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Thursday, April 17

8:00 pm

with Erin McKeown

The Mountain Goats is the nom de bande of indie folk-rock singer-songwriter John Darnielle, who will treat the Helsinki Hudson audience to one of his legendary, intimate solo performances, which led Magnet Magazine to call him "near the most affable, most charming frontman in current rock music." Since forming the Mountain Goats in 1991, Darnielle has sculpted highly literate and endearing songs that generally dwell on one or a combination of five subjects: conflicts within relationships that lead to irreducible contradictions, food, water, the mythology of pre-Columbian Mexico, and animals that can talk.


Friday, April 18

9:00 pm

with Special Guest Simi Stone

A self-described "late bloomer" musically, folk-rock singer-songwriter Ben Taylor didn't start singing until his early 20s. The hesitation is understandable, given the daunting example of success set by his parents, James Taylor and Carly Simon. While Ben thought of other vocations he could pursue, including wilderness guide or martial arts instructor, he was eventually drawn into the family business. Ben had a true affinity for music, and not surprisingly, a love for words. "My scholastic career was not successful," he says. "My internal jukebox was always so much louder than my teachers."

$20/Day of Show $25     

Fresh from a tour of Northern Europe and the United Kingdom, Taylor - a longtime favorite of Helsinki audiences dating back to the club's origins in Great Barrington, MA - is touring with a new batch of songs, slated for a new album tentatively titled Clouds In The Dirt and due to be released in May 2014. Taylor released his last studio album, Listening, in late 2012.

Visit bentaylormusic.tumblr.com

Saturday, April 19

9:00 pm

Referred to as a genius and a downtown ringleader by the New Yorker, Jonathan Spottiswoode is the son of an American singer and an English clergyman. WNYC's John Schaefer describes him as "one of New York's more colorful band leaders for more than a decade." With his deep, gravelly voice, his quirky, acerbic songwriting, and his eclectic musical palette, Jonathan Spottiswoode should appeal to fans of Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, the National, Ray Davies, Randy Newman and Nick Cave.

$15/Day of Show $18     

In 2012, Spottiswoode & His Enemies won two Independent Music Awards for their fifth record, Wild Goosechase Expedition, a critically hailed miracle about a rock band's doomed tour. The group has chosen to celebrate the release of its brand-new recording -- English Dream, slated for release on Tuesday, April 15 – at Helsinki Hudson. It's an English record, written and sung by an Englishman, but recorded in Brooklyn by a New York band. "Salvation, our fourth record, was Americana," says Spottiswoode. "This time we've gone ‘Anglicana' and made a pastoral collection of songs about nature, love, childhood and the other side of the pond. Sometimes it's idyllic, and sometimes it's a bit scary."

Visit spottiswoode.com

Friday, April 25

9:00 pm

Omar Sosa is known and hailed for his singular blend of Latin jazz and African diaspora music - a modern, urban music with a Latin jazz heart. Having grown up in Cuba, where he studied Cuban jazz, folk music, and classical music, Sosa has also lived in Ecuador, Spain and San Francisco, as well as immersing himself in the Gnawa culture of North Africa. Thus what comes out of his fingers when he applies them to the piano keyboard is a unique fusion of all these influences - a kind of world music-influenced, up-to-the-moment world jazz.

For this show, Sosa - who has been compared favorably to Keith Jarrett and Herbie Hancock - is bringing his New Cuban Quartet, featuring drummer Ernesto Simpson, bassist Childo Tomas, and saxophonist Leandro Saint-Hill, who also plays flute.


Monday, April 28, 8pm

The Faux Meek

The Faux Meek, a relatively new indie-rock group comprised of members of some of the region's most popular bands, have a moody style of organic drone-rock featuring vocal harmonies, electric guitar and dreamy keyboards.

Lead vocals in the Faux Meek are shared by guitarist/songwriter Josh Miesmer (Two Gun Man) and keyboardist Damara Rose Stolfo, formerly of Luxury Flats, who also contributes songwriting to the group. Gabe Schaftlein provides the group's underpinning on bass guitar, and Rob Williams, who shared membership in Mother Fletcher with Miesmer and Schaftlein, holds down the drum chair and contributes backup vocals.

Thursday, May 1

8:00 pm

Solo Acoustic

The critically acclaimed Toronto singer-songwriter Doug Paisley takes equal inspiration from the confessional singer-songwriter folk-rock of the 1970s – the New Yorker compared him to Jackson Browe and James Taylor – and the darker, Texas singer-songwriters of the 1980s – people like Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark. With a voice that recalls classic Nashville crooners like Don Williams and Hoyt Axton, Paisley straddles the fine line between folk-rock and alt-country.

Before becoming a solo artist, Paisley toured for the better part of a decade in a group that paid tribute to bluegrass legends the Stanley Brothers. His sterling musicianship has drawn the endorsement of Canadian legends Garth Hudson, of The Band, and Mary Margaret O’Hara, both of whom were lured out of seclusion to record with Paisley.


Friday, May 2

9:00 pm

A longtime favorite of Club Helsinki audiences, the award-winning, bluesy soul-gospel trio the Holmes Brothers - bassist/vocalist Sherman Holmes, guitarist/pianist/vocalist Wendell Holmes, drummer/vocalist and brother-in-spirit Popsy Dixon - take songs from all over the musical map, be they blues, soul, gospel, country, bluegrass, or R&B, and refine them into their unique blend of sweet harmonies and soulful grit. It makes the brothers as adept at covering the Beatles and Blind Willie Johnson as Hank Williams and Nick Lowe. They take it to church one moment and take it to the juke joint the next. And they make it all make sense.


The group's most recent album, "Brotherhood," features the Holmes Brothers' spine-tingling three-part harmony singing, mixing Wendell's gruff and gravelly vocals with Popsy's soaring falsetto and Sherman's rich baritone, bringing the spirit of gospel-inflected deep soul music into every song they perform. Equally gripping is the rhythmic foundation laid down by Sherman's bass playing and Popsy's drumming, perfectly complementing Wendell's blues-soaked guitar solos and church-inspired piano playing. The band expertly blends Saturday night's roadhouse blues and rock with the gospel passion of Sunday morning's church service.

Visit theholmesbrothers.com

Saturday, May 3

8:00 pm

Todd Park Mohr is the eponymous leader, singer and guitarist of rock group Big Head Todd & the Monsters, renowned on the jam-band festival circuit for the group's funky blues-rock. Mohr's songwriting is devoted to the personal, the musical, and the political. Recent numbers ripped from the headlines include "We Won't Go Back," which Mohr penned about the 2010 Arab Spring uprisings in the Middle East, and "Fear, Greed and Ignorance," whose topical lyrics declare that it's those three dishonorable traits that are "driving you America off the edge of the road." The song "Hubert's Dream" is a nod to the late blues guitarist and Howlin' Wolf sideman Hubert Sumlin, while "Hey Delila" is Mohr's tribute to another blues giant, Memphis Minnie.

$22/Day of Show $25     

Friday, May 9

9:00 pm

with She Keeps Bees Opening

Brooklyn-based indie folk-rock singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten is an integral part of the new Brooklyn indie scene, having collaborated, performed or recorded with members of the National, the Antlers, Beirut and the Walkmen, among others. Hailed for the intense honesty and vulnerability of her songs and her alluring vocals, Van Etten's music is noted for its distinctive minimalism and timeless feel. She is a multi-instrumentalist who juggles duties on guitar, piano, percussion, harmonium, and omnichord, and she makes extensive use of vocal harmonies, in part because she claims to hear more than one melody simultaneously in her writing process. The end result can at times be as organic and rootsy as a front-porch picking session, or as lush and orchestral as a symphony. Van Etten - who should appeal to fans of Patti Smith, Emmylou Harris, Jefferson Airplane and the National - will preview new songs from her upcoming recording, "Are We There," due out in late May, when she performs at Helsinki Hudson.


Sunday, May 11

8:00 pm

with Peter Bruntnell Opening

A cofounder of legendary alt-country outfit Uncle Tupelo with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, singer-songwriter Jay Farrar went on to form the group Son Volt and also to carve out as a career as a solo artist. With Uncle Tupelo, continuing through Son Volt and in his solo work, Jay Farrar taps into the intersection of country, folk and rock music in a manner recalling groups including the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, the Grateful Dead and early R.E.M. Farrar's reedy tenor recalls such classic Americana singers as Neil Young, Jerry Garcia and Jackson Browne, and his songwriting hero and model is Woody Guthrie.


Thursday, May 15

8:00 pm

with Caroline Rose Opening

Texas singer-songwriter Hayes Carll is equally known for his outspoken politically-infused rockers and his self-described "degenerate love songs." The 35-year-old Carll's "KMAG YOYO" – a sort of updated version of Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" - was American Songwriter's #1 Song of 2011. The album of the same name was the Americana Music Association's #1 Album and made year-end Best of Lists in Rolling Stone, SPIN and the New York Times. Breaking down genres, Carll is equally adept at playing rock clubs and honkytonks, Bonnaroo, Stones Fest, SXSW and NXNE. He's been described as a cross between Ray Wylie Hubband and Todd Snider.

$22/Day of Show $25     

Friday, May 16

9:00 pm

Playonbrother is the new "electrified soul-rock trio" led by Alan Evans, best known as the cofounder, writer and drummer of Soulive. The group - formerly called the Alan Evans Trio - features Beau Sasser on Hammond B-3 organ and Danny Mayer on guitar - the same basic Soulive trio lineup. With Evans's hard-driving drumming, the overall sound of Playonbrother updates classic 1970s funk for the 21st century.

In its heyday, Soulive - which originated in nearby Woodstock in 1999 - opened concerts for the Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, the Roots, Common, John Mayer, and others. The band also played at various festivals including Monterey Jazz, Newport Jazz and Bonnaroo, and toured throughout Japan and all over Europe.


Sunday, May 18

8:00 pm

The Steel Wheels perform a modern take on classic American roots music, blending blues, bluegrass, folk, old-timey, gospel, country, and fiddle tunes with an occasional hint of rock n' roll energy. The quartet, which hails from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, features an old-time blend of acoustic fiddle, guitar, bass, and mandolin and four-part vocal harmonies sung into a single microphone, updated with a modern soul and spirit. Fans of Mumford and Sons, the Avett Brothers and Old Crow Medicine will appreciate the group's delicate straddling of the fine line between traditional and modern.

$20/Day of Show $25     

Monday, May 19

8:00 pm

The Voodoo Orchestra North, led by legendary drummer, improviser and composer Bobby Previte - a recent transplant to Hudson - and featuring many great upstate New York musicians, kicks off a regular series of performances devoted to exploring the music of Miles Davis's eternal electric jazz-funk masterpiece, "Bitches Brew."

One of the greatest works of the twentieth century, "Bitches Brew" - released in 1970 - changed the entire landscape of not only jazz but rock, funk, soul, and pop as well. Hailed as a masterpiece upon its release, it has proven even more influential in the fullness of time.

$5/Day of Show $7     

Thursday, May 22

8:00 pm

Since 1991, singer-songwriter and cellist Melora Creager - who calls Hudson home - has been exploring the affinities among modern rock, cello, and Victorian folk with her group, Rasputina. Her original songs connect the dots between Renaissance madrigals and Nirvana-like grunge-rock. In fact, Creager toured as a cellist with Nirvana on the group's final European tour.

Originally formed as a female cello-rock trio, Rasputina - which recorded several albums for Columbia Records in the 1990s - has evolved over the years at the same time that hipster musical trends have caught up with Creager's idiosyncratic creativity that anticipated styles including freak-folk, Modern Victorian and Steampunk. Creager's fascination with history and legend has led her to explore medical curiosities, climate change, Auschwitz and 16th-century Catholicism in song.


Saturday, May 24

9:00 pm

Sarah Borges and Girls Guns and Glory are two avatars of Boston's thriving roots-rock scene. Both artists mine early rock 'n' roll styles as well as their roots and tributaries, including country, blues and R&B, on their way toward making new indie-rock with the immediacy and passion of 1950s and early-'60s music.

Longtime Helsinki favorite Sarah Borges has been entertaining audiences for years with her diverse brand of punk-inflected noir-rock. She cuts an alluring figure onstage, and was seemingly born to play rock 'n' roll. Her latest album, "Radio Sweetheart," was produced by Steve Berlin, best known as keyboardist and saxophonist for the similarly roots-music mining Chicano-rock group Los Lobos.

Girls Guns and Glory is a modern Americana group that harkens back to the early rock 'n' roll of Nashville and Memphis, with influences ranging from Hank Williams to Buddy Holly to Eddie Cochran to Johnny Cash, and with an emphasis on songwriting akin to fellow travelers like Steve Earle. The band recently released its fifth album, "Good Luck," produced by Eric "Roscoe" Ambel (the Bottle Rockets).


This twang-rock double-bill promises to transform Helsinki Hudson into an old-time honky-tonk club with urgent and immediate, dance-ready rock 'n' roll.

Visit girlsgunsandglory.com

Visit sarahborges.com

Sunday, May 25, 8pm

Randy Graff

Monday, May 26

8:00 pm

with Gabriel Kelly Opening

In London in the late 1970s, Karl Wallinger worked as a clerk for ATV/Northern Songs music publishing company, which fans will no doubt recognize as the company that published the Beatles song catalog. After a stint as musical director of the Rocky Horror Show in London's West End, he joined a funk band called the Out and then the famed Irish folk-rock group the Waterboys. After a falling out with leader Mike Scott, Wallinger and a few other members left the Waterboys in 1986 and formed World Party, quickly becoming an international sensation with the Top 40 hit, "Ship of Fools." By the early 1990s, World Party was headlining festivals, garnering awards (including a nomination for "Best Alternative Music Performance" at the 1990 Grammy Awards), and building a cult following among fans and critics who regarded Wallinger in the tradition of such brilliant British pop-rock craftsmen as Ray Davies and Robyn Hitchcock. The music of World Party is influenced by and recalls the greats of the rock era, from the Beatles to the Kinks, the Beach Boys, The Band, Neil Young, and Prince.


Sunday, June 1, 6pm

Blues Hall of Fame Induction

The Blues Hall of Fame is dedicated to honoring, showcasing and inducting the great blues artists of the world. It holds local induction ceremonies at which legendary, master and great local blues artists are publicly inducted by their fans and contemporaries.

Monday, June 2, 8pm

Faux Meek

Thursday, June 5

8:00 pm

Wilco offshoot band Autumn Defense revels in the sounds of such classic British invasion groups as the Zombies, the Kinks, and the Beatles. The long-running side project featuring Wilco multi-instrumentalists John Stirratt and Pat Sansone luxuriates in pop vocals and harmonies recalling Lennon and McCartney; guitar licks that hint at George Harrison; leaps of melody that bring to mind the Zombies; and Anglophile story-songs that rank with the best of Ray Davies.


Thursday, June 12

8:00 pm

Hailing from Brooklyn, nine-piece power-funk group Turkuaz boasts a three-man horn section; a handful of vocalists and percussionists; and enough of a sonic impact and versatility to remind listeners of classic funk acts such as Parliament and Sly & The Family Stone as well as 1990s funk-rockers including Fishbone and Red Hot Chili Peppers. The band's jittery, world-pop-dance grooves also recall "Remain In Light"-era Talking Heads.


Friday, June 13

8:00 pm

with Special Guest The Family Crest

Chamber-rock collective Mother Falcon began as a jam session among a group of high school cellists eager to break out of the classical repertoire that predominated their musical training. Since then, the 17-member ensemble has evolved as an organic collective of classically trained young musicians determined to push their artistry into new musical territory by crafting a signature soundscape by blending rock, jazz and hip hop rhythms with swirling horns and strings that alternately lead and support equally inventive vocal arrangements. In addition to violins, cellos, saxophones, and trumpet, the band includes piano, accordion, banjo, and bassoon.

Like Mother Falcon, the Family Crest is also an indie-rock group comprised of classically trained musicians performing in a rock style that variously recalls Burt Bacharach and Arcade Fire.


Monday, June 16

8:00 pm

The Voodoo Orchestra North, led by legendary drummer, improviser and composer Bobby Previte - a recent transplant to Hudson - and featuring many great upstate New York musicians, kicks off a regular series of performances devoted to exploring the music of Miles Davis's eternal electric jazz-funk masterpiece, "Bitches Brew."

One of the greatest works of the twentieth century, "Bitches Brew" - released in 1970 - changed the entire landscape of not only jazz but rock, funk, soul, and pop as well. Hailed as a masterpiece upon its release, it has proven even more influential in the fullness of time.

$5/Day of Show $7     

Thursday, June 19

8:00 pm

Formed in Durham, N.C., indie-pop sextet Delta Rae consists of siblings Ian Hölljes (vocals and guitar), Eric Hölljes (vocals, guitar, piano and keys) and Brittany Hölljes (vocals), as well as Elizabeth Hopkins (vocals), Mike McKee (percussion) and Grant Emerson (bass guitar). The group has often been likened to Fleetwood Mac, and Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham gave his stamp of approval to the band by appearing in one of their videos. Delta Rae has appeared at festivals including Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits and Voodoo, and will be a featured act at Lollapallooza in Chicago this August.


Saturday, June 28

8:00 pm

Swamp Baby/Dustbowl Faeries
with special guests Two Cats in Suits

Two of the Capitol Region's top psych-folktronica outfits, Swamp Baby and Dust Bowl Faeries, headline this night of avant chamber-pop. Special guests Two Cats in Suits, featuring members of the Last Conspirators, will warm up the crowd.


Albany-based Swamp Baby has been gaining notice for its particular form of intimate, ethereal chamber pop. The six-piece group refuses to perform in bars, preferring to couch its music in quieter situations where audiences can contemplate its rich, layered sound.

Dust Bowl Faeries leader Ryder Cooley is a nationally renowned multi-media artist. She performs in tandem with Hazel, a disembodied taxidermy ram. The Dust Bowl Faeries is Cooley's latest musical incarnation; a mesmerizing collaboration with keyboardist/vocalist Sara Ayers and steel guitarist/cellist Karen Cole. Cooley, a co-host of Helsinki's weekly open-mic night and a resident of Hudson, sings and plays accordion, ukulele and musical saw in the group.

Two Cats in Suits is the rock 'n' roll acoustic duo of singer-songwriter/punk-poet Tim Livingston and writer-guitarist-bassist Nick Bisanz, both of the punk-rock band the Last Conspirators. They play stripped-down and alternate versions of Last Conspirators songs along with new Livingston/Bisanz material, select covers and other tunes from their extensive back catalogs.

Dust Bowl Faeries
Swamp Baby
Two Cats in Suits

Sunday, June 29, 7pm

Terri White

Monday June 30

8:00 pm

The plaintive-voiced Joe Purdy is a prolific folk-rock songwriter who has recorded 12 albums in eight years. A self-described storytelling troubadour, Purdy has sold over a million direct-download tracks on iTunes without being signed to a label. His songs have been featured in the TV series "Grey's Anatomy," as well as "Lost" and "House M.D." Purdy's distinctive voice and songwriting talent have won the endorsement of such prominent fans as the Who's Pete Townshend and Steve Earle.



Monday, July 7, 8pm

Saturday, July 19, 8pm

Linda Lavin

Sunday, July 27

8:00 pm

Grammy Award-winning folk-rock singer songwriter Marc Cohn is best known for the hit song, "Walking in Memphis." Cohn's distinctive, soulful vocals and his gift for melody have made him one of his generation's most acclaimed singer-songwriters. The list of performers with whom he has collaborated reads like a who's who of all-time folk-rock greats, including Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Jackson Browne, Suzanne Vega, Jimmy Webb, Roseanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Aimee Mann, India.Arie, and Patty Griffin.

Doubling on piano and guitar, Cohn draws from a rich catalog of original compositions. He recently paid tribute to his influences, however, in a stunning album called "Listening Booth: 1970," on which he transformed songs from that key year by such artists as Cat Stevens, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Van Morrison, Smokey Robinson, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Bread into Marc Cohn songs.



Sunday, August 10

8:00 pm

Solo Acoustic

If you close your eyes when listening to JD McPherson, you could be forgiven for thinking you’re hearing Fats Domino, Buddy Holly or Little Richard (or Ruth Brown, for that matter). McPherson’s songwriting and delivery brings you back to the birth of rock ‘n’ roll, when the music was urgent and a little bit threatening and before divisions between rockabilly and R&B segregated the music and its audience. It’s undoubtedly why his debut album, “Signs & Signifiers,” released by Rounder Records, garnered the Independent Music Award for Best Rock Album in 2012. Hailing from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, the former art teacher comes across as a modern-day Elvis Presley raised on Led Zeppelin, punk-rock and Wu-Tang Clan.


Friday, August 22

9:00 pm

Beloved for their unique blend of early swing jazz, rural folk, old-time blues and Appalachian music, the Hudson Valley-based trio the Wiyos are an intercontinental sensation, having warmed up U.S. audiences on a full 28-day summer tour for Bob Dylan in 2009 and having been featured in the BBC TV programs "Folk America - Hollerers, Stompers and Old-Time Ramblers" and "No Sleep 'Til Yell." Gleefully subverting genre distinctions, their music comes from a time before commercial formatting separated blues from country, ragtime from gospel, and swing from hillbilly. Their sound is reminiscent of days gone by, when live bands could be heard both on the radio and at community dances, juke joints, and house parties.



Sunday, August 31, 8pm

Charles Busch

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