Bluegrass on Hudson
Garnering praise from NPR Music, Variety, The Guardian, and Barack Obama for her 2022 album Breaking the Thermometer, multi-instrumentalist Leyla McCalla’s music illuminates the Black roots of American culture. McCalla’s music is at once earthy, elegant, soulful, and witty—it vibrates with three centuries of history, blending her New Orleans influences with Haitian rhythms on cello, banjo & guitar—yet also feels strikingly fresh, distinctive, and contemporary.
This summer, join us for a five-concert series in the Spiegeltent, Bluegrass on Hudson, celebrating the contemporary bluegrass and roots music of America, featuring the next generation of talent carrying the tradition forward for a new time.
Presented in association with Fourth Stream House Concerts.View All Events
Grab a bite and a drink while you’re at the Fisher Center! We offer theater concessions at Sosnoff theater, LUMA theater, and Olin Hall. Across the way, is the al fresco Spiegeltent Garden—or grab a nosh while seeing a Spiegeltent Performance. There is ample space for outdoor picnics across Bard’s campus. Nearby villages and towns in the Hudson Valley boast a large selection of restaurants, as well as a variety of hotels, motels, inns, and bed & breakfastsEat & Stay
Bard College’s main campus is located in Annandale-on-Hudson (a hamlet of Red Hook), New York, on the east bank of the Hudson River, about 90 miles north of New York City and 220 miles southwest of Boston. The Taconic State Parkway and the New York State Thruway provide the most direct routes to our campus. Click the Google map below, or get directions by entering the following address into your GPS: 60 Manor Avenue, Red Hook, NY 12571.
From the East
If you are traveling from east of the Hudson River in New York State, take the Taconic State Parkway to the Red Hook / Route 199 exit, drive west on Route 199 through the village of Red Hook to Route 9G, turn right onto Route 9G, drive north 1.9 miles, turn left onto Annandale Road, then turn right onto Manor Ave.
From the West
If you are traveling from west of the Hudson River, take the New York State Thruway (I-87) to exit 19 (Kingston), take Route 209 (changes to Route 199 at the Hudson River) over the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge to Route 9G, turn left onto Route 9G, drive north 3.5 miles, turn left onto Annandale Road, then turn right onto Manor Ave.
Wheelchair-accessible seating is available in the ring seat and floor table areas for patrons who use wheelchairs and their companions.
A single-use, wheelchair-accessible restroom is available at the Spiegeltent.
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