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Thursday, December 8, 8pm

Hudson Motown & Soul Session 1


The Sweet Life Music Project plays funky jazz with a blues-rock influence. The Hudson, N.Y.-based group includes bandleader Randall "Stix" Martin, vocalist Faith Grumberg, guitarist Rick Warren, bassist/keyboardist Aaron Martin, and saxophonist Harold Kimble. Albany-based Motown-style ensemble Derrick Horton and the Jay Street Band also performs in this debut of the new Hudson Motown and Soul Session series. A portion of the proceeds will help support local youth music programs.






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.

    







Saturday, December 10, 9pm
Sunday, December 11, 8pm

NOTE: Reserved Seating
is available ONLY by phone:

518.828.4800


Everett Bradley's HOLIDELIC


Part dance party, part funk concert, part comedy show, the holiday-funk spectacular Holidelic features original holiday songs as well as loose, funk-infused adaptations of Tchaikovsky, “Frosty the Snowman,” “Little Drummer Boy” and the like. With Holidelic, Everett Bradley puts a fresh spin on holiday cheer, through lively holiday party tunes, outrageous costumes, and a theatrical stage show worthy of George Clinton’s P-Funk. There’ll be no “Silent Night” when Holidelic reinvigorates the season, prompting concertgoers to shake their holiday booties to Sly Stone-style funk ‘n’ roll. Ho-ho-ho.


Reserved Seating is available ONLY by phone: 518.828.4800






Saturday, December 17


9:00 pm



Roots-music trio Ballroom Thieves plays a captivating mélange of acoustic styles, blending folk conventions with modern hymnals, classical textures, and Delta blues grit with rich harmonies. They describe themselves as "a rock band disguised as a folk band," and indeed they occasionally go electric in a way that reminds a listener of White Stripes or Tarbox Ramblers.

Guitarist Martin Earley, percussionist Devin Mauch, and cellist Calin Peters share lead vocals among them, adding gorgeous harmonies and fluid instrumentals to their original compositions. The band has shared the stage with bands like the Lone Bellow, Houndmouth, and fellow New Englanders Dispatch over the last couple of years.

    







Sunday, December 18, 7pm

Hedda Lettuce


Hedda Lettuce calls herself the "world’s first and premiere eco-friendly drag queen." Her annual holiday cabaret, "Lettuce Rejoice!," includes such favorites as "Here Comes Tranny Clause," about a mean tyrant that ruins Xmas; the classic song, "Sleigh Ride," turned into a gay man’s quest for sex on Grinder; and "Do You Hear What I Hear" rendered as "Do You Think That He’s Queer," about a fag hag desperately seeking a sexual relationship with a gay man.

Hedda Lettuce aka Steven Polito is a six-time Drag Queen of the Year award-winner from HX Magazine. She has appeared with the likes of Tyra Banks, Madonna, and Sarah Jessica Parker on such TV shows as "Project Runway," "Sex and the City," the "Tyra Banks Show" and "Ugly Betty," and has appeared at such top city venues as Caroline's on Broadway and the Metropolitan Room.









Thursday, December 29


8:00 pm



Texas troubador Hayes Carll is equally known for his outspoken politically-infused rockers and his self-described "degenerate love songs."

Very often, he's leavened his songs with cleverly deployed gallows humor, self-deprecation and yarn spinning, linking his work to his native state's tradition of wryly winning musical wit, a writing trait he shares with Guy Clark, Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett and even Miranda Lambert.

Some of Carll's most beloved hits - to the extent that there is such a thing in the singer-songwriter and Americana scenes that he straddles - features situational humor and hooky punch lines delivered over shambling, down-home grooves in a fractured twang that plays up a badly sprained ego.

Carll's first album in half a decade, the Joe Henry-produced "Lovers and Leavers," strikes a heavier tone.

    







Saturday, December 31, 9pm

NEW YEAR'S EVE


Ring out the old and ring in the new with four amazing, diverse performers.

Well known to Helsinki Hudson audiences, Simi Stone, who calls Woodstock home, brings her dazzling stage presence and her singular "Mountain Motown" sound back to our stage to help celebrate the power of music and love. Simi plays violin, guitar, and percussion and boasts a huge, versatile voice that recalls Diana Ross and a young Michael Jackson. She writes catchy, compelling, upbeat, and introspective songs.

Pearl Aday mines the soulful side of classic rock. Her debut album featured guitar work from Ted Nugent, her husband Scott Ian of Anthrax – who is also on tonight's bill - and Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains. Pearl's powerful, Janis Joplin-style vocals (with just a hint of Marvin Lee Aday, her father, better known as Meat Loaf, in the mix) front pure guitar-rock informed by the likes of Led Zeppelin, the Who, AC/DC, and the Rolling Stones.

Scott Ian is a founding member of pioneering thrash-metal band Anthrax, which fused the urgent rhythms of punk-rock with the aggressive force of heavy metal. Ian and Anthrax went on to pioneer rock/rap fusion by collaborating with hip-hop ensemble Public Enemy.

Lisa Green, rock singer and cofounder of the Paul Green Rock Academy, will perform the 23-minute magnum opus "Supper's Ready" by Genesis in its entirety. This will be a faithful rendition of the prog-rock classic, featuring a band of pros and great up-and-comers, including Dan Littleton, Jason Bowman, Connor Kennedy, Will Bryant, Kendall Wind, and Paul Green.




Friday, January 13, 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.







Saturday, January 14


9:00 pm



Club D'Elf and special guest John Medeski return to the scene of the musical crime to celebrate the release of a live concert album recorded right here at Club Helsinki Hudson back in 2011.

The brainchild of Boston bassist/composer Mike Rivard (Morphine, Either Orchestra, Guster, Boston Pops), Club d'Elf is a Moroccan-dosed dub-jazz collective featuring a constellation of top musicians from the jazz, DJ, rock and world music scenes of Boston and NYC who get in the groove and proceed to blow it up. With Rivard and drummer Dean Johnston at the core, guitars, turntables, Fender Rhodes, laptops, horns, tablas and a myriad of exotic instruments flow in and out of the mix - often with special guest keyboardist John Medeski.

Derived from ancient sources, trance forms the central core of the Club d'Elf aesthetic, unifying the various genres the band has absorbed, leading them to be called "One of the most inventive and ever-changing bands in all of new jazz. There is simply not another band like Club d'Elf on the planet," by Jazz America. Marlon Bishop of radio station WNYC summed them up thusly: "Club d'Elf sounds like the lovechild of Pink Floyd and George Clinton, dropped in Marrakesh... some deeply psychedelic music."

Special guest John Medeski, who has been an "honorary core member" of Club d'Elf from day one, is best known for his work with the genre-defying trio Medeski Martin & Wood. Built upon jazz roots, electronics and rhythmic grooves - not unlike Club d'Elf - MMW have broken out of the traditional jazz sphere and have shared the bill with groups such as The Roots, Beck, A Tribe Called Quest, Ray Charles, Hermento Pascoal, and Phish, frequently appearing in venues unavailable to most jazz artists.

    







Thursday, January 19, 8:00pm


ProJam 18








Thursday, January 26, 6:00pm


An Evening with Deborah Hanlon









Friday, February 10


9:00 pm



Noam Pikelny has emerged as the preeminent banjoist of his generation, hailed by the Chicago Tribune as the "pros' top banjo picker.” Noam is a founding member of Punch Brothers, a string ensemble which the Boston Globe calls "a virtuosic revelation” and the New Yorker describes as "wide"ranging and restlessly imaginative.”

In September 2010, Pikelny was awarded the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Pikelny, a former member of Leftover Salmon and John Cowan Band, is a three"time Grammy Award nominee and his record, "Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe,” was described by the New York Times as "a token of reverence, a feat of translation and a show of dominion.” The album is widely considered a landmark recording in acoustic music, and was named "Album of the Year” at the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards.

    





Saturday, February 18, 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.








Thursday, February 23, 8pm

John Doe






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








Thursday, March 30, 6:00pm


An Evening with Deborah Hanlon










Friday, April 28, 9pm

Greg Brown