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.

3rd Annual Traveling Man Bluegrass Festival

Preparations are underway to make the 3rd annual Traveling Man Bluegrass Festival a success. Producers Larry Wund and Nicholas Daniele have set their sites on exceeding last year's record attendance, and with some help from the weather, they seem set to do it.

"We've got absolutely great bands performing with us this time!" says booking manager Kara Lee, the founder of Brooklyn's Go Folk Yourself concert series. "Dyer Switch and Buckeye Rooster are back from last year, and headlining are the Ebony Hillbillies, an African-American Bluegrass band that's making big waves in the New York City country music scene! ...everyone who attends this year's Traveling Man Bluegrass Festival will have some very happy ear drums."

The Gibson Brothers Hit A Home Run

Photo by Joan Harrison

Last night, Saturday, April 26th, the City of Poughkeepsie got the treat of lifetime when the multi-award winning band, The Gibson Brothers, filled the Carroll Street Church with their un-matchable bluegrass sound, lyrics, energy, and humor to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association! How lucky each and every one of us was to be a part of such a memorable evening.

As if there are only twenty reasons that I could give for what makes Leigh and Eric Gibson and their talented band members so great, in honor of HVBA’s special 20th Anniversary occasion, I’m just going to plough (no farming pun intended) ahead, and tell you what the top 20 ones are:

Drum roll, please ...

Number 20: As they've grown up near the Canadian border, both Leigh and Eric have names that flout the silly American English rule, “i" before "e" except after c.”

Number 19: They have the best band banter around and had no qualms about confessing that such talk is nothing more than an obvioius diversion while the musicians tune their instruments.

Showcase: Long Steel Rail

Don't Miss This One!

Long Steel Rail—Traditional and Not-So-Traditional Americana: an eclectic blend of amped-up acoustic roots music: "Any-thang with a Twang."

Where: Christ Church - 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie
When: Friday, March 28 Time: Open Jam at 6:30pm - Concert begins at 7:30pm
Tickets: At the door (all money goes to musicians)

Long Steel Rail cultivates and extends the traditions of American Acoustic Roots music sitting at the confluence of many different streams of musical sensibility. They deliver a distinctive and infectious blend of Bluegrass, Folk, Classic Country and String Band music, tinged with Swing, Irish, Blues, Rockabilly and other ingredients that spice up the rich gumbo of American music. Traditional instrumentation is combined with a contemporary sensibility and material is drawn from the whole gamut in between.
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