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Eat Food or Die: A Monthly Podcast Hosted by Chef Hugh Horner

Front Porch Style Conversations with Food Professionals of all walks and Helsinki Musicians, with music hand selected from some of Chef's favorite artists to appear here at Helsinki, both past and future.

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Saturday, August 30

9:00 pm

Named the 54th greatest rock guitarist of all time and the 16th greatest acoustic guitarist by Rolling Stone magazine, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jorma Kaukonen - one of the most highly respected interpreters of American roots music, blues, and Americana - is a veritable Zelig of rock history. One of the original, early-1960s blues and roots music revivalists, he went on to cofound two of the most influential rock groups of all time, Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. Besides the members of the Airplane and Hot Tuna, the list of players he's performed with reads like a who's-who of rock n' roll, especially the California-based roots scene including Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, and such prominent singer-songwriters as David Crosby and Warren Zevon.


Sunday, August 31, 8pm

Charles Busch


Friday, September 5

9:00 pm

With Egypt 80, Seun Kuti carries on the legacy of his father, the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti, whose name was nearly synonymous with "Afrobeat," combining swirling African rhythms and gritty textures with horn-laced funk in songs laced with social and political messages. Kuti's 15-piece band, including many musicians who performed with Fela, boasts a four-member horn section (plus Kuti himself on saxophone), two backup vocalists/dancers, four percussionists, and a full rock band including two electric guitarists playing the incessant rhythms and circular, twisted single-note lines and riffs that came to characterize and define Afrobeat music, as popularized on the public radio program "Afropop Worldwide" hosted by Georges Collinet.

Seun Kuti has worked with Brian Eno, bringing full circle the Afrobeat sounds that mid-career Talking Heads introduced to American audiences on Eno-produced albums including "Fear of Music" and "Remain in Light." Kuti, however, has found his own idiosyncratic voice as songwriter, singer, and bandleader, with the scorching rhythms and kinetic funk energy that has earned the band worldwide acclaim as one of today's most incendiary live acts.


Saturday, September 6

9:00 pm

With one ear in the southern Georgia church where her father was pastor and musical director, and the other turned to R&B charts, soul-gospel vocalist Lizz Wright can sing a lofty spiritual like "Amazing Grace," and then turn on a dime and render a steamy rendition of "(I've Got to Use My) Imagination" by Gladys Knight and the Pips. On a song like "Hit the Ground," she connects the dots between Ella Fitzgerald and Otis Redding.

In addition to her own rootsy, eclectic recordings that have been likened to those of her contemporary, Norah Jones, Wright is a much-in-demand-vocalist, having lent her voice to efforts by Jakob Dylan, Joe Sample, Danilo Perez, David Sanborn, Toots Thielemans, Amos Lee, and Hudson's own Meshell Ndegecello, who wrote the title track to Wright's album, "Fellowship."


Friday, September 19

9:00 pm

With slide blues guitar, gospel organ chords, New Orleans-style horns, and group harmonies, bluesy roots-rockers Buffalo Stack canít help but recall Woodstock heroes the Band. In fact, it was at Levon Helmís barn in Woodstock that husband-and-wife Andy and Tania Stack of Hudson Ė at the time performing as a duo called the Stacks - met bassist Brandon Morrison, drummer Lee Falco, and guitarist Connor Kennedy, the other musicians who would soon join them to become Buffalo Stack, who at their hardest hitting and blues-rockingest recall Black Keys or White Stripes.


Sunday, September 21, 7pm

Marilyn Maye

Wednesday, September 24

8:00 pm

After a decade of constant activity, the members of Crooked Still decided to take a break from touring in 2011 in order to pursue other projects and recharge creatively. One year quickly became three as vocalist Aoife O'Donovan made an acclaimed solo CD; banjo player Greg Liszt toured and recorded with his band the Deadly Gentlemen; and bassist Corey DiMario, fiddler Brittany Haas, and cellist Tristan Clarridge all collaborated with a long list of acoustic music's top artists.

Now, the group is back, ready to entertain audiences with its innovative bluegrass style that embraces material ranging from old-time folk, gospel and country tunes to Robert Johnson blues, Beatles pop, and contemporary singer-songwriter material by the likes of Paul Simon and Gillian Welch, all given the band's unique imprint - the soft, dreamy, mellow vocals of Aoife O'Donovan combined with the band's high energy, technical skill, and unusual instrumentation.


Friday, September 26

9:00 pm

For the last quarter-century, Rockabilly Hall of Fame winners Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys have mined the corners of pre- and early- rock 'n' roll influences, including Western swing, honkytonk, doo-wop, and country boogie. Hearing Big Sandy instantly puts a listener in mind of early greats like Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Buck Owens, Chuck Berry, and, of course, Elvis Presley. Take a trip back to a more innocent time with these ever-joyful roots-rockers.

Visit bigsandy.net

Thursday, October 9

8:00 pm

In psychobilly duo Heavy Trash, singer-guitarist Jon Spencer of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Pussy Galore teams up with his pal, singer-bassist Matt Verta-Ray, formerly of New York bands Madder Rose and Speedball Baby. Together, the two create a vintage sound, transporting audiences back to the mid-1950s, when by its very nature rock 'n' roll was avant-punk - a music ahead of its time. When it's played as honestly as they play it in Heavy Trash, rock retains as much shock and awe as it had in its early days. Bloodshot Bill, who started playing in his hometown of Montreal, around 1998, with just a guitar and a stomp board, and since then has established an international reputation for recapturing the thrilling sound of early rockers like Gene Vincent, Link Wray and Elvis Presley, warms up the crowd for Heavy Trash.


Thursday, October 23, 8pm

Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase

Sunday, October 26, 6pm

Haute Cature • Benefit Fashion Show

Sunday, November 2

Blues Hall of Fame Induction

Friday, November 14

9:00 pm

with Milton Opening

Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for 50 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original. Having released a series of timeless records since the early 1970s, Chris' newest release, Still On the Levee (release date: July 22, 2014), is a career-spanning retrospective double CD. Recorded in New Orleans with studio-mates he calls The Motivators, Still On the Levee plays host to special guests including Allen Toussaint and Loudon Wainwright III. The record highlights the vast catalog of an American music master. Reviewers and fans from around the world agree that Chris is a profound songwriter, a blistering guitarist and, as he puts it, a 'one-man band to the bone.' Chris melds the styles of his two major influences, Lightnin' Hopkins and Mississippi John Hurt, into his own signature guitar sound. His music continues to draw deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and humanist philosophers. He may be best known for writing "Love You Like A Man" which Bonnie Raitt and, more recently, jazz great Diana Krall have covered. His music has been covered by numerous artists and featured in soundtrack albums, independent film, television and commercials

New York Times: WIth a weary, well-traveled voice and a serenely intricate finger-picking style, Mr. Smither turns the blues into songs that accept hard-won lessons and try to make peace with fate.


A Songwriters' Tribute to Chris Smither - soundcloud.com

Visit smither.com

Saturday, November 22, 9pm

Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express

Friday, January 2, 9pm

Sarah Borges/Girls Guns and Glory