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of John Tropea – hired him to play on their records, in fact. John Tropea brings his band (featuring a full horn section) back to the Falcon in Marlboro on Saturday, April 14 at 8 p.m. There is no cover charge at the Falcon, but when you get to the donation box, you know what to do. The Falcon is located at 1348 Route 9W in Marlboro. For more information, visit

Charming Disaster plays Kingston’s Rough Draft this Saturday

Charming Disaster’s impressive 2017 full-length Cautionary Tales plays like Third Wave stylized macabre folk in the same tradition that spawned Joanna Newsome and Andrew Bird a generation before. It moves from cutesy Kurt Weill-inspired dark cabaret to some trashy standard-issue indie guitar-rock, with a great number of chamber-folk settings in between. They do it with a big cabaret wink and a good amount of musical substance. As one would expect, their live shows bring the theater. Check it out at Rough Draft on Saturday, April 14 at 7 p.m. Rough Draft is located at 82 John Street in Uptown Kingston. For more information, visit

Kaki King to perform at Colony this Saturday

Colony in Woodstock welcomes the innovative guitarist and prolific recording artist Kaki King on Saturday, April 14 at 8 p.m. Hailed by Rolling

Stone as “a genre unto herself,” Brooklyn-based composer and guitarist Kaki King has released nine albums over the past 14 years, toured the world and scored numerous films. New York chamber-folk songwriter Treya opens. Ticket prices are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. For tickets and additional information, visit www.colonywoodstock. com. Colony is located at 22 Rock City Road in Woodstock.

Iva Bittová performs this weekend at Saugerties Methodist Church, Hudson Hall

This weekend will be a busy one for Iva Bittová. Drawing from the local pool of extreme talent, Saugerties Pro Music presents the uncategorizable violinist, vocalist, composer and theatrical performer on Sunday, April 15 at 3 p.m. at the Saugerties Methodist Church, on the corner of Washington Avenue (number 67) and Post Street in Saugerties. While Bittová’s recorded work tends toward avant-garde vocal technique and a fusion of world music and experimental textures, for this program the Czech Republic native will be performing a program of solo violin and voice incorporating Moravian, Slovak, Yiddish, Roma and traditional Czech tunes. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $12 for seniors. Students are admitted free. For more information, visit or call (845) 679-5733. On Saturday, April 14 at 3pm, Classics on Hudson and Hudson Hall present “Iva Bittová: Force of Nature,” an enchanting afternoon of Czech folk-inspired music. For this show, Bittová will be joined by the children of Harmony Project Hudson, who will perform works developed with her over the course of a monthlong workshop series at Hudson’s John L. Edwards Primary and Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate Schools. The concert is the fourth in Classics on Hudson’s 2018 season titled Not Your Father’s Chamber Music. Tickets for “Iva Bittová: Force of Nature” cost $10 for adults and are free for students aged 18 and under, and are available online at

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Gibson Brothers play Poughkeepsie’s CunneenHackett on Saturday

The nationally renowned, awardwinning bluegrass duo Eric and Leigh Gibson will be appearing with their band at the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center in downtown Poughkeepsie on Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. This concert is presented by the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association (HVBA). The Gibson Brothers are no well-kept secret. They were named Entertainers of the Year in 2012 and 2013 at Nashville’s International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, and in 2013 the Gibsons also picked up citations for Vocal Group of the Year, Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year (for brother Eric). The Rounder Records recording artists have issued ten CDs, and several of their songs have reached the number-one spot on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine top-hits chart. They ought to sound spectacular in the boutique confines of the 200-seat Cunneen-Hacket Center, which is located at 12 Vassar Street in Poughkeepsie. Tickets cost $35 ($30 for HVBA members) in advance and $45 at the door. For tickets and additional information, visit

Arrested Development on Sunday in Woodstock

Whether art should be a reflection of reality or a perfection of it is a little out of my scope at the moment, but I do want to recall how utterly alien the Afrocentric “conscious rap” of Arrested Development sounded to these ears in early ’90s, when the album for which they will always be known, 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life of..., dropped into the middle of a world obsessed with gangsta rap on the one hand and the inflammatory politics of Public Enemy on the other. Speech’s moral, spiritual and Afrocentric persona – amplified by the band’s gaudily colorful image and celebratory clan atmosphere – was so shockingly againstthe-grain that it almost seemed incendiary for that reason alone. Yielding hits like the powerful “Tennessee” and the cheeky didacticism of “Mr. Wendal,” subtly lampooning gangsta rap in various ways, the album was nowhere near as pious as it was often made out to be. There was playful and even acidic dimension to it, but it was noted mostly for its hard-earned contrarian positivity. The legendary hip hop collective, Grammy-winners, hitmakers and originators of conscious hip hop in the heart of the era of street myth, Arrested Development performs in the intimate confines of Colony in Woodstock this Sunday, April 15 at 8 p.m. Still fronted by Speech, one of rap’s most unlikely heroes, Arrested Development is back in the studio after a long recording hiatus. Ticket prices for this unique show range from $45 to $75. For tickets and additional

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Rosendale Theatre screens Marley on Wednesday

The Rosendale Theatre’s Music Fan Film series presents Marley, a documentary film, on Wednesday, April 18 at 7:15 p.m. Academy Awardwinning Kevin McDonald attempts to distinguish between the myths and the reality surrounding this largerthan-life performer. Featuring neverbefore-seen performance footage, Marley examines the life and musical career of Bob Marley, as seen through the eyes of those who knew him, including Wailers band member Bunny Wailer, wife Rita Marley, son and musician Ziggy Marley, Lee “Scratch” Perry and others. Tickets cost $8 general admission, $6 for members. The Rosendale Theatre is located at 408 Main Street in Rosendale. For more information, visit www.

Helsinki Hudson presents Hawktail on Wednesday Roots-music supergroup Hawktail performs at Club Helsinki in Hudson on Wednesday, April 18 at 8 p.m. Comprising Brittany Haas on fiddle, Punch Brother Paul Kowert on

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