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Live Music Picks for this Week
January 12, 2012

Greetings readers! Once again, we lost two pretty important people this week. Fred Milano of the original Dion and The Belmonts passed away January 3rd at 72, and we also lost Tommy Ardolino, the drummer for NRBQ. Two great groups that lost original members this week. I guess everybody’s getting to that age.

I have nothing profound to propound about this week, so I’m just going to get straight to my live music picks.
Have a great week!

Fred Perry is the owner of Reservoir Music Center on Route 28 in Shokan, and founding member of Alt-Country supergroup, The Brooklyn Cowboys, is from a 3rd generation musical family and lives in the Hudson Valley, where he does what he can to promote live music.

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New Year
January 5, 2012

Well, it’s a new year, and I’m experiencing a mild case of post-annum depression. Either that, or I’m struggling to recover after going out two nights in a row, but whatever it is, it was worth it!
First though, let me wish everyone a healthy, happy, and prosperous new year. The new year starts in January because it’s the first month following the Winter Solstice, when the days start getting longer after December 21, the shortest day of the year. So it really is a time of renewal and rebirth.
I started my New Year’s weekend off by driving up to Tannersville to see my old pals, The New Riders of the Purple Sage, at the Orpheum Performing Arts Center. The OPAC has been closed for 25 years and this was the first event there since they re-opened, and let me tell you, it must have inspired the band, because they were on fire! By the time they got to the third song, “Louisiana Lady”, I was convinced it was the best I’d ever seen them play. It was a shorter set then they usually have played at The Bearsville Theater in past years, but thoroughly enjoyable all the same. They ran through most of their hits, skipping only “Lonesome LA Cowboy” and “Glendale Train”, and closing with Bob Dylan’s “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35”. The new OPAC theater is a beautiful building and a great place to hear music and I hope they are planning to present more shows in this venue.
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Have a Happy Holiday -- Enjoy Live Music.
December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas y'all and a Happy New Year, Merry Kwanza, Happy Hannukah, and Festive Festivus. This is my first blog for, although I've been writing it for a year, and all past blogs are archived on my website. I'd like to thank the two Steves for taking me into the HVmusic family and posting my blog on their site.
My next one will be posted during the first week of January, and weekly thereafter. I will be writing about music and music related topics and every week will recommend live music events for my readers. I hope I can bring a little joy and music into your lives in the process.
This week’s live music picks will also extend through Wednesday, January 4, 2012, and since there is so much going on for the holidaze this week and next, we’re gonna get right down to the real nitty gritty right now!
Friday, December 23- THE JOHNNY MONSTER BAND does a rare Friday night before Christmas at American Glory BBQ in Hudson. I’ve heard the barbecue is off the hook, and The Johnny Monster Band is one of the better blues bands around.
Monday, December 26 – Christmas is over, but it’s still a legal holiday, so that makes it a great day to drive to Manhattan and catch the DISCO BISCUITS at the Best Buy Theater. Now, I am not really familiar with this band’s music, but I’ve heard they’re really good. If in doubt, check them out on the web first.
Tuesday, December 27 – THE FAB FAUX, the best Beatle band in the business, is at City Winery in Manhattan. Consisting of A list players from Late Night TV, The Fab Faux faithfully recreate The Beatles, often doing material that The Beatles themselves never performed live! They often do full British versions of Beatle albums for each of two sets. I’ve seen them do “Rubber Soul” for the first set and “Revolver” for the second! I’ve also seen them do “Sgt. Pepper’s”, “Abbey Road”, and singles like “I am the Walrus” and “Strawberry Fields”, and they play every instrument that was used on the original records! No synthesizers here! As the band likes to say, “It’s not a tribute, it’s a recreation”! Disco Biscuits continue at the Best Buy Theater and our own BEN ROUNDS hosts his regular Tuesday night open mike at The Catamount Restaurant in Mt. Tremper.
Wednesday, December 28 – PHISH start a 4 night run at Madison Square Garden, culminating with New Year’s Eve. Disco Biscuits finish up at Best Buy, and ROSS RICE AND THE VERY SEXY TRIO return to The Catamount for one of their biweekly Wednesday night shows.
Thursday, December 29 – THE PATTI SMITH GROUP kicks off their annual 3 day run at The Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan and Phish continues at The Garden.
Friday, December 30 – Our New Year’s weekend begins in style with a multitude of shows. Patti Smith and Phish continue at their respective venues, and GOVERNMENT MULE starts their annual year end shows at The Beacon Theater in Manhattan, finishing up on Saturday night. Punk/glam rock legends THE NEW YORK DOLLS are at Irving Plaza, and, closer to home, Country-rock legends, THE NEW RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE, christen the new Orpheum Performing Arts Center in Tannersville, THE WAILERS are at The Chance in Poughkeepsie, 3 is at The Bearsville Theater, and THE BIG TAKEOVER, the Hudson Valley’s premier Reggae band, is at The Black Swan in Tivoli.
Saturday, December 31, New Year’s Eve – The Master, CHUCK BERRY, makes a rare appearance at B.B. King’s in Manhattan. Phish, Patti, and Government Mule finish up at their respective venues. Local favorites, THE FELICE BROTHERS are at Club Helsinki in Hudson; Ramble veteran, ALEXIS P. SUTER is at The Falcon in Marlborough; The LINDSEY WEBSTER BAND is at The Bearsville Theater; The best band in the Hudson Valley, PITCHFORK MILITIA, is at the new BSP in Kingston (with Johnny Monster Band opening); ROBERT BURKE WARREN is having a busy New Year’s Eve by playing an afternoon family show at The Bearsville Theater as UNCLE ROCK, then growing up by nightfall to play a New Year’s Eve Dance Party with THE CATSKILL 45’S at The Kleinert Center in Woodstock; and I don’t know who’s at Harmony in Woodstock, but it’ll probably be good and owner, Sha Wu will probably lay out a scrumptious buffet for his loyal patrons, so at least stop there for a nightcap. Happy New Year!
Monday, January 2, 2012 – LITTLE FEAT returns to The City Winery in Manhattan, though sadly without their MONSTER DRUMMER, Richie Hayward, who lost his battle with liver cancer last year. Tonight is the first night of a three night run, which concludes Wednesday, January 4.
Have a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hannukah, a lovely Kwanza, a Happy New Year, and a festive Festivus! See you next year!

Fred Perry is the owner of Reservoir Music Center on Route 28 in Shokan, and founding member of Alt-Country supergroup, The Brooklyn Cowboys, is from a 3rd generation musical family and lives in the Hudson Valley, where he does what he can to promote live music.

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Take some of the pain out of advertising your gigs
October 19, 2011

There are so many ways now to advertise your gigs: on-line calendars, mailing lists, and all the paid advertising that most of us can't afford. Who wants to spend the time to send the same gig information to multiple places, and add it to your website too?

At HVmusic we have one way to lessen the load. Did you know that you can setup a calendar on HVmusic so that the events you enter here can be displayed on your website too?

  1. Login to your HVmusic account.
  2. Make sure you already have a listing created for yourself (a band/artist listing for musicians, or a club/venue listing for music clubs)
  3. Go to the calendar page
  4. Click "Create a new calendar". On that page you associate this calendar with your band or club listing. You can also adjust the colors used in the calendar to match your website.
  5. When done, "preview" the calendar you've just created to get instructions to put it on your website.
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Fans in Poughkeepsie “Stand up and Shout” in memory of Ronnie James Dio
October 12, 2011

Ripper Owens of Dio Disciples at The Chance. Photo by Charlie McCarthy of WeefanPhotography.comSome fans may have guessed that with the passing of Ronnie James Dio in 2010, one of metal's greatest voices would be silenced forever.  Fortunately many of Ronnie’s songs will live on forever, and a few of his former band mates and friends are making sure of it. They have reunited to form the band Dio Disciples, a concert celebration to the former singer of super groups like Black Sabbath and Rainbow, in addition to an incredible solo career.  On September 22nd fans waited on line patiently for their chance to catch the tour at the bands first show in the United States at “The Chance” in Poughkeepsie.
Musicians Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Scott Warren, and Simon Wright took the stage fronted by vocalists Tim "Ripper" Owens and Toby Jepson.
They began with the Dio classic “Stand up and shout” that set off an explosion of cheering and rock and roll that lasted for 2 hrs. I was actually having difficulty holding my camera steady in all the excitement as they ripped through classics like "The Last in Line," "Rainbow in the Dark," "Holy Diver," "Heaven and Hell," "Neon Knights," and "Man on the Silver Mountain.”
The performance was a fitting tribute to Ronnie and an excellent way of keeping his legacy alive. Witnessing this group of musicians pour every ounce of their being into delivering this music was an experience second to none. Afterward they took the time to pose for photographs, sign autographs and just chat with the people who came out to support them.

I had the opportunity to briefly speak with Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo and Ripper Owens and despite my being in the presence of men I idolized throughout the years, I managed to intelligently thank them for an entertaining evening. For the next hour I observed Craig joking with fans, Ripper taking photographs and Rudy speaking softly and signing album covers. Get ready U.S. fans it’s time to "Stand Up and Shout" at a venue near you!

Photo and article by Charlie McCarthy of WeeFan Photography.

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Little Melvin inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame
October 11, 2011

The Hudson Valley's own Little Melvin and his Orchestra playing at Brian's Backyard BBQ on Sept 16th in preparation for his induction into the Blues Hall of Fame the following week, Sept 25th.

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