A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Hudson region, including a new wave rock legend at Spotty Dog; an album release concert by Sarah Borges at Helsinki Hudson; a reception for a new exhibit at Carrie Haddad Gallery; and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Marc Cohn at the Colonial in Pittsfield.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Legendary English New Wave artist Wreckless Eric, best known for his 1977 hit, “Whole Wide World,” performs an intimate show at Spotty Dog Books & Ale on Friday, February 26, at 8pm. Eric was a contemporary of Ian Dury, Elvis Costello, and Nick Lowe, all of whom recorded for Stiff Records, as did Eric, in the 1970s. “I was nearly someone back in the day, I was in the lower reaches of the hit parade,” sings Eric – who lives in the Hudson Valley with his wife, fellow rock songwriter Amy Rigby – on “Several Shades of Green,” the opening track of his terrific new album, “AmERICa.”
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Boston-based twang-rocker Sarah Borges launches her new album, “Good and Dirty,” at Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, February 26, at 9pm. Borges brings a full band with her – including producer Eric “Roscoe” Ambel – to introduce her audience to her new music as well as old favorites. Borges mines early rock ‘n’ roll styles as well as their roots and tributaries, including country, blues, R&B, and country-punk, on her way toward making new indie-rock with the immediacy and passion of 1950s and early-‘60s music.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Paintings by Mark Beard, David Dew Bruner, Joseph Maresca, Harry Orlyk, and Lionel Gilbert will be featured in the Winter Exhibit at Carrie Haddad Gallery, on view now through Sunday, April 3. There will be a reception for the artists on Sunday, February 28, from 2 to 4pm. Each work in the exhibition catalogs careful study of the land, the human body, or the work of their predecessors before them. All of the artists in the exhibition boast Hudson Valley ties, which are reflected one way or the other in their work.
(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Marc Cohn, best known for his signature tune, “Walking in Memphis,” performs at the Colonial Theatre on Thursday, February 25, at 8pm. Cohn’s short-story songwriting style is heavily influenced by Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, and Jackson Browne, and he is often named among the most personal and introspective lyricists of his generation.