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Thursday, February 23


8:00 pm



With Exene Cervenka, John Doe was a cofounder, co-vocalist, and chief songwriter of legendary California punk-rock outfit X, which still tours to this day.

On his own, Doe has been a prolific solo recording artist, with 10 albums to his credit, and an actor with roles in over 50 films and TV productions.

On his current tour, Doe will perform solo renditions of songs from his latest self-described "psychedelic soul" album, "The Westerner," along with selections from his entire career.

    






Saturday, February 25


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.

    






Friday, March 3


9:00 pm




Rhiannon Giddens is best known as the lead singer, violinist, banjo player, and cofounder of the Grammy Award-winning country, blues and old-time music band Carolina Chocolate Drops. With four Grammy Awards to his credit, Dirk Powell is considered one of the world's leading experts on traditional Appalachian fiddle and banjo styles. Together, the duo forge a unique blend of American music drawing on a multiplicity of traditions.

With roots in North Carolina and Kentucky, the duo's musical heritage springs from places where the mix is particularly potent. Rhiannon brought African-American string-band traditions a new and beautiful vitality through the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and has launched a versatile solo career that confirms her status as a major American artist for this day and age.

Dirk has championed the Appalachian music of his grandfather and the Cajun/Creole sounds of his Louisiana family since his teenage years, becoming a central figure in the revitalization of both traditions, while recording and performing with artists like Eric Clapton and Joan Baez.

Together, their musical range touches on all of what makes American music the resonant force that it is, including fearless original songs written with the conviction to open and heal the wounds of racism and other forms of prejudice that continue to haunt us. They could be seen as possessing a rare multilingualism, but are, in the end, speaking one highly evolved American language; in their performances, audiences are included in a conversation that is spirited, emotional, masterful, and, in the end, transformational.

    





Saturday, March 11, 9:00pm


Bindlestiff Family Cirkus


Hudson's own Bindlestiff Family Cirkus continues its wintertime tradition of hosting a monthly cabaret, featuring a variety of circus, theater, comedy and musical entertainers. Each month this winter, Bindlestiff Cirkus will bring a new lineup, with acts including trapeze, contortion, acrobatic balance, sword swallowing, juggling, physical comedy, and oddball novelty turns. The Bindlestiff stage is one of the few arenas in the world where attendees may see internationally renowned street performers, featured acts from Cirque du Soleil and Ringling Brothers, and artists from "America's Got Talent" next to local legends, live, on stage, and in the same show.

Live music is a defining feature of Bindlestiff's cabaret shows, with witty, original tunes by a variety of NYC's best composers and accompanists. Bindlestiff's unique style reflects deep roots in NYC's underground club scene, nods to political street theater, and a steady respect for the traditions of American popular entertainment and illegitimate theater.

Bindlestiff's evening Winter Cabaret performances are for grown-ups only, with a family-oriented, matinee performance on Sunday, March 12, at 3pm. In keeping with Bindlestiff's clubby NYC roots, the audience is encouraged to dress for festival and be part of the show. Audience members attending in costume will receive a discounted admission.


    





Sunday, March 12, 3:00pm


Bindlestiff Family Matinee


Hudson's own Bindlestiff Family Cirkus concludes its series of monthly wintertime cabarets with a family matinee featuring a variety of circus, theater, comedy and musical entertainers. Bindlestiff Cirkus brings a new lineup, with acts including trapeze, contortion, acrobatic balance, sword swallowing, juggling, physical comedy, and oddball novelty turns. Live music is a defining feature of Bindlestiff's cabaret shows, with witty, original tunes by a variety of NYC's best composers and accompanists. Bindlestiff's Family Matinee is suitable for all ages.

    






Friday, March 24


9:00 pm



"American Idol" contestant Elise Testone grew up in a houseful of jukeboxes (her father collected them), and was exposed to a broad expanse of hit music including Motown, the British Invasion, Janis Joplin and James Brown. Her appearance on "Idol" launched her career as a soulful R&B belter, and she has appeared on such popular TV programs as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Live with Kelly, Access Hollywood, Good Day New York, Good Morning America and others.

Testone has opened for B.B. King, Snoop Dogg, Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds, and Dumpstaphunk, and has performed with Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd members, and members of Soulive and Lettuce. She fronts a hard-rocking party band that plays everything from Joplin to Led Zeppelin to Adele.

    





Wednesday, March 29, 7:30pm


Struttin' With The Stars Act II








Thursday, March 30, 6:00pm


An Evening with Deborah Hanlon









Friday, March 31


9:00 pm



Chuck Prophet writes and sings wry, trenchant rock songs that connect the dots, musical and otherwise, between Tom Petty and Warren Zevon.

With the aid of the Mission Express, his band of heartbreakers, Prophet embraces a host of traditional and classic sounds, including country, soul, LA rock, indie-rock, folk-rock, and plain old rock 'n' roll. Lyrically, Prophet is deceptive, seemingly tossing off one-liners in his wry twang, but often in the service of full-fledged story-songs or sociopolitical narratives that are always cinematic, often funny, and subtly brilliant.

He describes his new album, "Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins," as "California Noir," which could well describe all of the output of this quirky original who has been associated in one way or another with musicians and bands including Ryan Adams, Lucinda Williams, Alejandro Escovedo, Cake, Kim Richey and Kelly Willis.

Think of him as America's answer to Ray Davies.

Since the mid-1990s, The Bottle Rockets have been making a unique brand of populist, Midwestern, brawny rock 'n' roll. Part of the alt-country explosion of the Nineties, the Bottle Rockets list Woody Guthrie, Neil Young, and the Replacements as key influences.

    






Saturday, April 1


8:30 pm



Catskill, NY-based Guilty Pleasure is more pleasure than guilty. These veteran musicians have developed an electric onstage chemistry and pride themselves in giving their audience a high energy show from start to finish. Guilty Pleasure plays hit songs from nearly every genre, keeping the dance floor rocking with Kacey Quirk on lead vocals, Sean McLaughlin on lead vocals and guitar, Paul Illsley on lead guitar, AJ Ricci on electric bass, and Tom Buffe on drums. eated and starred in the award-winning off-Broadway hit "Old Hats" and has written three acclaimed musical biographies - "A Girl Named Bill"; "I Want to Live!," the story of Barbara Graham, the third woman executed in the gas chamber at San Quentin; and "Silent Spring: It's Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature," an exploration in song of environmental pioneer Rachel Carson.

    






Friday, April 7


8:00 pm



Some of the most famous musical artists of the early 20th century were "in the life" - meaning gay, bisexual or transgender - and they sang about this life, too, in a variety of genres such as blues, early jazz, ballads, and pop. In The Lavender Blues: A Showcase of Queer Music Before World War II, Sarah Kilborne introduces us to a little-known yet revolutionary moment in music history when pioneering artists sang boldly about sexual and gender fluidity, something daring even for today - and as deliciously fun and inspiring as ever.

    






Saturday, April 8


9:00 pm



Award-winning rock singer-songwriter James McMurtry writes literate, politically charged songs with country, folk, Americana, and Texas influences. Son of famed novelist Larry McMurtry, James has a strong cult following, devoted to his smart lyrics, laconic vocals, and deft guitar playing. Last year McMurtry released "Complicated Game," his first album in six years, which Texas Music Magazine called "a collection of narratives as sharply observed as any from McMurtry, but with a contemplative depth that comes with maturity."

    






Sunday, April 9


7:00 pm



Varla Jean Merman is a character originated and portrayed by Jeffery Roberson, an American actor, singer, and drag performer. Varla's fictitious pedigree boasts that Ernest Borgnine is her father and Ethel Merman is her mother. Merman has been a star of stage, screen, TV, cabaret, and concert halls. Merman's cabaret shows are a staple of summer entertainment in Provincetown, Mass.

Roberson guest-starred as Varla Jean on "Ugly Betty" in the final season of the show and was also featured on Bravo's "Project Runway Season 5" as the winning model for the show's drag challenge. He played the role of Mary Sunshine in the revival of "Chicago" on Broadway and made his network television debut on "All My Children" in the recurring role of lady of the evening Rosemary Chicken. He shared the Outfest Film Festival "Best Actor" Award and the Aspen HBO Film Festival "Best Actress" Award with his costars Jack Plotnick and Clinton Leupp for his featured performance in the cult classic film "Girls Will Be Girls" (Sundance 2003).

This event is sponsored by GayHudson.com.

    






Saturday, April 22


9:00 pm





Best known as a member of the soul-pop sensation Lake Street Dive, Bridget Kearney is stepping out on her own this spring, hitting the road in the wake of the release of her first solo effort, a wry, big-hearted pop album entitled "Won't Let You Down." Shades of the Beatles, Wilco, Fleetwood Mac and even Nick Cave can be detected, as the album swerves from 1960s pop to modern indie-rock.

With Lake Street Dive, Bridget Kearney has fine-tuned many things - voracious collaborating, acclaimed bass playing, and harmonizing to name a few. But the skill she has honed most obsessively is songwriting. While still a student at the New England Conservatory of Music, Kearney won the grand prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, a harbinger of things to come.

Now it's Kearney's turn in the spotlight.

    






Sunday, April 23


7:00 pm




Growing up in a household that appreciated diverse music, Gabriel Tajeu was provided a mash up of influences across the spectrum from Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind, and Fire, to Miles Davis and Frank Sinatra. When it came to music that hit his core vocally, he gravitated to the styling, phrasing, and use of harmonies of R&B legends Al Green and Marvin Gaye. Recently, it's the music of Ben Harper, Ryan Adams, John Mayer, Joni Mitchell, D'Angelo, Brett Dennen, and Elvis Costello that has had a profound influence upon his writing.

Gabriel Tajeu's first album, "Finding My Way," reached #11 on the iTunes Japan R&B chart, and his first single, "Raindrops," reached #48 on the Tokyo Top 100. For his sophomore album, Gabriel visited the legendary FAME Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., where he laid down the tracks for "Southern Skies." He used some of the same musicians as Aretha Franklin and Percy Sledge when they recorded in Alabama, including David Hood on bass and Spooner Oldham on keys.

Gabriel will be presenting his songs acoustically in a stripped-down fashion, sharing some of the inspirations and stories behind the songs, and also playing some of his favorite covers, in this fundraiser for the Columbia-Greene Humane Society.

    






Friday, April 28


9:00 pm



Singer-songwriter Greg Brown is one of the titans of the new-folk movement of the early-mid 1980s, a mostly acoustic, back-to-the-roots movement that rebelled against the slick folk-rock of the previous decade.

Along with the likes of Patty Larkin, John Gorka, and Shawn Colvin, Brown has remained one of its leading lights, and his contemporaries paid tribute to his legacy on the 2002 album, "Going Driftless: An Artist's Tribute to Greg Brown," which featured guest vocals by Ani DiFranco, Gillian Welch, Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Shawn Colvin.

Brown is known as much for his portraits of small-town America and the characters who reside there as for his gruff vocals that belie a kindness and generosity of spirit.

    






Sunday, April 30


7:00 pm



The Backdoor Boys are not quite like other boy bands. In their new show, "Bring on the Men!," they draw on material from the musical theater, pre-rock pop standards, and the counterculture music scene. They put a new spin on some old favorites and explore lesser-known socially and politically satirical numbers.

In the tradition of "Broadway Backwards" and revues such as "Whoop-de-Doo!" and "When Pigs Fly," the Backdoor Boys - Craig Cunningham and Kevin Weldon - sing and joke their way through contemporary life, looking at the world through lavender-colored glasses, as it were.

Separately, Cunningham and Weldon have criss-crossed the globe performing on Broadway, throughout the U.S., Canada, Middle East and Europe. Audiences have enjoyed their work on radio, TV, and all types of venues from Radio City Music Hall and the concert stages of Europe to intimate cabaret clubs in New York City, like Don't Tell Mama's and Eighty Eights.

This evening is a fundraiser for the Hudson Pride Foundation.
    






Saturday, May 13


9:00 pm



With a time-stopping voice, born in New York but simultaneously roughed up and refined by New Orleans and Mississippi, Shannon McNally has cut a singular path through the musical landscape - one that includes a Grammy nomination and a place on the stage with a who's who of rock, country and soul: Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Bonnie Raitt, Vince Gill, Levon Helm, Charlie Sexton, Dr. John, Bobby Rush, Luther and Cody Dickinson, Derek Truck.

Most recently, McNally has teamed with Americana legend Rodney Crowell, who took the producer's chair for her upcoming album on Compass Records, a collection of transcendent folk-blues and country-rock songs that are poised to solidify her place as a peerless Americana songwriter and performer.

    






Thursday, May 18


8:00 pm



Troy, N.Y., native Sean Rowe is a throwback to 1970s-era soulful rock poets like Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, and Van Morrison. Rowe boasts an impossibly deep and rich baritone, a gift for melody, an innate sense of groove, and a knack for the perfectly hewn image to get across his haunting, brooding folk-rock and soul anthems. He'll be performing in the wake of his just-released album, "New Lore."

A lifelong naturalist, Rowe's spare, organic approach and poetic simplicity at times recalls Greg Brown, another folk-rock poet with a deep growl. Other influences include Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, John Lee Hooker and Ray Charles, all of whom can be heard in Rowe's vocals, rhythms, and percussive guitar playing.

Capitol Region electro-pop singer-songwriter Girl Blue (stage name of Arielle O'Keefe) will warm up the crowd for Rowe.

    




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Friday, September 1


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.

    




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