Concerts

(Concert Review) Holidelic, Club Helsinki Hudson, 12.8.13

Holidelic Club Helsinki Hudson Sunday, December 8, 2013 Review by Seth Rogovoy (HUDSON, N.Y.) – Everett Bradley brought out the heavy funk guns at Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday night for his third annual appearance with his Christmas funk spectacular, Holidelic. And the crowd on hand repaid him with such party-like enthusiasm and dancing that…

(Concert Review) Simi Stone, Club Helsinki Hudson, 12.7.13

Simi Stone Club Helsinki Hudson Saturday, December 7, 2013 Review by Seth Rogovoy (HUDSON, N.Y.) – From the moment she strode onstage at Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday night until the moment when she finally called it a night, nearly two hours later, Simi Stone owned the place through a combination of sheer talent, energy,…

(Concert Review) Nellie McKay, Club Helsinki Hudson, 11.30.13

Review by Seth Rogovoy (HUDSON, N.Y., November 30, 2013) – Nellie McKay overflows with talent and is so many different artists in one that her concerts are somewhat an embarrassment of riches. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, especially if your taste doesn’t extend, for example, to Doris Day songs or jazzy cabaret tunes. Because…

(Concert Review) The Franklin Electric, Club Helsinki Hudson, 11.29.13

Review by Seth Rogovoy (HUDSON, N.Y., November 29, 2013) – Montreal-based indie folk-pop-brass collective the Franklin Electric turned in a stunning, jaw-dropping performance at Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday night. Remember this band’s name, because if there’s any justice in the world, you are going to be hearing a lot more from them in the…

Elvis Costello Triumphs Over Himself at UPAC

(KINGSTON, N.Y., November 14, 2013) – Elvis Costello sure doesn’t make it easy for himself. He writes impossibly twisted and complicated melodies that plunge and swoop and go to unexpected places. He writes impossibly complicated lyrics to match – crowded with multisyllabic words that have to pour out of the singer’s mouth like honey lest…

(Concert Review) Omaha Diner Sets Out to Save Jazz by Destroying It

  by Seth Rogovoy (HUDSON, N.Y., November 9, 2013) – While they would probably deny any such intentions, the members of Omaha Diner want to do nothing less than to save jazz – to make it matter again, by speaking to contemporary audiences; to awaken people’s interest in a dying, ossified language and style; to…

(Concert Review) Wild Rovers Tour, Club Helsinki Hudson, 10.20.13

Wild Rovers Club Helsinki Hudson October 20, 2013 Review by Seth Rogovoy (HUDSON, N.Y.) – The Wild Rovers tour – a ragtag assemblage of Americana outfits – rolled into Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday night, and suggested there is still hope for a genre of music that rarely lives up to the hype surrounding it…

(Concert Review) Lee Ranaldo and the Dust, Club Helsinki Hudson, 10.8.13

Lee Ranaldo and the Dust Club Helsinki Hudson Hudson, N.Y. October 8, 2013 Review by Seth Rogovoy (HUDSON, N.Y.) – Lee Ranaldo and the Dust – with drummer Steve Shelley, thereby essentially half of Sonic Youth – displayed one musical path beyond Sonic Youth in a terrific hour-long set at Club Helsinki Hudson on Tuesday…

(Concert Review) Nick Lowe, Club Helsinki Hudson, 8.21.13

Review by Seth Rogovoy (HUDSON, N.Y., August 22, 2013) – A friend may have said it best when he turned to me midway through Nick Lowe’s superb solo concert at Club Helsinki Hudson on Wednesday night and asked, “Is this what it would have been like if Buddy Holly had lived?” Probably. Mix in a…