The Doerfels to Perform Free Outdoor Concert at the Clark

For Immediate Release

June 22, 2009

The Doerfels, a traveling twelve-member family bluegrass band that has wowed audiences up and down the East Coast, will perform on Tuesday, July 7, as part of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s free outdoor concert series held at 6 pm on Tuesday evenings in July. Concerts are held on the Clark’s expansive south lawn (picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs encouraged). The Clark Café will sell barbeque fare and the galleries will remain open until 6 pm on concert evenings. In the event of rain, concerts will be held in the auditorium. Concert admission is free.

Self-labeled “spazz jazz” artists, the Doerfels perform music that blends country, gospel, and bluegrass with a touch of blues, jazz, swing, and classical. Despite their youth—the average age of a Doerfel is only fifteen—the siblings have “won rave reviews for their concerts and musicianship,” according to a recent review in the Shelbyville Times-Gazette. The core band consists of the oldest son and leader TJ, twenty, on banjo; Kim, nineteen, on the fiddle; Eddy, sixteen, on mandolin; Joey, fifteen, on bass and cello; and Ben, thirteen, on guitar. The younger Doerfels, who frequently join their siblings on stage, provide humor and lively entertainment for audience members of all ages.

Want another reason not to miss out on this young, up-and-coming band of brothers and sisters? The siblings often incorporate covers of contemporary hits into their set in hopes of providing young listeners with a friendly introduction to bluegrass music. They have been known to cover songs by Green Day and the Killers.

The remaining concerts include Annie & the Hedonists on July 14, the Equalites on July 21, and the Primate Fiasco on July 28. This series is supported in part by Williamstown Savings Bank.

On view this summer at the Clark is Dove/O'Keeffe: Circles of Influence. Georgia O’Keeffe burst onto the New York art scene in 1916 and captured the imagination of people around the world, not only with incredible artistic talent, but through her bohemian spirit as well. Experience this distinctly American artist’s early works with those of modernist Arthur Dove, whom she credited as having the most significant role in the formation of her abstract works. Also on view is Through the Seasons: Japanese Art in Nature featuring traditional screens and scrolls and contemporary ceramics, emphasizing the inspirational role of nature in Japanese art.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit


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