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


Sunday @ 7 in Lee – Spectrum Playhouse Open Mic Series

You’re Invited !!

RobinJoin Robin O’Herin with special guest artist Tom Gardner on March 23 at 7:00pm at the Spectrum Playhouse in Lee.
The Spectrum Playhouse Open Mic Series is a great showcase for artists of all ages. Lose those Winter blues and join the fun!


Spectrum Playhouse
20 Franklin St.
Lee, MA 01238

Rock On 2014 Dates Announced – New Workshops!

ROCK ON 2014 at Berkshire Community College

July 14th-25th


To compliment our Performance and Songwriting components,

Rock On is expanding its workshops in Music Production

Technology for live and digital recording.

Participants may elect to concentrate in either Performance or Technology or explore both components.

students2Students will work in the music computer facultyFaculty2lab to learn the use of industry standard recording software. They will gain hands on experience using such programs as Pro Tools, Logic, and Reason to create their own electronic music compositions. We will also set up a live recording  studio in which students will alternate in the role of music producer, engineer, and performer.

Contact Rock On at

or call Mary at 413-499-1733

James Hetfield of Metallica Supports Music Education

James Hetfield MetallicaJames Hetfield, the main songwriter, co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and lyricist for the American heavy metal band Metallica, was nine years old when he first began piano lessons, then he took on his brother David’s drums and finally, at the age of fourteen, he began to play guitar for which we are all very grateful today!

Aerosmith was a major musical influence on Hetfield as a child, and he has said that they were the reason he wanted to play guitar, along with Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Motörhead, Thin Lizzy, Ted Nugent and Deep Purple and The Beatles.

As a huge musical influence himself, Metallica’s Hetfield makes an effort to keep the metal alive.  He recently appeared at the Rockin’ The Bay Benefit annual charity event to jam with some kids on Metallica’s hit, “Enter Sandman.” (I have heard that one at Rock On Camp!)  Check out the video.

The benefit was for Little Kids Rock, a leading nonprofit provider of music instruction and instruments to public schools. Hetfield was actually awarded the “Livin’ The Dream Award,” for his contributions to the charity over the years.  He even put his 1968 Chevrolet Camaro up for sale on eBay, with the proceeds going to a Music for Schools program.

Art Decade’s self-titled new album, a creative process!

Art Decade is releasing their sophomore album this year one single at a time in music video format.  The first video, No One’s Waiting was released this Summer and features music and art interwoven into a dreamlike experience ….

Art Decade was formed in 2008. Original members Ben Talmi on Vocals and Guitar, and Binod Singh, Bass are augmented by relatively new members Jamie Walters on Drums, and Joe Harrison on Guitar for both live performances and as a vital part of the creative process in making the music.

I caught up with Ben Talmi a couple of weeks ago and asked him about this album and how it is different than Western Sunrise, released in 2012. After producing the first record with a record company, Art Decade is making this one on their own, without a record company, and it is appropriately titled ‘Art Decade’.

Art DecadePer Ben, Art Decade is “the most real representation of the music. We had no outside producer, it was all the band. So the music was not tampered with…not rushed” by deadlines. Throughout the process Facebook is a journal of the work in progress with images, impressions and video, great behind the scenes peeks. Check out what the band is working on now on their Facebook timeline.

Still compared to some works, they moved right along in the creation of Art Decade. “It took 6 months off and on. We were in school. Then we actually took time off from school, to go on tour.” Of course school is very much related to the music. Ben studied Contemporary Writing and Orchestration at Berklee College of Music in Boston. “actually being here (at school) allowed me to work with a 15 piece orchestra of students and friends. It was a great opportunity we couldn’t have afforded otherwise”  says Talmi.

Who is the main writer? “everyone contributes to the final product, I add orchestration and texture,” said Talmi.

What is the link between the art and video and the music?  Do you work along side the video artist? “We don’t work together but ideas for the video are there in my head when I am working on the songs. I bring him the concept and the imagery.  All the bands I looked up to had a cohesive presentation that represented who they were. That’s what we are trying to do.”

It’s working. Art Decade is being noticed. On Oct. 26, Baeblemusic featured their new song Harbor Light and heartily recommend stalking the band (in a good way) for their “lush orchestration and impeccable harmonization” and 90′s geek rock style. New York got their chance on Nov. 3rd when Art Decade Rocked Brooklyn’s Cameo Gallery with the Jag and Kim Logan.

In a recent interview with Paul McCartney he spoke about songs he has started performing that The Beatles never did live, and that it was challenging. (now Paul knows how we cover musicians feel) I asked Ben how Art Decade’s Music and orchestration translates into live performances: “The songs, like The Beatles “Something” for example, are strong musically in the simplest form, the chords, the melody and the core of the song are still there, even if performed in the smallest form with the traditional rock bass, guitar drums, and then the orchestration just adds to it. It’s always great to have a live string section.” At a recent show in NYC at Bowery Electric, Art Decade was joined by a string quartet section featuring Sarah Hubbard, the recipient of the 2012 Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin Award.  I asked if using the keyboard as a means of reproducing the orchestration was ever an option. Ben said he would rather avoid the synthetic strings and do the song without the embellishment because the sounds are not authentic, just not the same.

Art Decade Walking TogetherWhat is your favorite song on this record? “Need You Yesterday and also Walking Together because it is the most mature and for its restraint”…filming is in the works for the Walking Together video. If you look closely at the image on the left you can see Talmi at the edge of the woods. (and a cool little bird watching the videographer).

What are you working on now? “We are working to finish producing more songs for the album. We have have a bunch of shows coming up.” The tour will be college based and revisit some of the same cities as last year. “Chicago was great so that will definitely be included”.

Follow Art Decade on Facebook  for more music and show date announcements.

Third Thursday Sept 19 @ Spice Dragon!!!

Molly McQuiggan

Molly McQuiggan, Rock On   Robin

Robin O’Herin

RockOn Stage @ Spice Dragon

297 North Street, Pittsfield, MA

Thu Sep 19 @ 05:30 PM



Robin O’Herin to host Open Mic Nights in Lee

rohRobin O’Herin will host a monthly Open Mic night series at the Spectrum Playhouse in Lee, MA starting Sept 22, 2013.

Share your harvest of original and cover songs

Meet other musicians. Get stage experience.

All ages and abilities are welcome.
Sign up starts at 6:30. Open mic starts at 7
20 Franklin St., Lee, MA

Fall Open Mic Series Dates:
Sept. 22
Oct. 20
Nov. 17

Catch Robin at these other upcoming events:

West Stockbridge Farmer’s Market West Stockbridge, MA Thu Sep 12 03:00 PM
The Thirsty Mind South Hadley, MA Fri Sep 13 07:00 PM
Green House Concert Tyringham, MA Sun Sep 15 03:00 PM
RockOn Stage @ Spice Pittsfield, MA Thu Sep 19 05:30 PM
Rumpy’s Tavern Lenox, MA Fri Sep 20 08:00 PM
Spectrum Playhouse Lee, MA Sun Sep 22 06:30 PM

Heather Maloney Plays the Dreamaway this Sunday

Sunday, August 24  8:30pm
Heather Maloney, a great performer, friend, and mentor from Rock On 2013 !

The Dreamaway Lodge
1342 County Rd Becket, MA 01223
* If coming for dinner, call ahead for reservations: 413-623-8725

Tony Lee Thomas in Cider Magazine, Cool!

Tony Lee Thomas in VTCheck out the great article they did on the upcoming show in White Junction River VT, which Tony will be a part of, they also have a great interview with Tony can check it out here..

Cider Magazine – Local Music, Entertainment & More!

Cider Magazine’s Calendar of Events!

Bernice Lewis new CD on Kickstarter

photo-mainBernice Lewis has kickstarted the careers of many young songwriters along the way. This year, she has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund her upcoming CD.  Show your support and win some cool personalized gifts!



“A Big Thanks in advance for your support!”  -  Bernice


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