The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Presents Free Outdoor Summer Concerts
For Immediate Release
June 20, 2012
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WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—The Clark continues its tradition of presenting free family-friendly outdoor summer concerts on Tuesdays in July beginning at 6:00 pm. On July 3 The Eagles Band—the oldest continuing performing band in the Berkshires—will present a musical celebration of Independence Day. Next up on July 10 is Misty Blues—an exciting band that infuses classic blues sounds with rock and folk songs. On July 17 the bluegrass band Banjo Dan and the Mid-nite Plowboys—known for their energy, variety, and humor—will perform. The series concludes on July 24 with the Latin guitar world fusion band Incendio.
Barbecue fare will be available for purchase, and the galleries will remain open for visitors until 6:00 pm. In the event of rain, concerts will be held in the auditorium. The summer band concert series is sponsored by Williamstown Savings Bank.
About the Performers
The Eagles Band
Founded in 1936 and the official band of the city of Pittsfield, The Eagles Band is the oldest continuing performance ensemble in the Berkshires. The Eagles Band, which became a non-profit community band in 1993, consists of more than 50 musicians under the musical direction of conductor Robert Salzman. On July 3 at 6:00 pm The Eagles Band will perform a free patriotic outdoor concert in celebration of Independence Day.
Misty Blues is an exciting and magnetic band that infuses classic blues sounds into rock and folk songs. The band features lead vocalist Gina Coleman, guitarist and vocalist Jason Webster, bass guitarist and vocalist Bill Patriquin, and drummer Kali Baba McConnell. The band has produced two albums, Electric Juke Joint and Roadhouse Revival, a danceable twist on traditional gospel music. On their website, Misty Blues proclaims that they “pay homage to the older blues music made popular by the bold and brassy women of its time while still paying respect to the more contemporary female artists that carry on their rich tradition.” Misty Blues will perform on July 10 at 6:00 pm.
Banjo Dan and the Mid-nite Plowboys
Since the 1970s, Banjo Dan and the Mid-nite Plowboys have consistently delivered some of the finest, most dynamic, and most original bluegrass music ever heard in this corner of the country. The band features Dan Linder on banjo, Willy Linder on mandolin, Alan Davis on guitar, John Drake on bass, and Phil Bloch on fiddle. They have a reputation for soulful lead singing, spot-on harmonies, fiery picking, and performances packed with energy, variety, and humor. The Boston Globe writes, “Banjo Dan had no trouble igniting the crowd.” Banjo Dan and the Mid-nite Plowboys performs on July 17 at 6:00 pm.
The Latin guitar world fusion group Incendio performs a unique alchemy of composition, technique, and performance, combining seductive melodies with explosive improvisatory journeys. They have released seven critically acclaimed international CDs, with the bold, romantic Spanish guitar at the heart of every track and its timeless sound recast in powerful modern arrangements. Incendio performs more than 150 shows throughout the United States every year; they are renowned for their onstage energy and fretboard wizardry. Incendio performs on July 24 at 6:00 pm.
About the Clark
The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily in July and August (open Tuesday through Sunday from September through June), 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31; free November through May; and free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit clarkart.edu.
July 3, 10, 17, 24: Free family-friendly outdoor summer concerts will be presented at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Tuesdays in July beginning at 6:00 pm. July 3: The Eagles Band’s 50+ musicians present a musical celebration of Independence Day. July 10: Misty Blues infuses classic blues sounds with rock and folk songs. July 17: Banjo Dan and the Mid-nite Plowboys perform fiery bluegrass music. July 24: Incendio, the Latin guitar world fusion band, presents a unique alchemy of composition, technique, and performance. Barbecue fare will be available for purchase, and the galleries will remain open for visitors until 6:00 pm. In the event of rain, concerts will be held in the auditorium. The summer band concert series is sponsored by Williamstown Savings Bank. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.
Sally Morse Majewski
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