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Irish author, playwright and satellite radio host Larry Kirwan (above) playing with his band Black 47. The group was formed in 1989, and it takes its name from a traditional term for the summer of 1847, the worst year of the Great Irish Famine.

Ambassador & Black 47 headline Hooley on the Hudson

The Ulster County chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) will once again sponsor the Hooley on the Hudson in Kingston – a family-friendly festival celebrating all things Irish – on Sunday,…

The Wall Street Jazz Festival co-founders John Bilotti and Peggy Stern (above) are determined to keep the festival accessible and grassroots, elegant in its presentation and free.

Wall Street Jazz Festival in Kingston

The Wall Street Jazz Festival began in 2004 when John Bilotti and Peggy Stern were attending a jazz festival and noticed a conspicuous absence of women in the lineup. “What’s wrong with this…

The Hold Steady

The Hold Steady headlines Brooklyn@Belleayre

One of the most important and influential indie-rock bands of the last few decades, the Hold Steady (above), will be headlining Brooklyn@Belleayre, a handful of hip downstate bands, at the Belleayre Music Festival…

Orleans performs at the amazing Opus 40 (above) in Saugerties on Saturday, August 30 at 5 p.m. (photo by Dion Ogust)

My First Rock Concert by JohnB, or: Orleans performs at Opus 40

My friend’s first rock concert was Air Supply with his Mom at West Point’s Eisenhower Theater. A concert, yes; but not precisely rock, you say? He recalls it as traumatically loud: a permanent…

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Roz & the Rice Cakes at BSP

Roz & the Rice Cakes’ fantastic new album Need to Feed (2014, Team Love Records) is a rigorously coherent and consistent piece of work. It feels like expansive, ambitious and arty rock, and…

Photo of The Other Mozart by Charlotte Dobre

Kingston Festival of the Arts

Baritone Kerry Henderson co-founded the successful Phoenicia International Festival of the Arts with Maria Todaro and Louis Otey in 2010, and he has since turned his attention to Kingston. Last August, Henderson and…

Photo of Carmela Altamura by Dion Ogust

Catch the final season of the Altamura Center

“It has always been my nature to walk in uncharted territory,” says voice teacher Carmela Altamura. “Just like the salmon, I always go against the current.” This attitude helps explain Altamura’s quixotic decision…

Tony Trischka

Banjo phenom Tony Trischka at Rosendale Café

Back before newgrass was new, Tony Trischka was mastering the banjo and experimenting with ways to expand its bluegrass and old-timey boundaries. If it weren’t for the lessons that he took on the…

Arm-of-the-Sea Theater co-founder Patrick Wadden preparing for this weekend’s Esopus Creek Puppet Suite in Saugerties

Esopus Creek Puppet Suite in Saugerties

I’m interested in finding the universal in the particular,” says Patrick Wadden, co-founder of Saugerties-based Arm-of-the-Sea Theater. “For many years, a lot of our shows were very symbolic, abstract kind of things; that’s…

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Summer Hoot at Ashokan Center

The ironic thing about folk and roots music is that, for all its association in the popular mind with progressive politics and social change, it is fundamentally conservative in nature – in the…

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