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Eat Food or Die: A Monthly Podcast Hosted by Chef Hugh Horner

Front Porch Style Conversations with Food Professionals of all walks and Helsinki Musicians, with music hand selected from some of Chef's favorite artists to appear here at Helsinki, both past and future.

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Friday, August 1

9:00 pm

Richmond, Va.-based indie-rock quintet Carbon Leaf draws upon a broad musical palette based in folk-rock and tinged with Irish, country, bluegrass, Appalachian and other styles of roots music. Among the five members, at any time they can be playing bagpipes, bouzouki, accordion, acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, upright and electric bass, fiddle, penny whistle, banjo, cello, pedal steel, bodhran, hurdy-gurdy, percussion, and drums. With shared lead vocals and harmonies, the band can pivot from Great Big Sea-like Celtic-rock one moment to Dave Matthews Band-like jams the next.


Saturday, August 2

9:00 pm

Anyone who has ever enjoyed grooving to the rhythms of the Grateful Dead, Los Lobos or the Band will immediately appreciate the organic grooves of Donna the Buffalo, still led after all these years by founding songwriter-vocalists and multi-instrumentalists Jeb Puryear and Tara Nevins. When the upstate New York-based group began performing at folk and roots-music festivals in 1989, there wasn't even a genre called "Americana." The group's easygoing, jam-friendly brand of rock with roots influences in zydeco, country, blues, folk and Appalachian music anticipated much of today's trendy Americana sounds while still appealing to a fanatically loyal base of followers called "The Herd."


Sunday, August 3

8:00 pm

Black Violin is the world's first and quite likely only classical music and hip-hop fusion duo. The group features classically trained string instrumentalists Kevin "Kev Marcus" Sylvester on violin and Wilner "Wil B" Baptiste on viola. By its very nature, everywhere the group has performed the decade-old duo has succeeded at defying preconceptions and erasing boundaries both musical and societal. The South Florida duo also integrates elements of bluegrass, rock, and R&B into its musical mix, which features sampling, turntabling, cello, percussion, and vocals. Black Violin's very existence challenges audiences to reconsider notions of "classical" and "hip-hop," and what it means to be a creative artist, as well as a human being.


Monday, August 4, 8pm

Wednesday, August 6

8:00 pm

The name Jerry Douglas is practically synonymous with the resonator guitar called the Dobro. His playing has been heard on over 2,000 albums, garnering him 13 Grammy Awards, three Country Music Association's "Musician of the Year" awards, a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association. Douglas is a freewheeling, forward-thinking recording artist whose work incorporates elements of bluegrass, country, rock, jazz, blues and Celtic into his distinctive musical vision.


Sunday, August 10

8:00 pm

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.


Thursday, August 14, 8pm

ProJam 7
The Club Helsinki Blues Pro Jam has become a bimonthly event, with dozens of professional musicians from the greater Hudson Valley region having taken part since it was launched in summer 2013. Anchored by the Club Helsinki House Band, the event welcomes all working musicians in the region to sit in for a freewheeling blues jam.

Friday, August 15

9:00 pm

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, August 16

9:00 pm

The dynamic New Orleans brass ensemble Soul Rebels 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. Graduates of university music programs throughout the South, the musicians in Soul Rebels took the marching band format they had learned in school and incorporated influences from outside the city as well as late-breaking local styles - R&B, funk and hip-hop - especially through half-sung, half-rapped lyrics. 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.


Sunday, August 17, 8pm

Robert Ellis

Monday, August 18, 8pm

Wednesday, August 20

8:00 pm

Grammy Award-winning blues musician Taj Mahal is a pioneer of world music, blending American blues with global roots music representing virtually every corner of the world – West Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, the Hawaiian islands more. The singer and multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, piano, banjo and harmonica (among many other instruments) is a living legend who has worked with blues greats such as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Buddy Guy as well as Ry Cooder, Otis Redding and the Rolling Stones. In 2014 he celebrates 50 years of making music as a professional.


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Friday, August 22

9:00 pm

Beloved for their unique blend of early swing jazz, rural folk, old-time blues and Appalachian music, the Hudson Valley-based trio the Wiyos are an intercontinental sensation, having warmed up U.S. audiences on a full 28-day summer tour for Bob Dylan in 2009 and having been featured in the BBC TV programs "Folk America - Hollerers, Stompers and Old-Time Ramblers" and "No Sleep 'Til Yell." Gleefully subverting genre distinctions, their music comes from a time before commercial formatting separated blues from country, ragtime from gospel, and swing from hillbilly. Their sound is reminiscent of days gone by, when live bands could be heard both on the radio and at community dances, juke joints, and house parties.



Saturday, August 23

Ryan Montbleau

Monday, August 25, 8pm

Wednesday, August 27, 8pm


Thursday, August 28

8:00 pm

The Del McCoury Band has been able to stride the divide between traditional and progressive bluegrass like no other group before or since. In addition to original songs and classic tunes by Bill Monroe, for whom McCoury sang and played guitar for a number of years, the group has incorporated modern material into its repertoire, delivering hardcore bluegrass versions of numbers by Tom Petty, the Lovin' Spoonful and Richard Thompson. The band has also performed and recorded with Phish, the String Cheese Incident, and Steve Earle, and has been featured at rock festivals including Bonnaroo and High Sierra, as well as all the major traditional bluegrass festivals.

In June 2010, McCoury received a lifetime achievement award from the National Endowment for the Arts in the field of folk and traditional arts, and in 2011 he was elected into the International Bluegrass Hall of Fame.

To hear bluegrass performed live by the Del McCoury Band is to hear a direct link between the old-time music of Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs and modern roots music. Mostly, though, it's a chance to hear honest country-soul singing, plain and simple.


Saturday, August 30

9:00 pm

Named the 54th greatest rock guitarist of all time and the 16th greatest acoustic guitarist by Rolling Stone magazine, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jorma Kaukonen - one of the most highly respected interpreters of American roots music, blues, and Americana - is a veritable Zelig of rock history. One of the original, early-1960s blues and roots music revivalists, he went on to cofound two of the most influential rock groups of all time, Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. Besides the members of the Airplane and Hot Tuna, the list of players he's performed with reads like a who's-who of rock n' roll, especially the California-based roots scene including Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, and such prominent singer-songwriters as David Crosby and Warren Zevon.


Sunday, August 31, 8pm

Charles Busch


Saturday, September 6, 9pm

Lizz Wright

Friday, September 26, 9pm

Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys

Thursday, October 9, 8pm

Heavy Trash

Sunday, November 2

Blues Hall of Fame Induction

Friday, November 14

9:00 pm

with Milton Opening

Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for 50 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original. Having released a series of timeless records since the early 1970s, Chris' newest release, Still On the Levee (release date: July 22, 2014), is a career-spanning retrospective double CD. Recorded in New Orleans with studio-mates he calls The Motivators, Still On the Levee plays host to special guests including Allen Toussaint and Loudon Wainwright III. The record highlights the vast catalog of an American music master. Reviewers and fans from around the world agree that Chris is a profound songwriter, a blistering guitarist and, as he puts it, a 'one-man band to the bone.' Chris melds the styles of his two major influences, Lightnin' Hopkins and Mississippi John Hurt, into his own signature guitar sound. His music continues to draw deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and humanist philosophers. He may be best known for writing "Love You Like A Man" which Bonnie Raitt and, more recently, jazz great Diana Krall have covered. His music has been covered by numerous artists and featured in soundtrack albums, independent film, television and commercials

New York Times: WIth a weary, well-traveled voice and a serenely intricate finger-picking style, Mr. Smither turns the blues into songs that accept hard-won lessons and try to make peace with fate.


A Songwriters' Tribute to Chris Smither - soundcloud.com

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