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Free Summer Band Concerts at the Clark on July Tuesdays

For Immediate Release

June 06, 2007

Gather family and friends, picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs and head to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute for free outdoor concerts on Tuesday evenings in July. The Clark’s expansive south lawn will host music ranging from patriotic and jazz to classic honky-tonk and bluegrass. The galleries remain open until 6 pm on concert evenings. Light barbeque fare will be available for purchase. In the event of rain, the concerts will be held in the auditorium.

In celebration of Independence Day, the Eagles Band’s performance will feature patriotic pieces on July 3. The Eagles Band, founded in 1936, is the oldest continuing performance ensemble in the Berkshires and the official band of the city of Pittsfield. On this evening lyrics will be handed out and all are invited to sing along.

Regional favorite Skip Parsons returns to the Clark with his Riverboat Jazz Band on July 10. In 1980 the Skip Parson’s Riverboat Jazz Band was selected as the official jazz band for the Lake Placid Winter Olympics. This seven-piece Dixieland/traditional jazz group will have the audience tapping their toes.

July 17 features Girl Howdy with music that runs the gamut from classic honky-tonk to the late 1940s through the early 1960s. Hear songs from such legends as Hank Williams, Kitty Wells, Webb Pierce, the Davis Sisters, and George Jones, as well as from bluegrass giants the Stanley Brothers and Bill Monroe.

The Flown Home Band takes to the stage on July 24. Fran Mandeville, a highly respected Berkshire singer-songwriter, along with northern Berkshire-based musicians Lisa Strurz and Tony and Josh Pisano, play a mix of original, traditional, bluegrass, folk, blues, Cajun, and Celtic music.

Rounding out this summer concerts will be the Curley Headed Rascals on July 31. Nathan Knowles and Deena Smith are one of the most versatile and dynamic acts anywhere, with forays into folk, rock, blues, country, and bluegrass. Joining them on swing fiddle will be well-known local musician Fred Lantz.

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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