The Live Music Scene of the Hudson Valley

Club Helisinki - Hudson, NY
Live music abounds throughout Columbia County, including this marvelous venue, Basilica Hudson in Hudson, NY
Basilica Hudson in Hudson, NY

Live music — it might not be the first thing to come to mind to those trying to find fun activities in the Hudson Valley. But believe it or not, vast Catskills forests, quaint towns and pick-your-own apple orchards aren’t all that the Hudson Valley has to offer. From laid-back cafes to larger bars playing world music, to opera, to lineups of sonic-booming artists set up in a warehouse right on the Hudson, the Valley has lots to offer for those who look to expand their musical palates during their stay.

 

Here are some of the most popular and renowned venues for live music in the Hudson Valley:

Basilica Hudson — Hudson, NY

Nestled between the old railroad track of Hudson, Basilica is a great place to check out some of the more alternative artists that visit the region. Basilica is known for its great festivals for music; most recently hosting the Basilica Soundscape Festival including artists such as Tim Hecker, Swans, Meredith Graves, and many others. Many of these artists are known for their incredible soundscapes, which is appropriate for this venue, seeing as it’s an enormous, booming space. Basilica also has craft, food, and music fairs — great for family fun!

For information on their schedule of events: http://basilicahudson.com/

Club Helsinki — Hudson, NY

Another live music venue that is a popular destination for many who visit Hudson is Club Helsinki. This restaurant/club/event space is known for its alternative rock guests and great food. Shows are usually 21+ at this venue. Along with its relaxed shows, Club Helsinki is known for featuring many up-and-coming artists and supporting the newest talents in the area, hosting Open Mic nights every Tuesday from 7-11 PM. If you’re looking to check out local artists, or play a song or two of your own, Club Helsinki is the place to be!

For information on their schedule of events: http://helsinkihudson.com

TSL – Hudson, NY

Though the Hudson Valley is a great place for checking out local, alternative, and even popular artists, it’s also home to centers that host music that’s a bit more on the classical side. Opera is one of the claims to fame for TSL, a music, film, and arts center based in Hudson. Want to watch the Metropolitan Opera during your stay? You can head right down to TSL and buy a ticket for just $25.00 — a steal for seeing a performance coming straight from one of the most renowned opera houses in the world. Don’t worry, it’s HD. No pixelated opera singers here. Some great shows to check out that are coming up soon include Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and Bizet’s Carmen, among many others. TSL is also a great space for art workshops, film screenings, and children’s events.

See their full schedule and array of events and activities at http://timeandspace.org/events.

BSP Kingston –Kingston, NY

For those looking for a smaller, more intimate setting for listening to world music, low-fi rock, folk, or just want to try out something new, BSP Kingston is the place to go. A small bar and live music venue right in the middle of the main street in Kingston, BSP has great shows in an intimate setting. Shows are usually 18+. Some of their more notable acts have included DIIV, Kurt Vile, Regal Degal, and Baby Gramps, just to name a few. BSP also has free Thursdays that are great for those who want to casually check out artists after grabbing a bite and taking a stroll around town — a tour of the Old Dutch Church, anyone?

For information on their schedule of events: http://bspkingston.com/

The Hudson Music Project – Saugerties, NY

Perhaps the most sought-out live music event in the Hudson Valley is the Hudson Music Project, a three-day festival in Saugerties, hosting an incredible array of popular artists along with lesser-known artists on independent labels, from Kendrick Lamar, Bassnectar, Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips, and Flying Lotus, to artists such as Cults, YACHT, Majical Cloudz, and Widowspeak. Some choose to camp out all three days; some choose to check it out for just one day. The Hudson Music Project has been a great success in the past and it’s only going to get better. For those who love outdoor music, getting muddy, and interacting with the usual festival-going crowds, the Hudson Music Project is a great summer activity for visitors and locals alike.

The festival only goes on during the summer, but you can check out their website and see previous lineups and ticket pricing at http://hudsonmusicproject.com/

Club Helisinki - Hudson, NY

 

The Hudson Valley is filled with culture, and these venues are just the beginning. Wander around Hudson, or take a short drive to Kingston or Saugerties, and you’re bound to find local musicians playing at bars, outdoor music at craft fairs, and street performers. So put on your walking shoes and get going — tickle your ears in the Hudson Valley during your stay at Mount Merino Manor!

 

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