PITTSFIELD - Eighteen- yearold violinist Sarah Hubbard, winner of the 2012 Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin Award, and guitarist Barry Goudreau and drummer Sib Hashian, former members of the rock band Boston, headline Rock On's 10th anniversary "Play It Forward" benefit concert next Friday evening at 7:30 at the Colonial Theatre.
Co- sponsored by The Berkshire Eagle, the concert benefits the Rock On Scholarship Fund.
Hubbard will perform a tribute to the memory of journalist and violinist Daniel Pearl. Mr. Pearl was murdered by terrorist in Pakistan in 2002. He had strong ties to Western Massachusetts and had worked at The Berkshire Eagle and the North Adams Transcript before joining the Wall Street Journal. Hubbard will be accompanied by Rock On faculty members Jeff Link, Charlie Tokarz, Ben Kohn, and Chris Mattoon.
Goudreau and Hashian played on Boston's first two albums, "Boston" and "Don't Look Back."
Goudreau was invited to guest at Rock On by co-director Jay Fruet to kick-off the Rock@Noon series at Berkshire Community College in 2011 and again in 2012.
Goudreau and Hashian will be joined onstage by Fruet on guitar, vocalist Livio Singer, " Fat City" bassist Kevin Humphris, and pianist Joe Torra.
"Play it Forward" will also feature Chapman Stick master Steve Adelson and drummer Frank Bellucci. Utilizing and expanding the twohanded tapping techniques discovered by Emmett Chapman, Adelson simultaneously plays bass lines, chords, melodies and rhythms on this revolutionary 12-string instrument.
Berkshires singer-songwriter Tony Lee Thomas will open the show with his blend of funk, rock, blues, and folk. Thomas has performed with, among others, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Ellis Paul, Dar Williams, Bobby Sweet, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and Tom Constanten of the Grateful Dead.
Pittsfield native Michael Fabrizio will bring his Nashville band to the Colonial. Fabrizio is an award-winning songwriter who has co-written songs with Grammy winner Tommy Sims, CMA winner and Grammy nominated Billy Kirsch, and hit makers Del Gray and Zak Turner.
Boston- based Art Decade, fronted by guitarist and singer Ben Talmi, will perform with the Art Decade String Quartet. Based at the Berklee School of Music, and described in the Boston Phoenix as "the next big break- out band from Boston," Art Decade brings to the stage a blend of classically influenced, hard driving rock. Talmi has arranged strings for Manchester Orchestra, Wild Nothing, Young Man, and the David Letterman Show.
Making its Colonial debut is ROO! - the Rock On orchestra, which has been based at Berkshire Community College since 2002.
Ticket information is available through the Colonial Theatre box office in person, by telephone at (413) 997-4444 or online at www. Berkshire TheatreGroup.org.
Friday October 12, 2012
What: Play It Forward.
Benefit for Rock On!
Who: Former Boston
members Barry Goudreau and