From Nathaniel Rateliff’s upbeat Americana and Night Sweats to a season-long tribute to reggae, here are 6 live music shows to see this July in the Hudson Valley.
July 3. New York roots rock guitarist Jim Campilongo is a treasure Falcon fave, and his return to the waterfalls-side Ulster County bistro is a sure sign that summer music is back. While the Telecaster brandon is widely known for being part of Norah Jones’ supergroup The Little Willies, his extensive resume also includes his own bands as well as his work with Nels Cline, Cake, JJ Cale, Charlie Hunter, Teddy Thompson, Peter Rowan, Martha Wainwright, Al Anderson of NRBQ and others. (Fantastic Cat walks July 17; Kenny Roby Band performs July 23) 7 p.m. Donation requested. Reservations encouraged. Marlboro.
So be it Tribute
July 10. During the making of Let It Be, their 12th and final album, the Beatles gave a famous concert on a rooftop in London. This celebration of the album by a featured ensemble of local musicians will, however, be on stage at the Bearsville Theater, not its roof. Nothing to complain about, though: it’s gratifying to speak again about a live event in person at the newly renovated venue. Bassist Scott Petito (the Fugs), who has also led projects celebrating The White Album, Traffic, Steely Dan and Joni Mitchell, leads this performance of the Beatles’ full album and bonus material. (The Sweet Clementines and Tracy Bonham team up on July 23; Gratefully Yours honors the dead on July 31.) 8 p.m. $ 35. Bearsville.
Upstate Reggae 40th Anniversary Series
July 17-October 16. Supervised by the promoter Lea Patron, the Upstate Reggae organization has booked exceptional reggae riddims in the Hudson Valley since 1981. To celebrate its four decades, Boss has assembled a city-wide series starting this month to host events at several locations in the Woodstock area. The series of events begins with Boston band Mighty Mystic (July 17; Bearsville Theater) and continues with reggae DJs and Jamaican food (August 6; Station Bar and Curio), the Big Takeover (August 7; Bearsville Theater), TBA acts (Colony; August 8) and a tribute to Peter Tosh (October 16; Bearsville Theater). Check the website for times and ticket prices.
July 20. The sunny, laid-back tunes of singer-songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter reflect his other life as a professional surfer. Here he and his longtime attendant Matt Grundy return to their favorite area Infinity room on “The Record Player Tour,” which finds them performing on stage on a vinyl copy of Bass & Drums Tracks, Frankenreiter’s 2019 album mostly featured rhythm section-only versions of his fan favorite originals. Aficionados of equally serious and calm contemporary musicians like Jack Johnson, Ray LaMontagne, Todd Snider and Dave Matthews should take note. (Tusk honors Fleetwood Mac on July 9; Beatlemania’s cast returns July 24.) 7 p.m. $ 39- $ 54. Norfolk, Connecticut.
Nathaniel Rateliff and the night sweats
July 31. With their touching mix of optimistic Americana, it’s no surprise that Nathaniel Rateliff and the Colorado Night Sweats find a tremendous fan base right here in the Hudson Valley – this is, after all, the terrain that the group built. No doubt the beard and denim will be thick and strong on the lawn as the group soars to the glorious heights of Belleayre mountain for this outdoor summer hoedown sponsored by Radio Woodstock. While, of course, Rateliff’s eight-piece outfit had to wait until last year’s lockdown before hitting the road again, they’ve been on the rise since a February appearance on “Saturday Night Live.” Opening of the Marcus King Band and Allison Russell. 7 p.m. $ 59 to $ 169. In height.