’Tis prime time for rocking road trips; and you’ll see why my Irish is up in a minute. Before suggesting you interface Sirius XM or Pandora with your GPS, or dig out your Rand McNally, let’s give props to the band traveling far to play for us: Irish traditionalists McPeake, wrapping up the season at Music Haven on Sunday.
Belfast-based McPeake is piper Francis McPeake IV — great grandson of Francis McPeake (1885-1977), founder of this formidable musical dynasty — plus fiddler Mairead Forde, percussionist Rod Quinn, keyboardist-accordion player Sean O’Kane, bassist Nick Scott, guitarist Tommy O’Sullivan, singer-guitarist Peter Wallace and songwriter Paula McPeake.
Pete Seeger discovered an earlier incarnation of this generations-deep musical family on his 1962 world tour and recorded with them. They released their own debut album the next year and have played past several show-biz bumps in the road.
Opening this 7 p.m. free show is the veteran duo of Jane Rothfield and Allan Carr, longtime area music-makers transplanted several years ago to Philadelphia.
OK, now the travel is on you and there’s plenty available.
Likely the coolest, crammed-with-sounds event in driving distance is moe.down 13, back at Snow Ridge Ski Resort (4173 West Road, Turin, Lewis County) after two years at Gelston Castle. Moe.down 13 features six sets by moe. — two each Friday, Saturday and Sunday — with many bands on two stages all weekend. Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Infantree, the Kyle Hollingsworth Band and the Everyone Orchestra play Friday.
Saturday’s lineup features Soja, the Wood Brothers, Galactic (with singer Cory Glover from Living Colour), Aqueous, Leroy Justice, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, and the Bright Light Social Hour. On Sunday, it’s the North Mississippi Allstars Duo, Umphrey’s McGee, Timbre Coup and Marco Benevento.
Remember, moe. plays all three days; and the lineup is loaded with jam-capable crews compatible with moe.’s crisp sound and freewheeling style. For example, the enigmatically named Everyone Orchestra features guitarist Steve Kimock with a résumé crammed with Grateful Dead successor band credits; drummer Jeff Sipe of the Aquarium Rescue Unit; former Gov’t Mule and Black Crowes bassist Andy Hess; keyboardist Marco Benevento; mandolinist Jamie Masefield, who also leads the Jazz Mandolin Project; singer Jans Ingber; keyboardist and founder Matt Butler; and anybody else he can drag onstage.
Tickets are $145 for all three days of music and camping at moe.down 13. Sunday-only tickets are $60. RV passes are an additional $75 in advance, $90 at the door. Visit moedown.com/tickets.html.
Cowboy Junkies X2
Like moe., Cowboy Junkies recorded for major record labels before going independent, becoming both more autonomous and more prolific. They play two area shows this week; at the Iron Horse (20 Center St., Northampton, Mass.) tonight and at Club Helsinki (405 Columbia St., Hudson) on Tuesday.
The Toronto quartet — guitarist-songwriter Michael Timmins, drummer Peter Timmins, singer Margo Timmins and bassist Alan Anton — remains unchanged since 1985, though they’ve grown both in depth and breadth. Their independently released Nomad Series offers snapshots of their evolving musical interests: “Renmin Park” evokes Michael Timmins’ family journey through China, “Demons” collects songs written by the late, great Vic Chesnutt (guest on their “Trinity Revisited” album that re-created their debut), “Sing in My Meadow” captures the energy of their live shows, and “The Wilderness” reaches back to their folk roots.
Cowboy Junkies play tonight at 7 p.m. at the Iron Horse. Tickets are $45. Phone 413-586-8686 or visit www.iheg.com. And they play on Tuesday at Club Helsinki at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45 and $55. Phone 828-4800 or visit www.helsinkihudson.com.
MisSpelled in NYC
Union College music graduate and veteran cabaret performer Mark Bornfield opens in New York on Saturday as part of the NYC Fringe Festival with his new musical “MisSpelled.” Set in Miami, it portrays the troubled romance of a warlock’s daughter and a mortal piano player.
“MisSpelled” stars Broadway’s D’Jamin Bartlett who wrote the book and who originated the role of Petra in the Harold Prince production of “A Little Night Music,” among other credits. Bornfield composed and arranged the music.
“MisSpelled plays at the Cherry Lane Theater (38 Commerce St., New York) this Saturday at 3:15 p.m., Aug, 18 at 8 p.m., Aug. 21 at 5:15 p.m., Aug, 25 at 2:15 p.m. and Aug. 26 at 3:15 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door; with various package discounts for those attending more than one performance during the festival. Visit www.fringenyc.org.
Full disclosure: Bornfield and I were artistic collaborators in the early 1970s: He composed, arranged and performed music to accompany my photo slides (two projectors, cross-faded with a dissolver my dad made) in performances at the Union College Old Chapel and the Schenectady County Public Library McChesney Room. The band on those mixed-media gigs included my brother Jim Hoke; the late, great keyboardist Louie Mauriello; Bornfield; and others. We called this venture “Eye Jazz.” We wanted to play songs for ears and eyes. Hey, c’mon! — it was the ’70s! Like McPeake at Music Haven on Sunday, admission was free.
Hudson Valley resident and jazz giant drummer Jack DeJohnette gets a much-deserved 70th birthday tribute on Sunday at the Bearsville Theater (291 Tinker St., Woodstock), hosted by fellow drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and her quartet with a supporting cast glittering with the Hudson Valley’s best — WAY too many to list here.
It all starts with dinner at 6 p.m. ($55), and the all-star show starts at 7:30 p.m. ($30 for the show only). Phone 845-679-4406 or visit www.bearsvilletheater.com.
Real Estate from New Jersey plays MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass., tonight, a highly regarded indie band with two melodic pop albums to their credit. The 8 p.m. show happens in the Courtyard C Café in nice weather, the Hunter Center if it rains. Tickets are $18. Phone 413-662-2111 or visit www.massmoca.org.