Nellie McKay Brings Eclectic Cabaret-Rock to Helsinki Hudson

Regional Cultural Preview, Feb 24 - Mar 1, 2020

Klezmatics, KCB, Socalled and Shepherds Headline Yidstock 2020

Alexis P. Suter Brings Award-Winning Blues to Helsinki Hudson

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Nellie McKay Brings Eclectic Cabaret-Rock to Helsinki Hudson

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Cabaret-rock singer-songwriter Nellie McKay brings her uniquely eccentric blend of pop, rock, jazz and hip-hop to Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, March 8, at 8pm. The multi-talented Nellie McKay made her smash debut in 2004 with her groundbreaking double-CD, “Get Away from Me,” showcasing her eclectic musical reach and her dazzling lyrical…

Regional Cultural Preview, Feb 24 – Mar 1, 2020

Soulful singer-songwriter Sam Evian brings his distinctive 1970s-tinged psychedelic soft-rock sounds to Club B-10 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass., on Saturday, February 29, at 8pm. The Brooklyn-based indie artist sounds like a sunny, pop-influenced cross between George Harrison and Marvin Gaye, with a good helping of Yo La Tengo mixed in for good…

Klezmatics, KCB, Socalled and Shepherds Headline Yidstock 2020

by Seth Rogovoy   (AMHERST, Mass.) – The Klezmatics, the Klezmer Conservatory Band, Eleanor Reissa, Socalled, and Polina and Merlin Shepherd headline the ninth annual YIDSTOCK: The Festival of New Yiddish Music, taking place at the Yiddish Book Center over the course of four days, Thursday, July 9 – Sunday, July 12.   The complete…

Alexis P. Suter Brings Award-Winning Blues to Helsinki Hudson

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Award-winning vocalist Alexis P. Suter brings her hearty mix of blues, gospel, and blues-rock, along with her smoking-hot band, to Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, March 14, at 9pm. Suter is especially known for her extraordinary bass/baritone voice; she includes Ruth Brown, Barry White, and B.B. King as her greatest influences. The…

Gin Blossoms to Bring Indie-Rock to Mahaiwe

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Indie-rock group Gin Blossoms, best known for its 1990s-style jangle-pop sound derived from R.E.M. and the Replacements, performs at the Mahaiwe on Friday, March 6, at 8pm. The Grammy Award-nominated Gin Blossoms were one of the top alt-rock bands of the 1990s. The group’s Top 40 hits like “Hey Jealousy” and…

Regional Cultural Preview, Feb 17-23, 2020

Singer-songwriter Tracy Grammer brings her original, contemporary folk to Spencertown Academy in Spencertown, N.Y., as part of the center’s Roots & Shoots Concerts Series, on Saturday, February 22 at 8pm. Grammer is renowned for her pure voice, deft guitar and violin work, and incantatory storytelling. She has recorded and performed with Joan Baez and Mary…

Josie Toney Brings Old-Time String Band Music to Dewey Hall

(SHEFFIELD, Mass.) – The Josie Toney String Band will perform at Dewey Hall on Friday, March 20, at 7:30pm, as part of the Dewey Sessions series. Josie Toney is a versatile musician drawing from a deep familial background in traditional music. Hailing from Olympia, Wash., Toney now lives in Boston. Toney’s acoustic string band showcases…

Sister Sparrow to Bring Soul-Funk Dance Party to Helsinki Hudson

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Sister Sparrow brings her old-school soul and R&B to Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, February 29, at 9pm, for the “The Souler for Solar Campaign Leap Day Party,” a concert, cocktail, and dance party in support of Ampion’s community-based renewable energy. Catskill Mountains native Arleigh Kincheloe, aka Sister Sparrow, plays a gritty,…

Thomas Cole Designed Home as Gallery for His Works

(CATSKILL, N.Y.) – Renovations at the Thomas Cole House reveal that the artist designed a first-floor room as a home art gallery, in a sense transforming his home’s rather ordinary interior into a dramatic, three-dimensional work of art. New research on the 1815 Main House reveals that when Thomas Cole (1801-1848) married into the family…

Seth Rogovoy to Moderate Digital Media Panel at Spencertown Academy

(SPENCERTOWN, N.Y.) – Seth Rogovoy will moderate a panel discussion about digital media at Spencertown Academy Arts Center on Saturday, March 7, at 2pm, part of the Academy’s Conversations with Neighbors series. “The Impact of Digital Media in Our Region” will feature a panel of local media professionals, including Enid Futterman, founder and editor of…

Regional Cultural Preview, Feb 10-16, 2020

Saxophonist and bandleader Jaleel Shaw brings his smoky tone and his funky trio to Club B10 at MASS MoCA on Saturday, February 15, at 8pm. Shaw won the 2014 Downbeat Critics Poll for Rising Star Alto Saxophonist. Shaw has performed and recorded with Roy Hargrove, Mingus Big Band, Christian McBride, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, and…

John Legend to Play Tanglewood

(LENOX, Mass.) – Pop/R&B singer-songwriter John Legend brings his Bigger Love 2020 tour to Tanglewood on Friday, August 28, at 8pm. Rootsy Southern soul duo The War and Treaty will warm up the crowd for Legend. Multiplatinum artist John Legend has garnered eleven Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Tony Award,…

Whitney Center to Host Eve Ensler V-Day Readings

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – The traditional, global VDAY reading of works compiled by Eve Ensler will take place regionally at the Whitney Center for the Arts on Thursday, February 13, at 7pm, and Saturday, February 15, at 2pm. The readings will come from A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer, a collection of monologues…

New Works by Richard Britell at Lauren Clark Fine Art

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Math Homework, an exhibit of new paintings in the sgraffito style by Pittsfield artist Richard Britell, will run at Lauren Clark Fine Art from Saturday, February 15 through Monday, March 16. A reception for the artist will take place Saturday, February 15, from 4 to 6pm.   Richard Britell, career painter,…

Bindlestiff Cirkus Brings Monthly Winter Cabaret to Club Helsinki Hudson

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Hudson’s own Bindlestiff Family Cirkus continues its wintertime tradition of hosting a monthly cabaret, featuring a variety of circus, theater, comedy and musical entertainers, at Club Helsinki Hudson: its adult-oriented cabaret kicking off at 9pm on Saturday, February 22; and again on Saturday, March 21, both nights at 9pm; plus a Sunday matinee…

Red Lion Inn Presents Inaugural Wine and Spirits Fair to Benefit CATA

(STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – The Red Lion Inn will host the Red Lion Inn Wine & Spirits Fair, an inaugural tour of wines and spirits from both local and international producers in the hotel’s Hitchcock Room, on Saturday, February 15, at 2-5pm. Presented in partnership with Nejaime’s Wine Cellar, the inaugural fair includes light bites and…

Second Hudson Eye Arts Festival Slated for Summer 2020

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Following the success and local impact of the inaugural edition of The Hudson Eye, the Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation has confirmed renewed funding for Edition #2, which will take place August 28-September 7, 2020. The festival will be curated by Aaron Levi Garvey. In dialogue with local artists and local venues, the…