MARC BLACK SINGS MUSIC HISTORY AT THE KLEINERT/JAMES
Concert Date and Time: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 8:00 pm; doors open at 7:30 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Tickets: $20 general admission or $18 for Byrdcliffe members – please purchase your tickets online!
Favorite folk-rocker and socially conscious lyricist, Marc Black, will bring his History of the 1950s and 60s through Popular Song to Byrdcliffe’s Kleinert/James Center for the Arts on Saturday, April 22, 2017, 8:00 pm. The program will take concert-goers on a joyful trip through these historically defining decades with conversation, song, and a slide show. Black will perform songs by artists that range from Gene Autry to George Harrison. And chances are, the entire audience will sing along from beginning to end.
Here’s what Bram Lewis, Director of the Schoolhouse Theater, had to say after a recent show: “Not only did we run out of seats, not only did [Marc’s] ineffable singing and irresistible guitar subtly lift us out of our blues, but we all sang along as joy filled the room.”
A recent inductee into the New York Chapter of the Blues Hall of Fame, Marc Black’s musical career began in the 1960s, when his high school band, the Blades of Grass, toured in support of their top-40 hit, “Happy,” a romantic ballad ringing with the hopeful, harmonic musicality of The Mamas and The Papas. Black has shared the stage with notables like Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, The Doors, and the Dave Clark Five.
Over the years, his music grew into an alternately literary and quick-witted combination of activism, personal history, and satire. While “Happy” celebrates new love, Black’s more recent “Party of One” is a hilarious tribute to the single life, in which the narrator relishes release from a relationship: “Party of one / I get a table real quick / Party of one / I give myself a kiss / Party of one / I save a whole lot of money / Party of one / I think my jokes are funny….” Songs like “No Fracking Way” and “I Love You Rachel Maddow” combine humor and tunefulness with informed politics. Black says that like many songwriters, “I’m trying to help out wherever I can.” As part of that impulse, he performed in the very successful fundraiser for Byrdcliffe’s Alf Evers Archive in 2015, organized by Woodstock legend Ed Sanders. A portion of concert proceeds from the upcoming April show will also help support visual and music arts programming at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, the organization that oversees the second-longest continuously operating artists’ colony in the United States.
The History of the 1950s and 60s through Popular Song is an evening of sharing songs and thinking about our common history in new ways. Black puts it like this: “In this time of social and political discomfort, I felt that creating a show that features singing together might be a good tonic for us all. I think that’s why the show has been so well received all over the country.”