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Saturday, March 7

9:00 pm

They are neither Brazilian nor all girls, but Grammy Award-nominated Brazilian Girls play a singular, sophisticated, and catchy fusion of electronic dance music and world-beat styles that has attracted the likes of David Byrne, Baba Maal and Angélique Kidjo - each of whom which they have recorded - and has established a reputation as New York's premier international party band.

The ensemble - three guys and one fabulous frontwoman, vocalist Sabina Sciubba -The Brazilian Girls make "multicultural, cosmopolitan, intellectual dance music: Ibiza meets punk, dub goes tango, trance gets smart," according to SPIN magazine. Sciubba cites influences like Caetano Veloso and Feist, and a listener easily hears Bjork in her gorgeous choral vocals, David Bowie in her more soaring melodies, and Soul Coughing in some of the group's jazzier, funkier numbers.


Brazilian Girls covered Talking Heads' "Crosseyed And Painless" for the AIDS benefit album "Silencio=Muerte: Red Hot + Latin Redux," produced by the Red Hot Organization. In 2009, the band's "New York City" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronica Album.

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Friday, 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 14

9:00 pm

In addition to their critically acclaimed solo albums and performances - both heard many times at Helsinki - new-folk singer-songwriters Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell have been singing together for a quarter-century in various outfits. In the Pine Hill Project, they devote their vocal and interpretive talents to a who's who of rootsy, contemporary songwriters, including Gillian Welch, Dave Carter, Bono and Elizabeth Ziman.

Multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell, an icon of Americana music for the past 40 years, produced the group's upcoming album, "Tomorrow You're Going," and is heading out on the road with Kaplansky and Shindell to lend his ineffable instrumental talents that have graced efforts by Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, B.B. King, kd lang, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Elvis Costello and many others.

Larry and Teresa Williams will be doing a set of their own then Larry joins Richard & Lucy.


Sunday, March 15, 8pm

An Evening with Richard Dreyfuss

Richard Dreyfuss, one of the best known actors of the last 40 years, will take part in "An Evening with Richard Dreyfuss," at Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, March 15, at 8:00pm. Dreyfuss will talk about his career making films such as "Jaws," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "American Graffiti" and "The Goodbye Girl," as well as his work as an activist addressing the environment, substance abuse, and education, through his Dreyfuss Civics Initiative.

The event, the first of three scheduled to benefit Columbia Memorial, is co-presented by Columbia-Greene Hospital Foundation and Club Helsinki, and will benefit Columbia Memorial Health. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions of Dreyfuss.

With an entertainment career spanning more than four decades, Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss has been one of America's most versatile and individualistic actors. As a community leader, he has leveraged his celebrity to become a spokesperson on the issue of media informing policy, legislation, and public opinion, both speaking and writing to express his sentiments in favor of privacy, freedom of speech, democracy, and individual accountability.

Dreyfuss' current focus and passion is to encourage, revive, elevate and enhance the teaching of civics in American schools. He is the founder of the nonprofit organization, The Dreyfuss Civics Initiative, and is leading a nationwide effort to bring back civics to school curricula.

"All people have a right to know who they are and why they are who they are," says Dreyfuss. "Clarity of thought and honesty in self-reflection are more than needed utilities - they are the building blocks of our national moral character." Dreyfuss also serves on the committee for education of the American Bar Association, has served 12 years on the Board of the National Constitution Center, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and served as Senior Research Advisory Member of St. Antony's College, Oxford University.

Tuesday, March 17, 11:30am - 9:45pm


Can't get to Vancouver for the TED2015 Conference? Join us at TEDxHudsonLive for free! Following on the success of the inaugural TEDxHudson event at the Hudson Opera House, TEDxHudsonLive presents a free livestream of the official "big" TED2015 Conference in Vancouver on Tuesday, March 17, at Helsinki Hudson. This year's TED Conference theme is "Truth & Dare," which TED dares to think will be the most provocative, invigorating, mind-shifting TED yet.

The livestream begins at 11:30am and continues throughout the day and into the evening. There is no admission fee, but reservations are recommended by calling Club Helsinki at (518) 828-4800. Club Helsinki's executive chef Hugh Horner serves up seasonal fare for lunch and dinner for TEDxHudsonLive attendees and the taps will be flowing in honor of St. Patrick. Tables can be reserved by calling Club Helsinki at (518) 828-4800 - please note that separate reservations must be made for each session: 11:30am - 1:15pm, 2pm - 3:45pm, 5:15pm - 7pm, and 8pm - 9:45pm. Reservations for general admission are also recommended.

For more information on the five-day TED2015 Conference, check out the full program here. https://conferences.ted.com/TED2015/program/guide.php

Friday, March 20

9:00 pm

Canadian punk-country band The Sadies celebrated their 20th anniversary last year. Formed in Toronto in 1994, The Sadies have released 16 studio albums. The group has recorded, written and toured extensively as backing band for singer Neko Case. They have also toured and recorded with Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray as Heavy Trash, as well as John Doe of X and Jon Langford of the Mekons. Last year they recorded an album with Gordon Edgar Downie of Canadian rock band the Tragically Hip.

The Sadies have also attracted the attention of Canadian rock royalty. When Garth Hudson, organist with the Canadian rock institution, The Band, put together an all-Canadian collaboration album recently he leaned heavily on the Sadies, who, in addition to contributing their version of "The Shape I'm In," backed the much-loved Mary Margaret O'Hara on her contribution, "Out Of The Blue." They also played with Neil Young on his rendition of "This Wheel's On Fire." This ultimately led to being invited to open for Neil Young and Crazy Horse all across Canada in late 2012. The Sadies have also recently performed live on several occasions with former Guess Who founder and Canadian songwriting legend Randy Bachman, also of Bachman-Turner Overdrive.


Sunday, March 22, 7pm

Directed by Tony Award winner Richard Maltby, Jr. (Ain’t Misbehavin’)
and with Mark York at the piano.

Saturday, March 28, 9pm

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.

Unlike Bindlestiff's family fare at local venues like Bard's Summerscape Spiegeltent, Bindlestiff's Winter Cabaret is for grown-ups only. (A family-oriented matinee will be offered on March 29.) 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 29, 3pm

Bindlestiff Family Matinee

Friday, April 3

9:00 pm

Appealing to fans of Sarah McLachlan, Nickel Creek and Regina Spektor alike, SHEL gets its name from the four sisters who comprise the group: Sarah (violin, bass), Hannah (piano, keyboards, accordion), Eva (mandolin, cello, guitar, banjo), and Liza (drums, beatboxing). All four sing; they were all classically trained and homeschooled by a professional songwriter father and an artist mother. What comes out when they join forces is at once wholly organic but also delicately beautiful – a latticework of chamber-pop that connects the dots between bluegrass, the Roches, Philip Glass and Led Zeppelin.

Otan Vargas' candid, melancholy songs are likened to those of Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains. The Filipino-born New York City-based artist has been championed by Staind frontman Aaron Lewis, who discovered Vargas on video covering one of his songs. Lewis later invited Vargas onstage at the Music Box Borgata Hotel and Casino to perform Staind's "It's Been Awhile," his rendition eliciting a standing ovation from the crowd. Shortly after, Otan Vargas released his full-length debut album, "Alone."


Saturday, April 11

9:00 pm

Just a few days before the release of its brand-new recording, "Growing Light," the New England-based Ryan Montbleau Band brings its bluesy, soulful rock to Club Helsinki Hudson.

Like his friend and sometime collaborator, Martin Sexton, Ryan Montbleau is an adept of the more soulful side of folk and rock. The winner of a Boston Music Award, Montbleau sounds equally at home backed by a New Orleans-flavored outfit or covering soul classics by the likes of Bill Withers or Curtis Mayfield. He's written songs for Trombone Shorty, and he's recorded with members of Galactic, the Meters and the Neville Brothers. And like Sexton, he's one of those singer-songwriters who can just as easily win over audiences at folk festival stages or at jam-band gatherings.


Thursday, April 16, 8pm

ProJam 10

Friday, April 17

9:00 pm

When you listen to Over the Rhine, the supremely talented wife-husband duo of Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler, you quickly fall under the spell of Karin's compelling voice, ethereal and earthy at once, and then you notice their subtle, satisfying arrangements, all the instruments so exquisitely balanced, and finally the lines of the songs start hitting you. Paste Magazine praises their "lovely, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting musical mosaic." The Washington Post applauds their "understated, country-tinged charm." The Wall Street Journal describes their 2013 album, Meet Me at the Edge of the World, as "subtle and elegant, with airy musical arrangements and breathtaking vocal harmonies that fit the title of the album."


Friday, May 1

9:00 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.

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. Singer-songwriter Matthew Fowler will warm up the crowd for Rowe.


Friday, May 8

9:00 pm

Singer-songwriter Heather Maloney had a breakout 2014, sharing stages with Anais Mitchell, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Lake Street Dive, Shakey Graves, and more. Her joint EP with indie-folk quartet Darlingside, "Woodstock," gained national attention in the New York Times for their cover of Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock," which Graham Nash (Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young) lauded as "Delicious, really excellent."

Critics are quickly discovering Maloney's talent with No Depression raving "her music is riveting, her voice adventurous, her lyrics thought-provoking..." while Blurt Magazine wrote "Heather Maloney is one of the most talented tradition-based singer-songwriters I have heard in some time…the writing is stunning."

Maloney, noted for her startlingly soulful voice and literate songs exploring themes of spirituality, transformation, and impermanence, has been nominated for an independent music award, chosen as an emerging artist at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, and records for premiere new-folk label Signature Sounds Recordings, which will be releasing her new album, "Making Me Break," just one week before her appearance at Helsinki Hudson.


Friday, May 15

9:00 pm

While perhaps best known as lead singer and songwriter of seminal alt-country band the Old 97's, Rhett Miller has enjoyed an equally successful solo career, emphasizing his brilliance as a songwriting craftsman drawing on a wider, pop-rock palette, and delivering hooks around every corner – not unlike his friend Tommy Stinson's group, the Replacements.

With the Old 97's, formed in 1993, Miller was at the forefront of the alt-country movement, alongside such groups as Uncle Tupelo, Drive-By Truckers, Whiskeytown, the Jayhawks, and the Bottle Rockets. In his solo work, Miller joins together elements of classic country, indie folk, and chamber pop, bridging the space between Miller's harder rocking work with the Old 97's and the inventive complexity of his brilliant songwriting.

It's no wonder that early in his solo career he often worked with producer/visionary Jon Brion, of Aimee Mann fame. Miller's effervescent pop/rock approach has been compared to such current fave combos as Dawes, David Wax Museum, and The Head and The Heart.


Saturday, July 11

9:00 pm

Idaho native Eilen Jewell, a favorite of Helsinki audiences, emerged from Boston's thriving indie-roots music scene in the mid-oughts and established herself as a solidly rootsy vocalist and Americana songwriter since that time. The self-styled "queen of the minor key" writes and plays a blend of noirish rockabilly, surf-tinged country, retro-rock and jazzy folk. Jewell's influences are as varied as Billie Holiday and Bob Dylan, Gillian Welch and Bessie Smith, Patsy Cline and Howlin' Wolf. You might even hear some Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley in some of her work. Somehow she blends all these disparate approaches and more and carves out a unique musical niche for herself as singer, songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player.

Last year, Jewell answered fans' requests and released a 2-CD live set, "Live at the Narrows." This spring, Jewell releases her first studio album of new material in four years, "Sundown Over Ghost Town."