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Saturday, February 28, 9pm

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus


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 29.) 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 1


8:00 pm



The Grammy Award-nominated North Mississippi Allstars and singer-guitarist Anders Osborne are combining forces as N.M.O. (North Mississippi Osbornes), pairing the Southern blues-rock approach of the North Mississippi Allstars with Anders Osborne's unique brand of New Orleans soul to make for a new American roots fusion in an evening of music featuring one acoustic and one electric set.

Brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson form the core of North Mississippi Allstars, which was founded in 1996. Right out of the gate, their 2000 debut album, "Shake Hands With Shorty," garnered them a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Blues album. Two more nominations followed in the same category for subsequent recordings.

Bluesy singer-guitarist Anders Osborne left his home in Sweden at age 16 and traveled around the world, eventually settling in New Orleans, where he has been a mainstay of the music scene as both a guitarist and songwriter, collaborating with Galactic and Tab Benoit, as well as Phil Lesh & Friends.

    






Saturday, March 7


9:00 pm



They are neither Brazilian nor all girls, but Grammy Award-nominated Brazilian Girls play a singular, sophisticated, and catchy fusion of electronic dance music and world-beat styles that has attracted the likes of David Byrne, Baba Maal and Angélique Kidjo - each of whom which they have recorded - and has established a reputation as New York's premier international party band.

The ensemble - three guys and one fabulous frontwoman, vocalist Sabina Sciubba -The Brazilian Girls make "multicultural, cosmopolitan, intellectual dance music: Ibiza meets punk, dub goes tango, trance gets smart," according to SPIN magazine. Sciubba cites influences like Caetano Veloso and Feist, and a listener easily hears Bjork in her gorgeous choral vocals, David Bowie in her more soaring melodies, and Soul Coughing in some of the group's jazzier, funkier numbers.

    




Brazilian Girls covered Talking Heads' "Crosseyed And Painless" for the AIDS benefit album "Silencio=Muerte: Red Hot + Latin Redux," produced by the Red Hot Organization. In 2009, the band's "New York City" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronica Album.

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Saturday, March 14


9:00 pm



In addition to their critically acclaimed solo albums and performances - both heard many times at Helsinki - new-folk singer-songwriters Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell have been singing together for a quarter-century in various outfits. In the Pine Hill Project, they devote their vocal and interpretive talents to a who's who of rootsy, contemporary songwriters, including Gillian Welch, Dave Carter, Bono and Elizabeth Ziman.

Multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell, an icon of Americana music for the past 40 years, produced the group's upcoming album, "Tomorrow You're Going," and is heading out on the road with Kaplansky and Shindell to lend his ineffable instrumental talents that have graced efforts by Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, B.B. King, kd lang, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Elvis Costello and many others.

Larry and Teresa Williams will be doing a set of their own then Larry joins Richard & Lucy.

    







Friday, March 13, 9pm

Voodoo Orchestra North


The Voodoo Orchestra North, led by legendary jazz drummer, improviser and composer Bobby Previte - a recent transplant to Hudson - 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.









Sunday, March 15, 8pm

An Evening with Richard Dreyfuss








Tuesday, March 17, 11:30am - 9:45pm

TEDxHudsonLive







Friday, March 20


9:00 pm



Canadian punk-country band The Sadies celebrated their 20th anniversary last year. Formed in Toronto in 1994, The Sadies have released 16 studio albums. The group has recorded, written and toured extensively as backing band for singer Neko Case. They have also toured and recorded with Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray as Heavy Trash, as well as John Doe of X and Jon Langford of the Mekons. Last year they recorded an album with Gordon Edgar Downie of Canadian rock band the Tragically Hip.

The Sadies have also attracted the attention of Canadian rock royalty. When Garth Hudson, organist with the Canadian rock institution, The Band, put together an all-Canadian collaboration album recently he leaned heavily on the Sadies, who, in addition to contributing their version of "The Shape I'm In," backed the much-loved Mary Margaret O'Hara on her contribution, "Out Of The Blue." They also played with Neil Young on his rendition of "This Wheel's On Fire." This ultimately led to being invited to open for Neil Young and Crazy Horse all across Canada in late 2012. The Sadies have also recently performed live on several occasions with former Guess Who founder and Canadian songwriting legend Randy Bachman, also of Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

    







Sunday, March 22, 7pm

Directed by Tony Award winner Richard Maltby, Jr. (Ain’t Misbehavin’)
and with Mark York at the piano.









Saturday, March 28, 9pm

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus


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 29.) 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 29, 3pm

Bindlestiff Family Matinee








Friday, April 3


9:00 pm



Appealing to fans of Sarah McLachlan, Nickel Creek and Regina Spektor alike, SHEL gets its name from the four sisters who comprise the group: Sarah (violin, bass), Hannah (piano, keyboards, accordion), Eva (mandolin, cello, guitar, banjo), and Liza (drums, beatboxing). All four sing; they were all classically trained and homeschooled by a professional songwriter father and an artist mother. What comes out when they join forces is at once wholly organic but also delicately beautiful – a latticework of chamber-pop that connects the dots between bluegrass, the Roches, Philip Glass and Led Zeppelin.

Otan Vargas' candid, melancholy songs are likened to those of Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains. The Filipino-born New York City-based artist has been championed by Staind frontman Aaron Lewis, who discovered Vargas on video covering one of his songs. Lewis later invited Vargas onstage at the Music Box Borgata Hotel and Casino to perform Staind's "It's Been Awhile," his rendition eliciting a standing ovation from the crowd. Shortly after, Otan Vargas released his full-length debut album, "Alone."

    







Thursday, April 16, 8pm

ProJam 10








Friday, April 17


9:00 pm



When you listen to Over the Rhine, the supremely talented wife-husband duo of Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler, you quickly fall under the spell of Karin's compelling voice, ethereal and earthy at once, and then you notice their subtle, satisfying arrangements, all the instruments so exquisitely balanced, and finally the lines of the songs start hitting you. Paste Magazine praises their "lovely, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting musical mosaic." The Washington Post applauds their "understated, country-tinged charm." The Wall Street Journal describes their 2013 album, Meet Me at the Edge of the World, as "subtle and elegant, with airy musical arrangements and breathtaking vocal harmonies that fit the title of the album."

    







Friday, May 1, 9pm

Sean Rowe








Friday, May 8


9:00 pm



Singer-songwriter Heather Maloney had a breakout 2014, sharing stages with Anais Mitchell, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Lake Street Dive, Shakey Graves, and more. Her joint EP with indie-folk quartet Darlingside, "Woodstock," gained national attention in the New York Times for their cover of Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock," which Graham Nash (Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young) lauded as "Delicious, really excellent."

Critics are quickly discovering Maloney's talent with No Depression raving "her music is riveting, her voice adventurous, her lyrics thought-provoking..." while Blurt Magazine wrote "Heather Maloney is one of the most talented tradition-based singer-songwriters I have heard in some time…the writing is stunning."

Maloney, noted for her startlingly soulful voice and literate songs exploring themes of spirituality, transformation, and impermanence, has been nominated for an independent music award, chosen as an emerging artist at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, and records for premiere new-folk label Signature Sounds Recordings, which will be releasing her new album, "Making Me Break," just one week before her appearance at Helsinki Hudson.

    







Friday, May 15, 9pm

Rhett Miller









Saturday, July 11

Eilen Jewell