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Bill Keith: IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award

Bill Keith's Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association deserves a separate post of its own, I think.

Bill is best known for developing the “melodic style” of banjo playing, the most important and widely used extension of Earl Scruggs’ three-finger banjo technique. Melodic banjo playing uses ingeniously coordinated right- and left-hand fingerings to allow the player to execute fast scales and scale-based passages smoothly and efficiently. Fifty years later, banjo pickers are still playing licks that Bill devised, and melodic banjo playing is still referred to as “Keith style.” I think it’s fair to say that without Bill to show the way, we would not have the music of Ben Eldridge, Courtney Johnson, John Hartford, Alan Munde, Tony Trischka, Béla Fleck, Scott Vestal, Jens Kruger, Alison Brown, Noam Pikelny, and many others. Bluegrass music would be much the poorer without Bill’s contributions and musical legacy.

Arlington Street Fair: 2014

This marks the fourth year that the HVBA will have a presence at the Arlington Street Fair. We begin at 12:30 with an open jam and the bands will begin playing at 1:30.

Lonely Heartstring Band House Concert

Where: 42 Haggerty Hill Road-Rhinebeck, NY
When: Aug 15 @ 7:30pm
Tickets: Members/$12 - Non-Members/$15

Back by popular demand!

Way back in December, the Lonely Hearts String Band gave a concert to sixty very happy people at Lyn Rosen's house in Rhinebeck, NY. The audience was happy, LHB was happy, and Lyn really wanted them to come back again. Her wish has come true!!!

This concert is in a beautiful home with great acoustics. However, it is limited to the first 60 people who purchase the tickets. If you do not wish to use PayPal, please call 845.475.8830 or send your check, made out to HVBA, to:

Spotlight on Fred Robbins

The Hudson Valley bluegrass Association has a membership rich in talent. As one would expect in a musical organization, there is a healthy selection of individual musicians, member bands and engaged acoustic music aficionados. As far as uniqueness however one member's contributions truly stand out – Fred Robbins has been active as a music archivist, with a particular emphasis on bluegrass, since the mid-1960s. Fred has produced as well as collected a fantastic selection of photos, videos, and audio documenting the acoustic music activities as they happened, particularly in the tri-state and Hudson Valley areas.

May Showcase: The Korey Brodsky Band

Where: Christ Episcopal Church - 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie
Date: Friday, May 30 
Time: Open Jam - 6:30pm / Concert - 7:30pm
Tickets: $10 at the Door

This is the final Showcase Concert for this season. We will be back in September!

Come early to hear this band led by Korey Brodsky! Bring your instruments for a pre-concert jam beginning at 6:30pm.

The Korey Brodsky Band performs both original and traditional bluegrass with virtuoso instrumental playing and compelling trio harmonies.

The band features 15 year old Korey Brodsky who recently played guitar in the IBMA 2013 Youth All-Star band at the Awards Show in Raleigh, NC.  He won 1st place in the adult guitar category (the first junior ever to win adult) and 3rd place in adult mandolin at the 2013 Roxbury Pickin' and Fiddlin' contest. Korey has been playing since 3 years old and has studied with Michael Daves, Jim Hurst, Steve Kaufman, Jim Allyn, and Betsy Rome. Korey has performed with Bill Keith, James King, Tom Chapin, and Jonathan Edwards.

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