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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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Friday, October 3

9:00 pm

While only in her early 30s, Grammy Award-nominated vocalist Shemekia Copeland has opened for the Rolling Stones, headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival and numerous festivals around the world, scored critics choice awards on both sides of the Atlantic (the New York Times and the Times of London), shared the stage with such luminaries as Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Mick Jagger, and Eric Clapton, and has even performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama. She has won several W.C. Handy Awards and Blues Music Awards for her patented blend of modern blues, funk, soul and R&B.


The daughter of the late Texas blues guitar legend Johnny Clyde Copeland, Shemekia Copeland has established her own primacy in the field, literally having been crowned the new "Queen of the Blues" by the late Koko Taylor's daughter, Cookie. Among the musicians with whom Copeland has collaborated on recordings are Dr. John, legendary Memphis soul guitarist Steve Cropper, keyboardist John Medeski, guitarist Marc Ribot, and bassist Chris Wood.

Visit shemekiacopeland.com

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.


Wednesday, October 15, 8pm

Black Francis

Thursday, October 16

8:00 pm

Cedric Watson is a four-time Grammy Award-nominated fiddler, singer, accordionist and songwriter with a great command of Cajun, Creole and zydeco music. With Les Amis Creoles: Cedric Watson, Desiree Champagne & Ed Poullard, the Texas-born Watson explores the authentic, back-porch roots of the swinging, dancing sounds of Louisiana bayou music.

Fiddler Ed Poullard was born in Eunice, La., and raised in Southeast Texas. By the time he was in grade school, he was playing in his father's band at house parties and parish dances. Desiree Champagne rounds out the acoustic trio on washboard and vocals. Together, they make infectious dance music that for one evening will turn Hudson into a bayou.

As always when the music harkens to his Louisiana homeland, Helsinki Hudson executive chef Hugh Horner will pull out all stops that evening with a special menu full of Creole specialties.


Friday, October 17

9:00 pm

Between the two of them, husband-and-wife duo Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams have the entirety of Americana music flowing their veins. While best known for his work with Bob Dylan and Levon Helm, Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist Campbell has been a stalwart of the roots-rock scene since the 1970s, having produced, toured or recorded with the likes of Judy Collins, Lucy Kaplansky, Linda Thompson, Sheryl Crow, Paul Simon, B. B. King, Willie Nelson, Eric Andersen, Buddy and Julie Miller, Kinky Friedman, Little Feat, Hot Tuna, Cyndi Lauper, k.d. lang, and Rosanne Cash.

Teresa Williams has most notably created and toured the role of Sara Carter, who was lead singer of the Original Carter Family, in the story of the Carters, "Keep on the Sunny Side," and appears as Sara in the BBC documentary "Lost Highway," and in the PBS documentary, "The Carter Family: Will the Circle Be Unbroken." The West Tennessee native has also performed with such country and blues icons as Bonnie Bramlett, Emmylou Harris, Mavis Staples and Buddy Miller, among others.

Campbell spent eight years in what is widely considered to be the strongest lineup of Bob Dylan's "Never Ending Tour" band, and was musical director for Levon Helm's "Midnight Ramble" sessions at the late singer-drummer's barn in Woodstock, N.Y. Campbell and Williams still perform side by side on Saturday nights at the barn with the Midnight Ramble Band and with the acoustic Dirt Farmer Band.

Campbell and Williams will be joined by bassist Byron Isaacs and drummer Justin Guip at their Helsinki Hudson show.

Visit larrycampbellmusic.net

Saturday, October 18

9:00 pm

Along with Suzanne Vega - on whose breakthrough single, "Luka," she sang backup vocals - Shawn Colvin was the most successful artist to emerge out of the thriving new-folk singer-songwriter based in New York City in the early 1980s (centered around the Fast Folk cooperative of Greenwich Village), along the way revivifying the art and craft of intimate, guitar-based confessional folk songs that didn't shy away from pop songcraft.

Colvin's debut album, "Steady On," won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. (Suzanne Vega returned the favor by lending backup vocals to the effort.) Her follow-up album, "Fat City," garnered two Grammy nominations, and in 1996, just as Lilith Fair was being hatched to showcase female artists, Colvin - a charter member of the festival - struck platinum with "A Few Small Repairs," whose hit single, "Sunny Came Home," won Grammy Awards for Best Song and Best Record.

Colvin published a memoir, "Diamond in the Rough" - the name of one of her earliest and best songs - in 2012. Her concerts are noted for her deft, often-overlooked guitar-playing; for her self-deprecating, between-song banter; and for her deep catalog of catchy, incisive and acute ballads and mid-tempo folk- and country-rockers.

Visit shawncolvin.com

Monday, October 20

8:00 pm

for Bobby Previte's TERMINALS!


Join us for a special evening of music and raconteuring at the record release party for Previte's TERMINALS, a new work written for the spectacular SO Percussion (Eric Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski and Jason Treuting) and a cadre of Previte's favorite improvisers. At 8 pm, SO will take the stage to play selections from their vast repertoire, which spans the history of percussion music and beyond. Previte will then introduce TERMINALS, holding forth on his sometimes harrowing, always hilarious 40 years in music, which may include the (in)famous ‘Chicago Hotel From Hell’ and ’Johnny’s Gonna Kill Ya’ stories. To cap off the evening, SO, Previte and keyboard legend Medeski will join forces in a command performance of TERMINALS 4 and 5, for drum set and organ, during which, if you're close enough, you might feel the breeze from the end of Quillen’s whip.

The evening will be recorded for later streaming on Cantaloupe Music's YouTube channel and other media outlets (to be announced).

Don't miss this one of a kind event! And, if the vinyl gods comply, there will be, literally, 'hot off the press' copies of the double LP on hand to sign and to sell.


Thursday, October 23

8:00 pm

Folk music legends John Sebastian (The Lovin' Spoonful) and Happy Traum - Folkways artist and early session guitarist for Bob Dylan - will be joined by fingerstyle guitarists Kinloch Nelson, Craig D'Andrea and Maycn Taylor in a preview of the following weekend's Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase: a festival of handmade acoustic guitars and other stringed instruments, featuring some of the world's finest guitars and guitar builders.

John Sebastian and Happy Traum's careers are the stuff of legend. Sebastian enjoyed a string of Top 10 hits with pop-rock group The Lovin' Spoonful and later penned and recorded the memorable theme song to the hit TV show, "Welcome Back, Kotter." Happy Traum recorded several genre-defining folk albums with his brother Artie; has authored numerous guitar instruction books and articles including the prodigious series Homespun Instructional Books and Tapes; and is probably best known as an accompanist for Bob Dylan on several previously unreleased tracks that appeared on "Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, Vol. II."

Joining Traum and Sebastian in a guitars-in-the-round setting are fingerstyle guitarists Kinloch Nelson, Craig D'Andrea and Maycn Taylor, performing everything from jazz to classical, Celtic, folk and today's modern fingerstyle guitar music.

Visit woodstockinvitational.com

Sunday, October 26, 6pm

Haute Cature • Benefit Fashion Show

Thursday, November 6

8:00 pm

Hudson Valley favorites the Compact have chosen to celebrate the release of their new album, "One at a Time," at Club Helsinki Hudson. At the core of the Compact is the songwriting team of guitarist/vocalist Erin Hobson and bassist/vocalist Steven Ross. The group plays an original blend of music that variously recalls Little Feat, Tom Tom Club, Phish, and Steely Dan.


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, December 5, 9pm

The Sacred Shakers and Zoe Muth & The High Rollers


Friday, December 12, 9pm

Robert Randolph & The Family Band

Friday, January 2, 9pm

Sarah Borges/Girls Guns and Glory