Thursday, October 24, 2013


Wow! It’s not unusual to have a weekend in our area where there are a lot of choices to be made when you are picking your music, however, this weekend is unusually tough. This time of year we are almost overloaded with things to do on these blustery fall weekends; Pumpkin pickin’, apple pickin’, car shows, train rides, nature walks, craft fairs, and music, music, music.
These are my ‘picks’ for the weekend, but if you look around, there are many other options out there. Obviously, I can’t make all of these (sorry friends), but you might be able to fill my seat at one or two. So, in chronological order:

Tonight (Thursday), if you are in, or headed to Brooklyn, Casey Driessen is appearing at House of Love Concerts in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn (NOT Red Hook in Dutchess County). Show Starts at 7:00pm. Check his FB page for details.

Also tonight, The Saturday Night Bluegrass Boys will be appearing at the Harmony Café, 51 Mill Hill Rd., Woodstock. Show starts at 8:30pm (Woodstock time). No cover (tip jar). Look for some early arrivals to town for the big show this weekend to show up at the club. Bill Keith is working on the road, so Eric Weisberg should be filling in for him tonight. If you come, find me and say ‘hi’.

Friday night (lots of options here) Amy Helm will be hosting “Fridays at the Barn” at Levon Helm Studios. ‘Music of Fleetwood Mac” is on the bill this week. Tickets are $35.00. Details at

Also Friday: Two Dollar Goat will be playing at the very intimate Hopped Up Café in High Falls, music starts . Great contemporary high energy Bluegrass. If you haven’t seen these guys, you should. No cover (feed the tip jar). Details can be found on FaceBook at either Two Dollar Goat page or the Hopped Up Café. Good food and brew, for sure.

Lastly on Friday, Tanager will be playing at the New York School of Music in Walden, NY. I don’t have any details on cost, but the music starts at 7:30. I am hearing a lot of good things about Tanager and am really looking forward to seeing them soon.

Saturday starts out with the Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase at the Bearsville Theater. You can get a lot of the details from my earlier post, found here (or just scroll down). There is also a “Sampler Concert” at 8pm on Saturday night, 8pm at the Woodstock Playhouse, featuring many performers from the show. Get all the details on the Show website. Also, consider the After-Show party at the Colony Café on Sunday night at 8PM. You KNOW there is gonna be some killer music there for sure.

Furthermore, on Saturday night, Mikael Horowitz and Gilles Malkine will be presenting their own brand of wondrously cerebral humor in musical and other forms at the Woodstock Artist’s Association at 28 Tinker St. in Woodstock. Show begins at 7pm with a paltry $12.00 fee at the door.  I can tell you truly that I won’t miss this one, it’s been on my list for a couple of months now. I can’t wait to see what they pull out of the hat, but no matter what they chose, I know I will laugh and enjoy.

So there you have my suggestions. No reason to go to work on Monday feeling down when you have all this fuel to shoot you through next week with a big grin on your face. The only question, how are you going to choose?

Keep The Beat,

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