Free Outdoor Concerts at the Clark in July

For Immediate Release

May 01, 2008

Bring your family and friends, picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s expansive south lawn to enjoy the free summer outdoor concert series, held on Tuesday evenings at 6 pm in July. Jae’s at the Clark will sell barbeque fare and the galleries remain open until 6 pm on concert evenings. In the event of rain, concerts will be held in the auditorium. Concert admission is free.

July 1 - Dixie Cats

The Dixie Cats are a good old-fashioned Dixieland Band rich with improvised solos. Hear a variety of music from Dixieland favorites, blues, and jazz standards with a down south New Orleans feel sure to get hands clapping and toes tapping. The Dixie Cats will perform traditional Fourth of July standards in their unique style for this special concert.

July 8 - Sky Trio

Regional favorite Sky Trio plays new instrumental music that incorporates curious amounts of Celtic, jazz, and classical traditions. Members are Don Harris, mandolin and guitar; Suzanne Higgins, mandolin and classical guitar; and Rick Leab, guitar and mandocello.

July 15 - Bernice Lewis

A fixture on the coffeehouse circuit, contemporary-folk radio, and at the major folk festivals, Bernice Lewis—who studied vocal improvisation with Bobby McFerrin, guitar technique with Alex DeGrassi and Guy van Duser, and songwriting with Roseanne Cash and Cris Williamson—has been a featured performer on National Public Radio’s “Mountain Stage” program. Her ballad, “Bridges That Hold,” was included in the PBS-TV “Lifelines” documentary starring Peter, Paul, and Mary. She has shared the stage with Dar Williams, Dixie Chicks, Patty Griffin, Pete Seeger, Ellis Paul, John Gorka, Rory Block, Livingston Taylor, Odetta, and Christine Lavin.

July 22 - Wintergreen

Wintergreen, a folk trio, performs a mixture of traditional and contemporary music from the British Isles and America, along with their own compositions. Their programs feature instrumentals based on dance tunes, intricate three-part vocal harmonies, and a wide variety of folk instruments. Family concerts include many sing-alongs. Among other places, this trio has appeared at the Troy Music Hall, WNYT-TV Albany (NBC), Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY, and has performed several concerts in Germany. Wintergreen also plays for contra dances throughout the Northeast.

July 29 - Dan Daniels and Your No Good Buddies

Dan Daniels and Your No Good Buddies is a group of Baby Boomers with its roots in the past and branches reaching for the future. Raised on rock and roll, they play a rocking, socially relevant, and tastefully humorous brand of good-time music, for all age groups. What is unique about this band is that they play their own brand of Americana rock. With sounds that are familiar, but songs that are fresh, they’re breaking new ground for their generation.

Williamstown Savings Bank is the media sponsor for the concert series.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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