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Wednesday, July 27


8:00 pm



Multi-instrumentalist/singer Emily Frantz and songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/singer Andrew Marlin are the North Carolina-based folk-Americana duo Mandolin Orange. NPR named the duo's 2013 debut album "This Side of Jordan" one of the year's best folk/Americana releases, calling it "effortless and beautiful," while Magnet dubbed it "magnificent" and American Songwriter said it was "honest music, shot through with coed harmonies, sweeping fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar and the sort of unfakeable intimacy that bonds simpatico musicians like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings." The record earned them performances everywhere from the iconic Newport Folk Festival to Pickathon, as well as tours with Willie Watson, Gregory Alan Isakov, the Wood Brothers, and more.

The group followed up that effort with last year's "Such Jubilee," recorded old-school-style with just a vocal and instrumental mic each in Asheville's Echo Mountain studio. Indy Week called it "a pleasant and endearing listen, with songs that catch the first time around and sentiments that pull you into their private world," while Ameican Songwriter raved, "Mandolin Orange's refined, rustic reflections are as thoughtful and sympathetic as their dusky, rural approach."

    






Thursday, July 28


8:00 pm

With Ryder Cooly & Heather Fisch Opening


This accordion-fueled rock 'n' roll band pumps out catchy originals, classic rock and pumped up polkas. Fronted by lead singer/squeezebox wizard Paul Rogers along with Suzanne Garramone, TDA promises to forever rearrange your understanding of the accordion. TDA's extreme squeezeboxers mix solid keyboard chops with a groundbreaking use of guitar effects pedals and amps to produce a super-cool sound like nothing you've ever heard emanating from an accordion.

    






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.

    






Friday, August 5


9:00 pm



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.

    






Sunday, August 7


8:00 pm



Roots-rock singer-songwriter Anders Osborne was recently named the Crescent City's best guitarist by the readers of Offbeat Magazine for the third year in a row. Osborne fell under the spell of Bob Dylan, Ray Charles and other American musical icons as a teenager in Sweden. Since relocating to New Orleans in 1985, he has distinguished himself as a songwriter - penning tunes for Keb' Mo', Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw (the number one hit "Watch the Wind Blow") and others - and a singer of the highest order. Following his recording debut in 1989 he has crafted a series of increasingly honest and adventurous albums, culminating in his most recent, "Spacedust and Oceans Views."

    







Monday, August 8, 8pm

Voodoo Orchestra North
Summer Series


The Voodoo Orchestra North, led by legendary jazz drummer, improviser and composer Bobby Previte 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. "Even better than the real thing," says local music critic Seth Rogovoy.






Wednesday, August 10


8:00 pm



Zack and Sam DuPont are a Burlington, Vt.-based, sibling indie-folk-Americana duo. Since the start of the band in March 2013, the brothers have toured heavily in a fully independent pursuit to get their songs to as many ears as possible. This June, the brothers release their sophomore effort, "A Riddle For You." Versatile songwriting modes, blood harmonies, and finger-style guitar arrangements have opened doors to support a wide variety of national acts including Grace Potter, Sturgill Simpson, Bahamas, Jerry Douglas, Langhorne Slim, Blake Mills, Howie Day, The Lone Bellow, Ben Sollee, Horse Feathers, Chris Eldridge and Julian Lage.

The brothers themselves described their sound to an interview thusly: "Our sound is much more independent folk music," Zack said. "We're much more folk, certainly more similar to Simon and Garfunkel than Steve Earle. But we do have a little bit of Americana, but there isn't too much twang... If Gillian Welch and David Rawlings had a baby with Surfjan Stevens and Sun Kil Moon, it would sound like us," he said. "That'd be a weird baby," Sam answered.

    






Friday, August 12


9:00 pm



Vintage Paris chic meets New York cool in the swinging electro-beats of Ginkgoa. With Nicolle Rochelle (American singer, author, and dancer) and Antoine Chatenet (French composer and producer) at the core of the group, Ginkgoa composes French songs with an American vibe, and American songs with a French touch, where time periods would cross and inspirations would collide: catchy melody from pop music, to the swing of old New York, with a mix of electro-dance floor beats. They only have one idea in mind: to make generations of people dance, sway, and sing along to melodies that stay in your head.

Officially discovered in the well-known French festival Les Francofolies, where they won for "Favorite Group" of the festival, Ginkgoa went on to play approximately 200 dates in France, USA, China, Germany, Switzerland, New Caledonia and Italy, being offered numerous additional awards along the way.

    




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Saturday, August 13


9:00 pm

With Bonnie Bishop Opening


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.

    






Friday, August 19


9:00 pm



The Big Takeover is a unique concoction of backgrounds and spirits that perfectly creates a version of reggae that is fresh and vivid. With Jamaican-born and raised NeeNee Rushie as a captivating and memorable front woman, plus a playful horn section and pulsating bass and drums, Big Takeover boasts a signature blend of upbeat, horn-inflected ska, deep, funky reggae grooves, soulful melodies, and dub dropouts that guarantee a memorable Jamaican-infused dance party.

    






Sunday, August 21


8:00 pm



Only 17 years old, blues guitar prodigy Quinn Sullivan first gained national attention at age six with an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Quinn has already shared stages with Buddy Guy and B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Los Lobos, the Roots, and Derek Trucks, and played Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits. The New Bedford, Mass., native writes and sings his own songs, as well as challenging himself by playing such well-known classics as George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." He's become something of a protéeacute;géeacute; of Buddy Guy, who has brought him along as opening act on several tours.

    







Monday, August 22, 8pm

Voodoo Orchestra North
Summer Series


The Voodoo Orchestra North, led by legendary jazz drummer, improviser and composer Bobby Previte 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. "Even better than the real thing," says local music critic Seth Rogovoy.






Thursday, August 25


8:00 pm

With Emily Duff Opening


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.

    






Friday, August 26


9:00 pm



For over 40 years, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet have blended the rich Cajun traditions of Louisiana with elements of zydeco, New Orleans Jazz, country and blues to become the most esteemed Cajun group in music. A twelve-time Grammy Award nominee and two-time Grammy award winner (1998 & 2010), BeauSoleil were the first Cajun Band ever to win a Grammy and have released 25 albums. Perhaps no single band is more responsible for popularizing the unique Cajun sounds of the Louisiana bayou than Beausoleil.

A frequent guest on Garrison Keillor's public radio show "A Prairie Home Companion" (Keillor calls them "the best Cajun band in the world"), BeauSoleil have also made appearances on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Austin City Limits, the Super Bowl XXXI pre-game show, and HBO's New Orleans-based hit show "Treme."

But BeauSoleil is not just about re-creating a traditional sound without lending it a new accent. While they are experts in Cajun tradition, they are equally at home channeling the godfathers of other music as well, by including a Cajun/La La-style reimagining of James Brown's classic 1962 Live at the Apollo version of "I'll Go Crazy," and a swing version of John Coltrane's "Bessie's Blues." Guitarist David Doucet even tucks an occasional Lester Flatt-style bluegrass G-run into his highly melodic guitar solos. In recent years, the group has been exploring the African roots of its music.

As always on an evening featuring Louisiana music, you can expect Helsinki Hudson executive chef Hugh Horner, a native of the bayou himself, to pull out all stops with a menu perfectly according with the musique du jour.

    






Saturday, August 27


9:00 pm



Named after a Bob Dylan song ("The Ballad of Hollis Brown"), Hollis Brown is an edgy, roots-rock indie band from Queens, N.Y., known for its adrenaline-fueled performances. The independent act has achieved a significant amount of success since their formation in 2009. They released their debut album "Ride on the Train" in 2013, garnering song and video premieres from Rolling Stone, Paste, and American Songwriter, along with music placements on Direct TV's "Kingdom," Showtime's "Shameless," MTV's "Real World," and the Willem Dafoe/Matt Dillon film "Bad Country."

Following a Lou Reed tribute concert in NYC, Hollis Brown was asked to record a tribute to the Velvet Underground's classic album "Loaded," as a limited-edition vinyl release for Record Store Day 2014. "Hollis Brown Gets Loaded" took on a life of its own, with airplay on influential radio stations, resulting in a full CD and digital release.

The band has toured extensively in America and Europe, headlining and supporting such bands as The Zombies, Jackie Greene, Heartless Bastards, Rich Robinson of Black Crowes, and Jesse Malin, and building an impressive fan base.

    






Saturday September 3


9:00 pm

With Sarah Borges Opening


Phil and Don of the Everly Brothers. Ray and Dave Davies of the Kinks. Liam and Noel Gallagher of Oasis. Heck, Cain and Abel. The rock 'n' roll landscape is littered with the broken ties of bands based on sibling relationships.

It seems almost natural that the same thing would afflict Dave and Phil Alvin, who cofounded seminal early LA punk-roots band The Blasters in 1979. They hung in together for seven years, when Dave left to become lead guitarist of cowpunk legends X. It would be nearly three decades before the brothers would record another album together, and their reunion album, 2014's "Common Ground," garnered them a Grammy Award nomination. The two followed that up with last year's "Lost Time," for which the two have been making up since then, both onstage and in the recording studio.

The Alvins will be backed by Dave's band, the Guilty Ones. And Helsinki Hudson's favorite goddess of twang-rock, Sarah Borges, will warm up the crowd for this celebration of the power of brotherly love.

    






Friday, September 9


9:00 pm



Having migrated from his birthplace, Nashville, to New York City, the critically acclaimed folk-rock singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle - who was named after Texas singer-songwriter legend Townes van Zant - pairs the sage wisdom of Americana music with themes that relate to life in the Big Apple as well as his recent marriage and newfound sobriety.

Earle directly confronts the legacy handed down to him by his father, Steve Earle, on the poignant song, "Mama's Eyes," on his album, "Midnight at the Movies," when he sings, "I am my father's son/I've never known when to shut up/I ain't fooling no one/I am my father's son." His most recent albums, "Single Mothers" and "Absent Fathers," have deepened the autobiographical nature of his work.

When it comes to comparisons, the Guardian UK hears "echoes of Guthrie and Springsteen" in Earle. Earle himself claims to be influenced by artists including Randy Newman, Chet Baker, the Replacements, Tom Waits and Bruce Springsteen. Accolades for Earle include the 2011 Americana Music Award for Song of the Year, as well as the 2009 Americana Music Awards in the Best New and Emerging Artist category, as well as nominations for Best Artist and Best Album.

    






Friday, September 16


9:00 pm



On his own and with collaborators from all over the world, Vieux Farka Touré has forged a distinctive musical blend, drawing on the music of his native Mali, and particularly that of his father, the late legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Touré, with rock, Latin music, and other sounds from around the world. In particular, his music explores the tonalities of West African music that is echoed in American blues.

Often referred to as "The Hendrix of the Sahara," Vieux is known for dazzling crowds with his speed and dexterity on the guitar, as well as his palpable charisma and luminous smile, both of which captivate audiences from all audiences in spite of any language barriers (though Vieux does speak eight languages!).

Vieux has collaborated on a wide range of projects with the likes of South African-born vocalist Dave Matthews, Derek Trucks, jazz guitarist John Scofield, and Israeli superstar Idan Raichel. Last year, Vieux released another unexpected, genre-bending collaborative album, this time with New York-based singer Julia Easterlin, aptly titled "Touristes." The album includes a languid, haunting version of Bob Dylan's "Masters of War" as well as covers of Fever Ray's "I'm Not Done" and a reworking of Lead Belly's "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" retitled "In the Pines."

    






Sunday, September 25


8:00 pm



Trixie Whitley is one-of-a-kind. The Belgian-born daughter of musician Chris Whitley has been immersed in music her entire life, hanging out in New York City's Electric Lady Studios while just a toddler. She split her early years between Ghent (the one in Belgium) and New York City, and picked up drums as a child, before hitting the road with a dance company as an actor, singer, dancer and musician. She spent time as a DJ spinning at raves, festivals and parties in Europe and in New York.

Now a multiple threat on drums, guitar, and keyboard as well as vocals, Whitley's first solo EP was produced by Hudson's own Meshell Ndegeocello. She has made music with an all-star lineup of downtown jazz artists including Marc Ribot and Craig Street, and is a member of Daniel Lanois' Black Dub, alongside drummer Brian Blade and bassist Daryl Johnson – best known as bassist for the Rolling Stones.

As a solo artist, Whitley is an eclectic performer, stylistically ranging from folk to rock, pop to R&B, punk to electronica. She still sometimes still gets called a folk-blues singer because of her musical lineage, but she's truly carving out her own space in the musicverse.

    







Saturday, October 1, 9pm

Amy Ray & Her Band / Chely Wright • (co-bill)








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Sunday, October 16


8:00 pm



Folk-country singer-songwriter Crystal Bowersox is an American Idol finalist who was the first contestant in the program's history to have one of her original songs played on the show. Bowersox is critically acclaimed for her considerable vocal prowess – her soulful audition pieces on Idol included songs by Aretha Franklin, Erma Franklin, Gladys Knight and LaVern Baker – and she has gone on to enjoy a successful post-American Idol career of originality and authenticity, along the way winning the endorsement of Jakob Dylan, who duetted with Bowersox on "Stitches," a rootsy ballad the two co-wrote for her 2013 album "All That for This."

The 27-year-old Bowersox has performed alongside Harry Connick Jr., Joe Cocker, Alanis Morrisette, Michael Franti, John Popper and B.B. King. At her most soulful, she channels Sade; at her hardest-rocking, she recalls Melissa Etheridge, at her twangiest, she's in the vein of Mary Chapin Carpenter. It comes as no surprise to learn that Bowersox, who is also an actress, is slated to portray country legend Patsy Cline in the Broadway production of Always, Patsy Cline.

    






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.

    






Friday, October 28


8:00 pm

With Milton Opening


Having distilled his own signature sound of blues and folk for 50 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original. A profound songwriter and virtuoso guitarist, Smither continues to draw deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and philosophers. From his early days as the New Orleans transplant on the Boston folk scene, through his wilderness years, to his reemergence in the 1990s as one of America's most distinctive acoustic performers, Smither continues to hone his distinctive sound. His voice, in particular, is the very embodiment of the folk-blues sound.

New York City-based singer-songwriter Milton, who warms up the crowd for Smith, boasts a strong regional following based on his tender yet gritty folk-rock tunes evocative of his influences, which include Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Sam Cooke, Ralph Stanley, Bob Marley and Paul Westerberg.

    




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Saturday, November 5


9:00 pm



While the Raleigh, N.C.-based Chatham County Line resembles a bluegrass outfit in instrumentation, plays bluegrass festivals, and even has won awards for its bluegrass approach, Chatham County Line is as much a songwriter's band as it is a picking outfit. The group's original songs betray the influence of classic roots-rock singer-songwriters like Neil Young, Gram Parsons and Bob Dylan. The group can do the high-lonesome sound with the best of them, but then turn around and stretch out on an improvisation that takes the audience on a ride into jazz or jam-band territory. The group's next album, "Autumn," is due out in September.

    






Thursday, November 10


8:00 pm



Omar Sosa is known and hailed for his singular blend of Latin jazz and African diaspora music – a modern, urban music with a Latin jazz heart. Having grown up in Cuba, where he studied Cuban jazz, folk music, and classical music, Sosa - who has been compared favorably to Keith Jarrett and Herbie Hancock - has also lived in Ecuador, Spain and San Francisco, as well as immersing himself in the Gnawa culture of North Africa. Thus what comes out of his fingers when he applies them to the piano keyboard is a unique fusion of all these influences – a kind of world music-influenced, up-to-the-moment world jazz.

    




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Friday, December 2


8:00 pm



An extraordinary and uniquely gifted pianist from Bali, Joey Alexander marked his recording debut with the release of "My Favorite Things," nominated as Best Instrumental Jazz Album for the 2016 Grammy Awards.

Joey brings a delicate, profound and soulful touch to his own interpretation of such classics as "My Favorite Things," "Giant Steps" and "Over the Rainbow" and showcases his talents as an arranger, composer and bandleader. His "Giant Steps" earned a 2016 Grammy nomination for Best Improvised Jazz Solo.

Joey Alexander taught himself to play piano by listening with his father to classic jazz albums. An amateur musician, Alexander's father soon recognized his son's gift for jazz, as his technique and ability to grasp complicated musical concepts was beyond someone of his years. Due to the lack of jazz education where he lived, Alexander began attending jam sessions with senior musicians. From there, his musical intuition flourished, as did his love of playing jazz.

In recognition of his talent, UNESCO invited Alexander to play solo piano in honor of his jazz idol Herbie Hancock, who provides enthusiastic support to Alexander's budding career. Through festival appearances and awards for his improvisational brilliance, the world has taken notice of this phenomenal and exciting pianist with the astonishing technique and soulful sound.

Joey has performed for Herbie Hancock, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. In 2014, Wynton Marsalis invited Alexander to play at the Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2014 gala, which made him an "overnight sensation", according to the New York Times. Alexander won the Grand Prix at the 2013 Master-Jam Fest, and performed at the Montreal and Newport Jazz Festivals in 2015.

Alexander is the first Indonesian act to enter the Billboard 200 chart in the United States, where "My Favorite Things" debuted at number 174 on the week ending May 30, 2015, re-entered and peaked at number 59 in January 2016.

    






Friday, December 9


8:00 pm



Joan Osborne has rightfully earned a reputation as one of the great voices of her generation - both a commanding, passionate performer and a frank, emotionally evocative songwriter. Osborne is widely known for her beloved hit song, "(What If God Was) One of Us," as well as her live performances of "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" and "Heat Wave" in the Grammy Award-winning documentary "Standing in the Shadows of Motown."

A multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy Award nominee, the soulful vocalist and noted song interpreter is a highly sought-after collaborator and guest performer who has performed alongside many notable artists, including Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Luciano Pavarotti, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, the Holmes Brothers, and Patti Smith to name a few.

Counting such legendary artists as Etta James and Ray Charles as influences, Osborne is firmly rooted in R&B and soul, as evidenced by the soul covers she has recorded on her albums "How Sweet It Is" and "Breakfast In Bed," in addition to "Bring It On Home," which garnered a Best Blues Album nomination at the 2013 Grammy Awards.