(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Vocalist-songwriter Natalie Merchant, the former frontwoman of 1980s folk-rock band 10,000 Maniacs, performs at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Mass., on Saturday, January 14, 2012, at 7:30 p.m.. The concert is a benefit for WAMC Northeast Public Radio based in Albany, N.Y.
Merchant has spent five years researching, writing, and recording a collection of songs adapted from the works of classic and contemporary poets which culminated in her latest recording, Leave Your Sleep. Accompanying her at the Colonial will be guitarist Erik Della Penna and the Coriolan String Quartet.
Elizabeth Mitchell and Daniel Littleton will warm up the crowd for Merchant. Founders of the band Ida, they have released seven albums since 1994 and most recently, are collaborating with Amy Helm (Ollabelle, Levon Helm Band), Chris Wood (Medeski Martin and Wood) and Ruthy Ungar (the Mammals) in a Catskills-based group called the Silver Hollers.
For ticket information, call Katie Horn at WAMC, 800-323-9262 ext. 171, or purchase tickets any time after 10 a.m. on the day of the showat the Colonial Box Office. Doors open at 6:30 for a 7:30 show time.
Member-supported WAMC Northeast Public Radio broadcasts news, informational and cultural programming to listeners in portions of seven northeastern states. WAMC is an award winning producer of regionally based programming and an affiliate of National Public Radio, American Public Media, and Public Radio International.