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Hudson Valley Community College hosts Guitar Festival April 22 & 23

MEDIA CONTACT: Debby Gardner,, (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Friday, April 15, 2016

Following the success of an inaugural event two years ago, Hudson Valley Community College hosts its second Guitar Festival on Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23, beginning at 10 a.m. each day. The event – open to the public – will be held in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center on the Troy campus.

The two-day Guitar Festival is a celebration of electric, acoustic and bass guitars featuring guitarists and luthiers from the greater Capital Region. The event features various styles of music including blues, bluegrass, classical, flamenco, gypsy, jazz, metal, rock and roll, rhythm and blue, roots, rockabilly and western swing.

Hands-on workshops -- with local guitarists Graham Tichy, Lori Friday, Mark Gamsjager, Scott Collins, Christopher Gotzen-Berg, Michael Dimin, Thomasina Winslow, Chuck D'Aloia, Kenny Hohman, Sten Isachsen, Bernie Mulleda, Mike McMann, Gary Cellucci, David LaPlante, Chris Chapman, Joe Lowry, Ray Andrews, Monica Roach, Harry George Pellegrin and Maria Zemantauski -- are a hallmark of the Guitar Festival. In addition, luthiers Michael Collins and Eric Marczak lead a workshop, while additional sessions with Madison Peruzzi cover guitar set-up, maintenance and special effects.

Performances include a blues jam with Super 400 and an open mic hosted by Caroline Motherjudge, both on Friday, plus GX3 and KoriSoron in concert on Saturday afternoon.

Admission is $20 and covers all events on both April 22 and 23; tickets are available at and also will be sold at the door. (The event is free for Hudson Valley Community College students, faculty and staff with current ID.) More festival details are available at or by calling (518) 629-8071.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 80 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of nearly 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.