Andy Kelly, Dan Broad and Woody Strobeck tonight at Gateways Inn in Lenox

Join Andy, Dan, and Woody tonight from 6:30pm – 10:00pm
for some cozy ‘holiday’ jazz at the Gateways Inn & Restaurant in Lenox!

Gateways Inn Jazz Lenox




51 Walker St, Lenox, Massachusetts 01240


Wednesday: Thanksgiving Eve Concert at First Church

Charlie Tokarz and Andy KellyLocal 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

Charles Neville, Don Mikkelsen, Ben Kohn, Andy Wrba, Conor MeehanThis 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.

~ Setlist ~Charles Neville at Mission

Night and Day
Sunny Moon for Two
Angel Eyes
Take the A Train
Bohemia After Dark
Straight, No Chaser

On Green Dolphin Street
Autumn Leaves
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.

4th Annual Ukulele Fest – Sunday in Williamstown

Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele OrchestraCome on out for the …

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

Featuring :

 The Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra (Williamstown, MA) with RO instructor Bernice LewisUncle 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.

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!



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