This concert is limited to only 70 people and we expect to sell out quickly.

When: Friday, November 20 @ 7:30pm
Where: Christ Church - 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie

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One of our board members saw this Kickstarter project and we jumped right in to secure a concert for the Hudson Valley.

This concert is limited to only 70 people and we expect to sell out quickly.

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This concert will feature only bluegrass music!

Kickstarter Description:
Two albums, two lineups, same songs. One album is straight-ahead bluegrass, the other is raw and electric.

Hello friends! I'm Michael Daves, a bluegrass singer and guitarist based in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to performing solo, I've had the opportunity to work with some great musicians in the bluegrass world like Tony Trischka (and Steve Martin!), Bryan Sutton, Noam Pikelny, and Chris Eldridge. My most recent record was Sleep With One Eye Open (2011, Nonesuch Records), a duo album with Chris Thile (we were nominated for a Grammy!). I have also played in some pretty out-there rock bands (they were not always well received!).

Ronnie Reno is, I hate to say it, one of the last of a dying breed. He began his career in music at age 8, and while he’s spent a lot of time on stage, throughout his career it was mostly in the service of people that claimed a larger part of the spotlight: Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, the Osborne Brothers, Johnny Cash.

The reason, of course, is because not only was he a brilliant, he was also tenacious. When he was 8, he stood on a milk carton to be seen. In a sense, he’s been standing on that milk carton ever since for no other reason, perhaps, than it’s just what he had to do. For him it was a job, just as making movies was for James Stewart. Someone once asked Steward why he made some duds, even later in his career, and his response was, well, it’s my job. If I’m not working, and I’m offered something, I take it. There are few stars in Hollywood like that today, and I’d venture there are few bluegrass musicians like Reno anywhere. He’s out there doing it because, well, that’s what he does.

When: Saturday, October 24 @ 7:30pm
Where: Christ Church - 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie
Advance Ticket Members: $20
Advance Ticket Non-Members:     $25
At The Door: $5 More


Patron: 4 front row reserved seats, a graphic ad on our website for one year, and your name on all posters

Sponsor: 4 front row reserved seats and your name on all posters

Supporter: 2 front row reserved seats and your name on all posters

With their latest release Cold Spell landing a 2015 GRAMMY Nomination for Best Bluegrass Album followed by an eight award sweep at the 2015 WAMMIES, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, IBMA’s 2014 Instrumental Group of the Year, can’t slow down!

Since Frank Solivan left the cold climes of Alaska for the bluegrass hotbed of Washington, D.C., he’s built a reputation as a monster mandolinist — and become a major festival attraction with his band, Dirty Kitchen. Solivan, with banjoist Mike Munford, 2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year, award winning guitarist Chris Luquette and doghouse bassist Dan Booth, simmer a bluegrass/newgrass stew from instrumental, vocal and songwriting skills so hot, they’ve been named Washington Area Music Association’s Best Bluegrass Band of the Year for four consecutive years.

No, no, no! The animals will not be playing bluegrass music and you can forget any jokes about banjos and monkeys.

The weekends of September 12-15 and the 19th will see four HVBA Member Bands entertaining huge crowds at the re-opening of the Bronx Zoo, Children's Zoo.

The bands are:

The Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association is honored to be a part of this re-opening.

Overview of Fall Harvest Festival Concept

As part of the celebration of the re-opening of the cherished Bronx Zoo, Children’s Zoo, we developed a working family garden that supported the following goals:

This is the first concert for our Showcase Concert Series of 2015-2016 and what a way to begin! The Abby Hollander Band totally rocked the Creekside Stage at Grey Fox this past summer and now they are coming to Poughkeepsie to play for the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association!

When: Friday, Sep 25 @ 7:30pm
Open Jam Before Concert:    6:30pm
Where: Christ Church - 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie
Adults: $15
Students: $5
Children Under 12:     Free

Abby Hollander is a singer, bassist and guitarist, and songwriter originally from Woodstock, NY. Coming from a family of musicians, she was raised on an eclectic mix of bluegrass, country, and jazz – which were played on the stereo a little and the back porch

This story was originally published in Oh Contraire Magazine in June, 2015.
Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys are a Premium Member Band of the HVBA


Jim had always wanted to learn how to play guitar after hearing his favorite artists make original finger picking sounds of their own. So one day he picked up a guitar and taught himself how to play. That one day has lead him to record deals, concerts, and a passionate fan base. His self-taught practice has given him a unique and genuine style that sets him apart from those who go by the books because he only has his own rules to follow.


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