(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Jazz legend Don Byron will perform a tribute to R&B legend Junior Walker – best known for hits like “(I’m a) Roadrunner” and “Shotgun” – and more with an all-star band of rock and jazz talent at Club Helsinki Hudson on Thursday, August 6, at 8pm. Joining Byron will be musicians who have played with Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, the B52s, George Clinton, James Taylor, Chick Corea, Keith Richards, Dave Brubeck Gil Evans, the Brecker Brothers, Annie Lennox, Paul Simon, John Medeski and others.
(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – The month-long Chatham Dance Festival at PS21 kicks off with Brian Sanders JUNK on Friday and Saturday, August 7 and 8, at 8pm. Known for their ingenious use of found objects and clever inventions, this Philadelphia-based company bridges the gap between dance and physical theater. “I love dance as much as everything else, but I don’t call the members of JUNK ‘dancers’ but rather, ‘performers,’” Sanders explained. “Dance is a common vocabulary within which we communicate as a troupe but I avoid defining us by it. I consider most of what other people consider acrobatics, dance, just in the air or not necessarily on the ground.”
(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) – The 26th annual Bard Music Festival – an exploration of “Carlos Chávez and His World” – kicks off this Friday, August 7, at 8pm, with “The Musical Voice of Mexico” in the Fisher Center’s Sosnoff Theater. The first of the weekend’s five themed concerts – “Chávez and Mexico’s Musical Heritage” – offers an introduction to Mexican music since the colonial period of New Spain, culminating with the work of Carlos Chávez (1899–1978) and his 20th-century contemporaries. The opening event features an outstanding lineup that includes pianists Anna Polonsky and Orion Weiss, guitarist Jason Vieaux, soprano Ava Pine, the Daedalus Quartet, and members of the American Symphony Orchestra under the leadership of music director and festival co-artistic director Leon Botstein.
(RENSSELAERVILLE, N.Y.) — Pianist Michael Chertock will be featured in “From Rags to Riches,” a program showcasing piano and cello works of Sergei Rachmaninoff, kicking off the High Peaks Music Festival on Sunday, August 9, at 7pm at the Carey Institute’s Guggenheim Pavilion. The theme of this summer’s 10-day festival is “The Gilded Age: Bohemia in the Catskills.” Rachmaninoff, whose visits to the Catskills date to the 1930s, when he was living as a White Russian exile in Hollywood, stands as one of the last links between 19th-century Romanticism and modernism. The oceanic, enveloping sound Rachmaninoff’s music generates and his ability to stun audiences with performances of his fiendishly difficult pieces helped make him one of the highest paid performers of his time, one of the most influential pianists of the 20th century, and a veritable “rock star” of classical music. The program also includes ragtime selections by Zez Confrey and others.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – You know him best as guitarist, songwriter, and co-founder of the Black Crowes. But for the past decade-plus, Rich Robinson has been juggling his career as a bandleader and solo artist, with his commitment to roots-rock songwriting always his central focus. That’s the Rich Robinson who will be performing at Club Helsinki Hudson this Friday, August 7, at 9pm, in an intimate, solo acoustic concert, featuring Robinson, his unmistakable voice, and five beautiful guitars.