If you need a bit more persuasion, take a look at this weekend’s lineup. It kicks off on Thursday, June 16 at 7 p.m. with Dara Tucker. She grew up in a gospel-singing family in Tulsa, but went on to expand her range of vocal styles to include jazz, soul and what is popularly known these days as the Great American Songbook. Tucker will likely be introducing a lot of material from Soul Said Yes, her new CD due out any time now.
The biggest buzz around the Falcon this weekend is over Friday night’s visitors: the exciting Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista and his current lineup, Banquet of Spirits. The band describes its omnivorous, pan-cultural musical fusion approach as Anthropofagia: Portuguese for cannibalism. Its latest recording, Caym, recently got a rave review on NPR’s Fresh Air. The album gives the compositions of New York City downtown scene stalwart John Zorn a world-music spin, incorporating the sonic flavors of Morocco, Mali, Indonesia and beyond. Baptista’s ensemble includes Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz on oud, gimbri and bass; Tim Keiper on drums, percussion and ngoni guitar; and Brian Marsella on piano, harpsichord and pump organ. New York City jazz quintet the Flail, also including Marsella, will open the show at 7 p.m., with Banquet of Spirits taking the stage at 8.
On Saturday night, June 18 at 7 p.m., a Brooklyn-based band that describes its music as “Americana rock,” called Chris Cubeta and the Liars’ Club, will hold forth. And on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Erin Hobson Compact will perform, giving you a great opportunity to take Dad out for a way-cool Fathers’ Day brunch.
As we get into the following week, the club will have a special Wednesday night opening on June 22 to present Woodstock’s own inimitable Robbie Dupree. More local favorites will take the floor as we get into the following weekend: the Sweet Clementines opening for the Trapps on Thursday, June 23 and the Rebecca Martin Trio featuring bass legend Larry Grenadier on Friday, June 24. The spotlight returns to the New York City scene on Sunday, June 24 with the Peter Fish Group.
The Falcon begins serving dinner at 5:30 p.m., so when the weather is nice, you have plenty of time to enjoy a fine meal and a gorgeous view on the deck before heading inside to hear the music. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. And there’s always an art exhibition of some kind on view. Visit www.liveatthefalcon.com or call (845) 236-7970 for the latest info on what’s coming up at this happening destination, located right on Route 9W in downtown Marlboro in Ulster County’s southeastern corner. It’s well-worth the trip!