Explore the Hudson Valley

Experience The Hudson Valley

Venue Vortex

  |   October 1, 2019  |  Comment

The Hudson Valley is a convenient stopping point between major tour cities like Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Albany. Add to that the dozens of famous musicians and performers who have made a quiet country abode here, and it makes for a rollicking entertainment scene.

Here are a few of the local venues to check out for a night on the town.

Tubby’s brings together garage rock with playful bar food in a laidback setting in Midtown Kingston. Don’t miss their signature totchos: tater tots topped with cheese, black beans, sour cream, chives, and jalapenos. Musically, Tubby focuses on experimental underground, punk/garage rock, and free jazz.

Club Helsinki offers the “dinner and a show” experience at its peak. With its gorgeous brick and hardwood interior, award-winning restaurant serving elevated soul food, and consistently impressive musical lineup, this nationally recognized venue will make any patron feel like royalty.

HiLo in Catskill blends cafe, bar, art gallery, and performance space into one artful location. Their diverse menu ranges from a melted cheese sandwich called “The Norman Bates” to a banh banh with local smoked ham, chicken pate, crunchy pickles, and fresh cilantro with live music and rotating art exhibitions from local creatives.

What began as a Vaudeville theater morphed into a playhouse and then eventually became a venue for legendary musicians. The Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie has hosted the likes of The Police, The Ramones, Muddy Waters, Pete Seeger, David Bowie, and Bob Dylan, and continues to bring renowned artists to Dutchess County.

For those who want to do more than just observe the art, the Unison Arts Center in New Paltz offers both exhibits and classes. There you can learn Israeli, Greek, and Balkan dance; life drawing; and filmmaking; plus, hear performances by renowned artists and thoughtful conversations on life’s philosophical questions.

Lovers of classical music and jazz will find few better venues than Caramoor. The luxurious Tuscan-style villa in Katonah, featuring rare Renaissance and Chinese artwork, frequently hosts symphonic, opera, chamber, jazz, and bluegrass acts. In the warmer months, enjoy a picnic lunch and walk the grounds.

A bit of everything can be found at Quinn’s in Beacon, which combines an old-fashioned vibe with a hip young crowd, making it a premier nightlife spot in the Hudson Valley. Their massive selection of beers and their sophisticated Japanese fare pairs nicely with the music lineup and jovial atmosphere.

A shimmering marvel designed by famed architect Frank Gehry, the Fisher Center at Bard hosts music, dance, film, comedy, and theater shows from the creative, innovative, and talented students of Bard College as well as prominent artists from around the world.

Woodstock is associated with big 20th-century rock names like Bob Dylan, The Band, and Jimi Hendrix, who all lived in the town at various times. Under new owners, the historic venue Colony seeks to rejuvenate the town’s musical legacy and usher it into a new era with its lineup of regional and national musical acts. Enjoy intimate shows from the bar or the balcony in this historic Mission Revival building.


Pictured above:  Tubby’s in Kingston

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