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The Beat #1, 03/30/2020 - So, this is our new normal. Tons of us working are from home, schooling at home, or doing both like a superhero. To try and make this weird, new life we all lead a little bit brighter, we've got videos and links of great music, plus some silliness to share. We hope it helps keep you sane in these insane times.


The Beat #2, 04/08/2020 - Our weekly newsletter returns with edition 2. We've got more great music, and fun little videos to hopefully make your week easier! On the menu this week we've got John Krasinski with the cast of Hamilton, some classical and world music, as well as another small peek into our local music scene, and more!


The Beat #3, 04/11/2020 - The Beat returns with edition 3! This week is Easter and most of us are gonna have a strange, new experience for Sunday dinner. This Easter, we hope you're able to connect with your family, however strange the method may be. This edition has recipes our staff and patrons have been making while stuck at home, we're sharing them with you in case you needed some inspiration for your stay-at-home Sunday dinner!


The Beat #4, 04/15/2020 - Edition 4 of The Beat is here! We've dedicated this edition of The Beat to the late and great John Prine, who lost his battle with Covid-19 last week. Mr. Prine is the archetypal Americana singer-songwriter, who's music has touched the hearts of many. Thank you, John.


The Beat #5, 04/18/2020 - The Music Hall's weekly newsletter returns with edition 5! Tonight, we suggest you mix yourself your favorite cocktail and sit down to enjoy any number of free streaming concerts. To get you started, we are sharing some of our favorite cocktails, which we are definitely enjoying during quarantine.


The Beat #6, 04/22/2020 - Even though we're all stuck inside, people are entertaining themselves by not only creating wonderful art, but consuming it at home. What are you listening to, watching, reading, crafting, or creating? Did you see Tiger King on Netflix? We certainly did, it blew us away with how crazy and troubling a story it is. Tiger King may be nuts, but this edition of The Beat keeps it a little more tame.


The Beat #7, 04/25/2020 - Living in upstate New York makes it easy to head down to NYC to catch a Broadway show. The Music Hall has hosted many bright Broadway stars; Lea Salonga, Linda Eder, and most recently, Alan Cumming, who were all phenomenal on our stage. The Great White Way is temporarily closed, but the artists and musicians are still entertaining us from their homes. In a sense, the show must go on!


The Beat #8, 05/02/2020 - We all have time to spare these days, so let's get crafty! Make a drink, paint a picture, bake some break or maybe give yourself a break and let Disney artists teach the kids how to draw Elsa. The 8th edition of The Beat has got you covered with everything you need to entertain the creative side of your brain.


The Beat #9, 05/06/2020 - It's a beautiful Spring Saturday and The Beat is back with edition #9. We recommend you hit the road, jack. Get outside into nature and experience some of NY state's beautiful scenic areas! This edition has recommendations for hiking, outdoor art, and silly walks. We hope you enjoy!


The Beat #10, 05/09/2020 - Ten editions of The Beat and counting! Our newsletter to combat boredom is back again with a compilation of the top 10 videos and links — the ones you (yes, you!) clicked on the most. Start the music and let's begin with number 10!


The Beat #11, 05/13/2020 - The Beat is back with edition 11, and we don't know about you, but things are getting a little weird over here. Being cooped up inside for so long is starting to bring out our quirky and creative sides. This edition has some of Hollywood's stunt women and actresses being the badasses they are, some ghost hunting, and something on the silly side of classical music from the great Victor Borge.


The Beat #12, 05/16/2020 - We return with The Beat edition 12! Has it really been two months? Time sure seems to pass slowly in quarantine. From us and ours, to your and yours, we hope all is as well as can be. This week, we at the Music Hall think we all should indulge! This episode has everything you may want to lose yourself in. We've got Stewart's Ice Cream, we've got The Office, we've got box cake and much more!


The Beat #13, 05/20/2020 - The Beat is back with edition 13 and it's a fun one! In this week's Wednesday newsletter, we've got Brendon Urie and The Roots, we've got wild, weird and wonderful Sousaphones, and some tomfoolery to lighten the mood. We hope the weird and awesome brightens your hump day and holds you over to another beautiful late Spring weekend!


The Beat #14, 05/23/2020 - Edition 14 of The Beat is here, and we hope you've got happy feet like we do. Things are starting to look up for the capital region, and phase one re-openings have been cleared! It's a small victory, but that won't keep us from dancing. Here's a bunch of dancing content for you to enjoy, and we hope you'll get up and move with us!


The Beat #15, 05/27/2020 - It's Happening! We've met our benchmarks and Phase One is in motion. It's exciting and a step in the right direction. Let's be sure to keep that momentum going by wearing our masks and, on the recommendation from our friends in Boston, still stay 'wicked fah apaht'.


The Beat #16, 05/30/2020 - The Classics - This edition of The Beat is medicinal. It is proven that classical music stimulates the brain, improves sleep, reduces stress, and strengthens the immune system. So take some time today to enjoy these beautiful sounds and soothing imagery, it's good self-care. You deserve it!


The Beat #17, 06/03/2020 - One way to look at our current circumstance is to say we've been given the gift of time, a lot of time. For those of you working from home, and/or homeschooling - we salute you! For those of you catching up on Netflix or playing Animal Crossing, we understand you! For those of you taking the time to do self improvement, we find you exhausting! But, also inspirational! This edition of The Beat is dedicated to all you quarantine achievers.


The Beat #18, 06/06/2020 - Reasons to be Cheerful - In time, we are going to look back at 2020 as the year that brought great change into our world. Things may seem scary or hopeless at the moment, but take heart in the fact that so many of us are looking to make things better. To quote the late, great Sam Cooke, "It's been a long, a long time coming, but I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will."


The Beat #19, 06/13/2020- Live Music Is Back! - We miss hearing the bands, seeing the performers, and being with our fellow music fans. We still can't gather at the Hall, but we can gather at the Drive-in. Join us for the first concert in our Drive-in Concert Series. Listen to LIVE MUSIC from the safety of your car. Rock on!


The Beat #20, 06/20/2020 - Don't Stop Believing! Phase Three is here! It is exciting to know we'll be able to get out and about more. Though we have to wear masks and practice social distancing, we know these small sacrifices now mean bigger gains later. For some inspiration that all will be well (eventually, it will take some time) enjoy Steve Perry firing up the crowd. We told you we'd feature more Journey.


The Beat #21, 06/27/2020 - Summer is officially here! We hope you are getting out there and enjoying this phenomenal weather while maintaining proper distance and wearing your masks. If we all commit to doing it, we'll all have to do it for a much shorter time. On that front, we have good news to report! If you are joining us July 9 for Jocelyn and Chris in our Drive-in Concert series, you can now sit outside your car to enjoy the show. Progress, it's happening!


The Beat #22, 07/04/2020- “America is a tune. It must be sung together.”– Gerald Stanley Lee

Happy Fourth of July! Great changes are happening in our country. Let's celebrate the progress we are making and keep moving forward.

“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.” - Thomas Jefferson


The Beat #23, 07/11/2020 - Life is More Fun if you Play Games! The human race has been playing games since 300 B.C. They teach children social and cognitive skills, and the fun that comes with playing can improve the mental health of adults. They can even make you more productive! So what are you waiting for? Gather the fam or figure out a way to socially distance with friends, and play some games!


The Beat #24, 07/18/2020 - Summertime Fun! In the 24th edition of The Beat, learn about an immensely enjoyable evening of live music this Tuesday at the Jericho Drive-in with the Grateful Dead tribute band, The Wheel. We share that The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is offering a free Summer Jazz Academy, starting July 20, and and we drop some knowledge on you regarding ancient statues that will blow you mind, or you will at least find mildly interesting.


The Beat #25, 07/25/2020 - Outdoor Fun  -  We are lucky to live in a region that offers such an abundance of outdoor activities. Go boating, kayaking, and paddleboarding, or take a walk or bike ride to enjoy some beautiful outdoor art. Pop over to downtown Troy's Summer Square and enjoy some good food, shopping, and free socially distanced entertainment. Summer is here, take some time to enjoy it!


The Beat #26, 08/01/2020 - The last few nights have been so cool you can open windows instead of using air conditioning. That means fall will soon be here! Enjoy these last few weeks of summer, and enjoy this random collection of funny, touching, and occasionally educational videos below.

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