Hud­son Mu­sic Fes­ti­val li­neup an­noun­ced

Ti­ckets, passes on sale now for se­ven day event

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FCul­ture will do­mi­nate in Hud­son la­ter this month when the se­venth an­nual Hud­son Mu­sic Fes­ti­val gets un­der­way from Ju­ly 29 to Au­gust 4.

es­ti­val or­ga­ni­zers ga­the­red last week at Hud­son’s wa­ter­front Willow Place Inn to un­veil a li­neup that will in­clude na­tio­nal and in­ter­na­tio­nal mu­si­cians re­pre­sen­ting an ar­ray of genres in­clu­ding rock, jazz, blue­grass, coun­try, tan­go, R&B, and more.

New this year will be the ex­ten­sion of the fes­ti­val to se­ven full days.

As in years past, the HMF will in­cor­po­rate grand con­certs, sa­lon con­certs, and per­for­mances at lo­cal res­tau­rants, bars, cof­fee shops and churches. Al­so sche­du­led are work­shops and a pho­to­gra­phy ex­hi­bit by fes­ti­val pho­to­gra­phers Lin­da and Da­vid May, which will run Aug. 3 and 4 at the Old Fi­re­house on Main Rd. in Hud­son.

Ano­ther ad­di­tion was the an­noun­ce­ment that Hud­son’s new Jack Lay­ton Park will be one of a few key fes­ti­val ve­nues. The news means that along with being able to hear world class mu­sic un­der a tent at the wa­ter­front lo­ca­tion, fes­ti­val goers will be able to pur­chase wine and spi­rits thanks to a li­quor li­cense the town gran­ted HMF or­ga­ni­zers, said Blair Mackay, Ar­tis­tic Di­rec­tor.

“You can bring a pic­nic, have a beer and lis­ten to great mu­sic at this beau­ti­ful park,” Mackay said, ad­ding, “What could be bet­ter?”

Mackay was al­so ex­ci­ted to an­nounce the fes­ti­val will ho­nour le­gen­da­ry mu­si­cians, genres and song­wri­ters with ho­mage con­certs the first of which will be the fes­ti­val ki­ckoff Grand Concert Ga­la fea­tu­ring Shine On: The Uni­verse of John Len­non (Ju­ly 28, 8 p.m. at the Hud­son Vil­lage Theatre.) The se­ven per­son group will ren­der their own rhyth­mic and har­mo­nic ver­sions of well known Beatles hits like Across the Uni­verse and Don’t Let Me Down. And a new­ly com­mis­sio­ned song by Ca­na­dian com­po­ser Mi­chael Oes­terle will be un­vei­led that night.

Mackay says com­mis­sio­ning ori­gi­nal mu­sic is so­me­thing they hope to do each year.

A se­cond tri­bute concert ho­nou­ring the mu­sic of James Tay­lor as per­for­med by the We (Heart) JT en­semble, will take place Aug. 1, at 8 p.m., at the Hud­son Yacht Club.

Grand Concert Din­ner

Jo­king that the fes­ti­val has ri­sen to such heights that it now in­cludes “a fan­cy din­ner night,” Mackay said a Grand Concert Din­ner fea­tu­ring the La­tin ins­pi­red sounds of Tan­go Bo­real that will take place Ju­ly 30, at 6:30 p.m., at the Au­berge Willow Place Inn, will be an event not to be mis­sed.

Ano­ther no­table event will be the Concert for Peace being held on Aug. 2, at 8 p.m., at the Haw­kes­bu­ry Ford Tent at Jack Lay­ton Park. Pop, rhythm en­semble Sweet­field will head­line the concert from which all pro­ceeds will go to a non-pro­fit or­ga­ni­za­tion cal­led The Prem Ra­wat Foun­da­tion (TPRF,) which sup­port ef­forts to pro­vide food, water, and eye care to people in need world­wide. No­va Hud­son will al­so be­ne­fit from concert pro­ceeds. Other fes­ti­val con­certs and events in­clude: The Double Sa­lon Se­ries, Ju­ly 31, at 9 p.m., at Hud­son’s Cha­teau du Lac fea­tu­ring mu­sic by Bob­by Stagg. And a unique eve­ning of mu­sic aboard the Oka-Hud­son Fer­ry will in­clude a bar­be­cue and dan­cing un­der the stars. Fea­tu­red ar­tists will be Soul Fu­sion and HMF New York.

Street Fair

One of the big­gest days for the fes­ti­val will be Aug. 4, when the mu­sic fest joins forces with the an­nual Hud­son Street Fair. The re­sult will be a full day of mu­sic, food, shop­ping and events run­ning from one end of Main Rd. to the other. The day has be­come a draw for thou­sands who flock to Hud­son from the Mon­treal re­gion, On­ta­rio and beyond. The day will fea­ture se­ven key events, as well as a work­shop on ga­me­lan mu­sic.

The Hud­son Mu­sic Fes­ti­val was es­ta­bli­shed in 2007 to high­light and sup­port Hud­son’s mu­si­cal and cultu­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

For HMF passes, $65, or ti­ckets to in­di­vi­dual con­certs, ga­las or work­shops call the Ste­phen F. Shaar Com­mu­ni­ty Centre at 450 458-6699. A com­plete list of all fes­ti­val con­certs, shows, work­shops and more can be found at www.hud­son­mu­sic­fes­ti­val.ca.

PHO­TO KRIS­TI­NA EDSON

Da­vid May, Blair Mackay, Lin­da May and Lyn­da Clouette-Mackay un­vei­led the of­fi­cal Hud­son Mu­sic Fes­ti­val image

last week.

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