Sunset concert on the farm

WARWICK - The lush setting of Scheuermann Farms is just right for the sunset concert presented by Warwick Summer Arts Festival, 6 p.m. July 28. It's an evening of live music, dance performances and celebration. Visitors are invited to bring picnics, blankets and chairs.

The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn headline the concert, with a danceable mix of early jazz, swing and blues. Teen bands Chemical Catastrophe and Eleventh Hour, winners of the 2018 Battle of the Bands fundraiser, open the show. Warwick Dance Collective will perform on the lawn, where guests often find themselves frolicking as well, under the stars, nestled up against the cornfields with views of the black dirt vistas.

73 Little York Road, Warwick. Suggested donation $10.

Billy Bob Thornton plays the Fair

NEW PALTZ - Ulster County Fair rolls into town July 31 and runs through Aug. 5. Among the many attractions at the fair, this year's headline acts - free with admission to the fair - are notable for their star power.  Make that movie star power.

Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters perform at 8 p.m. Aug. 1. The band, formed by Thornton and J.D. Andrew, has been around since 2007, and released eight albums, with a nod to the music of the 1960s.

Other shows: Thunder Ridge, 7 p.m. July 31; The Charlie Daniels Band, 8 p.m. Aug. 2; Keith Anderson, 4 and 8 p.m. Aug. 3; Jenny Tolman, 7 p.m. Aug. 4; Cale Dodds, 8 p.m. Aug. 4; Steve Augeri, former lead vocalist from Journey, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 5.

Tuneful homage

WASHINGTONVILLE - Dylan Owen, a musician with deep ties to Orange County, has released a new song, honoring his grandfather John Spear of Washingtonville. Spear was the longtime editor and publisher of the Orange County Post, and was a 50-year member of the Washingtonville planning board.

Owen says he wrote the song, called "Mourn," as his "way of honoring my grandfather who supported my music by always photographing my live events, printing my album booklets in the print shop, and in many other ways."

Hear the song and read more about Owen at