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Art Bar

6367 Mill Street, Rhinebeck

Modeled after the classic supper clubs of yore, Rhinebeck’s newest venue, Art Bar, hosts live music three nights a week in a sophisticated environment. Thursday is an open mic hosted by Jack DiPietro. Fridays bring in a video deejay playing videos on four screens, from disco classics to Russian pop. On Saturdays, the Art Bar presents live world music with an emphasis on rock, jazz, swing and Brazilian. Table reservations recommended at (845) 417-8990. For more information, visit

The Liberty Public House

6417 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck

The charmingly cluttered Liberty Public House has made a splash in the local music scene lately, presenting everything from international folk band Caprice Rouge to experimental deejays. The Liberty features four distinct venues, an old-fashioned pub, the must-see Flag Room, the sultry Liberty Lounge with dance parties and live music and the Hudson River Boathouse. For more information, call (845) 876-1760 or visit

The High Falls Café

12 Stone Dock Road, High Falls

Not long ago, the High Falls Café moved from its location on Route 213 to a comfortable new space at the Stone Dock golf course off Berme Road in High Falls. Its commitment to live music remains unfaltering, however, and commitment is the operative word. The Café is dedicated not only to a steady course of high-end blues, jazz and singer/songwriter-oriented folk and rock, but also to a very select set of the region’s leading and longest-running acts in these genres – like folk/blues maestros Jeff Entin and Bob Blum, who host the Second Friday Jams; singer/songwriter Kurt Henry, who hosts Acoustic Thursday; and of course Big Joe Fitz, who presents his Blues Party on the first and third Tuesday. For more information, and for lucid directions to the new location at Stone Dock, call (845) 687-2699 or visit

The Wherehouse

119 Liberty Street, Newburgh

Wherehouse owner Dan Brown displayed some serious pioneer spirit when he founded a rock and blues club on the corner of Broadway and Liberty Street in Newburgh. The former professional bodyguard (whose charges included Jimmy Page and on at least one occasion Michael Jackson, if the legend is true) is as eclectic in his booking as in his beer list. All of the region’s leading blues acts play here, as do all manner of high-energy rock acts. For more information, call (845) 561-7240 or visit

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