Where to See Live Music in the Hudson Valley

From intimate cafés to historic opera houses, these are the top places to catch a show in the region.

At music venues in the Hudson Valley, you’ll discover many awe-inspiring musicians. Don’t miss the musical magic they have to offer! Here is where you can find some of the best live music in our region.

Avalon Lounge

Catskill

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If you’re heading to the Avalon Lounge, you better bring your best dancing shoes! The dance club vibe and dynamic lighting features create a palpably fun energy. The food offerings set this venue apart, with a delicious Korean kitchen and sake bar onsite. Come out and dance with up-and-coming artists as well as many of your favorite Hudson Valley acts.

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Basilica Hudson

Hudson

Basilica Hudson is a haven for artists of all kinds and features movie screenings, art shows, and, of course, concerts. The huge, repurposed factory mixes industrial and pastoral aesthetics with large windows that wash the space in sunlight. The sound created in the large open space is huge, and you can feel the music reverberate all around you. Although the venue is housed in a factory, Basilica Hudson strives to be ecologically responsible and create a greener community in Hudson. This nonprofit venue aims to provide a place for people and artists to come together for little to no cost. 

BeanRunner Café

Peekskill

This Peekskill venue is a fun spot for community acts alongside scrumptious bites and drinks. Every Friday and Saturday night, the café comes alive with extraordinary live musical performances that cater to a wide range of music aficionados. Fridays feature a rhythmic mix of genres, including the soulful sounds of reggae, fiery beats of salsa, and smooth notes of R&B, as well as intimate performances by singer-songwriters. Saturdays are dedicated to the vibrant world of live jazz music. Both of these weekend to-dos are the perfect occasions to dance the night away.

Bearsville Theater

Woodstock

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The Bearsville Theater pays homage to the famed Bearsville Records label, with which artists like Todd Rundgren and Jesse Winchester had recording sessions. The venue itself has hosted many iconic artists including Davis Crosby, The Wailers, and Dave Mathews. Its Utopia soundstage will transport you into the realm of music, from jazz nights to classic rock jams, for the experience of a lifetime.

The Capitol Theatre & Garcia’s

Port Chester

 

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The Capitol Theatre has an important place in rock ‘n’ roll history. Throughout the years, some of the most legendary rock stars have graced its stage. (Do Janis Joplin, Pink Floyd, and the Grateful Dead ring any bells?) To this day, talented musicians continue to stop by the theater to deliver spectacular performances. If you’re looking for a more casual music experience, you can visit the inhouse bar, Garcia’s, which also has a small stage. The venue opened in partnership with Jerry Garcia’s family as an homage to his love of the theater and the Hudson Valley region. If you’re a rock enthusiast, you will love the atmosphere and history that these spaces have to offer.

City Winery Hudson Valley

Montgomery

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The musical acts that grace City Winery’s stage are worth a visit on their own, but the venue’s lengthy wine list seals the deal. Come for brunch, served with a side of Strawberry Fields, the Hudson Valley’s premier Beatles cover band. Conversely, you could enjoy an evening performance from major names like Don Jovi, Raul Malo, and Joshua Radin. It’s vino and a show. What’s not to love?

The Colony

Woodstock

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Originally opened as a hotel in the late 1920s, The Colony delights with a cozy, vintage vibe. The atmosphere may take you back in time, but the state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems keep the shows hip. The Colony provides audiences with not only a great show, but also delicious food and drinks. Its ideal location just off the village green makes this venue a perfect place to close out a day trip to Woodstock. You can also catch outdoor shows in the beautiful beer garden (temporarily closed until spring), which features picnic table seating and an outdoor stage.

Daryl’s House

Pawling

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You may know this venue from the hit internet and MTV series “Live From Daryl’s House,” featuring Daryl Hall and his friends jamming and hanging out together. The casual vibe of the show can be felt at the venue to this day. Hall created Daryl’s House so that people can drink beers and share in the experience of musicians coming together and jamming. The venue provides a cool, casual, intimate setting that feels like spending time with old friends.

District Social

Beacon

District Social is the ultimate entertainment destination, where electrifying live music meets a thrilling array of gaming experiences. Dive into the expansive arcade, where you can test your skills with axe throwing, or enjoy a classic game of billiards and darts. From Friday to Saturday, immerse yourself in the diverse lineup of acts that cater to every genre of music lover. Aside from entertainment, try curbside eats from a featured food truck during your visit for the perfect late-night snack. Every night at District Social is an adventure filled with the vibrant dynamics of live music and interactive gaming activities.

Emelin Theatre for Performing Arts

Mamaroneck

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The magic of Broadway comes to life in the Hudson Valley at the Emelin Theatre. The large venue hosts stage productions, bands, comedy groups, and dance troupes. Broadway stars often grace the stage, putting on show-stopping sets. You can also catch premieres of new plays written by Hudson Valley locals.

Empire Live

Albany

At Empire Live, you can rock out with your favorite bands and artists. In the massive, 1000-capacity upstairs venue, you can mosh and feed off the energy of the crowd, then recharge at one of the two bars located onsite. If large concerts aren’t your scene, you can find a more intimate 350-capacity space in the basement. This downstairs venue has a punk, DIY feel and hosts talent from the Hudson Valley and beyond.

The Falcon

Marlboro

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Looking down over the cascading Marlboro Falls, The Falcon offers incredible views and even better music. Enjoy dinner and a show in the spacious dining room. The acoustics in the room are phenomenal while still providing an intimate feel, and the large stage spanning the front of the dining room guarantees that there is not a single bad seat in the house. The venue’s founder, Tony Falco, wanted to share impressive musicians with people from all walks of life; accordingly, the shows are offered with no tickets and no cover. Plus, 100 percent of all donations go straight into artists’ pockets, ensuring our region’s music scene can continue to thrive.

The Hollow Bar & Kitchen

Albany

The Hollow has music for everyone, with funk, punk, bluegrass, rock, and more. The elevated stage sits in front of ample floor space for moshing, skanking, and clogging along to the tunes. The bands that play here are framed by brick arches that support the stage lighting and make for beautiful pictures and videos (can you say Instagrammable?). Enjoy drinks and food from the classy menu, which features craft beers and a wide variety of vegan and gluten-free food options. 

The Jazz Forum

Tarrytown

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This venue is a must-visit for all cool cats and jazz lovers and hosts incredible jazz musicians every weekend, all year long. The Jazz Forum has the atmosphere of a classy dinner party, so feel free to enjoy small plates and sip on a glass of vino as you listen. If you love to play jazz, take the stage with other musicians on the first of every month at the monthly jam session. In the summer, the music of the forum can’t be contained within its four walls, so check out the summer concerts at outdoor venues across Westchester. 

Lark Hall

Albany

Lark Hall combines the size of a large theater and the capacity of an intimate venue to make for beautiful evenings of live music in the Hudson Valley. The 300-capacity venue features 21-foot ceilings that create a huge, harmonious sound. Head to Lark Hall to see all kinds of acts, from comedians to singer-songwriters, country bands, rock bands, and more.

Levon Helm Studios

Woodstock

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Levon Helm Studios, referred to as “the barn,” is a live music venue that feels alive. The building was designed and acoustically engineered by its eponym, Levon Helm, the legendary drummer and vocalist of The Band. The beautiful building is constructed from local hemlock, pine, and bluestone without the use of metal nails for perfect acoustics. The sound in the barn resonates perfectly and embraces the audience and musicians alike. Check out The Helm Family Midnight Ramble, featuring family and friends of Levon Helm carrying out the tradition of his famous Midnight Rambles he began hosting at the barn nearly two decades ago.

The Local

Saugerties

Looking for some jam sessions? The Local is the perfect spot to get you grooving. This 1800s Dutch chapel is now a reimagined space for entertainment. Co-founders and Saugerties-based music producers Isabel Soffer and Danny Melnick came together to build a truly unforgettable music scene. Enjoy wine and beer, along with other refreshments and snacks, while you dance the night away. Whether you’re there to jam, socialize, or simply soak in the ambiance, The Local promises an evening full of rhythm and soul.

Maureen’s Jazz Cellar

Nyack

Maureen’s Jazz Cellar is named for the late jazz vocalist Maureen Budway. Budway’s performances brought lyrics to life and entranced audiences, and this venue lives up to the greatness of its namesake. Enjoy delicious food and drinks as you bask in the some of the best jazz our region has to offer.

Maverick Concerts

Woodstock

Live Music at Maverick Concerts
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At Maverick Concerts, you can experience live music while soaking in the natural wonder of the Hudson Valley’s lush forests. Maverick Concerts is the oldest continuous chamber music festival in America, hosted in a gorgeous wooden building constructed by hand in 1916 as a part of the Maverick Colony. The wooden structure makes for incredible acoustics and a fantastic view. This nonprofit venue is a beautiful place to see jazz and chamber music as well as contemporary artists.

No Fun

Troy

If experimental music is your jam, then No Fun is the place to be. The Troy venue hosts intimate musical experiences in the upper Hudson Valley.

Pearl Moon

Woodstock

 

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Anyone in the Woodstock area knows that Pearl Moon is a must for dining. Come Fridays and Saturdays, it’s also a top spot for live music. Looking to showcase your original talent? Look no further than Thursday’s open mic nights at this venue.

Quinn’s

Beacon

You love Quinn’s for ramen and comfort-food bites, but did you know the venue also hosts live music? Check it out and prepare for repeat visits.

Roost Restaurant & Union Arts Center

Sparkill

A captivating blend of culinary, performing, and visual arts in Sparkill, Roost is a unique venue to catch a show. Savor exquisite flavors in Roost’s sophisticated atmosphere with a menu inspired by American and Mediterranean cuisines before heading upstairs to the concert hall and gallery to experience world-class musicians, exciting Latin jazz artists, or fine arts exhibitions.

Senate Garage

Kingston

 

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Well-known for its wedding and event capabilities, Senate Garage also hosts live music.

Silk Factory

Newburgh

The event venue and eatery in Newburgh is also an excellent pick for live music if you find yourself in Orange County.

The Stissing Center

Pine Plains

 

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The Stissing Center is a live music and culture venue that is incredibly dedicated to its community. The nonprofit provides experiences for everyone, striving to be “Your Stage Next Door.” It’s all about a communal experience, with seating in a semi-circle that opens up onto the stage, allowing guests a perfect view of the stage as well as the opportunity to interact with other audience members. The venue hosts acts of all kinds: bluegrass, jazz, classical, comedy, and more.

Towne Crier Café

Beacon

Towne Crier Café hosts a wide variety of Hudson Valley musical excellence. You can catch dinner and a show at the salon stage, featuring smaller acts for a more intimate show experience. If a small, intimate show isn’t for you, larger bands rock out on the live music venue’s main stage. What’s more, you can join in on the fun at the open mic nights on the salon stage.

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Troy

Originally built in 1875, this venue has hosted performances by world-renowned artists such as Albert Spaulding, Myra Hess, and Jose Iturbi. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall features numerous series and events designed to provide a memorable time for all viewers. The Lift Series is curated for audience members to join artists on stage, creating an intimate atmosphere for concertgoers. Whether you’re drawn to the elegant sounds of the Albany Symphony Orchestra or in the mood for laughter at a comedy show, this venue delivers a rich blend of to-dos, from live music to stand-up comedy, ensuring an engaging experience for all.

Tubby’s

Kingston

Storey Littleton performing at Tubby’s in Kingston.
Storey Littleton performing at Tubby’s in Kingston. Photo by Rebekah Hendricks

Tubby’s is a classic neighborhood bar serving up delicious drinks and a tempting selection of appetizers and entrees ensuring that your preshow experience is as memorable as the live show itself. Tubby’s is the place to find up-and-coming artists in the local music scene and beyond. The bright disco ball hanging over the stage and sparkly curtains make for a dynamic atmosphere that’ll have you dancing and singing along to the music in no time.

The Turning Point

Piermont

If you prefer your rock soft and steady, you will love everything this live music venue has to offer. This cozy cabin café has heard the musical stylings of many legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees such as Rick Danko and Arlo Guthrie. Enjoy a meal while local, home-grown music feeds your soul.

Uncle Cheef

Brewster

 

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Centered in the heart of Putnam County, this soulful jazz lounge is filled with good music, small plates, and boozy beverages for all to enjoy. Indulge in the signature cocktails at the full bar, which boasts a wide selection of tequilas and mezcals. Named after the Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Ian Hendrickson-Smith, this venue features the best in live music every Wednesday through Sunday.

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