There’s a new music venue in Kingston that y’all should make an effort to support. It’s called The Roundout Music Lounge, and it’s located, not surprisingly, down by the Roundout, at 21 Broadway. It’s a nice, cozy, comfortable, small venue, with a full bar and a good food menu. The neighborhood’s great, and everybody seems to be playing there already. So please check it out. We need all the live music spots to stay open.
Also, over at Harmony, in Woodstock, owner Sha Wu has expanded the music room to include the whole restaurant, and they’ve opened up the snack bar that’s attached. What’s ensued is almost an entirely new room, and one that serves food pretty late, for all of you who forgot to eat dinner. The best part though, is that with the larger room, Harmony could actually fulfill it’s potential as a great live music room that could bring some national acts to Woodstock. We can only hope.
It seems like most of the cool live music this week is concentrated on the weekend, so let’s get to it.
Friday night, August 5th, is the grand opening of the aforementioned Roundout Music Lounge. They had their ‘soft’ opening a few weeks ago, but I guess Friday’s gonna make it official, so head on down, if you’re so inclined. Should be a fun party.
Also on Friday night, is this week’s Pick of the Week. THE DUKE AND THE KING are playing at the Byrdcliffe Barn, which looks like a really cool place to see a band. The Duke and The King is composed, mainly, of Simone Felice (formerly of the band, The Felice Brothers, still currently an actual Felice brother) and Robert Bird Burke, with a rotating cast of other characters. Now, The Felice Brothers never moved me. I know they’re well loved, just not by me. But The Duke and The King, what I’ve heard, has been damn good. Their promo pics are intriguing, and they describe themselves as “a soul-folk-glam ensemble from the sticks of New York”. So, that’s something I wanna go to, and you should too.
For jazz fans, this week is pretty much as close to Valhalla as you can get. The Belleayre Music Festival hosts RAVI COLTRANE on Friday night and THE MUSIC OF MILES DAVIS featuring JIMMY COBB’S SO WHAT BAND ON Saturday night. A weekend of jazz royalty with Coltrane and Miles! Ravi Coltrane is John and Alice Coltrane’s son, and has established himself in the front ranks of jazz sax players. Drummer Jimmy Cobb is the last surviving member of Miles’ “Kind of Blue” combo. This year is the 50th anniversary of the release of Miles’ groundbreaking album, and Jimmy and his boys have been takin’ it to the people! So it’s jazz heaven this weekend at Belleayre.
My old friend MICHAEL POWERS is at Club Helsinki on Saturday, so I’m gonna head on up to say hello. I haven’t seen Michael in a few years, so it should be a nice reunion. Michael’s a first class blues guitarist who rocks. If you see me there, say hello.
Finally, Ole’ Levon’s in town this week, so THE RAMBLE is on! This week’s guests are Jimmy Vivino and John Sebastian, so it should be pretty special. Still a few tickets left as I write this, so pony up your dough and go!
See y’all next week!