Saturday, July 8th 7:00pm 2017


The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty.
Books are available for purchase and signing.

The next Volume presents Courtney Maum, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich and Christopher Bollen

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich is the author of The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir, named one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by Buzzfeed, BookRiot, and Huffington Post. She lives in Boston where she teaches at Grub Street and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Courtney Maum is the author of the acclaimed novels Touch and I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, and the chapbook Notes from Mexico. Maum’s work has also been published in the New York Times, O Magazine, Tin House, Electric Literature, and Buzzfeed.

Christopher Bollen is the author of the new novel The Destroyers, as well as Orient and the critically acclaimed Lightning People. His work has also appeared in GQ, the New York Times, New York magazine, and Artforum. He lives in New York and is the Editor-at-Large at Interview magazine.

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Tuesday, June 27th 6:30pm 2017

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

Sunday, June 25th 4:00pm 2017

Another Michael Hearst Nerd-Fabulous Author Event!

With a Musical PowerPoint presentation of his new book, Curious Constructions. Free!

If you’ve missed Michael’s Spotty events in the past, be prepared for original musical accompaniment to a PowerPoint slideshow featuring his new book. We think he brought his Theramin last time.

In his follow-up to Unusual Creatures and Extraordinary People, with Curious Constructions you’ll come face-to-face with 50 incredible structures, including: a fire-breathing octopus sculpture; the skateboard ramp you’d need to jump the Great Wall of China; a whole community of tree houses in Costa Rica; and a lifesize X-Wing Starfighter built of Legos. These and many more fascinating accounts of constructions both fantastically useful and gloriously unnecessary await inquisitive readers, aspiring engineers, and anyone who ever looked at a skyscraper and thought, “Yeah, but what if it had a roller coaster on top?”

Books are available for signing, and make terrific gifts!MORE

Friday, June 16th 8:00pm 2017

Solid Sound Documentary Screening: "Every Other Summer"

Brendan Canty (of Fugazi) and Christoph Green's documentary. Free.

The Spotty Dog is pleased to be hosting a screening of Every Other Summer, Brendan Canty (of Fugazi) and Christoph Green’s documentary film shot at 2013’s incarnation of the Solid Sound Festival. Featuring performances from Wilco, Neko Case, Yo La Tengo, The Dream Syndicate, Lucius, Foxygen, Sam Amidon, Sean Rowe, The Relatives and appearances from Reggie Watts, John Hodgman, Jen Kirkman and others, Every Other Summer offers a peek into the festival’s utopian vibe, and the positive transformative impact it has had on the small rust belt town of North Adams, MA.

Festival organizers have been generous enough to offer some tickets to Solid Sound 2017 (with Wilco x2, Television, Kurt Vile and the Violaters, Robert Glasper Experiment, Big Thief, John Hodgman’s Comedy Stage, and much more) to give away at the event, as well as some other Soild Sound merch, so put this on your calendar, folks! Do not miss it.MORE

Tuesday, June 13th 3:30pm 2017

Poetry Reading & End of Year Celebration!

Local Middle School Students Read from Their Work. Free.

Since February, a small group of 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students dedicated their Monday/Tuesday afternoons to exploring poetry. Bridget Smith, a reading teacher at MCSIS, has had the pleasure of working with these inspiring, energetic, and creative students. Together, they read, listened to, and wrote poetry of all kinds. Students shared their work with the beloved author, Seymour Simon and visited Etsy’s Hudson office to create collages inspired by the talented illustrator, Bryan Collier. Please join us to celebrate the students’ hard work and creativity.MORE

Saturday, June 10th 7:00pm 2017


The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Jessie Chaffee is the author of the debut novel Florence in Ecstasy (Unnamed Press, 2017). She was awarded a Fulbright grant to Italy to complete the novel. She lives in New York City and is an editor at Words Without Borders.

Emma Smith-Stevens is the author of a novel, The Australian, and a forthcoming story collection, Greyhounds. Now, she is working on a memoir. Her writing has appeared in many publications including BOMB Magazine, Subtropics, and Conjunctions. She teaches with the Bard Prison Initiative.

Mark Allen has contributed to The New York Times, NPR’s All Things Considered, FourTwoNine, The Awl, and Vice, performed at Upright Citizen’s Brigade, The Cutting Room, and 92Y Tribeca, and hosted his own show at WFMU, as well as the show Pitch! at Dixon Place.

Followed by a playlist from DJ Holly Watson.MORE

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Friday, June 9th 8:00pm 2017


With Zachary Cale & Gregg Skloff. $7.

Trummors is the project of Taos, NM-based (formally West Saugerties/ NYC) musicians Dave Lerner and Anne Cunningham. Lerner who appeared with Ted Leo & the Pharmacists for many years, plays guitar and sings, while Cunningham also contributes vocals along with harmonium. Performing songs from their new LP release “Headlands” which draws inspiration from enduring archetypes of the American West. They play songs of rambling misadventure and fleeting freedom with the occasional bracing dose of reality and a signature easy 70’s rural groove with sweet close-harmony vocals.

Zachary Cale is a NYC based songwriter/musician originally hailing from the small town of Enon, Louisiana. His music ranges from lyrically driven balladry over American Primitive inspired guitar playing to Cosmic Country music and cerebral Folk Rock. In concert his melodically complex guitar playing has been compared to Neil Young and Bert Jansch with nods to pre-war Piedmont and Ragtime players such as Blind Willie McTell and Mississippi John Hurt.

Gregg Skloff’s scope has encompassed various forms and hybrids of rock, folk, jazz, chamber music, noise, sound-object installation, and non-idiomatic improvisation. Over the past decade, his solo efforts have largely inhabited the realm of minimal electro-acoustic ambient drone, heard to profound effect on albums such as “This Time The Ride Belongs To Us” (2014), The eye is the egg (2013), and “Ultraviolet Phase Transition Blues” (2012).

Based in the Pacific Northwest since 1997, Gregg Skloff has played in ensembles led by Bhob Rainey, John Gruntfest, Urs Leimgruber, Moe! Staiano, Matana Roberts, and Gino Robair, among others. He has been a member of The Naked Future (also featuring bass clarinetist Arrington de Dionyso, pianist Thollem McDonas, and drummer John Niekrasz), whose album Gigantomachia was released by ESP-Disk’ in 2009. A resident of Astoria, OR since 2010, Gregg hosts the “And Otherness” program on Coast Community Radio, where his affinity for innovative, ethereal, and/or outré sounds has led writer Robert Ham to describe him as “one of the Oregon coast’s finest supporters of experimental music.”MORE

Thursday, June 8th 8:00pm 2017

Liv Carrow/Ursula Kennedy/Silent Isle (Anastasia Clark)

A Fundraiser for Omkar Lewis. $7.

Prodigal daughter of Hudson’s elusive underground returns for a demonstration of her newly acquired Midwestern accent.

Omkar Lewis, originally scheduled to perform on the bill tonight, is recovering from serious injuries. The artists ad The Spotty Dog will be donating a portion of the proceeds to Omkar.

Joined by fellow cosmic musical freaks Silent Isle (Anastasia Clark–Another Prodigal Daughter of Hudson) and Ursula Kennedy (NYC).MORE

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Monday, June 5th 8:00pm 2017

Dan Stuart & Tom Heyman

Playing songs old and new, telling stories. $7.

Two summers back Green on Red’s Dan Stuart and Go To Blazes’ Tom Heyman met up in Austin and gigged their way to San Francisco. They hardly knew each other and it was a last minute thing but worked out fine despite the conventional wisdom that venues must be booked six months to a year in advance. Foregoing the normal protocol, Stuart and Heyman picked up the phone and simply called folks asking for shows. Some they knew, others were friends of friends, as well as complete strangers including a 6 foot 6 one-eyed cowboy and reality TV star from Marfa by way of Baltimore.

Since then they hustled through Europe for a month with co-conspirator Fernando Viciconte as well as a recent jaunt up to the Pacific Northwest, also on the fly. The point being that as sad as the music industry currently is, there are still people out there who want to keep live music going, and who will help songwriters like Stuart and Heyman do their thing and without the usual caveats and risk adverse admonitions… kinda like the original punk days or maybe even the 60’s folk scene that came before.

This time around, Stuart and Heyman will be traveling from Maine to Manhattan looking for the little things that stand out and the big things that don’t, cozy diners and cheap hotels, pawnshops and record stores, the habitual haunts of musicians everywhere. Come evening they’ll tune their guitars and play songs old and new, telling stories gleaned from decades in what was once known as the music business, but what is now simply referred to as “the life”… just like the grifters, gamblers and prostitutes of old. No matter, they say the best things in this world are if not exactly free, then available for pennies on the dollar, just like Stuart and Heyman.

Dan Stuart is a songwriter, author, occasional journalist and habitual expat currently residing in Mexico City. He was a founding member of critically acclaimed Green on Red with Chuck Prophet and one half of Danny & Dusty with Steve Wynn in the 80’s before leaving the music business in 1995 for a decade and a half. His comeback record in 2012 has the same title as his 2014 false memoir: The Deliverance of Marlowe Billings, both available through Cadiz Music, London. His latest record, Marlowe’s Revenge (recorded with Mexico City’s Twin Tones) was released February 2016 on Cadiz Music in UK & Europe and on Fluff & Gravy Records (Portland) in the Americas.

Tom Heyman is a San Francisco based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He was a founding member of the beloved, Philadelphia based roots rock band Go To Blazes who released 5 LPs and toured the US and Europe extensively between 1988 and 1997. After relocating to San Francisco in 1998, he began working as a sideman, touring and recording with artists such as Alejandro Escovedo and John Doe, including a 3 year stint in Chuck Prophet’s band. Discovering his voice as a solo artist and bandleader, songs from his 2006 release Deliver Me were featured in a number of TV shows including “True Blood,” “Damages” and “Justified,” as well as the feature film “Tammy”. His most recent record, That Cool Blue Feeling was critically acclaimed at home and abroad, receiving 4 stars in Mojo magazine.MORE

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Saturday, June 3rd 8:00pm 2017

The Quartet - Live Jazz at The Spotty Dog

Hosted by Stuart Quimby and Otto Hauser. $7.

Join Stuart Quimby, Otto Hauser, Terence Murren, and Mark Dzubia for an intimate evening of jazz.MORE

Saturday, May 27th 8:00pm 2017

Johnny Young and Devon Flaherty

An evening of fingerpicking guitar and banjo Folk, Blues, American Primitive and Bluegrass. $7.

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Friday, May 26th 8:00pm 2017

Lily and Horn Horse, Max Hamel, Scott Kellerhouse

Lily Konigsberg and Matt Norman performing as Horn Horse. $7.

Lily Konigsberg is a member of the experimental punk band Palberta and Matt Norman performs as Horn Horse, and together they formed a group called Lily And Horn Horse. The duo will release a collaborative album next month, on the heels of Palberta’s most recent album Bye Bye Berta, by way of Philly’s Ramp Local Records. Lily On Horn Horse is 28-tracks long, and due to its interpretive nature, we’re premiering three of the album’s songs at once so listeners can get a feel for the project. Konigsberg and Norman are both multi-instrumentalists, and their versatility can be heard on “George Jones’ Greatest Hits,” “Dancing In The Tubes,” and my favorite of the trio: “Today.” All three of these tracks recall some of Arthur Russell’s deconstructed pop demos, and on “Today,” Konigsberg and Norman piece together the scaffolding for a pop song that has the melodic potential to be developed into something much, much bigger


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Saturday, May 20th 3:00pm 2017

Author Jene Luciani signing... The (Updated!) Bra Book

Come visit with local author, style maven, and "Dr. Oz’s Bra Guru". 3-5pm Free!

Come visit with local author, style maven, and “Dr. Oz’s Bra Guru” Jene Luciani as we celebrate the re-release of her updated The Bra Book.

Luciani continues her mission to arm women with the knowledge they need to find the right fashion support. From the best bra for every outfit to important information about bras and breast health from puberty to retirement, from the physics behind bra design to how you can best ensure a proper fit, The Bra Book: Second Edition is still the ultimate resource on bras for women everywhere.

Lucky for us, Jene has expanded the book to include new and updated, yet essential, information from the ever-changing world of intimate apparel. In the era of “smooth is better,” thanks in part to the “Spanx movement,” The Bra Book: Second Edition now features a guide to the often overwhelming world of shapewear and swimsuits. Luciani eliminates confusion with her friendly guidance on finding the perfect fit and even tackles the uncomfortable questions, such as, “What really causes sagging?”

Discover new ways to best flatter your figure—and have fun shopping for that perfect fit. The Bra Book: Second Edition doesn’t just tell women how bras and shapewear work; it shows them how to make those garments work for them!MORE

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Saturday, May 13th 7:00pm 2017


The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty.
Books are available for purchase and signing.

KRISTOPHER JANSMA is the author of Why We Came to the City and The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards, winner of the Sherwood Anderson Foundation Fiction Award, and recipient of an honorable mention for the PEN/ Hemingway Award. He teaches at SUNY New Paltz College.

JAYNE BENJULIAN is the author of Five Sextillion Atoms. Her work appears in numerous literary and performance journals including Agni, Barrow Street, The Cortland Review, Poet Lore, Nimrod, HowlRound, Women’s Review of Books, and Poetry Daily. Jayne lives in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts, where she teaches the writing and performance of poetry and monologue.

JOHN PROCTOR’s work has been published in The Normal School, DIAGRAM, and McSweeney’s. His work was a recent Notable selection in The Best American Essays 2015 and nominated for a 2016 Pushcart. He teaches academic writing and media studies at Manhattanville College.

Followed by book signing and a short DJ set.MORE

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Sunday, May 7th 6:00pm 2017

Tinker Street Reading

A Celebration of the Woodstock-Based Journal Tinker Street: ISSUE #1! Free.

A reading in celebration of Tinker Street, a Woodstock-based Journal of Visual Art, Writing and Resistance. Launched on November 9, 2016, Tinker Street is a fireball collection of poetry and prose by writers and artists from the upstate New York region and beyond.

Sparrow lives in a doublewide trailer in vertiginous Phoenicia, New York with his wife Violet Snow. Every morning Sparrow attempts to write a new poem insulting Donald Trump. Sparrow’s latest book: How to Survive the Coming Collapse of Civilization (And Other Helpful Hints).

Violet Snow writes for Woodstock Times and other periodicals. Her fiction has been published in Otter Magazine and recorded for The Strange Recital podcast series. A personal essay, “First Arrest,” appeared in Pilgrimage Magazine. She is writing a book about her ancestors.

Dawn Casteel-Lorick has been entranced by the animal world her entire life. She has worked in many fields, including sanctuaries, shelters, and rescue, and now as an interspecies communicator and healer. She currently lives in Woodstock NY and is working to complete a collection of nature-based writing.MORE

Saturday, May 6th 10:00am 2017

The 8th Annual Hudson Children's Book Festival

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

Join us and 75 awesome authors and illustrators, plus performers and exhibitors 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.

The featured author for the 2017 Book Festival is JACK GANTOS.
Jack is the author of forty-nine books for children from the “ROTTEN RALPH” picture books, collections of “JACK HENRY” short stories, upper elementary and middle school “JOEY PIGZA” and “NORVELT” novels, young adult books — LOVE CURSE OF THE RUMBAUGHS, DESIRE LINES, HOLE IN MY LIFE and THE TROUBLE IN ME. His work can lead readers from the cradle to the grave.

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

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Friday, April 14th 8:00pm 2017


Guitfiddle, a Mystery Man, and "Ambient Crap". $7.

Hey everybody,

Don’t you feel that there’s something?

Well, that something is:

FRANK HURRICANE (bk) master storyteller and guitfiddle extraordinaire. laugh til yer neck hurts.

JEWEL EYE (phl) mystery man hailing from the athens of america. low web presence = high stature imho.

LOGAN R VISSCHER (hud) ambient crap to slowly bob yer head to.. if you please


Saturday, April 8th 7:00pm 2017


The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Find us every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty Dog Books and Ale in Hudson, NY.

Melissa is the author of the memoir, Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press 2010), and the essay collection, Abandon Me (Bloomsbury 2017). Her work has recently appeared in Tin House, Granta, the New York Times, Vogue, and Lenny Letter. She lives in Brooklyn.

Paul is author of the novels The Night Ocean (2017), Luminous Airplanes (2011), Haussmann, or the Distinction (2001), and The Artist of the Missing (1999). His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Believer, McSweeney’s, and elsewhere. He lives in Red Hook, NY.

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Saturday, April 1st 7:00pm 2017

Une Tache D'imbéciles

Live Jazz at the Spotty Dog. $7.

Otto Hauser
Musician Otto Hauser is a multi-instrumentalist, 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, Philip Selway, 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.

Originally from Rochester, Hauser currently lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.


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.


Tyler Wood was born and raised in the northeast corner of the U.S. Although Presque Isle, Maine is known more for its potatoes and skidoos, he had a rich musical upbringing and nurturing teachers. His first instruments were piano, trumpet, and cardboard-box drums.

When Tyler went off to college, his plan to study astrophysics was virtually eclipsed by the purchase of a real drum-set and a new-found love for hip-hop and recording. The campus had a dingy basement studio, where he encountered his first reel-to-reel tape machine and his first sampler. He began playing, recording, and mixing music of all kinds. A weekly restaurant gig paid the bills, and a hip-hop radio show kept the vinyl flowing in. But New York beckoned, as it will…

Upon arriving in Brooklyn in 2006, Tyler was greeted by a bed-bug infestation and a furniture moving job. Not to be thwarted, he soon began to tour and record with acts such as Luke Temple, Glass Ghost, Chester French, and Joan As Police Woman. During this time, he also built a studio and a parallel career producing, recording, and mixing records.

In 2009, Tyler reconnected with an old acquaintance. Immediately recognizing her brilliance, Tyler teamed up with fellow Mainer and fellow “T.W.” Therese Workman to form Oh My Goodness. Their debut album was released in 2011 and the follow-up is nearly complete.

Tyler also has been traveling the world as chief audio engineer with the non-profit group Remix <--> Culture, recording remote video shoots of incredible folkloric music from Morocco to Brazil.

Tyler currently resides in the Hudson Valley of New York, is bed-bug free, and continues to make, record, and mix music every day.


Stuart Quimby
Stuart Quimby has at any one time been a Classical and Jazz Composer, and Professional Musician playing flute, vocals, most of the baroque wind instruments, the Balinese gamelan instruments suling bali, saron, and reong, the blues harp and chromatic harmonica, the trumpet, various keyboards (esp. early synths), and several experimental instruments of his own design). In addition he’s been a Music Educator, 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, Paul Robeson, Les Thimmig, Roscoe Mitchell, Robert Dick, Doc Cheatham, Jean-Pierre Rampal, and Frans Brüggen among many others.

An abbreviated list of his credits include stints with Luther Allison and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and performances with Paquito D’Rivera, Ben Sidran, Vassar Clements, Jimmy Schwall, Gordon Lightfoot, the Brüggen Quartet, several chamber groups and classical ensembles, as well as the jazz quartet M.2.Q, which he co-founded. He has recorded on numerous albums over the years in multiple genres.

Quimby has spent almost four decades exploring psycho-acoustics, especially microtonal tunings. He designed and built several experimental instruments – including a guitar with movable frets and an organ that plays 43 notes per octave. He has published articles in national journals on microtonal techniques for the flute, pitch perception, and the multi-dimensional representation of wave forms.MORE

Saturday, March 25th 7:00pm 2017

A Book Reading and Signing with Nat Baldwin

with Douglas W. Milliken and Claire Donato. Free.

Spotty Dog Performing Veteran Nat Baldwin will be reading from his book, The Red Barn
“In The Red Barn, Nat Baldwin decomposes narrative’s safe spaces. The symbols in the nightmare landscape are nothing other than themselves. Nails. Boards. Tubs. Chains. Buckets. Teeth. A story of boys is stripped sentence by sentence. What’s left is the brutal music of language laid bare.”—Joanna Ruocco

Douglas W. Milliken’s book, One Thousand Owls Behind Your Chest
A trans youth seeking mythic answers from a corpse. An autistic boy combing a collective farm for his sister. A homeless man yearning for anyone to protect. From a normalized dystopian future to the ever-impossible now, Pushcart Prize-winning author Douglas W. Milliken’s One Thousand Owls Behind Your Chest searches the borderland where the terror of human confusion confronts the babbling chaos of the Nature Without, where alienation fingers the braille surface of connection, where violence digs its nails into compassion.

Claire Donato’s Book, The Second Body is her second book, and is her first full-length collection of poetry.

Books will be available for purchase and signing. They make terrific gifts!MORE

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Friday, March 24th

The Plank + Bruce + Lippel Trio

Original compositions and free improvised music. $5.

A native of Oberlin, Ohio, bassist Aidan Plank enjoys performing a diverse range of music throughout Northern Ohio. He studied with bassist and composer David Morgan as well as with Kevin Switalski of the Cleveland Orchestra. Aidan is a graduate of Cleveland State University. Aidan has performed with Dan Wall, Joe Lovano, Judi Silvano, Joe Maneri, Janis Siegel, Frankie Avalon, and many others. Aidan played baroque bass in the premier of Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer’s Le Pouvoir de l’Amour (composed in 1743) in 2002 at Oberlin College as well as in the world premier of Randall Woolf and Robin Stranahan’s ‘pop-up’ opera Frozen Community, produced by Real Time Opera in 2013. Along with enjoying playing in the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Aidan can currently be seen performing explorations of improvisation in duo with guitarist Daniel Lippel. Aidan also serves as bassist for the Sam Blakeslee Large Group.

By embracing the influence of his heroes from the jazz tradition and retaining his own musical personality, guitarist Daniel Bruce has developed a unique and impressive musical voice. A recent transplant to Ohio after spending a decade as an important member of Chicago’s vibrant jazz scene, he is active throughout the Midwest and nationally as a performer, recording artist, composer and educator. Bruce moved to Chicago in 2007 after completing his master’s degree in jazz studies at the University of North Texas. He was quickly performing at a number of the city’s finest jazz venues including Andy’s, The Green Mill, The Jazz Showcase, and Harris Theatre in Millennium Park.

Guitarist Daniel Lippel, called an “exciting soloist” (New York Times), “precise and sensitive” (Boston Globe) and a “modern guitar polymath” (Guitar Review) enjoys a unique and diverse career that ranges through solo and chamber music performances, innovative commissioning and recording projects, and performances in diverse contexts. He has premiered more than fifty new solo and chamber works, many written for him, recording several on the independent label he co-founded and directs, New Focus Recordings. Lippel is the resident guitarist for two critically acclaimed new music groups: the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) since 2005 and new music quartet Flexible Music since 2003.MORE

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Thursday, March 23rd 8:00pm 2017

Jake Fussell

A concert with the Durham, North Carolina singer and guitarist. $5.

Durham, North Carolina singer and guitarist Jake Xerxes Fussell‘s self-titled debut record, produced by and featuring William Tyler, transmutes ten arcane folk and blues tunes into vibey cosmic laments and crooked riverine rambles. Jake Xerxes (yes, that’s his real middle name, after Georgia potter D.X. Gordy) grew up in Columbus, Georgia, son of Fred C. Fussell, a folklorist, curator, and photographer who hails from across the river in Phenix City, Alabama (once known as “The Wickedest City in America” for its rampant vice, corruption, and crime.) Fred’s fieldwork took him, often with young Jake in tow, across the Southeast documenting traditional vernacular culture, which included recording blues and old-time musicians with fellow folklorists and recordists George Mitchell and Art Rosenbaum (which led Jake to music, and to some of the songs herein) and collaborating with American Indian artists (which led Jake eventually to his graduate research on Choctaw fiddlers.)

As a teenager Jake began playing and studying with elder musicians in the Chattahoochee Valley, apprenticing with Piedmont blues legend Precious Bryant (“Georgia Buck”), with whom he toured and recorded, and riding wild with Alabama bluesman, black rodeo rider, rye whiskey distiller, and master dowser George Daniel (“Rabbit on a Log”). He joined a Phenix City country band who were students of Jimmie Tarlton of Darby and Tarlton; he accompanied Etta Baker in North Carolina; he moved to Berkeley, where he hung with genius documentary filmmaker Les Blank and learned from Haight folkies like Will Scarlett (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna, Brownie McGhee) and cult fingerstyle guitarist Steve Mann (“Push Boat”); he appeared on A Prairie Home Companion. He did a whole lot of listening, gradually honing his prodigious guitar skills, singing, and repertoire. In 2005 he moved to Oxford, Mississippi, where he enrolled in the Southern Studies department at Ole Miss, recorded and toured with Rev. John Wilkins, and in 2014, met up with acclaimed artist William Tyler to begin recording his first solo album.

Collaborating with Tyler and engineer Mark Nevers in Nashville was a conscious decision to depart cloistered trad scenes and sonics for broader, more oblique horizons. Tyler, a guitar virtuoso known for his own compositions that untether and reframe traditional six-string forms and techniques, helmed the push boat in inimitable fashion, enlisting crack(ed) Nashville session vets Chris Scruggs (lap steel, bass, mandolin: Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Marty Stuart), Brian Kotzur (drums: Silver Jews), and Hoot Hester (fiddle; Bill Monroe, Ray Charles) to crew.

Fussell follows his celebrated self-titled debut with a moving new album of Natural Questions in the form of transmogrified folk/blues koans. This time these radiant ancient tunes tone several shades darker while amplifying their absurdist humor, illuminating our national, and psychic, predicaments. What in the Natural World features art by iconic painter Roger Brown and contributions from three notable Nathans—Nathan Bowles (Steve Gunn), Nathan Salsburg (Alan Lomax Archive), and Nathan Golub (Mountain Goats)—as well as Joan Shelley and Casey Toll (Mt. Moriah).MORE

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Friday, March 17th 8:00pm 2017

Glenn Jones and Laura Baird

An evening with a master of American primitive guitar. $10.

Glenn Jones is a master of American Primitive Guitar, a style invented in the late 1950s by John Fahey, whose traditional fingerpicking techniques and wide-ranging influences were used to create modern original compositions. Jones, who led the post-rock ensemble Cul de Sac, brings his own made-up tunings, the use of custom-crafted partial capos, and a highly skilled picking style on both banjo and guitar, to create personal compositions that are lyrical, emotive and elegant. What sets him apart from the myriad guitarists playing today is his ability to tell stories with the guitar and banjo, and to convey a range of emotions.

Laura Baird will also perform!MORE

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Saturday, March 11th 7:00pm 2017


The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Find us every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty Dog Books and Ale in Hudson, NY.

Cynthia Huntington’s newest work is a book-length poem in many voices, titled Terra Nova. Her previous volume, Heavenly Bodies, was a National Book Award finalist. Presently a Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry, Huntington teaches at Dartmouth College and Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Alana Massey is the author of All The Lives I Want and regular columnist at The Guardian, Elle, New York, Hazlitt, and more. She splits her time between her home in the Catskills and Brooklyn. She loves books, cats, glitter, and One Direction.

Kris D’Agostino is the author of The Antiques and The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac. He is a Pushcart Prize nominee and a Glimmer Train fiction open finalist. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School and lives in Brooklyn.

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Friday, March 10th 6:00pm 2017

Author Event and Wine Tasting

With local author and sommelier Hillary Zio! Free.

Come drink some of our delicious wines with local author and sommelier Hillary Zio tonight from 6-8. She will have her book The Unfiltered Guide to Working in Wine. available for signing.

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Wednesday, March 8th 6:00pm 2017

All Women's Eve

A co-event with Drop Forge & Tool (Our next door neighbors!). $5 (for the artists)

In solidarity with International Women’s Day, Drop Forge & Tool, in collaboration with their next door neighbor Spotty Dog Books & Ale (US!), present ALL WOMEN’S EVE, celebrating the divine feminine through music.

First, join us at Drop Forge & Tool (442 Warren Street) for an exhibition of work-in-progress by their current artist in residence, San Francisco-based illustrator Rachel Frankel, who is working on a series of portraits of female musicians.

Then follow us next door to the Spotty Dog for sounds by beloved sound-makers Power Animal System, Emily Ritz, Rebecca Becker and Goldee Dust, joined by Rachel Frankel in an east-meet-west coastal sonic exchange! Katherine Bauer’s films will provide a visual accompaniment to the evening.

Exhibition @ 6pm – 7:30 @ DF&T (442 Warren) | FREE
Music @ 7:30 pm @ Spotty Dog (440 Warren) | $5, all proceeds to artists

Rachel Frankel
San Francisco-based illustrator and graphic artist, Rachel is the lead singer and guitarist of Phosphene, an Oakland-based dream rock band. Their sound is an amalgam of rock, dream pop and shoegaze.

Power Animal System
Witchy wolfgrrl power ass-tral multidimensional starslut cosmic bitch friend lover ally protector — Power Animal System is Jason Martin’s species & gender queer trans-missional-dimensional experiential service via performance, video, seances, assorted images.

Emily Ritz
Creating otherworldly celestial soul music for many years, Emily Ritz has been has been a fixture in the Bay Area music scene since 2006. Moving back east to Hudson, NY and refreshed and energized by her new environment, Emily’s music is constantly evolving. Emily will releasing her new solo album Spring 2017.

Katherine Bauer
Katherine Bauer bathes in the photochemical indulging emulsion to bleed into realms of the magical from whence they came.

Rebecca Becker
Rebecca Becker is not sure what genre this gloop is. Kind of ethereal with eternal longing and a little bit of vomit.

Goldee Dust
Andrea has always been fascinated with creating soundtracks and setting the musical mood for any environment. She was introduced to DJing by her friends at Albany Frequencies, and runs, a website that highlights upcoming shows in the 518 area. In addition to DJing, she plays keyboard in Albany based band, Haley Moley, and also produces music in her spare time.MORE

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Saturday, March 4th 8:00pm 2017

Footings and Pigeons

Two smart bands on a Saturday night. $5.

Footings is the new project from Eric Gagne, Elisabeth Fuchsia, and Dustin Ashley Cote.

PIGEONS are Wednesday Knudsen, Clark Griffin, Pat Gubler and Rob Smith. They are a band formerly from Bronx, NY but now based in Austerlitz, NY.MORE

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Sunday, February 26th 7:00pm 2017

Books Rock!

With authors Tony Fletcher and Peter Aaron. Free.

Peter Aaron is the author of If You Like The Ramones… and most recently The Band FAQ. The Band FAQ digs deep to discuss different facets of the Band’s collective and individual stories providing intensive analysis of their recordings; highlighting their key concerts, collaborations with Bob Dylan, outside projects, musical and non-musical influences, and their contemporary artists; and examining the group’s formidable effect on popular music and their still-thriving legacy. A host of rare images rounds out the book.

Peter is the music editor of Chronogram magazine and the front man of influential New York punk-blues band the Chrome Cranks. His writing has appeared in the Village Voice, the Boston Herald, and other publications, and online at AllMusic and All About Jazz. In the 1980s, he promoted early concerts by Nirvana, the Flaming Lips, White Zombie, and others. He lives in the Hudson Valley.

In the Midnight Hour: the Life & Soul of Wilson Pickett by Tony Fletcher is the first biography of one the most famous, influential, and fascinating figures in soul and R&B. Informed by extensive interviews with Pickett’s family, friends, and collaborators, and illustrated with never-before-seen personal photographs, the book presents detailed first-hand accounts of the legendary recording sessions at Stax, Fame, American and Sigma Studios and includes fascinating insights into the careers of Pickett’s contemporaries, including James Brown, Ike and Tina Turner, Otis Redding, and Bobby Womack.

Tony is the author of seven non-fiction books and one novel. His biography of drummer Keith Moon has been named in many a Best Music Book list, and his biography of R.E.M., updated in 2013 as Perfect Circle, has been published in over half a dozen countries. His latest biography, A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of The Smiths, was published in the UK by William Heinemann in September 2012, and by Crown Archetype in the USA in December 2012, with paperback editions following in the corresponding months of 2013. A memoir of his South London schooldays, Boy About Town, was published in the UK by William Heinemann in July 2013, and is available in the USA as of September 2013.MORE

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Saturday, February 11th 7:00pm 2017


The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Find us every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty Dog Books and Ale in Hudson, NY.

Kassi Underwood is the author of May Cause Love: An Unexpected Journey of Enlightenment After Abortion (Harper One). She frequently speaks about personal transformation, social justice, and the spirituality of abortion. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic online, Guernica, and elsewhere.

Franz Nicolay is a musician (the Hold Steady, Against Me, World/Inferno) and writer who lives in New York. His first book, The Humorless Ladies of Border Control (The New Press), is about underground music and touring in the formerly Communist world.

Roselee Blooston is a Hudson Valley writer whose plays have been produced internationally, and whose prose has been published in magazines, journals, and anthologies. Dying in Dubai: A Memoir of Marriage, Mourning and the Middle East (Apprentice House Press) is her first book.

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Friday, January 27th 7:00pm 2017

Daniel Bachman and Alexander Turnquist

Two amazing guitar players. $5.

Daniel Bachman was born in 1989 and is a guitar player currently living in Virginia.

Alexander Turnquist is an American guitarist and composer born in 1988 in Idaho. He has released original albums on the VHF record label as well as limited released titles on the Kning Disk imprint and Textura record label. Turnquist’s has had comparisons to guitarists Jack Rose, Alex De Grassi, Kaki King, and James Blackshaw as well as contemporary composer Philip Glass.

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Saturday, January 14th 7:00pm 2017


The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Find us every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty Dog Books and Ale in Hudson, NY.

Tobias Carroll is the managing editor of Vol.1 Brooklyn. He is the author of the novel Reel (Rare Bird Books) and the short story collection Transitory (Civil Coping Mechanisms). His writing has appeared in Tin House, Rolling Stone, Hazlitt, Men’s Journal, and elsewhere.

Sheela Clary is a Moth StorySlam winner, and co-host of Fuel Stories, a storytelling series in Great Barrington. Her articles and essays have appeared in the Berkshire Edge and Numero Cinq, while letters to the editor have been published by the New Yorker.

Gabriel Squailia studied storytelling and literature in India, Europe, and the Middle East before settling in the Berkshires with their partner and daughter. Squailia’s first novel, Dead Boys, was published by Talos Press in 2015, and his second, Viscera, came out in October.

Followed by book signing and Special Guest DJ Stephen Bluhm.MORE

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Friday, January 13th 7:00pm 2017

Wes Swing

A singer, cellist, multi-instrumentalist and composer from Virginia. $5.

Wes Swing is a singer, cellist, multi-instrumentalist and composer from Virginia. Swing’s style of composition draws on classical, folk and alternative influences to create a “rich and lilting soundscape” of “beautifully swelling cello-folk.” In live performance he loops his cello and violin to create deeply enveloping string sections to which “Swing demonstrates his vocal prowess with delicate intonation,” delivering lyrics imbued with poetry.

The new full-length album and the heart… [2017] is an ambitious blend of Swing’s signature chamber-pop songwriting with analog electronics produced by Paul Curreri. Using deliberately sparse and stark instrumentation, the album offers stunning vocal performances on “Sing To Me” and “Mirrors.” These sections of intimate and personal performance transition beautifully into electronic escapades and flourishing full-band crescendos. With this album, Swing takes another step into the avant-garde of alternative folk.

Through a Fogged Glass, Wes Swing’s debut album, is a landscape of sound written and arranged as one complete work, composed in a cabin in the woods of Virginia’s Nelson County. Wes Swing and his band have toured throughout the USA and Europe to support the release of Through a Fogged Glass. Songs such as “Lullaby” and “Instrumental 1” are featured regularly on National Public Radio programs [Marketplace, On Being, The Story] and by several modern dance companies.

Wes Swing’s musical journey began as a four-year-old violinist. He developed an early appreciation for classical music, and later found his true musical love in playing and composing for cello while studying Latin at university. After graduating with a Latin degree, Wes taught for three years before quitting his teaching job and turning to music full time. A love of the classics comes through in his imagist lyrics and arrangements. He is currently planning the release and tour of Europe in support of his new album, and writing a book of short stories.MORE

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Friday, January 6th 8:00pm 2017


Live Jazz at The Spotty Dog. $7.

Live Jazz at The Spotty Dog returns with…

Otto Hauser – drums
Mark Dzuiba – guitar
Terence Murren – bass
Stuart Quimby – fluteMORE

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Thursday, January 5th 7:00pm 2017

Wailing Hudson

An evening of poetry featuring local writers. Free.

With Andy Clausen, Thatcher Keats, Richard Loranger, Jason Tallon, & Pamela Twining reading from their recent work.MORE