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Rock Tavern Chapter: James Leo

November 11, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

The Rock Tavern Chapter of the Hudson Valley Folk Guild is pleased to be featuring James Leo.

James Leo, a native of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, experienced a life-changing moment in 1970 when he encountered the music of Sam “Lightin” Hopkins. Inspired by the mastery and emotive power of Hopkins’ blues, James decided to learn to play the guitar, attempting to echo the unique sounds and feelings produced by the acclaimed bluesman.

As he embarked on his musical journey, James expanded his influences to include Robert Johnson and Django Reinhardt, the latter known for his contributions to gypsy jazz. Further enhancing his skills, he had the opportunity to study under the guidance of the late Danny Kalb and Frank Christian, both prominent figures in the Greenwich Village music scene. He is curently studying with Mike Dowling and will forever be a “student of the guitar”


Open mic performances will be available to all. Cost of admission for this event is $7 ($6 for Folk Guild members and seniors).  Signup begins at 7 and open mic begins at 7:30.  The featured performance is expected to begin at approximately 8:30.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern is located in the Town of New Windsor at 9 Vance Road, Rock Tavern, NY, off Route 207, 3.4 miles west of Rte 300; or take I-84 to Exit 5A, Rte 747 south to Rte 207, make a right and take the second left.

For more information contact the President of the Rock Tavern Chapter of the Hudson Valley Folk Guild at HVFGRockTavern@hudsonvalleyfolkguild.org.


November 11, 2023
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Unitarian Fellowship, Rock Tavern
9 Vance Road
Rock Tavern, NY 12575 United States
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