As many of you know, my wife and I have been wintering in Florida for the past five years. Last week I was asked to play banjo at a festival in N. Miami with friends I jam with every week on the porch of the Jupiter Lighthouse Museum. Only when I looked at the schedule did I realize that Special Consensus would be headlining the show. I've known Greg Cahill and Special C for quite a few years, from numerous performances for the HVBA in Poughkeepsie, and the years when Greg was President of the IBMA. The last time I'd seen the band was when Dan Eubanks had just joined the group, so I was really looking forward this performance.


When: Saturday, March 18 @ 7:30pm
Where: 42 Haggerty Hill Road, Rhinebeck, NY
Member Tickets: $15.00
Non-Member Tickets: $18.00

A Bluegrass -Flavored duet who remembers the old-country sound

This month we offer an extraordinary example of brother-style harmony singing. Trust us, if you like beautiful traditional songs sung absolutely beautifully....this concert is made for you!!!

When: Sunday, February 26 @ 4pm
Where: Unitarian Fellowship: 67 S. Randolph Avenue - Poughkeepsie, NY
Tickets: At The Door: $15/Adults - $5/Students

The Korey Brodsky Band (an HVBA Member Band), based in Newtown Connecticut, features 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association Youth All-Star and perennial contest winner Korey Brodsky on both guitar and mandolin, and Berklee-Grey Fox summer program scholarship award recipient Sofia Chiarandini on fiddle and lead vocal. The band is rounded out with extraordinary multi-instrumentalist Dick Neal and veteran upright bass player Rick Brodsky. Performing contemporary and traditional bluegrass, as well as originals by Korey and Dick, The Korey Brodsky Band has played many popular local bluegrass venues and festivals in CT & NY.

The Infamous Stringdusters are, by now, well known to folks following contemporary bluegrass, newgrass, jamgrass or the sweep-up-everything category of Americana music. They are touring all over the country, and you can bet they hit the stage and power it up. Here’s the band: Andy Falco, guitar; Travis Book, bass; Andy Hall, dobro; Jeremy Garrett, fiddle; Chris Pandolfi, banjo. There is nothing wet-behind-the-ears with these guys as, by now, they have years of playing and session work behind them. They are representatives of the post Bela Fleck/ Sam Bush/Jerry Douglass generation. And that is certainly a torch they are carrying forward. They’ve got the chops to do just that, both vocally and instrumentally.

When: Friday, January 27 @ 7:30pm
Where: Unitarian Fellowship - 67 S. Randolph Ave, Poughkeepsie
Adults: $15
Students: $5
Children Under 12:     Free


This will be the first monthly bluegrass concert of 2017 and we are so excited about having The Crust Gentlemen with us. This is a relaxed evening of good music. Hope to see you there.

The following article was written by Bob Holmes

The question that the Crusty Gentlemen probably hear most often is: “Why do you call yourselves the Crusty Gentlemen?”

And we usually answer them with: “Do you want the short answer or the long one?”

The short answer is that for our first gig we were going to call ourselves the “Crunchy Gentlemen” ( a take-off on one of our favorite bands, the “Country Gentlemen”) but the club owner misheard or misremembered the name and billed us as the “Crusty Gentlemen” instead. And it stuck (and I guess it could have been worse).

David Angell, HVBA President

Another year has passed, so it’s time to take stock of where we’ve been and think forward to the coming year. Looking at a summary of events provides the opportunity to ask if what we do is what we should be doing. So here we go: 2016 for the HVBA.

The HVBA is chartered as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts and educational organization. Our mission is to educate the public about Bluegrass music and to provide musicians opportunities to meet with one another and share their love of Bluegrass music.


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