Finally made the trip up from Atlanta, GA to visit this gem of historic repurposing in Hudson, NY.
A 19th century factory of brick and iron now houses several rooms for an intimate or grand life experience in music, good and friendship. There's a warmth to the industrial age, recycled skeletons of architectural salvage designed in a comfortable, artful passion throughout.
My sister & I enjoyed what I like to call a "command performance" during the mellow, less crowded weeknight concerts by one of their world class standard and up & coming musical artists which pack the house to the rafters on weekends according to my sister who lives nearby and has developed an addiction to their music scene, warm hospitality and hearty $13 house burger & sides which drips in applewood bacon, caramelized onions, cheddar & well, you get the jist.
Meanwhile, I succumbed to the wiles of their Memphis BBQ blackened ends smokey brisket with slaw on toasted roll, (not a hamburger bun) pickle and hand cut fries which arrived with a ramekin of their Fried Green Tomatoes with Whiskey Mayonnaise. One of many sides and appetizers available which allow an abundance of choices for the Vegetarians to go hog- free & wild. Grilled watermelon, cheddar grits, black eyed peas, slaw, corn blend, arugela with a ginger dressing... I can't remember them all and their flavours, about a dozen, but each have added a new meaning to constant craving ever since.
Baby back ribs to steak, free range chicken and fish choices were also available. Monday specials too!
Extensive classic beer and craft brew choices, many created within 100 miles. Bourbons, and cocktails abound, full bar service to keep you saited. $2 Coke, and Boylan sodas, teas, etc... for the totalers.
This evening featured The Devon Allman Band, and Devon, did not disappoint. The band's enthusiastic Rock & Roll performance of music he has written was accented with a few classic Allman Bros tunes for those who drift back to the 70's now & again. (Dad should be proud.) Naturally a generous encore was demanded by all in attendance, and granted after quite the audience fuss!
We were treated to a one on one, meet & greet, where I watched as this young man, Devon Allman, treated everyone who approached with a warmth, patience & solid attitude of solidarity (appreciation) for every supporter there. A gift of time.
Where do you find a bonus like that?
Tickets were $35.
The beauty of an intimate venue vs their 10,000 person stadium performances. Find it at Club Helsinki.
Worth the 1200 mile drive!
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