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Welcome to the 2014 Hudson Music Festival Newsletter
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - Issue Four


The Hudson Music Festival is New York State's largest free music festival! (August 8-10, 2014)

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Venue Highlight

347 Warren Street
Hudson, NY 12534
I'm sure you've noticed that one of the highlights on Warren Street is at 3FortySeven! Yes, the address is 347 Warren Street, but it has become a community "must visit" location.

At the heart of this oasis is 3FortySeven the retail store that showcases very unique home good items, eclectic and hard-to-find is what you will discover. You must visit often because they often discover "finds" and who hates missing awesome "finds"! Partnering on this retro-urban scene are high quality food trucks, both International and delectable!

For the Hudson Music Festival there will be one of our stages, showcasing must-see acts, performing for the entire weekend. Check out our schedule here:


Festival Vendor Spotlight (part three)

Saturday, August 9th 10am-6pm at our Seventh Street Park venue there will be tasty delight's from Rita's!

Rita's offers Italian Ice, cream Ice, frozen custard, gelati, and more. What a great treat on a hot summer day!

Festival Sponsor Spotlight! (part three)

The City of Hudson is known for its entrepreneurial spirit. Hudson is also the retail shopping center of the Hudson Valley. Please visit these loyal Hudson Music Festival Sponsors:

259 Warren Street
Hudson, NY 12534
Open daily 11:00am-6:00pm

"like Barney's on the tarmac"


That's how one customer described Lili and Loo way back in 2000.  In those days it was nothing more than a couple of tables filled with merchandise, (tastefully displayed, of course) at the 79th Street Flea Market behind the Museum of Natural History in New York City.


The brainchild of Melinda Slover, a former Production Manager in a graphic design firm, the business quickly outgrew the "Green Flea" as it was called.  Within a year, Lili and Loo had moved into permanent quarters in the riverfront town of Hudson, New York - 120 miles north of Manhattan.


There Melinda's taste, running from the classical to the eccentric, took off.  Her distinctive point of view juxtaposed the sleek and the rustic, the ancient and the modern, the raw and the refined.  And it didn't hurt that the prices were terrific - each item a find at an affordable price.


Two years after Lili and Loo opened, the store had outgrown its 850 square feet and a move to bigger space was inevitable.  Now housed in three adjoining 19th century buildings, Lili and Loo has kept the feel of a private home in each of the 15 rooms at its current Hudson address.  It's not unusual for customers to ask if they can move in to the second floor.


The shop atmosphere is worldly, stylish and sophisticated with a fresh and unexpected mix of objects, furniture and art.  Several of the pieces look as if they're one-of-a-kind with a tactile presence that seems like craftsmen just added the finishing touches yesterday.


The merchandise is all about balance.  No item in the store fails the test.  A large vase will have some interesting surface to balance the size.  A linear salad bowl will be made of bright red lacquered bamboo to add excitement to simple lines.  Each product is chosen because of this inherent good design - - and good price.


de Marchin
620 Warren Street
Hudson, NY 12534
Open Sunday-Tuesday 11am – 5pm, Wednesday 12pm - 5pm, Thursday-Saturday 11am - 6pm

Featuring Men and Women clothing and accessories.


culture+commerce project
428 Warren Street
Hudson, NY 12534
Open Thursday-Monday 11am - 5pm

culture+commerce project is a gallery, a store, a work-shop, a showroom, an atelier.
culture+commerce project, located in the boom town of hudson, new york, is committed to the promotion of exceptional, locally crafted home furnishings and jewelry. we represent 25+ American makers from the Hudson valley to Brooklyn, with a focus on unique design, traditional techniques and contemporary styling.


Valley Variety
705 Warren Street
Hudson, NY 12534
Open Daily 11am - 6pm

Valley Variety is a modern and stylish interpretation of the traditional variety store. We offer a casual, welcoming environment in which to explore our selection of goods, fine art and home furnishings. We also invite you to enjoy a wide range of classes, talks and special events throughout the year in our chef’s kitchen and indoor patio.

Our wish is for you to find the things you need and discover the things you can’t live without. Whether that’s for planting and harvesting your garden; prepping and cooking a meal; attending to your personal grooming, updating or styling your home; or preparing for a day trip or longer journey. At Valley Variety, we have the tools you need to complete the task at hand with precision and style.



Festival Artists Spotlight! (part four)

We are very fortunate this year to once again have a terrific line-up of very talented musicians. Please visit our website and mobile app as we have artist profiles of every act posted there. The mobile app will also give festival-goers the opportunity to "favorite" their favorite acts!

Passero is a innovative ensemble from the Hudson Valley N. Y. performing and recording modern interpretations of world music and original compositions.

Blending African, Caribbean, Latin and jazz rhythms, with melodies from many countries and traditions, Passero paints a collage of sound, combining the old and new, the ancient with the progressive, the traditional with the heretical.

Performing at Club Helsinki Stage      Friday, August 8, 2014 8:00pm-9:00pm
Performing at 3FortySeven Stage     Saturday, August 9, 2014 4:00pm-5:30pm



Justin Tracy grew up in north London and started his musical career making his first professional recording as a drummer at age 13. He later moved to New York and formed the Justin Tracy Group as the lead vocalist and drummer, making appearances in Europe playing in the Nice, Northsea, and Montreaux Jazz festivals, sharing the stage with Jimmy Cliff, Earth, Wind & Fire, and James Brown.

When he returned from the tour, he taught himself guitar and began work on his first solo record, "Understanding" (2005), produced with Grammy Award-winner Michael Leonhart. He followed up with "Suffolk Sessions," (2007) recorded in the UK. Justin has continued performing live, has been featured on the radio, and produces his own records and works with emerging artists. Since moving to the United States, Justin has studied Indian Classical music with vocalist Marina Alam. During his trip to Bangladesh in January 2011, he collaborated with tabla maestro Nilesh Jadhav and recorded his latest, "Bangla Motor." Currently, Justin is working on a new record.


Performing at the Helsinki Courtyard Stage      Saturday, August 9, 2014 6:00pm-6:30pm


Barbara Cassidy and Eric Chasalow have trod separate and diverse musical paths until the purchase of a guitar made by Eric led them to a singing-songwriting collaboration that has surprised them both. Their finely crafted songs have stories to tell.

Performing at the Seventh Street Park Stage     Saturday, August 9, 2013 10:00am-11:00am

Emily Mure got her start in music playing the oboe. Growing up in New York City and attending LaGuardia High School For The Performing Arts, she performed in major concert halls, including Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, all before the age of 17. Sensitive by nature, Emily didn’t love the pressure she felt within the classical music world but she knew she loved to play music. She was also an avid writer since an early age and wrote award-winning poetry and pros. Emily later attended Ithaca College and majored in both Oboe Performance and Psychology and took a number of writing classes to further her studies. 

After a time, Emily moved back home to NYC and in December of 2009, she released her first album,Where I Began, a collection of songs, mostly written during her time in Ireland. In the meantime, Emily worked at an office job and played locally around NY. In 2011, she opted for part time jobs to have time for touring, writing and to pursue her music career more seriously. In 2013, she released her second album full-length album, Odyssey. In this recent project, Emily truly integrates her classical roots and composition techniques with her folk and Irish inspired singing and songwriting.

Currently, Emily performs around the Northeast solo, with one other guitarist, and with her chamber-folk trio (Audrey Q Snyder on cello and Emily DiAngelo on oboe and english horn). She was an emerging artist at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, a Telluride Bluegrass Troubadour in 2014 and has shared the stage with the likes of Kim Richey, Kath Bloom, Darlingside, Garrison Starr, The Farewell Drifters, Haas Kowert Tice, Kris Delmhorst, and more. She has performed in reputable venues including Club Passim, The Iron Horse Music Hall, Club Helsinki, The Living Room, and The Highline Ballroom. In the past few years, she has also developed a strong passion for teaching. In addition to performing, she offers private beginner guitar and songwriting lessons. Her songs have received airplay on numerous radio stations and have made their way into shows and movies on NBC, PBS, and ABC.

 Performing at the Pocket Park (next to Mexican Radio)     Saturday, August 9, 2014 3:00pm-4:00pm

The End Men were created in 2010 as a three piece, and have experienced a fluctuating lineup to this day. With a core composed of Matthew Hendershot (guitar and vocals) and Livia Ranalli (drums, percussion and vocals), the average listener would be surprised to find that the powerful sound The End Men project is only coming from two people. With the raw, rasp-soaked vocals and the guitar-split to give the illusion of a bass, along with the rock solid drum pocket peppered with found percussive elements, the band rides a wave of dirty blues rock and vaudevillian stomp.

In a few short years, The End Men have carved out a name for themselves in their home base of NYC, and drop jaws and turn heads with every show they perform. The live experience harkens back to a smokey sideshow tucked away on the bayou; captivating and eccentric in it’s intensity. They have toured extensively since the band’s beginnings, traveling as far south as Nashville and all the way to Chicago and Kansas in the west. Also, they have toured Europe THREE TIMES, with plans to return in 2015,
covering Belgium, Italy, Germany and The Netherlands, where they opened for Genital Hospital. They have played in many notable clubs such as Mercury Lounge, Piano’s and Rockwood Music Hall in NYC, as well as The Knitting Factory and Glasslands in Brooklyn. The End Men have appeared multiple times at the Utica Music Festival in Utica NY, sharing the lineup with Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots as well as Rusted Root, and twice at the Brooklyn Infringement Festival, playing a headlining spot in 2013. Most recently the band performed on the mainstage of Some Kind of Jam 9 in Eastern Pennsylvania.

 Performing at the 500 Block Stage     Sunday, August 10, 2014 4:00pm-5:00pm
Todd Nelson is a guitarist who has recorded or performed with Terry Adams (NRBQ), Gary Burke (Dylan Joe Jackson), Hayseed, Aimee Mann, Ed Mann (Frank Zappa), Rumdummies, Pal Shazar, Jules Shear, The Wheelers and Dealers and others.

He was a founding member of Fear of Strangers (aka The Units), a band that was an integral part of the Punk/New Wave scene in the Capital District of New York in the 1980s, who released an album on Miles Copeland's Faulty Products label. The band shared stages with the Police, Squeeze, the B-52s, XTC, Iggy Pop and others around the Northeast.

Todd is currently recording and performing original songs and arrangements for his instrumental trio TN3, featuring Kyle Esposito on fretless bass and Manuel Quintana on drums.

Performing at 400 Block Stage     Friday, August 8, 2014 5:00pm-6:00pm

Soul Device

Soul Device band is a rock, blues, fusion and acoustic jazz band based in Kingston, New York. With Natasha Barnes as lead vocalist, Steve Mulvaney playing high energy electric/acoustic guitar and Jesse Citron as bassist, we will be sure to please any crowd!

Performing at 3FortySeven     Saturday, August 9, 2014 5:30pm-7:00pm


Hudson Music Festival Free Mobile App for iPhone & Android!

Developed with CrowdTorch, this is our first mobile app. It's currently available for free downloads for Android and iPhones. This will be a very valuable tool for not only the festival-goer, but also for the visitor to Hudson!

Festival Artists: Every participating act is profiled with an image, genre, bio and website links.

Festival Schedule: What better way to find out who is performing where and when? Search by day, venue, time and artist. Create your own favorites of those acts on your "Must See List."

Sponsors are profiled here and they help make the festival possible. Please show your appreciation by visiting them and tell them you appreciate their festival support.

Info: Get information about the City of Hudson, Columbia County, happenings in the area, a business walking guide of Hudson, regional lodging, and more!

Social Media: Use Twitter and Facebook to share comments and memories. Use your mobile device to take photographs and/or videos of your favorite festival moments and share them here! We have YouTube and Instagram!



HMF Participating Artist Opportunities!

Are you playing on the Hudson Music Festival Radio Station?

This is a great platform for festival-goers to listen to your music, anytime! Also they will know when you are performing at the festival and see where all your up-comings are. This helps build your fan-base.

It's free and easy to join, here:


So... How social are you with Social Media?
Here at Hudson Music Festival Headquarters we are "connected" on many platforms. You may have noticed that we post daily on Facebook and Twitter. For each band that has confirmed to perform at the festival we post an individual post for that specific act, which we hope that you use to re-Tweet or post on Facebook. We also use the #HudsonNY, which is also picked up regionally. We also post our sponsors and special festival events.

Working together will help us all promote our hard-earned efforts to build an audience! We are a Team! @HudsonMusicFest #HudsonNY


There's more to Come (we promise)!

Yep, the festival is ready to begin, we have more individuals to add our mailing list, and we're all moving at the fastest clip possible! Please stay tuned as we add more information about this year's festival, and next year's festival..
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