Richie Havens, Jess Klein, and Gandalf Murphy and The Slambovian Circus of Dreams Take to the Stage During the Clark’s “From Woodstock to Somewhere Near There…” Concert Series

For Immediate Release

December 28, 2005

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s winter concert series “From Woodstock to Somewhere Near There…” will rock the Clark’s auditorium with three concerts featuring Richie Havens, Jess Klein, and Gandalf Murphy and The Slambovian Circus of Dreams.  From the soulful rock of the young singer/songwriter Klein, to the ageless folk tunes of Havens, and the whimsical blend of folk, rock, hillbilly and pop of Murphy and his eclectic group, this series celebrates the diverse sounds of nearby Boston, Woodstock, and the Hudson Valley.  To order tickets, call the Clark’s box office at 413-458-0524.  Concerts begin at 8 pm.

Klein will kick off the “From Woodstock to Somewhere Near There…” series in style with an exhilarating mix of soul and rock on Saturday, February 25.  In Klein’s sophomore release on Rykodisc, Strawberry Lover, the singer-songwriter drew inspiration from both the outlook and the music of her childhood. "Much of the album is about trying to remain young at heart," Klein says, "and keeping your heart open when you become an adult and see some things you didn't expect to: Heartache, loss, grief, anger." Prior to her last release, the critically acclaimed Draw Them Near, she recorded three independent albums and toured the US, UK and Japan with 10,000 Maniacs, Jill Sobule, and Luka Bloom. Tickets are $18 ($12 for members).

Richie Havens with one of the most recognizable voices in popular music will take to take the stage on Saturday, March 18. His fiery, poignant, always soulful singing style has remained unique and ageless since he first emerged from the Greenwich Village folk scene in the early 1960s. For three decades, Havens has used his music to convey messages of brotherhood and personal freedom. As Woodstock's opening act, he held the multitudes spellbound for nearly three hours and improvised a song based on the old spiritual "Motherless Child" that became "Freedom," which eventually reached an audience of millions. With over 20 albums released and a rigorous touring schedule, he continues to view his calling as a high one.  Tickets are $20 ($15 for members).

The series closes with Gandalf Murphy and The Slambovian Circus of Dreams on Saturday, April 1. In 1998 The Circus emerged from the misty hills of Sleepy Hollow, NY, and exploded upon the Hudson Valley music scene with their stunning self-produced debut release, A Good Thief Tips His Hat.  The quirky quartet rapidly developed a fiercely loyal following. Featured recently in Relix Magazine, The New York Times and on the CBS hit show, Joan of Arcadia, the band's charismatic live performances and whimsical blend of folk, rock, hillbilly and pop have simply captivated audiences and critics alike. Their much-celebrated new release Flapjacks from the Sky has garnered high praise from music writers, sparked generous activity at radio, and continues to invoke wave after wave of enthusiastic response from music fans world-wide. Tickets are $18 ($12 for members).

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



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