This weekend is perfect for a staycation where you can travel to Elizabethan England, the Lower East Side of the early 1900s or the beach without ever leaving Rockland. There’s an opening reception for an art exhibition, a group art show and plenty of music to satisfy all tastes.
This weekend it’s First Friday and the Nyack Art Collective invites you to head “outdoors” for their group themed show. You can also head to the hills for the sound of music, check out the birds of New York State, or take a “buggy” hike. The Music in the Garden series concludes and there’s also salsa and a tribute to two ’70s music superstars for your listening pleasure.
by Chris Stanton
Nyack, July 30 –“I guess I’m overwhelmed,” Bert Hughes said, taking the stage with his wife, Chris, at the Music on the Hudson tribute concert in Memorial Park on Tuesday. Featuring a lively performance by the Cocomama Quintet, the event celebrated the Hughes’ and The Friends of the Nyacks for their decades of service to Memorial Park and the local music scene.
Photo Credit: BrianEvansPhotos.com via Nyack Parks Conservancy/Facebook.
Looking for some live music? Nyack’s got you covered six out of the next seven days. Nyack Jazz Week wraps up with performances on Fri-Sun; there’s Music On The Hudson in Memorial Park on Tuesday; Nyack indy artist Alyssa Sequoia plays Maureen’s Jazz Cellar on Wednesday; and there’s Music In The Garden at Hopper House on Thursday. Inspired by what you hear and want to join in? The 5th annual Rockland Summer Sings is Tuesday night.
It’s a week to Listen To The Music in and near Nyack. Nyack Jazz Week from the Rockland County Jazz & Blues Society kicks off on Friday. There’s also female-powered, rhythm-centric music, doo wop, rock n roll, salsa and a hometown brother sister duo. Plus an artist’s reception, a movie about improv, a storytelling workshop and a bicycle ride from Bear Mountain to Cold Spring.
by Christopher Stanton
Matthew Chapman has often drawn artistic inspiration from small American towns, but until recently, he had never actually lived in one. In the midst of moving from Manhattan to Nyack, the British filmmaker took the time to sit down with Nyack News and Views, cutting straight to the point on politics, Hollywood, the significance of his earring and everything in between.
by Steven P. Marsh
You know right away, just from the quirky way he spells his first name, that Nyack singer-songwriter Steev Richter is an unconventional person.
“I’m Steven with a v,” Richter says in a conversation that begins outside of Nyack’s Art Café under a gray sky before a sudden downpour forces a hasty retreat indoors. “But I started spelling it this way when I was younger, and by the time I would have grown out of it, everybody spelled it that way. It kinda stuck.”
This weekend you can travel to France or a Golden Pond without leaving Rockland. You can hear the music of the Grateful Dead, the Beatles, Dylan, reggae and jazz. Cars will take over Main Street and a parking lot will turn into a Drive In. Cycle to a zoo or learn how to play pickleball.
by Chris Stanton
Steven Bernstein built his storied career by doing everything at once. An acclaimed trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader, Bernstein cut his teeth in the eclectic late-’70s New York scene, where audiences demanded a wide-ranging setlist.
“I come from a generation where walls were being brought down,” Bernstein says when I visit him in his South Nyack home, crediting his varied career to the popularity of disparate genres and sounds in the 1970s. In a recent residency at The Stone in New York City, Bernstein trotted out six of his different bands over the course of a week, as if to prove that variety remains the one constant in an ever-evolving career.
Summer is sizzlin’ with a First Friday and a Nyack Street Fair. There’s photography exhibits, music a plenty, laughs, group singing and Shakespeare, too. Listen to music in the great outdoors as the Music on the Hudson and Jazz in the Garden series continue this week.