PROFESSOR LOUIE & THE CROMATIX/JEFFREY GAINES
August 7: The Crowmatix may be the best national band that happens to live and record locally, and their new CD, Century of the Blues (Woodstock Records), is ready to drop. Led by Aaron "Professor Louie" Hurwitz, former producer for The Band and Rick Danko, The Crowmatix boast a lineup of rock'n'roll veterans with a hard-to-beat country boogie. Opener Jeffrey Gaines, a perennial WDST fave, tours like a road warrior to throngs of loyal fans. 6:30pm. $25/$23 advance. Woodstock. (845) 331-5011.
KINGSTON LATIN JAZZ FESTIVAL
August 7: The Rondout hasn't been this hot since the British arrived in 1777. Now in its second year, this traveling dance party combines the region's best salsa and dance bands at three downtown venues: El Coqui, Mariner's Harbor, and Ship to Shore. See just your favorite combo, or buy a festival pass to travel unhindered to each club. In addition to food and drink specials, the musical menu includes Mambo Kikongo, Sabor con Colour, and others. 8pm. $30 festival pass. Kingston. (845) 340-1106.
TRULY TWISTED COMEDY FESTIVAL
August 8: There's comedy, and then there's the Truly Twisted show with its edgy lineup of stand-up and improv comics. TTCF is the brainchild of punk rock renaissance dude J.T. Habersaat, who lords over the band Goblet, edits Altercation magazine, and hosts WDST's "Indie Flux." Expect hilarious stand-up from J.T. and Jay Wulff (Vans Warped Tour) matched by the Five Drunken Immortals, the world's most outrageous improv ensemble. Audiences are bent over laughing one minute and scratching their heads the next, but they never come away bored. The uptown venue, Snapper Magee's, also boasts the area's only hardcore jukebox. 8pm. $12 (includes two-hour open bar). Kingston. (845) 339-3888.
MARK RAISCH/SWITCH IN TIME BIG BAND
August 18: Only in the Hudson Valley can you picnic like a millionaire for free when the exquisite Mills Mansion opens its lawn for an elegant show on the river. Vocalist Mark Raisch is a poster boy for the swing era, possessing the looks, voice, and style to swing like Frank or Tony. Raisch, who dresses up any venue with his pianist or trio, this time steps in front of a 17-piece orchestra for what promises to be one of the summer's most swingin' affairs. 7pm. Free. Staatsburg. (845) 889-8851.
August 20: Fans of dub reggae get a treat when Trumystic brings their live "sound system" back to Kingston's chic Forum Lounge. After a successful spring tour with dubmaster Mad Professor, Trumystic sticks to the road and promotes their upcoming CD Dub Power (TMG Records), a stand-out blend of sound effects, deep grooves, and ethereal vocals by singer Kirsty Rock. (The band also appeared on the classic tribute album Dub Side of the Moon.) Yours truly DJ WD spins dub and roots rock when the band breaks. 9pm. $10. Kingston. (845) 331-1116.
JAZZ IN THE VALLEY
August 29: Transart & Cultural services presents their fifth annual JITV series at West Park Winery with another legendary lineup. This year hard-bop saxophonist Jimmy Heath (of The Heath Brothers) headlines the show, supported by vocalist Oscar Brown Jr. ("Moody's Mood for Love") and soul-funk phenom K.J. Denhert. After catching these amazing artists on the "Arbor" stage, move your groove to the open-air tent for their "Jazz Meets Salsa" dance party, featuring Ray Mantilla and his band. Ah, summertime, and the music is greasy. Noon. $45/$40 advance. West Park. (845) 384-6350.