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Chesterwood Opens Daily for Season on May 23

2015 highlights include the exhibition “Boston Sculptors Gallery at Chesterwood 2015”,

 artist-in-residence Roberley Bell’s “object a day” sculpture project,

and “Chesterfest” new Americana music festival


Chesterwood Announces Schedule of Musical Performances at

Chesterfest, A New Americana Music Festival, presented on

Sunday Evenings, July 19 through August 30


Stockbridge, Mass. (July 15, 2015) – A wide range of contemporary American musicians, from folk, alt-country and rockabilly to garage, punk and psych-folk bands, are scheduled to perform this summer at Chesterfest, a new Americana music series presented by Chesterwood, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Chesterfest will kick off on July 19 at 5:30 p.m. with singer-songwriter Dan Blakeslee and then Johan Tolchin at 6:30 p.m., both of whom will be performing at Chesterfest for the first time.

The concerts will be held at Chesterwood on Sunday evenings from July 19 through August 30, rain or shine. In the event of rain, concerts will be held under a barn-size tent generously sponsored by Classical Tents and Party Goods. Artists perform at 5:30 p.m., followed by a second artist at 6:30 p.m. The grounds open at 5 p.m.; attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for lawn seating. Tickets are $15 per person; children under 18 are free.Wandering Star Craft Brewery beer, made in the Berkshires, and Lakota-Bar-B-Q, the best barbeque this side of the Mississippi, is available for purchase. Tickets may be purchased at each performance (cash only) and online with a credit card at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/chesterfest-2015-new-americana-music-festival-more-than-banjos-fiddles-tickets-17447854001?aff=es2

Local sponsors of Chesterfest include Canyon Ranch, Classical Tents and Party Goods, Cranwell Resort, Kwik Print, Mount Everett, Sweatland Payless-Oil, Tune Street, and Ward’s Nursery.

The full line-up of concerts is listed below.

July 19

5:30 p.m.: Dan Blakeslee. 6:30 p.m.: Jonah Tolchin

July 26

5:30 p.m.: AJ MAC from Thunderosa. 6:30 p.m.: Swisch Wagon.

August 2

5:30 p.m.: GABI. 6:30pm: Elison Jackson.

August 9

5:30 p.m.: Lys Guillorn. 6:30 p.m.: The Meadows Brothers

August 16

5:30 p.m.: Niall Connolly. 6:30 p.m.: The Rambling Kind

August 23

5:30 p.m.: Hack Monet. 6:30 p.m.: Sunlea

August 30

5:30 p.m.: Lexi Weege. 7:30 p.m.: Bernice Lewis

About the Musicians

Dan Blakeslee, July 19, 5:30 p.m. 

Melodic, sweet, and sorrowful, bluesy folk underlit by a warm vocal.While enrolled in art school in Baltimore, Maryland, Blakeslee would sneak into galleries to play his guitar through the late hours of the evening surrounded by easels and oil paintings. He began to hone his craft in the smoke-laden subways of Boston “There is a feeling of antiquity to the songs, which are written in a poetic language that could have been taken from Walt Whitman’s ‘Leaves of Grass.’ ” (Boston Globe) Musical style: Folk

For more information: www.danblakeslee.com

Jonah Tolchin, July 19, 6:30 p.m. 

An eclectic reconciling of electric blues and its acoustic roots with a contemporary rock and roll flavor. Sounds like Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Son House, and Brown Bird. Tolchin “...demonstrates the finesse and maturity of someone like Jason Isbell, 8 out of 10.” (Uncut Magazine) Musical style: Electric Blues, Country, Cosmic Folk

For more information: www.jonahtolchin.com

AJ MAC from Thunderosa, July 26, 5:30 p.m

A one man band ala Bob Log, Scott Biram meets ZZ Top on bathtub crank. Musical style: Southern Rock, Greasy Texas Stomp, Metal

For more information: https://www.reverbnation.com/thunderosa

Swisch Wagon, July 26, 6:30 p.m. 

Berkshire born and raised, this whistling, clapping, stomping, old-time bluegrass band has a welcoming community sound you would expect to roll right off a front porch in the dog days of the summer. They showcase Mortmanon upright bass and guitar, Lundeen on banjo and percussion, and Williams on mandolin and guitar. Musical style: Bluegrass, Old-Time, Porch Music

For more information: www.swischwagon.com

GABI, August 2, 5:30 p.m.

“What if the voice weren’t the original instrument? What if it all began with breath? That’s one question at the heart of Gabrielle Herbst’s debut album as GABI, in which the singer and composer takes gorgeous, gossamer songs—songs that feel all but a cappella, even when they rest upon a spongy cushion of chamber instruments—and blows them out until they pull apart. Sympathy is a vision of music as free-flowing as air.” (Pitchfork)  Musical style:  Electric Chamber, Folk.

For more information: http://www.gabi-music.com/

Elison Jackson, August 2, 6:30 p.m.

Elison Jackson is a garage-folk/stoner-soul band from New Haven, CT. Hazy music to sway to, these newcomers are sure to impress. Musical style: Indie, Garage-Folk, Stoner Soul

For more information: www.elisonjackson.bandcamp.com/

Lys Guillorn, August 9, 5:30 p.m.

Guillorn is a singer-songwriter whose dreamy, lyric-driven melodies soothe the soul. She plays electric or acoustic guitar, focusing on her lyrics and intricate guitar work, often with a little crunch. “Guillorn's lonesome, stark music doesn't just conjure the Velvet Underground but serves as a rallying point for other Velvets fans to contribute (the late great Robert Quine, Luna, Feelies). She's no Nico clone though -- think more of the lovely third VU album.” (The Village Voice) Musical style: Folk, Indie

For more information: www.lysguillorn.com

The Meadows Brothers, August 9, 6:30 p.m.

“Singing guitarists Dustin and Ian Meadows prove that roots music is an unending resource, turning early influences gleaned from the Band and Gillian Welch into and engagingly twangy sibling sound all their own.” (Boston Globe)

These brothers have been playing music together for nearly their entire lives. They roll blues, country, folk, and rock into a sweet, melancholy sound, characterized by emotive lyrics. Younger brother Dustin insists that playing for people “is what we're all about. Whether it’s on a street corner, a coffee shop, or a theater stage.” Musical style: Blues, Country, Folk, Rock

For more information: www.meadowsbrothers.com

Niall Connolly, August 16, 6:30 p.m.

Irish-born Niall Connolly captures audiences with his keen observations of life in Brooklyn, and his descriptions of the people and places of his travels.

“Terrific. Disarming and beautifully crafted folk-pop. Connolly is a witty storyteller and a not-to-be-missed songsmith.” (The Chicago Tribune) Musical style: Folk, Indie, Rock

For more information: www.niallconnolly.bandcamp.com  

The Rambling Kind, August 16, 6:30 p.m.

A bluegrass-based band from Western Massachusetts. Their music revives traditional bluegrass and transforms it into a wall-shaking, foot tapping, knee jumping, sound, where rocking fiddle reconciles stories of country outlaws and sweet summer waltzes. Musical style: Bluegrass, Country

For more information: www.theramblingkind.com

Hack Monet, August 23, 5:30 p.m.

High energy rock and roll characterized by ripping electric guitar riffs and a gritty vocals. Edgy and dynamic, this Berkshire band is a blast to listen to! Musical style: Alternative, Blues Rock

For more information: www.hackmonet.com

Sunlea, August 23, 6:30 p.m.

Sunlea combine elements of classic rock, folk music, jam band, funk, and reggae into a unique blend. Their name derives from founding band members Sunny and Dunlea who realized the need for great live music while solving acoustic issues in Worcester and Boston areas. Musical style: Rock, Psychedelic, Jam Band

For more information: https://www.reverbnation.com/sunlea

Lexi Weege, August 30, 5:30 p.m.

Sultry, smoky, Weege’s voice swings from sweet as honey and lovely as lace to low gravely and growley. This Western Massachusetts vixen is a true performer, a dedicated musician, and is not to be missed this summer. Musical style: Barroom Jazz, Blues, Swing, Country

For more information: www.lexiweege.com

Bernice Lewis, August 30, 6:30 p.m.

“Lewis’ lake-clear voice and satisfying mix of heartfelt and humorous compositions make her worth hearing. Again and again.” (Albuquerque Journal)

Calm, cool, rhythmic progressions of song and story. Whether acoustic or electric, Lewis will leave you humming, and swaying, on the grace-filled sound she refined by three decades of writing and performing. Musical style: Folk, Country

For more information: www.bernicelewis.com

About Chesterwood

Chesterwood, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is the summer home, studio and gardens of America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931). French is best known for his sculptures of the Minute Man (1871-75) and the seated figure of Abraham Lincoln (1911-22) for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.

Situated on 122 acres in the idyllic hamlet of Glendale near Stockbridge, Mass., the property and its buildings were donated to the National Trust for Historic Preservation by French’s only child Margaret French Cresson (1889-1973). Chesterwood is recognized as both a National Historic Landmark and a Massachusetts Historic Landmark. 4 Williamsville Rd., Stockbridge, Mass.(413) 298-3579www.chesterwood.org



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Address: Williamsville Rd, West Stockbridge, MA 01266, USA

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