie Brooks is a lot like looking at the history of American blues. Born Lee Baker Jr. in 1933, he was discovered by zydeco legend Clifton Chenier while playing on his front porch, and has been busy ever since. He cut tracks on the Goldband label in the 50s under the name “Guitar Junior,” hitched a ride to Chicago on Sam Cooke’s tour in 1960, changed his name to Lonnie Brooks, joined Jimmy Reed’s touring band for awhile, and played the blues circuit in and out of Chicago through the 60 and 70s. Brooks finally got a break with his contribution to the Living Chicago Blues anthology (Alligator), which showcased the unique blend of Cajun, country and hard blues he and his band dub “voodoo blues.” Brooks isn’t slowing the train down for a second, so get on board while you can.
8 PM | Columbia-Greene Community College | 4400 Rte. 23 | Hudson
518.828.4181 |

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