The Clark Announces Summer Band Concert Lineup

For Immediate Release

June 16, 2011

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute announces an exciting lineup of outdoor summer band concerts on Tuesdays at 6:00 pm in July. Bring your family and friends, a picnic basket, and a blanket to the Clark for this free concert series sponsored by Williamstown Savings Bank. Barbecue fare will be available for purchase and the galleries will remain open until 6:00 pm. In the event of rain, the concerts will be held in the auditorium. The series begins on July 5 with the acclaimed family bluegrass band The Doerfels. The rollicking Brooklyn honky-tonk band The Sweetback Sisters will perform on July 12, the popular local band The Sister City Jazz Ambassadors will perform on July 19, and the traditional Ugandan band Kinobe will conclude the series on July 26.

About the performers

One of today’s most exciting and unique groups The Doerfels perform lively progressive acoustic music that is a blend of rock, bluegrass, gospel, country, and jazz. The Doerfels consists of the oldest sibling and leader TJ on banjo, as well as Kim on the fiddle, Eddy on mandolin, Joey on bass and cello, and Ben on guitar. In the last three years, these talented young musicians have performed more than 200 concerts a year, and have shared the stage with artists like Ricky Skaggs, Asleep At The Wheel, and The Isaacs. The Goldwing Express calls the band “a force to be reckoned with.” The Doerfels will perform at the Clark on Tuesday, July 5 at 6:00 pm.

The charismatic Sweetback Sisters combine their passion for classic country music with new interpretations of country music traditions to create a fresh take on what it means to be country. “If you think the concepts of hipster Brooklynites and the classic country music are mutually exclusive, allow us to introduce you to this swinging sextet,” says The Boston Globe. “Fronted by the closely harmonizing duo of Zara Bode and Emily Miller, the zingy group is simultaneously reverent of tradition and contemporaneously cheeky.” The Sweetback Sisters will perform at the Clark on Tuesday, July 12 at 6:00 pm.

The popular local band The Sister City Jazz Ambassadors performs a wide range of jazz music, from New Orleans style to modern jazz fusion. Led by Pittsfield guitarist/banjo player Andy Kelly, the group has traveled and performed in Ireland, Nicaragua, Italy, and Istanbul. The band’s motto is “Make Music, Not War.” The band also features Charlie Tokarz (clarinet/saxophone), Woody Stoebeck (trombone), Daniel Aalberts (vocalis), Steve Swoap (tuba), John Haddad (drums), Rob Fisch (trumpet), and Lyndon Moors (clarinet), many of whom are music teachers as well as performers. The Sister City Jazz Ambassadors will perform at the Clark on Tuesday, July 19 at 6:00 pm.

Kinobe is a gifted multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer from Uganda whose early abilities in traditional African music quickly garnered acclaim on the world stage. Kinobe and his band are at the vanguard of Ugandan performers, representing the inspired synthesis of African roots and global fusion. “There is just something about Kinobe that marks him out as a musician. To watch him perform is a delight...to call him talented is an understatement” (Uganda Pulse). Kinobe will perform at the Clark on Tuesday, July 26 at 6:00 pm.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute announces an exciting lineup of outdoor summer band concerts on Tuesdays at 6:00 pm in July. Bring your family and friends, a picnic basket, and a blanket to the Clark for this free concert series sponsored in part by Williamstown Savings Bank. Barbecue fare will be available for purchase and the galleries will remain open until 6:00 pm. In the event of rain, the concerts will be held in the auditorium. The series begins on July 5 with the acclaimed family bluegrass band The Doerfels. The rollicking Brooklyn honky-tonk band the Sweetback Sisters will perform on July 12, the popular local band The Sister City Jazz Ambassadors will perform on July 19, and the traditional Ugandan band Kinobe will conclude the series on July 26. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

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