April 3. The Center for Spectrum Services (formerly known as the Children’s Annex) in Kingston has been serving the needs of children with autism since 1976. This benefit for the invaluable facility takes place at the Rosendale Theatre and brings together two of the local children’s music scene’s heavy hitters: the inimitable Dog on Fleas and the precocious upstart crew Kidz Town Rock. (The latter’s self-titled debut album was reviewed in the December 2009 issue of Chronogram.) Family fun and fund-raising for a fine cause? Time to rock that juice box. 1pm. $8, 12. Rosendale. (845) 616-6331; www.kidztownrock.com.
April 16. New Jersey’s Electric Frankenstein is one of the finer exemplars of what some call “punk ’n’ roll”; a classicist approach rooted in 1977-era punk and hard rock—think Dead Boys, Dictators, AC/DC. Led by brothers Sal and Dan Canzonieri, EF goes through players the way Spinal Tap goes through drummers (22 members over 19 years), but, like its monstrous namesake, the band simply refuses to die. Opening the bill at Snapper Magee’s are the Rebel Dead, Nightmares for a Week, and the Dead Aces. (The Hudson Falcons, Last Beats, Bobby Peru, and the Caps rock on April 24.) 10pm. $5. Kingston. (845) 339-3888; www.myspace.com/snappermageeslivemusic.
April 17. If you’ve seen TV’s “Cops,” you’re already familiar with the music of Inner Circle; the band won a Grammy for its 1994 album Bad Boys (RAS Records), whose title track serves as the show’s theme song. But the group’s history actually goes back much farther, to 1968, when it formed in its native Jamaica. The death of original singer Jacob Miller in 1980 put Inner Circle on hiatus for a few years, but the band later regrouped to become one of reggae’s most popular touring acts. This hot Bearsville Theater date will be the Irie proof. With the Big Takeover. (Indie heroes the Hold Steady bring it on April 8; ex-Stone Mick Taylor rolls in April 30.) 8pm. $20, 25. Bearsville. (845) 679-4406; www.bearsvilletheater.com.
April 21. Easily one of the greatest songwriters working today, alt-country queen Mary Gauthier populates her deeply affecting tunes with the stuff of her own hard-living youth and the characters she’s met along the way. Her noirish narratives, found on such stunning albums as 1999’s Drag Queens in Limousines (Munich Records) and 2002’s Filth & Fire (Signature Sounds Records), have had her likened to Townes Van Zandt, John Prine, and Lucinda Williams, and drawn praise from the ol’ Bard himself, Bob Dylan. And since Gauthier used to run a successful restaurant in Boston, maybe the Morganstern family will let her tool around in the kitchen between sets at this Rosendale Cafe return show. Or maybe not. (Blues guitarist Duke Robillard gets our pick for April 23.) 8pm. $20. Rosendale. (845) 658-9048; www.rosendale.cafe.com.
All-Star Blues Blowout
May 1. Let this be a compelling reminder: Not long from now, getting to hear America’s greatest and most influential music, the blues, performed live in the flesh by some of its most essential architects is something you simply will not be able to do. Which, whether or not you’ve seen any of them play individually before, makes this fantasy-worthy assembly of some of the form’s very few remaining living gods—Mississippi-born pianist Pinetop Perkins, Howlin’ Wolf guitarist Hubert Sumlin, and harpist/Muddy Waters drummer Willie “Big Eyes” Smith—at Columbia-Greene Community College a performance you’d certainly kick yourself for missing. Really the blues, as it were. 7pm. $22. Hudson. (518) 828-4181; www.mycommunitycollege.com.
- Hubert Sumlin plays Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson on May 1.