The return of DRONE, the return of SoundScape, the most heavily attended Farm & Flea on record, and our largest ever dance party – these are just some of the tremendous things Basilica Hudson was able to accomplish in 2023. Thank you for being a vital part of it, whether you attended an event in person, found a way to support our efforts through donations, sponsorship, or our Patreon, or simply watched the proceedings and rooted from a distance. It was a banner year, as you’ll see.

Sometimes the biggest swings and the most crucial efforts can go unseen. Though so much work and imagination went into our Net Zero Campus Renovation project last year, you may not have even noticed these improvements. Yet the concrete floor, newly poured in April of 2023, now keeps the space cozy and habitable with efficient, solar-powered, radiant heat. New air conditioners, freshly mounted throughout the spaces of the Main Hall, similarly make it more humanly possible to gather in the summer. Underlying every huge gathering in 2023 were our efforts to make the space better: a greener, more usable, more beautiful restoration of a 19th-century factory, all part of the BASILICA GREEN initiative.

Gigs & Parties

photo by Peter Galgani
photo by Peter Galgani

The season began with what might be our most ambitious annual program: 24-HOUR DRONE. Equal parts challenging and transcendent, 24-HOUR DRONE throws down a sonic gauntlet and rewards the patient and resilient listener with revelations of sound in a totally unique performance environment.

In 2023 we featured performances by local talents, revered legends, an entire gamelan ensemble, and the Pulitzer Prize winning composer Raven Chacon, pictured above during a marathon 3-hour late night endurance set that was transcendentally confrontational. Photay, Celia Hollander, Laraaji, and Arji OceAnanda also played a set together, their first ever collaboration. You can read a more thorough recap here.

(by the way DRONE returns in 2024 on May 18th – tickets are on sale now)

In June the famous and patriotic Hudson Flag Day parade once again made its way down Front Street and so there was only one possible response: (FREAK) Flag Day, an all-ages gothwave counterparty featuring unstoppable dance party sets by xMAdMx, Scotia, and DJ Lavish. We fogged it out and raged all night in the newly refurbished West Wing Bar and had the absolutely best possible view of the town’s truly epic fireworks display, set off right in Basilica’s parking lot.

photo by Peter Galgani
photo by Peter Galgani

Thursdays belong to Jupiter. In the spirit of cosmic abundance and expansion, we once again spent our summer presenting Jupiter Nights, an intimate concert series in our Gallery Building. Taking place among the brick and art on the walls, these shows are special and despite taking place in a smaller building they feel just as grand as anything that happens in the Main Hall. Plus, we make a point to offer extremely good food every time there’s a show. Curated broadly by musician Allison Young, 2023’s series featured everything from the ethereal trombone clouds of Kalia Vandever to the data crunched rock of Water From Your Eyes and the visceral outre gestures of Neti-Neti, the duo of vocalist Amirtha Kidambi and percussionist Matt Evans. Songwriter Emily Ritz, pictured above, closed out the series.

photo by Ben Seretan

Expanding on the tremendous T4T LUV NRG party that went down in 2022, Basilica and the Bunker teamed up once again last July for a classic, sweaty, packed, laser lit rave in the Main Hall (with a chill-out room in the Gallery, of course). The DJs, the sound techs, and the lighting designers completely transformed the space and took all of us dancers to another planet (see the photo above). Is there anything more beautiful than hazer escaping from the doors of the foundry as dawn breaks over the Hudson?

photo by Peter Galgani
photo by Peter Galgani

Along with 24-HOUR DRONE, Basilica is probably best known for the ambitious weekend of art and music known as SoundScape. And though 2023’s iteration of the revered festival took place over the course of only one day, the event was no less crammed full of unbelievable music, visual art, dancing, used books, food, curios, and other delights. The North Hall featured a pop-up version of Dan Bunny’s Warren Street staple John Doe Records with open mic performances from a barrage of visionaries. The Gallery featured the colorful pop art and bonafide rock star personage of Niagara Detroit, curated by the New Gallery. The West Wing featured both an opening invocation by Zannie and a slamming afterparty organized by Audiofemme and DJ’d by Alima Lee. And the Main Hall barely contained a blistering set by Irreversible Entanglements, a grandly moving performance by Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and readings in the rafters – one of this festival’s most unique offerings – by Shanekia McIntosh and Hanif Abdurraqib, pictured above.

photo by Peter Galgani

Ethel Cain easily wins the record for almost instantaneously selling out a gig at Basilica – we have never before experienced such a demand for a performer! Her anthemic, soaring, dark Americana epics nourished a young, yearning, enthusiastic crowd, many who traveled a long distance to simply be in the same room as her. Also featuring a special opening set from Skullcrusher, this gig was certainly one for the books and we thank our collaborators at the Bowery Presents for putting together this vividly coveted concert.

photo by Peter Galgani

Following the hugely successful Stereolab gig we teamed up for in 2022, Chosen Family once again brought an enormous rock ‘n’ roll spectacle to the Main Hall: legendary Britpop spacemen Spiritualized, a band that needs no openers. Packed house, towering guitars, two straight hours of music, a lighting rig that could probably give the band a sunburn, plus gospel choir backup singers – what more could you want in a gig?

Film / Moving Image

During the big shutdown of 2020, the band Buke & Gase refused to stay quiet. Instead, they set up a barrage of microphones and their homemade instruments in our giant, empty space and cut a ferociously powerful live recording of soaring melodies, off-kilter rhythms, and joyful string noise. In 2023 we had the sweet opportunity to finally host a free screening of the resulting documentary – and yes, we played it LOUD! It should be mentioned that the doc is currently available for on-demand viewing.

We also hosted screenings from the inaugural year of the Hudson Film Festival, an exciting new weekend summer series bringing a wide range of new names, festival favorites, and films you couldn’t otherwise see in a theater in the Hudson Valley. Highlights included a documentary on scholastic mariachi and a campy, gnarly, horror film, plus dazzling shorts. Their second year of programming will take place the weekend of August 9th – stay tuned!

photo by Jess Chappe

Though the work of Anita Glesta does involve projected moving images, her work is deliciously neither film nor sculpture and we were delighted to feature a show of her work across the entire Main Hall curated by Jessica Wallen. Hung from the rafters, installed beyond the sliding blast door of an old factory kiln, and spilling out from the cinema screen, Glesta’s uncanny representative meditations on bodies and anxiety engendered an uncannily beautiful unease.

And though we weren’t able to host the Climate Action Film Festival in 2023 (due to our ongoing renovations toward a net zero campus), we were enthusiastic partners in its screening at Hudson Hall. It was incredible to see so many people show up on behalf of the planet!


photo by Peter Galgani

The Gallery overflowed with ambitious presentations of visual art this year.

During Jupiter Nights, we showed sumptuous painting works in progress by Bei Ni and a typewriter-and-lace heavy installation by Alex Patrick Dyck (the result of a monthlong residency on site).

In the Fall, Basilica hosted the New Gallery as guest curators. They presented an entirely new show each month from September through November (a truly impressive feat!), including a survey of the works of Iranian street artist Mizra Hamid, a fantastic group show featuring graffiti legend Crash, and an impressively rock ‘n’ roll solo show of works by musician and painter Niagara Detroit, pictured above.

Farm & Flea

photo by Luca Pearl

Though our extensive construction work meant that we were unable to host a Spring iteration of Basilica Farm & Flea in 2023, you all came out for local business in a big way for the 10th anniversary Holiday Market over Thanksgiving Weekend – our largest attendance to date! Record sales all around on tickets, food, and goods. With over 90 cheerful vendors from our community, the Main Hall took on a festive, warm, communal air – friendly chatter mingled with the smells of tooled leather, vintage clothes, dried flowers, and freshly cooked food for a totally charming atmosphere. We thank the team at LikeMindedObjects for curating and organizing such a wonderful event!

Family Events

photo Andi State Photography

Though we like to think that every event at Basilica – with perhaps the exception of all night parties – are open to people of all ages and friendly to families of all configurations, some of our programming is more geared toward education, community engagement, and fun for kids. Two events we hosted this year were particularly successful in getting out the youth. In October, all manner of ghosts, ghoulies, and goblins made the long rainy walk down Warren Street for a culminating costume contest as part of the Hudson Halloween Parade and a spooky, amazing time was had by all. Then, in the run up to the Farm & Flea Holiday Market, we collaborated with Shaker Museum and LikeMindedObjects on an incredible and inclusive textile reuse workshop and panel, an event that combined ecological fashion practice, knowledge sharing, and local history for a uniquely enriching night. Finally, to round out the year, Basilica loaned its space to the Hawthorne Valley School for their winter concert – an incredibly sweet (and well attended!) night of music.

As you join us in reflecting on Basilica Hudson’s year of programming, we hope you can feel a sense of price: truly none of this would be possible without our artists, supporters, audience members, individual donors, community partners, and generous sponsors. What we’re able to accomplish in this eco-friendly factory is truly a group effort, a communal lift, and we hope you’ll join us again in 2024.

Many thanks to the individual donors and Patreon subscribers that made this 2023 season possible.

Partners: Chosen Family, the Bunker NY, the New Gallery, the Creative Independent, LikeMindedObjects, Sarah Van Buren, Le Guess Who?, Second Ward Foundation, Allison Young, Shaker Museum, Hudson Film Festival, Hudson Halloween Parade, Hawthorne Valley School, Scenic Hudson, Bowery Presents, WGXC

Sponsors: SunCommon, Kneller Insurance Agency, Hover Foundation, Hudson Valley Ceremonies, Black Diamond Bookkeeping, the Wick, Hudson Roastery, Wylde Hudson, Gotham Dispensary, Williams Lumber & Home Centers, Stewart’s Shops, Wm. Farmer & Sons, Bank of Greene County

Basilica Hudson’s 2023 season programming was made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.