A selective, curatorial view of the cultural highlights of the upcoming weekend in the greater Hudson, N.Y., region.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Grammy-nominated Louisiana supergroup The Revelers brings its mix of “Louisiana jukebox music” and “swamp-pop” to Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, March 31, at 9pm. The group’s latest album, “Get Ready,” was nominated in the Best Regional Roots category at the Grammy Awards. The musicians comprising the Revelers are founding members of the Red Stick Ramblers and the Pine Leaf Boys, unquestionably the two groups at the vanguard of the Louisiana cultural renaissance. With the Revelers, the musicians have formed a Louisiana supergroup combining swamp-pop, Cajun, country, blues and zydeco into a powerful blend of roots music that could only come from southwest Louisiana.
Little-known outside of Louisiana (but still quite popular in the region), swamp-pop ruled in the 1950s and ’60s as southwest Louisiana’s answer to the R&B and rock ‘n’ roll that came out of New Orleans, Memphis, and Detroit. When that unstoppable sound reached Cajun and zydeco musicians, they caught the bug and played their own versions the only way they knew how – sometimes in French – and traded in their fiddles and accordions for horns and electric guitars.
(CATSKILL, N.Y.) – Terrence McNally’s contemporary American classic “Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune” is being staged at Bridge Street Theatre Thursdays through Sundays, Mar 29 – April 8. The production of the romance between a short-order cook and a waitress stars Broadway’s Rita Rehn as Frankie and Bridge Street’s own Steven Patterson as Johnny.
(KINGSTON, N.Y.) – Singer-guitarist Sal Cataldi brings his Spaghetti Eastern Music solo project to BSP Kingston on Sat, Mar 31, at 7pm. Cataldi fuses Eastern beat, blues, techno and funk-influenced guitar instrumentals with gentle acoustic vocal tunes and looping, straight out of the John Martyn/Nick Drake songbook. Also on the bill are Sonic Soul Band and Pitchfork Militia.
(SOUTH EGREMONT, Mass.) – Comedian Jessica Kirson headlines a night of standup comedy at the Barn at the Egremont Village Inn on Saturday, March 31, at 8pm. Also appearing are Frank Liotti and the Barn’s resident comic, host, and curator of entertainment Jenny Rubin. Kirson TV credits include Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, VH1, NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” and “The Dr. Oz Show.”
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – The world-renowned Merlin and Polina Shepherd Klezmer Duo brings its innovative blend of world music, jazz, classical, Islamic, Russian, Yiddish, and klezmer sounds to Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, April 8, at 7pm, as part of the Rogovoy Salon, the music and literary series curated and hosted by cultural journalist and music critic Seth Rogovoy.
This concert by the UK-based, international virtuosos caps a day-long celebration of a milestone in host Seth Rogovoy’s life and will likely include appearances by surprise special-guest artists. Come out and help celebrate with Seth and the assembled crowd of family, friends, and music lovers.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – “Line and Curve,” a selection of works from the Ellsworth Kelly and Jack Shear Shaker Collection plus iconic Ellsworth Kelly prints from the 1960s through the 1980s, are on view at Jeff Bailey Gallery through May 13. The show, co-presented by Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon, features Kelly’s worktable, purchased in 1970 near his Columbia County home and used throughout his life. A rare oval box is reminiscent of shapes that can be found in Kelly’s prints, as are the simple lines of a three-drawer chest and the curved slats of a chair. This juxtaposition of the curved and the straight is a hallmark of Kelly’s work.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – “Pecular Rarities,” a new and different sort of exhibition featuring media from porcelain to Play-Doh and subject matter ranging from icebergs, Victorian steampunk characters, conniving housewives, to Judy Garland is on view at Carrie Haddad Gallery from Wed, Mar 7 to Sun, Apr 22. Artists featured include David Halliday, Donise English, Juan Garcia Nunez, Russell DeYoung, Nick Simpson, Newbold Bohemia, Leon Smith, Paul Katz, Andrea Moreau, Fernando Orellana, Carl Grauer, David Dew Bruner, Robert Gulley, and Frank Litto.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Stephanie Bernheim: Pixels and Particulates, an exhibition of artworks combining found objects, glass windows, and the basic “draw on” program of a PalmPilot smartphone, goes on view in the Center Gallery at Hudson Hall on Saturday, March 24, with a reception from 5 to 7pm. The show will remain hung through May 13. The exhibition follows the publication of a new hardbound art book, “Stephanie Bernheim: From Paint to Pixels” (FoliArt Publishers, 2017). According to a statement, Bernheim’s work “embraces and challenges the use of everyday technology in art while wrestling with our 21st century obsession with seeing and responding to images.”