Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell give benefit concert for Family at HITS in Saugerties

HITS-on-the-Hudson, in conjunction with the Bardavon, will host a concert on Sunday, September 8 in Saugerties featuring Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell. A ticket to the country-music duet, accompanied by a full band, includes admission to HITS’s championship show-jumping final. The event is a benefit for Family of Woodstock.

Harris will always be remembered for her duets with Gram Parsons, but her musical partnership with Crowell resulted in equally compelling harmonies. Crowell joined Harris’ Hot Band as the rhythm guitarist in 1975 and became Harris’ harmony singer and principal songwriter. Harris and Crowell recently reunited for their new album Old Yellow Moon, from which they’ll be singing selections, along with duets made famous by Harris and Parsons. Both singers have snared a bunch of Grammies in their long careers, and the new CD features songs that cut across honky-tonk, classic country, ballads and hell-raisers. The concert starts at 5 p.m.

If you want to catch the horse-jumping finals, it’ll be a full day. The HITS’s championship show-jumping final consists of three competitions, one of which is the Zoetis Grand Prix Horse Show, with a $1 million prize. “We have former Olympians, horses that have competed in the Olympics and in Europe, and riders from Germany, the UK, New Zealand and Canada. It’s an international event for sure,” said HITS spokesperson Lindsay Yandon. Ticket prices for the combination champion horse-jumping and country/Western concert, both held at the HITS arena, cost $30 to $25 if purchased in advance.

HITS, Inc., which is headquartered in Saugerties, specializes in international-level hunter/jumper horse shows. The three jumping events held on September 8 are among the largest equestrian show-jumping events in the US and are sponsored by the Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern in Saugerties, which was built by HITS founder Thomas G. Struzzieri, and Zoetis Animal Health.

Bring blankets and lawn chairs; coolers aren’t permitted. There is a full bar, and food is available for purchase at the site. Children age 12 and under are admitted free if accompanied by a paid ticketholder.

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell concert & HITS’s championship show-jumping benefit for Family of Woodstock, Sunday, September 8, $30/$25, HITS-on-the-Hudson, 319 Main Street, Saugerties; (845) 473-2072, (845) 339-6033, (800) 745-3000, www.hitsshows.com.

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