Tuesday, May 31st 6:30pm 2016

The Spotty Dog Trivia Night

Our Bi-weekly All-Nerd Throwdown. Free

Join us for The Spotty Dog Quiz Night. Since 2007, we’ve held this bi-weekly trivia event.

Teams of up to four people compete against each other over four rounds of 15 questions, a worksheet of (usually) 20 questions, and four bonus questions. The winning team gets their name on our winner’s board and their bar tab on the house. Anyone can play. See you there!MORE

Wednesday, June 1st 8:00pm 2016

Service Industry Night

Every Wednesday!

Attention All Servers, Bartenders, Cooks etc. We’re excited to announce that we host a Service Industry Night every Wednesday! Buy 2 get 1 free on any of our regularly priced draft beers and house wines! 8PM- midnight!MORE

Friday, June 3rd 8:00pm 2016

Quiet in the Head

Wide open acoustic soundscapes. $5.

“Quiet In The Head” is the ongoing musical project of guitarist Seamus Maynard, violinist Jonathan Talbott and other guest musicians. Their original acoustical music has evolved over many years of playing together and is always an exploration of texture and melody. There are echoes of familiar influences from middle eastern and eastern european music but ultimately searches far and wide for new sounds. Improvisation plays a large part in Quiet In The Head’s compositions but the core of the music is through-composed. Significant instrumental technique never overshadows the inherent musicality, beauty, and sometimes strangeness of the soundscapes created by the group.MORE

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Past Events
Saturday, May 28th 8:00pm 2016

Stephen Bluhm & Kayln Rock

The popular hudsonites bring their songs to the Spotty. $5.

Stephen Bluhm’s compelling music channels a myriad of time and style, including punk, songbook standards, synth pop, 60’s girl groups and folk. The captivating amalgam is pop music but driven by imaginative arty twists both distinctive and singular. His compelling theatricality is enriched with Bluhm’s captivating vocals and always catchy lyrical riffs. Stephen is a much-loved Hudson resident.

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kayln rock is a Cusack romantic with a penchant for words that look good on paper. She grew up in Hudson, New York, in the house her Grandfather was raised in. As a child she would often be found walking around talking to herself, leaving the house without her shoes on, and crashing her bicycle.

Heart Contagious, her sophomore EP through Black Hat Music, is a project she sees as a kid sister to previous, full length album Passenger. Like Passenger, the songs still carry a style of introspection by way of methodical pining, yet sonically, the tracks have a fuller, more whimsical sound thanks to the creative workings and execution of producer, Josh Cohen.

Rock’s bandmates, who she refers to as her “Handsome Band”, Matt Girard (Bass, Horn) Justin Hofmann (Drums) and Josh Cohen (Keys, Guitar, Bass) join her on this project along with a special guest performance on the ending track, Soap, from Friendship and Stoobacca Dashiki of Boston based Dance band, The Hornitz.

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” was Rock’s mentality when choosing to collaborate with the talented Steve Mazur of Homegrown Mastering who also mastered Rock’s previous project, Passenger.

kayln hopes you enjoy her new project as well as come out her shows to see and hear how the new songs fit into the set. She likes her fans a lot. I know this because I am her.MORE

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Friday, May 27th 8:00pm 2016

Brad Armstrong

The Red Hook songwiter and musician comes to the Spotty. $5.

Brad Armstrong was a principal songwriter and producer of the critically successful and financially disastrous band 13ghosts, which released 6 full length albums between 2002 and 2012 with Birmingham-based Skybucket Records and Atlanta-based This Is American Music. After the other songwriter quit the band in 2008, Armstrong became the only writer in the band, and released two more albums of material before leaving the South in 2014.

He moved his family to the Hudson Valley, in upstate New York, and finished mixing the record he had written and tracked in Birmingham. Jason Lucia (13ghosts, Heath Green and the Makeshifters) plays drums and Maria Taylor (Azure Ray, solo artist) sings harmonies and one lead vocal track. The rest of the album is performed by Armstrong, with the exception of Jason Taylor on double bass and Sue Nuckols on fiddle. The new album is called Empire. It is a diverse and experimental record, in keeping with the work that he did in 13ghosts, and was released January 26, 2016 on Cornelius Chapel Records. It has sync placements on ABC’s Nashville and DirecTv’s Kingdom.

Armstrong has also been a contributing member of the Dexateens since 2008.MORE

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Friday, May 20th 8:00pm 2016

Boule , Matt Robidoux, Sam Gas Can & Parashi

Four performances bring a trucklaod of eclectic music. $5.

Matt Robidoux (b.New Hampshire,1985) is a Western Massachusetts based composer, guitarist, sound artist and not for profit concert promoter. He holds a B.A. in Music (Keene State College/Franklin Pierce University) where he studied classical guitar with Jose Lezcano and Scott Sanchez, improvisation with Scott Mullett and (post undergraduate) harmonic theory with Chris Weisman. As composer and improviser, Robidoux’s work covers much aesthetic ground, from song and improvisation based textural/melodic guitar work to musical/nonmusical tape composition, sound collage and performance art, firmly rooted in the ethos and presentation of DIY/underground music. Current touring and recording collaborations include Curse Purse (Feeding Tube Records), Banjo Assault (New Edition Publications) Sunburned Hand of the Man (Three Lobed Recordings) and 23 Ensemble. He has performed throughout North America and Europe.

Wehn we can find more information on the other lovely perfrmers, we will post it!MORE

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Saturday, May 14th 7:00pm 2016

Volume

Reading and Music Series. Free.

Hosted by Dani Grammerstorf French and Hallie Goodman, Volume is a monthly reading & music series featuring prose, poetry, followed by a DJ set. Volume occurs on the second Saturday of every month.

May’s Lineup includes:

ALEX GILVARRY
is the author of From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant and was selected as a “5 Under 35” nominee by the National Book Foundation. He is the recipient of a Norman Mailer fellowship and a 2012 New York City Book Award.

JODI PALONI
is the author of They Could Live With Themselves, a collection of stories linked by place. She was awarded the 2013 Short Story America Prize, second place in the 2012 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, and runner up in the 2015 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction.

ALEXANDRA KLEEMAN
is the author of You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine, winner of the Bard Fiction Prize. Her work has been published in The Paris Review, Zoetrope, Harper’s, n+1, and The Guardian. Her first short story collection, Intimations, comes out in September.

Eliel Mamousette will be spinning records (or binary MP3 files) after the readings.MORE

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Friday, May 13th 8:00pm 2016

Stuart Quimby Jazz night

Stu returns with a revolving crew of accomplished jazz players. $5.

Stuart Quimby has at any one time been a Classical and Jazz Composer, Professional Musician (flute, baroque instruments, slendro, blues and chromatic harp, and vocalist), Music Teacher, Network Analyst and Designer, Security Consultant, Geometer, Lecturer on Childhood Education, Applied Mathematician, Toy Manufacturer and Designer, Chef, Programmer, Restaurateur, Mechanical Engineer,and General Fool.

Quimby has studied with Richard Davis, Les Thimmig, Roscoe Mitchell, and Robert Dick among many others. An abbreviated list of his credits include stints with Luther Allison, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Paquito D’Rivera, Vassar Clements, his own quartet, M.2.Q., as well as several well-known classical ensembles. Quimby has recorded on numerous albums over the years in multiple genres as well.

He has spent almost four decades studying psycho-acoustics – especially microtonal tunings, and designing/building experimental instruments – including a guitar with movable frets, and an organ that plays 43 notes per octave. His articles on these subjects have been published in national peer-reviewed journals.MORE

Saturday, May 7th 8:00pm 2016

Sunwatchers and PG six

The Brooklyn band returns to the Spotty. $5.

Besides the core of guitar-bass-drums the band also incorporates the alto sax and vibraphone. Combine all that together and you’ve got some pretty unique sounds. Fans of the instrumental and rhythmic experimentation of bands like Rhyton and Horse Lords should look no further for their new favorite up-and-coming Brooklyn band.

The band has been playing together for a couple years now with an intimate, blistering set full of songs off their new Castle Face Records LP (released late 2015).

(The above is adapted from Eric PH’s post on NYCTaper.com)MORE

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Saturday, May 7th 10:00am 2016

The 8th Annual Hudson Children's Book Festival

Join us at the LARGEST book festival in New York State! 10am-3pm.

Join us and 75 awesome authors and illustrators at The Hudson Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, May 7th from 10:00AM to 3:00PM.

The Hudson Children’s Book Festival, established in 2009, strives to create, sustain, and nurture a culture of literacy in partnership with our community and schools. This free, public event fosters a love of reading as families meet and greet world-class creators of books for children of all ages.

Returning luminaries include Jane Yolen and Mark Teague (the “How Do Dinosaurs” series), Bruce Degen (Magic School Bus), Sarah Mylnowski (Whatever After), Laurie Stolarz (Blue is for Nightmares), and James Preller (Scary Tales). New faces at the festival this year include Newbury winner Kwame Alexander (Booked and Crossover), Lauren Oliver (Before I Fall and Curiosity House), George O’Connor (The Olympians series of graphic novels), and Maira Kalman (famed artist and illustrator of picture books such as What Pete Ate).

Please be sure to check their website (www.hudsonchildrensbookfestival.com) for a full list of authors and schedule of events. The size and quality of this event must be seen to be believed.

The Spotty Dog is proud of our involvement with the book festival since 2009. Please come by!MORE

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Saturday, April 30th 8:00pm 2016

Tashi Dorji & Marisa Anderson

A lovely performance with the two acclaimed guitarists. $5.

Tashi Dorji is a Bhutanese guitarist now residing in Asheville, NC, Tashi makes meticulously crafted sounds that conjure spirits, wrestle demons and tame wild beasts. As beautiful as they are cerebral , his acoustic works are reminiscent of Derek Bailey`s free improvisations, flamenco and Fahey`s Americana.

Marisa Anderson’s guitar playing is fluid, emotional, dexterous and original. National Public Radio says Anderson’s playing “exposes and hides the mysteries of American music”. Pitchfork calls her recent record, ‘Mercury’, ”Brilliant” and Wire Magazine says, “Her sound has strength in restless variety…Anderson’s playing is heartfelt and utterly American, free from grandstanding and steeped in respect for the old tradition.”MORE

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Saturday, April 30th 11:00am 2016

Independent Bookstore Day!

Celebrate your local independent bookstore. Specials all day 11am-close!

400 Bookstores, 16 exclusive books & art pieces, one day only – join the party!

The Spotty Dog is is one of 400+ stores participating in Independent Bookstore Day on April 30th, 2016 by offering exclusive merchandise, fun, and special promotions all day long.

First, the merch: The big buzz so far is surrounding The Neil Gaiman Coloring Book with art by Chris Riddell. That’s right – the one Neil himself tweeted about. That said, there are other really cool items, but we need to make the IBD merch rules clear:
– we can’t reserve exclusive IBD merchandise.
– you must personally come to the store on Independent Bookstore Day to buy it (we open at 11:00 all you Gaiman people).
– one to a customer until after 2:00 pm.
– we can’t discount IBD merchandise.
– once it’s gone, it’s gone! These are exclusives, folks – no chains will have them!

Other cool items worth a look-see: Out of Print pouch featuring Bookstore cats, Anthony Bourdain perfect burger poster, signed exclusive Raymie Nightingale by Kate Di Camillo with extras, $6 stories from Ann Patchett, vinyl (!!!) featuring rad women reading from the x-chapter of Rad Women A-Z, and Draw Me, a book to teach you how to draw some of your favorite book characters. Also new versions of the old favorites from last year: tea towels and literary stencil.

Come see our IBD exclusive Curious George “Read With Me” plush and enjoy story hour at 11:00 with temporary tattoo and sticker giveaways to all curious readers while supplies last.

Bell’s Oberon (for all you beer & Shakespeare lovers) will be on tap and on special all day. Oberon is a wheat ale fermented with Bell’s signature house ale yeast, mixing a spicy hop character with mildly fruity aromas. The addition of wheat malt lends a smooth mouthfeel, making it a classic summer beer.

Come see guitarists Tashi Dorji & Marisa Anderson at 8:00 because they are lucky enough to have a show with us on Independent Bookstore Day. Bargain cover charge of $5 goes to the artists.

And finally – enjoy 15% off your book purchases all day (sorry folks – IBD merch can’t be discounted, remember? But that still leaves plenty of awesome at bargain prices).

Thanks in advance for coming by!MORE

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Sunday, April 24th 4:30pm 2016

Pal Shazar

Book Signing and a Rare Solo Performance. Free.

Pal Shazar will play songs and sign copies of her new book of portraits “You Don’t Know Me” on Sunday, April 24th at 4:30 PM.

Pal began writing in the late 70’s, inspired by artists Patti Smith, Television, and Iggy Pop, all of whom she illustrated for the local rock fanzine Back Door Man while working nights as a ticket girl at the famed Troubadour nightclub.

With Andrew Chinich she created the band Slow Children and went on to release eight solo albums. Time Out/London praised Pal’s album Wild Thing as “a coolly crafted work of mysterious power, invention, melody and emotion.’

Shazar is also a painter;; an example of her work is featured on the cover of the Waterboys Dream Harder album, and she self-published a book of lyrics and art Pal Shazar The Illustrated Lyrics in 2008 and La Strada, a collection of 42 paintings inspired by the 1954 Fellini film (2013).

She has toured with Giant Sand and last performed in Hudson with her husband Jules Shear in duo Shear/Shazar. The Spotty Dog is proud to present this legend in a rare live solo performance.MORE

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Sunday, April 17th 7:00pm 2016

Lydia Lunch and Bibbe Hansen

Tales of Lust and Madness: A Spoken Word Performance. $5

They were here earlier in 2016, and the place was packed for their unforgettable event. You have to be here to believe it. Arrive early–space will be limited!

Bibbe Hansen is a performance artist, actress and musician. She is the daughter of Fluxus artist Al Hansen, and the mother of artist Channing Hansen and the pop musician Beck. A longtime participant in avant-garde contemporary art communities, as a youngster Bibbe made films with Andy Warhol and Jonas Mekas and participated in her father’s “Happenings” and Fluxus performances at such historical venues as La Mama, Circle in the Square and the Living Theater. Currently a member of the virtual reality performance group Second Front, Hansen is writing a memoir and teaches and lectures on art and the creative process.

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Lydia Lunch is passionate, confrontational and bold. Whether attacking the patriarchy and their pornographic war mongering, turning the sexual into the political or whispering a love song to the broken hearted, her fierce energy and rapid fire delivery lend testament to her warrior nature.

Queen of No Wave, muse of The Cinema of Transgression, writer, musician, poet, spoken word artist and photographer, she has released too many musical projects to tally, has been on tour for decades, has published dozens of articles, half a dozen books and simply refuses to just shut up.

Brooklyn’s Akashic Books have published her anthology Will Work For Drugs, as well as her outrageous memoir of sexual insanity Paradoxia, A Predator’s Diary, which has been translated into seven languages. She performs in a variety of mediums, is a rabid collaborator and continues to release new music as well as re-issuing classic material such as her spoken word indictment against patriarchal idiocy, The Conspiracy of Women through Nicolas Jaar’s label Other People.MORE

Saturday, April 9th 7:00pm 2016

Volume

Reading and Music Series. Free.

Seasons change, Volume changes. We have a wonderful lineup this month.

Jenny Offill is the author of the novels Last Things and Dept. of Speculation, a finalist for the Pen Faulkner Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and one of the New York Times 10 Best of 2014. She teaches at Syracuse University.

Shira Dentz is the author of black seeds on a white dish (Shearsman), door of thin skins (CavanKerry), and the chapbooks Leaf Weather (Shearsman) and Flounders, coming soon from Essay Press.

Courtney Maum is the author of the debut novel I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, rated a book of the year by Real Simple, Bustle, and Flavorwire, and book of the month by Amazon, iTunes & Library Journal. She’s currently working on a second novel.

Volume is a reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a DJ set. Find them monthly–every 2nd Saturday at The Spotty Dog.MORE

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Friday, April 8th 8:00pm 2016

DiTrani Brothers & Dana Hubanks

Dark country folk, gypsy jazz and more. $5.

Fron North Bend, WA, the DiTrani Brothers play original tunes and traditional tunes with influences in western and eastern-European folk music, Roma swing,(gypsy jazz,) and American jug-band music.

Bobby and Walker DiTrani, originally from North Bend, WA, began writing songs together in 2013. Having both played separately in the past, they found that the sound they created together suited their vision in a more poignant way, and they began writing songs while traveling and living in the East and West coast.

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Dana Hubanks plays dark country folk music that is best enjoyed when you’re safe and sound. But if you’re moving on in a sudden and unplanned way down an open country road–running toward or away from disaster–you could not have a better or more beautiful soundtrack.MORE

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Thursday, April 7th 6:30pm 2016

Reading and Signing with Barney Hoskyns

Signing copies of his new book, Small Town Talk, film screening to follow with David McDonald. Free.

The Spotty is excited to host a book event with Barney Hoskyns the British music critic and editorial director of the music journalism archive Rock’s Backpages.

Hoskyns resume is loaded. With an Oxford degree in English, He began writing about music for Melody Maker and New Musical Express, before publishing his forst book Say It One Time For The Brokenhearted: Country Soul In The American South (1987, reissued in 1998).

Hoskyns has written for British Vogue, The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Observer and Arena magazine. He has also contributed to Harper’s Bazaar, Interview magazine, Spin, Rolling Stone, and Mojo Magazine.

During all of this time, he’s also written and edited a carload of books, listed below.

In 2000, he co-founded Rock’s Backpages, an online library of rock journalism.

Hoskyns’ newest book, Small Town Talk: Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix & Friends in the Wild Years of Woodstock is available now.

“…a pitch-perfect East Coast corollary to his Laurel Canyon classic Hotel California”.
–Jim Farber, Mojo

Other books by Hoskyns:
– Say It One Time For The Brokenhearted: Country Soul In The American South
– Glam! Bowie, Bolan & The Glitter Rock Revolution
– The Mullet: Hairstyle Of The Gods (with Mark Larson)
– The Sound and the Fury: A Rock’s Backpages Reader (Editor)
– Into the Void: Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath: A Rock’s Backpages Reader (Editor)
– Hotel California: Singer-Songwriters & Cocaine Cowboys In The L.A. Canyons
– Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits
– Montgomery Clift: Beautiful Loser
– Across The Great Divide: The Band & America
– The Lonely Planet Boy: A Pop Romance
– Waiting For The Sun: Strange Days, Weird Scenes & The Sound Of Los Angeles.

The book event will be followed by a partial screening of David McDonald’s first Hudson showing of Woodstock: Can’t Get There From Here.

David is a filmmaker based out of Hudson, NY. He has recently provided video content for The NY Times, among others. He is currently working on a screenplay about artist Marc Chagall’s time in the US during the 1940s.MORE

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Monday, April 4th 7:00pm 2016

The Lost Letters of Montelvini

A Poetry Zine Release and Reading Event. Free.

The Lost Letters of Montelvini is a quarterly poetry zine assembled by artist Ron Ribant and poets Vladimir de Saint and Gregg Japhy. The three met hopping trains, each with only a partial copy of The Dharma Bums, and one can of stew between them.

Join us for a reading from the first volume.MORE

Saturday, April 2nd 8:00pm 2016

Jonah Parzen-Johnson & Dave Miller

Jazz and Horns. $5.

Jonah Parzen-Johnson is a saxophonist living in Brooklyn, NY. He writes lofi music for solo saxophone and analog synthesizer. Imagine the raw energy of an Appalachian Folk choir, tempered by a lofi, minimal aesthetic inspired by the music of Bill Callahan. His carefully assembled analog synthesizer breathes with his saxophone, building independent melodic layers to support his sound, or soaring above his extended technique driven saxophone playing. All performed live, without any looping or recorded samples.

A Chicago native, Jonah’s circular breathing, multi-phonics and impossibly nimble vocalization owes a debt to the Chicago saxophone legacy, but his devotion to a quirky almost vocal style places him in new territory for the solo saxophone. He has meticulously constructed a world of warm memories remembered in a cold present, as he melds the evocative nature of folk music with the chilling power of experimentalism. In addition to relentlessly touring as a solo saxophonist, Jonah is a co-leader of the nationally touring afrobeat ensemble, Zongo Junction, and an active part of Brooklyn’s ever-expanding independent music community.
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A truly unique musical product of both Brooklyn and Chicago, Dave Miller, who “plays with refined restraint of someone twice his age” (Time Out), has once again redefined his parameters with the improvisational psych-folk of “Old Door Phantoms”. Out 4/1/16 on ears&eyes Records with a national tour to support!MORE

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Friday, April 1st 8:00pm 2016

Westerlies and Anders Parker

The way-in and way-out acoustic brass quartet. $5.

The Westerlies re-imagine the chamber music experience through boldly personal performance, recording, collaboration, education, and outreach. Since their inception in 2011, they have cultivated a new brass quartet repertoire featuring over 50 original compositions as well as adaptations of Ives, Ellington, Bartok, Ligeti, Stephen Foster and numerous traditionals. Their music exudes the warmth of their longstanding friendships, and reflects the broad interests of its members.

The Westerlies navigate a wide array of venues with the precision of a string quartet, the audacity of a rock band, and the charm of a family folk ensemble. The Westerlies have performed at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at University of Maryland, The Festival of New Trumpet Music, Juilliard in Aiken Festival, The Juilliard School, Music in the Mountains (Durango, CO), the Vancouver Jazz Festival, Constellation Chicago, the Seattle Art Museum and Earshot Jazz Festival. Active collaborators, they have worked with artists in a variety of disciplines, including Vieux Farke Toure, Dave Douglas, Bill Frisell, visual artist David Foarde, Choreographer Garth Johnson, and Juilliard Dance. Their debut album, Wish The Children Would Come On Home: The Music of Wayne Horvitz, was released on Songlines Recordings in May 2014, and was immediately met with praise:

“One of the more remarkable albums to cross my path this spring… an impressive feat from almost any angle… Take note of these players. You’ll be hearing more from them soon.” — Nate Chinen, Jazz Times

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Anders Parker is an American singer-songwriter, guitar player, singer and multi-instrumentalist with a career spanning two decades. He has performed and recorded as a solo artist and as a key member in bands such as Varnaline and Space Needle. Parker has been involved in various collaborations over the years including Gob Iron with Jay Farrar.MORE

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Friday, March 25th 7:00pm 2016

Robert Burke Warren

Words & Songs From his Book Perfectly Broken. Free.

The Spotty Dog couldn’t be more excited to have Robert Burke Warren reading from and playing original songs from his debut novel, Perfectly Broken.

Perfectly Broken follows former rock star, now stay-at-home dad Grant Kelly, whose life is getting more interesting by the day. It’s the beginning of the post 9/11 era, and he and his wife and four-year-old son have traded a New York City apartment for a Catskills farmhouse, where ghosts from the past, worries for the future, and temptations in the present converge to bring about drastic changes in their marriage, their friendships, and their family. A gorgeously nuanced novel with unforgettable characters, PERFECTLY BROKEN is a story of human frailty, the endurance of the heart, and the power and possibility of forgiveness.

Check out his webpage, www.RobertBurkeWarren.com, where you can download original songs created for the novel and become addicted to them in advance of his appearance.

“Robert Burke Warren’s sensory acumen and keen eye for detail – emotional and physical – make Perfectly Broken a wonderful ride. Fantastic, sharp dialogue and vivid characters, all in a distinctive, captivating voice. A stunning debut novel. (Rosanne Cash, multi-Grammy winner, author of New York Times Bestseller Composed)

Robert Burke Warren is a writer whose work has appeared in Paste, Salon, The Bitter Southerner, The Good Men Project, The Rumpus, The Woodstock Times, Texas Music, Brooklyn Parent, Chronogram, The Weeklings, and the Da Capo anthology, The Show I’ll Never Forget. He lives in the Catskill Mountains with his family. This is his first novel. He is also a musician who has played bass in The Fleshtones, played guitar in the London Production of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, and played to enthusiastic audiences of 2-to-8-year-olds (and their adoring parents) as Uncle Rock.MORE

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Saturday, March 12th 7:00pm 2016

Volume

Reading and Music Series. Free.

Volume is back for more! We’re excited for the March installment of the Volume Music & Reading Series.

Volume happens on the second Saturday of every month, featuring readings by prose and poetry writers. We have a short DJ set after the reading for your mingling and dancing enjoyment.

As always, Volume is free! Save your cash for books and drinks!

Cara Benson is a writer and performer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Boston Review, Best American Poetry, and elsewhere. She is a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Literature and taught poetry in a New York State prison for eight years.

Andrea Kleine is a five-time MacDowell Colony fellow, a New York Foundation for the Arts fellow, and a critically acclaimed performance artist and choreographer. Publishers Weekly called her debut novel, Calf, “unsettling, scary, and often brilliant,” and named it a Best Fiction Book of 2015.

Jim McDermott is a nationally recognized business litigation attorney who lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and two daughters. His first novel, Bitter Is the Wind, opens a window on the American working class and its aching desire for financial security, recognition, and respect.

Rebecca Keith’s poetry and prose have appeared in Narrative, Joyland, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Rumpus, BOMBlog, Best New Poets, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence, hosts the MIXER Reading & Music Series, and sings/plays with her bands, Little Hustle and the Roulettes.

Followed by a DJ set by Julian Nagy, aka DJ SalingerMORE

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Friday, March 11th 8:00pm 2016

Wes Buckley & Lorkin O'Reilly

Performing songs of folk, love, dreams, and the economy $5.

Wes Buckley is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from New England. He’s got some love songs, some songs about the meaning of life, questing songs, couple tunes about the economy. He likes to finger-pick, he likes to strum, he likes to create down trodden characters that need a hug. A sort of mid-range breathy tenor voice.Yeah, it sounds 70’s songwriter-esque and it sounds a little English too. By the time Wes Buckley was 17 years he’d been playing music for 10 years, he was a card carrying member of The Church of the Subgenius, had quit his first band to start a new one that would allow fog machines and had had a vision of a giant turquoise eagle that descended from space into his front yard to ask him, what is it?. Large birds continued to be a thread through adulthood and the songwriter’s latest record Eggs, contains many meditations on relationships that use metaphors of flight and bird of prey advice. The full group Wes Buckley & The Chums perform with a great energy always trying to answer through music, what is it? Practice and a deep love of the unknown have brought one conclusion: write more songs.

Scottish balladeer Lorkin O’Reilly plays an intriguing mix of folk music on a six string guitar, complemented with deft lyrics and dreamy rhythms. Lorkin has made a name for himself around the Hudson Valley, headlining his own shows and sharing bills with established artists including Charlie Parr, Simi Stone, and the Stacks.MORE

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Friday, March 4th 8:00pm 2016

Sunwatchers and Megafortress

The Brooklyn band comes to the Spotty. $5.

Besides the core of guitar-bass-drums the band also incorporates the alto sax and vibraphone. Combine all that together and you’ve got some pretty unique sounds. Fans of the instrumental and rhythmic experimentation of bands like Rhyton and Horse Lords should look no further for their new favorite up-and-coming Brooklyn band.

The band has been playing together for a couple years now with an intimate, blistering set full of songs off their new Castle Face Records LP (released late 2015).

(The above is adapted from Eric PH’s post on NYCTaper.com)MORE

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Friday, February 26th 8:00pm 2016

Wreckless Eric

Thirty seven years of touring have left him in good shape. He’s coming to town. $7.

Please pinch us so we know we’re not dreaming… No, don’t.
We’re honored that Eric is coming by. Seating will be limited.

About Eric:
Nothing Eric has to say sounds like it was said by someone else first. His songs deal with ramshackle existences, the tenuous nature of life, love and fame, depression, injustice, pain, depravity and death, always delivered with indefatigable optimism.

Eric began his recording life on Stiff Records in 1977 with his enduring hit Whole Wide World when he was little more than an ex-teenage art student. Eventually he sidestepped the mechanics of stardom to become Britain’s biggest underground household name, much loved and much misunderstood.

(Eric’s photo by Karen Keats)

In the 1980s, disgusted by current recording trends, he started to make records in village halls and in his living room. A drummer pounded on a cardboard box, ambient noise bled in from the street. It wasn’t yet called lo-fi. Everyone in the “music biz” told him he couldn’t make records that way so he carried on doing exactly that.

The 1990s and early 2000s were a time of good obscure stuff: Le Beat Group Electrique, The Donovan of Trash, 12 O’Clock Stereo, Karaoke, Bungalow Hi. Roundly ignored, treasured by the few, when noticed outside of the circle of understanding the records were often reviled and ridiculed.

In 2003 he met and eventually married Amy Rigby, an esteemed songwriter in her own right. They sometimes perform as a duo, Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby, and have released three albums. They live in bohemian splendour in upstate New York in a sprawling bungalow. Eric has his own studio in what he describes as his budget pop star home where he continues to record other-worldly pop records.

He signed to Fire Records in 2014. A reissue campaign ensued and now his obscure post Stiff output is being recognised as influential, embraced and loved as it had once been reviled. A brand new Fire Records Wreckless Eric album is scheduled for November.

Wreckless Eric is Eric Goulden. He was given the name to hide behind. After a while he realised he was stuck with it. Onstage he hides behind nothing, he tells the truth with big open chords, squalls of feedback, lilting enchantment, bizarre stories and backchat. Some people can’t take it. Thirty seven years of touring have left him in good shape. He’s coming to town.

Wreckless Eric is a hero to all those of us who love a good kitchen sink drama set to music. He takes the strangeness in the everyday and sets it to song. Like Ray Davies, Kevin Ayers and Ian Dury, he is a truly great British songwriter – Phil Alexander, editor in chief, MOJO magazine

A sound that Joe Meek would have killed for – Q Magazine

Le Beat Group Electique…a blast of sonic honesty, soul-bearing poetry married to Alan Freed-approved rock ‘n’ roll – Asbury Park Press

…flashes of pre-stardom Beatles, Jonathan Richman, Syd Barrett, Bobby Fuller, and the stripped-down side of Robyn Hitchcock. But mostly it’s like Wreckless Eric – The Vinyl DistrictMORE

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Friday, February 19th 8:00pm 2016

Lydia Lunch and Bibbe Hansen

Beautifully Twisted Takes: A Spoken Word Performance. $5.

We’re ecstatic to host this unforgettable show.

Bibbe Hansen is a performance artist, actress and musician. She is the daughter of Fluxus artist Al Hansen, and the mother of artist Channing Hansen and the pop musician Beck. A longtime participant in avant-garde contemporary art communities, as a youngster Bibbe made films with Andy Warhol and Jonas Mekas and participated in her father’s “Happenings” and Fluxus performances at such historical venues as La Mama, Circle in the Square and the Living Theater. Currently a member of the virtual reality performance group Second Front, Hansen is writing a memoir and teaches and lectures on art and the creative process.

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Lydia Lunch is passionate, confrontational and bold. Whether attacking the patriarchy and their pornographic war mongering, turning the sexual into the political or whispering a love song to the broken hearted, her fierce energy and rapid fire delivery lend testament to her warrior nature.

Queen of No Wave, muse of The Cinema of Transgression, writer, musician, poet, spoken word artist and photographer, she has released too many musical projects to tally, has been on tour for decades, has published dozens of articles, half a dozen books and simply refuses to just shut up.

Brooklyn’s Akashic Books have published her anthology Will Work For Drugs, as well as her outrageous memoir of sexual insanity Paradoxia, A Predator’s Diary, which has been translated into seven languages. She performs in a variety of mediums, is a rabid collaborator and continues to release new music as well as re-issuing classic material such as her spoken word indictment against patriarchal idiocy, The Conspiracy of Women through Nicolas Jaar’s label Other People.MORE

Saturday, February 13th 7:00pm 2016

Volume

Reading and Music Series. Free.

Volume is back again! Come on out for the February installment of the Volume Music & Reading Series.

We’re all here on the second Saturday of every month, featuring readings by prose and poetry writers. We have a short DJ set after the reading for your mingling and dancing enjoyment.

As always, Volume is free! Save your cash for books and drinks!

BRANDA C. MAHOLTZ graduated with a MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University in 2003. She is an artist and writer who explores and/or over-contemplates musings on found art, collections of seemingly meaningless items, and anything that might be left unsaid. She has published work in Chronogram, and various online literary journals including nanomajority and 5_trope. Branda resides in Hudson, NY.

SHANNEKIA MACINTOSH is a writer, curator and DJ. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, McIntosh moved to Hudson in 2010 and since then has been actively engaged in work throughout different mediums that develop around the idea of accessible community spaces. She recently founded the art and writing zine Zero Cool. Her work has been published in Dossier Journal, and NYLON magazine, amongst others. Check out zer0cool.net

HALLIE GOODMAN’s writing has appeared in many publications including Paper magazine, Self magazine, Redbook magazine, The Knot magazine, Chronogram and Glamour.com. She’s penned popular blogs for MSN.com, FitnessMagazine.com and YahooShine.com among others. As a journalist, she once went undercover to the orientation for a swinger’s orgy, so she can brief you on the rules, if that sort of information would be helpful to you. Hallie has performed at New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, The PIT and Comix. She is a New York Foundation of The Arts MARK fellow, and is currently an MFA candidate in Creative Nonfiction at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

DANI GRAMMERSTORF FRENCH has an MFA in Creative Fiction from The New School and has been published in Playgirl, Broken Pencil, and others. She was the co-founder of the long-running Guerrilla Lit Reading Series in NYC. Dani lives in Hudson, NY with her husband and daughter. Her hobbies include bitching about the quality of upstate bagels, procuring Flannery O’Connor tribute tattoos, and attending awkward adult nights at local roller rinks.

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Friday, February 5th 8:00pm 2016

Modern Times: Live Jazz and Moving Images

Live Jazz set to the Films of Charlie Chaplin. $5

The Quartet is back. The visuals will be rolling. Join us for a mixed-media spectacle.

Stuart Quimby has at any one time been a Classical and Jazz Composer, Professional Musician (flute, baroque instruments, slendro, blues and chromatic harp, and vocalist), Music Teacher, Network Analyst and Designer, Security Consultant, Geometer, Lecturer on Childhood Education, Applied Mathematician, Toy Manufacturer and Designer, Chef, Programmer, Restaurateur, Mechanical Engineer,and General Fool.

Quimby has studied with Richard Davis, Les Thimmig, Roscoe Mitchell, and Robert Dick among many others. An abbreviated list of his credits include stints with Luther Allison, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Paquito D’Rivera, Vassar Clements, his own quartet, M.2.Q., as well as several well-known classical ensembles. Quimby has recorded on numerous albums over the years in multiple genres as well.

He has spent almost four decades studying psycho-acoustics – especially microtonal tunings, and designing/building experimental instruments – including a guitar with movable frets, and an organ that plays 43 notes per octave. His articles on these subjects have been published in national peer-reviewed journals.
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Tony Kieraldo is a freelance pianist, pen & ink artist, teacher, accompanist, composer and musical-director that lives in Hudson, NY. He has shared the stage and worked with Jacques d’Amboise, Bill Irwin, Tommy Stinson, Lil’ Buck, Bobby Previte, Meshell Ndegeocello, Marco Benevento, and Sarah Jessica Parker to name a few.

He studied at Interlochen Arts Academy and New England Conservatory before moving to NYC in 2003. At New England Conservatory he studied piano and composition with jazz legends, Danilo Perez, Fred Hersch, Rakalam Bob Moses and Bob Brookmeyer. He was recognized in Downbeat Magazine in 1999 for outstanding jazz piano performance and composition. Since then, he has spent ten years freelancing as a musical-director for two non-profit children’s dance companies National Dance Institute and Celebrate the Beat.

Tony has recorded, performed, and toured internationally with various musical groups and performed genres of all kinds since 1998 including jazz, classical, rock, hip-hop, sufi, folk and avante garde.
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Terence Murren is a string bassist, electric bassist and guitarist. He studied classical string bass and composition with Sue Powell and Annea Lockwood at Vassar College. A jazz musician at heart he has studied bass with Tim Ferguson, Steve Neil and Drew Gress; as well as doing course work with Mike Richmond at NYU’s Graduate program in Jazz Performance. Along with leading his own group, the Eternal Now, Terence is an active member of the cajun alt. country group the Doc Marshalls and Matt Bauders’ Doo Wop group The White Blue Yellow and Clouds.
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Otto Hauser is a musician, composer, and educator best known for his work as a drummer.

In addition to solo performances, Hauser leads the ensemble Expectations and co-leads the trio Late Regulars. Over the past twenty years, he has performed on dozens of studio albums and hundreds of live shows across North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, working with diverse artists such as folk legends Kath Bloom, Vashti Bunyan, Mike Heron, Michael Hurley, and Bert Jansch; rockers The Black Crowes, Gary Louris, Jeff Tweedy, and Tony Visconti; drum legends Steve Gadd and Bobby Previte; the unclassifiable Meshell Ndegeocello; and many contemporary indie and folk acts, including Nat Baldwin, Devendra Banhart, Richard Buckner, Espers, Josephine Foster, Fruit Bats, Cass McCombs, Juana Molina, Elvis Perkins, Sharon Van Etten, Vetiver, and Jonathan Wilson.MORE

Thursday, January 21st 5:00pm 2016

Another Southern Tier Pint Night!

4 Excellent Southern Tier Brews on Tap!

The next in a semi-occasional series! Join us form 5pm to 9pm (or so) and try four quality Southern Tier ales.

Free Pizza for early arrivals!MORE

Saturday, January 9th 7:00pm 2016

Volume

Reading and Music Series. Free.

Readings with Samantha Hunt, Mimi Lipson, Andrew Amelinckx and a DJ set by Joe Hagan.

MIMI LIPSON’S first book came out in 2014: a collection of stories she named The Cloud Of Unknowing after her favorite 14th Century Christian mystical tract. She is currently at work on a memoir.

ANDREW AMELINCKX is an award-winning crime reporter, journalist and visual artist. Gilded Age Murder & Mayhem in the Berkshires, 2015, is his first book. His next book, chronicling old-timey Hudson Valley murders, is set for 2017.

SAMANTHA HUNT is the author of the new novel Mr. Splitfoot as well as The Invention of Everything Else, a finalist for the Orange Prize and winner of the Bard Fiction Prize, and The Seas, awarded a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35.”MORE

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Friday, January 8th 8:00pm 2016

Nick Urb and Wilber Forest

An Acoustic Show for the New Year. $5

26 year old Nick Urb was born and raised just outside Detroit in Clawson, Michigan. Being stuck in a small town played a big role in him gravitating towards music as a way out. Nick occupied his time playing in bands around Michigan for over 8 years, finally going solo and finding his way up the East Coast and as far South as Austin, TX. Nick played churches, house shows and small theaters throughout his early 20’s, an experience he refers to as “reflective and therapeutic”.

Released in 2012, Nick’s first album We Are Able was a watershed moment for the songwriter and fit well with the timely emergence of mellow folk pop troubadours’ such as City and Colour, Noah Gundersen and Ed Sheeren. With little promotions other than a Daytrotter session, the album miraculously found its way to music lovers across the world, receiving over 7 million streams on Spotify, and Nick began to cultivate extraordinarily close relationships with his fans. “The first album had such a wonderful response” Urb reflects. “I can only hope to replicate that on some level”.

For his new batch of songs, Urb began tinkering with odd tuning and while exploring both the happiness and hardships of his young adult life. The title track of the new album, “Until the End of Days”, solidified his commitment to pursue music. “If you love something, that’s the way it is” he asserts. “Whether good or bad, right or wrong, your mind has been made up.”

He recorded Until the End of Days in Hamilton, Ontario at Catherine North Studios. After hearing the sounds the studio naturally produced, he knew this was exactly the creative space the album needed. The resulting recordings are flushed with nostalgia and bittersweet melodies which showcase Urb’s coeval vocals and delicate musical sensibilities. More than anything, the musician extends a comforting assurance to others by honestly documenting the experience of coming into his own.

Wilber Forest is deeply rooted in harmony, often containing three vocal parts and various instrumental harmonies. Their sound is reminiscent of music from the 1960s and ’70s, while capturing the progressive spirit of today. One can easily hear the Beach Boys in their choral harmonies, and their sophisticated melodies and arrangements recall the Zombies and the Beatles. They also count Nick Drake and Radiohead as being major influences.MORE

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