When: Saturday, March 5 at 7:00pm (come earlier and have your dinner)
Where: Sugar & Spice Café - Poughkeepsie Plaza
Tickets: Available at the Door 

From Jerry Oland:
I have personally known most of these fine musicians since the early 1990's, when I picked banjo with the Massachusetts band Bear Acker and Billings Gap. During that period we performed many shows with these folks, and I can attest they're all solid bluegrass veterans. Robert and Lillian Fraker for many years headed up the Bear Bridge Band from Western Massachusetts, and Dick Bowden is a wonderful bluegrass singer and instrumentalist from the State of Maine. Terry McGill you may recognize from the New Jersey based band Straight Drive, and Herb Applin is just about a bluegrass legend in New England. They know bluegrass inside and out, they've paid their dues, and they're from our neck of the woods. I'm excited they're traveling all the way to Poughkeepsie to perform for us, and I hope you come out to hear them.
 From Bluegrass Unlimited:
The Old Time Bluegrass Singers are bluegrass pioneer Herb Applin on mandolin, Lillian Fraker on bass, Terry McGill on banjo, Dick Bowden on guitar, and Robert Fraker on guitar. All contribute vocals. Applin was designated a pioneer by the IBMM (International Bluegrass Music Museum) for his work with the Lilly Brothers, Don Stover, and Joe Val, all strong roots of bluegrass in New England."Herb Applin, mandolin and fiddle. Much honored senior bluegrass performer in New England known for his startling tenor voice. From Boston, now living in Pepperell Mass. The International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro KY named Herb a Bluegrass Pioneer.


The Gibson Brothers started their 2011 schedule in the warm venue of Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, NY. It was a typically exciting and smooth Gibson Brothers performance. Sandwiching some of the new songs on their upcoming February CD release with past original hits and covers, they also responded to audience requests. Anticipating the next bit of repartee between Leigh and Eric Gibson is an added bonus when watching the Gibson Brothers perform.

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Where  Sugar & Spice Café
  2600 South Road (Poughkeepsie Plaza)
  Poughkeepsie, NY
When Friday, February 11 at 6:30pm
Special C returns to Poughkeepsie to give a very "special" evening to those who register first.  This event will be open only to 25 jammers, but the capacity for the room is 50.  If you are a musician who would enjoy some jamming with Special C and be treated to a very intimate concert, as well, this evening is for you.  Bring your non-musician friends and family, too!

I'll start by saying this is more than a review of a CD. It's a call to remember Sara Kohno who spent about a year with the HVBA, and to review her new CD, Saramountain. Sara is from Japan, plays the mandolin, and has a keen interest in bluegrass music. I remember the first jam she attended. She speaks only a little English, does not have a car or license. She was brought to the jam by her host here in the US. First lesson, and one I keep having to re-learn, over and over, don't judge a book (or person) by it's cover. 

You’d be hard pressed to think of a contemporary musician who’s done more to get bluegrass noticed than Chris Hillman. A mandolin picker since his southern California teens, Chris got recruited to play electric bass in the original lineup of The Byrds, even though he claims he’d previously never touched that instrument.

After five rock records, Chris helped influence The Byrds’ astonishing foray into country and bluegrass on their highly influential Sweetheart of the Rodeo album before moving on to co-found The Flying Burrito Brothers and the Desert Rose Band.

Even if you’re not a fan of big breakfasts with all the coffee you can drink, do yourself a favor and stop by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and pick up a copy of the latest CD from the Grascals: The Grascals and Friends – Country Classics with a Bluegrass Spin. It features several country songs that are familiar to many of us with guest performances from some of country music’s biggest names. Proceeds from the sales of the record (available exclusively at Cracker Barrel) benefit the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital: one of several good reasons to own this disc.

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