Season Five: Year In Review


This year, Basilica launched the first annual stateside installment of 24-HOUR DRONE: Experiments in Sound and Music, an adventurous collaboration with Le Guess Who?, an annual festival in Utrecht, Netherlands. Summer began with our favorite ritual recognition of the (FREAK) Flag Day tradition in Hudson, helmed by darkwave goth queen Shannon F of Light Asylum with special musical guests and freak flag-making workshops. For the first time, the hallowed Main Hall was filled with opera arias when we collaborated with Il Cuore Canta (The Heart Sings), a workshop and concert series. It was wonderful to see our industrial church lend itself equally to chamber music by the rising young artists of the Catskill High Peaks Festival, the post-rock squall of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and intensity of talent at the fourth annual Basilica SoundScape. We wrapped up our season with CELESTINE V: A NIGHT OF ASTRAL SOUND, a celebratory sonic embrace of darkness and light. (more…)


Flag Day! Fireworks! Freaks!
LIGHT ASYLUM first live performance in 2 years

Sat. June 13 | 8 PM – 2 AM | $15 advance tickets

PrintSATURDAY JUNE 13 | 8 PM – 2 AM | $15 ADVANCE, $20 AT DOOR
with LIGHT ASYLUM (first live show in 2 years)

YOUWHO (India Salvor Menuez + Brian Close of Georgia Sounds NYC)
FREAK FLAGS FOR SALE to BENEFIT BASILICA PROGRAMS – raising flags and funds! Fall in love with the freak flag of your dreams, and take it home for a sliding scale donation.

Prepare for the annual Flag Day celebrations in Hudson, a David Lynch-Americana-Wet- Dream. For the 4th year in a row, on Saturday June 13, Basilica Hudson hosts the after-dark (FREAK) FLAG DAY party as a ritual recognition of the beloved Flag Day tradition in Hudson, NY.

This year, Basilica invited our community to participate in a “Freak Accident” by creating representations of their “inner flag”. Thanks to Traditions Linens and Sketch for supporting this celebration of expression, and to Green Mountain Energy for their continued support of all things Basilica! Two drop-in flag making workshops open to the public will be held in Basilica’s Back Gallery space during the correlating HQTBD exhibition, prior to the event on the dates below:

Sunday, May 31 from 2-7 PM
Tuesday, June 2 from 2-7 PM

Flag makers are free to use supplies provided by Basilica or bring their own. Event organizers encourage potential flag makers to visit the factory on the river to produce their artwork within the community (where music will be blasting, pizza will be eaten, and beverages will be flowing!) Those interested in making flags from the comfort of their home may contact us at info@basilicahudson.org.

No matter who made the flag, all flags will be equal and anonymous — an exercise in democracy and the opposite of a typical art auction.  Event attendees will be invited to a Freak Accident Art Experiment where they may fall in love with any flag and take it home with a modest donation to Basilica to help keep our nonprofit arts and community programming afloat!

These crafty flags will be on display in the Basilica Main Hall this Saturday, June 13 and available for sale prior to the start of the event from 7 – 8 PM. Fall in love with the freak flag of your dreams, and take it home for a sliding scale donation of $100-$500 or beyond to help raise flags and funds for future Basilica Arts programming!

The evening kicks off at sundown with the best seat in town for Hudson’s spectacular fireworks display (one of the largest in the Hudson River Valley launched from Basilica parking lot!), and the freaky festivities take off from there.

548696-250LIGHT ASYLUM fronted by Shannon F. will perform a musical set (their first performance in 2 years!) followed by a heavy DJ set by NEON MUSIC and new additions YOUWHO – all set in the raw, gloriously industrial Basilica space.

After a couple of high profile international artist residencies and collaborations with artists such as The Knife (Stockholm, Sweden) and ADULT (Detroit, USA), Shannon Funchess – the LIGHT ASYLUM founder, producer and frontwoman – returns to her New York stomping grounds to celebrate Basilica’s dark and colorful Freak Flag Day benefit as part of her three-year collaborative efforts with Basilica Co-Founder, Melissa Auf der Maur.

Neon Music is a multimedia artist, musician, and fashion designer based in NYC. S/he is the singer and guitarist for power pop / glam-punk supergroup Youthquake and bassist/producer for industrial-space-rock group Sphinx. In addition, Neon is also a celebrity headwear designer making cutting edge headpieces with his millinery house Triviál.

Hudson’s annual Flag Day is coming up on June 13th, but here at Basilica, we have our own way of celebrating, and we need volunteers!
Not only will you have the best seat in the house for the fireworks (the display goes off in the parking lot of Basilica), you will help us to ensure our arts and community programming will grow in the future! If you’re interested, please email summer@basilicahudson.org with your first and last name and your availability this weekend. We greatly appreciate your help! We cannot do it without you and appreciate y’all, endlessly!

This event is made possible in part by generous support by local businesses Inn at Hudson, Traditions Linens and SKETCH. Ongoing support of our Back Gallery events including the flag making workshops with HQTBD is made possible in part with support by Green Mountain Energy.



Season Four: Year In Review


In a rare off-season winter event early in the year, we convened for Nous: A Musical Rite (“Luring with Sound, but Aiming For Something Deeper” – The New York Times). Summer began with a double bill: Baltimore-based experimental rock band Horse Lords, and a debut Hudson performance from Berlin-based electronic artist Lucrecia Dalt with local favorites Palm. Our very own Freak Flag Day goth club returned with Shannon F at its helm and a few special guests to boot. We forayed into new musical territory with our launch of the 24-Hour Dronefest at the Le Guess Who? festival in the Netherlands. AND, the ultimate highlight of our year: the fourth annual Basilica SoundScape provided a sold out audience with a tightly crafted lineup of music, art, and community events. (more…)


Raising Funds to bring FILMS + TREES to the Basilica with Gothic Flag Day Fireworks in your face!

SATURDAY JUNE 8 | 8 PM | $10 | Buy Your Tickets Here!
GOTH – NEW WAVE Dance Party
with Mega-Heavy very Special Guest DJs:



becka amps

Becka Diamond is a DJ, fashion stylist, curator, photographer, music correspondent and writer . She is a Leo raised in Boston, living in New York City. Recently, she has been working on her new site, 13:13, blending new underground talent, exclusive music, mix tapes, original editorial work and news from art, music, fashion & more.

SHANNON F (of Light Asylum)


Founding member and half of goth electronic duo Light Asylum, Shannon F is a force to be reckon with and veteran of the NYC music scene. Internationally acclaimed and already loved in Hudson NY, Shannon graciously accepted our invitation for her first engagement in the area and already promises to be back with a Light Asylum show this fall.  She told us in an email from Roubaix, France:
“I’d rather play a stellar DJ set alongside Becka and make sure everyone is there to dance long into the night! As the band will have just return from a month long tour abroad – I think it would be nice to come DJ as an introduction to all the female energy you and your community have culminated at Basilica. Happy as aforementioned to perform for you all in September should the opportunity arise ” 
We will be sure the opportunity does arise, and in the meantime Hudson is waiting to dance the night away with the fantastic Gothic Female Duo x

Broadcast live on WGXC 90.7-FM and wgxc.org from 9 p.m. to midnight.


Raising Funds to bring FILMS + TREES to the Basilica

Hudson’s infamous Flag Day parade ends down at the Henry Hudson Waterfront park, just steps from us BUT the fireworks are set off at sundown in our backyard. Join us for for a beer, a dance and the best view of fireworks in town.

Teaser video of 2012 Fireworks party at Basilica with Black Puss, WOODS + WGXC


North Hall

The 2013 season has arrived and we are excited to announce the continuation of our weekly Basilica Screenings series and the launching of our first annual film festival, BasilicaScope, with guest programmer Mike Plante from the Sundance Film Festival.

BASILICASCOPE digs into the visceral aspects of motion pictures by celebrating films that explore the furthest extremes—from remote landscapes, unconventional perspectives, fanatic personalities, radical examinations of film’s materiality, to the blood and emotion that create it. From lo-fi to hi-fi to sci-fi and nothing in between.

July 19/20/21 2013, stay tuned for more details to be announced soon!


This season’s most ambitious undertaking is our commitment to making improvements to our North Hall cinema space, with new equipment and updates to the theater to create higher quality projections for visiting filmmakers and a more a comfortable and pleasurable experience for our audience.

Jaques Lisson – The Little World
(Photo by Jaques Lisson – The Little World)

Not a film enthusiast? Then participate in our “Plant a Tree” Basilica Green Initiative:

Basilica is excited to announce that we have joined forces with local landscape designer and beauty, Wenonah Webster and Hudson’s glorious new Pond Side Nursery. Together we are hatching a longterm plan on how to bring trees and green down to South Front Street.

Stay tuned to website and newsletters for more information on full campaign soon.

Special Thanks to::

WGXC will be broadcasting DJ sets