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Vintage Country Music by The Old Time Radio Gang July 16

For Immediate Release

July 03, 2002

Mac McHale and The Old-Time Radio Gang will perform a free outdoor concert at the Clark Art Institute on Tuesday, July 16, at 6:00 p.m. Special guest Larry Neu will join The Radio Gang on the 5-string banjo for a program of vintage American country music from the 1930s and '40s. The concert will take place on the Clark's South Lawn. Picnics, lawn chairs, and blankets are encouraged.

"For an evening of vintage country music and cracker barrel humor, The Old Time Radio Gang really fills the bill," said The Boston Globe.  The group's repertoire includes spirited fiddle and train songs, gospel music, and ballads of love and heartbreak. Band members are: Mac McHale, lead singer and guitar; Smokey Valley, vocals, fiddle, and dobro; Dick Monroe, vocals and accordion; and John Rock, vocals, stand-up bass, and mandolin. The band has made nine recordings including Old Country Radio Songs, which has been chosen by CD Review as one of the top four country CDs. Based in Kennebunk, Maine, the Radio Gang has performed at the Bangor State Fair, Steamboat Springs' Strings in the Mountains, Bates College, and the International Festival Calais.

The July 16 concert is the second of four offered at the Clark on Tuesdays in July. Upcoming concerts will be: The Steve Murray 7 jazz band on July 23 and the Quintessential Brass Quintet on July 30. In the event of rain, the performance will take place in the auditorium. On the evenings of the band concerts, the Clark galleries will remain open until 6:00 p.m. Currently on view are four special exhibitions celebrating the art and architecture of Vienna: Gustav Klimt Landscapes, Josef Hoffmann: Homes of the Wittgensteins, Otto Wagner: The Academy of Fine Arts, and Bernardo Bellotto: Views of Imperial Vienna.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through May.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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