The Stockade Tavern, located on Fair Street in Uptown Kingston, is one of the hippest ‘speakeasy’ bars in the Hudson Valley that offers excellent old-school drinks. The Stockade is owned by husband and wife Giovanna “Jenny” Vis and Paul Maloney. The location is discrete and brick faced, with a warm light emanating from the windows displaying the alluring and charismatic atmosphere inside. The bartenders at the Stockade take their jobs very seriously and undergo extensive training. New ‘employees’ must go through months of apprenticing before given a true position as a bartender at the Stockade. All mixed drinks at the stockade are really “clean” drinks. By “clean” I mean that the drinks are not loaded up with cheap liquor, sugar or bad mixers. The drink prices range from $8 to $12 but you always get what you pay for at the Stockade Tavern. The tap list is also always interesting and well chosen as are the wines by the glass. The Stockade also offers a selection of munchies which include grilled sausage, smoked cheddar cheese with fresh onion, stone-ground mustard, and wheat crackers, pickle plate with hot-baked pretzels, and sardines in the tin. My only criticism of this bar was the lack of space and seating for the customers but the Stockade recently shut me up with their renovation and new addition that they had undergone earlier this month. The Stockade Tavern is a must see and a great experience for both tourists and locals.
It was a great night at Catskill Mountain Pizza for Jaita Zoens. Jaita Zoens was encored at the end of their set to replay one of their original songs (sang by Lauren O’ Brien), “Riding,” which is a very mellow song that builds up to a great guitar solo as the drums come rolling in. After their set, guitarist Calvin Alfaro, drummer Miles O’ Brien, and bassist Tyler Robertson did a set of cover songs to keep the night young. However, these cover songs had their own Jaita Zoens twist to them to keep it original and fresh. Jaita Zoens is known for encouraging and inviting other musicians from the audience to jam along. Father of singer Lauren O’ Brien and drummer Miles O’ Brien and ex-drummer of the band Orleans, Peter O’ Brien jumped on the drum set towards the end of the night. He played on a cover of Sublime’s “Little District.” A normally soft acoustic reggae song became a rocking jam as Peter sped up the beat and Tyler layed down a funky bassline, while Calvin ripped a hard rock solo over it. All in all, the night was a huge success for the fairly new band. All would agree that Jaita Zoens’ hard work, talent, and genuine love for music and the arts will lead them to great new heights.
photographed by Justin Brewer
Jaita Zoens is a four piece r&b/pop/rock band from Saugerties, NY. Members include Lauren O’ Brien, Calvin Alfaro, Tyler Robertson, Miles O’ Brien. Each member’s personal touch gives their music a unique, dynamic sound. With influences ranging from jazz, soul, and funk, to reggae, rock, r&b, and hip hop, their sound has become a collaboration of classic roots with an overall contemporary feel. Jaita Zoens combines down-to-earth lyrics, tight rhythm and bass, and intricate guitar riffs in order to emit simplicity while still paying attention to detail. They plan on finishing their first demo before the spring of 2014.
2/7 – Catskill Mountain Pizza, Woodstock
2/15 - The Shelter: Underground Wine bar, Rhinebeck
2/28 – Liberty Public House, Rhinebeck
This Friday 2/7 @Liberty Public House Rhinebeck, NY 9:30pm
”a head-turning, guitar-pop craftsmen”-TIMEOUT NEW YORK
Born in Memphis, TN, a mere stones throw away from Elvis Presley’s Graceland and the legendary Sun Studios, Foster McGinty is an artist that acknowledges the past, with both feet marching defiantly into the future. McGinty has pioneered an original style that echoes the Sun Studios era and the psychedelic musings that helped define the late 60′s. Possessing guitar chops that rival any noteworthy six stringer, McGinty is a songwriter through and through, preferring to honor the song over never ending guitar solos and recycled formulas. After moving recently moving to Woodstock, NY, Foster has also adopted and integrated a folk style his most recent album, Crows Nest and the Great Shakes EP (2012 ). With a Delta hellhound milky yowl and a potent live band that slams back and forth between an ever-unfolding musical mission, Foster McGinty serves the listener with a heavy dose of golden era electric.