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Friday, November 28, 9pm
AND
Saturday, November 29, 9pm

Everett Bradley's Holidelic


Part dance party, part funk concert, part comedy show, the holiday-funk spectacular Holidelic features original holiday songs as well as loose, funk-infused adaptations of Tchaikovsky, "Frosty the Snowman," "Little Drummer Boy" and the like. With his new show, "Sugar Daddy," Everett Bradley puts a fresh spin on holiday cheer, through lively holiday party tunes, outrageous costumes, and a theatrical stage show worthy of George Clinton's Parliament-Funkadelic. There'll be no "Silent Night" when Holidelic reinvigorates the season, prompting concertgoers to shake their holiday booties to Sly Stone-style funk 'n' roll. Ho-ho-ho!








Thursday, December 4, 8pm

Winter Songwriters Round Tour


Singer-songwriters Hannah Holbrook, Ayo Awosika, Hannah Christianson and Hillary Reynolds will share the stage for their Winter Songwriters Round Tour. With everyone onstage at once, the women will take turns sharing the microphone, trading songs and observations. Hannah Christianson and Hillary Reynolds will be performing in a duo format as the Arrow and the Bow.

Hannah Holbrook is the eldest member of the sister folk-pop band, SHEL. Hillary Reynolds, best known as the lead singer of her eponymous award-winning Americana/pop quintet, combines forces with fellow Midwest spirit Hannah Christianson to explore the healing, heart-opening power of music, travel, yoga, in the Arrow & the Bow. Often described as a "songstress," Ayo Awosika boasts diverse training that spans classical to jazz. Her debut album is slated to be released in spring 2015.








Friday, December 5


9:00 pm

co-bill


The Sacred Shakers, featuring vocalist Eilen Jewell, play a rollicking blend of old-time, country and blues-influenced gospel music in the tradition of Hank Williams, the Carter Family, the Stanley Brothers, Son House, and Mississippi Fred McDowell. They effortlessly connect the church to the back porch and the back porch to the honkytonk. This Boston-based, all-star, eight-piece roots ensemble offers new life to the gospel genre by revisiting the stripped down country and bluesy gospel material that inspires them.

First making her name in the Pacific Northwest, where she's been called "Seattle's Emmylou," and heralded as one of the best songwriters to come out of Washington State, Zoe Muth has spent the last four years touring across the U.S. and Europe. Muth's clear, honest vocals and classic approach have garnered her comparisons to Maybelle Carter, Loretta Lynn, John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Iris Dement, and Patty Griffin. With her band, the Lost High Rollers, her musical arrangements have one foot in 1950s Nashville and the other in the early country-rock experiments of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers. While Muth's own songs sit comfortably aside her country music forebears, she's equally as comfortable delivering renditions by songwriters as diverse as Ronnie Lane, Anna McGarrigle, Dock Boggs and Jerry Ragovoy in her inimitable country style.

    






Saturday, December 6, 9pm


9:00 pm



Woodstock 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."

Stone’s band includes drummer Zack Alford (Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Vernon Reid), bassist Sara Lee (Gang of Four, B-52s, Ani DiFranco), and guitarist Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie, Tears for Fears, Gang of Four), as well as keyboardist David Baron.

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, December 12


9:00 pm

co-bill


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.

Visit robertrandolph.net







Saturday, December 20


9:00 pm



The Terminals Band is a one-off, all-star quartet led by drummer-composer Bobby Previte performing music from his recently released "Terminals" project, including Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, jam-band icon John Medeski on keyboards, and avant-jazz saxophonist Greg Osby.

"Terminals" is a series of new percussion concertos by Previte, a project featuring new-music ensemble SO Percussion, recently released by Cantaloupe Music. It had its world premiere at Club Helsinki Hudson in October. Cline, Medeski, and Osby were the soloists on the recording of concertos. "I had the idea to put the soloists together as a band, and so this is the first time we have all played together," says Previte. "This could be a one-time only event ... it probably will be."

Since moving to Columbia County a few years ago, Bobby Previte has turned Hudson into a northern outpost of the downtown jazz avant-garde with his regular gigs at Helsinki Hudson, often featuring his ongoing Voodoo Orchestra North project devoted to Miles Davis's "Bitches Brew" music, and bringing a steady flow of cutting-edge improvisers to the Helsinki stage.

    







Friday, December 26, 9pm

Seth's Sauerkraut Review








Saturday, December 27


9:00 pm



Bruce Katz's resume reads like a who's who of blues and blues-rock. Playing piano and Hammond B3 organ, Katz has toured and recorded with the Greg Allman Band, Delbert McClinton, Maria Muldaur, Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters, among numerous others. While blues remains his core influence, Katz's music occupies a unique space where blues, soul-jazz, jam-band rock, and all aspects of Americana collide into a style of original music all his own. "Homecoming," the new recording by the Bruce Katz Band, features songs and instrumentals including guest appearances by guitarists John Hammond Jr. and Jimmy Bennett and drummer Randy Ciarlante.

    






Wednesday, December 31


9:00 pm



Soul legend Lee Fields & The Expressions will ring out the old and ring in the new with their old-school soul and R&B for a New Year's Eve dance party. Fields's gritty voice – one part church, one part bedroom – and the Expressions classic sound can't help but bring a listener back to the heyday of soul, when James Brown, Al Green, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder ruled the roost.

Recent highlights of Fields's career since he teamed with the Expressions include opening slots for the Black Keys, Pretty Lights, and Wilco, as well as performing in front of 7,000 people at Rosklide, 10,000 people at Red Rocks, and sold-out shows in New York, San Francisco, Los Angles, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Montreal, Austin, Houston, New Orleans and many more.

There couldn't be a better way to usher in the new year than with such tried-and-true R&B sounds as those of Lee Fields & the Expressions.

    






Friday, January 2


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.
    






Saturday, January 10


9:00 pm



Elvis Presley's impact on all music that came after him is impossible to tally. Bob Dylan, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, U2 – they're all impossible to imagine without Elvis having paved the way. For several decades, the Capital District-based Mark Gamsjager and The Lustre Kings have been keeping the sound of early rockabilly alive, both in the region and across the U.S. and around the world. They bring an immediacy to the joyful music with a dark underbelly that has compelled performers like Wanda Jackson, the Queen of Rockabilly, as well as Bill Kirchen, Eddie Angel and Robert Gordon, to draft them into the service of rock 'n' roll revivalism.

For the annual Elvis Birthday Bash at Helsinki Hudson – marking what would have been the King's 80th birthday - the Lustre Kings are expected to be joined by other members of the region's talented rock 'n' roll revival scene.

    






Friday, January 16


9:00 pm



Glamour hit the nail on the head when they described Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds as what you get when you cross Amy Winehouse and Tina Turner with Mick Jagger and a dose of the Squirrel Nut Zippers. It's big-city grit and down-home sweetness together with a bit of Americana. The Dirty Birds' unique blend of R&B combines influences from deep soul to James Brown-style party-funk to Jamaican ska and reggae. Arleigh Kincheloe aka Sister Sparrow has drawn comparisons to Tina Turner and Amy Winehouse for her powerful, raspy vocals and dynamic stage presence. All in all, you couldn't ask for a more suitable outfit to provide the musical rhythms and excitement to power a soul-funk dance party.

    







Saturday, January 24, 9pm

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus









Sunday, January 25, 6pm

Community Music Space presents the Young Performers Showcase









Saturday, February 13, 9pm

Voodoo Orchestra North


The Voodoo Orchestra North, led by legendary jazz drummer, improviser and composer Bobby Previte - a recent transplant to Hudson - and featuring many great upstate New York musicians, plays 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. "The Voodoo Orchestra North starts where 'Bitches Brew' left off, and begins anew," says Previte.








Saturday, February 14


9:00 pm



If Chrissie Hynde had grown up in New Jersey listening to the Shangri-Las and Roy Orbison, she may have grown up to be Nicole Atkins. Now a Brooklyn-based indie-rock singer-songwriter, Atkins blends pop-fueled hooks and moody introspection in songs that veer from rootsy to classic to psychedelic.

Among the highlights of her emerging career have been contributing a dark, intimate version of "Dancing in the Dark" to a Bruce Springsteen tribute album, making it sound much more in line with a Springsteen song than the brash, commercial disco-rock version the Boss recorded in the mid-1980s. She's been featured on NPR, in Relix and Paste magazines, and in the Wall Street Journal.

    







Saturday, February 28, 9pm

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus









Saturday, March 13, 9pm

Voodoo Orchestra North


The Voodoo Orchestra North, led by legendary jazz drummer, improviser and composer Bobby Previte - a recent transplant to Hudson - and featuring many great upstate New York musicians, plays 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. "The Voodoo Orchestra North starts where 'Bitches Brew' left off, and begins anew," says Previte.









Saturday, March 28, 9pm

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus









Sunday, March 29, 3pm

Bindlestiff Family Matinee