Monday, October 13, 2008

Moby Headlining in Hudson

HUDSON, NEW YORK –- Blue Tsunami: Rally in the Valley, a day-long event to promote political unity and voter awareness, will be held on Saturday, October 18 in the city of Hudson, New York. The event will be headlined by the cult New York band, The Little Death featuring internationally-known musician-activist Moby.

Blue Tsunami: The Rally in the Valley will take place from 4pm on Saturday to 4am on Sunday at Basilica Industria, located at 110 South Front St., Hudson, NY. Basilica is a unique performance space which was formerly a 19th century foundry and forge. Amtrak trains from New York City make stops at the Hudson train station, which is across the street from Basilica Industria.

Blue Tsunami: Rally in the Valley attendees will meet local and state politicos, as well as members of progressive organizations. Governor David Paterson has been invited to appear. The fundraiser is sponsored by the Columbia County Democratic Committee.

"Everyone agrees that this year's presidential election will have an impact on the whole world," said Victor Mendolia, chair of the Hudson Democrats. "But political unity in the Hudson Valley is equally crucial. In several neighboring counties, we are close to achieving a Democratic majority on boards once dominated by Republicans."

The Little Death with Moby will play Blue Tsunami on October 18 - "Blue Tsunami: Rally in the Valley will energize the voter base to get to the polls in November, especially young people voting for the first time", Mendolia added. "Blue Tsunami offers Hudson Valley Democrats a chance to learn more about their candidates and relevant area groups, while rocking out to amazing bands. Blue Tsunami: Rally in the Valley will restore the 'party' to party politics."

The event headliner The Little Death features band members Moby on guitar and bass, Laura Dawn on lead vocals, Daron Murphy on guitar, bass and harmonica and Aaron Brooks on drums. Their music reflects soul-blues influences as diverse as John Lee Hooker, Etta Jones, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke and Dusty Springfield. Time Out New York magazine raved, "noirish-blues-rock meets Laura Dawn's sultry purr and the bald one's [Moby's] punk." Fans of The Little Death include famed filmmakers David Lynch and John Waters.

The concert will also feature local musical favorites Big Sky Ensemble, Mother Fletcher and The Lost Crusaders. The Big Sky Ensemble is a tuba-driven collective which features world music as diverse as sounds from the South African Township to New Orleans Second Line to the Australian Outback to Indonesian Dangdut. The musicians are Thomas Workman, Dean Jones, Peter Buettner, Bill Ylitalo, Brian Farmer and Tim Allen.

The Lost Crusaders serve up a variety of numbers that reflect their love of rock, gospel and country music. The band includes Michael Chandler, Johnny Vignault, Buffi Aguero, Brian Manning and James Bertini.

Blue Tsunami: Rally in the Valley begins at 4pm with tabling by progressive groups and politicos, and a chance for voters to meet with their Democratic representatives. Local bands and speeches will follow at 7pm. The Little Death will take the stage at 9:30pm. The evening will culminate in a DJ dance party that will go from 11pm to 4am.

Tickets for Blue Tsunami: Rally in the Valley are $30 apiece and $150 for VIPs who will attend a private cocktail party with politicos and concert performers. The sponsors are also offering a reduced price ticket of $20 for students, the unemployed and to those with limited incomes. To purchase tickets in advance, visit the ActBlue Tickets Page at

For more information about Blue Tsunami: Rally in the Valley, visit or call 518-697-0612

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