Rev Tor & Friends holiday show heading for Colonial Theatre stage

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The Berkshire Eagle

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Theatre Group is presenting Rev Tor & Friends' Rock & Soul Holiday Show, 8 p.m., Friday, at The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St.

The evening will feature performances by vocalist Wanda Houston, along with Gina Coleman of Misty Blues and Tony Lee Thomas of the Alchemystics. Houston and Coleman were two of four featured vocalists in Rev Tor's popular Aretha Franklin tribute at the Colonial last year.

"Each artist will perform a holiday set with their own unique flavor, and a few surprises along the way," BTG program and rentals manager (Rev) Tor Krautter said in a news release.

At 6:30 p.m., Brian Benlien will perform in The Garage (located in the Colonial lobby).

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Coleman is a graduate of Williams College. She began performing in a duet, The Siblings, and shortly after started her own duet which blossomed into a five-piece band, allowing her to showcase original music and gain regional recognition. She has performed at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, BTG's Colonial Theatre, Bethel Woods Center for The Arts and has made several appearances at NYC's famed Bitter End. Her band, Misty Blues, was featured at Mass MoCA's blues festival, has performed regularly with the late Charles Neville (from the legendary Neville Brothers) and were finalists in both the 2017 and 2018 International Blues Challenge.

Houston has performed on Broadway stages, in films, recordings and television. She has worked in varying capacities with Michael Jackson, Barbara Streisand, John Tuturro, Eddie Izzard, Natalie Cole, Eartha Kitt, Patti LaBelle and Sam Harris on the stages of Pasadena Playhouse, Universal Studios, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden and Carnegie Hall.

Thomas' vocal endeavors have included classical technique, various choral ensembles, and barbershop and doo-wop quartets. He has sung in solo performances, in full-blown productions, and with his rock band—the Tony Lee Thomas Band.

Rev Tor & Friends was formed in Western Massachusetts by "Rev" Tor Krautter in 1996. Since then, Rev Tor & Friends has performed in venues from Maine to Florida. Rev Tor & Friends have shared the stage with members of The Grateful Dead, Phish, The Allman Brothers, The Jerry Garcia Band, Los Lobos, The Funky Meters, Leftover Salmon, String Cheese Incident, Max Creek and Derrick Trucks Band. Rev Tor also frequently partners with Berkshire Theatre Group to present celebrations of iconic artists, including: Santana, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin and more.

Complete ticket information is available in person at the Colonial box office at 111 South St.; by calling 413-997-4444; or online at berkshiretheatregroup.org.

Box office hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays; and 10 a.m. until curtain any performance day.


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