Week-long music festival kicks off in Hudson

Week-long music festival kicks off in Hudson
Week-long music festival kicks off in Hudson

Jordan Officer plays Saturday night at the Hudson Music Festival, which will be held Aug. 5 to 12 in various venues around town. (Photo Geneviève Bellemare) Geneviève Bellemare

The Hudson Music Festival is branching out with the addition of a concert series to keep the music going before and after the week-long event.

The Music Series In the Barn will take place at the 2 Barn Owls art gallery and boutique at 420 Main Road in Hudson. The first of the concerts in the series was held in late June, with three more concerts booked in August, September and October.

Upcoming events in the music series include Australian singer-songwriter Jay Atwill on Aug. 8, a tribute to Chet Baker by the Ron DiLauro Quartet on Sept. 17 and bossa nova band the Jean-François Léger Trio on Oct. 22.

Sculpture artist Nancy Farnum, who operates the gallery with painter Mavis Martin, said the unique venue has great acoustics and can accommodate up to 90 people.

“The barn is a pretty cool space to have events. It’s so intimate that everyone’s chit-chatting to everyone. It’s a really nice social setting,” Farnum said. “We’re very excited.”

Along with the Music Series in the Barn, the 11th annual music festival will bring internationally and regionally known artists to perform in venues throughout Hudson from Aug. 5 to 12. Concerts will be held throughout the town, under a tent in the Mews Concert Square in the heart of the village, at St-James Church, the Hudson Yacht Club, The Chateau du Lac bar, Cunningham’s Pub, and even at the Hudson-Oka ferry terminal. The street fair this Saturday and Sunday will also be animated by roving performers.

According to artistic director Blair Mackay, the variety of venues creates an opportunity for organizers to vary the kinds of bands they book to match the audience drawn to each kind of venue.

“We bring in classical music, lots of nice jazz, some blues, some rock stuff. We also bring in a lot of regional artists in the area. This year we’re doing a lot of that,” he said. “We call it the ultimate intimate festival. People come here to see some really beautiful musicians play some really great stuff, for some really economical prices.”

The majority of the concerts will be free, with ticketed concerts ranging in price from $5 to $55, with most tickets between $10-20. The most expensive ticket includes a dinner provided by the Main Kitchen, along with the performance by jazz vocalist Mandy Lagan and her band the Origins Ensemble, who will be sharing their own musical interpretations of songs by Joni Mitchell. The Aug. 6 concert is dedicated to the memory of Dennis and Nancy Gobeil, a Hudson couple known for their steadfast support of the festival who passed away within months of each other in November 2016 and January 2017.

The Hudson Music Festival will be held Aug. 5 to 12 in various venues around town. The free street festival at Main Street and Cameron will include performances from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information about the festival program or to buy tickets, visit hudsonmusicfestival.ca.

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