Friday, May 27, 2005

Windsor Lake concerts being June 22 in North Adams

Submitted by Rod Bunt --
Mayor's Office of Tourism
City of North Adams

The city of North Adams is pleased to announce another summer offering of
"Concerts at the Lake," to be held beginning June 22nd, and continuing
each Wednesday through August 10th. Each week during the series, the
public can enjoy a diverse mix of music from great bands; free of charge.
The series is held on the hillside of the shore of picturesque Windsor
Lake. To get to the lake, take Church Street, and drive up to the top of
Bradley. Parking is free, but visitors should bring chairs or a blanket
for their comfort. Concerts begin at 7:00 PM and last approximately an
hour and a half. In the event of rain, the concert will be rescheduled for
the following Sunday at the same time. The 2005 schedule is as follows:

June 22 - The Eagles Band - Richard Paul leads this 45 piece community
band that gives inspirational concerts around Berkshire County.

June 29, August 3 - Champagne Jam, a popular band consisting of Tracy
Kittler, vocalist who also plays keyboard and guitar. James Sauve handles
lead guitar, harmonica and vocals. Dave Kittler also sings, plays bass
guitar and percussion. The Champagne Jam repertoire includes a wide range
of musical styles, including Big Band, Country, Golden Oldies and timeless
Rock and Roll classics.

July 6 - The Dixie Cats, a good old-fashioned Dixieland Band, playing with
a down - south New Orleans feel that will get you clapping your hands and
tapping your toes. The bands' Dixieland sound is rich with improvised
solos. Whether trumpet, trombone or clarinet solo or all three instruments
intertwined in an improvisation to create that rich Dixieland feel, the
"Cats are sure to please an audience. The band plays a varied menu of
favorites from Dixieland to blues and jazz standards and their CD "North
of Canal Street" is a collection of this popular music. The album includes
the songs: In the Good Old Summertime, Dixie Down Beat, Tiger Rag and many
others. The band is comprised of Ron Whitney, trumpet, Tom Sadin,
clarinet and saxophone, Mike Hutchinson, piano, Jake Keplinger, bass and
Robert Marshal, drums. Trombonist Chris Caproni leads the sextet.

July 13 - Carlin Big Band, a ten-piece group that consists of trumpets,
saxophone, bass, piano and drums. Pete Soldato provides the vocals. The
stylish orchestra performs pop - swing pieces of the thirties through the

July 20 - Bang On A Can All-Stars. Innovators of boundary-breaking,
fascinating music, the Bang On A Can All-Stars are in summer residence at
the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, and will give
a performance especially for the Windsor Lake audience.

July 27 - The Berkshire All-Stars, a six piece classic jazz band that will
perform such tunes as Basin Street, Sweet Georgia Brown, Ain't
Misbehavin', Honeysuckle Rose and many more swingy favorites. The band has
been a Berkshire County fixture since 1976 and has played at the Clark Art
Institute and the Norman Rockwell Museum. Lew Friederich leads the
Berkshire All-Stars.

August 10 - Poke in the Eye, Featuring Allan Goodrich (former leader of
Chapel Hill Band).

August 17 - Rain date.

August 24 - Lots more free music at the Downtown Celebration.

The City of North Adams and Hoosac Bank sponsor the free performances. The
rain date for the Wednesday performances is the following Sunday at the
same time. For date or band information, the public is invited to call the
Mayor's Office of Tourism at 664-6180.


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