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Jam out at the Hudson Valley’s Summer Concerts and Music Festivals

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These Hudson Valley venues host eclectic music festivals and jammin’ shows through the end of the summer season.

By Alexandra Rivera and Raphael Beretta

Summer concerts are officially back in the Hudson Valley. Though the season got off to a great start with outdoor performances—Concerts in the Vineyard at City Winery Hudson Valley, anyone?—the end of July marks a fresh batch of music festivals and concerts to bookmark. Settle into some jazz, dance the night away to Latin music, and rock out at historic venues until autumn nights cool things down in the region.

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Concerts at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel
August 6 – September 26

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is one of the most important destinations in New York State when it comes to music history. The original site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, Bethel Woods maintains a reputation for hosting legendary artists and engaging cultural programming. This summer, several world-renowned acts take the pavilion stage and deliver heart-pumping performances to massive crowds. Some notable concerts coming to the Catskills include:

  • Zac Brown Band – August 6
  • Harry Connick, Jr. and his Band – August 19
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd with special guest Kansas – August 20
  • James Taylor – August 21
  • Dead and Company – August 23
  • John Fogerty – August 27
  • Pitbull with special guest Iggy Azalea – September 3
  • Chris Stapleton – September 23
  • The Black Crowes – September 25
  • ZZ Top – September 26

 

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Trombone Shorty at UPAC 

Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston
August 22, 7 p.m.

Attention jazz lovers! UPAC is reopening in a huge way with renowned jazz player Trombone Shorty. A talented multi-instrumentalist, Shorty has performed right alongside the greats and has been featured as a bandleader since the age of 6, played with Bo Diddley and Lenny Kravitz, and is a staple of the New Orleans jazz scene. Tickets start at $50. Be sure to grab a bite to eat at one of Kingston’s many great restaurants before the show starts at 7 p.m. 

 

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Ian Flanigan at the 175th Annual Dutchess County Fair

Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck
August 26, Time TBA

Hudson Valley resident Ian Flanigan captured America’s hearts on NBC’s The Voice. As a member of Team Blake (Shelton), he made it to the televised competition’s finals. This year, he returns to the region and takes center stage at The Dutchess County Fair. His soulful voice is perfect to welcome back audiences to the Rhinebeck event. The celebration returns in a big way, with adorable farm animals, an assortment of quirky shows, and more fair food than one could ever consume. Fans can also catch Flanigan at Daryl’s House Club in Pawling on August 5.

NRBQ at Bearsville Center 

Bearsville Center, Woodstock
August 27, 7 p.m.

NRBQ has a 50-year artistic reputation preceding them. They’ve been celebrated by legendary artists like Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, and Elvis Costello, and have a cult-like fan base. They played as the house band for The Simpsons on their 10th, 11th, and 12th seasons, and have played at the Berlin Jazz Festival and the Grand Ole Opry. Fans can catch them right here in the Hudson Valley at the Bearsville Center on August 27 at 7 p.m. Explore the Bearsville Center’s website for a full list of summer and fall shows.

 

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Melissa Etheridge at The Egg 

The Egg, Albany
September 2

Legendary singer Melissa Etheridge will be playing in the Capitol Region as artists all over the world are coming back from postponed concerts and hiatuses because of COVID-19. An Academy Award and two-time Grammy winner, Etheridge will be part of The Egg’s Guest Music Presentations Series.  Tickets purchased for her previous 2020 showing will be honored that day, but other fans will be able to get a ticket starting at $79. 

 

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Michael Franti at Arrowood Farms 

Arrowood Farm Brewery, Accord
September 5, 4 p.m. 

Celebrate the end of summer with reggae-pop singer Michael Franti and the Spearheads. Radio Woodstock presents another jam-packed event at the Arrowood Farm Brewery in Accord, starting at 4 p.m. This event is currently sold out, but fans can enter the waitlist for a chance to experience this renowned artist.

Tank and the Bangas at Daryl’s House Club

Daryl’s House Club, Pawling
September 15, 7 p.m. 

Tank and the Bangas bring their creative energy and fun sound to Daryl’s House Club in Pawling. They first exploded onto the music scene through a lively performance on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series, and have been a festival mainstay ever since. No two shows are alike for this New Orleans-based act.

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Caramoor Summer/Fall Season

Katonah
July 31-October 24

Every year, the historic Caramoor estate in Katonah hosts music festivals and concerts throughout the warmer months. Notable this year is the Jazz Festival, presented in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center on July 31. The encore performance will feature Sean Jones, former lead trumpeter of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Be sure to catch other performances like The Knights, a small orchestral group dedicated to “eliminating barriers between audience and music;” Della Mae, an all-female string band; Ljova and the Kontraband, a group of musicians integrating folk music with different genres; and Flor de Toloache, a female Mariachi fusion group.

Bard SummerScape 

Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson
July 30-August 7 

Bard College hosts its annual SummerScape celebration of the arts with showcases of live music, opera, dance, and theater performances. The remaining shows of the SummerScape series run throughout the rest of the summer. King Arthur (Le Roi Arthus), an opera depicting the Camelot legend, will show through August 1. The Sound of (Black) Music, which showcases Rogers and Hammerstein’s classic musical in an Afrofuturist style, will premiere July 30-31. And Most Happy In Concert features three-time Tony nominee Mary Testa performing Frank Loesser’s The Most Happy Fella with seven female and non-binary performers. Let the Hudson Valley hills come alive!

 

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Concerts at The Falcon 

The Falcon, Marlboro
July 30 – September 2

The Falcon has been hosting concerts since 2001, when art and music promoter Tony Falco created the venue. This summer features performances by cover bands like Popa Chubby’s All-Star Band Rolling Stones tribute on August 5. Students at the Rock Academy of Woodstock take the stage on August 8, and Grammy and Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell performs with his trio on August 12.

City Winery Hudson Valley: Concerts in the Vineyard 

City Winery Hudson Valley, Montgomery
Through September 2

Wine tasting and live music is the perfect way to close out the summer at City Winery’s Hudson Valley location. A mix of well-known artists and smaller local gigs will get anyone dancing. Featured are Marc Cohn, of “Walking in Memphis” fame, on August 7, rocker Raul Malo on August 1, and The Weight Band on September 11. Check out the website for a full list of remaining concerts.

Maverick Concert Series 

120 Maverick Rd, Woodstock
August 1 – September 12

Enjoy the best of local and guest musicians at the oldest chamber music festival in America. Located in the center of the Woodstock area, the open wooden concert hall on the grounds will captivate any listener with pro-acoustics and breathtaking detail. Upcoming concerts include the Manhattan Chamber Players on August 1, five-time Grammy nominee Christian Sands as part of Jazz at the Maverick, and the Cavani String Quartet, featuring Yumi Kurosawa, a renowned player of the Japanese Koto. 

Hudson Valley Jazz Festival 

Throughout Orange County
August 12-15

Hudson Valley’s own Jazz Festival is one of the most unique concert series in the area. None of the performances throughout the week are housed at a specific venue, and musicians are scattered around the Valley so everyone can experience the joy of local music. Watch the Hudson Valley Jazz Ensemble perform on August 12 in Sugar Loaf, or the Rave Tesar Trio while enjoying a Latin-fusion meal at Coquito in Warwick.  HV Jazz Festival partners with Warwick and Sugar Loaf’s Summer Concert series in a beautiful open-air locale.

 

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Jazz in the Valley

Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie
August 15, 12 p.m.

Poughkeepsie’s annual Jazz in the Valley concert returns to Waryas Park. This festival celebrates the future of jazz, assembling some of the world’s finest musicians in front of the gorgeous Hudson River. Pull up a chair or set up a blanket and enjoy a lineup of world-class performers, including tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson, vocalist Samara Joy, and The Curtis Brothers, to name a few. Book tickets online before they sell out.

 

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Wawayanda Music on the Farm 

Sunflower Valley Farm, New Hampton
August 20-22

Enjoy an array of genres from bluegrass and classic rock to funk and folk at Sunflower Valley Farm. This music festival donates the profits of the three-day concert to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which supports first responders on 9/11 and current military and law enforcement personnel, and it will offer free tickets to the Friday lineup for first responders and veterans. A stellar lineup includes Canadian rocker Pat Travers, Laura Fay and Undercover, and the All-Star Celebrity Band, who have played with Grammy winners like Billy Joel and Paul McCartney. 

12th Annual Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice

Phoenicia
August 27-29

Live performances make a huge comeback this summer. Phoenicia’s International Festival of the Voice offers Hudson Valley audiences an unparalleled opportunity to watch the New York City Opera and Teatro Grattacielo. These diverse companies are some of the most lauded in the entire world. NYCO stages one of Verdi’s masterpieces, Rigoletto. Teatro Grattacielo will share its award-winning 90-minute version of Mascagni’s  L’amico Fritz. Plus, Phoenicia’s own company performs the iconic Pagliacci by Leoncavallo.

Summer Hoot

The Ashokan Center, Olivebridge
August 27-28

Fans of grassroots music should flock to this two-day fest, which goes down a mere 20 minutes from Woodstock. Nod along to soulful songs as you celebrate the spirit of the Catskills community. Local crafts and food stands will also make a temporary home on the grounds.

Related: Your Complete Guide to Summer Events in the Hudson Valley