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Dec
2
7:30 PM19:30

Benefit Concert for Music in Common with Todd Mack

$15 Advance / $20 Day of Show / $12 Students 18 & under

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Singer-songwriter / producer Todd Mack will play a benefit concert for Music in Common, the non-profit he founded in 2005 in response to the murder of his friend and bandmate, Daniel Pearl. Music in Common empowers diverse cultures and faiths to discover common ground through collaborative songwriting, multimedia, and performance. For more than 30 years, Mack has made a career as a musician, songwriter, and producer based upon his unwavering belief in the power of music to change the world. His travels throughout the world have found him in some unlikely places to be making music, but always with the single mission of bringing people together. 

100% of the profits from this show will be donated to Music in Common's #EmpowerYouthAgainstHate campaign to raise $159,000 from a federal grant that was recently revoked by the Trump administration.

EDJ, featuring Momument Mountain High School students Dan Santos, Ethan Mazursky, and John Mack, will open the show.

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Nov
11
7:30 PM19:30

Swing Night at Dewey Hall with Chops, Sauekraut, and Krewtons

Chops, Sauerkraut, and Krewtons

Chops, Sauerkraut, and Krewtons

Dance the night away to the Rockabilly inspired tunes music of Chops, Sauerkraut, and Krewtons in historic Dewey Hall! Chops, Sauerkraut, and Krewtons are : Chops Laconte, bass, Seth Travins guitar & vocals, Jim Krewson, drums & vocals,  and Pete Adams, steel guitar.

7:30pm | Beginner Swing Dance Lesson
8:30pm | Live Music & Dancing

Beginners are warmly welcomed. No partner necessary.
$20-15 at the door, $10 with student ID.

Chops, Sauerkraut, and Krewtons bring a rockabilly style to Dewey Hall, a great dancing band, with an all age rockin' appeal. Chops Sauerkraut, and Krewtons have been playing hard edged Rockabilly, Honky Tonk and Garage Rock since the early part of this millennium. Chops and Sauerkraut take influence from Carl Perkins, the Standells, ? and the Mysterians, Frankie Yankovic, Elvis Presley, Bob Wills, and the Cramps. Cranking through B-sides of the last century as well as writing their own Sock-It-To-Me Sound" classics. They have played roadhouses and Honky Tonks from Copake Falls to Craryville for years knocking the socks off fans with the thumping upright bass, funky foot drums, and the rebel rhythm of days gone by.

Chops Laconte is one of the best rockabilly bull bass players. He has gigged as the bassist with Brian Setzer, and tours regularly with the Luster Kings, and the legendary Wanda Jackson. He was a founding member of the 1990's New York band Slick Pelt.
Sauerkraut Seth Travins is a musician around town and around the world. Currently his main gig is the Upright bassist with The Wiyos, he also plays guitar, writes and sings. His Rockabilly persona comes to life in Chops and Sauerkraut. His past endeavors have included bassist, vocalist and songwriter with the Blue Ribbon Boys, The Big Iron Skillet Band, and bassist with Contra Dance Band the Russet Trio. Seth makes sauerkraut, Kim Chee and fermented vegetables when he's not playing music. sauerkrautseth.com
Jim Krewson plays sings and plays drums but is also a great songwriter, and visual artist. He is most known for his work in the bluegrass/country rock band: Jim and Jennie and the Pinetops.

One of the Berkshire's best events in a beautiful hall with great live music, dancing, a fun and friendly crowd. Refreshments available. This event is part of our Second Saturday Swing series at Dewey Hall. Every month we have a beginner swing dance lesson followed by a live band. January's Dance will be on the 13th.

A portion of all ticket sales goes towards the continued preservation of Dewey Hall. Thank you for your support. Oldtone Native Concerts (from Oldtone Productions) and Dances at Dewey Hall are sponsored in part by Salisbury Bank and Trust.

Please email beth@oldtonemusicfestival or call (413) 429 1176. for more information

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Oct
21
7:00 PM19:00

Universal Set 50th Anniversary Benefit Concert for Music in Common and Dewey Hall

It's not every day that a band celebrates 50 years since they started playing together, but that's exactly what The Universal Set is celebrating. And what better way to do it than with a benefit concert for Music in Common and our beloved Dewey Hall. 100% of the profits from profits from the evening will be split between the two organizations.

The Universal Set formed in 1967 here in the Berkshires and was a popular band throughout the greater MA-CT-NY region. In 1970, they recorded a record, landing them a recording contract offer they ultimately declined. The current lineup includes most of the original members, which at one time included the not yet famed Kenny Aronoff on drums. 

Tickets $15

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Sep
15
7:30 PM19:30

Dewey Hall Presents Chris Trapper

$20 at door

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CHRIS TRAPPER began his career as the front man for late-90’s alternative rock band THE PUSH STARS(Capitol Records). With four CD releases and several high profile national tours -- including a run with Matchbox Twenty -- The Push Stars served to establish Chris as an authentic talent.  

As a singer /songwriter, Chris is most known for his original song THIS TIME, the #1 selling song on the Grammy nominated soundtrack for AUGUST RUSH (Robin Williams, Jonathan Rhys Meyers /Warner Bros Pictures). His music can best be described as lyrically driven roots-pop with a knack for telling everyday stories.

The New York Times has called his work “classic pop perfection.”

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Jul
21
7:30 PM19:30

Cantrip - Celtic Trio

Berkshire Strings Presents with Dewey Hall:

"One of the most intriguing sounds in Celtic music today. An instrumental sound that travels from the darkness to the light. An unmistakable and enormously versatile style. Cantrip both has its feet solidly in tradition, and sees innovation clearly from where it is standing." -- Celtic Beat Magazine

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Jun
15
to Jun 18

"Celebrate Dewey Hall" June 15 - June 18

Dewey Hall Board Members and Friends host a four day celebration to commemorate the 130th anniversary of the legendary Hall on Sheffield’s village green and its continuing role as a cultural center for the community. The Sheffield Historical Society has co-sponsored the historical presentations.

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Mar
11
8:00 PM20:00

Jordan Tice & Horse County with Pepper & Sassafras

Berkshire Strings Presents with Dewey Hall

General Admission: $20

Jordan Tice is a singular voice on the American roots music scene. Over the last ten years, he has developed a reputation as a unique and versatile guitarist and prolific composer of some of the most thoughtful and well-crafted tunes of his generation. He has released four solo records of original music to critical acclaim and has worked as a sideman to some of the biggest names in acoustic music such as Dave Rawlings, Tony Trischka, Mark Schatz, the Duhks, and actor/comedian Steve Martin. His current release, Horse County, features his singing and songwriting in addition to his established tune writing and guitar picking skills with a sound that calls to mind the music of Roger Miller, John Hartford, and Norman Blake. In addition to his solo work and work as a sideman he is also a part of the instrumental power trio, Haas Kowert Tice, with fiddler Brittany Haas and bassist Paul Kowert. They released their debut record in 2014 and will be releasing their follow up in 2017.

 

Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, teams up with multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Wendy Sassafras Ramsay in this dynamic Americana duo. Rodgers, also the founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine, delivers masterful band-in-a-box guitar work while Ramsay, harmonizer extraordinaire, adds flute, clarinet, guitar, accordion, and her quirky originals to the mix. Based in upstate New York, Pepper and Sassafras were finalists for Best Duo at FreshGrass in 2016 and winners of the New Voices showcase at the Turtle Hill Folk Festival.

Doors open at 7pm

General Admission $20

 
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Feb
26
1:00 PM13:00

Annual Winter Lecture

Sheffield Land Trust's Annual Winter Lecture

The Sheffield Land Trust will present its annual Winter Lecture at Dewey Hall on Feb. 26 at 1 pm. This year’s topic will be “Birds, Bees, Bats and Bears.” Elizabeth Carey, director of education at the Berkshire Botanical Garden, will speak about flora and will act as moderator. In addition to Elizabeth Carey, Dale Abrams of the Massachusetts Audubon Society and Andrew Madden of Massachusetts Division of Fish and Wildlife and Fisheries will also speak.  Kerry Douglas, a founding member of the Land Trust, will also deliver some remarks.

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