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Wednesday, October 7

8:00 pm

with Special Guest Josh Rouse

Best known for his songs "Cruel to Be Kind" (a US Top 40 single) and "Breaking Glass" (a top 10 UK hit), Nick Lowe was an essential figure on the late-1970s/early-1980s power pop and New Wave scenes, as well as one of the most influential producers (Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, Pretenders, The Damned) and songwriters ("(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding" for Elvis Costello; "I Knew the Bride (When She Used to Rock 'n' Roll)" for Dave Edmunds) of all time.

In his current "second act" as a silver-haired, tender-hearted but sharp-tongued singer-songwriter, he has no equal. Starting with 1995's "The Impossible Bird" through to 2011's "The Old Magic" and 2013's Christmas album, "Quality Street," Lowe has turned out a fantastic string of albums, each one devised in his West London home and recorded with a core of musicians who possess the same veteran savvy. Lowe brings wit and understated excellence to every performance, leading Ben Ratliff of the New York Times to describe his live show as "elegant and nearly devastating."

Nashville singer-songwriter Josh Rouse, who has called Spain home for the past decade, has been hailed for his "pop-folk introspection" and sharp wit. His latest album, "The Embers of Time," released earlier this year, has drawn comparisons to the work of Neil Young, Paul Simon, Harry Nilsson, and Glen Campbell.


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Thursday, October 8

8:00 pm

with Special Guest Nicole Atkins

If you close your eyes when listening to JD McPherson, you could be forgiven for thinking you're hearing Fats Domino, Buddy Holly or Little Richard (or Ruth Brown, for that matter). McPherson's songwriting and delivery brings you back to the birth of rock 'n' roll, when the music was urgent and a little bit threatening and before divisions between rockabilly and R&B segregated the music and its audience. It's undoubtedly why his debut album, "Signs & Signifiers," released by Rounder Records, garnered the Independent Music Award for Best Rock Album in 2012. Hailing from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, the former art teacher comes across as a modern-day Elvis Presley raised on Led Zeppelin, punk-rock and Wu-Tang Clan. It's not for nothing the Observer termed McPherson, "The savior rock and roll deserves."

If Chrissie Hynde had been reared in New Jersey listening to the Shangri-Las and Roy Orbison, she may have grown up to be Nicole Atkins. At university in Charlotte, N.C., Atkins began listening to bands like Uncle Tupelo and Superchunk, perhaps accounting for her more rootsy efforts in the vein of Wilco. Among the highlights of her emerging career have been contributing a dark, intimate version of "Dancing in the Dark" to a Bruce Springsteen tribute album, making it sound much more in line with a Springsteen song than the brash, commercial disco-rock version the Boss recorded in the mid-1980s. She's been featured on


Sunday, October 11, 6pm

Heather MacRae

Star of the original company of Hair, Falsettos, Merrily We Roll Along and A Catered Affair, Broadway veteran Heather MacRae brings her award winning tribute to her iconic film star father, Gordon MacRae in Songs for my Father.

MacRae sings the songs her father made famous from such films as Rodger and Hammerstein's Oklahoma, Carousel, and Tea for Two, as well as tells stories about what life was like growing up as the daughter of Gordon and Sheila MacRae in Hollywood and New York City. Songs for My Father is both a breathtaking musical tribute to the actor/singer who was such a part of The Golden Age of Hollywood as well as a uniquely beautiful father/ daughter relationship.

"Ms. MacRae has a luminous presence and an abundance of charisma to match the beauty of her well-trained voice...sassy, funny, dramatic, sensual, joyful and immensely likable." - Backstage

"There's a most appealing, warmly human unforced quality in what she does" - The New York Post

Thursday, October 15

8:00 pm

Since 1991, singer-songwriter and cellist Melora Creager - who calls Hudson home - has been exploring the affinities among modern rock, cello, and Victorian folk with her group, Rasputina. Her original songs connect the dots between Renaissance madrigals and Nirvana-like grunge-rock. In fact, Creager toured as a cellist with Nirvana on the group's final European tour.

Originally formed as a female cello-rock trio, Rasputina - which recorded several albums for Columbia Records in the 1990s - has evolved over the years at the same time that hipster musical trends have caught up with Creager's idiosyncratic creativity that anticipated styles including freak-folk, Modern Victorian and Steampunk. Creager's fascination with history and legend has led her to explore medical curiosities, climate change, Auschwitz and 16th-century Catholicism in song.


Saturday, October 17

9:00 pm

A longtime favorite of Helsinki audiences, rootsy singer-songwriter Fred Eaglesmith headlines the Traveling Steam Show, an old-fashioned vaudeville-style road show, which includes an opening set by singer-songwriter Tiffani "Tif" Ginn, who is also a member of Eaglesmith's band.

Acclaimed singer, songwriter and bandleader Eaglesmith is a genuine iconoclast and true original. As he has doggedly gone his own way as an independent musical artist, Eaglesmith has also enjoyed such high profile rewards in recent years as having his songs covered by country superstars Toby Keith, Alan Jackson and Miranda Lambert, among many other accomplishments.

The closely observed details of rural life, including dogs, guns, trains, tractors, trucks, cars, engines, drinking and farming, often populate Fred Eaglesmith's songs, many of which portray the vicissitudes and struggles of family farms and small businesses. Down and out characters dealing with loss of love or livelihood, and quirky rural folk also populate his songs. His songwriting uses many of the techniques of short story writing, including unreliable narrators, surprise endings, and plot twists.

He's also hysterically funny, and a Fred Eaglesmith concert is nearly as much a stand-up comedy show as it is a musical performance.


Sunday, October 18, 6pm

Haute Cature 2015
A Fashion Show & Auction to benefit Animalkind

Over 20 local artists and designers are creating unique collections for Haute Cature, the annual fashion show and auction to benefit Animalkind, Hudson's cat rescue center. Hudson's own Musty Chiffon will be master of ceremonies and auctioneer for the event.

More than 30 models will stride the runway to display "Hudson Style" collections and garments ranging from original and designer clothes to vintage clothes and Halloween costumes. Some of the Cature collections are created using donated clothing, while others will be curated by some of Hudson's wonderful clothing shops including Five and Diamond, Discipline Park, Collective 23, Look, Kasuri, and Behida Dolic Millinery.

Each and every garment is created with love and kindness by artists, designers and animal advocates of the Hudson Valley. All proceeds will benefit Animalkind, a nonprofit shelter and adoption center for cats in need of medical attention and homes.

Friday, October 23, 9pm

Chuck Prophet (solo) with Special Guest Sarah Borges

Sunday, October 25

8:00 pm

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet features two sons of one of America's most legendary jazz artists. Showcasing the compositions of group leader Chris Brubeck on bass and trombone, the group boasts a modern, straight-ahead approach to jazz heavily influenced by Dave Brubeck's style, including eccentric time signatures - that speaks to a younger generation, integrating influences of funk, blues, and world music.

In addition to Daniel Brubeck on drums, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet is rounded out by guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb. The group has been invited to perform at such top jazz festivals as Newport, Detroit, Ravinia, Las Vegas, Sedona, Spokane, and Monterey. They've also collaborated with the Utah Symphony under the baton of Boston Pops leader Keith Lockhart, as well as with musicians from the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Russian National Symphony Orchestra.

The group's albums include its debut, "Intuition," "Classified," and "LifeTimes," which was one of the 2013 Jazz radio Airplay Top Ten CDs.

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet show represents Helsinki Hudson's commitment to programming jazz.


Thursday, October 29

8:00 pm

Longtime Helsinki favorites the Felice Brothers are a close-knit group of two brothers and three longtime friends often compared to their Catskills-based predecessors, the Band, for their fusion of rock, country, folk, soul and gospel, and for their extended jams recalling those of the Grateful Dead and Wilco.

Reviewing a recent concert of theirs at Helsinki Hudson, local music critic Seth Rogovoy praised the group as "full of energy, dynamism, group interplay and the built-in drama they invest in their own folk-rock compositions," going on to write, "While I'm never sure just what it is they're singing about, it always sounds to me like someone is in trouble, something is at stake, there's a crisis brewing or breaking out. That's a tribute to their songwriting skills, arrangements, and their urgent, earnest delivery."


Friday, October 30

9:00 pm

Andrea Gibson is the first winner of the Women's World Poetry Slam. She has brought her pointedly political spoken-word poetry to prestigious performance venues coast to coast with powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love, and spirituality.

A four-time Denver Grand Slam Champion, Gibson finished fourth at the 2004 National Poetry Slam, and finished third at both the 2006 and 2007 Individual World Poetry Slams. Gibson's work has been featured on the BBC, Air America, C-SPAN, Free Speech TV and in 2010 was read by a state representative in lieu of morning prayer at the Utah State Legislature.

Helsinki Hudson is proud to present Andrea Gibson in partnership with the Hudson Pride Foundation. A portion of the proceeds of this event will go to the Hudson Pride Scholarship Foundation.


Saturday, October 31, 10pm

Helsinki Halloween

Thursday, November 5, 8pm

ProJam 13

Friday, November 6

9:00 pm

Boyhood friends who grew up together in Sturbridge, Mass., Tim Harrington and Paul Wright kicked off their musical career as the indie-folk duo Tall Heights busking on Boston streets for half a year to raise funds for their first recordings. Their single "To Be Young" worked its way into the hearts of local fans and spread to the nation via Pandora and Spotify, garnering them over 300 bookings across the U.S. in 2013 and 2014.

With their unique harmonies and guitar/cello arrangements, Harrington and Wright come across as a Simon and Garfunkel for the Bon Iver generation. They will be performing songs from their brand-new album, "Holding On, Holding Out," which has already garnered praise in the Wall Street Journal.


Thursday, November 12

8:00 pm

While moody, rootsy indie-rocker Jessica Lea Mayfield has often earned comparisons to the Black Keys (Dan Auerbach produced her debut album, and she was the first guest vocalist ever to be featured on a Black Keys album) and Foo Fighters (she counts Dave Grohl as a key influence), it's never hard to hear Mayfield's musical roots - she first performed with her family bluegrass band One Way Rider at the age of 8. They began touring as a family band, boarding a 1956 tour bus (once belonging to Bill Monroe, Kitty Wells, and Ernest Tubb) and headed south from Kent, Ohio, to Tennessee.

At age 11, Mayfield asked her brother David to show her a few chords, and then she started using those chords to write her own songs on guitar. Mayfield would accompany her brother David at open mic nights, often covering Foo Fighters songs. Her rootsy beginnings combined with her love of grunge results in her sounding like a female Neil Young and Crazy Horse with an ear for pop melody.

Earlier this year, Mayfield and Seth Avett of the Avett Brothers released an album of Elliott Smith cover songs. Mayfield's songs have been featured on The CW's hit series "Gossip Girl" and on CBS's "CSI: NY." Her cover of the Buddy Holly song "Words of Love" is included on the Starbucks compilation "Sweetheart: Our Favorite Artists Sing Their Favorite Love Songs."

In addition to opening for many artists, including the Black Keys, the Avett Brothers, Cake, Band of Horses, Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne, and Jay Farrar (Son Volt, Uncle Tupelo), Mayfield has frequently toured as a headliner and performed at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, as part of "A Prairie Home Companion" in July 2010.


Friday, November 13

9:00 pm

For the last quarter-century, Rockabilly Hall of Fame winners Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys have mined the corners of pre- and early- rock 'n' roll influences, including Western swing, honkytonk, doo-wop, and country boogie. Hearing Big Sandy instantly puts a listener in mind of early greats like Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Buck Owens, Chuck Berry, and, of course, Elvis Presley. Take a trip back to a more innocent time with these ever-joyful roots-rockers.


Visit bigsandy.net

Sunday, November 15

8:00 pm

With Jonah Tolchin Opening

Joseph Arthur's unique voice and songs have won over the attention and collaboration of a who's who of rock 'n' roll, including Lou Reed, Pearl Jam, Ben Harper, T Bone Burnett, Dhani Harrison, REM, Coldplay, Justin Timberlake, and Peter Gabriel, who "discovered" Arthur and signed him to his label, Real World.

The Akron, Ohio-born Joseph Arthur was a jazz fusion bassist when he first discovered the Velvet Underground in his late teens ("It was the perfect timing," he recalls, since he had only begun singing himself), and forged an impressive solo career as a visionary, indie-rock singer-songwriter that began with 1997's "Big City Secrets," as the first American signed to Peter Gabriel's Real World label, later joining Gabriel's WOMAD tour in Europe. Two years later, the EP "Vacancy," with an album cover he created and designed himself - as he did with most of his releases - earned a 2000 Grammy nomination for Best Recording Package.

On his own, Joseph Arthur has recorded over a dozen albums, including such critically acclaimed works as "Redemption City," "The Ballad of Boogie Christ," and "Lou: The Songs of Lou Reed," a tribute to the late rock singer-songwriter who pretty much invented indie-rock decades before there was such a thing, and with whom Arthur was close friends.

With Ben Harper and Dhani Harrison (son of George Harrison), Arthur is a member of Fistful of Mercy, which Dhani Harrison likens to his father's supergroup, the Traveling Wilburys. With Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament and drummer Richard Stuverud, Arthur is a member of RNDM.

Opener Jonah Tolchin has garnered much praise for his album of rootsy Americana, "Clover Lane," which charted in the top fifteen folk albums on the Roots Music Report for three months. NPR chose the song "Mockingbird" for its "Heavy Rotation: Ten Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing" list, and Spotify named "Diamond Mind" to its list of "2014 Best Songs of the Year."



Friday, January 8

9:00 pm

Bully just released its debut album, "Feels Like" (StarTime/Columbia). It's already garnered a 3 1/2 - star review from Rolling Stone Magazine, and the band's brainchild, Alicia Bognanno - who does multiple duties as lead singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer, and engineer -- is being touted as her generation's answer to Courtney Love and Liz Phair.

Bully's melodic, hardcore confessionals have drawn comparisons to 1990s pop-punk bands like Hole, the Breeders, and Veruca Salt. But inside her band's churning guitars, rambunctious rhythms, and tightly coiled intensity, Minnesota native Alicia Bognanno's smart, sharp-edged millennial indie-rock is intensely personal. Her voice rises from sugar-sweet to scratchy howl as she bares her most harrowing fears to the world.

In other words, Bognanno is her own bully.