Professor Louie and the Crowmatix record at Bearsville

Professor Louie & The Crowmatix 20th Year Celebration Concert of Rick Danko’s Birthday

Professor Louie and the Crowmatix are at it again, this time with the Woodstock Horns, celebrating The Band member Rick Danko the best way they know how; on the Bearsville stage. This electrifying group plays over 150 shows a year, but this tribute to the Canadian singer, songwriter and bass player happens only annually on Rick’s birthday, December 29. This year is a little different however, and in lieu of a live performance we recorded the band doing their thing and will be streaming it on Rick’s birthday. December 29th at 8.00pm EDT

Professor Louie & The Crowmatix w/ The Woodstock Horns.
Special Guest: Larry Packer.
Recorded LIVE at Bearsville Theater, Woodstock, NY.
DON’T MISS THE PERFORMANCE STREAMING on December 29th at 8.00PM. Tickets ARE AVAILABLE TO PURCHAE NOW. $10. Follow this link: https://bit.ly/3m1GDFb

Rick Danko was born into a musical family in Ontario, Canada, and left school at age fourteen to pursue music full time. He played with a group called The Hawks who were discovered by Bob Dylan in the mid-60s, and the rest is history. 

Professor Louie and his band arrived in the afternoon on Tuesday, October 13, to set up the stage for their performance to be recorded the next day. After all was said and done, the stage looked fantastic and was ready for music to be made.

Rick Danko found his way to Woodstock after he and his bandmates finished up a tour with Bob Dylan in 1966. Bob was already living in Woodstock, so Rick and the rest of The Band tagged along resulting in their days at Big Pink, a house in West Saugerties which famously housed the musicians as they worked on music that would later become The Basement Tapes. 

Professor Louie is more than qualified to pay tribute to Rick Danko and The Band as he was a cherished collaborator with them for over sixteen years. Louie has worked with The Band as both musical collaborator and producer on albums such as Jericho, High On The Hog, and Jubilation, and on The Band’s hit song “Atlantic City.” 

For this tribute show, Professor Louie and the Crowmatix along with the Scranton chapter of the Woodstock Horns performed some classic tunes by The Band, as well as some more obscure songs written by Rick Danko. 

The band’s setlist for the night
Organ and keyboard set up

Joining Professor Louie on stage was the usual Crowmatix lineup consisting of Miss Marie (vocals, percussion, keyboard, performed with the Rick Danko band), Gary Burke (drums, played with Bob Dylan), Frank Campbell (bass, vocals, performed in Levon Helm’s band), and John Platania (guitar, vocals, played with Van Morrison). As a special treat, the Woodstock Horns also graced the stage, including Nick Driscol (saxophones, flute), Jim Buckley (bari sax, flute), Chuck Smith (trombone), and Dan Coyle (trumpet). To make things even more exciting, violinist Larry Packer, who performed with The Band at The Last Waltz, served as a special guest. 

The energy in the room was electrifying, and we are honored to be able to share this performance with you. Click here to secure your tickets now. 

‘MUSIC MAKES US STRONGER’

CONTACT US:
Bearsville Theater
291 Tinker St, Woodstock, NY 12498
Tel: (845) 684 7133

Lindsey Webster Live at Bearsville Theater

Oh, what a night… on Sunday, October 25 Bearsville lovers were graced with the presence of jazz and R&B vocalist Lindsey Webster and her rockin’ band for a very special livestream performance. And what a treat it was! The night was full of a healthy balance of soulful and upbeat jazz tunes mixed with soft and sultry ballads. Lindsey’s powerful and soulful voice was definitely the highlight of the evening, but that wouldn’t have been possible without the all-star band that was supporting her. On stage with Lindsey was Keith Slattery on keys, Mike DeMicco on guitar, Ken Gioffre on saxophone, Ryan Berg on bass, and Isaac Civitello on drums. The diverse and eclectic setlist combined with a musically pristine band set the stage for an incredible performance. 

Keith Slattery (keys), Ryan Berg (bass), Isaac Civitello (drums), Mike DeMicco (guitar), Ken Gioffre (sax)

Lindsey Webster is a local, born and raised in Woodstock and exposed to music at a very young age. Lindsey played the cello in grade school and continued on to attend Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in NYC. It was there that she decided to transition from strings to vocals, and it is there that Lindsey has stayed. 

The night opened with a funky, soul-driven tune called “Feels Like Forever,” the opening track on Lindsey’s latest release “A Woman Like Me,” featuring solos from guitar player Mike DeMicco and sax player Ken Gioffre. Up next we heard “Close To You,” the band’s latest single which was the #1 most added song on the Contemporary Jazz Billboard charts last week.

Next we heard a tender and emotional ballad called “Those Three Words,” a song about being in love and trusting the process. Following suit with the theme of love, we then heard “Love Inside,” which references the love we all have within us rather than love we can get from outside forces.

As Lindsey brought us through her repertoire, she continuously expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to be able to perform– something that we all know has been quite inaccessible during the pandemic. However for Lindsey, the pandemic did wonders for her in terms of writing and she informed the audience that she and her partner Keith are now working on a new record. 

As the night came to a close we heard a wonderful rendition of the classic, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” followed by a funky version of Chaka Khan’s “Ain’t Nobody.” The audience was treated to one last original tune called “Back To Your Heart,” which blew us all away. Lindsey and her band put on an incredible show, continuing the legacy of incredible live streams from Bearsville.

‘MUSIC MAKES US STRONGER’

CONTACT US:
Bearsville Theater
291 Tinker St, Woodstock, NY 12498
Tel: (845) 684 7133

Cindy Cashdollar and The Restless Age at Bearsville as part of Turn Up For Recovery

Bearsville is a space where all kinds of musical magic can take place, whether that be live or as a livestream. One of these magical Woodstock moments happened on September 30, when Grammy-winning steel guitar player Cindy Cashdollar graced our stage along with Hudson Valley trio, The Restless Age, in order to film a short set to raise money for Eric Clapton’s addiction recovery center, Crossroads Centre Antigua.

Associated with Crossroads Centre Antigua is an organization called Turn Up For Recovery, founded by Melia Clapton, whose mission is to raise awareness of abstinence-based addiction recovery as well as ending the stigma around alcohol and drug addiction. What better way to do this through music?

Cindy Cashdollar was asked to be one of Turn Up For Recovery’s featured artists, others including Bruce Hornsby, KT Tunstall, and Albert Lee, among others. We were humbled and honored when Cindy asked if this legendary performance could be recorded on the Bearsville stage. 

Cindy and Will Bryant (keys and vocals), Lee Falco (drums and vocals), and Brandon Morrison (bass and vocals) of The Restless Age

The performance was a short one with only three songs, but the music made on that stage was breathtakingly beautiful. The first song we heard was the title track off of Cindy’s latest record, Waltz For Abeline, a slow and emotive instrumental piece featuring Cindy’s seemingly effortless lap steel playing and The Restless Age providing a strong rhythmic foundation. Next, The Restless Age’s three-part vocal harmony was showcased on a new song called “Born To Win,” lyrics by Woody Guthrie and music by Mike Merenda of The Mammals. Brandon Morrison (bass and vocals), Lee Falco (drums and vocals), and Will Bryant (keys and vocals) make up The Restless Age, and released the tune “Born To Win” just a few weeks ago. The trio have become a Hudson Valley staple, notably as the backing band for Donald Fagen of Steely Dan. The last tune in the set was a bluesy rendition of Cindy’s composition, “Salvation,” a show stopping feature of the musicianship that was present on that stage. 

      Cindy Cashdollar and Bearsville owner, Lizzie Vann

 We always love when local musicians come and utilize the perfect acoustics of the stage at Bearsville, and we especially love when Cindy Cashdollar pays us a visit. Cindy Cashdollar’s performance with The Restless Age at Bearsville is now available on YouTube.

‘MUSIC MAKES US STRONGER’

CONTACT US:
Bearsville Theater
291 Tinker St, Woodstock, NY 12498
Tel: (845) 684 7133

Exciting times…

Watch this space….

We are so excited, as the new owners of the Bearsville Center, to breathe new life into the Bearsville Theater. An historic institution for the Woodstock music scene, which has seen many incredible artists and legends grace its stage over many years, we are working on not only renovating the building, after years of neglect, but re-establishing its music heritage. We are updating the sound system and lighting and putting together a program of concerts and events, to celebrate its history, re-ignite our community and the theater, but also introduce new talent and new music to showcase the musical diversity and spirit of Woodstock!

Watch this space for updates!