Poll: Essential Bluegrass Recordings

Two years ago, the HVBA presented a six-week course to senior citizens called the Evolution of Bluegrass. This was done under the auspices of Marist College's, CLS (Center for Lifetime Studies) program. We began the class with 60 "students" and expected the usual attrition rate to bring us down to 40. That is what we were told was the pattern of these classes. 
Instead, our group grew each week until we had 80 in the class. The directors of the program (and we) were astounded at the positive response and they have asked us to repeat the classes. And so we will. The series will begin this April (2014) and we want YOUR input.

My Favorite Bands

Here is your chance to let us know which bands you would like us to invite to play for the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association. Take a minute to give us your feedback and, although we can't make any promises, we do want to know which bands YOU think we should pursue.

Please click "Read More" to complete the survey.

It's Our Anniversary


We Are


2014 is a very special year for the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association. If you are at all curious about our beginnings, check out a treasure trove of our original newsletters (sent by snail mail) called the Jamboree! They are all here for your pleasure.


Too Blue Showcase Concert

Back for a return performance!

$10 at the door. 

Open Jam: 6:30pm - Too Blue: 7:30pm

A Too Blue show is a large dose of musical fun, featuring dynamic arrangements, tight harmonies and instrumental excellence. They've shared the stage with numerous notables from Del McCoury to Claire Lynch. Their taste runs the gamut from traditional bluegrass to Celtic to jazzy swing, from Bill Monroe to Ray Charles. Too Blue is Joan Harrison on banjo & vocals, Betsy Rome on guitar & vocals, Michael Sassano on mandolin & vocals, Jamie Doris on bass.


Remembering Eugene Martinez

Eugene Martinez: 1953-2013

We have just learned that Eugene died on Friday, November 2 at his home in Florence, Italy. Those of us who knew Eugene are devastated at this untimely and unexpected loss. There is no need to tell his friends who he was nor why we all came to love him so much; but in 2007, Eugene made the decision to move to Italy permanently and some of the HVBA community do not know who he was for us.

There is no way to fully capture Eugene here, but we invite all of you to add your thoughts and memories in the Comment Section below.

How did a guy living in Italy become such an important part of the HVBA landscape?  

It all began on Mandolin Café. Pat Dinges and Eugene discovered one another online

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