HudsonValleyWeekend

A selective, curatorial view of the cultural highlights of the upcoming weekend in the greater Hudson Valley region.

Grammy-Winner Marc Cohn to Bring Soulful Folk-Rock to Helsinki Hudson

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Grammy Award-winning folk-rock singer songwriter Marc Cohn, best known for the hit song, “Walking in Memphis,” will perform an intimate gig at Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, August 4, at 8:30pm. Cohn’s distinctive, soulful vocals and his gift for melody have made him one of his generation’s most acclaimed singer-songwriters. The list…

Dweezil Zappa Pays Tribute to His Father at Bardavon

(POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.) – Dweezil Zappa pays tribute to his father in “Dweezil Zappa: 50 Years of Frank,” at the Bardavon on Friday, July 28, at 8pm. The concert celebrates the half-century anniversary of “Freak Out!,” the debut album from Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. The concert surveys Frank Zappa’s music from the opening…

Dvorak’s ‘Dimitrij’ Gets Rare Staging at Bard Summerscape

(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) – The first fully staged American production of Antonin Dvorak’s 1882 grand opera Dimitrij opens at Bard SummerScape on Friday, July 28, and runs for two weekends, through August 6. The new production, performed in Czech with English supertitles, has been created expressly for SummerScape 2017 by Bard alumna Anne Bogart, co-founder of…

Rory Block, Cindy Cashdollar Headline Gospel & Blues Fest Weekend at PS21

(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – Legendary slide guitarist Rory Block curates and headlines a three-day festival of blues and gospel music at PS21 and other venues in Chatham, where Block has long hung her own hat. Rory Block’s Gospel & Blues Fest Weekend features Block with acclaimed lap-steel guitarist Cindy Cashdollar, performing as the Sisters of Slide,…

HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, July 20-23, 2017

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Hudson, N.Y., region, including a 90th birthday party for poet John Ashbery; one-man jazz; the Wooster Group; the queen of girl-group rock ‘n’ roll; and more.     FESTIVAL of LITERATURE & FOOD CELEBRATES JOHN ASHBERY at BASILICA HUDSON (HUDSON, N.Y.) –…

Western Centuries to Bring Country-Rock to Helsinki Hudson

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Seattle-based country-rock outfit Western Centuries will bring its Americana sounds to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, July 21, at 9pm. Seattle is best known for giving the world grunge-rock, but apparently some musicians there are equally influenced by American roots music, country, and rock ‘n’ roll. Comprised of Seattle-based country musician Cahalen…

Festival of Literature and Food Celebrates John Ashbery at Basilica Hudson

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – READ & FEED, a festival celebrating literature and food, returns to Basilica Hudson on Sunday, July 23, from noon to 5pm. The festival includes a celebration of legendary Hudson-based poet John Ashbery’s 90th birthday; acclaimed food writers and chefs presenting demonstrations and interactive discussions; a superstar collection of authors offering literary performances…

Adam H. Weinert Examines Modern Dance Legacy at Hudson Hall

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Choreographer Adam H. Weinert stages a program of works associated with Jacob’s Pillow Dance founder Ted Shawn, as well as his own site-specific work, Monument, at Hudson Hall on Friday, July 21, at 7pm; Saturday, July 22, at 7pm; and Sunday, July 23, at 5pm. Fueled by his critically acclaimed “reaccession” of…

Ronnie Spector Bookends Region at Mahaiwe and Bardavon

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass., and POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.) – Iconic “girl-group” vocalist Ronnie Spector performs with the Ronettes at the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie on Friday, July 21, at 8pm, and at the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, Mass., on Saturday, July 22, at 8pm. Artists including Amy Winehouse, Macy Gray, Joan Jett, Patti Smith, and countless others are…

Simone Dinnerstein to Play Bach’s Goldberg Variations at PS21

(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – Pianist Simone Dinnerstein will perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations at PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century on Saturday, July 22, at 8pm. Dinnerstein’s globally acclaimed rendition of this iconic work is featured as PS21’s 12th annual Paul Grunberg Memorial Bach Concert. Dinnerstein gained an international reputation with the success of…