Arthur Holmes, center, plays the blues with his band, The Arthur Holmes Blues Band, at the Colonial Saturday during Guitar Jam. At left is drummer Bridget
Arthur Holmes, center, plays the blues with his band, The Arthur Holmes Blues Band, at the Colonial Saturday during Guitar Jam. At left is drummer Bridget Wnukowski, on the right is bass player John Worth. (Scott Stafford / Berkshire Eagle Staff)
Sunday May 20, 2012

PITTSFIELD

After Saturday's Guitar Jam IV at the Colonial Theatre, it would be hard to denigrate the quality or variety of band in the Berkshires.

Four bands, selected by more than 5,000 Eagle readers on Facebook, played their favorites for nearly 500 fans.

Two are blues bands -- The Arthur Holmes Blues Band and T-Bone Daddy. Then country band Spurs USA took the stage, to be followed by rock band Who Are You.

For all the groups, this was their first time on the Colonial stage, a fact that wasn't lost on any of them.

"It's literally a dream come true," said Tyler Fairbank, guitarist and front man fro T-Bone Daddy.

"This is the biggest show I've ever played -- the pinnacle of my career so far," Arthur Holmes said.

Dwight O'Neil, guitarist with Spurs USA, said it is an exciting night, and admitted to having butterflies.

All the musicians had family and friends in the audience, as well as folks who had seen one or two of them at local clubs.

For Fred Bunce of Great Barrington, it was all about the music. He doesn't know anyone in any of the bands, but "if you like bands and if you like music, you can't go wrong."

Charlene and Donald Murray of Becket were thrilled when they saw that Spurs USA were in the final four.

"We've been trying to see this band, but we've always been busy when they're playing locally. We're so happy they did this," Charlene Murray said.

Jean Hughes, a fan of country and the blues, was also on hand for the love of local music.

"This is a great way to showcase some of our local musicians who really don't get enough visibility," she said. "These are great bands with a lot of promise."

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