Your Complete Calendar of July Events in the Hudson Valley

Everything you need to pack you schedule with fun this month.


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Special Events

July 6: Supertone Music Festival

Dedicated to all things rock & roll, this scrappy festival moves to Basilica Hudson for its 2019 edition. Look out for local punk and rockabilly groups, as well as a headlining performance from DC legend Mary Timony’s incredible EX HEX group.

Basilica Hudson, Hudson, 518.822.1050, www.basilicahudson.org

 

July 13: Contra Dance and Picnic Dinner

Learn classic steps with music by Wake Up Robin in the Center’s outdoor pavilion. $15 to dance, $30 for dinner.

Ashokan Center, Olivebridge, 845.657.8333, www.ashokancenter.org

 

July 20-21: Rosendale Street Festival

Two days of music, food, crafts, and community take over the town’s main drag.

Main Street, Rosendale, www.rosendalestreetfestival.org

 

July 25-28: The Secret City Art Revival

This weekend-long happening celebrating the Woodstock festival’s 50th anniversary will host poetry readings, house shows, performance art, and installations at locations all over town.

Byrdcliffe Barn, Woodstock, 201.264.0331, www.thesecretcity.org

 

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A one-of-a-kind regional tradition, the Independence Day Celebration — Music Under the Stars returns to mark another Independence Day with martial music and a stunning spectacle of light and colors high over the Hudson River. Rain date of July 7.

July 6, Trophy Point Amphitheater, United States Military Academy at West Point, www.westpointband.com

 

Music

July 6: Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra and Fireworks

The full 60-piece orchestra will perform music with revolutionary themes on the Boscobel lawn, followed by views of the West Point fireworks show.

Boscobel House and Gardens, Garrison, 845.265.3638, www.boscobel.org

 

July 9: AA Bondy

Onetime local hero AA Bondy returns to Woodstock with alienated tunes from his experimental new album Enderness.

Colony Woodstock, Woodstock, 845.679.7625, www.colonywoodstock.com

 

July 12: Swingin the Songbook

Aaron Johnson leads his band through a program of Gershwin, Porter, and more.

PS21, Chatham, 518.392.6121, www.ps21chatham.org

 

July 13: Marcella and Her Lovers

Marcella Simien plays swampy, groovy soul, inspired by her hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana.

The Falcon Underground, Marlboro, 845.236.7970, www.liveatthefalcon.com

 

July 18: Okkervil River

Indie rock greats will be performing request-heavy setlists as a stripped-down trio.

Colony Woodstock, Woodstock, 845.679.7625, www.colonywoodstock.com

 

Bard SummerScape

July 7: Summertime Swing Eight to the Bar perform swing staples positively begging for you to embarrass yourself on the dance floor.

July 12: Lisa Fischer Veteran backing musician (and star of the Oscar-winning Twenty Feet from Stardom) Fischer performs many interpretations solo, just piano and voice.

July 18: Benny Benack III Trumpeter and vocalist Benack leads his band through the songbook of Frank Sinatra.

July 25: Michela Marino Lerman Lerman, a tap prodigy, dances her way through the Great American Songbook. This show will focus on the work of Fred Astaire.

 

The Fisher Center at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, 845.758.7900,
www.fishercenter.bard.edu

 

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

July 6: Jackson Browne You were already planning to see him one of “These Days,” so bring a lawn chair and catch the sultan of smooth.

July 20: Elvis Costello & The Imposters, and Blondie Though they emerged out of two very different scenes, Costello and Blondie wrote many of New Wave’s most indelible songs — and, in Costello’s case, a good many more besides.

July 26: Chris Stapleton As close to “authentic country” as you’re going to catch on a stage this large, the gruff-voiced Stapleton has the beard to match his broken heart, and the tunes to soothe it too.

July 29: Heart with Sheryl Crow This pair brings a combined several decades of hits between them on the road.

 

Bethel, 866.781.2922, www.bethelwoodscenter.org/events

 

July 19: TWRP & the Protomen

TWRP (aka “Tupper Ware Remix Party,” because we’re out of band names) fall in that festival-friendly electro-funk that plays quietly in the corner of a yoga studio. They’re joined by the Protomen, who typically write about video games.

BSP Backroom, Kingston, 845.481.5158, www.bspkingston.com

 

July 19: Lara Hope & the Ark-tones

Kingston’s own is the 2017 recipient of the Ameripolitan Music Award for Best Rockabilly female, which paints but a partial picture of her dabbles in roots rock and R&B.

Towne Crier Café, Beacon, 845.855.1300, www.townecrier.com

 

July 20: The Messthetics

An instrumental rock trio featuring Joe Lally and Brendan Canty, who last collaborated as the legendary rhythm section behind DIY DC greats Fugazi.

Colony Woodstock, Woodstock, 845.679.7625, www.colonywoodstock.com

 

July 21: The Quebe Sisters This Dallas-based family band performs their particular brand of progressive western swing, with special emphasis on fiddling and crystalline group harmonies.

Towne Crier Café, Beacon, 845.855.1300, www.townecrier.com

 

July 26: Our Native Daughters

Roots music all-stars Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Allison Russell, and Leyla McCalla perform subversive takes on traditional music, openly acknowledging the tortured origins of the form as they forge new pathways forward for women of color in folk music.

The Egg, Albany, 518.473.1845, www.theegg.org

 

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Photo by Pamela Littky

“Ends of the Earth” and “The Night We Met” folkies Lord Huron bring a big stage show to a big venue, as one of UPAC's most anticipated shows for the summer. Expect reasonable harmonies, light rocking, and generally acceptable noise levels from this festival favorite.

July 18, UPAC, Kingston, 845.339.6088, www.bardavon.org

 

July 27: Chogyi Lama

Lama is a guitar savant from Woodstock, whose accomplishments in writing, recording, and performing are made all the more impressive when you consider that he is only 20 years old!

The Falcon Underground, Marlboro, 845.236.7970, www.liveatthefalcon.com

 

July 27: Willie Nile

The Buffalo songwriter will be performing songs from throughout his long career, including 2018’s Children of Paradise.

Daryl’s House Club, Pawling, 845.289.0185, www.darylshouseclub.com

 

July 28: Steve Miller Band

Get ready to “Fly Like an Eagle” at Kingston's beloved theater with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-approved legend.

UPAC, Kingston, 845.339.6088, www.bardavon.org

 

Theater and Dance

July 5: Meow Meow

Music, performance art, and more are all part of this “kamikaze cabaret kitsch” show, returning once again to the Spiegeltent.

The Spiegeltent at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, 845.758.7900, www.fishercenter.bard.edu

 

July 5-7: Grace and Mercy

This world-premiere dance piece, commissioned by Summerscape, features choreography by Ronald K. Brown and an original score performed by Meshell Ndegeocello. It is paired with a 20th-anniversary performance of Brown’s “Grace.”

The Fisher Center at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, 845.758.7900, www.fishercenter.bard.edu

 

July 12-13: Stephen Petrino Company Performing Merce Cunningham

As the title says, Petrino’s company will perform the legendary choreographer’s works, as well as one of Petrino’s original compositions.

Hudson Hall at the Historic Hudson Opera House, Hudson, 518.822.1438, www.hudsonhall.org

 

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photo by todd norwood

Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s The Miracle of Heliane promises to be the jewel in this year’s Summerscape crown. This brand-new production is set in a nameless dystopian state, and its allegorical love triangle between a Savior, a Ruler, and his wife Heliane is as relevant today as when it premiered in Hamburg in 1927. Lithuanian soprano Ausrine Stundyte, tenor Daniel Brenna, and bass-baritone Alfred Walker form the core cast.

July 26-Aug 4, The Fisher Center at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, 845.758.7900, www.fishercenter.bard.edu

 

From July 26: Mamma Mia!

All the Abba songs you know with the paper-thin plotting you remember from the film, and (thankfully) none of the Pierce Brosnan.

Center for the Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck, 845.876.3080, www.centerforperformingarts.org

 

July 27:

The Hedwig and the Angry Inch co-creator performs a night of songs and stories from his most famous musical.

The Spiegeltent at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, 845.758.7900, www.fishercenter.bard.edu

 

Art

From July 18: Cool and Collected ‘19

This group exhibition features new work from Julie Maren, Audrey Stone, Mark Bartktiw, and others.

Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, 914.834.8077, www.kbfa.com

 

Through July 21: Derivations

Roost member Lauree Feldman exhibits her digitally abstracted photography, which finds unexpected and frequently psychedelic patterns and colors in natural scenes.

Roost Studios & Art Gallery, New Paltz, 845.419.2208, www.roostcoop.org

 

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photo by James Klosty

Celebrating the centennial of great choreographer Merce Cunningham, Hudson Hall’s Passing Time exhibition features photographs by James Klosty and Stephanie Berger of Merce Cunningham Dance Company in both its early years and final performances. Klosty’s black-and-white highlights the Company’s early radicalism, while Berger’s use of saturated colors serves to emphasize the legendary status Cunningham had taken on, even as his group moved toward dissolution.

Through Aug 4, Hudson Hall at the Historic Hudson Opera House, Hudson, 518.822.1438, www.hudsonhall.org

 

Through Aug 18: Can I Get a Witness? Photographs by Herb Snitzer

Snitzer’s work covers all walks of life, from 1950s New York to performances by Louis Armstrong to the 2017 Women’s March, but it all channels Snitzer’s philosophy that “inequality for one is inequality for all.”

Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, 914.963.4550, www.hrm.org

 

Through Oct 13: Leidy Churchman – Crocodile

This, the first U.S. solo exhibition by Leidy Churchman, showcases her religiously influenced paintings, as well as video work and intricately painted book covers. On display until October.

Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, 845.758.7598, www.css.bard.edu

 

Film

July 12: The Lavender Scare

Following the screening of this documentary about the Federal government’s mid-century crackdown on gay employees, there will be a discussion with Robert Voorheis, President of the Yonkers LGBTQ+ Advisory Board.

Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, 914.963.4550, www.hrm.org

 

July 25: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

ax Reinhardt and William Dieterle’s groundbreaking 1935 film of the Shakespeare comedy is a feast of modernism, with the latest developments in set design and dance set to a score by Erich Korngold.

The Fisher Center at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, 845.758.7900, www.fishercenter.bard.edu

 

July 28: Captain Blood and The Sea Hawk

This pair of swashbuckling stories are being included in the Summerscape programming for their Korngold scores.

The Fisher Center at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, 845.758.7900, www.fishercenter.bard.edu

 

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photo by Sam Feinsilver

Sounds of Summer: Music Film Old and New will present a slate of documentary classics (and some could-be classics), including Stop Making Sense, Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church, and Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock & Roll, with more to be announced.

Throughout July, Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, 914.747.5555, www.burnsfilmcenter.org

 

Family

July 9: Ralph Breaks the Internet – Free Summer Movie

The follow-up to Wreck-It Ralph crams plenty of references and gags into a story taking place entirely inside the world of video games.

Palace Theatre, Albany, 518.465.4663, www.palacealbany.org

 

July 20: Owls and Other Skyhunters

Falconer Brian Bradley will demonstrate the special powers of owls in this program connected with Jane Yolen’s classic Owl Moon and the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.

Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, 914.963.4550, www.hrm.org

 

July 20, 26: The Parent Trap

The Lindsay Lohan take on this kid favorite finds a pair of twins attempting to get their divorced parents back together, with pranks and general hijinks along the way.

Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, 914.773.7663, www.burnsfilmcenter.org

 

July 23: Finding Nemo – Free Summer Movie

Pixar’s classic story of a single (clownfish) father’s quest to find his kidnapped (clownfish) son with the help of the dopey Dory looks as good and flows as well as when it was released over a decade ago.

Palace Theatre, Albany, 518.465.4663, www.palacealbany.org

 

Comedy

July 13: Joey Gay and Jackie Byrne

Last Comic Standing and TV pros co-headline a night of incisive comedy.

Laugh It Up! Comedy Club inside Mahoney’s Irish Pub & Steakhouse, Poughkeepsie, 845.418.3989, www.laughitup.net

 

Workshops/Classes/Lectures

July 14: All Talk AND Action: Black Power in Art

This discussion of African American artists on display at the museum will include Dr. Mary E. Dillard, Dana Scruggs, and Ron Norsworthy.

Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, 914.963.4550, www.hrm.org

 

July 20: I Thank My Lucky Stars

Al Nagler, who designed the Apollo Mission landing simulator, will talk about the moon landing and his experiences growing up in the Bronx.

Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, 914.963.4550, www.hrm.org

 

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photo courtesy of Palace Theatre

Few comedians have been as consistently funny for as long as Patton Oswalt. His many bits, monologues, and memorable supporting roles on Parks and Recreation and Young Adult are as piercing as when they first debuted. Expect both classic and all-new material.

July 25, Palace Theatre, Albany, 518.465.4663, www.palacealbany.org

 

July 22-26: Acoustic Guitar Camp Learn every style of picking, strumming, and jamming, from Celtic to pop to blues to swing, and more. Adult tuition is $655.

Ashokan Center, Olivebridge, 845.657.8333, www.ashokancenter.org

 

July 29-Aug 2: KlezKamp

Henry Sapoznik leads this special workshop in Yiddish music and dance, with instruction, lectures, and more. Adult tuition is $655.

Ashokan Center, Olivebridge, 845.657.8333, www.ashokancenter.org

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