Tarbox Ramblers Promise a Night of Blues, Rock and the Unexpected to the Unicorn Theatre Feb. 18 [Berkshire on Stage]

February 16th, 2012, 11:00 am by Sara
The Tarbox Ramblers are bassist Scott McEwen, drummer Robby Cosenza and guitarist Michael Tarbox.

The Tarbox Ramblers are bassist Scott McEwen, drummer Robby Cosenza and guitarist Michael Tarbox.

When the Tarbox Ramblers begin playing, a lot can happen quickly. That’s because they can take audiences to a place where Appalachian music, ancient blues and gospel come together in powerful, unexpected combinations. You could describe their sound as one that is both familar and new at the same time. Some might simplistically describe them as “alternative”, but that doesn’t begin to describe these left-field traditionalists whose roughhewn, direct sound has drawn raves from tastes as different os Rolling Stone and NPR.

Playing with the ease and familiarity of musicians who understand each other’s deepest impulses, these gifted interpreters of traditional music also continue to write a growing number of original songs. At any given Tarbox show the audience is likely to hear thickets of gorgeous backwater guitar, followed by fierce waves of percussion in call-and response drum-and-vocal songs, followed in turn by timeless lightning-in-a-bottle laments. From a whisper to a roar—with what led The Washington Post to describe them as “a force of nature”—The Tarbox Ramblers’ astonishing inventiveness keeps their music vital even as it continues to evolve.

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New Concerts at BTF’s Unicorn Theatre

December 12th, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg
Jay Ungar and Molly Mason

Jay Ungar and Molly Mason

The intimate Unicorn Theatre at the Berkshire Theatre Festival’s home in Stockbridge has long played host to cutting edge theater productions, but now the theater is also being utilized as a concert hall, including a handful of new shows for next year’s calendar that have just been announced:

THE DUKE’S MEN OF YALE: A Night of Love and Heartbreak with Da Doox!
Saturday, February 11, 8pm
$20; students $10
In honor of Valentine’s Day, the Dukes will perform a concert of classic love songs by such artists as Chaka Kahn, Billy Joel, Sam Cooke and the Jackson 5, along with newer songs by Adele and Rihanna. As one of the most beloved a cappella collegiate groups in the country, the Duke’s Men have performed everywhere from the White House to Lincoln Center.

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