Audio Feature: Live music locally
Live music resumed locally earlier this summer when COVID-19 case numbers were receding. Many of the first live music events were outdoors, in places such as the TSL parking lot in Hudson, or the Greenville Drive-In, or at local town pavillions. Now, though, the Delta variant of coronavirus is creating large numbers of cases, and a growing number of deaths. Here is a roundup of what is going on with local music venues:
• Main Street Public House in Philmont has been hosting musicians outside on its porch this summer, mostly on Friday evenings.
• Colony Cafe in Woodstock had indoor concerts in August, but stopped this month. "With an abundance of caution, and with the safety of our staff, attendees and artists at the top of our priorities, we have decided to move our September indoor/ticketed events to our outdoor Beer Garden stage. Because of local curfews and noise ordinances that come with outdoor amplified music, some events have moved to slightly earlier start times." Previously, Colony Cafe were only allowing the vaccinated at their indoor shows, with masks required. The Feelies are scheduled there Nov. 5, and it would seem by then shows will be indoors again or canceled.
• Avalon Lounge in Catskill has been hosting jazz legend Bobby Previte playing outside on Sunday nights at 6 p.m., weather permitting. They are also holding indoor concerts, but only for those with a proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test from the past 72 hours. Catskill-based rocker Wreckless Eric plays there Sept. 17.
• Hudson Hall, better known as the Hudson Opera House, requires masks for all, and also that all attendees, performers, staff, and volunteers are vaccinated and stay six feet apart. "For events designed for families and youth, unvaccinated children under 12 may attend. For the safety of the community, we are not making exceptions for people unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons. Please note, we do not accept negative COVID tests in lieu of vaccination," according to their website. Pianist Jenny Lin performs there Oct. 2.
• Gavin's Country Inn in East Durham has live music but no mention of COVID-19 or taking any precautions on their website
• Blackthorne Resort in East Durham does not have any COVID-19 regulations on their website, nor any mention of the global pandemic, and are continuing to host live music.
• Chicken Run in Windham has live music again, but no mention of COVID-19 or taking any precautions on their website.
• Tubby's in Kingston is starting to host live music again Sept. 9 with a Ryley Walker concert, but their website does not mention anything about COVID-19 precautions.
• Basilica Hudson has not been hosting live music in their space. They attempted to hold their annual "Soundscape" festival at P.S. 21 in Chatham, but that was canceled after headliner William Basinski put his entire tour on hold, and others in the music industry began scaling back tours because of the rise of the Delta variant of COVID-19.
• Half Moon in Hudson has sold pizza Tuesdays through Saturdays, while their stage remains empty.
• Helsinki Hudson remains closed, both the restaurant and the live music space.