What’s a Spuyten Duyvil? Most of us enjoy the clever names that musical groups have come up with: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hootie and the Blowfish, Psychedelic Furs, Meat Loaf (his real name)… the list goes on. Spuyten Duyvil is an intriguing one. The name could be interpreted to mean “In Spite of the Devil,” or “Spinning Devil,” and refers to a creek connecting the Harlem and Hudson rivers. At the end of this month, Spuyten Duyvil will be the featured performers at Café Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY and at the Beacon Theatre Lobby Concert Series in New York City. Spuyten Duyvil is a hot new folk band, nominated just last year for Best American Roots Album by The Alternate Root TV. Listening to their music is like visiting a museum of traditional American Roots! They are broadcast on over 165 radio stations nationwide, and the band was formed right here in Westchester County – Yonkers, to be exact. Spuyten Duyvil’s Alternative Roots sound wanders the last 100 years of American music conjuring embittered civil war veterans, recalcitrant small town bawds, suicidal bureaucrats, star crossed lovers and brave hearted fools navigating the mysteries of daily life.
Does the term “subway series” conjure up major league baseball games? It did for me, too, until I learned about a different kind of Subway Series. For the past two years, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s has traveled throughout New York City’s five boroughs to give a series of free, one-hour chamber music concerts. If you aren’t familiar with chamber music, their one-hour introduction is a great way to hear it. OSL partnered with City Harvest in 2011 to provide 2,000 pounds of food to New York City’s homeless, providing sustenance for the body as well as music for the soul!
Legendary folk-rock guitarist and singer/songwriter Richard Thompson has just been added to the Caramoor Music Festival! He will perform a solo acoustic show on Saturday, July 14th. You’ll never be more than 70 feet from the stage in our intimate Spanish Courtyard, the perfect venue in which to experience Sir Richard’s imaginative, fluid performance. Check it out!