(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Since the last time Lake Street Dive performed here, the group has been discovered by the national press, with raves in Rolling Stone, the New Yorker, Hollywood Reporter and the Daily News, and championed by superstar producer T Bone Burnett. Yet the Boston-bred band, known for its unique fusion of jazz, classical, pop, swing and soul, are committed to keeping it real, returning to Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, September 5, at 9pm.
Lake Street Dive is a unique quartet with an approach like no other group you’ve ever heard. Four jazz- and classical-trained musicians who met at Boston’s New England Conservatory got together and formed an indie-pop band featuring a trumpet-wielding guitarist, a bassist, a drummer, and a female vocalist with pipes that can seduce you while at the same time they’re knocking you down with sheer power. The wonderful result produces a lazy, strutting New Orleans-inflected version of the Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back” or a steamy jazz-funk version of Hall & Oates’ “Rich Girl.”
(SPENCERTOWN, N.Y.) – Spencertown Academy Arts Center’s 10th annual Festival of Books – featuring a giant used book sale, two days of readings and book signings by nationally known and local authors including Simon Winchester and Ruth Reichl – and a children’s program takes place over Labor Day weekend, Friday-Monday, September 4-7, 2015. Featured authors this year include Simon Winchester, Luke Barr, Jeanne Bogino, Wesley Brown, Jamie Cat Callan, Talia Carner, David R. Gillham, Ann Hood, Daphne Kalotay, Alex Kershaw, Jonathan Mingle, Sonia Pilcer, Ruth Reichl, and James Scott.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – There will be an opening reception for Zen Dot Energy, a series of paintings by Woodstock artist Merrill Steiger, at FRG Objects & Design/Art on Saturday, September 5, 2015, from 6 to 9pm. The paintings are inspired aboriginal art, power spots, and India’s tantric traditions of circles and chakras. Merrill Steiger is a mid-career artist, living and working in New York City and Woodstock, N.Y. She has exhibited extensively in both solo and group exhibitions at museums, university galleries, art fairs, and galleries nationwide. The most recent solo exhibitions include Spectrum Miami in Miami and ArtExpo and the Walter Wickiser Gallery in New York City. Her work is also housed in a number of public, private, and permanent collections.
(LENOX, Mass.) – The curtain comes down on the 2015 summer season at Tanglewood with back-to-back performances by jazz icon Harry Connick, Jr., on Friday, September 4, and Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra on Saturday, September 5.
Connick is a multitalented musician, pianist, singer, songwriter and American Idol judge. His concert will feature music from Connick’s vast musical catalog, including songs from his most recent releases “Smokey Mary” and “Every Man Should Know.” To date, Connick has released 29 albums, won three Grammy Awards and two Emmy Awards, and garnered sales of 28 million albums. He last performed at Tanglewood in summer 2013.
Broadway and TV star Kristin Chenoweth — widely known for defining the role of Glinda in the hit musical “Wicked” — will join the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and conductor Thomas Wilkins for a program of music from the Broadway stage. The program will be followed by a fireworks display over the Stockbridge Bowl, bringing the 2015 Tanglewood season to a close.