Berkshire Cultural Weekend Preview, Mar 8-12, 2012


Royal Southern Brotherhood

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – What do you get when you cross the Allman Brothers with the Neville Brothers? You get a kind of Royal Southern Brotherhood of Music. Which is why Cyril Neville of the Meters and the Neville Brothers and Devon Allman, son of Greg Allman and nephew of Duane Allman, combine forces in one group justifiably calling itself Royal Southern Brotherhood and coming to Club Helsinki on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at 9.

If music runs through bloodlines, then it surges through those named Neville and Allman. Percussionist and vocalist Cyril Neville is just one member of a musical family dynasty, who in addition to playing with his brother Art’s group, the Meters, and brothers Aaron and Art in the Neville Brothers, has lent his musical talents to recordings by Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, Edie Brickell, Willie Nelson, and Dr. John among.

As the son of Gregg Allman and nephew of the late Duane Allman, the 36-year-old Devon Allman has rock ‘n’ roll in his DNA. In 1999, he hit the radar as leader of Honeytribe, whose fearless albums announced him as a next-generation guitar hero, but by his thirties, the pull of his Southern heritage couldn’t be denied, and he willingly fell into the soul-drenched blues-rock style that recalls his key influences like his uncle Duane.




from David Henderson's 'Brief History of Aviation'

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Berkshire Museum will present David Henderson: A Brief History of Aviation, from March 10 through May 13, 2012, featuring an installation of architectural sculpture of artist David Henderson in the Ellen Crane Memorial Room. An artist’s reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 10; the event is free and open to the public.

The large-scale, curvilinear components of Henderson’s installation, configured differently in each venue where they are exhibited, were inspired by the beautifully complex fan vaulting of the sixteenth-century cathedral called Bath Abbey in England. Fan vaulting is a Gothic architectural element first used in the twelfth century. Imbued with a spare beauty, the converging curved ribs of each fan-like section form sweeping shapes reminiscent of spread wings, combining strength and delicacy.






Justin Townes Earle (photo Joshua Black Wilkins)

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Americana music scion Justin Townes Earle, the son of Steve Earle (who sold out his show at MASS MoCA in 2004), kicks off his 2012 tour at MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at 8 p.m. Alt-country mainstay Richard Buckner will open for Earle.

Having migrated from his birthplace, Nashville, to New York City, the critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, who was named after Texas singer-songwriter legend Townes van Zant, pairs the sage wisdom of Americana music with themes that relate to life in the Big Apple. NPR says that Earle’s Harlem River Blues “isn’t a love letter to New York, but on it he accomplishes what the troubadours who came before him from other parts of the country sought: music that defies geography and genre.”

Earle directly confronts the legacy handed down to him by his father, Steve Earle, on the poignant song, “Mama’s Eyes,” on his album, Midnight at the Movies, when he sings, “I am my father’s son/I’ve never known when to shut up/I ain’t fooling no one/I am my father’s son.”




Tony Bennett by Everett Raymond Kinstler

(STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – Everett Raymond Kinstler, who began his career as a comic book artist and illustrator working for the popular publications of his day and became a renowned portraitist of politicians, presidents and movie stars, is the subject of a new exhibition, Everett Raymond Kinstler, Pulps to Portraits, opening at Norman Rockwell Museum on Saturday, March 10, 2012, and running through May 28, 2012. There will be an opening reception for members and paid guests on Saturday, March 10, 5 to 7 p.m., with comments by the artist at 5:30.

Over the years, Kinstler’s clients have included such notable figures as Presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan, Will Barnet, Tony Bennett, Dave Brubeck, Alexander Calder, Benny Goodman, Katharine Hepburn, Paul Newman, Liv Ullmann, and Tom Wolfe. Original oil-on-canvas paintings of each of these figures will be featured in the exhibition, along with dynamic portraits of fellow illustrators Howard Chandler Christy, James Montgomery Flagg, Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss), and Norman Rockwell. The exhibition will document Kinstler’s transition from the illustration field, through early examples of book covers, magazine illustrations, and comic book pages, created in a variety of mediums. A collection of Kinstler’s current projects reveals the continued influence of illustration and motion pictures on the artist’s canvas.




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