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Matapat to Perform Outdoor Concert at the Clark July 11

For Immediate Release

June 30, 2000

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA, (June 30, 2000) - Matapat will perform music, song, and dance of Quebec in a free outdoor concert at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Tuesday, July 11, at 6:00 p.m. Known for their humor and energy, the Canadian trio features acclaimed step dancer Benoit Bourque (who also plays accordion, spoons, and bones), Gaston Bernard on mandolin, fiddle, guitar, and bouzouki, and bass player Simon Lepage. The concert is the second of four in the Clark's popular summer band concert series. Picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs are welcome, and children receive free balloons.

Matapat has appeared in major festivals and venues across the United States and Canada and recently performed on National Public Radio's "Weekend Edition" and "Mountain Stage Radio." The trio combines French Canadian music and dance with Celtic, jazz, and world music influences.

Upcoming summer band concerts will be The Danceland Big Band on July 18 and Bruce Molsky and Hoedown on July 25. All concerts are offered at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, when admission to the Clark galleries is free. The galleries will remain open until 6:00 p.m. on band concert evenings. In the event of rain, concerts will be held in the auditorium.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through May.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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