Hudson Music Festival lineup announced
Tickets, passes on sale now for seven day event
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.
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.
David May, Blair Mackay, Linda May and Lynda Clouette-Mackay unveiled the offical Hudson Music Festival image