November 2008: Steve Kaufman Workshop and Concert a Success!

Workshop Cost: $90/Members - $100/Non-Members

Location for Workshop and Concert: TBD (in Poughkeepsie somewhere)
Minimum number in class: 20
Maximum number in class: 35
Minimum number for concert: 40

The guitar workshop will last approximately 8 hours total. 2 hours of workshop on Friday night. At this meeting Steve gets to know each student's strengths and weaknesses by observing through “jamming” and feedback. This is typically 6:30-8:30 or 7:00 to 9:00. He will answer questions, give some pointers and tips and hand out a questionnaire to the students to give him a general idea what they want to cover on Saturday.

On Saturday, the workshop will be for 5-6 hours from around 9:30 to 3:30-ish. Going over hard core picking skills, tunes and general building blocks for the millennium flatpicker.

On Saturday evening there will be a concert by Steve Kaufman costing $10/Members - $15/Non-Members

Before we proceed to set this workshop up (the last time we had it was in November 2008 and it was highly successful), we need to get a pulse of who will be attending. If we don't hear from the minimum number of required people, we will NOT hold this workshop.

Please fill out the Questionnaire at the bottom of the next page.

Love Bluegrass?
Want to learn more?
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We sure could use your help with many of our projects. Take a look and see which ones are calling you and then let us know if you want to give one or more of the following "jobs" a try. And by "help," we mean just that. We will not expect you to do anything by yourself. We just need more people to be on our team!

Our wish list for help includes the following:


It's not for nothing that this band is playing for us once again. They keep filling the house and they keep delighting the audience (and the hostess). 

The Lonely Heartstring Band is about to release their newest album, Deep Waters, and has just completed a successful weekend at Grey Fox. They are really hot now and we are delighted to have them return to play for us once again. 

You really can't get enough of a good thing!

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It's Nomination Time for the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association 

This is your time to get involved in the HVBA by nominating the people you think would best represent your bluegrass interests and would best carry out the duties of the officers.

  • Elections for the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer of the HVBA are held at a general meeting in November every two years. 
  • Elected officers serve a term of two years beginning December 1 and ending November 30.
  • There will be no election for at-large members of the board.
  • The length of time at-large members serve is at their pleasure.

The gracious banjo maestro, Bill Keith, shaking hands with Jonny Cody after playing ‘Devil’s Dream’ together at a campsite during Grey Fox 2013—fifty years from the day that Bill first played it with Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys

Surely a highlight of this year’s Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival will be a very special Keith-Style Banjo Summit hosted by Béla Fleck, Abigail Washburn, and Tony Trischka. As if this “Triple Crown of Banjo” wasn’t enough, joining them on stage to honor the music and enormous influence of Bill Keith will be the award-winning Noam Pikelny, Eric Weissberg, Mike Munford, Marc Horowitz, Mike Kropp, and Ryan Cavanaugh, along with Bill Keith himself. The 90-minute Keith-style banjo gathering will be on Friday, July 17 beginning at 7:00pm at the Creekside Stage.

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