Music lovers know that there’s no place like a music festival to hear the best tunes and have a good time with other revelers. According to statistics, 32 million people go to at least one U.S. music festival every year. Apart from a bluegrass fan favorite, Grey Fox, family-friendly festivals such as the Too Blue Summerfest at the Henry Hudson Riverfront Park have also attracted bluegrass music festival goers of all ages.

If you really want to get in the spirit of a bluegrass festival and enjoy all of the acts, you might want to consider camping at the festival site with your family and friends. If you have a passion for music, cooking and eating together, and partying with other music lovers, then follow these tips on how to camp at a bluegrass festival.

Bring the essentials

Camping at a bluegrass festival won’t require as much gear as camping in the woods, so you only need to pack the essentials before heading to the festival site. Bluegrass festivals in the summer are often held outdoors, so it would be a good idea to bring a tent. It’s important to choose a tent that will protect you from the elements but will also allow proper ventilation. You will also need a sleeping bag, a sleeping pad, a camping stove, some basic cooking gear, food, a cooler, a basic first aid kit, and a few clothes.

Date: Saturday, September 16, 2017
Time: 12pm - 5pm
Place:Arlington Green Park
46 Raymond Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY

This marks the sixth year that the HVBA will have a presence at the Arlington Street Fair. We will begin with an open jam at 12:00pm and the bands will begin playing at 12:30.

The schedule will be announced soon. Stay tuned!

Beginning in 2011, the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association has had a very prominent presence at the Arlington Street Fair held in Poughkeepsie every Fall. This year we will be back!!!

Our tent is a very popular stopping point for the hundreds of visitors to the Fair to relax and enjoy the music. In addition, we have tee shirts and the CDs of each band available for sale.

Where: 42 Haggerty Hill Rd, Rhinebeck, NY
When: Friday, Sep 8 @ 7:30pm
Tickets: Members: $15/Non-Members: $20


Mile Twelve is a fresh, hard driving young band beautifully walking the line between original and traditional bluegrass. Fast gaining recognition for their outstanding performances in bluegrass and folk circles, Evan Murphy, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Nate Sabat, BB Bowness and David Benedict write captivating songs and daring instrumental pieces from diverse influences. Banjo luminary Tony Trischka says, "Mile Twelve is carrying the bluegrass tradition forward with creativity and integrity."

How The Circle of Fifths Is Used In Bluegrass
Since 1994, the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association has been promoting today’s Bluegrass musicians so that local fans can enjoy jam sessions, concerts and open mics by outstanding performers. Ever wondered what makes these Bluegrass performances so compelling though? Aside from their natural stage presence, a lot of it comes down to the songwriting which uses a winning Bluegrass chord formula in both new tunes and familiar favorites alike. Here, we discuss more precisely, the role that the Circle of Fifths plays when composing or playing Bluegrass.

A little bit of history
Before addressing the major chords in Bluegrass and how this music genre makes use of the Circle of Fifths, let’s see what the phenomenon of the Circle of Fifths actually is. To give you a bit of a historical background, the circle of fifths is a term used in music theory that refers to an organized chart, or more precisely the 12 tones of the chromatic scale.

A Who’s Who of Bluegrass Music in the Beautiful Catskill Mountains
A gathering of music, community, family & friends

July 13-16, 2017
Full Festival Advance Price: $215
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40+ Bands • 5 Stages • Workshops • Emerging Artist Showcase
Dancing • Children’s Performers • Bluegrass Academy for Kids
Camping • Jamming • Foods • Crafts • And a whole lot more!

Enjoy Even More Bluegrass
AND Donate To The Taste of Grey Fox Food Bank

Where: Unitarian Fellowship: 67 S. Randolph Avenue - Poughkeepsie, NY
When: June 25, 2017 @ 7:00pm
Tickets: $20/Members & $25/Non-Members ($5 More For Front Rows)



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Formed in the Chicago area in 1975, The Special Consensus is a four-person acoustic bluegrass band with a repertoire that features traditional bluegrass standards, original compositions by band members and professional songwriters, and songs from other musical genres performed in the bluegrass format. The band has released 18 recordings and has appeared on numerous National Public Radio programs and cable television shows, including The Nashville Network and the Grand Ole Opry at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. International tours have brought the band to Australia, Canada, Europe, South America, Ireland and the United Kingdom.


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