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Jan 1: Bach at New Year’s Berkshire Bach Ensemble Director and Soloist, Eugene Drucker, founder of the Emerson String Quartet, starts the new year off right with a delightful program featuring signature pieces by Bach, Purcell, and Mozart. 3 p.m., $29+. • Troy Music Hall, 30 Second St, Troy; 518.273.0038; www.troymusichall.org

Jan 12: The Elvis Birthday Bash with Mark Gamsjager & The Lustre Kings The King would have turned 83 years old this month; in celebration of his birthday, this incredible tribute band will perform a slew of favorites. 9 p.m., $20+. • Club Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia St, Hudson, 518.828.4800; www.helsinkihudson.com

Jan 14: Piano Festival At the Howland Music Circle, Orion Weiss, who has won worldwide acclaim, will be playing selections from Brahms, Debussy, Schumann, and Ravel. 4 p.m., $30 adults, $10 students. • Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, 845.765.3012; www.howlandmusic.org

Jan 19: Blue Öyster Cult The band is still going strong with their provocative and haunting lyrics and pounding jams with such classics as, “Godzilla,” “Burnin’ For You,” and “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper.”8 p.m., $25+. • Paramount Hudson Valley, 1008 Brown St, Peekskill, 914.739.0039; www.paramounthudsonvalley.com

Jan 30: The State Ballet Theater of Russia presents Swan Lake One of the greatest classical ballets of all time, set to the music of Tchaikovsky, takes its origin from Russian folklore and German legend. Artistically performed, it details a young prince determined to free the beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell, bringing a romantic tale of true love to life. 7:30 p.m., $38+. • Palace Theatre, 19 Clinton Ave, Albany, 518.465.4663; www.palacealbany.org

Jan 25: 40 oz. to Freedom (Sublime Tribute) and Blink 180 True (Blink 182 Tribute) Bands Two of the most well-known ska-punk and rock bands that arose from the ’90s from Southern California with such hits as “40 oz. to Freedom,” “Waiting For My Ruca,” “Please Take Me Home,” and “First Date,” are performed by tribute bands playing all their major hits. 7 p.m., $15. • The Chance Theater, 6 Crannell St, Poughkeepsie, 845.471.1966; www.thechancetheater.com

 

Daryl’s House Club

Jan 4: The Amish Outlaws This fun group of men grew up Amish in Lancaster, PA, but left the community to venture into the wild world of music.  

Jan 13: Damn The Torpedoes – A Tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Looking and sounding like the real deal, this group plays all of Petty’s hits.

Jan 18: The Nerds Playing a blend of soul, classic rock, and TV themes, their comical stage show banter is largely influenced by Monty Python and Saturday Night Love

All shows 8 p.m., $20+. 130 Route 22, Pawling, 845.289.0185; www.darylshouseclub.com

 

The Egg Center for the Performing Arts

Jan 15: Neko Case This indie rock and alternative-country singer is known for her rugged and heartbreaking songs with edgy vocals that speak to her strong will and versatile music. 7 p.m., $34.50+. 

Jan 24: Greensky Bluegrass Mixing their own version of bluegrass, this band combines strings with rock to form a unique sound. They’ll be performing songs from their latest recording, Shouted, Written Down and Quoted. 7 p.m., $29.50+. 

Jan 30: The Wood Brothers with special guest The Stray Birds Their recent album, Live at the Barn, was raved about by American Songwriter for its “spry, soulful folk-rock,” and the album debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. 7:30 p.m., $29.50+. 

Empire State Plaza, Albany, 518.473.1845; www.theegg.org

 

Towne Crier Cafe

Jan 12: Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul, & Mary) Part of the legendary trio Peter, Paul & Mary, as well as a solo performer, Yarrow’s music is thought-provoking, using lyrics that convey a message of humanity and caring with melodic tunes. His gift for songwriting has produced some of the most moving songs, from “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” and “Day is Done,” to “Light One Candle.” 8:30 p.m., $45. 

Jan 20: Patty Larkin A singer/songwriter delving into deep subject matters of grief, love, nature, family, and health issues, her folk-urban pop music creates inventive guitar wizardry and uncompromising vocals. 8:30 p.m., $25. 

Jan 27: Brothers of the Road Band — An Allman Brothers Tribute This group utilizes live recordings from the Allman Brothers Band to re-create 40+ years of music. The Allman Brothers redefined rock music, mixing it with blues, jazz, and country to deliver their own unique signature. 8:30 p.m., $20. 

379 Main St, Beacon; 845.855.1300; www.townecrier.com

 

Our Pick

Forbidden Fruit, the first concert of The Newburgh Symphony, starts off the New Year with three tales of forbidden love. A selection by Mozart entitled Don Giovanni Overture explores implications of the Don’s irreverent seductions, while Tchaikovsky’s Romeo & Juliet Fantasy portrays the ardent intensity of the young lovers. Finally, Frenchman Hector Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique tells the story of a lovelorn artist who is plunged into the depths of despair by an unrequited passion. Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m., $45 adults, free for students K-12 or with college ID. Mount Saint Mary College, Aquinas Hall, 330 Powell Ave, Newburgh, 845.913.7157; www.newburghsymphony.org

The Nutcracker

The Catskill Mountain Foundation, in cooperation with former Metropolitan Opera ballerina Victoria Rinaldi, choreographer Margo Sappington and Eugene Petrov, Artistic Director of Petrov Ballet, presents the world’s favorite ballet, The Nutcracker!

The CMF Nutcracker, now in its sixth year, has become a holiday favorite of residents of the surrounding Catskills and Hudson Valley. Featuring ballet stars of the future, this spectacular production has become one of the finest professional Nutcrackers in upstate New York.

In this special holiday production, Petrov Ballet, along with select guest artists, will dazzle in the major dance roles. Victoria Rinaldi works with the community to stage the party, battle, angels and Mother Ginger. Award-winning choreographer Margo Sappington returns to play Auntie Drosselmeyer.

The Nutcracker is the story of a young girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and his fierce battle against a Mouse King. According to folklore, nutcrackers represent power and strength and bring good luck to your family and protect your home. The story of The Nutcracker is a dream about good triumphing evil through the goodness of heart of a young child. The Nutcracker is a two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The libretto is adapted by E.T.A. Hoffman’s story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”.  

The Nutcracker

The Catskill Mountain Foundation, in cooperation with former Metropolitan Opera ballerina Victoria Rinaldi, choreographer Margo Sappington and Eugene Petrov, Artistic Director of Petrov Ballet, presents the world’s favorite ballet, The Nutcracker!

The CMF Nutcracker, now in its sixth year, has become a holiday favorite of residents of the surrounding Catskills and Hudson Valley. Featuring ballet stars of the future, this spectacular production has become one of the finest professional Nutcrackers in upstate New York.

In this special holiday production, Petrov Ballet, along with select guest artists, will dazzle in the major dance roles. Victoria Rinaldi works with the community to stage the party, battle, angels and Mother Ginger. Award-winning choreographer Margo Sappington returns to play Auntie Drosselmeyer.

The Nutcracker is the story of a young girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and his fierce battle against a Mouse King. According to folklore, nutcrackers represent power and strength and bring good luck to your family and protect your home. The story of The Nutcracker is a dream about good triumphing evil through the goodness of heart of a young child. The Nutcracker is a two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The libretto is adapted by E.T.A. Hoffman’s story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”.  

Family of New Paltz 2020 Turkey Trot

The Family of New Paltz Turkey Trot is a 5K run and walk held annually Thanksgiving morning to support Family of New Paltz’s Food Pantry and Crisis Services.

1st Ulster Militia Winter Encampment For the Kids, Free Admission, Lectures, Outdoors, Theatre

Winter in colonial New York was notoriously harsh and unforgiving. Join the 1st Ulster Militia as they recreate an 18th century colonial encampment at the Persen House, complete with demonstrations of fire-starting, knitting, sewing, open fire cooking, and more!

The original 1st Regiment, Ulster County Militia was composed of citizen soldiers from the area now within the boundaries of Kingston, Saugerties and Woodstock. Members promote the education of the public as to military and social life in the colonial and Revolutionary War eras through demonstrations of everyday crafts and skills and the typical life of the militiaman.

Don Terpening, Revolutionary War Medical Re-enactor For the Kids, Free Admission, Health and Wellness, Lectures, Outdoors, Theatre

Professor Emeritus of Biology, Don Terpening will present various medicines, implements, and techniques that were used by physicians during the Revolutionary War, as well as discuss the role that doctors played and their social standing during this period. Enjoy an interactive and educational experience!

Finding Peace Weekend Meditation Retreat in Sullivan County Catskills – Detox the Mind

Finding Peace Weekend Meditation Retreat in Sullivan County Catskills – Detox the Mind

Experience a relaxing weekend meditation retreat in the peaceful environment of the Catskills at Kadampa Meditation Center Glen Spey, New York. Whether you’re a beginner or simply want to enjoy retreat in ideal conditions, this weekend will help you refresh your mind through meditation.

The Topic of this Retreat Weekend will be Detox the Mind. Buddha skillfully and compassionately explained that the causes of all our suffering and problems can be found within the mind. In this retreat, special meditation techniques will be explained through which we can remove the leftover imprints of past negative actions; we can remove the negative mental habits that currently bind our mind; and eventually through training we can purify our karma completely, and as a result insure a positive and happy future, allowing us be of tremendous benefit to others.

Enjoy guided meditations and modern Buddhist teachings, which present practical tools to incorporate meditation to your day to day life.
In the breaks, enjoy meaningful conversation and relax amidst the beauty and tranquility of the Kadampa World Peace Temple and its natural surroundings. Everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary.

DATE: October 23-25 | 2020

Location: Kadampa Meditation Center New York, 47 Sweeney Road, Glen Spey, NY 12737
Retreat Cost: $60. Accommodations & vegetarian meals available contact registration for rates.
For more information or to register www.kadampanewyork.org or call (845) 856-9000

Kadampa Meditation Center New York is located in Sullivan County at 47 Sweeney Road, Glen Spey, NY 12737, off of Route 97, turn on to Route 31, just north of Hawks’ Nest. Kadampa Meditation Center New York offers meditation classes, day courses, retreats, Silent retreats, Buddhist prayers chanted in English and a chance to learn about the Buddhist way of life. Classes range from beginner to advanced and are designed to help those who wish to learn to meditate, start a meditation practice or to meditate in a group setting, as well as for those who wish to deepen their understanding of basic Buddhist thought and practice.

Kadampa Meditation Center New York also offers group & corporate visits, mindfulness workshops & presentations, kids meditation, field trips, accommodations & vegetarian meals, and community outreach and 82 acres with Nature Trails. Kadampa World Peace Temple houses a World Peace Café & espresso bar, a bookstore and gift shop featuring a range of unique gifts, cards, meditation accessories, Buddhist art, and books on Buddhism and meditation. Open to the public, stop in an enjoy the peace of the Temple. Weekly Meditation Classes offered in Scranton PA, Sparta NJ and Port Jervis, Beacon, Saratoga Springs & Warwick, NY. For more information call (845)856-9000 or visit www.kadampanewyork.org

 

Third Thursdays! Seed packets and free movies! Art, Film, Free Admission, Outdoors

Join us for the last in our Third Thursdays series, a monthly FREE event of art and cultural offerings. Tonight we’ll have our horticulturist help you make seed packets for your own garden with collected seed from our historic Beatrix Farrand Garden. Then at 6:30pm spread out a blanket and watch the garden-related documentary films “Beatrix Farrand’s American Landscapes” and “A Man Named Pearl.” We can’t wait to have you in the garden with us!

Average White Band Music

Regarded as one of the top Soul, R&B, and Jazz-Funk groups—first known for the timeless instrumental hit “Pick Up the Pieces”—the Average White Band has distinguished itself thanks to its diverse songwriting and unique approach to rhythm & blues. With multiple gold and platinum albums, and three Grammy nominations on the legendary Atlantic label, they were the first Brits to simultaneously top the US Top 100 Singles, Albums and R&B charts, before going on to garner similar UK and international honors.

Ironically, given their Scottish roots, the six-piece took the instrumental cues of US Jazz giants Adderley, Hancock, Sample, Shorter & co., and the soulful influences of Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Al Green, and Stevie Wonder, et al., to create their own authentic R&B blend, which, with the tongue-in-cheek name, happily surprised both black and white audiences alike. This led to AWB’s early inclusion on Soul Train, and to their music being featured in movies like Swingers, Private Parts, Superman 2, Starsky & Hutch, etc., to name but a few standouts.

While ensuing singles, “Cut The Cake,” “Queen Of My Soul,” “Walk On By,” “Atlantic Avenue” and “Let’s Go Round Again” had major chart action around the world, album cuts such as “Schoolboy Crush,” “Person To Person” and “I’m The One” are still hailed as “essential” grooves. Fast-forward two decades, and AWB’s unlikely contribution to Hip-Hop, Rap, and modern R&B was sealed by the massive use of their samples, from Erik B & Rakim, through TLC, Ice-Cube, Tribe Called Quest, Leena
Conquest, P-Diddy, Mark Ronson et al. – right up to Rick Ross (Rich is Gangsta’). Throughout, ballads such as “A Love Of Your Own,” “Cloudy” and “If I Ever Lose This Heaven” would stand out as some of the finest soul tracks ever recorded.

AWB’s most recent release is 2018’s Inside Out, a collection of all new studio tracks and versions of AWB favorites recorded live with a five piece horn section.

The Average White Band – with Scots originals Alan Gorrie (vocals, bass, gtr.) and Onnie McIntyre (guitar) – alongside US heavies Freddy V. (tenor sax), Clif Lyons (alto sax), Rob Aries (keys, bass), Rocky Bryant (drums), and Brent Carter (vocals), continues its deserved place at the pinnacle of live soul & funk music to the delight of widely eclectic and multi-generational audiences everywhere.

Average White Band Music

Regarded as one of the top Soul, R&B, and Jazz-Funk groups—first known for the timeless instrumental hit “Pick Up the Pieces”—the Average White Band has distinguished itself thanks to its diverse songwriting and unique approach to rhythm & blues. With multiple gold and platinum albums, and three Grammy nominations on the legendary Atlantic label, they were the first Brits to simultaneously top the US Top 100 Singles, Albums and R&B charts, before going on to garner similar UK and international honors.

Ironically, given their Scottish roots, the six-piece took the instrumental cues of US Jazz giants Adderley, Hancock, Sample, Shorter & co., and the soulful influences of Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Al Green, and Stevie Wonder, et al., to create their own authentic R&B blend, which, with the tongue-in-cheek name, happily surprised both black and white audiences alike. This led to AWB’s early inclusion on Soul Train, and to their music being featured in movies like Swingers, Private Parts, Superman 2, Starsky & Hutch, etc., to name but a few standouts.

While ensuing singles, “Cut The Cake,” “Queen Of My Soul,” “Walk On By,” “Atlantic Avenue” and “Let’s Go Round Again” had major chart action around the world, album cuts such as “Schoolboy Crush,” “Person To Person” and “I’m The One” are still hailed as “essential” grooves. Fast-forward two decades, and AWB’s unlikely contribution to Hip-Hop, Rap, and modern R&B was sealed by the massive use of their samples, from Erik B & Rakim, through TLC, Ice-Cube, Tribe Called Quest, Leena
Conquest, P-Diddy, Mark Ronson et al. – right up to Rick Ross (Rich is Gangsta’). Throughout, ballads such as “A Love Of Your Own,” “Cloudy” and “If I Ever Lose This Heaven” would stand out as some of the finest soul tracks ever recorded.

AWB’s most recent release is 2018’s Inside Out, a collection of all new studio tracks and versions of AWB favorites recorded live with a five piece horn section.

The Average White Band – with Scots originals Alan Gorrie (vocals, bass, gtr.) and Onnie McIntyre (guitar) – alongside US heavies Freddy V. (tenor sax), Clif Lyons (alto sax), Rob Aries (keys, bass), Rocky Bryant (drums), and Brent Carter (vocals), continues its deserved place at the pinnacle of live soul & funk music to the delight of widely eclectic and multi-generational audiences everywhere.

The Best of The Eagles Music

Best of the Eagles is the most exact interpretation of the music of the Eagles in America, bar none! Each member mirrors his counterpart in the Eagles instrumentally and vocally. However, this is no simple copy band or impersonator act but rather a group of excellent musicians who expertly and authentically re-create the songs, the music, the vocals and the magical aura of one of America’s greatest rock bands. After selling out many venues in the region including the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, Best of the Eagles looks forward to sharing a great night of Eagles hits at the Paramount Hudson Valley!

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