Hudson Valley-based roots-rockers the Felice Brothers will close out 2019 with a rocking New Year’s Eve performance at Club Helsinki Hudson. With the show kicking off at 9pm on Tuesday, December 31, the Woodstock-bred fusion of rock, country, folk, soul and gospel will be centerstage, with a sound compared to that of formerly-Catskills-based The Band.
Longtime Helsinki favorites, the Felice Brothers are a close-knit band of two brothers and three longtime friends. The group has garnered a loyal, dedicated following in these parts, as they continue to tour nationally and appear on festival bills including Bonnaroo, All Points, Outside and Newport.
The group’s new album, Undress, was cut live to tape in late summer of 2018 in nearby Tivoli, N.Y. “Many of the songs on the new album are motivated by a shift from private to public concerns,” says songwriter Ian Felice. “It isn’t hard to find worthwhile things to write about these days, there are a lot of storms blooming on the horizon and a lot of chaos that permeates our lives. The hard part is finding simple and direct ways to address them.”
Ian and James Felice grew up in the Hudson Valley, and were self-taught musicians, inspired by Hart Crane and Walt Whitman as well as by Woody Guthrie and Chuck Berry. In 2006, they began by playing subway platforms and sidewalks in New York City and have gone on to release nine albums of original songs and to tour extensively throughout the world. Following the release of Life in the Dark, the Felice Brothers served as the backing band for Conor Oberst’s 2017 release “Salutations” and the subsequent tour.