Guitar Jam V: Berkshire musicians rock out for Newspapers in Education


PITTSFIELD -- Bernard Mack was ready for a trip down memory lane on Saturday night during Guitar Jam V at the Colonial Theatre.

The Pittsfield resident is a fan of local music acts, and the lineup was stacked with some of his favorites, including musicians -- and no shortage of guitar strumming -- from all five previous concerts. Mack was particularly interested in listening to headline performer Steve Ide, a guitarist who plays with The BTU's and has most notably played in folk singer Arlo Guthrie's former band.

"I like country, all the music they play," said Mack about Ide and the BTU's.

About 300 music fans listened to acts that offered a mix of blues funk, rock n' roll, country, and other genres.

Proceeds from the concert, which was presented by The Eagle and sponsored by Wood Brothers Music, will go to Newspapers in Education, a program that puts newspapers in area classrooms.

Prior to the concert, Pittsfield residents Diane Chamberlein, 59, and her friend Luanne Savino, 60, were bobbing along to music provided by the Lenox folk band Mountain Breeze in the Colonial Theatre lobby about an hour before the concert started.

"A lot of the songs come from when I was growing up, and I enjoy hearing their renditions, and I enjoy supporting the local venue," Savino said.

In addition to Ide and the BTU's, the concert featured the Arthur Holmes Blues Band, Robin O'Herin, Bobby Sweet.


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