The popular Rhythm on the Riverfront concert series co-presented by Scenic Hudson and Beacon Music Factory are taking place at an additional location this year: the Cold Spring waterfront, at Foundry Dock Park, steps from the Metro-North parking lot. Last week, the Pre-War Ponies started things off and this week, on Thursday, Aug. 14, Tiki Daddy will perform. All shows take place at 6 p.m., rain or shine.
From Cold Spring, Tiki Daddy draws its inspiration from the fusion and innovation of the early era of Hawaiian steel guitar music along with great contemporary groups like The Moonlighters and The Cheap Suit Seranaders. Band members are John Harms (guitar/vocals), Art Labriola (steel guitar), Stacy Labriola (ukulele/vocals) and Al Hemberger (bass/vocals).
The third concert will present M Shanghai, a Brooklyn-based indie-folk collective, named after the Asian bistro in Williamsburg that hosted the band’s monthly shows from 2002 through 2009. M Shanghai’s legendary concerts are known for their unbridled joy, raucous energy and intimate subtlety, with all players crowded around one condenser microphone. With an adventurous take on Americana, the “M” are not easily classified; they emphasize distinctive songwriting while retaining the immediacy of classic American roots music; “timeless Americana with an indie-rock soul”.
The band’s fourth album Two Thousand Pennies was released in October 2012, celebrated M Shanghai’s 10 years as a band.