Workshop with Bob Altschuler

February 9, 2008  from 2:30-5:00 pm   (before the Dyer Switch band concert at 8 pm).
Sand Lake Center for the Arts
2880 NY 43
Averill Park, NY, 12018  (1/2 mile east of the blinking light in Averill  Park) and 15 miles east of Albany, NY
<img src=" " alt="" />After the December jam I called Belle Mickelson to inquire about Bearfoot, an amazing young Alaskan bluegrass band, coming to the Hudson Valley on January 8. Belle was in Tanana, Alaska, a remote village 130 miles west of Fairbanks near the junction of the Yukon and Tanana Rivers. When I asked Belle about Tanana, Belle said this time of year there are only two ways in and out of Tanana -- by plane or snowmobile.

But I digress...
The local Hudson Valley hillbilly band, "NO BRAKES", is in the process of completing work on a new CD. The band features Frank Kara on mandolin and vocals, Eric Spaulding on guitar and vocals, Gary DiGiovanni on banjo and vocals, and Rusty Boris on string bass and vocals. The album will showcase songs from the bands current live show which traditionally includes a smattering of "off the beaten path" standard bluegrass tunes and a sprinkling of original tunes. Most of the lead vocal work is executed by the irrepressible Frank Kara. That together with tight backup harmonies and blazing instrumental work promises an exciting and interesting CD – check our sidebar and the link to No Brakes, a member band, after its release for a review.
The HVBA is proudly excited to announce a concert by major headliner, IBMA and SPBGMA winner James King and The James King Band, to be held on the evening of Saturday, March 15 at the United Methodist Church in Hyde Park, NY.

There’s been talk for some time that the site of the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, the Rothvoss farm in Ancramdale, NY is up for sale and that the future of the festival  unclear. Latest word from all sources involved is confusing. According to the Hudson Register Star, Danny Rothvoss said as recently as Tuesday night that the farm has not yet sold. According to sources in the Ancramdale town government, the sale has in fact gone through. Festival producers and organizers are anxiously waiting. They say they will know more about next summer’s festival if and when the farm is purchased, but their hope is to hold the festival on the Rothvoss Farm in 2008. The festival has always gone on, sometimes against all odds, and they are moving forward with plans. In the unlikely event that the festival is cancelled, ticket holders will receive full refunds.

Having trouble finding bluegrass music on the radio?  Ever been frustrated when you favorite radio station plays an annoying song in a minor key? :)
I found a way to "program" my own custom music through my computer.  It's at and it's easy and free.  (You can subscribe for $39.95/year for additional services, but that's not necessary).


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