Just because summer is winding down doesn’t mean your social calendar needs to do the same. Here’s a round-up of a few can’t-miss live music shows hitting the Hudson Valley this September.
September 4. Those who assume that traditional jazz is the stuff of old men in line for the retirement home would do well to check out Tuba Skinny. Formed in 2009 in the jazz cradle of New Orleans and led by cornetist Shaye Cohn (the granddaughter of legendary saxophonist Al Cohn), the youthful bandmembers began as buskers and have since taken their peppy, piston-poppin’ sound to stages around the world. And this month one of those stages is that of Colony, where the group will dish out their hot ‘n’ spicy gumbo of 1920s/1930s-era jazz, blues, ragtime, and gospel-rooted high-steppers. (420 Funk Mob smokes at Colony September 20; C.W. Stoneking stops by September 24.)
Details: 7pm. $15, $20. Woodstock.
September 7. Rapper Polo G has quite an interesting story. Born in 1999 in Chicago’s Old Town area, he was raised alongside his three siblings in a housing project. While in his teens, he started making music in the local drill style—dark and gritty, reflecting the area’s harsh urban realities—and releasing tracks via YouTube. In 2018, “Finer Things,” a song he wrote that year while he was incarcerated, led to a distribution deal with Columbia Records; next came the platinum hit “Pop Out” (featuring Bronx rapper Lil Tjay) and superstardom. Here, he hits the Chance in support of his debut album, Die a Legend, whose singles “Deep Wounds,” “Through Da Storm,” and “Dyin’ Breed,” show a turn to a more melodic sound. (PnB Rock rips September 6; Arrested Development arrives September 14.)
Details: 7pm. $25, $60. Poughkeepsie.
September 7. Italian punks Giuda are an irresistibly stompin’ rock ‘n’ roll party. With a boot boy/soccer hooligan image straight out of England’s 1970s tower blocks, the five-piece band plays hard junkshop glam in the vein of Sweet, Slade, Gary Glitter, and their many one-hit-wonder contemporaries. The band, which comes to crush BSP for this long-awaited night, was a standout at 2017’s Meltasia festival—loud, tough, joyous, and unrelenting fun. If you or your parents happen to have a pair of those platform shoes like Elton John used to wear back in the day lurking in the closet, you best bust them out. With Three Dog Nightmare and Tonus Maximus. (Sundub stirs it up September 6; Los Wembler’s de Iquitos bring Peruvian jams September 20.)
Details: 8pm. $15, $20. Kingston.
Waxahatchie plays Basilica SoundScape in Hudson September 14.
September 13-15. Basilica Hudson‘s mighty festival of highly adventurous music makes its return to the sprawling riverfront venue, once again bringing a stacked roster of surprising sounds. This year’s lineup includes Low, SQÜRL (featuring Jim Jarmusch and Carter Logan), Circuit Des Yeux, Alan Braufman and Cooper-Moore, Andrea Abi-Kalal, member of the Bard Conservatory Orchestra performing Johan Johansson’s Virdulegu Forestar, Waxahachie, Greg Fox, Jessica Moss, IONE, Big Brave, The Body, Chelsea Hodson, Cloud Rat, M Lamar, Bad Waitress, Dilly Dally, Jerusalem in My Heart, Crickets, Ela Minus, Zsela, and Lingua Ignota. Visual art, readings, food and drink, pop-up shops, camping options, and the WGXC Record Fair are part of the mix as well.
Details: See website for full schedule and ticket prices. Hudson.
Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
September 22, 21. Woodstock’s celebrated first couple of Americana, Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, are recording a live album across two nights at the hallowed Levon Helm Studios. For the occasion, their crack band will feature drummer Justin Guip (the three-time Grammy Award-winning engineer of Helm’s Dirt Farmer, Electric Dirt, and Ramble at the Ryman albums) and bassist Jesse Murphy (Norah Jones, Brazilian Girls) plus Midnight Ramble alumnus Brian Mitchell on keyboards. The set lists will focus on traditional songs from Williams’s Tennessee upbringing, explorations of old favorites, and jams highlighting the players’ instrumental prowess. (Robbie Dupree returns September 22; Wile Nile wails October 4.)
Details: 7pm. $45, $70. Woodstock.
Raise the Roof
September 22. Hey, how about a little something for the kids? Here’s a special afternoon concert at High Meadow School featuring four of the Hudson Valley’s most renowned family music acts: two-time Grammy nominee Elizabeth Mitchell, Dog on Fleas (led by Grammy-winning producer Dean Jones), and Sirius/XM radio kindie hitmakers Ratboy Jr and Uncle Rock (aka Robert Burke Warren). All proceeds from the event will benefit the construction of the school’s Jesse Kolber Music Center. Named for the late, beloved musician, teacher, and entrepreneur Jesse Kolber, the planned facility will provide students with a place at which to compose, perform, record, and enjoy diverse forms of music.
Details: 1:30pm. $20 adults, $10 children. Stone Ridge.