June 7, 2019 Issue
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Check out photos of Mando Madness!

We're still glowing with giddy glee after another round of Mando Madness last month! From left to right, Wayne Fugate, Mike Sassano, Korey Brodsky, Jim Whitney, and Barry Mitterhoff delighted our audience with music from bluegrass to bossa nova. Joan Harrison took a set of wonderful photos of the show and has posted them on the HVBA website for your viewing pleasure. Thanks Joan!

New music from one of our member bands!

We've got new music out from one of our HVBA member bands! The Eugene Tyler Band is based in the Hudson Valley and they've got a new single coming out this month. Listen to the band's new single on their SoundCloud page here!

Musicians needed for Romeo and Juliet!

We are looking for a bluegrass band or small group of pickers to play for a production of Romeo and Juliet with the Powerhouse and New York Stage & Film apprentices at Vassar College! Below is a description of what is needed as well as other necessary details. Please email director of production Devin Kawaoka should you be interested!
by William Shakespeare (90 minute performance)
at Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve
July 12, 13 & 14 @ 7pm, dress rehearsal July 11
A little about us: Since 1985, we’ve been a vital incubator for artists and their work, a catalyst for stories that start with us and continue across the country and around the world. Dozens of notable works trace their developmental roots to NYSAF, including the 2016 Tony Award winners for Best Musical (Hamilton) and Best Play (The Humans), as well as the Tony Award-winning plays Side Man and Doubt, and the Broadway musicals Hadestown.
Our Production:  Romeo and Juliet is one of the performance opportunities for the apprentice company.  It will be performed outside (weather permitting) and is a tremendous learning opportunity for our budding artists.  

Our Audience: 10,000 people attend NYSAF over the summer and Romeo & Juliet is offered to them and the Poughkeepsie community for free, a la Shakespeare in the Park. Artistic and administrative staff of NYSAF and Powerhouse will be in attendance as well the community at large over the course of three nights. Should a band participate, they can of course invite people to listen to their set and take in some Shakespeare.
What we're looking for: A Bluegrass Band or 1-4 individual musicians.  Ideal instruments: Fiddle, Upright Bass, Banjo, or Guitar.  
What you'd do in performance: 15-20 minutes prior to the show, the band would play a set of music of their choosing. During the production, they would also play two songs, one up tempo and one ballad for the party scene.  Ideally, there would also be some instrumental during the fight scenes as well.
Time commitment: At the bare minimum, the band would need to be present for one put-in rehearsal with the company and all three evening performances from July 11-14.  Ideally, we'd have someone who could come in earlier to collaborate with students on instrumental music and record a track of the songs performed in the show so we could rehearse without the band. 
Pay: Unfortunately, there is no pay. I know. We're not charging anything for our production, so we have little to no budget. But the students will be forever grateful and the audiences very friendly.  Our hope is that we make some friends and you all some fans. 

Would you like to write an album review?

How would you like to review a new record from one of the most storied names in bluegrass? Prolific songwriter and guitarist Larry Sparks has been a fixture of the genre since the 1970s, and his brand new record New Moon Over My Shoulder out this week is in need of a reviewer! If you'd like to review this or another new bluegrass records view and listen to a number of other fresh albums here.

Join the HVBA today!

We always endeavor to welcome our new members of the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association! This week, Bill Petkanas from Sherman CT and Carmen and Fred James-Lawrence from Wappingers Falls NY have joined the fold. Will you be the next to become HVBA members? Your membership in the Association helps us support our local bluegrass bands as well as bring top-tier talent to perform in the Hudson Valley. Join on our website today!
Check out all upcoming bluegrass events in our area!
Jun 15:     Gibson Brothers
June 15:     Coffeehouse, Angry O'Haras, On The Trail, Open Jam
June 19:     HVBA Open Jam
June 23:     Mike Compton & Joe Newberry Live
June 24:     Too Blue at Thomaston Summer Concert Series
Jun 26:     Too Blue at Pardee-Morris House, New Haven
Jun 27-30:     Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival
Jul 3:     HVBA Open Jam
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