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Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones

MapKingston, NY
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  • Up and Coming Band


Are they rockabilly, rock ’n roll, or R&B? How about a mix of all three? As fun to watch perform as they are to listen to, this Kingston-based quartet gets crowds on their feet with their original retro-inspired songs and fresh interpretations of American classics.
There’s Matt Goldpaugh on bass, Dave Tetreault on drums, Chris Heitzman on guitar, and lead vocalist/guitarist Lara Hope, whose retro cat glasses and 40s pinup girl/ rodeo queen outfits add pizzazz to their act.
“Our band comes from a very diverse background of musical influences, which brings a different spin on traditional rockabilly,” says Hope. That’s putting it mildly: Tetreault is classically trained but has toured as a heavy metal drummer. Hope can belt out Broadway show tunes with the best of ’em yet also did a stint in a punk band.
Back in 2014, the band filmed their locally famous “Whiskey Pick” music video at Keegan Ales in Kingston. “We’ve been told that the filming of the video was probably the most fun Monday night anyone there has ever had!” says Hope. The video features actual Kingston police officers who pursue band members on a cops-and-robbers chase, a zany character in a bunny suit, and a rowdy crowd. The song was also voted #40 (right in between Pink Floyd and Robert Plant!) in the top 100 songs of 2014 on Radio Woodstock WDST.
The band’s debut album, Luck Maker, was crowd-funded by fans, friends, and family. “People really came out of the woodwork and were very generous,” says Hope. A new album is in the works for 2016, not to mention a music video for their tune “I’m the One.” Be sure to catch them at Keegan Ales on October 30, the Shelter Wine Bar in Rhinebeck on Halloween, and the Rosendale Café on January 9 before they embark on their winter tour out West.

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2015 Editors' Pick — Best Up-And-Coming Band

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Best of Hudson Valley Winners: 2015
County: Ulster
Pick: Editors' Picks
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