The Hobo Concert Series brings five free concerts in five city parks to Beacon, starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 29. Matt the Electrician opens the series in Green Street Park. The series is sponsored by Beacon Music Factory, City of Beacon Parks and Rec, Dogwood, The Hop, Tito Santana, Southern Dutchess Bowl, and BeaconArts.

Artists will perform on the same flatbed trailer. All show times are at 6 p.m. Rain location: University Settlement Camp Theatre.

Matt the Electrician crafts sharp narratives with equal measures heart and home. The longtime Austin resident’s new album showcases a seasoned songwriter in top form.

Decora plays June 20 at South Avenue Park. Decora, (short for De Corazon) is an emcee and poet out of the Hudson Valley. As a member of a world-renowned Spoken Word group known as The ReadNex Poetry Squad he completed eight tours in over 12 countries and 35 states across the U.S.

The Big Takeover takes the stage July 1, at Riverfront Park. Jamaican born and raised Neenee Rushie and The Big Takeover is a unique, vibrant and lively interpretation of reggae, ska, rocksteady and world music.

Breakneck Boys perform July 15 at Memorial Park. Locally grown mountain music, the Breakneck Boys, led by Cold Spring native Jesse Merandy, formed at Dogwood’s Pick and Grin jam session in Beacon. The blend of bluegrass and soul features members of local bands Stone Fleet, Tall County, and Frankenpine.

Carla Springer closes the series July 29 at Pohill Park (at the Visitors’ Center).

Although Springer had been well known in the local folk/blues music scene, she took the next step after winning the Towne Crier’s open mic contest. Her first album There’s Still Time is currently getting airplay on local independent/college radio stations, especially her single, Baby Don’t Lie.



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