Party time at the Colonial this fall


PITTSFIELD — It's all about community, said Berkshire Theatre Group CEO/Artistic Director Kate Maguire as she rolled out plans for fall programming at BTG's Colonial Theatre.

"This community built this theater. We want to celebrate, to lift off that; that's what these shows are about," Maguire said during a recent late afternoon interview in her office off the main lobby in the 769-seat South Street venue.

Maguire's programmer, Tor Krautter, a well-known local musician who heads the Rev Tor Band, has put together a fall season of concert honoring well-known bands, and, in The Garage — a performance space set up in the theater lobby — a comedy series, Comedy Garage, and a music series, Music Garage.

The headline events are being produced by Berkshire Theatre Group with musicians from New York, the Berkshires and environs. "We are producing these shows," Maguire said. "That's why we are calling them concerts."

Kicking off the series on Sept. 20 is "A Night in New Orleans: celebrating Dr. John and Charles and Art Neville" with Rev Tor and Friends.

On Sept, 26, Kung Fu, with special guest Shokazoba, performs an evening of funk. Shokazoba is a nine-piece funk band that originated as a Feka Kuti tribute band.

On Sept. 27, the Colonial will pesent "Police-Cars," an '80s dance party featuring the band New York's Finest performing The Police's greatest hits, and Best Friends Girl, who recreate the songs of The Cars.

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Fleetwood Mac takes over the Colonial stage on Oct. 5 with "Tusk" — five musicians recreating the music of Fleetwood Mac.

Bruce Springsteen's music is the focus of Tramps Like Us, a tribute band that will be performing at the Colonial Nov. 22.

And on Nov. 29, Krauter brings Rev Tor & Friends' Rock & Roll Holiday Show to the Colonial, featuring Wanda L, Houston, Gina Coleman, and Tony Lee Thomas.

Surrounding the Concerts at the Colonial series are national touring shows — the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Oct. 11; Steve Solomon's "My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish and I'm in Therapy"; music and comedy at The Garage; and a number of special programs, among them Pittsfield City jazz Festival, with Veronica Swift and Stephanie Nakasian,, Oct. 19; the furst Berkshure Mountain Guitar Summit, Nov. 7; "A Christmas Carol," Dec. 7-21; and New Year's Eve with Max Creek.

"We are really so glad to have Max Creek, who filled the house when they last performed here, come back for New Year's Eve."

Maguire said she also is looking forward to seeing people 'dancing in the aisles for real dance party at the Colonial to the music of the Police and the Cars.

"It's time to get up and have fun; get up and dance and celebrate music. We want to lift the spirits of our community."


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