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Brighten Your February with Live Music at these 6 Hudson Valley Shows


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What better way to shake of the winter blues than with a good dose of live music. Venues all over the Hudson Valley are packing in gigs throughout February. Here are six shows to pencil in this February.

Winter Hoot

February 1-3. Held at the beatific Ashokan Center, the Winter Hoot is among the Hudson Valley's most cherished folk 'n' family-style roots music events. Curated by Mammals mainstays Mike Merenda and Ruth Ungar Merenda (AKA Mike & Ruthy), the three-day intergenerational jubilee "brings together folks of all ages to celebrate the timeless joys of nature, music, dance, food, and creativity." This year's performers include the Mammals, Lula Wiles, the Restless Age, the Stash Band, Ashokan Center founders Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Molsky's Mountain Drifters, Mister Chris, and Ratboy Jr. See website for schedule and ticket prices. Food and lodging available. Olivebridge. (845) 657-8333;

Dropkick Murphys

February 17. Exactly one month ahead of the holiday for which the outing is named, Boston's Celtic punk kings the Dropkick Murphys kick off their 2019 St. Patrick's Day Tour at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center. Established in 1996, the rowdy Beantown bunch is beloved in their home city for their shouty 2004 version of the Boston Red Sox anthem "Tessie" and around the world for their 2005 double-platinum adaptation of the Woody Guthrie song "Shipping Up to Boston" (the latter was featured in the Oscar-winning film The Departed). With Booze and Glory, Lenny Lashley's Gang of One, and Amigo the Devil. 7pm. $35, $65. Poughkeepsie. (845) 454-5800;

Hudson Jazz Festival

February 15-17. In only its second year, this precision-programmed gathering at historic Hudson Hall is already pulling in some major names. The 2019 installment is being headlined by NEA Jazz Master saxophonist David Leibman—best known for his stint with the legendary Miles Davis—who will perform with vocalist Jay Clayton, bass player Jay Anderson, and pianist and series coordinator Armen Donelian. Also appearing are Afro-Cuban icon Bobby Sanabria and his Quarteto Ache; master pianists Kirk Nurock, Lynne Arriale, and Sullivan Fortner; and trumpeter Amir Elsaffar's Middle Eastern jazz-inspired Two Rivers Ensemble. See website for schedule and ticket prices. Hudson. (518) 822-1438;

Car Seat Headrest

February 15. Seattle indie rockers Car Seat Headrest take their name from leader Will Toledo's habit of recording his vocals in the backseat of his car while the band made its early DIY releases. Since then and across the arc of their 11 albums, the outfit has amassed a mammoth online cult following as well as reams of praise from publications like Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Paste, and The New Yorker. Here, CSH hits Mass MoCA in support of their latest full-length for Matador Records, Twin Fantasy (Face to Face), a reworking of their 2011 fan fave Twin Fantasy. With Naked Giants. (Kavita Shah sings February 9; Kaki King kills it February 23.) 8pm. $25-$50. North Adams, Massachusetts. (413) 662-2111;

Gang of Four

February 24. Easily one of the late-1970s UK postpunk scene's most influential acts, Gang of Four crushed together deep funk rhythms, avant-skronk guitar, and barbed, wry lyrics that took sharp aim at consumer society. The Four-some's dissonant, bass-bumping sound is readily apparent in that of disciples like Fugazi, Franz Ferdinand, the Minutemen, Rage Against the Machine, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Although the original lineup reunited in 2004 after several years apart (later members include local bassists Sara Lee and Gail Ann Dorsey), since 2012 the group, which plays Colony this month, has been led by its sole original member, genius guitarist Andy Gill. (Gary Lucas gets out February 22; Chris Difford drops by March 8.) 7pm. $25-$35. Woodstock. (845) 679-7625;

Noam Pikelny and Stuart Duncan

February 13. For exceptional folk roots music by two of the modern masters of the genre, this night at the Towne Crier is just the ticket. Grammy-nominated banjoist Noam Pikelny (Leftover Salmon) is a founding member of the popular Punch Brothers and the winner of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Fiddle virtuoso Stuart Duncan (Robert Plant and Allison Krauss, Yo-Yo Ma, Diana Krall) is a four-time Grammy winner and the multiple winner of other awards. (Driftwood floats by February 2; Greg Brown returns February 9.) 7:30pm. $27.50. Beacon. (845) 855-1300.

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