Spring has sprung - the summer bluegrass festival season is officially open! There are lots of great festivals to choose from. Here’s a partial list of some festivals within easy striking distance from the Hudson Valley:


November 14 & 15
Muddy Cup Coffeehouse
305 Main Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

The Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association will be hosting a two-day guitar workshop in Poughkeepsie on November 14th and 15th for pickers of all levels. The workshop will be conducted by Steve Kaufman, master flatpicker and only three-time winner of the National Flatpicking Championship.  A concert will follow on Saturday evening.
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As anyone who frequents the HVBA jams at Pirate Canoe Club in Poughkeepsie knows, HVBA jams are frequented by some of the most talented and interesting people around. So that we can get to know more about our P.C. Luminaries – not that everyone who joins the jams is not a luminary! – we decided to post occasional interviews with frequent jammers so that you can get to know them better.

Our first interview features Andy Bing. Andy is an original member of the HVBA, an important attorney in New York State, and a tremendously talented and generous musician who has been kind enough to share his story with us. Thanks, Andy!

Q: Tell us a little about yourself – where you grew up, where you live, your work, your interests, family - anything you’d like to share with us.
Last week I had the privilege of sitting in with No Brakes, that great Hudson Valley bluegrass band, for their monthly show at the Dubliner Pub in Poughkeepsie, NY. Gary asked me to join them that evening because Frank would not be able to make it. Anyway, as it turned out Frank was able to play the first set. I pretty much laid back and followed along. Being on the stage with them gave me a great opportunity to see and hear first hand what these guys were about.
We’ve got a great lineup for you at this year’s Bluegrass between the Bridges. The show is a festival within a festival, part of The Bardavon’s Hudson River Arts Festival. It’s held at Waryas Park on the Hudson River waterfront in Poughkeepsie, NY. It’s easily accessible from Metro North’s station, so all you NYC people, come by train!!

Saturday September 20
NEW!! Continuous Bluegrass on the Second Stage from 2PM to 7PM!
Here’s the bill:
Buddy Merriam & Back Roads (2 sets)
Sleepy Hollow String Band
Cold Feat
Mel Paskell & Steve Palmer

More information at www.hvbluegrass.org/old or www.bardavon.org

We are getting an earlier start this year on the 2007 tee shirts and CDs. This year we will have a new design for the shirts and they will be available in long and short sleeves, as well as tank tops for both men and women. The women's shirts will have a lower, slightly scooped neck. We will also offer a simple embroidered baseball cap. The prices are not yet known, but will be comparable to last year (around $13 - $15 per shirt. We have no idea, yet, about the cost of the caps).


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