The Clark’s Free Outdoor Concert Series Continues with Skip Parsons’ Riverboat Jazz Band on July 10

For Immediate Release

June 27, 2007

Regional favorite Skip Parsons and his Riverboat Jazz Band bring the lively sounds of early traditional jazz to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Tuesday, July 10 at 6 pm. Gather family and friends, picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs and head to the Clark’s expansive south lawn to enjoy the free summer outdoor concert series, held on Tuesday evenings at 6 pm in July. The galleries remain open until 6 pm on concert evenings. In the event of rain, the concerts will be held in the auditorium.

Skip Parsons, together with friends, organized the Riverboat Jazz Band in 1956 and quickly rose to success in the Albany, NY area. Throughout the ‘60s and ‘70s, the band played concerts with many jazz celebrities. At the start of the 1980s, the Riverboat Jazz Band was selected to be the official jazz band at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics, bringing the band international attention. Since then, leader Skip Parsons has continued to promote and produce musical events throughout the region, keeping the early jazz tradition alive.

On band concert evenings, barbeque fare will be available for purchase. Enjoy hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, chips, ice cream, and strawberry shortcake.

Upcoming concerts include Girl Howdy on July 17; The Flown Home Band on July 24; and the Curley Headed Rascals on July 31. Williamstown Savings Bank is the media sponsor of the concerts.

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 www.clarkart.edu.

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