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Hosts, Mike Harris and J**e Millman, draw back the curtain and invite you backstage at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and UPAC in Kingston, NY for intimate conversations with musicians and performers appearing at the historic venues. Guests include Chris Silva, Executive Director of the Bardavon, Floriana Frassetto, Creator and Artistic Director of Mummenschantz and Mary Stuart Masterson, Actor, Director, Producer and Community Activist. Backstage with the Bardavon is created and co-produced by Patrick J. Watson and J**e Millman.
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Backstage with the Bardavon Jode Millman

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Hosts, Mike Harris and J**e Millman, draw back the curtain and invite you backstage at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and UPAC in Kingston, NY for intimate conversations with musicians and performers appearing at the historic venues. Guests include Chris Silva, Executive Director of the Bardavon, Floriana Frassetto, Creator and Artistic Director of Mummenschantz and Mary Stuart Masterson, Actor, Director, Producer and Community Activist. Backstage with the Bardavon is created and co-produced by Patrick J. Watson and J**e Millman.
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    Danny Louis, musician, songwriter and performer

    Danny Louis, musician, songwriter and performer

    Joining us today is Danny Louis, musician, songwriter, producer, and someone who was born and bred in the Hudson Valley. Danny has toured with Joe Cocker, Cheap Trick and the Allman Brothers Band, among others, and has appeared on discs by Ronnie Spector, Rosanne Cash, and Ricky Martin. Danny is a founding member of the rock band the Cars and, of course, he’s best known as keyboardist for Government Mule.
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    • 31 min
    Stan Beinstein

    Stan Beinstein

    In these days of COVID-19, Backstage with the Bardavon has reached out to residents of the Hudson Valley who have been instrumental in the development of our unique music scene. Joining us today is Stan Beinstein, local music maven, historian and chronicler of music in the Hudson Valley. Stan began his career producing concerts like THE WHO at SUNY New Paltz, then moved on to become Sales Manager at WPDH during its hey-days and establishing it as THE HOME OF ROCK ‘N ROLL, and of course, he remained close friends with Larry Plover, music impresario and owner of the THE CHANCE, until his untimely death. 
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    • 43 min
    Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Grammy Award winning musicians

    Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Grammy Award winning musicians

    For more than four decades, Emmy-nominated and Grammy Award Winning musicians, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason have brought their love and folk, country, swing and zydeco expertise to the Hudson Valley through their involvement with the Askohan Center, in Shokan, NY, recordings, books and educational programs. In addition to scoring several motion pictures like Legends of the Fall, they’ve worked with Ken Burns on several of his documentaries, including the award-winning Civil War and Huey. Mr. Burns had praised Jay and Molly, remarking that they “play music from the heart which reminds us of the best in all of us.”
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    • 29 min
    Jose Francisco Salgado, Phd, Astronomer, Astrophotographer and Filmmaker

    Jose Francisco Salgado, Phd, Astronomer, Astrophotographer and Filmmaker

    Dr. Jose Francisco Salgado, astronomer, astrophotographer and filmmaker is the executive director of KV 265, a non-profit whose mission is the communication of science through the arts. Jose recently brought his Science and Symphony project, which has been presented to audiences around the world, to the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. In celebration of the 50th Moon Landing, one of his brilliant films, “Moonrise”, which features his own photographs, NASA footage, historical and cultural references to the moon, was synchronized to Ravel’s “Daphnis et Chloe”.
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    • 59 min
    Lisa Cortes, Film Producer and Billy "Mr. Apollo Theater" Mitchell

    Lisa Cortes, Film Producer and Billy "Mr. Apollo Theater" Mitchell

    Host J**e Millman draws back the curtain and brings you backstage at the UPAC Theater in Kingston, New York for an intimate conversation with film producer, Lisa Cortes and Billy Mitchell, the resident Historian of the Landmark Apollo theater in Harlem. Lisa started her career in the music industry working with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin to launch the iconic Def Jam brand, and then transitioned into filmmaking, working with Director, writer and producer Lee Daniels on such movies as “Precious” and “Monster’s Ball.” Her current projects include the forthcoming “The Remix; Hip Hop X fashion” and the HBO documentary “The Apollo." Since landing at the Apollo’s stage door during a waylaid trip to borrow money from his cousin in 1965, Billy has worked at The Apollo. Becoming a beloved institution himself, Billy’s knowledge and affection for the theater are infectious. This outstanding HBO documentary was recently be screened as part of the Woodstock Film Festival at Kingston’s UPAC theater.
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    • 32 min
    Mary Kay Vrba, President/CEO, Dutchess Tourism, Inc.

    Mary Kay Vrba, President/CEO, Dutchess Tourism, Inc.

    Hosts, Mike Harris and J**e Millman draw back the curtain and invite you backstage at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and UPAC in Kingston, N.Y. for an intimate conversation with Mary Kay Vrba, President and CEO of Dutchess Tourism, Inc. Since 2006, Mary Kay has helmed this non-profit designed to promote Dutchess County tourism around the world. In 2017, Mary Kay was honored by Women in Travel and Tourism International as an outstanding Woman in Destination, Management and Marketing for her work in helping to generate over $600M in revenues for hotels, museums, landmarks and the arts in Dutchess County. In this podcast, she will be giving a sneak peak of exciting spring and summer 2019 events in Dutchess County.
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    • 37 min

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