Blake Mills in the studio

The Best Guitarist in the World at Bearsville

I don’t get asked “Who’s your favorite rock guitarist?” nearly often enough. I have an answer – a crafted koan of an answer that both satisfies and confounds the asking, exposing deep pools of…


Jack Walls exhibit opens with performance and screening at Basilica Hudson

For one who has reported that he doesn’t believe in the art world, Jack Walls must be counted among the singularly in outsiders. Finding himself as a young man at the center of…


Wakeup call: Rip! The Musical in Rhinebeck

This weekend in Rhinebeck, Rip Van Winkle is waking up after a two-decade snooze – in more ways than one. The original version of Michael Berkeley and Ray Roderick’s Rip! The Musical first…

Los Doggies

Los Doggies and the Delano Park fulfillment

To cover the costs of making and distributing their excellent 2014 full-length E’rebody (reviewed in the April 24, 2014 Almanac Weekly), the chameleonic New Paltz prog-popsters Los Doggies availed themselves of a Kickstarter…

(Photo by Lauren Thomas)

Rosendale Street Festival this weekend to feature six stages and 74 bands

The heart of the summer means that the Rosendale Street Festival is upon us: July 18 and 19 on Main Street in Rosendale. There will be plenty to eat and drink and buy,…

Cast members rehearsing for the 2015 Woodstock Shakespeare Festival’s production of Much Ado About Nothing. Pictured are (l-r) Rebecca Kisch (Margaret) and Parker Cross (Benedick).

Much Ado kicks off Woodstock Shakespeare Festival

When Bird-on-a-Cliff’s Woodstock Shakespeare Festival first started playing shows on its own stage 20 years ago, outside Woodstock’s handsome office building on the Comeau Property, everything from the Elizabethan stage’s front to the balcony…

Neil Young

Neil Young & Norah Jones at Bethel Woods on Friday Neil Young. A bit too much to talk about there, but I will say this: a restless, contrarian, outspoken, chipped-shoulder edge is a rare thing among 50+-year veterans of the rock industries….

Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno in The Yes Men Are Revolting

The Yes Men Are Revolting opens on Friday with political prankster Mike Bonanno in Rhinebeck

Ever since Shakespeare’s Puck and Prospero broke through the “fourth wall” to beg audiences to dismiss them from their onstage duties with applause (and arguably long before), the line between theater and real…


The Catskill jazz revival: Bringing America’s original art form to a new generation

  Like so many other Catskill communities, the Village of Tannersville has taken it on the chops time and time again. And like an old champion who refuses to go down for the…

The 2015 Grey Fox lineup features familiar luminaries such as the Sam Bush Band, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn and the Del McCoury Bands. Durable legends of the trades, such as Peter Rowan and Bill Keith, are on board in force as well.

Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival returns to Oak Hill

Of all the formidable roots, folk and bluegrass festivals that call this region home, Grey Fox is the one for the real acoustic music enthusiast, the deepest in bluegrass tradition and the most…

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