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

Far Right: Korey Brodsky

After eleven hours of driving, Korey and I arrive in downtown Raleigh, NC. The city is buzzing with bluegrass-music-loving people from all over the world, all convening to share music, and many to experience the annual International Bluegrass Music Awards.

This year the IBMA Awards show was held at the beautiful Duke Energy Center in downtown Raleigh. This was a big move for IBMA after leaving Nashville with all its bluegrass history and legendary venues. However, Raleigh was more than welcoming and proved to be an ideal location for the annual week-long event.

This Friday, September 27 - 7:30pm

Open Jam at 6:30

Christ Church - 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie

The HVBA kicks off its third Showcase Series season with Premium Member Band, Buckeye Rooster.

 

 

We hope to see many of you at the opening night of the series and we are happy to present this Premium Member Band to you!!!

The band was formed in Fall 2011 and since has been presenting a modern twist on the bluegrass music world, with original compositions that have been opening eyes and minds of audiences who had not before had the deep rich harmonies and acoustic instruments used on their iPods. The band members, inspired by a modern fusion ranging from Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, Johnny Cash, Tom Waits, and even Hollywood Cowboy Gene Autry, have been attracting lots of notice while staying true to the bluegrass sound.

In 1993, the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) presented a now legendary performance of a kids’ superstar bluegrass band called the Bluegrass Youth All-Stars. The band included Chris Thile, Josh Williams, Cody Kilby and Michael Cleveland, all of whom have gone on to notable professional careers in bluegrass music. This year marks the 20th anniversary of that IBMA's Awards Show performance and this year the IBMA will be continuing in that tradition with an Awards Show performance by a new hand-picked group of young bluegrass talent. Here’s the kicker for the HVBA: Our own fourteen-year-old member Korey Brodsky has been invited to play guitar as part of the group!

46 Raymond Avenue

Poughkeepsie, NY

We begin with an open jam at 11:30am.

Then our Member Bands perform for huge crowds under a large shaded tent!

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