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6 Live Music Shows to See in April in the Hudson Valley


Deradoorian plays the 24-Hour Drone festival at Basilica Hudson, April 27-28. - PHOTO: BENNET PEREZ
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  • Deradoorian plays the 24-Hour Drone festival at Basilica Hudson, April 27-28.


April 5. Fifty-three years after the formation of Cream, the term "super group," which was originally coined to describe that particular trio of UK blues rock greats, feels overused. Except in the case of this new, all-star, semi-local experimental jazz unit, which performs at Club Helsinki. Guggenheim Fellowship-winning drummer Bobby Previte leads his own ensembles and was a seminal presence on the Downtown New York scene, as was keyboardist Jamie Saft (Beastie Boys, Laurie Anderson, Iggy Pop); guitarist Nels Cline had a lengthy resume from his time in LA's jazz and punk/underground rock scenes long before he joined Wilco in 2002. (The Suitcase Junket packs 'em in April 13; Roseanne Cash performs May 4.) 9pm. $22. Hudson. (518) 828-4800.

Hand Habits/Eleanor Friedberger

April 9. Here's a bill at the Half Moon that pairs two of today's top-rated indie rock singer-songwriters. Hand Habits is the "band" name of Albany guitarist Meg Duffy, an erstwhile accompanist of ex-Woods man Kevin Morby. The sophomore Hand Habits album, placeholder, was released last month and has elicited praise for its vibes of dreamy, lulling post-folk rock. One half of the revered duo the Fiery Furnaces, reclusive Hudson Valley resident Eleanor Friedberger has released four solo albums since the Furnaces began their 2011 hiatus; the most recent, Rebound, was reviewed favorably by John Burdick in the November 2018 issue of Chronogram. (Jackson and the Janks and Will Lawrence visit April 4.) 8pm. $8, $10. Hudson. (518) 822-1913.

Habibi/Y La Bamba

April 13. Yet again, BSP Kingston presents an evening of rising, raved-about indie rock names. The Brooklyn-based Habibi ("my love" in Arabic) is the brainchild of vocalist Rahill Jamlifard and blends the giddy girl group sounds of the 1960s with poppy, surfy garage rock moves. The band's latest release, the EP Cardamom Garden, is sung entirely in her ancestral Farsi. Y La Bamba is another bilingual act. The alter ego of Portland, Oregon, singer-songwriter Luz Elena Mendoza, the project's danceable concept pop draws on her Mexican-American folk roots. Y La Bamba's fifth and newest full-length, Mujeres, has won plaudits from NPR for "making a musical and cultural statement without sounding preachy." (The Skatalites celebrate 55 years April 5; Aldous Harding appears April 11.) 7:30pm. $15. Kingston. (845) 481-5158.

24-Hour Drone

April 27-28. This month marks the fifth year of Basilica Hudson's transcendent 24-Hour Drone festival. At press time, the growing, diverse roster includes Ustad Shafaat Khan, Deradoorian, AHRKH, Kinlaw, Never Temple, Jay Rodriguez, Brooklyn Raga Massive, Famous Accordion Orchestra, the Hudson Valley Shakuhachi Choir, Iva Bittova and Matt Norman, Anastasia Clarke, Sondra Sun-Odean, and more. "[Attendees] are free to come and go over the 24 hours," the organizers explain. "But those who make the commitment to this long-duration work will be rewarded with the intangible feeling of meditative contentment, pure bliss, and communal collaboration." Wear something warm and bring bedding to crash on the floor. Food and beverages will be for sale. Hudson. 

Omara Portuondo

April 28. Known via her appearance in the 1996 documentary Buena Vista Social Club, singer and dancer Omara Portuondo, now 88 and coming to the Bardavon, is one of Cuba's living cultural treasures. Born in Havana's Cayo Hueso neighborhood, she began performing in the late 1940s and in the 1950s and '60s sang with the prestigious Oquestra Anacona and the vocal group Cuarteto d'Aida, touring the US with the former ensemble. In 1967, she began a solo career that saw her become a major star in her homeland and in Europe. Portuondo's duet with Ibrahim Ferrer in Buena Vista Social Club is one of the film's most magical moments. (Angelique Kidjo does Talking Heads' Remain in Light April 11; Bruce Hornsby makes his way in April 27.) 7pm. $44, $59, $156. Poughkeepsie. (845) 473-2072.

Meg Baird and Mary Lattimore

April 28. It's difficult to think of a more graceful, meditative way to musically welcome the long-awaited arrival of spring than this evening at The Beverly presented by BSP. Singer and guitarist Meg Baird will be well familiar with freak-folkies thanks to her work with Espers and Heron Oblivion, while harpist Mary Lattimore is a prolific solo artist who's worked with Kurt Vile, Sunburned Hand of the Man, and others. It was only natural that the two friends would eventually make records together, and the first of them was released last fall: Ghost Forests, a six-song EP that weaves together softly soaring strands of psychedelia, contemporary experimentalism, and arcane, ancient Anglo-folk balladry. 7pm. $15. (845) 514-2570; 

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