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August Music Highlights

Thursdays in August- Local 845 and Scenic Hudson present “RHYTHM ON THE RIVERFRONT” free concert series, with AMY CORREIA, THE WIYOS, G.R.A.S.S., and THE READNEX POETRY SQUAD, at Long Dock Park, Beacon—Here are four great shows at the newly renovated Long Dock Park, on the Beacon waterfront this month, totally free. And let’s be honest: music on or near the water just sounds better, doesn’t it? For the first Thursday, it’s Amy Correia (8/4), who you may have seen on the small screen on Good Morning America, Ellen Degeneres Show, The View and The Today Show. After two critically acclaimed releases on major label EMI, Correia has opted for independence, raising the money herself—with the help of her considerable fan base—to produce and promote her most recent release, You Go Your Way, and recently hitting the road opening a 28-city tour with The Pretender’s Chrissie Hynde. The results have drawn comparisons to Tom Waits and Michelle Shocked, with The New York Times calling her “a singular talent.” And on the following Thursday, it’s The Wiyos (8/11), a wild neo-traditional Americana band, which has taken its name from Old New York City’s (talking 1890) toughest gang, The Why’os. Eight years of stomping around the U.S., the U.K., Canada, France, and The Netherlands have honed the group to a fine edge; they were selected to open for the 2009 Bob Dylan Show—with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp—and their Broken Land Bell occupied the top 20 on the AMA charts that same year. The Gowanus Reggae and Ska Society—a.k.a. G.R.A.S.S. (8/18)—deliver an eleven-piece reggae/ska riddim experience from deep in the heart of Brooklyn, with full-on horn section, and the program closes with one of the region’s premier hip-hop groups, The Readnex Poetry Squad (8/25), who manage the neat trick of presenting a socially positive message, while “keeping it real,” and working closely with the diverse communities they perform for. Shows are FREE, on the Hudson River, courtesy of Stephen Clair’s Local 845 and Scenic Hudson. Long Dock Park, Beacon Waterfront, Beacon, 5:30-7:30 PM

Tu & Th through August- SPOTLIGHT on MUSIC at Bull and Buddha, Poughkeepsie—In addition to their impressive Asian/American fusion menu—with sushi and dim sum brunch—and their comfy bar with giant Buddha presiding, Poughkeepsie’s Bull and Buddha has also become a source of fine regional live music. The Tuesday Music Series tends toward a mellower vibe, featuring flamenco guitarist Greg Melnick (8/2) singer/songwriter/acoustic guitarists Dale Fisher (8/9) and Tony Penn (8/16), Four Guys in Disguise singer/guitarist Vito Petroccitto (8/23), and cabaret jazzers The Perry Beekman Trio (8/30). The Thursday Music Series starts a little later, gets a little louder, more electric, starting with the lush string and synth-laden neo-pop of Setting Sun (8/4). Blues/rock guitar prodigy Connor Kennedy brings his full band to town (8/11), Pine Bush’s Dan Brothers Band (8/18) deliver their unique blues/soul sound, and Winter Wars’ (8/25) acoustic/electric brand of indie rock has made the Poughkeepsie group a solid favorite. Bull and Buddha has become quite the go-to hangout for young Dutchess County professional types, with its central downtown location—not far from the train station—and considerable parking, off Mill St. Bull and Buddha, 319 Main St., Poughkeepsie,, 845.337.4848. Tuesday Music Series 6 PM, Thursday Music Series 9 PM

Sa 8/13- ASHOKAN SOUTHERN DANCE PARTY, with JAY UNGAR & MOLLY MASON & FRIENDS and THE RED STICK RAMBLERS, at the Ashokan Center, Olivebridge—By chance, are you a fan of Cajun music? Do you like dancing to it, listening to it, playing it, or all three? Ever watch folks enjoying square or contra dancing and think: gee, that looks like fun? Well, then, you might consider treating yourself to a whole week of music and dance camp, courtesy of Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, whose Ashokan Fiddle and Dance hosts a variety of what they call “learning vacations” over the summer; earlier camps this year covered swing dance and northern-style contra and square dances. Attendees can sign up for a week—August 14 through 20—of classes, workshops, and dances, while enjoying onsite camping and cuisine. Activities include square dancing, flat-footing and clogging, Cajun & Zydeco dance, Cajun accordion, fiddle, guitar, vocals and bass & percussion; caller's workshops, traditional clogging team workshops, old-time fiddle, banjo and guitar, old-time songs, harmony singing and band workshops, jam sessions, song swaps, dance parties, slow jams and more. And since were talking about Jay and Molly, it’s a given that the music and dance staff are of a high caliber, and nice folks to boot. You can tailor- make your experience, blending instrumental and vocal classes with dance as you see fit. But if you just want to make it a one-off, you don’t want to miss the big dance on Saturday, August 13, with Jay & Molly & friends, caller Kathy Anderson, and Cajun favorites The Red Stick Ramblers. Dinner—courtesy of chef Michael Hughes—will be served, and there’s a great overnight package deal for dance, campsite, and breakfast, and no reservation is needed. The Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Rd., Olivebridge,, 845.246.2121. Dinner 6 PM, square and contra dances 8 PM, Cajun dance 9:30 PM

Th 8/25- THREE OF A PERFECT PAIR: ADRIAN BELEW, TONY LEVIN, and PAT MASTELOTTO, at Bearsville Theater, Bearsville/Woodstock—I’m talking to you, young musician. I wouldn’t want you to miss out on a very unique experience. You see, from August 22 through 26, The Full Moon Resort up in Big Indian plays host to a music camp hosted by Three of a Perfect Pair, or more accurately, Three Fourths of King Crimson. Or even more accurately, Three Guys Who Have Affected Popular Music Substantially Over the Last Forty Years. Between them, guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Adrian Belew, bassist/Stick artist Tony Levin, and drummer/percussionist Pat Mastelotto have performed on easily over 1000 releases, including some by the following: John Lennon, Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd, Mr. Mister, XTC, Talking Heads, David Bowie, Frank Zappa, Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, David Sylvian, Laurie Anderson, and of course, the most recent iteration(s) of King Crimson, with Robert Fripp. (And that’s not even close to a complete list.) Not only are they some of the most imaginative and innovative artists working today, they happen to be the most accessible, charming, and interactive guys you could ever hope to meet, and if you’d like to do so at Full Moon this month, better scoot on over to and sign up pronto. But if you just want to enjoy the trio’s music for an evening, they’re rocking a special end-of-camp show at the Bearsville, and though the enigmatic Mr. Fripp may be missed by some, these guys will undoubtedly rip through some Crimson in a most satisfying way. Plus….who knows what else? (Hopefully some of Mr. Belew’s solo stuff!) Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Bearsville/Woodstock,, 845.679.4406. 7:30 PM

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