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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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Wednesday, May 25, 7pm

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Saturday, May 28

9:00 pm

You're familiar with Angel Deradoorian's voice. As the former bassist, keyboardist and vocalist for Dirty Projectors, her levitating vocals buoyed the Brooklyn-based group. She's been a member of Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, sang on Flying Lotus' "Siren Song," and has collaborated with Vampire Weekend, Matmos, the Roots, et al.

Now a mononymous solo artist based on L.A., Deradoorian plays a unique blend of jazzy, psychedelic, electronic pop. Her first song collection, 2009's "Mind Raft," elicited praise from Pitchfork for being "passionate and lovingly crafted." The Fader hailed her "zen weed energy" and "moody dervish spirals." Last year's full-length debut, "The Expanding Flower Planet," has drawn apt comparisons to Bjork and Kate Bush.

Hudson's own Emily Ritz was formerly one-half of the duo Yesway. For 10 years, she was was a fixture on the Bay Area music scene. The native New Yorker left for California right after high school to study painting and filmmaking at California College of the Arts. Embraced by the music community in San Francisco, Emily found her place there as a performer. She performed in such bands as Honeycomb and DRMS, as a duo with Kacey Johansing in Yesway. Since her recent move to Hudson, Emily has been performing under her own name for the first time.

With less odd metered fingerpicking and more rhythmic strumming, Emilyl's songs are moving in a new direction though her sound is still very much influenced by her time in California. With a heavy delay on her electric guitar and dreamy vocals, you can expect a lush and powerful live performance.


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Emily Ritz
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Sunday, June 5

8:00 pm

After years of collaborating with the likes of Jack White, Kelly Clarkson, Norah Jones, Ryan Adams, Wanda Jackson, and Hozier, and after a stint as one-half of the duo Sam & Ruby, Ghanaian-born, Nashville-raised Ruby Amanfu is finally striking out on her own. Her debut album, "Standing Still," has received critical acclaim from Rolling Stone ("a tour through music history") and Billboard ("Nashville's next indie star").

In addition to writing her own songs, Amanfu is known for her stellar, soulful covers of artists including Brandi Carlile, Kanye West, Neil Young and Bob Dylan.


Thursday, June 9

8:00 pm

With Special Guest: Sam Moss

Kentucky singer-songwriter Joan Shelley's silvery soprano recalls that of Joan Baez. Shelley has been praised by Rolling Stone, NPR and Pitchfork, and the New York Times recently wrote that "her music is folky and pastoral, with a sense of scale that makes her humble about her place in mankind and the universe, and her songs are serene but never complacent." Boston-based singer-songwriter rambles through various offshoots of Americana, from original and interpreted folk songs, to pastoral and occasionally jagged instrumental guitar.

Sam Moss is a Boston based songwriter and string player. His work rambles through various offshoots of Americana, from original and interpreted folk songs, to pastoral and occasionally jagged instrumental guitar.


Friday, June 10

9:00 pm

With Sonya Kitchell Opening

First making her mark as frontwoman for her band Jealous Girlfriends, Holly Miranda is now based in Brooklyn, and should appeal to fans of Ani DiFranco for her outspoken lyrics and Aimee Mann for her haunting melodies.


Saturday, June 11

9:00 pm

With Special Guest: Grant Gordy

Grammy Award-winner Tim O'Brien is a bluegrass/roots-music superstar. He's an old-time singer-songwriter who plays multiple instruments, including guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and banjo. In the 1970s, he founded Hot Rize, long regarded as one of the most innovative and entertaining bluegrass bands. Guitarist Grant Gordy is a graduate of the Harvard University of bluegrass – the David Grisman Quintet.


Sunday, June 12

8:00 pm

With Rusty Belle Opening

One of the finest songwriters of his generation, Jeffrey Foucault has taken, in his own words, "the small roads;" building a brick and mortar independent international touring career of ten studio albums, countless miles and critical accolades.

He's been lauded for stark, literate songs that are as wide open as the landscape of his native Midwest (The New Yorker) and described as "quietly brilliant" (The Irish Times), while catching the ear of everyone from Greil Marcus to Don Henley (who regularly covers Foucault in his live set), to Van Dyke Parks (who offered to play on Foucault's 2011 offering, Horse Latitudes, after catching a live radio interview).


Monday, June 13

8:00 pm

James McCartney is a pop-rock singer-songwriter with a gift for a catchy melody and a natural sense of rhythm. His songs often address issues surrounding love, family and spirituality. His mother is the late Linda Eastman McCartney of the band Wings. You can figure out who is dad is on your own.


Friday, June 17, 9pm

Bobby Previte & The Visitors

Sunday, June 19, 8pm

Dylan LeBlanc
With The Pollies Opening

Thursday, June 23

8:00 pm

"Laney Jones and the Spirits are certainly a band to watch." LA Record

Alison Krauss certainly thinks so - the country superstar described their work as "beautiful and original." Miss Jones has a voice like honey and whiskey and can play a mean banjo, but this Berklee College of Music graduate and her band are still evolving their sound.

"When people see the banjo, they expect bluegrass. While I have deep love and respect for that music, I have really eclectic taste." Jones said. "I listen to everything from early folk roots to hip hop. I can't help but take influence from everything around me. With this album I wanted to prove that I can bring traditional instruments into unexplored realms."


Saturday, June 25

9:00 pm

Don Byron, the renowned jazz reedman and bandleader, has enjoyed a long connection with Club Helsinki going back to its roots as a small listening room in Great Barrington, Mass. In recent years, he has brought his jazz-funk projects to Helsinki Hudson.


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Sunday, June 27, 8pm

Voodoo Orchestra North
Summer Series

Friday, July 1

9:00 pm

With Burnell Pines Opening

Woodstock pop-rock singer-songwriter Simi Stone plays violin, guitar and percussion, boasts a huge, versatile voice, and commands the stage like a latter-day Tina Turner. She writes catchy pop tunes, dance numbers, and compelling, introspective folk songs, all in her signature, upbeat "Mountain Motown" style. And her band is a veritable funk-rock supergroup, including bandmates of David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, the B-52s, and Gang of Four.

Reviewing her December 2013 show at Helsinki Hudson, local music critic Seth Rogovoy wrote, "If there is any justice in the world, her upcoming album will propel Stone into national consciousness as a major new force on the pop-soul scene…. What the world needs now – right now, and not a moment too late – is Simi Stone, in all of her multitalented, glorious appeal."

Simi Stone names Aretha Franklin, Sly Stone, old school Madonna, Donna Summer, and Whitney Houston as influences, and it's hardly out of the question that someday Simi Stone will frequently be mentioned among them as a peer.


Friday, July 15, 9pm

The Skivvies
AnimalKind Benefit


Sunday, July 17

7:00 pm

With Special Guest:
Haas Kowert Tice

Conservatory-trained vocalist and songwriter Aoife O'Donovan is perhaps best known as the lead singer for the progressive bluegrass/string band, Crooked Still, although she has attracted her own fan base via two solo albums, frequent appearances on Garrison Keillor's "Prairie Home Companion," and as one-third of the bluegrass superstar trio I'm With Her, along with Sara Watkins (a founding member of Nickel Creek) and Sarah Jarosz.


Sunday, July 18, 8pm

Voodoo Orchestra North
Summer Series

Friday, July 22

9:00 pm

Songhoy Blues is a self-described "desert blues" group from Timbuktu, Mali. The group combines Afropop rhythms with a guitar-heavy punk-rock sound.


Sunday, July 24

8:00 pm

Texas-raised Mexican-American Escovedo, the uncle of pop-funk star Sheila E, is a one-time punk-rocker mostly playing original alt-country music since before there was such a term – and indeed his music today ranges from Velvet Underground-style drone rock to classic punk to Los Lobos-like Chicano rock to Rolling Stones' covers to idiosyncratic, character-based visionary music along the lines of Tom Waits.

Escovedo, who has recorded with Ryan Adams, Whiskeytown and Jon Dee Graham, is both a critic's darling (No Depression magazine, the bible of alt-country, called him Artist of the Decade in the 1990s) and a musician's musician (rock historian and Patti Smith guitarist Lenny Kaye contributed the biographical tribute to Escovedo on the latter's website).

For the last five years, Escovedo's career has been overseen by the same team that has long managed Bruce Springsteen. The Boss's longtime guitarist, Miami Steve Van Zandt aka Little Steven of the Underground Garage aka Silvio Dante on the Sopranos, has also been a big champion of his.

In recent years, Escovedo has teamed with Helsinki favorite Chuck Prophet for songwriting and Tony Visconti (David Bowie) for producing. Escovedo credits Prophet for the hints of lightness and humor that have been creeping into his work the past few years.


Tuesday, July 26

8:00 pm

"Unclassifiably original and frighteningly good" - NPR MUSIC

"The first album was me wanting to burn down my life, cut my hair off, and run screaming into the woods," says Alejandro Rose-Garcia. "This album is the trials and tribulations of becoming domesticated, letting people into your world and letting go of selfishness - the story of becoming a pair, losing that, and reconciling with the loss and gain of love."

Rose-Garcia is professionally known as Shakey Graves, and with his new record, "And the War Came," he extends the ground - emotionally and sonically - broken by his 2011 self-released debut album, "Roll the Bones," which brought him national acclaim and, three years later, still ranks near the top of Bandcamp's digital best-seller charts.

"Roll the Bones" established the powerful, mesmerizing Shakey Graves sound of Rose-Garcia accompanying himself on guitar and a handmade kick drum built out of an old suitcase. NPR Music named him one of 10 artists music fans "should've known in 2012," describing him as "astonishing...unclassifiably original. And frighteningly good." Paste included him in a "Best of What's Next" feature, praising his "gnarly composite of blues and folk," while The New York Times observed that Shakey Graves "makes the one-man band approach look effortless.


Thursday, July 28

8:00 pm

Self-described "polka punk" band Those Darn Accordions hail from San Francisco and straddle the fine line between novelty and inspiration. The group performs a combination of traditional accordion numbers like "Lady of Spain" and "Beer Barrel Polka," original compositions such as "There's Another Dumbass on the Mountain" and innovative covers of rock classics including the Who's "Baba O'Riley" and AC/DC's "Back in Black."


Friday, July 29

9:00 pm

Brooklyn-based Dub Is a Weapon sets out to translate studio-derived Jamaican dub music onto the live stage. Influenced by everyone from Lee 'Scratch' Perry to Jimi Hendrix to John Coltrane. the group lays down rhythms for a nonstop dub-dance party.


Sunday, July 31

8:00 pm

Hosted by Seth "Sauerkraut" Travins, this episode of Seth's Sauerkraut Revue features the Caleb Clauder Country Band from Portland, Ore., specializing in pre-rock, old-time country music. Chops & Sauerkraut, featuring Seth Travins on guitar and Chops Laconte on bass, are a hard-edged rockabilly, honky-tonk, and garage band influenced by Carl Perkins, the Standells, Elvis Presley, Bob Wills, and the Cramps.


Saturday, August 13

9:00 pm

Southern rocker Rich Robinson has brought the sounds pioneered by the Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd into the 21st century, first with his band Black Crowes and now headlining his own group.


Friday, August 5

9:00 pm

Legendary musician, producer, and Blue Note label honcho Don Was pretty much sums up the miracle of Robert Randolph thusly: "He has mastered what is, arguably, the most complex instrument in the world and developed a unique voice that is equal parts street-corner church and Bonnaroo." Rolling Stone magazine agreed when it included Randolph in its chartor the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" list, which attracted the attention of such giants as Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana, who have collaborated with him on stage and in the studio.

Frontman Randolph played pedal-steel guitar for years in the House of God church, where it was called Sacred Steel. It was avant-jazz organist and frequent Helsinki performer John Medeski who discovered him, teamed him with the North Mississippi Allstars, and helped Randolph reach a wider, secular audience with his unique style of soul-rock, as well as exposing Randolph to music the likes of the Allman Brothers, Buddy Guy and Muddy Waters.

Randolph's group, the Family Band, is comprised of the guitarist's actual family members Marcus Randolph, Danyel Morgan, and Lenesha Randolph, together with guitarist Brett Haas. At one point, the group can play a metal-funk tune that recalls Fishbone, and turn around and deliver a catchy pop-soul party tune that sounds like classic Sly and the Family Stone. The group covers tunes by Ohio Players and the Doobie Brothers, giving listeners a further clue to the group's eclectic and wide-ranging musical ear.


Sunday, August 8, 8pm

Voodoo Orchestra North
Summer Series

Sunday, August 22, 8pm

Voodoo Orchestra North
Summer Series

Thursday, August 25

8:00 pm

With Emily Duff Opening

Hawaii-based surfer Donavon Frankenreiter is an indie-rock singer-songwriter who often writes his songs with Grant-Lee Phillips. His songs often have an easygoing lilt that one might expect from his years of riding waves.


Saturday September 3, 9pm

Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones
With Sara Borges Opening

Friday, September 16, 9pm

Vieux Farka Toure

Sunday, October 16

8:00 pm

Folk-country singer-songwriter Crystal Bowersox is an American Idol finalist who was the first contestant in the program's history to have one of her original songs played on the show. Bowersox is critically acclaimed for her considerable vocal prowess – her soulful audition pieces on Idol included songs by Aretha Franklin, Erma Franklin, Gladys Knight and LaVern Baker – and she has gone on to enjoy a successful post-American Idol career of originality and authenticity, along the way winning the endorsement of Jakob Dylan, who duetted with Bowersox on "Stitches," a rootsy ballad the two co-wrote for her 2013 album "All That for This."

The 27-year-old Bowersox has performed alongside Harry Connick Jr., Joe Cocker, Alanis Morrisette, Michael Franti, John Popper and B.B. King. At her most soulful, she channels Sade; at her hardest-rocking, she recalls Melissa Etheridge, at her twangiest, she's in the vein of Mary Chapin Carpenter. It comes as no surprise to learn that Bowersox, who is also an actress, is slated to portray country legend Patsy Cline in the Broadway production of Always, Patsy Cline.


Friday, October 21

8:00 pm

The Suitcase Junket is the nom-de-bande of Northampton, Mass.-based indie-blues singer-songwriter Matt Lorenz, who should appeal to fans of Tom Waits and White Stripes alike.


Friday, October 28, 8pm

Chris Smither
With Special Guest: Milton

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