October 14th, 2019
In 2003, when Lex and Neil Howard first met, they sat down beside a local duck pond in San Francisco, got out a napkin and wrote down ideas about how their life together might shape up. One idea they had was to own some kind of an event space…
“We share a love of gathering people together,” says Lex….read more
August 17, 2019
People flocked to the historic town to mark the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock festival, which took place in Bethel, N.Y., 70 miles from Woodstock….some visitors took in an outdoor concert at The Colony, a concert venue and restaurant in Woodstock Aug. 17, 2019…read more
August 17, 2019
On the weekend marking the 50th anniversary of “3 Days of Peace and Music” in Max Yasgur’s alfalfa field in Bethel — 45 miles south and west of here as the crow flies — you can find shops buzzing and backyard concerts and sidewalks brimming with tie-dyed shoppers at the concert’s namesake….
On this big weekend, there is music at the library, in The Colony’s backyard and by the cemetery…read more
February 12, 2019
On October 13, 2018, at an acoustic-indie-punk gig in Woodstock, New York, I witnessed an ethical conversation that seemed to be going on for quite awhile — and with that conversation, an open, supportive environment to share ideas through music…read more
JULY 23, 2018
On any good Hudson Valley bucket list, a trip to Woodstock is essential. The iconic music town thrives with creative minds and talented artists who color the streets and power the one-of-a-kind shops. Unsurprisingly, the spot remains just as much of a magnet for notable performers as it did back in its heyday in the 60s. Anchoring it to its past is Colony, the longstanding venue that attracts the likes of Amanda Palmer, Gilbert Gottfried, and Mitski in addition to a slew of local talent…read more
JUNE 18, 2018
It does not get any more intimate for a show then the tiny performance space at Colony which is inside the restored 1929 hotel in Woodstock, New York. Okkervil River hit the artsy upstate town on June 15th for the second to last date on their current tour after releasing their latest album, In the Rainbow Rain…read more
November 13, 2017
“The Colony has long been a fixture on the Woodstock music scene, but for some reason, never really seemed to occupy the limelight the way many people felt it could, and should. I recently had the opportunity for my first visit to the newly redesigned and refurbished Colony Woodstock, and, IMHO, the venue has finally realized its full potential!” …read more
May 2, 2017
The old Colony Café in Woodstock hosted some of the finest live music I’ve had the pleasure of seeing in the Hudson Valley, or anywhere for that matter.
Performances by Michelle Shocked, as well as Melvin Seals with JGB, both stand out…read more
May 1, 2017
“Among musicians and the local press, excitement has been building for almost two years over the restoration of this venerable venue and its reopening in May. New owners Howard and his wife, Alexia, have lived in Woodstock for a decade and are thus intimately familiar with the area’s disproportionate wealth of artistic talent and its incongruous lack of enduring anchor venues. Both are artists: Neil a songwriter, playwright and actor, Lex an actor “with one of those ‘career’ things I’d heard about,” Howard jokes.”…read more
August 14, 2015
“If you weren’t born here, why did you come here?
The answer to that question might depend upon when you arrived. Neil and Alexia Howard, the new owners of old The Colony Hotel at 21 Rock City Road, are hoping they arrived at the dawn of a new era in Woodstock, which they would like to help usher in”…read more