Skip Parsons’ Riverboat Jazz Band Kicks Off Free Summer Band Concert Series at the Clark

For Immediate Release

June 21, 2005

Traditional New Orleans jazz by the Skip Parsons’ Riverboat Jazz Band will spice up the evening Tuesday, July 5 on the south lawn at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. This performance will kick off the free outdoor concert series held every Tuesday in July at 6 p.m. Picnics, lawn chairs, and blankets are encouraged. On concert evenings, the galleries will be open until 6 p.m. Admission to the concerts is free.

Parsons was born in nearby Albany, NY, in 1936. At the age of nine he was playing clarinet, and at 12 he played his first dance job, the first of many in his long and successful career. Since 1956 the Skip Parsons’ Riverboat Jazz Band has graced the stage with jazz greats and performed television and radio gigs. The band even garnered international fame when their music was broadcast on television during the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics. Today, in addition to Parsons on clarinet, soprano sax, and vocals, band members include Mo Rancourt on cornet and Satchmo vocals, Woody Stroebeck on trombone, Ed Kebabjian on guitar, banjo, and vocals, Ron Bill on guitar and banjo, Ernie Belanger on bass, tuba, sousaphone, and vocals, and Tom D'Andrea and Tim Coakley on drums.

The concert series will continue with The Band of the Nation’s Capital: 257th Army Band on July 12, Banjo Dan and the Mid-nite Plowboys on July 19, and conclude with Mark Erelli with the Spurs on July 26. In the even of rain, the concerts will be held in the auditorium.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in July and August (closed Mondays September through June). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $10 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 www.clarkart.edu.

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