Robin O’Herin .. Moonshine Holler & more this Friday @ the Taste of Lee !

The town of Lee, MA celebrates Founders Weekend each September with a sampling of foods, music and fun all weekend long!

Robin O'HerinThe fun begins on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014  with the “Creative Lee XIV” reception at the Lee Library from 3-5 p.m.

Musical Entertainment 5:00-8:00 PM includes :

5:00 Housatonic Philharmonic

6:00 Robin O’Herin

7:00 Moonshine Holler

.Moonshine Holler
For aspiring new performers …

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.

Yummy FoodSample 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:

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.


RO’s Bernice Lewis Radio Interview Today

Bernice LewisVocal 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 : If this link does not work when you click it, copy and paste it to your browser.

RO Vocal Mentor Livio Gravini’s ‘Inspiration’

Livio Gravini at Rock OnLivio 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!


Free Concert Sun Aug 31- Peak Music Festival @ Jiminy Peak

Featuring TBone Daddy, Bernice Lewis, Chris Merenda, Rev Tor!

Peak Music FestivalPlans for the long weekend? Make sure you include the Bud Light Peak Music Festival at Jiminy Peak, Sunday, August 31st from 2-6pm.  A full day of live music, good food and all the adventure Jiminy Peak has to offer in the Summer!

Bud Light Peak Music Festival 

JJ’s Patio at Jiminy Peak

August 31st, 2pm-6pm (weather permitting)

Admission to the festival is Free of charge

(note: tickets must be purchased for the Mountain Adventure Park or the Aerial Adventure Park)

The Festival Features :

T-Bone Daddy headlining, to celebrate the release of their new album, Departure.

TBone DaddyT Bone Daddy is a contemporary blues informed rock band that quite simply rocks. Influenced by the best of the old and newest of the new, this is a cutting edge trio with their roots deep in blues and world music. Fans love the energy and engagement of their live performances and its replication in their recorded music. From contemporary interpretations of iconic blues compilations to original material, TBD pursues a tone that is uniquely theirs.

Bernice Lewis

photo-mainWith almost four decades of performing festivals, concert halls, coffeehouses, colleges, and house concerts, along with a half dozen acclaimed CDs including Checks and Loveletters, released this year, Bernice Lewis has built a solid national fan base. She is also a published poet, a producer, and an educator extraordinaire.


Chris Merenda and The Wheel

Chris MerendaThroughout his musical history, Merenda has written many feel-good, inspiring pieces that have a knack for being very catchy, but also hang in your head for long periods of time. He is undeniably a master of the hook, but his songs have much more meaning than a lot of the cheese in contemporary mainstream music.

-The Portsmouth Herald

Rev Tor Band

Rev Tor BandThe Rev Tor Band’s large original repertoire feature funky, bass oriented rhythms and foot stomping percussion. Bouncy guitar lines pull the whole groove together and creates an entrancing state that makes ones body want to move. Soulful melodies are immediately memorable. Even the bands cover tunes have a distinctly “Torricized” feel and include B-side tunes from The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers and others.


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


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