Bees In The Barn Returns to the HVBA

Friday – May 10, 2024 @ 7:30pm
Unitarian Fellowship
67 S. Randolph Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY

Tickets: Door sales only!
HVBA members: $20
Non-members: $25

One of our most successful concerts last year was Bees in the Barn, a HVBA member band based in Beacon, NY. Talented, talented, talented, and talented (descriptors for all four members of the band). Their return to the Fellowship will include a very bluegrassy evening and some fun events planned by August. It’s a “not-to-be-missed” concert!

Helmed by Grammy- and Tony-nominated producer and orchestrator August Eriksmoen, Bees in the Barn is arguably the Hudson Valley’s most exciting and innovative bluegrass groups. Revered for their tight original instrumentals, energetic dynamics, rich vocal harmonies, and explosive solos, they’re a quartet with endless energy that knows how to engage an audience. Bees in the Barn is a veteran of the HVBA stage, and we’re thrilled to have them back to close out our 2024 spring concert season!

Bees in the Barn features:

Mandolinist August Eriksmoen, a Grammy nominated producer, Tony nominated orchestrator, as well as twice nominated for the Drama Desk Award, and is a recipient of London’s Olivier Award. He has toured all over the country as a multi-instrumentalist and conductor.

Violinist Sara Milonovich is a highly sought-after side person in the bluegrass, folk, rock, Americana, and Celtic music worlds. She has performed and recorded throughout the Americas and Europe, with such artists as Richard Shindell, Pete Seeger (including on his Grammy winning album “At 89”), Eliza Gilkyson, Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys, and NY string band Mountain Quickstep. As a singer-songwriter, she leads the alt-country band, Daisycutter.

Guitarist Jordan Shapiro is a 20 year veteran of the New York area bluegrass scene, and is known for his eclectic endeavors and command of many instruments. His bluegrass band “Astrograss” is extremely active in the NYC bluegrass scene, having released 3 albums, and performs yearly at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival.

Bassist Nate Allen has toured across the United States and Europe, having recorded with various artists including Peter Karp and Sue Foley, the Kristijan Krajčan Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, Nicole Hart, Black Gold, Friend Roulette, Scott Barkan, The Fine Machines, Illumntr, and Crooks and Perverts. Today, he plays in a variety of groups ranging in styles including blues, jazz, rock, folk, pop, soul, roots, and fusion.


Founded in 1994 to knit together the bluegrass community of musicians and fans. The HVBA is chartered as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts and educational organization, we promote bluegrass and related acoustic music in the Hudson Valley through jam sessions, concerts, and open mics in conjunction with other not-for-profit organizations.

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