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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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- The Restaurant at Club Helsinki

Every Tuesday 7 - 11
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Thursday, April 28

8:00 pm

with Special Guest Brian Wright

New England-bred singer-songwriter Joe Fletcher now calls Nashville home. His gritty sound has warmed up crowds for Jason Isbell, Lucero, Robert Ellis, John Doe, and the Low Anthem. Texas native Brian Wright, who also now lives in Nashville, draws inspiration from home state songwriters including Townes Van Zandt, Willie Nelson, and Guy Clark.


Saturday, April 30

9:00 pm

The Texas singer-songwriter, who studied violin with renowned fiddler Matt Glaser, is well-known for her collaborations with Chip Taylor. More recently she has dug into her Chicana heritage with an album of original Tex-Mex music.


Sunday, May 1

8:00 pm

With Caroline Rose Opening

Oklahoma native Parker Millsap is a rising artist on the Americana scene know for his personal blend of blues, country, alt-country, gospel, and folk music. He was named a 2014 Emerging Artists of the Year by the Americana Music Association.

Caroline Rose is also a rootsy singer-songwriter, but she adds a modern twist to her dark tales and minimalist arrangements that should appeal to fans of Tom Waits. She's a great wordsmith, and her songs are haunted by dreams and blasts of electric guitar.


Friday, May 6

9:00 pm

The Austin rock singer-songwriter was lead singer for Ugly Americans, who toured as opening act for Dave Matthews Band. This six-time Austin Musician of the Year is known for his eclectic musical styles and as a startlingly entertaining performer.


Saturday, May 7

9:00 pm

Vetiver is the nom-de-bande of San Francisco-based folk-rock singer-songwriter Andy Cabic. Forty years ago, Vetiver might have drawn comparisons to Neil Young's acoustic efforts, and perhaps the Byrds. These days, musical signifiers include Real Estate, Devendra Banhart, and Phosphorescent. Cabic has collaborated with Banhart and Joanna Newsom, and Vetiver has toured with artists including Wilco, Fleet Foxes, the Shins, and Vashti Bunyan.

The dreamy folk-pop group has several local connections, in that Hudson-based, much-in-demand indie-rock drummer Otto Hauser often mans the kit for Vetiver. Cabic also co-produced Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion's album "Bright Examples", with Thom Monahan, who has engineered and produced every Vetiver album.


Sunday, May 8

8:00 pm

Sub Pop artists Fruit Bats toured with My Morning Jacket last year and have been described as playing "rustic pop" and "bootgazer." Frontman Eric D. Johnson credits 1970s pop as a key influence. Indie-folk group Horse Feathers of Portland, Ore., play ethereal music that mixes banjo and cello among other instruments.


Thursday, May 12

8:00 pm

Austin singer-songwriter Sam Baker has won fans as diverse as Fred Eaglesmith and Gurf Morlix. Often compared to John Prine, Baker counts Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark as key influences.


Friday, May 13

9:00 pm

Boston-based honky-tonk outfit Girls Guns & Glory mix old-school country with early rock 'n' roll and roots music.


Saturday, May 14


with John Leventhal

Combining as she does influences from country, folk, pop, blues and other roots music, Grammy Award-winning artist Rosanne Cash was an Americana artist before there even was such a term, and the Grammy Awards recognized this at its 2015 awards ceremony, recognizing Cash's acclaimed 2014 album "The River & The Thread" for Best Americana Album, Best American Roots Performance, and Best American Roots Song.

"The River & The Thread," produced by Leventhal, evokes the American South's rich landscape - physical, musical, and emotional - and examines the indelible impressions it hass made on our collective culture and on Cash, who was born in Memphis. The songs portray a multigenerational cast of characters - from a Civil War soldier off to fight in Virginia, to a New Deal-era farmer in Arkansas, to a present-day couple in Alabama. While Cash and Leventhal were inspired by the many musical styles associated with the South - Delta blues, gospel, Appalachian folk, country, rock, and others - the resulting collection of songs is wholly contemporary.

Cash, who has just been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, has recorded fifteen albums and has charted twenty-one top forty country singles, eleven of which reached number one.


Friday, May 20

9:00 pm

For nearly three decades, Saratoga Springs-based power pop outfit the Figgs have made music in the great tradition of the Kinks, the Who and the Beatles. . Among the performers they've backed over the years are Graham Parker and Hudson's own Tommy Stinson. Boston-based Upper Crust plays guitar-heavy rock in the mold of AC/DC, Kiss and Spinal Tap.


Thursday, June 9

8:00 pm

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.


Friday, June 10

8:00 pm

with Special Guest Sam Moss

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

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.


Visit donbyron.com

Friday, July 1, 9pm

Simi Stone

Sunday, July 17

7:00 pm

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.


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.


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.


Thursday, August 25

8:00 pm

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.


Visit donavonf.com

Friday, September 16, 9pm

Vieux Farka Toure

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.


Saturday September 3, 9pm

Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones