(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Grammy Award-winner Taj Mahal – one of the most prominent and influential figures in late 20th century blues and roots music – brings his virtuosic global-roots style to Club Helsinki Hudson on Wednesday, August 20, at 8pm. The singer and multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, piano, banjo and harmonica (among many other instruments) blends American blues with music representing virtually every corner of the world – West Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, the Hawaiian islands more.
(NEW LEBANON, N.Y.) – The Trio Virado will perform a program in the Tannery Pond Concert Series at the Darrow School on Saturday, August 23, at 8pm. Flutist Amy Porter, violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez, and guitarist João Luiz have been together for a little over a year performing a new and unique blend of jazzy chamber music.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – “Playful,” a new exhibit featuring new fresco secco art by Phyllis Palmer, Play-Doh constructions by new media artist Fernando Orellana, and wooden wall sculpture by Stephen Walling, will be on view at Carrie Haddad Gallery from Thursday, August 21 through Sunday, September 21, with a public reception for the artists on Saturday, August 23, from 6 to 8pm.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Old-timey trio the Wiyos bring their original blend of music inspired by the early American musical idioms of the 1920s and ’30s, including blues, country, ragtime, gospel, and swing, to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, August 22, at 9pm.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – The interactive whale exhibit BUMP, created by brothers Frank DenDanto and Dan DenDanto, opens at Basilica Hudson with a reception for the artists on Saturday, August 23, from 5 to 7pm, and will run through Labor Day on Monday, September 1, 2014. The installation includes bones from three different whales, suspended at eye level in Basilica’s Main Hall. The art is intended to be educational, and the bones are accessible for hands-on touching – not normally an activity allowed at fine art galleries or natural history displays. Once touched, they are set in motion, causing shadows to dance around the space. A closing celebration with a special music performance by Black Sea Hotel, Charlie Looker, and Patrick Higgins will take place on Friday, August 29, with doors at 8pm and music at 9pm. Tickets will be $10 at the door.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – The drama “Tomorrow in the Battle” by English playwright Kieron Barry returns to Stageworks/Hudson – where it had its world premiere in August 2012 – running Wednesdays through Sundays, August 13- August 31, 2014. “Tomorrow in the Battle” finds Simon, a heart surgeon, in a heated affair with Jennifer who is a successful young investor that he met at an opera. Though oblivious to her husband’s betrayal, Simon’s wife Anna has contrived a romantic seduction