Fabrizio and the Fever headline Berkshire Theatre Group benefit concert

PITTSFIELD — "Catch the Fever: An Evening with Fabrizio and the Fever," a benefit for the Richie duPont Scholarship Fund, is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Berkshire Theatre Group's Colonial Theatre, 111 South St.

The concert includes special guest performances by Berkshire County's Got Talent winner, Madelyn Gardner (with Pinedrop), and Carl Wockner.

A 6 p.m. VIP-ticket pre-show reception in the Garage includes complimentary refreshments and a Fabrizio and the Fever meet-and-greet.

All proceeds benefit BTG's Richie duPont Award, which was established in 2005 in memory of a talented young actor who performed in two of Berkshire Theatre Group's Main Stage productions. This fund provides camp scholarships so children can pursue their dreams of being on stage.

Fabrizio and the Fever (FnF) is an alternative-rock entity formed in 2013 by Massachusetts-born singer/songwriter/entrepreneur Michael Fabrizio. The band, dubbed, "genre-gypsies," pulls from a plethora of inspirations including classical, country, rock, Americana, folk-rock as well as pop and hip-hop music.

"Nashville may have taught me a lot about music, but the Berkshires taught me about family, love and roots," Fabrizio says in a news release. "I've always found it to be one of my favorite shows every year, coming home and playing to the music lovers of Berkshire County."

The band premiered in October 2013 at The Colonial with an opening slot for super group Boston. Since then, FnF has opened for Robert Randolph, Sleeper Agent, Trigger Hippie, John Carter Cash, Craig Morgan, Jessica Andrews, Raelyn Nelson and others.

FnF earned notoriety when they were chosen by Nashville's Lightning 100 as "Artist of the Week" in 2014 with their song, "Lately I've Been Waiting." Also, their song "California" was the winner in a song contest on Nashville's Hippie Radio 94.5 and five other songs from their debut album, "Nunchuck Fury," have been placed in numerous podcasts located throughout the Los Angeles area.

Fabrizio has written songs and jingles for NBC and CBS, and appeared on the ABC series, "Nashville," several times during season four as a member of Gunner's band. In 2015, Fabrizio and co-writer Patrick Raines earned "Best Song" in the Nashville 48 Hour Film Festival. FnF has released two albums; Fabrizio has released seven over his 15-year career. He is regularly recording and writing new music and poems, working on his autobiography, and songwriting for TV and film.

Fabrizio is the owner of Red Roots Music LLC, a Nashville booking and music company, and is the founder of The Nashville Masquerade, a Nashville rock and roll showcase. He spends his free time with his wife and daughter and their dog, Pepper. In his down time, Fabrizio enjoys gardening, woodworking, reading, hiking, skiing, traveling and hanging out with friends and family.

Berkshire County's Got Talent winner, Madelyn Gardner, will be joined by Brattleboro-based folk-grass group, Pinedrop. The four-piece Americana band consists of Derek Sensale (guitar), Dan Bisson (upright bass), Nick Paar (mandolin) and Charlie Peckar (fiddle).

Australian singer/songwriter and guitarist, Carl Wockner was named the first Australian artist to win Top Honors at the International Acoustic Music Awards in 2015. His album, "Crayon Days," received an Independent Music Award-nomination for Best Adult Contemporary Album in 2016.

Reservations and complete information are available in person at the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South St.; by phone at 413-997-4444, or online at berkshiretheatre.org.


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