A selective, curatorial view of the cultural highlights of the upcoming weekend in the greater Hudson, N.Y., region.
PHIL KLINE’s ‘UNSILENT NIGHT’ MOBILE SOUND SCULPTURE RETURNS to HUDSON
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – ‘Unsilent Night,’ Phil Kline’s mobile sound-sculpture that has become a holiday cult classic, returns to the streets of Hudson on Sat, Dec 23, at 7pm. Led by Kline himself, participants will gather at Hudson’s Public Square at Warren and Seventh Street and march to Hudson’s Promenade for the parade’s culmination. This year’s parade route celebrates Hudson’s lesser traveled alleys and enclaves, winding through corridors and byways that shade the city’s historic streetscape and that will uniquely sculpt the sound of Kline’s composition. This December, Kline’s pioneering work of public sound art – performed by whoever shows up with a boombox or amplified digital music player (such as a smartphone) – takes place in more than 37 cities across the United States and Canada. Streets, parks and sidewalks will come alive with “a shimmering sound-wall of bells and chimes that is dreamlike to wander through in the December nip” (Village Voice).
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Singer, percussionist, and keyboardist Everett Bradley – best known for his work touring with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Bon Jovi, Hall & Oates, and Carly Simon, goes into a phone booth and comes out as his alter ego, Papadelic, when he brings his holiday-funk spectacular Holidelic — part dance party, part funk concert, part comedy show – to Club Helsinki Hudson on Fri, Dec 22, and Sat, Dec 23, at 9pm. Holidelic puts a fresh spin on holiday cheer, through lively holiday party tunes, outrageous costumes, and a theatrical stage show worthy of George Clinton’s P-Funk.
(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Soul-jazz vocalist Catherine Russell teams with the John Pizzarelli Quartet in “Billie & Blue Eyes,” paying tribute to Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra, at the Mahaiwe on Sat, Dec 23, at 8pm. The evening features soulful interpretations of chart-topping classics like “All of Me,” “God Bless the Child,” “Witchcraft,” and “One More for My Baby.”
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Singer and trombonist Glen David Andrews will once again help revelers ring out the old and ring in the new when he brings his jazzy, horn-laced New Orleans funk and soul band back to Club Helsinki Hudson on New Year’s Eve, Sun, Dee 31, at 9pm. Andrews combines a voice and stage presence worthy of Louis Armstrong, updated for the hip-hop era. A typical Glen David Andrews set offers a mix of traditional jazz, rock, gospel, funk and even a little zydeco. With a menu already steeped in Louisiana flavors courtesy of Chef Hugh Horner, who grew up on the bayou, Helsinki Hudson will take on the aspect of New Orleans’s legendary Preservation Hall – where Andrews performs on a regular basis – on New Year’s Eve.
(CLAVERACK, N.Y.) – Jazz vocalist Alexis Cole, who has drawn comparisons to classic jazz singers such as Sarah Vaughan and Anita O’Day, rings out the old and rings in the new on Sunday, Dec 31, from 8 to 11pm, at the Olde York Farm Distillery & Cooperage. Cole has recorded with Fred Hersch, Eric Alexander, Matt Wilson, Harry Pickens, Don Braden and Pat LaBarbara and performed at top jazz venues including Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland, the Jazz Standard, Blues Alley, and Billboard Live, Tokyo.