Colony Woodstock est 1929


October 14th, 2019 

How One Couple Took A Big Leap And Built Their Dream Nightclub In Woodstock, New York

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


October 10, 2019

The Borscht Belt Rises Again: The Colony Among Catskills Venues Getting Back into the Funny Business

Stand-up comedy isn’t just for stand-up comedy clubs anymore. Known primarily as a music venue—largely because it’s played host to some of the biggest names in the Catskills region and worldwide since it opened its doors 90 years ago this year—The Colony is showcasing its versatility and dedication to comedy with a line-up chock full of side-splitting comedians under the Stand-Up Colony (get it?) heading…read more


August 17, 2019

Woodstock 50th Anniversary Celebration

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

“What a Folk-Punk Show Taught Me About Politics and Morals”

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

Where to Eat and Stay Before a Concert at Colony Woodstock

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 Rainread more



November 13, 2017

Colony Woodstock Begins Holiday Run of Great Music with Terry Reid, Robert Gordon

“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

Driven by History and Live Music, the Colony in Woodstock Launches Next Chapter

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

Colony Reborn In Woodstock 

“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

Rock City Renaissance at the Colony

“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

Neil and Alexia Colony Woodstock
Neil and Alexia Howard at the Colony before renovations began. (photo by Dion Ogust)