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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."


Sunday, April 5

8:00 pm

Nellie McKay, known for her uniquely eccentric blend of cabaret, pop, rock, jazz and hip-hop, comes to Helsinki Hudson just a week after the release of her new album, "My Weekly Reader," on which she revisits some of the melodies born out of the fertile, conflicted climate of the 1960s. With the aid of Beatles' producer Geoff Emerick, McKay covers songs from the era of political turmoil and creative delight by Frank Zappa, Ray Davies, Steve Miller, Country Joe McDonald, and others.


The multi-talented Nellie McKay made her smash debut a decade ago with her groundbreaking double-CD, "Get Away from Me," showcasing her eclectic musical reach and her dazzling lyrical wit (which extended to the album's title, a subtle play on the breakthrough album by a somewhat similarly inclined pop-folk jazz singer named Norah Jones).

McKay's music has been heard on the TV shows Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Weeds, Grey's Anatomy, NCIS and Nurse Jackie, and she has appeared on numerous TV shows including The Late Show with David Letterman (with the Brooklyn Philharmonic). In 2010, the Chase Brock Experience produced a ballet of Obligatory Villagers, and McKay contributed the foreword to the 20th anniversary edition of "The Sexual Politics of Meat," by Carol J. Adams. Her writing has also appeared in The Onion, Interview and the New York Times Book Review.

Visit nelliemckay.com

Saturday, April 11

9:00 pm

Just a few days before the release of its brand-new recording, "Growing Light," the New England-based Ryan Montbleau Band brings its bluesy, soulful rock to Club Helsinki Hudson.

Like his friend and sometime collaborator, Martin Sexton, Ryan Montbleau is an adept of the more soulful side of folk and rock. The winner of a Boston Music Award, Montbleau sounds equally at home backed by a New Orleans-flavored outfit or covering soul classics by the likes of Bill Withers or Curtis Mayfield. He's written songs for Trombone Shorty, and he's recorded with members of Galactic, the Meters and the Neville Brothers. And like Sexton, he's one of those singer-songwriters who can just as easily win over audiences at folk festival stages or at jam-band gatherings.


Sunday, April 12, 8pm

Currently enjoying a sold out limited run in New York City, Absolute Brightness has received some of the best critical acclaim in years from myriad prestigious press.

A show about a brutal murder of a 14 year old should not, logically, leave you beaming with joy, and yet paradoxically, that is exactly what happens when you see Absolute Brightness, a superlative solo show written and performed by James Lecesne himself a pretty darn dazzling beacon of theatrical talent...one of the most talented solo performers of his or any generation! A writer of wit and keen observational skills.
Charles Isherwood, New York Times

Absolute Brightness is a poignant piece of theatre that shines beautifully. A powerful play that reminds us what great storytelling is all about,
Broadway World

A superbly well-crafted drama filled with rich characters and an engaging plot. It also just happens to be performed by one man. Absolute Brightness is a serious, straightforward and superbly performed solo show. All of it gracefully points to the real star of Pelkey-writer/actor Academy Award winner James Lescene.
New York Theatre Review

With his play The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelke, James Lescene proves that he can comfortably adapt his own best selling novel for the stage, condense all the roles for a single actor to play, and perform it as well. So engrossing and skillfully acted, this 85 minute one-act is an absolute delight.
Roma Torre, New York 1 TV

Read the full review here

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."


Thursday, April 23

8:00 pm

Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Richard Thompson is practically invented British folk-rock with Fairport Convention and went on to become the master of the art of the performing singer-songwriter. Thompson's genre-defying mastery of both acoustic and electric guitar along with dizzying energy and onstage wit continue to earn him new fans and a place as one of the most distinctive virtuosos in folk-rock history. This is a rare and nearly unprecedented chance to see this pioneer of an entire genre of music, who usually performs in large theaters and on festival stages, in the intimate confines of a nightclub.

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Saturday, April 25, 9pm

Buffalo Stack

Friday, May 1

9:00 pm

Troy, N.Y., native Sean Rowe is a throwback to 1970s-era soulful rock poets like Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen and Van Morrison. Rowe boasts an impossibly deep and rich baritone, a gift for melody, an innate sense of groove, and a knack for the perfectly hewn image to get across his haunting, brooding folk-rock and soul anthems.

A lifelong naturalist, Rowe's spare, organic approach and poetic simplicity at times recalls Greg Brown, another folk-rock poet with a deep growl. Other influences include Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, John Lee Hooker and Ray Charles, all of whom can be heard in Rowe's vocals, rhythms, and percussive guitar playing. Singer-songwriter Matthew Fowler will warm up the crowd for Rowe.



Friday, May 8

9:00 pm

with Will Dailey Opening

Singer-songwriter Heather Maloney is noted for her indie rock sound and folk roots. With her new album, she sought to write songs that were meaningful and intelligent, that told a story.... an album that cared both lyrically and musically. Her Helsinki concert comes just one week after the release of her long-awaited new album, "Making Me Break" (Signature Sound Recordings). With this new album, Maloney feels this is the closest she’s ever been to the sound that’s truly herself. Singer-songwriter Will Dailey will warm up the crowd for Maloney.

Although she went to school for music and had done plenty of singing, Heather only found her voice after living and working for three years in a silent-retreat meditation center in central Massachusetts. 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."


Saturday, May 9, 9pm

John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey

Friday, May 15

9:00 pm

While perhaps best known as lead singer and songwriter of seminal alt-country band the Old 97's, Rhett Miller has enjoyed an equally successful solo career, emphasizing his brilliance as a songwriting craftsman drawing on a wider, pop-rock palette, and delivering hooks around every corner – not unlike his friend Tommy Stinson's group, the Replacements.

With the Old 97's, formed in 1993, Miller was at the forefront of the alt-country movement, alongside such groups as Uncle Tupelo, Drive-By Truckers, Whiskeytown, the Jayhawks, and the Bottle Rockets. In his solo work, Miller joins together elements of classic country, indie folk, and chamber pop, bridging the space between Miller's harder rocking work with the Old 97's and the inventive complexity of his brilliant songwriting.

It's no wonder that early in his solo career he often worked with producer/visionary Jon Brion, of Aimee Mann fame. Miller's effervescent pop/rock approach has been compared to such current fave combos as Dawes, David Wax Museum, and The Head and The Heart.


Saturday, June 6, 9pm

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force

Thursday, June 11, 8pm

Charlie Hunter Trio

Saturday, July 11

9:00 pm

Idaho native Eilen Jewell, a favorite of Helsinki audiences, emerged from Boston's thriving indie-roots music scene in the mid-oughts and established herself as a solidly rootsy vocalist and Americana songwriter since that time. The self-styled "queen of the minor key" writes and plays a blend of noirish rockabilly, surf-tinged country, retro-rock and jazzy folk. Jewell's influences are as varied as Billie Holiday and Bob Dylan, Gillian Welch and Bessie Smith, Patsy Cline and Howlin' Wolf. You might even hear some Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley in some of her work. Somehow she blends all these disparate approaches and more and carves out a unique musical niche for herself as singer, songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player.

Last year, Jewell answered fans' requests and released a 2-CD live set, "Live at the Narrows." This spring, Jewell releases her first studio album of new material in four years, "Sundown Over Ghost Town."