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6 Live Shows in the Hudson Valley to Catch in January


Percussionist Evelynn Glennie plays two nights at Troy Music Hall, January 14-15. - PHOTO BY PHILIPP RATHMER
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  • Percussionist Evelynn Glennie plays two nights at Troy Music Hall, January 14-15.

Garcia Peoples

January 14 at Tubby's
Given the popularity of the Grateful Dead bootleg tape nights that have recently featured on the venue's calendar, Dead-inspired New Jersey psychedelic band Garcia Peoples should find a sufficiently primed audience when they take the long, strange trip back to Tubby's this month. "The sheer power of Garcia Peoples is stunning to behold onstage and on bootlegs, especially when the sextet locks into a heavy groove that never lets up," says Relix magazine's Rudi Greenberg in a recent review of Dodging Dues, the group's sixth album. (Matthew O'Neill, Lea Thomas, and Ryan Jewell play January 20; Truth Club and Jelly Kelly jam January 27.) 7pm. $15. Kingston.

Evelynn Glennie

January 14-15 at Troy Music Hall

Believe it or not, Polar Prize-winning percussionist Evelynn Glennie has been deaf since age 12. “My career and my life have been about listening in the deepest possible sense,” says Glennie, who plays these two shows at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. “Losing my hearing meant learning how to listen differently, to discover features of sound I hadn’t realized existed. Losing my hearing made me a better listener.” Her own listeners include such collaborators as Mark Knopfler, Bela Fleck, Bobby McFerrin, Steve Hackett, Fred Frith, Underworld, and Björk, on whose 1996 album Telegram she plays. (The Berkshire Bach Ensemble visits January 1; Branford Marsalis blows by January 27.) January 14 at 7:30pm; January 15 at 3pm. See website for ticket prices. Troy. 

Chris Spedding

January 19 at Colony Woodstock

Guitar great Chris Spedding had been booked to appear last July at Colony with his frequent musical partner, the rockabilly singer Robert Gordon. Sadly, Gordon's declining health due to acute myeloid leukemia saw the date cancelled and he passed just months later. Besides Gordon, the legendary Spedding has made numerous excellent solo records and performed with acts ranging from Brian Eno to the Sex Pistols, Bryan Ferry, Elton John, Roxy Music, John Cale, Joan Armatrading, Nina Hagen, and the Vibrators. This evening also features the intended rhythm section of drummer Anton Figg and bassist Tony Garnier and includes a tribute to Gordon. (Robert Burke Warren's Bowie Bash is back January 14; Indigo Sparke and Aaron Dessner appear January 21.) 7pm. $30. Woodstock.

Jazz is Dead

January 26 at Tarrytown Music Hall

As the project's name indicates, Jazz is Dead does interpretations of classic Grateful Dead songs with jazz influences. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the acclaimed all-star instrumental ensemble, which includes founding bassist Alphonso Johnson, will be joined by guitarist Steve Kimock (who played with Johnson in the post-Jerry Garcia Dead offshoot the Other Ones), drummer Pete Lavezzoli, and guitarist Bobby Lee Rodgers will all alight on Tarrytown Music Hall for this enticing engagement. The program also marks the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead's
Wake of The Flood and will feature that album in its entirety in addition to other beloved selections. 8pm. $44-$64. Tarrytown.


January 27 at Empire Live

There's certainly no shortage of jam-friendly concerts in the Hudson Valley this month, as the above dates by Garcia Peoples and Jazz is Dead—as well as this Empire Live event by Lotus—will indicate. Based between Philadelphia and Denver, the mainly electronic Lotus fuse rock with funk, jazz, dance music, prog rock, and post rock and describe their music as "jamtronica." The five-piece outfit accompanies their improv-heavy live appearances with an ambitious, ultra-trippy light show and recently released their well-received 13th studio album, Bloom & Recede. (Edict, Wisdom & War, Hard Target, Wrong Move, Cold Kiss, and Deadweight mosh it up at Empire Underground January 15.) 7pm. $32. Albany.

Adam Ezra Group

January 27 at Daryl's House

Like so many other acts did during the COVID lockdown, Boston-birthed folk rockers the Adam Ezra Group found a shared sense of solace with their fans via livestream shows—but their leader really took to it. "The people who watch every night, they're tuning in for me, but they're also tuning in for each other," says Ezra, who has gone live online daily since March 2020. "They're tuning in for comfort and compassion and connection, but maybe also a sense of normalcy and grounding during this time that seems to be shaking the very foundations of who we've always thought we were." Adam Ezra Group plays Daryl's House with Sirsy. (Faded Rose materializes January 22; Christine Ohlman and Rebel Montez rock February 3.) 8pm. $28-$45. Pawling.


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