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The outdoors is the new indoors at The Falcon in Marlboro / hv1

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From its beginnings in the loft of Tony Falco's barn in Marlboro, the Falcon has paid as much fastidious attention to its physical environment as to its roster of jazz, blues, world, rock, and experimental talent. That loft was more sacred than rustic. Paneled in dark wood reclaimed from a church and treated with beautiful and acoustically useful area rugs, the original Falcon, as a space, was every bit the equal of the outsize bookings - Brad Mehldau, Dave Liebman, John Scofield - that stunned and delighted the Hudson Valley music scene at the start of this millennium. And that pairing of serious music and heightened environment has typified everything that Tony has done since.

Which is quite a lot.  As its regular patrons know full well, something is always afoot structurally at the second Falcon, a large music and art, dining and drinking multiplex overlooking the dramatic Marlboro Falls on Route 9W. Because the venue has never charged a cover and is driven by donations only, patrons enjoy all-access clearance at all times to two full-size music clubs booked nightly, each with its own kitchen and menu. There are two bars with differentiated offerings. The Avalon Archives museum is embedded in the Falcon Underground. There's an actively curated art gallery in the main room. Finally, especially relevant right now is a multi-level network of decks, patios, stairs, pathways, and something like luxury boxes that line the lantern-lit path down the side of the falls.

Tony Falco's constant, visionary fiddling with his structure has come up roses now, providing him with options unique among local venues here in the Covid age, where outdoors is the new indoors. While establishments region-wide kludge what makeshift seasonal performance spaces they can with varying amounts of flexibility, the Falcon is simply realizing its destiny as an indoor/outdoor facility.  (Photos by Dion Ogust)