A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Hudson, N.Y., region, including a classical trio playing Bowie, Prince, and Hendrix; a radical memoir; a freak-flag day party; an anti-bigotry benefit concert; and a whole lot more.
AHN TRIO to PLAY BOWIE, HENDRIX, and PRINCE at HELSINKI HUDSON in INAUGURAL EVENT of ‘THE ROGOVOY SALON’
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – The internationally acclaimed Ahn Trio will perform works by David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Pat Metheny, and others at Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, June 11, at 7pm, in the inaugural concert of The Rogovoy Salon, a new music and literary series curated and hosted by cultural journalist and music critic Seth Rogovoy.
Jessie Chaffee (photo Heather Waraksa)
EMMA SMITH-STEVENS, JESSIE CHAFFEE, and MARK ALLEN to READ at SPOTTY DOG in VOLUME SERIES
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Novelists Emma Smith-Stevens and Jessie Chaffee and essayist Mark Allen will read from their works at Spotty Dog Books & Ale on Saturday, June 10, at 7pm, as part of Volume, the free monthly reading and music series every second Saturday of the month. The readings will be followed by book-signing and a DJ set by Holly Watson.
Flag by Dave Cole
BASILICA HUDSON HOSTS (FREAK) FLAG DAY FESTIVITIES
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – For the sixth year running, Basilica Hudson hosts (Freak) Flag Day, a visual and performing arts celebration and party following the city’s conventional Flag Day celebration, on Saturday, June 10, starting at 6pm and continuing into the night.
AMY HELM, SIMI STONE HEADLINE ANTI-BIGOTRY ‘SOCK HOP’
(WOODSTOCK, N.Y.) – Singers Amy Helm and Simi Stone top an all-star lineup of regional talent taking part in UNITY NOW! An All American Sock Hop, an anti-bigotry benefit concert at the Colony on Sunday, June 11, at 7pm. Based around a rollicking set of extraordinary danceable 1950s hits, the event is a celebration of diversity and equality, presented by students at the Paul Green Rock Academy.
Other artists include superstar bassist Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie, Gang of Four), superstar drummer Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel, Orleans, Hall & Oates), Zach Djanikian (the Brakes), Connor Kennedy, Robin the Hammer, Dan Littleton, and Bill Sims.
FORMER RADICAL ACTIVIST READS from MEMOIR at HUDSON HALL
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Jonathan Lerner, local writer, journalist, and founding member of radical Vietnam-era group Weather Underground, launches his fascinating memoir, Swords in the Hands of Children: Reflections of an American Revolutionary at Hudson Hall on Sunday, June 11, at 5pm. The book reading and signing will be followed by a reception with the author.