(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Indie-folk duo Tall Heights brings its unique harmonies and guitar/cello arrangements to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, November 6, at 9pm. Tim Harrington and Paul Wright are like a Simon and Garfunkel for the Bon Iver generation. Harrington and Wright, who grew up together in Sturbridge, Mass., will be performing songs from their brand-new album, “Holding On, Holding Out,” which has already garnered praise in the Wall Street Journal, in its show at Helsinki.
(KINGSTON, N.Y.) – Chaka Khan brings her classic, funky R&B sounds to the Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) on Sunday, November 8, at 7pm. With 10 Grammy Awards (22 nominations!), ten #1 Billboard hits, and a career spanning 40 years and influencing countless other singers, Khan truly is the “Queen of Funk.” From her Stevie Wonder-penned breakout tune, “Tell Me Something Good” (with her group, Rufus) through hits including “I Feel for You,” Khan has been a global icon and an unstoppable musical force whose influence can be heard in everyone from Prince to The Weeknd.
(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.)— Bestselling authors Neil Gaiman and Armistead Maupin will discuss their heroes Charles Dickens and Christopher Isherwood, the craft of storytelling, and many other subjects in a public conversation in the Sosnoff Theater of the Fisher Center at Bard College on Saturday, November 7, 2015, at 7:30 pm. Maupin is the author of 11 novels, including the nine-volume “Tales of the City series.” This conversation between two inventive artists continues Gaiman’s popular series of Fisher Center interviews with figures from the worlds of arts and letters, including Laurie Anderson, Audrey Niffenegger, and Art Spiegelman.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Duluth, Minn., singer-songwriter Charlie Parr brings his incredible fingerpicking (12-string and a custom 4-chamber resonator guitar), searing vocals and percussive foot stomps to the Half Moon on Sunday, November 8, at 8:30 pm. Parr’s songs are populated with a list of characters you wouldn’t ordinarily meet: old ladies going to buy “the cheap wine” (“they ain’t no better than the bums”), a woman with “an uncontrollable temper,” and people getting left out of getting the American Dream. While his albums sound like vintage field recordings, his live shows are anything but retro. Deservedly, he’s a cult hero in some circles.
(TROY, N.Y.) – Hudson Valley jazz percussion icon Tani Tabbal appears with his trio, featuring Michael Bisio on bass and Adam Seigel on sax, in an adventurous program of modern jazz at the Sanctuary for Independent Media on Saturday, November 7, 2015, at 7pm. Tabbal has recorded, performed and toured with a wide range of musicians, including Roscoe Mitchell, David Murray, Geri Allen, Cassandra Wilson, James Carter, Karl Berger, Dewey Redman, David ‘Fathead’ Newman, Evan Parker, Anthony Braxton, Muhal Richard Abrams, Henry Threadgill, and Jackie McLean. Known as a dynamic, lyrical and energetic drummer, as a recording artist he is on more than 70 albums and has released three as a bandleader: “Before Time After,” “Wizards,” and “Mixed Motion.”