Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tracy Bonham Live video

Thursday, April 22, 2010

tiki thursdays

Remember Tiki Thursdays last summer? Seems like years ago; and also seems like last week. Live bands, drinking, dancing, dining ...OUTSIDE at the Piggy Bank. This summer there will be even more surprises.

I'm thinking about Tiki Thursdays—and some piggy bank favorites to help start those summer weekends early (and there are never enough summer weekends).

What are some of the best things about Tiki Thursdays at the Piggy Bank? Free live music for one...

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Hello my dear friends here, there, and way out there,

As some of you know, I having been working since the end of last summer to produce a big F-R-E-E outdoor concert on the waterfront here in Beacon, NY this summer.

And that show will be called Beacon Riverfest, a name that sounds like something that had been there all along.

And so, the City of Beacon signed on as a partner. But they don't have any money, but they are a big help in other ways. And BACA, the local arts organization, signed on. But they don't have any money, despite which they are also a big help. I continued to pound the pavement, the internet, and one morning, I even got my wife to make several hundred pancakes with me. And that pancake party Jennifer and I held in our home clinched it. Knee-deep in maple syrup, borrowed griddles, and blown circuits, we began to realize that with the support of such a great community, we were going to make this happen.

It's been uphill at times, but this thing, this Beacon Riverfest, is actually really happening. I mean, we've got some sponsors. A nice logo too.

And we announced the bands: The Fleshtones, Tracy Bonham, and Yarn. June 26. In the daytime. In Riverfront Park, Beacon, NY. Take the train to the show.

We had a benefit concert at the Howland Center, we had a pancake party, there will be another concert on April 30, some wonderful sponsors have come on board, food and craft vendors signed on, some amazing volunteer staff have helped to build it. And here I sit with my Excel spreadsheet, and I can tell you we will need another little bit of ch-ching to get close to breaking even.


After reading this, I hope you are planning to attend Beacon Riverfest on June 26, and in the meantime, I'd be grateful if you could throw a little something in our tip jar so that we can pay the bands the day of the show. We set up a little fundraising gizmo on a website that helps you do this sort of thing. It's easy and it's legit. It's called KICKSTARTER. You make a pledge now, and you don't get charged until enough super people like yourself have helped us reach our goal.

Please help us reach our goal, and then we can put the rock to work. And you should come to the show of course.
Email me with any questions. And please share this note.

Stephen Clair
Beacon Riverfest

Friday, April 16, 2010

Come to the launch party April 30

Save money and buy advance tickets: Click on LAUNCH PARTY TIX



8PM / DOORS 7:30




Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Advance Ticket Alert

Last week, we began to let the world know about Beacon Riverfest. We let the cats out of their respective bags, announcing the bands, launching press releases into the eventosphere. We followed up. We're following up. It's amazing what can happen when you unleash a thing.

We announced the bands, and we turned around and got a couple more sponsors. Traction! Momentum! I put a down payment on the stage rental. Full speed ahead, y'all! This s%#^'s fo'real. But there is still more, much more, ever so muchly more money to raise.

That is a good reason why we are having this LAUNCH PARTY/CONCERT on April 30 which you need to be at. This event also features a pretty awesome lineup—only this lineup will be on stage together for most of the night, a sort of local ALL STAR BAND, if you will. We kicked off this whole BEACON RIVERFEST project with a similar concert/fundraiser last November—and the night was a downright religious experience. Please plan on being there at the Howland Center on Friday April 30. The Howland Center is very generously DONATING the space, and the musicians are donating their time and talent, which means every cent that comes in the door goes toward Beacon Riverfest.

It filled up last time, so we encourage you to purchase tickets in advance. Not only is it easy to buy tickets online, but you can also save five bucks. You can purchase them at You can do it right now. Click on LAUNCH PARTY TIX.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Where to get info about June 26



Beacon Riverfest is happening thanks to our SPONSORS

Beacon Pilates joins Beacon Riverfest

Please welcome Beacon Pilates—our latest sponsor for Beacon Riverfest!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

New album releases for both Tracy Bonham and Yarn this summer

Masts Of Manhatta, Tracy Bonham's first full-length album in five years, will be released on July 13th by Engine Room Recordings. Produced by Bonham, the album was mixed by Tchad Blake (Tom Waits, Los Lobos, Lisa Germano) and features the Brooklyn-based Smokey's Roundup, a trio led by guitarist Smokey Hormel (Tom Waits, Beck, Norah Jones), as the backing band. (

Yarn’s upcoming release, Come On In, is slated for release on United for Opportunity (UFO) on May 4, 2010. Check out the song Schenectady.

Beacon Riverfest lineup announced

Today, Local 845, Beacon’s dedicated music producer and presenter, would like to announce a landmark event for this historical Hudson Valley city. Local 845 will present Beacon Riverfest 2010, the city’s first-ever live music concert of its kind in Beacon, New York’s renovated Riverfront Park. Free and open to the public, Beacon Riverfest will be held on Saturday, June 26, from 2pm to dusk—rain or shine.

Three bands will headline on one center stage in the first of what is planned to be an annual event: “Super Rock” legends The Fleshtones; Grammy-nominated recording artist and performer, Tracy Bonham; and Brooklyn-based alt-country jam band, Yarn.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

It took The Nelsonvillians to bring a little rock this way

Was it my imagination or did the bass player's amp light up from below? There it was. An orange throbbing glow from the base of the cabinet. And here I was in Beacon, NY on a Saturday night. Stone sober and having my face rocked off by The Nelsonvillians. How cool on a Saturday night—to be under the bright track lights of Zuzu's Leaf and Bean on Main Street, and have this little trio turned up so perfectly wonderfully necessarily loud. Loud loud loud. This town doesn't get enough loud. I've tried to find the place for it. Clearly, I was jonesing for some loud, and these guys, the Nelsonvillians, were actually really worth paying attention to. It's satisfying to thoroughly enjoy some live music here that I had nothing to do with.