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Peak Performances

  |   October 31, 2018  |  Comment

As the geographic and cultural corridor between Albany and New York, the Hudson Valley plays host to a multitude of touring acts in every arena from contemporary dance to theater to classical music and rock ‘n’ roll. If you’re looking for live entertainment, here are some places you can find it.

Lumberyard’s inaugural fall/winter season has begun. The new 7,000-square-foot performance space opened in September. Expect groundbreaking dance and performance art works at this Catskill venue, with a sprinkling of live music. Upcoming acts: Andrew Schneider on November 3 and 4, Maya Beiser and Wendy Whelan on December 7 and 8, and Zvidance on January 26 and 27.

For 12 years, PS21 has hosted dance, music, and theater shows in its open-air saddlespan tent. Now, with the organization’s new 99-seat black box theater in Chatham, you can enjoy PS21 all year round. Be sure to check it out during its very first winter season.

Hudson Hall offers a diverse program of cultural events in the historic Hudson City Hall building. The majestic building was restored over a decade and now is fully operational. On October 27, New York Polyphony will perform, and on December 7, alt rock darlings The National will headline “Rally in the Valley,” a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood.

Denizen Theatre at Water Street Market in New Paltz will hold its first performances this fall. The 60-seat professional black box theater in the quaint walking plaza will focus on live theater and actor-driven work. Catch their first show “Cal in Camo” through November 4.

Head to The Falcon in Marlboro for a true rock ‘n’ roll experience. The two-story, 3,500-square-foot space holds a music venue, art gallery, taproom, beer garden, and the Avalon Archives Music of Roots, Rock & Roll. In addition to big name acts, enjoy the regular roster of programing like singer-songwriter night, spoken word evenings, and the Jazz Sessions series.

Daryl Hall, of Hall & Oates fame, founded Daryl’s House in Pawling nearly 10 years ago. The intimate bar, restaurant, and music venue has a stacked lineup on the horizon, including a Grateful Dead tribute band on October 31 and They Might Be Giants on December 30.

Enjoy food and live music at Town Crier Cafe, centrally located on Main Street in Beacon. There’s free open mic night every Wednesday and live performances almost every Thursday through Sunday.

The Bardavon in Poughkeepsie is housed in a traditional opera house building, but the programing has a much broader purview, including everything from music acts to book readings to comedy. Upcoming acts include Randy Rainbow on October 19, Blue October on November 11, and the New Paltz Ballet Theater performing “The Nutcracker” December 6-9.

 

Pictured above:Brooklyn Raga Massive at Hudson Hall, Hudson

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