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Hudson Valley Jazz Fest Celebrates 10 Years of Smooth Sounds in August


A weekend featuring the best of jazz is coming to the Hudson Valley. The 10th Annual Hudson Valley Jazz Fest, running August 8 to 11, features acts such as Neil Alexander & Nail, The Roland Vasquez Quartet, The Robert Kopec Project, Tani Tabal Trio, Quave with Michael Purcell, Judi Silvano’s Zephyr Trio, and many more.
Keep an eye out for more info on one of the top music events in the NY/Hudson Valley area.

To learn more, go to:

Hudson Valley Jazz Fest
August 8 - 11, 2019

Iron Forge Inn
38 Iron Forge Road
Warwick, NY 10990

Other Venues TBA

Joe Hurley's All-Star Irish Rock Revue Takes Place This Weekend In The Rockaways at The 7th Annual Rockaway Irish Fest

Joe Hurley

Joe Hurley’s All-Star Irish Rock Revue
Starts 5:30 pm
100th St. Rockaway Beach
Doors oepn at Noon: $10 - kids free
All proceeds to charity including the Rockaways Special Olympians

For 21 years, NYC based singer/songwriter Joe Hurley has saluted his Irish heritage with a musical extravaganza that celebrates Ireland's musical gifts to the world. His All-Star Irish Rock Revue has long been a local institution performing to sold-out audiences at Bowery Ballroom, Webster Hall, Lincoln Center, Highline Ballroom, City Winery and now The Rockaways

On Saturday June 1st, 2019, The All-Star Irish Rock Revue and a cavalcade of guest stars will take to the stage at the 7th Annual Rockaway Irish Fest, marking The Revue’s first Fest appearance. The London-bred Irish-originated New Yorker has strong blood ties to the Rockaways, and is happy to be part of a further step in the area's resurgence. The day after Hurricane Sandy hit, Hurley joined the many others who were compelled to come out and help with the volunteers and vans of supplies coming to St. Francis. For months, Hurley came out to the decimated area while producing fundraising concerts in NYC; the first "A Dickens Xmas for The Rockaways” -- benefiting the Rockaways' Graybeards -- was held on Hurley’s birthday.

May 24 POSTER 11x 17 IRR June 1 rockawayExplained the Irishman, ”We did fundraisers for The Graybeards, Rockaway Wish, and The Kelly Gang which filled me with gratitude, having been given the chance to help. Everyone wanted to pitch in. I'd love people to visit and discover the enormity of all that Rockaways have achieved; it’s been rebuilt, rejuvenated and revitalized. Music is everywhere, with thriving restaurants and a culturally vibrant scene.”

To that he added, This June first event will be a real celebration. Our 21st anniversary summer concert will bring a boatload of top artists out there -- and joining with us will be Rockaway Royalty, a hotbed of local musical talent performing The Great Irish Songbook on The Irish Riviera. Perfect. And you can take a ferry out there. So come for the whole day since the music kicks off with Wine with Sue at 1 pm and Shilelagh Law NY at 3 pm. Starting at 530 pm, the All-Star Irish Rock Revue hits the stage featuring a mad parade [as Joe called them] of extraordinary artists and singers as dozens of guest stars dive in performing the timeless classics of such bands and artists as Thin Lizzy, U2, The Pogues, Van Morrison, The Undertones, SLF, Morrissey, John Lydon, Boomtown Rats, Rory Gallagher, Dubliners and Sinead O’Connor.

So, he proudly stated, “So If you fancy a New York Doll singing a Thin Lizzy classic, a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-r taking on Rory Gallagher, a Harlem soul sensation soaring high on Jackie Wilson, please come.”

From the punk of The Undertones 'Teenage Kicks' to the soul of Van Morrison’s “Crazy Love,” the show is a celebration of rock in general and of Ireland’s contribution to its long and storied songbook. Whether it’s the pure rock bliss of Thin Lizzy's 'The Boys Are Back in Town' or the  poetry of “Dirty Old Town,” the celebration recalls all those great moments of musical history. From Dexy’s Midnight Runners’ danceable classic ”Come On Eileen” or  U2’s anthemic “Beautiful Day”  these songs of the Irish are performed by a wildly diverse group from all cultural backgrounds. In addition to all this, legendary Irish author/singer Malachy Mccourt will perform, his first appearance in the Rockaways in how many decades. 

And then there’s the festival itself which offers food, libations and all the things a festival usually includes, but on the edge of the Rockaways beach.

Sizzling Summer Sounds Come to Chicago at the Pitchfork Music Festival


Now in its 14th year, the Pitchfork Music Festival, held in Chicago’s Union Park, will feature over 40 acts from July 19 to the 21st. An independently run music festival organized by the music site of the same name, Pitchfork emphasizes new and emerging bands.

Acts include:

  • HAIM
  • Mavis Staples
  • Grapetooth
  • MIKE
  • Great Black Music Ensemble
  • Belle & Sebastian
  • Jay Som
  • Lala Lala
  • Tirzah
  • Snail Mail
  • Clairo

And more! Check the site for full listing and schedule.

Taking place on the festival grounds, Pitchfork Radio will be streaming live all three days of the festival and will feature a variety of artist interviews, DJ sets, and live performances. Keep your eyes peeled for the full schedule and artist lineup in the upcoming weeks.

To learn more, go to:

Pitchfork Music Festival
July 19 - 21

Union Park
Chicago, Il.

Light of Day Winterfest Heals with Music


With over 150 musical acts in New York, New Jersey, and Philly, the Light of Day Winterfest has been fighting ALS with music. The festival, now in it’s 19th year, was formed by The Light of Day Foundation, Inc., which raises money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson’s disease and related neuro-degenerative diseases. On Wednesday, January 16, the LOD WinterFest ‘19 NYC at The Cutting Room (44 east 32nd Street)  will showcase John Eddie & His Dirty Ol' Band, Steve Forbert & The Renditions, The Weeklings, and Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan.

LOD First Note takes place at The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ with Sahara Moon, Rob Connolly (from The Double Negatives), and Brother Andrew. Friday January 18 brings The Ventures, The Weeklings, Black Flamingoes, Billy Walton Band, Milly, and Bobby Mahoney & The Seventh Son to Asbury Park’s Stone Pony. And this is only a sampling of the acts performing as part of the LOD Winterfest!

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Light of Day Winterfest

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