Guitars Galore @ HVCC’s Guitar Festival This Weekend

April 21st, 2016, 4:00 pm by Greg
Maria Zemantauski

Maria Zemantauski of GX3+

Photograph by Stanley Johnson

Guitars, guitars, guitars…

The Hudson Valley Community College Guitar Festival takes over the Troy campus this weekend, a celebration of electric, steel and nylon string guitar styles and bass guitar featuring acclaimed workshop facilitators, guitarists and luthiers from all throughout Greater Nippertown. Festival events include workshops, jam sessions and concerts featuring blues, bluegrass, classical, flamenco, Gypsy jazz, metal, rock and roll and a variety of roots styles.

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Among the many musicians leading workshop sessions throughout the weekend will be Mark Gamsjager, Sten Isachsen, Thomasina Winslow, Maria Zemantauski, Graham Tichy, Kenny Hohman, Lori Friday, Monica Wilson, Bernie Mulleda, Mike Dimin, Joe Lowry, Mike McMann, Chuck D’Aloia and many others.

The fest will also feature an open blues jam with Super 400 (10am Friday); an open mic session with Caroline MotherJudge (2pm Friday); and concerts by GX3+ (3:30pm Saturday) and Korisoron (5pm Saturday).

A $20 ticket gets you admission to all of the events on both days – from 10am-5pm on Friday (April 22) and from 10am-6pm on Saturday (April 23).

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING FESTIVALS FOR 2016:
ALBANY WORD FEST @ various locations, Albany, April 17-23
MOVE MUSIC FESTIVAL @ various locations, Albany, April 22-24
EARTH DAY FESTIVAL @ Skidmore College’s South Park Green, Saratoga Springs, April 23
24-HOUR DRONE: EXPERIMENTS IN SOUND & MUSIC @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson, April 23 & 24
PARKFEST @ UAlbany’s State Quad Field, Albany, April 24
ALBANY TULIP FESTIVAL @ Washington Park, Albany, May 7 & 8, FREE
ROCK ‘N DERBY FESTIVAL @ Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Schaghticoke, May 20-22
MOUNTAIN JAM @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 2-5
A TASTE OF COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 10-12
CLEARWATER’S GREAT HUDSON RIVER REVIVAL @ Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson, June 18-19 UPDATE: This festival has been cancelled.
OLD SONGS FESTIVAL @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, June 24-26
BEACON JAZZ FESTIVAL @ Pete & Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park, June 25
FREIHOFER’S SARATOGA JAZZ FESTIVAL @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, June 25 & 26
GREEN RIVER FESTIVAL @ Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, July 8-10
COUNTRYFEST @ Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Schaghticoke, July 9
GREY FOX BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, July 14-17
FRESHGRASS @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, September 16-18
JAZZ AT THE LAKE @ Shepard Park, Lake George, September 17 & 18, FREE