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Thursday and Friday, February 11 and 12 at 7:30pm


Heathers - The Musical
Produced by Upstage Productions


No Longer Taking Dinner Reservations, General Seating Only

At the request of Upstage Productions, the show will begin promptly at 7:30pm and there will be no dinner and/or table service after 6:30pm. If you wish to join us for dinner, please plan on arriving prior to 6:30pm.







Thursday, February 18


8:00 pm

With Hollis Brown Opening


Roots-rock singer-songwriter Jackie Greene is touring behind his critically acclaimed new album, "Back to Birth," his first solo album in five years. The 11-song set showcases the multitalented artist's uncanny knack for synthesizing his deep affinity for American roots styles into timeless, personally charged music. Armed with a persuasive voice, a vivid songwriting skill and an instinctive mastery of several instruments, Greene has carved out a unique musical niche, and the album marks another creative landmark in his already compelling body of work. The album was produced by Los Lobos member and frequent Greene collaborator Steve Berlin.

In 2013, Greene joined the reunited Black Crowes as lead guitarist on their worldwide tour, and the following year released the self-titled debut album of supergroup Trigger Hippy, which Greene is a member of along with Joan Osborne and Crowes drummer Steve Gorman. Greene continues to be a frequent member of Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh's touring ensemble Phil Lesh & Friends, for which he has contributed lead guitar and vocals since 2007. Greene also toured as part of WRG, an acoustic trio with the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson, and he performed with Levon Helm as part of Helm's fabled Midnight Ramble shows.

While growing up in Northern California, Greene taught himself to play piano and guitar. His musical reference points shifted radically when, at the age of 14, he ran across a cache of his parents' vintage rock, country, blues and R&B LPs in the family's basement. That music launched Greene on his career that embraces a wide expanse of Americana music.

    







Saturday, February 20, 9pm

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus
Cabin Fever Cabaret


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.

Unlike Bindlestiff's family fare at local venues like Bard's Summerscape Spiegeltent, Bindlestiff's Winter Cabaret is for grown-ups only. (A family-oriented matinee will be offered on March 20.) 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, February 21, 7:00pm


Charles Busch • Helsinki on Broadway









Wednesday,
February 24


8:00 pm



The Soul Rebels started with an idea - to expand upon the pop music they loved on the radio and the New Orleans brass tradition they grew up on. They took that tradition and blended funk and soul with elements of hip hop, jazz and rock.

The dynamic New Orleans brass ensemble mixes horns, vocals and percussion on original compositions and covers of the likes of Stevie Wonder ("Livin' in the City"), Daft Punk ("Get Lucky"), and Eurythmics ("Sweet Dreams"), always laying down a dancing groove.

Called "the missing link between Public Enemy and Louis Armstrong" by the Village Voice, the Soul Rebels combine top-notch musicianship and songs with grooves that celebrate life in time-honored New Orleans style.

    






Friday, February 26


9:00 pm

Co-Bill With Eric "Roscoe" Ambel
Co-record Release Party


Longtime Helsinki favorite Sarah Borges has been entertaining audiences for years with her diverse brand of punk-inflected noir-rock. She cuts an alluring figure onstage, and was seemingly born to play rock 'n' roll. Sarah will be bringing a full band with her this time around to introduce fans to music from her brand-new album, "Good and Dirty," produced by Eric "Roscoe" Ambel.

    






Saturday, February 27


9:00 pm



Since the mid-1990s, Dar Williams has been a headliner on the new-folk festival scene, connecting with her fans via intimately observed songs on albums including "The Honesty Room," "Mortal City" and "End of the Summer." In 1998, Williams, Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky formed the new-folk supergroup Cry Cry Cry as a way to pay homage to some of their favorite folk artists. Williams is also known for unlikely covers of songs by the likes of the Kinks and Joe Strummer.

Williams got a big boost early in her career when Joan Baez took her on as a protégé, bringing Williams along with her as a concert opener on tour and recording Williams songs. Last year, Williams released her ninth studio record, "Emerald," which featured a typical mix of upbeat folk-pop songs playing on shared nostalgia ("FM Radio"), tender, personal ballads ("Empty Plane"), and references to broader contemporary culture and what it means to be a songwriter at this moment in history ("Mad River").

    






Friday, March 4


8:00 pm

with Seth Walker Opening


Chris Wood is best known as bassist for superstar jazz-jam trio Medeski Martin and Wood, and Oliver Wood toured for years as bluesman Tinsley Ellis's guitarist and then as leader of his own group, King Johnson. The brothers discovered a musical affinity in 2004, when Oliver sat in with Medeski Martin and Wood - no big surprise as the two were raised by blues-loving musical parents.

Bringing it all back home, the Wood Brothers formed a duo, bringing their vast and broad musical backgrounds to their unique sound - on one level, a simple, classic, rootsy brother duo, but on another level, and with the addition of percussionist Jano Rix, an entirely different and complex post-roots ensemble that incorporates elements of rock, jazz, classical and experimental music. In the end, the organic sounds of the Wood Brothers appeal to fans of Tom Waits, Robert Johnson, Charles Mingus, The Band and Mumford & Sons.

    






Saturday, March 5


9:00 pm

with Special Guest: Suitcase Junket


Glamour hit the nail on the head when they described Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds as what you get when you cross Amy Winehouse and Tina Turner with Mick Jagger and a dose of the Squirrel Nut Zippers. It's big-city grit and down-home sweetness together with a bit of Americana. The Dirty Birds' unique blend of R&B combines influences from deep soul to James Brown-style party-funk to Jamaican ska and reggae. Arleigh Kincheloe aka Sister Sparrow has drawn comparisons to Tina Turner and Amy Winehouse for her powerful, raspy vocals and dynamic stage presence. All in all, you couldn't ask for a more suitable outfit to provide the musical rhythms and excitement to power a soul-funk dance party.

    






Sunday, March 6


8:00 pm

CD Release


Ryder Cooley & Dust Bowl Faeries celebrate the release of their debut album, an ethereal gothic-folk journey that takes a listener through darkness and light, from dream-pop to drone-rock, from girl-group harmonies to Velvet Underground-like textures, from the Arctic through the forests to a trip up the Hudson River, to Sgt. Pepper-like psychedelia to Gypsy cabaret to cutting-edge electronica to wispy neo-folk, on a dozen original tracks written and composed by Ryder Cooley.

Ryder, already well known to Helsinki audiences for her co-hosting Helsinki's weekly open-mic night, performs lead vocals, accordion, ukulele and singing saw on the album. Current and past Faeries, including Karen Cole (lap steel and vox), Jen DuBois (guitar, percussion and vox), JoAnn Stevelos (percussion) and Sara Ayers (keyboards and vox), form the core band.

The album also includes guest contributions from a stunning array of top regional musicians, including Tommy Stinson on acoustic and electric guitar and vocals, Melora Creager on cello, Pete Toigo on bass, Fredo Viola on vocals and assorted instruments, Luis Mojica on piano and vocals, Cameron Melville on organ, Elric Walker on acoustic guitar and vocals, and Seth Rogovoy on vocals.

Many of these guest musicians are expected to sit in with the Dust Bowl Faeries at the concert celebrating the release of their eponymous debut, produced by Seth Rogovoy, recorded by Tommy Stinson and Bobby Previte; and edited, mixed, and mastered by Rachel Alina, all in and around Hudson.

    






Thursday, March 17


8:00 pm



Grammy Award-winner Aaron Neville is widely considered one of the greatest vocalists of the rock era. Neville has had four platinum-certified albums and four Top 10 hits, including three that went to #1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart. Part of a New Orleans musical dynasty, Neville is also the lead voice of the Neville Brothers, featuring his brothers Art, Charles and Cyril, and he is the father of singer/keyboards player Ivan Neville.

Aaron Neville's incredible career has seen him move seamlessly back and forth between solo work and his role in the first family of New Orleans music, the Neville Brothers. His first hit single was the landmark "Tell It Like It Is," which held the number one spot on the R&B charts for five weeks in 1967. He went on to win Grammy Awards for his triple-platinum 1989 collaboration with Linda Ronstadt, "Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind," and reached the country charts with the title track of 1993's "The Grand Tour."

In addition to classic New Orleans favorites, Neville has scored hits with compositions by Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, the Main Ingredient, Sam Cooke, and Randy Newman.

    







Friday, March 18, 9pm

Lady Moon & The Eclipse









Saturday, March 19, 9pm

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus
Cabin Fever Cabaret


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.

Unlike Bindlestiff's family fare at local venues like Bard's Summerscape Spiegeltent, Bindlestiff's Winter Cabaret is for grown-ups only. (A family-oriented matinee will be offered on March 20.) 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 20, 3pm

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Sunday Matinee








Thursday, March 24


8:00 pm



Raised by her father to be a country music entertainer, Wanda Jackson was encouraged to sing rockabilly by none other than Elvis Presley, with whom she first toured in 1955 and 1956. Since that time, Jackson has enjoyed many careers within her 60-plus-year career. She's been a country singer, a star on the gospel circuit, a hitmaker in Germany and Japan, a Las Vegas act, a rockabilly revivalist, and more.

More recently, Jack White produced her comeback album, "The Party Ain't Over," which included a cover of Bob Dylan's rockabilly song, "Thunder on the Mountain," and a fiery version of Amy Winehouse's hit song, "You Know I'm No Good." In 2012, Jackson released her 31st studio album, "Unfinished Business, on Sugar Hill Records. The album goes back to her rockabilly and country roots and was produced by Americana singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle.

In 2009, Jackson was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the urging of Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, and Bruce Springsteen. Dylan said of her, "Wanda Jackson, an atomic fireball of a lady, could have a smash hit with just about anything." The Boss said, "There's an authenticity in her voice that conjures up a world and a very distinct and particular place in time. It's not something that can be developed." Even young Adele paid tribute to Jackson, saying, "She's like my rockabilly Etta James. I love her, she's so brilliant. I don't think 'Rollin' in the Deep' would exist if it wasn't for Wanda Jackson."

    






Saturday, March 26


9:00 pm



Formed in Hoboken, N.J., in 1984, by husband-and-wife Ira Kaplan (guitars, piano, vocals) and Georgia Hubley (drums, piano, vocals), Yo La Tengo were alternative before indie-rock was even a thing. The group connects the dots between jangle-pop and the drone-rock and urban cool of the Velvet Underground. (Indeed, they even portrayed the legendary art-rockers in the 1996 film, "I Shot Andy Warhol.") James McNew has been the band's bassist since 1992, and original guitarist rejoined the band earlier this year.

Rolling Stone magazine says, "Incorporating everything from cocktail jazz to psychedelic noise freakouts to gorgeous acoustic tunes into their albums, Yo La Tengo have been one of the most restless and most consistently good bands of the past 25 years."

"An Evening with Yo La Tengo" comes on the heels of the release of its second covers album, "Stuff Like That There," on the 25th anniversary of its first such effort, "Fakebook." The new album includes songs by the Parliaments, Hank Williams, Antietam, Sun Ra, the Lovin' Spoonful, the Cure and Yo La Tengo itself. The evening will feature two sets - one acoustic and one modified acoustic-electric.

    






Saturday, May 14


9:00pm


with John Leventhal


Combining as she does influences from country, folk, pop, blues and other roots music, Grammy Award-winning artist Rosanne Cash was an Americana artist before there even was such a term, and the Grammy Awards recognized this at its 2015 awards ceremony, recognizing Cash's acclaimed 2014 album "The River & The Thread" for Best Americana Album, Best American Roots Performance, and Best American Roots Song.

"The River & The Thread," produced by Leventhal, evokes the American South's rich landscape - physical, musical, and emotional - and examines the indelible impressions it hass made on our collective culture and on Cash, who was born in Memphis. The songs portray a multigenerational cast of characters - from a Civil War soldier off to fight in Virginia, to a New Deal-era farmer in Arkansas, to a present-day couple in Alabama. While Cash and Leventhal were inspired by the many musical styles associated with the South - Delta blues, gospel, Appalachian folk, country, rock, and others - the resulting collection of songs is wholly contemporary.

Cash, who has just been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, has recorded fifteen albums and has charted twenty-one top forty country singles, eleven of which reached number one.

    







Saturday, June 11, 9pm

Tim O'Brien









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