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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 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 tamer.

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 bread 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 it!

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 stuntwomen 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 as 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 - The Beat Edition 15 is here and everybody stay calm! Phase One is in motion for us at the Music Hall and we're so excited. It's a step in the right direction, but only just, so let's keep that momentum going. This edition has David Byrne, Eurovision, and some goofiness to help encourage mask-wearing and social distancing!

The Beat #16, 05/30/2020 - Edition 16 of The Beat celebrates the classics. It's proven that classical music stimulates the brain, improves sleep, reduces stress, and strengthens the immune system. Take some time today to enjoy some Yo Yo Ma, Sabine Devieilhe & Marianne Crebassa, and classic rock. Do it for self-care, cause you deserve it!

The Beat #17, 06/03/2020 - The Beat returns with edition 17! Almost three months into the pandemic, and we've got nothing but time on our hands. For anyone working from home, and/or schooling from home, we salute you! For anyone bingeing Netflix shows from the couch or collecting villagers in Animal Crossing in bed, we totally get it. For those of you using your newfound free time to improve yourself, we find you inspirational but wonder where you find the willpower. This edition of The Beat is dedicated to that wonder.

The Beat #18, 06/06/2020 - Edition 18 of The Beat is dedicated to raising spirits! 2020 has certainly been crazy, but in time, we'll look back at it as the year that brought great change to our world. Positive change can come from such a dire situation, and surviving through these scary and hopeless times will only make us stronger! 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- The Beat is back with edition 19 and live music! We can't describe how much we've missed hearing the bands, seeing the performers, and being around fellow fans. While the Hall is still off-limits, we've found creative new ways to enjoy live music. We hope you'll join us for our very first drive-in concert, where you can bang your head along to Jocelyn and Chris, from the safety of your own car!

The Beat #20, 06/20/2020 - Phase Three is here, and along with it, edition 20 of The Beat. It's so exciting to know we soon won't be completely stuck inside. Though we'll still be wearing masks and practicing social distancing, it's small victories, and small sacrifices to eventually get back to normal. Step by step, we'll get there! For some inspiration, enjoy some Journey, KIRBY, and a documentary all about dads for this Father's Day!

The Beat #21, 06/27/2020 - Edition 21 of The Beat is all about the Summer! We hope you're enjoying the beautiful weather while still practicing good pandemic behavior. The more of us that do it, the less time we have to do it for. It's definitely working, as we're able to sit outside our cars for the Jocelyn and Chris concert! Progress!

The Beat #22, 07/04/2020- This special edition of The Beat is dedicated to America. Happy Fourth of July! Progress is being made every day in America towards ending the pandemic. Let's celebrate that progress and keep on trucking! This edition has Whitney Houston, Hamilton, and the recently naturalized John Oliver to help you enjoy the holiday.

The Beat #23, 07/11/2020 - The Beat edition 23 is here to remind you, life is more fun when you mess around! Humans have been playing games since ancient history. They teach children social and cognitive skills, and having some fun can improve adult mental health. Games can even increase your productivity! So don't let the pandemic ruin it all, find a way to safely game with some friends!

The Beat #24, 07/18/2020 - The 24th edition of The Beat is here, and we've got only wholesome content for you today. We're all going a little crazy closing in on four months of the pandemic, but that doesn't mean the creativity has stopped flowing! This edition of The Beat has iconic album covers recreated, Hair Love and Binging with Babish.

The Beat #25.1, 07/25/2020 - The Beat edition 25.1 returns with some outdoor fun! Upstate New York has a plethora of amazing outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy. It's the perfect time to enjoy some socially distanced outdoor fun! Summer is here, be sure to take advantage of it! This edition has quite a few suggestions of where to find exciting activities this summer!

The Beat #25.2, 08/01/2020 - The Beat is back, and this edition is a weird one. It's got Mr. Weird himself Weird Al Yankovic, some busking, some hip-hop ballet, a thousand musicians playing Highway to Hell, and a giant typewriter. We hope some weirdness brightens your day.

The Beat #26, 08/08/2020 - The Beat returns with an edition as cool as the last few nights. The good thing about summer going by so quickly means progress is happening! Every day, we're closer and closer to being able to get back to some sense of normalcy. To help move it along, we've got a neat collection of silly links, inspirational videos, and a dash of local music to round it out.

The Beat #27, 08/15/2020 - Edition 27 of The Beat is hot off the presses, and in this edition, we've got some scorchers. A creative new quarantine interpretation of Swan Lake, a rapturous reaction to a classic, art as activism, and one from Saturday Night Live for all the Ranch dressing lovers out there. A little something for everyone to help keep you cool this burning red August!

The Beat #28, 08/22/2020 - Creativity often comes in strange forms, and edition 28 of The Beat is no exception! We've got Pitch Perfect acapella, Edith Head's fashion, Mr. Bond 007, and Bill Murray's face plastered over classic paintings. Do we really need to tell you any more?

The Beat #29, 08/29/2020 - The Beat returns with edition 29, and it's complimentary. We've got Thor (Chris Hemsworth) being an absolute delight, the Texas Ballet Theater & Lyle Lovett, some local music, and sweet, sweet, glittery revenge. We hope it makes this warm August weekend a little more fun, and maybe a bit silly!

The Beat #30, 09/05/2020 - We don't know about you, but here at the Music Hall, we love to dance. #30 of The Beat is dedicated to that love, it's an edition to boogie down with. We've got Christopher Walken returning to his roots with Fatboy Slim, Grease, and other iconic movie dance battles, the great Larry David being, well... Larry David, plus more! We hope this edition's happiness is infectious.

The Beat #31, 09/12/2020 - The Beat is back with edition 31, and this one is has a little something for everyone. We've got live-streamed music with Richard Thompson and Suzanne Vega, Kamikara paper art, beautiful celebrity cook's kitchens, some Seth Meyers with Kit Harrington, and more! As summer winds down, we hope you and yours are doing well, and we hope this edition puts a little pep in your step this weekend.

The Beat #32, 09/19/2020 - Edition 32 of The Beat is here, and it's a good one. We've got Paul Rudd definitely not showing his age, a pop-up video from the wonderful Postmodern Jukebox, a short-form Oscar-winning love story, more cowbell, and some screaming goats. How's that for variety?

The Beat #33, 09/26/2020 - The end of summer is upon us and with it, edition 33 of The Beat! We've got some oldies but some goodies with Hall and Oates' "Rich Girl" in 1985 with a cover from 2013 by Lake Street Dive, Julia Child and Jacques Pépin preparing some French Onion Soup in 1999, and the Hamilton cast encouraging you to get to the polls. We feel the same, Mr. Miranda! Everyone reading this should register and vote!

The Beat #34, 10/03/2020 - Fall has arrived in the Upstate and we could not be more excited for it, or edition 34 of The Beat! This edition has all your autumn goodness, including Saturday Night Live's a little uncomfortably accurate Upstate Apple Picking skit, Guptill's rollerskating, celebrity apple pies, and fall live-stream events from us here at the Music Hall! We hope you enjoy your first weekend of autumn!

The Beat #35, 10/10/2020 - The 35th edition of The Beat is here with a message from our executive director, Jon Elbaum! We've also got some of Bob Dylan's All Along The Watchtower, Tom Hanks on Saturday Night Live, a new take on socially distanced singing, a startled red panda, and more! We hope you're enjoying the beautiful upstate fall.

The Beat #36, 10/17/2020 - The Beat #36 is here, with a message from our Board President, Scott Sauer! This edition is dedicated to the late and legendary Eddie Van Halen, who passed last week from throat cancer. Keep on rocking and rolling, Eddie, may you rest in peace.

The Beat #37, 10/24/2020 - A new October edition of The Beat is here, number 37! This is a goofy one, with "rubbish pet portraits" from Hercule Van Wolfwinkle, pre-historic cat art, Saturday Night Live calling out everyone at home, and some mischievous panda cubs. We hope you're treating yourself well and enjoying this beautiful fall weekend.

The Beat #38, 10/31/2020 - The Beat is here and this one's quite frightening! We've got some two-sentence horror stories, silly-spooky Saturday Night Live skits, the best and worst Halloween candies of all time, a very scary dancing pumpkin man, and more! We know Halloween is a bit weird with Covid, but we hope our spooky, yet silly, newsletter can brighten (or darken, if you're feeling extra Halloweeny) your day!

The Beat #39, 11/07/2020 - November is here, and with it, edition #39 of The Beat! This edition has a message from the Vice President of our Board, Dori McDannold, a celebration of World Tourism Day by Museo Nacional del Prado and the Association of Flamenco in Madrid, a trio of young men beautifully covering Jackson 5, artful cars, and more!

The Beat #40, 11/14/2020 - The holiday season is here, and with it, edition 40 of The Beat. This edition is chock-full of Fall goodness to help you along the road to Thanksgiving. We've got Rising Appalachia covering Bob Dylan's I Shall be Released, Chris Stapleton's Christmas album, a rooftop concert from The Sea The Sea, smashing pumpkins (maybe not the kind you're thinking of), and more!

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