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On the day of their concert at Christ Church in Poughkeepsie, NY, Jim and Rob both offered workshops in their respective instruments; guitar and 6 string dobro. Attendees were well satisfied with the two hours they had with their chosen instructor. Two hours with Jim Hurst or Rob Ickes is going to motivate you to progress with your instrument. Jim and Rob are both generous with their knowledge and quick to demonstrate.

Dobro player Jeff Anzevino enjoyed Rob’s workshop. "Rob Ickes is a great instructor. He broke down the basics into easy steps. Now practice, practice, practice!" The same was echoed of Jim Hurst’s workshop. Jim provided a path to better guitar playing as well as demonstrating chord choices, picking and strumming techniques.

After the workshop Jim and Rob revealed how they work together. Trading solos; who takes what solo; the type of chording used, etc. This exchange with the workshoppers occasioned mini performances including Jim Hurst covering Billy Joe Shaver’s “I’m Just An Old Chunk Of Coal.”

Where: Christ Church - 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie, NY
When: Saturday - July 27, 2013 @ 7:30pm - Open Jam begins at 6:45pm
Tickets: AT THE DOOR - $12/Members, $17/Non-Members

Karl Shiflett grew up in Texas with a love for “Traditional Country Music”, learning to sing and play guitar at the age of nine. His musical influences include; Roy Acuff, Hank Williams, Bob Wills, Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs……the list goes on. He began his professional career in bluegrass music as a side man in the 1980’s and organized “The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show” in 1993.

And the WINNER of two tickets to Grey Fox is.....George Nasca!  Yay George!!!

Thank you all for entering the raffle and we hope to see all of you at Grey Fox next week.

Where: Christ Church - 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie

When: Monday, June 24 at 7:30.  Doors open at 6:45

Tickets Available at The Door: $12/Members - $17/Non-Members

How lucky can we get?  Well, it turns out that we've just hit the jackpot with The James King Band coming to Poughkeepsie on Monday, June 24.  This band is one of our favorites and James King is one of the best traditional bluegrass singers on the scene today.

Seating is limited to only 70 people.  If you want to be sure to hear this band in an intimate setting, reserve your tickets right now.  This concert almost upon us and I, for one, can hardly wait!!!

James is a nine-time winner of the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music's Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year award. To those folks, King's emotive renderings of songs such as She Took His Breath Away, Bed by the Windowand 30 Years of Farming exemplify the essence of what bluegrass music is all about.

Woo Hoo!! The HVBA jams have a new permanent home at Christ Church in Poughkeepsie, NY.  This has been the home for our major concerts, workshops, and monthly Showcase Series.  The acoustics are fabulous and the space is huge.  We are so, so lucky and so grateful to Christ Church for offering us this wonderful venue.

Join us on Wednesday, June 19th when we inaugurate the Nave with the sounds of bluegrass music!!  Same days...same time.


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