Live music is a staple of Hardscrabble Day and this year is no exception. With four sets played starting on the hour from 5 – 8 pm, the 2021 concert features musicians performing a variety of genres that guarantees an evening of exciting entertainment.

8:00 pm – Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra

Formed October 1980 in Amsterdam, NY, this 12 piece orchestra is led by the Bronx-born bassist Alex Torres.  They have shared the stage and billings with such major acts as Tito Puente, Tito Puente Jr., Eddie Palmieri, Andy Montañez, Los Hermanos Moreno, Arturo Sandoval, Luis “Perico” Ortiz, Ray Barretto, Jane Burnette & The Spirits Of Havana, Larry Harlow, Jose Alberto “El Canario,” Brenda K. Starr, Tito Nieves, Jerry Gónzalez & The Fort Apache Band, King Changó, Arrested Development, Branford Marsalis, The Count Basie and Woody Herman Orchestras.

7:00 pm – The Ulsterados

6:00 pm – Soul Purpose

Soul Purpose is a seven-piece “smokin’ band whose joyous renditions of R&B, Soul and Swing will lifet your heart, gatherine the boisterous energy of a dancing crows and channeling it into a melodic explosion.” – The Huguenot Herald

Soul Purpose enthralls from the first note with powerhouse vocals, bold horns, lush keyboards, and blistering guitarwork with the rhythmic reference and underlying pulse for the band provided by expertly played bass and percussion. Formed in New Paltz, over two decades ago and recently named “Best Local Band” by the readers of Hudson Valley Magazine, the band has played at numerous venues from intimate concerts, larger festivals and benefits.

5:00 pm – The Rock Academy

The Rock Academy is a performance based, interactive music school run by Jason Bowman who brings more than 30 years experience as a professional musician and teacher to the table. The staff are all working, professional musicians dedicated to keeping the spirit of Woodstock alive. We believe that the best way to teach most anything, and especially music, is with a hands-on approach. Therefore, our entire school is dedicated to getting kids playing music in an as authentic way as possible. At Hardscrabble, you will hear the fruits of our labor as some of our best and brightest students will rock out to classic tunes that are sure to amaze!

Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra