Spotlight Band: Buckeye Rooster

Buckeye Rooster was formed in the fall of 2011 and since that time has been putting their own modern twist on the bluegrass music world, with original compositions that have been opening the eyes and minds of audiences who had not, before, experienced 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.

March Showcase: Hell's Kitchen Country

" Hells Kitchen Country"
featuring Gene Yellin, Kalia Yeagle, Mark Farrell, Ethan Kende, and Terry McGill

March 22

Christ Church - 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie 

Open Jam 6:30 pm - Concert 7:30 pm

Refreshments will be served

All proceeds go to the band

Hell’s Kitchen Country is all about savory three part bluegrass harmony. Comprised of three veterans of the NYC bluegrass and old time scene, Gene Yellin, guitar, Kalia Yeagle, fiddle, and Mark Farrell, mandolin, and joined by Ethan Kende on bass, and Terry McGill on banjo, the band draws its repertoire from the lesser known material of pioneers like the Sauceman Brothers, as well as classic country music.

Blue Plate Special and The Bluegrass Way

Last January, The New Jersey Home School Association Chorale, contacted the HVBA in search of a bluegrass band. This teen choir was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in the spring but needed some help with crafting the right sound for some American songs they were working on. They hoped to soak up the flavor of bluegrass harmonies to make their own vocal performance more authentic and less “classical."

February Showcase: Two Dollar Goat

When: Friday, February 22 @ 6:30pm
Where: Christ Church - 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie
Admission: $10 ($5/Students) all proceeds go to the musicians


One of the finest HVBA Member Bands is Two Dollar Goat. This month we will feature this band at our Showcase concert.

Back when Bill Monroe was deciding which instrument to learn, when recorded music was in its infancy and before musicians became embroiled in an ever escalating war of chops, folk music was presented in public in much the same way it was in private: simply, enthusiastically, with stories and jokes; as much for the entertainment of the musicians as it was for whomever happened to be close enough to hear.

Pirate Canoe Club Jam

The HVBA is celebrating it's return to it's old stomping grounds at the Pirate Canoe Club just off of Rte. 9 in Poughkeepsie.

The first three jams have been a great time, with a large jump in attendance, and old and new faces welcomed to the fold. We have a very large room to spread out in, and the acoustics are great!

The club also has various nooks for those that would

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