Local jazz, folk and blues artists – including Carlton Maaia II, Linda Worster, Charlie Tokarz, Jon Hadad, Andy Kelly, Between the Banks and Hal Lefferts– will perform for this holiday event. This year special guests will include the Gospel Gang who will share acoustic songs from the country gospel tradition.
November 26, 2014 7:00pm
First Church of Christ, 27 East Street Pittsfield, MA
* Free Will Donation *
* The proceeds benefit the Pittsfield Area Council of Congregation’s Fuel Assistance Fund.
Giving Thanks for Hot Jazz @ Mission with Charles Neville, Don Mikkelsen, Ben Kohn, Andy Wrba and Conor Meehan
This week, as the Holidays commence, we in the Berkshires can truly say that we have a lot to be thankful for. From Great Barrington to Williamstown, there is always a choice of great sounds and artists to catch. Where else can you enjoy some steamin’ jazz with Charles Neville on a Monday night? NYC, New Orleans, Boston – maybe (if not Boston, Somerville).
Last night Pittsfield was the place, Mission Bar + Tapas specifically. Mission hosts Andy Wrba and friends jazz every Monday with no cover charge, great eats and cocktails. Last night’s show featured Charles Neville on saxophone, Don Mikkelsen trombone, Ben Kohn on keys, Andy Wrba bass, and Conor Meehan on drums. What a treat!
Talented artists trading licks that were both tasteful and kickin’ at the same time. Tunes by Sonny Rollins, Cole Porter and more, and a special guest appearance by Charles’ son Kalik sitting in on keys.
Night and Day
Sunny Moon for Two
Take the A Train
Bohemia After Dark
Straight, No Chaser
On Green Dolphin Street
Stella by Starlight
When the Saints Go Marching In
Many thanks to Andy Wrba and Benny Kohn of the ‘Berkshire Jazz Collective’ for bringing the event to life. The BJC, with drummer Bill Chapman, has featured special guests in the past including Charles Neville (saxophone), Benito Gonzales (piano), Marisa Massery (vocals), Armen Donelian (piano) and top area performers.
THE FOURTH ANNUAL BERKSHIRE COUNTY UKULELE FESTIVAL
Sunday October 26 from 3 – 7 PM
The Waubeeka Country Club
137 New Ashford Rd (Rte 7, just south of the intersection of RTE 43) Williamstown, MA 01267
The Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra (Williamstown, MA) with RO instructor Bernice Lewis, Uncle Zac (Norwalk, CT), Michelle J Rodriguez (Montpelier, VT), Madeleine Jayson (Pownal, VT), Sophie Lane (North Adams, MA), Rock On alums Ella Sears (Dalton, MA), Mariah Colorado (Williamstown, MA) and The Schmatas (Berkshire County, MA) !!!
Enjoy the music and join in with beginners and intermediate Workshops starting at 3 PM.
Be sure to bring your instrument!
$10 – 20 suggested donation.
The town of Lee, MA celebrates Founders Weekend each September with a sampling of foods, music and fun all weekend long!
Musical Entertainment 5:00-8:00 PM includes :
5:00 Housatonic Philharmonic
6:00 Robin O’Herin
7:00 Moonshine Holler
Lee Idol at the Spectrum Playhouse at 7:00 PM with registration beginning at 5:30PM.
Teen Dance with DJ Matt Fillio from 7:00-9:30 PM at the DPW Gazebo.
Sample the Taste of Lee featuring local restaurants : Alpamayo Peruvian Restaurant , 51 Park Restaurant, Baja Charlies, Big Y, Chez Nous Bistro , Fiddleheads Grille, Joe’s Diner, Morgan House, Naji’s Lebanese Food, Otto’s Breakfast & Deli, Perigee, PHO Saigon , Salmon Run Fish House, Starving Artists Creperie Cafe & Sullivan Station !!!
For more info and the full weekend schedule: http://www.leefoundersweekend.com/id12.html
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Lee Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Vocal and songwriting coach Bernice Lewis has been invited by University of Maryland Professor Kathryn Barrett-Gaines to participate in a series of radio interviews. She will talk about her life and career.
Bernice is a seasoned performer and inspired teacher. Rock On has been fortunate to have Bernice as a member of the faculty for several years.
She released her seventh CD this year, Checks & Love Letters, on Houston based Berkalin Records. Bernice has performed at festivals, concert halls, coffeehouses, colleges, and house concerts across the US during her four decade career and has been a featured performer on NPR’s Mountain Stage program and at the Kennedy Center.
The first radio interview airs today. In Maryland’s Eastern Shore, you can tune in to “Gaines on Gains” on WCEM 1240 AM radio, noon EST.
For the Berkshires and beyond, visit : http://radio.securenetsystems.net/v5/WCEMAM. If this link does not work when you click it, copy and paste it to your browser.
Livio Gravini joined Rock On in 2012. Over the years he has rocked with bands Joined Forces, American Zeppelin, Fat City and Justin, and performed on many stages. Livio is a trained vocalist who has been devoted to singing his whole life. A guitarist, singer and songwriter, Livio also performs as a solo artist.
Rock On has enjoyed his talents and his great rapport with the students. He understands the passion for music that starts in youth. In this video, he talks about his inspiration, his love of music, and a creativity that he has nurtured since childhood.
This video is a part of Livio’s IndieGoGo called Make the Music in support of his very first cd ‘No More Secrets’. Livio has selected a collection of original music that he has written over the years to feature on this release. Check out the campaign and show the love!
This event is sponsored by the Sugar Hill Senior Living Community, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, The Dalton Cultural Council, The Dalton CRA, Day Mountain Sound. Additional funding is from the Katherine H.W. and Winthrop Murray Crane III Charitable Trust. Proceeds from the sale of refreshments will go to the Alzheimer’s Association.
For information call 413-684-0100
C’mon down to Sugar Hill Senior Living Community on Rte 9 in Dalton, bring the family!
One of the best parts of Rock On Workshop is the variety of musical styles students bring to their showcase performances at the end of each week. Students express their musical passion through pop, punk, jazz, blues, folk and metal! This year RO’s metal and jazz fusion enthusiasts will have the awesome opportunity to work with Emil Werstler at Rock On 2014!
Emil is lead guitarist for Cleveland based metal band Chimaira and is also commonly known for being the lead guitarist and co-writer in Daath as well as Levi/Werstler; the acclaimed instrumental project with Daath guitarist/producer Eyal Levi and Cynic drummer Sean Reinert. His sound can be described as metal fused with various genre’s of Jazz, namely Gypsy Jazz.
It’s ok to try this at home! Or Register for this Summer’s Rock On Workshop which includes new workshops in recording technology and technical theater and welcomes all levels and all instruments.
Besides being a phenomenal guitar player, Emil is an active clinician for Paul Reed Smith Guitars, Instructor at Jamplay.com, as well as an occasional columnist for publications such as Premier Guitar and Guitar World Magazine when he is not touring. His most current release with Chimaira, “Crown of Phantoms” entered the billboard 200 at number #52 and spent three weeks at number 1 on the CMJ Loud Rock charts.
Check out Emil’s official Blog, and register for Rock On 2014 today to improve your skills and take part in this awesome workshop!