Newburgh Jazz Series
July 1-August 26. Now in its fourth year, the exciting Newburgh Jazz Series, held at the city’s waterfront Unico Park, recently announced its 2010 lineup—and it’s another hot one. A complete listing is available online, but highlights include: the Chiku Awali African Dancers and Drummers with Abdoulaye Alhassane Toure (July 1), Mark Morganelli and the Jazz Forum Brazil Project (July 14), Eric Person and Meta-Four (July 21), string quartet Sweet Plaintain (August 4), and Sam “Magic Man” Waymon and the Magic Band (August 25). 6:30pm. Free. Newburgh. (845) 568-0198; www.newburghjazzseries.com.
July 3. Spotty Dog Books & Ale has become one of the area’s most promising small venues as of late, and this WGXC-co-sponsored show by Brooklyn’s Bryan Zimmerman fits well with the shop’s overriding low-key coolness. Zimmerman, an interdisciplinary artist/photographer perhaps best known for his work with skewed underground Americana unit the Dust Dive, here celebrates the release of Corpse of Discovery (2010, free103point9 Records), a collaborative effort that also features Jason Lowenstein (Sebadoh, Fiery Furnaces). With Jeremy Kelly. (MooseBearBuffalo stampede in July 16.) 8pm. $5. Hudson. (518) 671-6006; www.thespottydog.com.
July 3. The Music and Art Center of Greene County’s architecturally unique Grazhda hall, part of the striking St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church complex, is home to the Music at Grazhda Series, one of the region’s longest-running classical events. This date sees pianist-composer Oleksander Kozarenko playing his own works and several from the repertoire, and boasts the world premier of an original piece commissioned by the Ihor Sonevytsky Memorial Fund. (Cellist Natalia Khoma and pianist Volodymyr Vynnytsky play July 17.) 8pm. $15, 12. Jewett. (518) 989-6479; www.grazhdamusicandart.org.
I Slept With Joey Ramone Tribute
July 10. It may be a shock to many dyed-in-their-leather, hippie-baiting punks, but Joey Ramone was actually a part-time Woodstocker, spending many of his off days in the artsy upstate town. So it’s not so inappropriate for the nearby Bearsville Theater to host this multimedia evening celebrating the late, great vocalist and the acclaimed book by his brother, Mickey Leigh, I Slept With Joey Ramone (2009, Touchstone Press). In addition to reading, discussing, and signing the book, Leigh will perform with his band STOP. Hey-ho, let’s go! (Langhorne Slim and the Low Anthem slide in July 20; My Morning Jacket’s Jim James sings with Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore July 29) 8pm. $15, 20. Bearsville. (845) 679-4406; www.bearsvilletheater.com.
Windham Chamber Music Festival Gala Orchestra Concert
July 10. Another hot ticket for classical nuts, this stellar program under the baton of conductor Robert Manno stars award-winning soprano Nancy Allen Lundy, pianist Stephen Gosling, and cellist David Heiss, and includes selections by Beethoven, Dvorák, Mahler, Haydn, Richard Strauss, and others. The pristine acoustics of the town’s 1826 Presbyterian c.hurch, the festival’s home since its 1997 inception, are totally breathtaking. (Jazz pianist Bill Charlap performs August 14.) 8pm. $35, $30, $25, $5. Windham. (518) 734-3868; www.windhammusic.com.
- Bryan Zimmerman performs at the Spotty Dogon July 3.