Audio from Albany Sonic Arts Collective show

WGXC’s Sam Sebren recorded sounds & took photos in Albany last Saturday at the Upstate Artist Guild where Albany Sonic Arts Collective presented the following bands::

Cruudeuces from North Adams, MA performed first at ASC.

Cruudeuces (Nate Brennan), from North Adams, MA, performed first. Click here, or paste the following url into your computer’s media player:

Jefferson Pitcher performed second at ASC.

Jefferson Pitcher from Troy, NY performed second. Click here, or paste the following url into your computer’s media player:

Matt from Pine Smoke Lodge.

Pine Smoke Lodge, from Portland, ME, performed third, Matt to the left and Hillary to the right. Click here to listen to an mp3 recording, or paste the following url into your computer’s media player:

Albany's Grab Ass Cowboys finished the night.

Grab Ass Cowboy’s, from Albany, NY, played last. Click here, or paste the following url into your computer’s media player:

Recording of Cairo Open Mic

Claude Haton and Harry Gottlieb

Claude Haton and Harry Gottlieb at the Cairo Open Mic, May 28, 2010 at Gallagher's.

WGXC’s Debra Kamecke recorded the Cairo Open Mic, sponsored by WGXC and Cairo Library, as the monthly event finished its seasonal run inside Gallagher’s on Main St. last Friday (it moves to Cairo town park Fri. June 18), with performances from acapella singing group The Cats, poet Tony Fallon, and guitarist Mike Ryan among the performances. This recording got cut off at the end, so the performance of Claude Haton and Harry Gottlieb (pictured) is not included. Click here to listen to an mp3 recording or paste the following url into your computer’s media player:

Let the long weekend begin

This weekend:

Upstate II at Nicole Fiacco Gallery. Melora Kuhn, Catherine Mosley, Erik Schoonebeek, and Allyson Strafella. Tue-Sat, noon-6 p.m.

Dots, Lines and Figures at Carrie Haddad Gallery. Michael McLaighlin, Ben Shecter, Donise English, and Jeff Briggs.

Maii:” The Wonder of Water by Diata Diata International Folkloric Theatre with the Hudson Opera House, an original play by Pamela Badila at 7 p.m. at Hudson Intermediate School.

Cairo Open Mic sponsored by WGXC and Cairo Library. 7-9 p.m., with jam until 9:30 p.m. at Gallagher’s, 513 Main St. in Cairo.

FODfest jam honoring Daniel Pearl at 8 p.m. Club Helsinki, Hudson.

33rd Annual East Durham Irish Festival includes the Elders from Kansas City; Black 47 and Shillelagh Law from New York City; Barleyjuice from Philadelphia; and Hair of the Dog from Albany, N.Y.; Contemporary Irish Music featuring The Andy Cooney Band; the New York Showband with Tommy Flynn and Jameson’s Revenge from New York City; Searson from Ontario, Canada and the Kitty Kelly Band from Albany, N.Y. are just a few of the bands that will be performing. Pipe Bands and Irish Step Dancing Schools are an added feature each day.

Tannersville Rubber Duck Race, Crazy Boat Race & Festival 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Gooseberry Creek in the Village of Tannersville ending by the Rip Van Winkle Lake. Free admission.

Pine Smoke Lodge/Cruudeuces/Fossils From the Sun/Jefferson Pitcher at Upstate Artists Guild, Albany.

Just Wear White Memorial Day party from Trixie with DJ Gio at Red Dot, Hudson. 10 p.m. – 2 a.m., $10 includes free drink.

Memorial Day Parade, 2 p.m., Main St., Catskill.

Music From China, a New York-based ensemble that specializes in both traditional and contemporary Chinese music. 2 p.m. at Hudson Opera House. $7 per person or $20 for the entire family!

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus at 8 p.m. at Club Helsinki, Hudson.

Bella’s Bartok performs at Blue Plate Restaurant in Chatham at 9:30 p.m., $5.

Cairo Memorial Day Observance
Sponsored by American Legion Post #983, Town of Cairo, and WGXC.
9 a.m.: WWI Monument Wreath-Laying, Main St. Fountain.
9:15 a.m.: WWII Monument Wreath-Laying on Library Lawn.
9:30 a.m.: Doughnuts and coffee at Cairo Fire House.
11 a.m.: Parade steps off near Great American.
Noon: Memorial Service in Angelo Canna Park.
12:30: Refreshments and music at Pavillion.
WGXC will provide sound system.

Oatts/Locke Duo performance in Athens

Dick Oatts/Joe Locke Duo performed May 22 at the Athens Cultural Center via Planet Arts.

Rock ‘n’ Roll radio

Ryder Cooley created this poster for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Benefit Show for WGXC Community Radio at Club Helsinki June 19:

Audio from Upstate Artist Guild noise show

WGXC volunteer Sam Sebren recorded performances from the Upstate Artist Guild show Wed. May 19, 2010 organized by Leah Rico and Alex Young:

Prayer Town

Prayer Town at Upstate Artists Guild 051910. Photo by Sam Sebren.

Prayer Town performed first, click here to listen to a wav file recording or paste this link into your computer’s media player:

Kier Neuringer

Kier Neuringer at Upstate Artists Guild 051910. Photo by Sam Sebren.

Kier Neuring performed next, click here to listen to a wav file recording or paste this link into your computer’s media player:

Price_Trump Duo

Price_Trump Duo at Upstate Artists Guild 051910. Photo by Sam Sebren.

The Price_Trump Duo finished things, click here to listen to a wav file recording or paste this link into your computer’s media player:

Fifth Annual Hudson Valley Songfest and Music Expo

Aspiring songwriters mix with music business pros in educational workshops, panel discussions, and song critiques. Event culminates in special evening concert featuring Ellis Paul, this Saturday, May 22, at Columbia-Greene Community College.

Performances from Feed the Radio

Sets from “Feed the Radio” fundraiser at Germantown Community Farm:
Click here to listen to an mp3 recording of the set from Lady Moon and the Eclipse: Evan Randall, Peter Lindstrom, Ngonda Badilla, and Milandou Badilla. Or paste the following url into your media player:

Click here to listen to an mp3 recording of the set from Moonlight in Paris: Young Paris with Lady Moon. Or paste the following url into your media player:

Click here to listen to an mp3 recording of the set from Hi-NRG. Or paste the following url into your media player:

Feed the Radio fundraiser today in Germantown


Lady Moon and the Eclipse (Evan Randall, Peter Lindstrom, Ngonda Badila, Milandou Badila)
Moonlight in Paris (Lady Moon and Young Paris)
Hi NRG with Giorgio
DJ Dance Party
(Sound by Tom Morini)


Making radio: real live tools for real local radio
Meet upstairs in the barn.
From asking good questions to pressing the right buttons, we’ll be producing some short interviews and field recordings while engaging the skills needed to make radio that really represents. Dharma Daily and Emily Bennison will share their expertise and lead us through.

Joining the airwaves: The WGXC radio station “barnraising”
Meet downstairs in the barn.
Capacity Building for Community Building:
WGXC community radio is really rolling. The station launch date is set for late September, and Prometheus Radio Project has chosen us to collaborate with to produce a huge event called a Radio barnraising. Radio barnraisings are weekend-long radio building and movement building events. Individuals from the local community and participatory media folks from around the country come together to share ideas, experiences, and skills in the launching of a community radio station. This is an extremely exciting opportunity for those interested in community radio to get involved and get trained! Come find out more about this event, see a couple short films of other barnraisings, and become a part of making it happen. Cory Fischer-Hoffman of Prometheus Radio Project and Kaya Weidman of WGXC: Hands-On Radio will guide us through.

Food and farmland access
Our regional resources and strategies meet by the tables or in the house
With Ashley Loehr of Fog and Thistle CSA and some other farmers.

Farm Tours

Meet by the washstand next to the barn.
Cruise around the property with the farmers here on the land and hear of the successes, as well as the trials and tribulations of the soil, the seasons, breaking new ground, marketing, and various earthly forces that affect what they grow, how they grow, and what happens.

Labor of Love: get yer hands dirty!
Meet at the greenhouse.

With the farmers: Don’t feel like going to a workshop, and just want to get your hands in the dirt? Luckily, there’s plenty to do! Come see the glamorous side of farming by picking rocks and planting potatoes, and help the farmers enjoy the party by getting some big work done.

Tune in today live from Germantown Community Farm.
Click here to listen to live web stream.

Or paste this url into your computer’s media player:

A Rock ‘n’ Roll Benefit Show for WGXC Community Radio at Club Helsinki

J.P. Harris and the Tough Choices, just plain country from Brattleboro.

The Weight: American rock ‘n’ roll from Brooklyn

Happy Birthday: Sub-Pop recording artist from Brattleboro.

9 p.m., Sat. June 19 at Club Helskini, 405 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534
Tickets are $10 for WGXC Founding Members in advance; $12 for others in advance; and $15 for all at door. All proceeds will go to help launch the very exciting new community radio station for Columbia and Greene counties, WGXC. Check out for more info.

On Saturday, May 19, three bands will take the newly-opened stage of Club Helsinki by storm. Comprising an unrelenting cross-section of American music today, all three acts have more than just old friendships in common: None of them have left a stage in the last year without everyone in the room sweaty, wild-eyed, and screaming for more. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see three bands that are truly shaking the foundations of independent music, all on one stage.

Because of their love for independent community radio, these bands are travelling all the way to Hudson to play this blowout benefit for this area’s soon-to-be very own community radio station, WGXC: Hands-On Radio. The station is gearing up for its grand launch onto the airwaves this fall, and just needs to raise the remaining bucks to do so. So come out, get moving, and help make it happen.

for more info check out:

The Weight: If this doesn’t move your body, all hope is lost. “While there’s certainly no shortage of classic rock / Americana revival bands in Brooklyn these days, The Weight… have the drawl and enthusiasm to make the rest sound like they’re reading off cue cards.” -Vice Magazine

Happy Birthday, with their self-titled debut on Sub Pop records (L7, Nirvana, Reverend Horton Heat, etc.) are making waves. Poppy, sour-bubblegum waves. The kind that makes you keep chewing even though it makes your mouth water too much, your eyes tear, and your feet propel your body up and down off the floor. The kind of wave that makes you smile and dance until it hurts. A lot.

J.P. Harris and The Tough Choices play old-fashioned Honky Tonk. Period. If you wanna two-step, if you wanna cry in your drink, or if you just like scruffy young fellas in Wranglers, find them in a low-lit roadhouse near you.

WGXC Founding Members get a discount. Type in “wgxc” in discount box.

Greene weekend


Sheila Jordan/Cameron Brown (photo, at right) Duo perform jazz at 8 p.m. at Gallagher’s, 513 Main St., Cairo. $25.


Hudson Farmer’s Market reopens for the season from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at parking lot at Columbia and 6th Sts., Hudson. WGXC will have a table at the market.

Lex Grey and John Pinder with Crooked Toe at Wine and Cheese Festival (fundraiser for Catskill Village parks) 1-6 p.m. at Beattie Powers House, Catskill.

Smokin’ Aces at the Prattsville Tavern’s Pig Roast and BBQ at 2 p.m., $10 donation to Ashland Fire Department.

Avondale Airforce, Billy Mitchell, Naked on the Woodstock green, free, May 8, at 3 p.m.

New Pornographers Thursday in Woodstock

From Nippertown!:

Be Here Now: The New Pornographers @ Bearsville Theater, 5/6/10. Just last month Neko Case rolled into The Egg as a back-up singer for Jakob Dylan. On Thursday, she heads into the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock with the New Pornographers, as the band launches their U.S tour in support of their new album, “Together,” which is being released today (Tuesday) on Matador Records. Thursday night’s show is the lone U.S. performance by the band before they launch a whirlwind European tour of England, Germany, France, Spain, Belgium and Holland. In addition to Ms. Case, the indie-rock supergroup from Vancouver also features the talents of of Zumpano’s Carl Newman, cartoonist/filmmaker Blaine Thurler, The Evaporators’ John Collins, Todd Fancey formally of Limblifter, Kurt Dahle formally of Age of Electric and Limblifter, Kathryn Calder also with Immaculate Machine, and Destroyer’s Dan Bejar.

Ghent metal fest off to Schenectady County

John Mason in Register-Star reports Monday that TMT Metal Fest Promoter Kenneth Randeze e-mailed the Register-Star Friday that he has moved the festival’s location from Ghent to Aug. 26-29 at Indian Lookout Country Club in Pattersonville, Schenectady County.

Opening events

Recommended happenings.
Sideshow clothing store opening at 7 p.m. with Bleeding Hearts belly dancers, Evan Randall, and Stephen Bluhm. 707 Warren St., Hudson.
Avondale Airforce and Battle Ave Tea Club at 9 p.m. at Market Market Cafe, Route 32 North, Rosendale. $5.
Mick Taylor Band and Voodelic at 9 p.m. at Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St. (Rt. 212), Woodstock.
Hudson’s Children’s Book Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with hundreds of authors and WGXC, Hudson High.
Upstate II” opening, 6 p.m. with Melora Kuhn, Catherine Mosley, Erik Schoonebeek, and Allyson Strafella at Nicole Fiacco Gallery, Hudson. Through June 5.
Double Duos” 7 p.m. talk, 8 p.m. performance featuring Michael Benedict (vibes), Keith Pray (alto sax), Mike Lawrence (bass) and Brian Patneaude (tenor sax) at the Athens Cultural Center, 24 Second St, Athens.
RE:Vision Forward Motion Theater 8 p.m. at Hudson Opera House.
Club Helsinki in Hudson opens at 9 p.m. with Spottiswoode & His Enemies.
Remember the Ladies” open house at noon at Thomas Cole House. Free.

Mother Fletcher make WDST finals

Hudson band Mother Fletcher will be in Woodstock Tuesday recording a video for radio station WDST (100.1-FM), according to the band’s Facebook page, as they fight out Elysium Theory and 4 Gun Ridge for a chance to play the station’s Mountain Jam festival. Fifteen bands were in the last round, and Mother Fletcher finished in the top three of a public internet vote. Go here to register to vote.

Heavy metal show faces many permits

Francesca Olsen in the Register-Star reports:

For four days in July, the site of Meadowgreens Resort will become a haven for metalheads — if the event coordinator satisfies all permit requirements from the state and the county. Planned for July 15-18, Metalfest 2010, presented by Total Music Television and GSR Holdings, Inc., will be a “European style heavy metal music festival for eastern New York Metalheads.” The event, according to a proposal sent to the town of Ghent, will include two stages and 50 national and regional heavy metal bands, as well as a “vendors’ village” and European and American food vendors. Tickets run from a $35 day pass at the gate to an $800 VIP ticket for all four days, with camping extra. But at the county Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee meeting April 22, a group of law enforcement and public safety officials expressed concerns about the event being so close to the county airport, and wondered if K. Randeze, the CEO of GSR Holdings and the coordinator of the event, would complete all the necessary permit documents in time for the festival. Read the entire article in The Daily Mail.

River of Drone II

Thom Lail

Thom Lail performing at soundBarn.

The Albany Sonic Arts Collective (ASAC) and The soundBarn host River of Drone II: Seven Hours of Sound from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 16 at the soundBarn, 330 Maple Lane, in Valatie. A very special, long-form event, River of Drone II is a free, seven-hour, improvised sound performance with peaceful soundscapes and full-on noise, the ever-shifting rhythm, pace and mood will evolve as the ebb and flow of performers, energy and instrumentation progresses through the seven-hour performance. Set in a former orchard cooler with views of the Catskill Mountains, The soundBarn is a uniquely suited location for visitors to lounge, listen and linger for an hour, a few minutes or the entire performance. The audience is encouraged to make themselves comfortable and to bring pillows, chairs, food and drink. Unlike a traditional concert setting, performers will be located throughout the venue and listeners are encouraged to move around, watch the accompanying video projections, wander in and out and discover new relationships to sound through immersion, reflection, deep listening, meditation, and concentration. Featured musicians include: Jason Cosco, Matt Ernst, Tara Fracalossi, Eric Hardiman (Rambutan, Century Plants, Burnt Hills), Ray Hare (Century Plants, Fossils From the Sun, Burnt Hills), Holland Hopson, Thomas Lail (soundBarn), Patrick Weklar (soundBarn), Matt Weston (Barn Owls), and many more special guests, with videos by Tara Fracalossi, Kyra Garrigue and others. Albany Sonic Arts Collective is a grassroots organization located in and around Albany, NY. The soundBarn is a project of artist/musician Thomas Lail and artist Tara Fracalossi and is located on what was once Heald Orchards in Valatie, New York. The soundBarn is sited in a modern addition to the orchard’s 100-year-old Dutch style barn. The cavernous, heavily insulated space served as the orchard’s cooler where apples and pears were over-wintered and chilled by the massive, still-visible refrigeration system.

Forward Motion into Hudson Saturday

Forward Motion Theater returns to the Hudson Opera House at 8 p.m. Sat. May 1 with “RE:Vision,” a collaboration of live performances weaving multimedia and dance from a fresh critical perspective. The evening features seven independent works by artists combining choreography, live mix video, film, dance, spoken word, costume, and music. Tickets are $15 per person, $10 students. Artists include: video artists Wetcircuit and Mikhail Torich, musician Aerostatic, and choreographers Urban Wash Dance Company and Blind. Five artists collaborate creating an evening of seven independent works. Forward Motion Theater is a New York City-based dance-theater-media company founded in 1995 by choreographer Eric Dunlap and media artist Holly Daggers. The mission of FMT is to explore the combination of movement and technology through both live performance and digital media. Works with themes ranging from science fiction, spirituality, and the mutability of the human form are realized through innovative stage and lighting effects and formalized composition. Current projects include both live theater and new performance venues through video and the web. Wetcircuit is Holly Daggers, a New York City-based VJ and Media Artist who creates and composes visual media in real time. Performances include concert VJ for Busta Rhymes, James Brown, Page McConnell, Moby, and T.I., and was voted a Top 20 VJ worldwide by DJ Magazine, UK. She has designed interactive video installations for the Museum of Modern Art and Chelsea Art Museum. Holly collaborates with musicians and choreographers presenting her media performances in both art gallery and theatrical settings, and has opened her shooting studio to create dance on video as a hybrid performance venue. Aerostatic is Terry Golob and Michele Darling. Based in Brooklyn, NY, Aerostatic utilize artifacts of sound generated by digital and analog processing in conjunction with a variety of interactive technologies, to compose and design audio environments for film, installations and music performance. Their work has been featured in shows and festivals in the United States, England, Argentina and Australia. Urban Wash Dance Company is a fusion of dance and technology married to social and political consciousness. Movement vocabulary is derived from multidisciplinary sources enhanced by a high degree of athleticism. Urban Wash Dance Company is made up of dancers, video artists, DJs, and organized by Rebekah J Kennedy, Artistic Director/Choreographer. Performances and choreography have been featured throughout the United States. Mikhail Torich is an international music video director, cameraman, photographer and visual artist shooting in Germany, Russia, United Kingdom, and United States. Blind is dancer and choreographer Eric Dunlap. Based in New York City, Eric toured internationally as a principal dancer with Alwin Nikolais / Murray Louis Dance. He has worked with various companies such as Peter Pucci Plus Dancers, Rebecca Sten/Perks Dance Music Theater, Sarah Skaggs Dancer/Higher Ground Projects, Pilobolus, and Pink Inc., appeared on NBCs Today Show and is currently a member of the New York City Metropolitan Opera Ballet. Eric graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts and is a black belt in Aikido.

Feed the Radio benefit May 15 in Germantown

Germantown Community Farm

Germantown Community Farm

The “Feed the Radio” benefit will be held from 3 p.m. on with an afternoon of activities, workshops, and radio fun! Stay for a delicious dinner and silent auction, followed by an evening of lovely live music and a DJ dance party! This we are hosting a joint benefit party for WGXC, our new local community radio station, and to sponsor low income shares for Fog and Thistle CSA (formerly known as Germantown Community Farm CSA). Come have a great time and help us deliver homegrown radio and food to our community!
Suggested donation is $10-$25

Camping in the orchard is welcome! Bring tents, bedding, flashlights. Accomodations in the house and barn are limited; let us know if you need them. Children are welcome!

We also need volunteers to help before, during and after the event, as well as items for the silent auction. Anything you can throw in is most appreciated!

For details check out: or email Kaya at

The farm is located at 4872 State Rt 9G, Germantown NY. 518-537-6139.

Cairo Open Mic recording

Mark Patton

The Cairo Library and WGXC held the monthly Cairo Open Mic Fri. Apr. 23 at Gallagher’s, across the from the library on Main St. Guitarist Mark Patton; Dawn and Dick Collins; guitarist Michael Ryan, poet Tony Fallon, poet Nancy Henry, (The Daily Mail photographer) Claude Haton and Harry Gottleib (half of the band Wyld Blue), and Kayleigh all performed. Click here to listen to an audio mp3 recording of the performances or paste the following url into your computer’s media player:

A vote will be held Tue. April 27 at Resurrection Lutheran Church to determine whether Cairo will build a new library. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has offered the town a $3.07 million low-interest loan (4.25 percent) and, if the town accepts the loan, a $200,000 grant with a local share match of about $100,000. The vote is for a bond for the loan. Cairo Library Executive Director Debra Kamecke is on the WGXC Radio Council.

Bindlestiffs take Hudson, Helsinki opens

The Bindlestiff Cirkus is back in their hometown including at Hudson’s Club Helskinki, which appears will be open at least by May 30 judging from this press release from the clowns of Bindlestiff:

*Saturday April 24- with Walking the dog Theater‘s Improv Theater Ensemble at Space 360, Hudson 8 p.m., $20 (more details below)

Sunday, May 30 and Friday, June 25: Bindlestiff Cirkus Cabaret- featuring a different cast of special guests each show, from NYC’s circus, burlesque and variety community- accompanied by live original music! At the brand, spanking new Club Helsinki, located at 405 Columbia Street, Hudson showtime 9 p.m., tickets $15 (more details below)

the more details below:
SATURDAY APRIL 24 – a benefit performance for Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, Inc. and GhostWALK Hudson,
with Walking the dog Theater’s Improv ensemble
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus co-founders and variety artists Keith Nelson and Stephanie Monseu team up with Walking the dog Theater’s OFF LEASH! Improv Theater Ensemble for an evening of circus and improvisation at Hudson’s Space 360 on April 24th at 8 p.m. Bindlestiff will bring to the mix a few of it’s signature acts, featuring a twisted take on physical comedy and prop manipulation, in addition to some new, original collaborative fun with Walking the dog Theater’s Improv cast. Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, Inc., based in Brooklyn and Hudson, NY, is a non-profit performing arts organization dedicated to increasing the knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the history of circus, sideshow, vaudeville, and related arts through activities including performances, lectures, print media, and workshops for the general public as well as creating opportunities for cultural exchange and fostering a sense of community. Walking the dog Theater, a keystone of Columbia County’s artistic community, has been at the forefront of collaboration and support for other local arts groups, offering benefit performances of it’s monthly OFF LEASH! Improv Theater Ensemble to raise funds and awareness for local artists and organizations. March’s performance benefitted the Awgawamuck Project for the Fine and Practical Arts, a new educational-therapeutic initiative based in Philmont. Aprils’ show will benefit Bindlestiff- Hudson’s own Cirkus and Walking the dog Theater’s partner in GhostWALK Hudson. To find out more about Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, please visit
Suggested donation: $20.
Location Space 360, 360 Warren Street in Hudson . For more information, please contact: David Anderson (518) 610-0909.

Where: Club Helsinki 405 Columbia Street, Hudson, NY
When: May 30 (Sunday) and June 25 (Friday), 2010
Showtime: 9 pm Doors: 8 pm
Admission: $20 ($5 discount for clowns in make-up)
Info: 1-877-BINDLES

On May 30 and June 25, The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret comes to Club Helsinki’s brand new home in Hudson, NY. The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret features new, phenomenal acts each show from the world’s best artists in the disciplines of Circus, Variety, Burlesque, Sideshow, and Physical Comedy. Live, original Cirkus tunes by our Maestro of Musical Mystery. Expect jugglers, clowns, acrobats, and trapeze artists to share the stage with musicians, magicians, dancers, daredevils, and more. Each show features a unique combination of acts, but all promise a legendary lineup of circus feats, sideshow marvels, and world-class entertainers. The New York Times said of the BFC Cabaret: “It’s old-fashioned variety entertainment of the sort Ed Sullivan so astutely scooped up, but with twists.” Every show features Ringmistress Philomena and Kinko the Clown, a/k/a Bindlestiff co-founders Keith Nelson and Stephanie Monseu, along with an amazing lineup of guest stars.
With the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus’ first Winter Cabaret in New York City 1995, and subsequent national tours, the stage was set for today’s far-reaching vaudeville and burlesque revival. Since then Bindlestiff has become a legend in the New York and national performance scene. The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus has featured over 400 guest variety artists; supported and presented original theatrical shows by other artists working in the variety arts field; launched Bindlestiff’s Cavalcade of Youth, a mentoring program and showcase for young performers; brought vaudeville back to Times Square; fostered new variety artists and new acts by established performers at its monthly Open Stage; and toured nationally for 14 years. Since Bindlestiff co-founders Monseu and Nelson moved to Hudson in 2005, they have been teaching circus arts classes and workshops in the area, producing Bindlestiff Cirkus shows for youth and adults, and collaborating with local arts groups and organizations like The Basilica Industria, Time and Space Limited, Columbia County Council on the Arts, Perform Columbia, the Hudson Opera House, Operation Unity, Walking the dog Theater, The Hudson Department of Youth and the Morris Memorial.
For more information:

Cairo Talent Show winners

The Cairo Library and WGXC held a co-fundraiser Talent Show Friday night at Cairo Elementary School, that was a grand success. The Daily Mail has a story about the event here. We will post photos and a recording of the event soon. The winners:
First place: Greg Stewart (played guitar and sang an original song)
Second place: Josh Adamson, as “Juan” (played guitar and sang an original song)
First place: James Moore (played guitar along with a backing track of Guns ‘N’ Roses “Sweet Chid O’ Mine”)
Second place: Alex Hans and Maggie Saez as “Sun and Moon” (played keyboard and sang)
First place: Keri Mahoney, Colin Mahoney, and Katie Feeney (step dancing)
Second place: Taylor Matzler and Taylor Nussbaumer as “TNT” (gymnastics and dancing)

Click here to listen to an mp3 audio recording of the entire evening, or paste this url into your media player:

Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, 7/15-18/10

From Nippertown!:

At their annual awards ceremony in Nashville last year, the International Bluegrass Music Association named the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival as the Bluegrass Event of the Year. Not just in New York State. Not just in the U.S. But in the world! And it’s right here in our own backyard…. The fest returns to the Walsh Farm in Oak Hill [in Greene County] again this year from Thursday-Sunday, July 15-18, and once again Grey Fox has put together an amazing line-up of talent, including the Del McCoury Band, Sam Bush, Kathy Mattea and David Grisman, as well as Nippertown local favorites like John Kirk & Trish Miller and the Gibson Brothers. The folks at Grey Fox promise that they’ll be adding many more musicians to the festival schedule soon, but in the meantime, here’s how the schedule lines up so far:

The Dry Branch Fire Squad; Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver; Greensky Bluegrass; Donna the Buffalo; Crooked Still; The Josh Williams Band; The HillBenders; Buddy Merriam & Back Roads; John Kirk & Trish Miller

The Dry Branch Fire Squad; The Del McCoury Band; The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience; Railroad Earth; The Greencards; Donna the Buffalo; Crooked Still; The Wilders; Sarah Jarosz; The Josh Williams Band; The HillBenders; John Kirk & Trish Miller

The Dry Branch Fire Squad; Sam Bush; Tim O’Brien; Kathy Mattea; The Gibson Brothers; The Greencards; The Wilders; Sarah Jarosz; John Kirk & Trish Miller

The Dry Branch Fire Squad

Youth band performances at Catskill Contra Dance

On March 12, 2010, WGXC and the Catskill Community Center hosted a benefit at the community center that included a contra dance, and youth bands performing. Here are the recordings of those bands:

Click here to listen to Jonathan Woodin’s performance:

Click here to listen to No Solutions’ performance:

Click here to listen to Seminal Stain’s performance:

Click here to listen to Loud Youth’s performance:

Rasputina’s new record with local roots

From The 12534 via Frantik magazine:

Rasputina has announced the June release of their seventh full length album, Sister Kinderhook, recorded in Hudson, NY

….produced by band founder Melora Creager and mixed by Creager and Brian Kehew. The album was recorded at Filthy Bonnet studios in Hudson NY by Melora (lead vocals, cello), Daniel deJesus (cello) and Catie D’Amica (percussion). The band will be touring North America this July.

Alexander Turnquist and Kelli Rudick at Hudson Opera House

Recordings from WGXC’s webcast of Alexander Turnquist and Kelli Rudick’s performances at the Hudson Opera House, Sat., Jan. 30.

Click here to listen to an mp3 sound recording of Alexander Turnquist at Hudson Opera House, 013010. Does not work in Internet Explorer. You need Quicktime Player Pro to download file. WGXC follows Creative Commons.

Click here to listen to an mp3 sound recording of Kelli Rudick’s set at Hudson Opera House, 013010. Does not work in Internet Explorer. You need Quicktime Player Pro to download file. WGXC follows Creative Commons.

Eric Carbonara at Spotty Dog on WGXC Online Radio

Eric Carbonara performed Friday, Jan. 29 at Spotty Dog Books & Ale, and WGXC was there to record the show and create a live web stream.

Watch video of Carbonara performance below:

Click here to listen to audio mp3 of Eric Carbonara’s performance at Spotty Dog.

Cairo Chamber of Commerce hosting jazz series at Gallagher’s

The Cairo Chamber of Commerce continues their jazz series at Gallagher’s Banquet Hall, 513 Main St. in Cairo, at 8 p.m., Friday, February 19 with Rensselaerville‘s Captain Squeeze and the Zydeco Moshers will perform at the Fat Tuesday concert. Tickets are $15 in advance (at Chamber office, 536 Main St., 622-3939).

Alexander Turnquist, Ben Reynolds, and Mike Tamburo at Spotty Dog Books & Ale

Ben Reynolds from Scotland was touring with Mike Tamburo of Pittsburgh and Alexander Turnquist of Hudson set up a show for the three of them Fri. Nov. 13 at Spotty Dog Books & Ale in Hudson. Click on their names below to hear mp3 recordings of their sets in Quicktime Player. With Quicktime Player Pro, you can download mp3 clips. MP3s will not play in Internet Explorer, try another browser.

Alexander Turnquist
Mike Tamburo
Ben Reynolds

Hudson Talbott and Frank Cuthbert at Spotty Dog

Hudson Talbott readsfrom and Frank Cuthbert performs his compositions from the “River of Dreams” book and play live from Spotty Dog Books & Ale in Hudson Thu., Oct. 15 for ArtsWalk.

Click here to listen to or download mp3 of Hudson Talbott reading and Frank Cuthbert performance Oct. 15, 2009.

Today’s local headlines

Armstrong literally outside the tent
From The Greenville Press (no web site)

CAIRO – Les Armstrong was literally outside the tent at the Greene County Youth Fair in Cairo last weekend. While the Greene County Republicans and Democrats both staffed booths with signs promoting local candidates under a big top, Armstrong had his own sign propped up against his truck at one of the tent’s entrances. At one point, this reporter watched as a dog sniffed the sign and…well, we won’t go into details on this family blog. Armstrong’s candidacy, as recounted in The Press, has had some trouble. He turned in his nominating petitions to run as a Republican for the Durham seat in the Greene County Legislature. Republican Elsie Allen got his in to challenge Democratic incumbent Sean Frey. The day Armstrong turned in his nominations, there were no Republicans in the election office, as they were all attending the funeral of longtime Republican Election Commissioner Frank DeBenedictus. So Democratic Town Commissioner Tom Burker didn’t warn Armstrong that he lacked witness statements, a cover page, and numbered pages. So James Karcheck, who lost the Republican nomination to Armstrong in 2006 but remained on the ballot, challenged his petitions, which were disqualified. Frey has to be hoping Armstrong somehow gets on the ballot, perhaps by collecting 40 signatures on an independent nominating petition by Aug. 18.

Wounded soldier returns home from Iraq
From The Daily Mail

NEW BALTIMORE – Sgt. First Class James T. Rundberg returned home to New Baltimore Sunday after being wounded in Iraq by a roadside bomb June 25. Rundberg earlier received a Purple Heart and Sunday took home proclamations and resolutions from the New Baltimore Town Board, NY State Sen. James L. Seward, R-Oneonta, and U.S. Rep. Scott Murphy (D, NY-20).

Catskill Village Board does not meet
CATSKILL – The Catskill Village Board failed to meet Monday night for lack of a quorum. At least five cars turned up at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center for the meeting to see signs announcing that news, while the town’s web site continued to proclaim the meeting was on.

Natalie Merchant live and local
From Tivoli Type

Former 10,000 Maniacs singer Natalie Merchant performed unannounced Saturday at Bard College’s Spiegeltent with, “a piano, a little red notebook of music she compiled in the wee hours the night before, and a pen. She sang, played, joked, and made notes in the margins as she worked through the material. It was as much a songwriter’s workshop as a performance, and aren’t we lucky to have been there.”

Today’s local headlines

Local housing groups get $650,000 in grants
From The Daily Mail

The Hunter Foundation, in Tannersville, and the Catskill Mountain Housing Development Corporation, in Catskill, were notified Thursday that they are each a recipient of grants — $300,000 and $350,000, respectively — from NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR), the administrator agency for federal U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds. The money is part of a statewide package of $31.4 million in housing grants announced by Gov. David A. Paterson Thursday.

Wilzig track foes win latest round in court
From The Columbia Paper

State Supreme Court Judge Patrick J. McGrath handed down an interim decision last week denying Alan Wilzig’s petition for dismissal of a complaint filed by the Granger Group in regard to his private motorcycle track. Mr. Wilzig received site plan approval and designation as a permissible recreational use from the Town of Taghkanic’s Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Board earlier this year. But he was unable to proceed with paving the track because of an injunction against further construction on the facility. The injunction was obtained by the Granger Group, an association of citizens opposed to the track and concerned about enforcement of town zoning law, and by neighbors to the Wilzig property who believe that the track is not allowed under the zoning laws.

Hudson antique dealers struggling
From The Register-Star

Antique sales in Hudson are down around 20 to 30 percent, according to Hudson Antiques Dealers Association president Frank Rosa. Jennifer Arensksjold, co-owner of Arenskjold Antiques Art and Modern Design says sales actually fell more after the recession associated with the World Trade Center attack, which also coincided with a change in buyers’ tastes.

Falling dairy prices strain farmers
From The Daily Mail

A top official at the U.S. Department of Agriculture defended his agency’s response to tumbling milk prices as “extremely aggressive” but showed little appetite Tuesday for immediate and far-reaching measures that some lawmakers say would keep thousands of dairy farmers in business. The Daily Mail story does not mention New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s work on this issue:

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is introducing legislation that would increase the amount farmers get through the Milk Income Loss Contract — or MILC –program. MILC pays dairy farmers cash when milk prices fall below certain levels. When demand is up, prices tend to be up as well. The program is aimed at helping small and midsize dairy farmers weather low prices. But Gillibrand says that under the current pricing structure, farmers aren’t receiving enough income to cover the costs of staying in business. She’s introducing a bill this week that would double the amount of money farmers get from the MILC program retroactive to the low point of the pricing crisis in March. Another bill would increase the MILC rate to account for inflation.

Outbreak of Fungus Threatens Tomato Crop
From The New York Times

A highly contagious fungus that destroys tomato plants has quickly spread to nearly every state in the Northeast and the mid-Atlantic, and the weather over the next week may determine whether the outbreak abates or whether tomato crops are ruined, according to federal and state agriculture officials.

Trippi’s weird “apology”
From The Albany Project

“Joe Trippi, who has been working secretly for Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) in her primary challenge to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand for more than a month, posted an odd “apology” for his deception (which occurred at Daily Kos, Huffington Post and with several reporters) on his website yesterday.” This comes after PolitickerNY found Maloney’s second quarter FEC filing and found a $10,500 check to Trippi dated June 5, well before he stopped writing about Maloney as if he was an unpaid observer.

Mark Eitzel will perform at 8 p.m. Jason’s Upstairs Bar, 521 Warren St. in Hudson.