Category Archives: RockOn Alumni

Musicians and bands the grew out of RO Workshop

Melissa Brinton CD Release Party Fri June 2nd

This Friday, June 2, 2017 at ​at 7:00​ pm, join Melissa Brinton at The Tavern at the A in Pittsfield, MA​, for the celebration of the release of her debut CD ‘Melissa”.

The collection of all original songs also features guest appearances by Chris Brinton, Ward Woolverton and David Brinton. It was recorded, mixed and mastered in the Berkshires for “Meladava Records”.

Melissa is a Berkshire native. She began her musical journey at age 12, joining her church’s choir and fine tuning her vocals. She was also a student of voice at Rock On and is now performing solo and along with other musicians in area venues including the Lions Den, Flavours of Malaysia, Methuselah, Cork ‘n Hearth and other area venues.

Her solo performances include a blend of originals and cover songs. When performing with other musicians, her instrument of choice is the violin, but Melissa also plays guitar, piano, ukulele and the Bodhran drum. As a solo performing musician she sings and plays finger-style acoustic guitar and piano. She also performs in duos and with the band “The Bigger Boat”.  Her music is inspired by Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos, Jewel and The Beatles, among many others.

On Thursday, June 1, Mike Pezzo will feature Melissa’s music and some conversation on his radio show starting at 7:00pm on WTBR 89.7.  For a preview, you can have a listen on Youtube here.

Come out and say hello and check out more of her music on Friday night June 2nd at the Tavern at the A!

Following the release, her CD will be on sale at Wood Brothers in Pittsfield, located at the Allendale Shopping Center, 5 Cheshire Road, Pittsfield, MA. Also available for download or streaming from online digital music sources, iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, & Amazon.

Come Say hi! RO will take the Persip Stage September 15 for 3rd Thursday

fb_img_1473901005616Starting at 6:00pm Rock On is pleased to present Jaedin King, an extraordinary young vocalist, singer songwriter and actress who is an alumni of Rock On Workshop. Jaedin is a student at Mount Greylock Regional School in Williamstown, and is an active participant in the music and drama program there. She is also active in the community and is the 2016 teen age winner of Relay for Life of Northern Berkshire.

She will perform tomorrow night in Williamstown at Waubeeka Golf links along with Doug Banker, Bernadette McMahon, Mike and Sabrina Lewis, Bella Currie, Grace Marks, and Laren Diamond at an event to raise awareness of breast cancer. Jaedin and Friends gather to sing for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer .

fb_img_1473810741427At 6:30 enjoy the classic rock sounds of On Tap featuring RO blogger Elaine Morel on bass and vocals with Rick Costello on vocals, Steve Tracy on guitar, Pete Harrison on guitar and Rick Berrian on drums and vocals. Their music spans the 60’s to the 90’s with music from The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Queen, U2 and others..

Don’t forget that tonight’s 3rd Thursday includes Walk a Mile in Her Shoes in support of the Elizabeth Freeman Center who have provided a safety net and a connection to services for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse in Berkshire County. Help out by supporting our male friends who will be stepping out in their best heels collecting pledges for this event!

 

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Rock On! Alumni Profile: Sophia Cruz

 

Sophia Cruz

This summer, we are taking some time to catch up with former students from the Rock On! band camp. “Rock On Workshop in the Berkshires is a summer rock music workshop for students and young adults.  Our mission is to provide a platform for aspiring musicians to work with professionals in a supportive environment that promotes creativity, collaboration and performance.” We caught up with Sophia Cruz, a vocalist from the camp.

Sophia has just graduated from Perpich Arts High School where her area of study was music. She plans on taking a gap year before attending college.

Here are some questions that we asked Sophia:

What instrument(s) do you play?

I mostly sing, but I also play clarinet, drums, and ukulele.

What year(s) did you attend Rock On?

2013 and 2014.

What was your role at Rock On?

I was a singer.

Are you currently in a band and/or working on any projects?

I am in a band! This year some friends and I created a funky, R&B band called Lola Redd and the Risk.

What parts of camp did you enjoy the most?

I enjoyed working with other people, making new friends and putting on a performance.

Did you gain any new knowledge or skill?

I gained confidence and learned how to start harmonizing. I’ve gotten way way better at both since then.

What did you learn from your experience at Rock On?

I learned that sometimes you have to step up to be a leader and sometimes you have to step back and let others lead as well.

What would advice would you give to any new students at Rock On?

Don’t be afraid to approach someone and spark a conversation!! Everyone is kind and willing to meet new killer musicians!!

It was great catching up with Sophia! Stay tuned as we catch up with plenty more alumni from the Rock On summer camp!

Rock On! Alumni Profile: Brendon Lennon

Brendon Lennon

This summer, we are taking some time to catch up with former students from the Rock On! band camp. “Rock On Workshop in the Berkshires is a summer rock music workshop for students and young adults.  Our mission is to provide a platform for aspiring musicians to work with professionals in a supportive environment that promotes creativity, collaboration and performance.” We caught up with Brendon Lennon, who started off as a guitarist at the camp.

Brendon recently graduated from the College of Saint Rose, where he studied Music Industry. He is currently working as a live sound engineer.

Here are some of the questions we asked Brendon as well as his responses!

Tell us a little bit about yourself! What have you been up to?

I juggle different projects, either mixing recordings for live DVD/CD releases or live sound reinforcement. I try to teach when I can and play around in musicals in the pit band if possible. As of the current moment I am going to be moving to D.C to work with the Navy Band as one of their A/V and sound reinforcements specialists.

What instrument(s) do you play?

I play guitar, bass, keyboard, and drums.

What years did you attend Rock On?

I wanna say I was a student around 2008 or so.

What was your role(s) at Rock On?

I taught from 2011-2012.  I was a guitar instructor more or less at Rock On. I would help with lessons in the morning being more of a 1 on 1 aid to people who struggled with concepts.

Are you currently in a band and/or working on any projects?

I’m working on a couple CD releases at the moment but nothing I can say in detail haha.

What parts of camp did you enjoy the most?

I enjoyed the atmosphere the younger I guess “sub” teachers had. It was a very strong bond for most of them.

Did you gain any new knowledge or skill?

I felt it helped my teaching skills improve.

What did you learn from your experience at Rock On?

I learned how to better communicate my ideas on music and theory to people who thought and had a concept on the subjects that were different from my own.

What would advice would you give to any new students at Rock On?

New students? It’s two weeks, relax and make some friends.

It was great catching up with Brendon! Stay tuned as we catch up with plenty more alumni from the Rock On summer camp!

 

 

 

Rock On! Revisited – What Really Happens at Band Camp

By: Samuel O’Brient

At some point in their lives, regardless of whom they are or where they come from, everyone dreams of being a rock star. The thrill of the stage, the roar of the crowd, the excitement of it all…now imagine living that dream at only twelve years old…welcome to Rock On!

When you hear the term “band camp,” you might not imagine places like Rock On! right away. Films such as American Pie Presents Band Camp and Camp Rock have created somewhat skewed image of what a band camp is, but there truly is no place like Rock On! A young musician’s workshop anchored in Pittsfield Massachusetts and annually held at Berkshire Community College, Rock On! caters to musicians of all ages with all different types of skill and technique. They learn many different things, including what it really means to play in a band and what it feels like to perform for a crowd. The Rock On! experience isn’t just fun, though, it’s also very educational, due to the superbly talented faculty, who are great musicians, teachers and in general just great people. They are aided by a group of college and older high school students known as the interns, all very talented musicians and former campers themselves, who assist the faculty in every way possible.

As a former long-time veteran of Rock On! I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work as an intern this year. Having been gone for several years, though, upon my return on the first Monday of week one, I found myself frequently musing over a question; “Am I getting older or are these campers getting younger?” In short, the answer was both. Rock On! used to only allow students ages 12 and up, but in recent years, they have opened their doors to students of all ages. I was truly amazed by the talent I witnessed in students less than half my age this past week. Perhaps the biggest difference since my days at Rock On!, though, was the addition of an entirely new group of people. Amidst the band t-shirts and black skinny jeans that made up the typical attire of most of the Rock On! student body, I couldn’t help but notice a group of students who just didn’t look like the others; they were the string players. Just this year, Rock On! has also opened its doors to musicians who play instruments such as the violin and the cello. While the concept of mixing classical and Rock instruments is certainly new to Rock On! it worked out very well. The string ensemble, along with several campers who specialized in the more rock and roll type instruments performed show-stopping renditions of Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir featured below, and The Beatles’ Eleanor Rigby. You can find a link to the performance of Eleanor Rigby here on RO’s Facebook Page. Both songs were performed beautifully and received numerous rounds of applause from the awe-struck crowd.

All the bands performed well, though, shaking things up on stage in different ways, all adding their own different styles and talents to the show. This camp may be adding different programs, instruments, and people from year to year, but one thing never changes and it really is the most important thing of all; the Rock On! experience.

WED JAN 21 @ 8 PM Bernice Lewis on Concert Window

Bernice LewisWED JAN 21!  8 PM! Live on CONCERT WINDOW.COM: You can buy your ticket now!  Internet concert featuring songs from my new CD, as well as some old originals.  Featuring Mariah Colorado.  Check it out !

https://www.concertwindow.com/shows/11451-bernice-lewis

Concert Window is an online music venue where musicians broadcast live shows to earn money and meet new fans. It is part of a new music industry with online distribution channels where artists to tap into large audiences, and actually generate income for their web content. Playing a show requires only a laptop, allowing artists to share a real-time experience with many more fans. More info…

Ben Talmi releases single I Know It’s True

In advance of upcoming debut EP, My Art of Almost which is expected soon, Ben Talmi released “I Know It’s True” this week as a single. He is already getting great reviews and creating a buzz in anticipation of the full EP.

Read Review

More about Ben  … with Art Decade

Art Decade Artist Profile

 

4th Annual Ukulele Fest – Sunday in Williamstown

Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele OrchestraCome on out for the …

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

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.

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

Art DecadeHome coming show for Art Decade!

Featuring:

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

TBone

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 ….

ArtDecade

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

More info. Lichenstein Center on FB