Woodstock Legend Richie Havens Performs at the Clark March 18

For Immediate Release

February 24, 2006

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s winter concert series “From Woodstock to Somewhere Near There…” rocked the Clark’s auditorium with a concert by Jess Klein, and continues with performances by Richie Havens 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.  For tickets, call the Clark’s box office at 413-458-0524.  Concerts begin at 8 pm.

Havens, with one of the most recognizable voices in popular music, will take to the stage on Saturday, March 18, for the second concert in the series. 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. 

For Havens, making music is a continuous journey, and one that advances a step further with each album. "My albums are meant to be a chronological view of the times we’ve come through, what we’ve thought about, and what we’ve done to grow and change. There’s a universal point to which we all respond, and where all songs apply to everyone," said Havens.  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 and students).

The series closes with Gandalf Murphy and The Slambovian Circus of Dreams on Saturday, April 1. Tickets are $18 ($12 for members and students).

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 www.clarkart.edu.



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