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Friday, July 1

9:00 pm

With Burnell Pines Opening

Woodstock pop-rock singer-songwriter Simi Stone plays violin, guitar and percussion, boasts a huge, versatile voice, and commands the stage like a latter-day Tina Turner. She writes catchy pop tunes, dance numbers, and compelling, introspective folk songs, all in her signature, upbeat "Mountain Motown" style. And her band is a veritable funk-rock supergroup, including bandmates of David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, the B-52s, and Gang of Four.

Reviewing her December 2013 show at Helsinki Hudson, local music critic Seth Rogovoy wrote, "If there is any justice in the world, her upcoming album will propel Stone into national consciousness as a major new force on the pop-soul scene…. What the world needs now – right now, and not a moment too late – is Simi Stone, in all of her multitalented, glorious appeal."

Simi Stone names Aretha Franklin, Sly Stone, old school Madonna, Donna Summer, and Whitney Houston as influences, and it's hardly out of the question that someday Simi Stone will frequently be mentioned among them as a peer.


Saturday, July 9

9:00 pm

Iconic jam-band guitarist and producer Eric Krasno is best known as cofounder of jam-rock avatars Soulive and Lettuce. After 20 years, Krasno is releasing his first solo album, "Blood from a Stone," the day before his Helsinki show.

Eric Krasno was a founding member of the Woodstock-based soul-jam trio Soulive, in which he joined with brothers Alan and Neal Evans, who had been the rhythm section of Moon Boot Lover. Soulive rose to the top of the jam-band heap, headlining festivals as well as opening concerts for the Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, the Roots, John Mayer and others. Krasno has always played with Phil Lesh and Friends.

With Neal Evans, Krasno formed funk-jam band Lettuce in Boston in 1992 with a group of fellow students from Berklee College of Music.

Krasno's rousing new solo album, "Blood From a Stone," reveals a previously unknown and utterly compelling side of his artistry, though, inviting us to bear witness as he both literally and metaphorically finds his voice.

As it turns out, Krasno's voice has been an ace up his sleeve this whole time. Rich, warm, and full-bodied, his tone blends earnest sincerity with casual swagger and, much like his guitar playing, taps into a deep vein of emotion.

"It's something I didn't know was there," he concludes. "I would have been totally content just being a guitar player and writing songs for other people, but this inspiration just happened, and I'm really glad it did, because it's changed things. I didn't know I had this in me."


Wednesday, July 13

8:00 pm

For half a century, idiosyncratic rock band NRBQ has been blazing a unique trail in rock 'n' roll. Still led by the group's founder, pianist and songwriter and all-around musical visionary Terry Adams, the group continues to play its signature blend of early rock ‘n' roll with touches of pop, jazz, funk, blues, and experimental music, that magically remains accessible and party-friendly.

If you bought the debut album by NRBQ when it was released on Columbia Records in 1969, you might have been thrown off guard. It was representative of a musical approach that thought nothing of introducing rockabilly artist Eddie Cochran to jazz space-alien Sun Ra, nodding over to R&B legend Chuck Willis, contributing unique original songwriting, and just stomping all over the joint. Were they a revival band? A jazz fusion band? Was this rockabilly? Power pop before it was named? Americana before that was named? NRBQ were behind and ahead of the curve from the start, and that's where they've remained over the past five decades, amassing a discography that is way overdue for a complete reappraisal and gathering an audience for whom the word "loyal" is far less than adequate.

There really is no other band that does what NRBQ does, something that's beyond category, as Duke Ellington would say about his music, something that could never be pinpointed as "rock," exactly, although that's as good a description as any. Much has been made over the years of the band's eclectic nature, but it has its roots in a very solid tradition of taking diverse musical strains and incorporating them into an all-encompassing vision. Elvis Presley was doing hillbilly music, blues, Rodgers & Hart right from the beginning. The Beatles covered Motown, Sun Records, and Broadway show tunes. This is the tradition that Terry Allen grabbed and ran with, and has never stopped. And that's what he's bringing with him to Club Helsinki Hudson.


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Thursday, July 14, 8pm

ProJam 16

Vocalist/drummer Trisha Marie Pallo of the Differents, singer/guitarist Petey Hop, bassist/vocalist Pat Perkinson, Craig Keil, and drummer Sonny Rock will headline. As always, the region's top blues musicians will join together for an evening of jamming on the blues.

The Club Helsinki Blues Pro Jam is a bimonthly event, with dozens of professional musicians from the greater Hudson Valley region having taken part since it was launched in summer 2013.

The event welcomes all working musicians in the region to sit in for a freewheeling blues jam.

Friday, July 15

8:00 pm

Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley are The Skivvies, an adult-rated musical comedy act performing stripped-down mashups of pop songs and show tunes almost in the raw. Baring their considerable abs and more, the duo was nominated for "Show of The Year" for the 2015 MAC Award. The Wall Street Journal calls them "smart, sophisticated... ingenious," and Out Magazine says, "The Skivvies have managed to carve out a niche that we never knew needed to exist: part Weird Al-parody and part sexy burlesque ...an unusual explosion of satire and sultry."

People Magazine named the Skivvies "The Most Playful Performers" in The Most Talked about Bodies of 2014 issue and Sports Illustrated named them "Favorite New Band." The New York Times calls them "a hot musical comedy duo specializing in unexpected arrangements, incongruous mashups, and of course, highly toned displays of skin." Proceeds from this event will benefit Animalkind, Hudson's cat rescue center.

Saturday, July 16

9:00 pm

With Bird of Youth Opening

Led by New Hampshire native Will Sheff, Okkervil River boasts a rootsy, wide-ranging sound that should appeal equally to fans of the Strokes and the National. Formed in 1998, the group has performed with acts such as the Decemberists, the New Pornographers, the National, and the late Lou Reed.

The band's upcoming album, "Away," scheduled for release in September, includes a song called "Okkervil River R.I.P." Sheff has enigmatically described the album as "not really an Okkervil River album and it's also my favorite Okkervil River album."

The New York Times has raved, "[Sheff] writes like a novelist. His songs are full of elegant phrases and unexpected images." Sheff's idol, Lou Reed, named Okkervil River one of his favorite contemporary bands, asked them to open for him, telling Sheff, "You have a classic rock and roll voice."

The upcoming album, "Away," was written mostly while Sheff was living in the Catskills, and recorded with musicians from the jazz and new-music world, including members of the cutting-edge ensemble yMusic.

Bird of Youth draws obvious comparisons to the Pretenders, and for good reason, as Beth Wawerna writes and sings melodic, guitar-infused rock songs with a strong female point of view. Other points of reference are Boston legend Jen Trynin and, with its jangly guitars, the Byrds.


Sunday, July 17

7:00 pm

With Special Guest:
Haas Kowert Tice

Best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the alt-bluegrass band Crooked Still for the last 10 years, the Boston native – the former lead singer of Wayfaring Strangers. O'Donovan has performed with the likes of Ollabelle, Karan Casey and Seamus Egan, Jerry Douglas, Jim Lauderdale, Darol Anger, Christina Courtin, Chris Thile (Nickel Creek, Punch Brothers), Noam Pikelny (Punch Brothers), Edgar Meyer, Stuart Duncan, and Yo-Yo Ma, on his "Goat Rodeo Sessions" project.

O'Donovan has also performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra and the Utah Symphony Orchestra. In 2012, she sang on most of the tracks on the album "Be Still" by the jazz group the Dave Douglas Quintet, featuring trumpeter Dave Douglas. During the summer of 2013, she toured with Garrison Keillor and his "A Prairie Home Companion Radio Romance Tour."

Earlier this year, in the quiet moments found between touring her first solo album and collaborating with mainstay folk and bluegrass peers, O'Donovan found the inspiration to write her sophomore album, "In the Magic Hour," which was released in January.

Instrumental string-band trio Haas Kower Tice are comprised of fiddler Brittany Haas (Crooked Still), bassist Paul Kowert (Punch Brothers), and guitarist Jordan Tice (Tony Trischka). While rooted in traditional music, the trio veers easily into jazz, classical, and rock territory without skipping a beat.


Monday, July 18, 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.

Tuesday, July 19

8:00 pm

Devon Allman is as much or more influenced by the likes of Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler and Tom Petty than he is by his famous father, Greg Allman, leader of the legendary Southern-rock group, the Allman Brothers Band, and his late uncle, Duane Allman. That being said, there are traces of his father in his soulful voice and his uncle Duane in his innovative guitar playing.

Raised by his mom, Devon Allman grew up listening to bands including Dire Straits, AC/DC, KISS, Santana and the Rolling Stones - he didn't actually meet his father until he was 16 years old. He wound up touring with the Allman Brothers Band for their reunion tour in the early 1990s. After serving this apprenticeship-by-fire with his father, he formed the band Honeytribe, and then went on to form Royal Southern Brotherhood, a kind of second-generation blues supergroup, with Cyril Neville and blues singer-guitarist Mike Zito. That group's debut CD remained in the top 10 of the Billboard Blues Music Charts for five months.

Devon Allman is finding his own sound, making a distinctive mark in familiar territory of Southern blues and Southern rock, the music that runs through his blood.


Sunday, July 24

8:00 pm

Texas-raised Mexican-American Escovedo, the uncle of pop-funk star Sheila E, is a one-time punk-rocker mostly playing original alt-country music since before there was such a term – and indeed his music today ranges from Velvet Underground-style drone rock to classic punk to Los Lobos-like Chicano rock to Rolling Stones' covers to idiosyncratic, character-based visionary music along the lines of Tom Waits.

Escovedo, who has recorded with Ryan Adams, Whiskeytown and Jon Dee Graham, is both a critic's darling (No Depression magazine, the bible of alt-country, called him Artist of the Decade in the 1990s) and a musician's musician (rock historian and Patti Smith guitarist Lenny Kaye contributed the biographical tribute to Escovedo on the latter's website).

For the last five years, Escovedo's career has been overseen by the same team that has long managed Bruce Springsteen. The Boss's longtime guitarist, Miami Steve Van Zandt aka Little Steven of the Underground Garage aka Silvio Dante on the Sopranos, has also been a big champion of his.

In recent years, Escovedo has teamed with Helsinki favorite Chuck Prophet for songwriting and Tony Visconti (David Bowie) for producing. Escovedo credits Prophet for the hints of lightness and humor that have been creeping into his work the past few years.


Tuesday, July 26

8:00 pm

"Unclassifiably original and frighteningly good" - NPR MUSIC

"The first album was me wanting to burn down my life, cut my hair off, and run screaming into the woods," says Alejandro Rose-Garcia. "This album is the trials and tribulations of becoming domesticated, letting people into your world and letting go of selfishness - the story of becoming a pair, losing that, and reconciling with the loss and gain of love."

Rose-Garcia is professionally known as Shakey Graves, and with his new record, "And the War Came," he extends the ground - emotionally and sonically - broken by his 2011 self-released debut album, "Roll the Bones," which brought him national acclaim and, three years later, still ranks near the top of Bandcamp's digital best-seller charts.

"Roll the Bones" established the powerful, mesmerizing Shakey Graves sound of Rose-Garcia accompanying himself on guitar and a handmade kick drum built out of an old suitcase. NPR Music named him one of 10 artists music fans "should've known in 2012," describing him as "astonishing...unclassifiably original. And frighteningly good." Paste included him in a "Best of What's Next" feature, praising his "gnarly composite of blues and folk," while The New York Times observed that Shakey Graves "makes the one-man band approach look effortless.


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

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."


Sunday, 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.


Sunday, August 21, 8pm

Quinn Sullivan

Sunday, 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 Sara 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 Alvin's 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 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, 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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Thursday, November 10, 8pm

Omar Sosa

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Friday, December 2, 8pm

Joey Alexander Trio