Berkshires musicians get ready to honor Neil Young

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PITTSFIELD >> A plethora of the area's top musicians will be on stage at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Colonial Theatre to pay tribute to longtime rock icon Neil Young.

Local musicians performing include Steve Ide, David Grover, Tor Krautter, Jack Waldheim, Tom Filiault, Dan Hamilton, Rob Sanzone, Emily More, Dana Welts, Jeannie Laurin, John Sauer and others. Legendary Northampton troubador Ray Mason will also be playing.

Each musician will perform two songs with a "house band" according to Ide, one of the headliners. The show will be presented in two sets. The final two songs will feature all the performers onstage.

Ide said he would be performing "Cowgirl in the Sand" and "Cinnamon Girl."

"I think [concert promoter] Vinnie Brandi called me first," said Ide, "Because I asked him which songs were available and he said the show was wide open.

"I was playing 'Cowgirl in the Sand' in high school," said Ide. "And I always loved 'Cinnamon Girl'."

Young, of course, is a two-time member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, once as a member of Buffalo Springfield and also as a solo artist. He still performs regularly.

Young, along with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp, is also a founder of Farm Aid, the annual benefit for the country's farmers.

Songs on the set lists, according to Brandi, will include, "Heart of Gold," "Ohio," "Sugar Mountain," "Mr. Soul," "Harvest Moon," "Down By the River," "Rockin' in the Free World" and many others.

Tickets for the show are still available at the Colonial box office.

Contact Derek Gentile at 413-496-6251.

IN CONCERT

What: Berkshire Musicians Tribute to Neil Young

Who: Steve Ide, Ray Mason, Tor Krautter, David Grover, John Sauer, Jeannie Laurin and others

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield

Tickets: $36, $26

How: (413) 997-4444; berkshiretheatregroup.org; in person at Colonial Theatre box office


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