Del ReyFeaturing folk guitar and ukulele of Del Rey, Rock On Faculty member Bernice Lewis, and The Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra

Bernice LewisThis 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!

Guitarist Emil Werstler brings unique fusion of Metal and Jazz to RO 2014

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.

emil1Besides being a phenomenal guitar player, Emil is an active clinician for Paul Reed Smith Guitars, Instructor at, 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!


RockOn Welcomes Guest Artists and New Faculty for 2014!!

Rock On Music Workshop

Guest Artists Seth Glier and Andy Cohen return to Rock On along with outstanding vocal coach Kathleen McDonald;  The Beeline Ramblers – Lisa and Fran Mandeville; West African, Afro-Caribbean and Latin percussionist Aimee Gelinas; and Tech guru Kevin McGerigle for an exciting new 2014 Rock On Season. Read more …

Rock On Director Jay Fruet shares his mentoring vision ….

Jay Fruet Rock On

Photo credit: Lee Everett

At Rock On I usually have two goals-the first being to instruct students in fundamentals of rhythm & lead guitar and how to incorporate those techniques into a group setting where those skills will be utilized and interact with the other instruments.

At the same time I also teach the more advanced students modal techniques and more advanced guitar concepts- again with emphasis on their role in a group setting.

The second goal is to teach students to be respectful and attentive to the other musicians. A band is a group effort, and therefore requires each member to participate fully and be aware of the other players roles and how they interact. And most importantly, the students learn to share the spotlight- not hog it.

Rock On Young Musicians’ Workshop – Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield (July 14-Aug 1) Register

Check out live interviews with Jay and the other great musicians who share their talents and experience with students at Rock On summer music workshop :


This Friday @ 8pm! Art Decade, Throw Vision, Justin Hillman & Walter Burmer

Art DecadeHome coming show for Art Decade!


Throw Vision

Justin Hillman

and Walter Burmer

Doors are at 7 show starts at 8

$5 at the door

413-499-9348 for info.

Shows this weekend and beyond – Rock On Faculty and Friends

Winter is over!! 3rd Thursdays are back and the RO faculty are throwin it down …

Fri May 09 14

10333492_705773242816692_5343494671538948555_oBernice Lewis @  6:30 PM

New Lebanon Public Library, 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, NY



Sat May 10


T-Bone Daddy with AHBB Rockin Blues Show 8:00 – Midnight @ the GEAA, Pittsfield
Two of the Berkshires hottest BLUES ROCK BANDS!!! Party all night to the original music of these bands and classic blues covers.

photo-mainBernice Lewis  @ 8:00 PM
Montague Bookmill, 440 Greenfield Rd, Montague, MA




RobinRobin O’Herin
WCUW Front Room with Jon Short and Rev. Freakchild
More info. WCUW Events



Thurs May 15

Christine Bile @ Rock OnTHIRD THURSDAY, May 15th in front of Spice Dragon. Christine Bile, Nico Wohl and Robin O’Herin will be performing on the ROCK ON stage!





Plan ahead!  Coming up ….


Boston based Art Decade  guest artists this Summer at Rock On
Appearing May 23rd @ The Lichtenstein – Pittsfield, MA

More info. Lichenstein Center on FB

Share – VIDEO: The Winery Dogs walk through their live gear

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Last year, superstar players Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Richie Kotzen pooled their individual talents to form the Winery Dogs, a robust, bluesy, classic rock-flavored power trio. Their self-titled debut album was one of 2013’s knockout punches, and the band’s live show, as you might expect, is a doozy.

The band is currently on the road in the US through July. From there they hit Europe for a few weeks, and then it’s back to the States, where they’re booked into August. We caught up with the group he other day at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (Bergen PAC) in Engelwood, New Jersey, for an up-close-and-personal look at their instruments and gear.

Check it all out in the above video. For Winery Dogs tour dates, visit the band’s official website.

Live Music Series May 4th – Proceeds for Rock On Scholarships

Rock On Scholarship

A shout out to local musicians rocking it out in support of the future of live music! Rock On!

Save the dates! RockON returns for 2014 with New Workshops

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Rock On 2014 Students

  • Ages 10-21
    Ask about our Beginners Program! All instruments welcome!
  • New! Music Production and
    Recording Technology
    Live and digital recording. Work in BCC’s
    new Pro Tools Studio!
  • New! Technical Theater with
    BCC’s Kevin McGerigle
     Stage Lighting in Boland Theatre.
  • Master Classes in
    with Wanda Houston.

Rock On 2014 Faculty

Register Today!!!

Singer/songwriter Heather Maloney returns to Rock On Workshop this Summer

Heather Maloney, hailed by The Huffington Post for “lyrics that cut to the chase”, as well as DigBoston saying that she “deserves the type of cult following that has allowed the likes of Aimee Mann and Ani DiFranco that long standing success and influence they have had”, will return to RockOn Workshop in July to mentor and inspire students.

Maloney’s roots are in folk music but she has a knack for adding a pop twist to her music. Maloney has recently released “Woodstock”, a joint EP that she made with Darlingside. Woodstock was officially released March 11th on Signature Sounds! The EP includes the song Woodstock by Joni Mitchell, which spawned the project after the video was featured in the New York Times. “We got so much love for it we decided to record it, and the EP just grew out of that.”

Release parties planned with Darlingside are already sold out, but there are still tickets available for upcoming All Ages shows in this area at:

Club Helsinki – Friday, April 4, 2014
405 Columbia St., Hudson, NY
Set: 9:00 PM
All Ages
Tickets: $15


The Parlor Room – Friday, April 11, 2014
32 Masonic St., Northampton, MA (United States) – Map
Set: 7:00 PM
All Ages
Tickets: $15 Advance / $18 Door

More performance info:

To find out more about Rock On Summer 2014, visit



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