(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Roots-rock singer-songwriters Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Gordon Lightfoot and Dave Mason top a fall lineup at the Colonial Theater that also includes the current version of 1970s pop vocal group Three Dog Night.
Singer-guitarist Dave Mason performs on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at 7:30pm. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an original member of the band Traffic, Mason is a kind of “Zelig” of rock ‘n’ roll. He wrote one of Traffic’s greatest hits, “Feelin’ Alright,” which also became a big hit for Joe Cocker, although he was an on-again, off-again member of that band, never quite fitting in.
Since leaving Traffic, he has crossed musical paths and collaborated one way or another with a who’s who of rock, including Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson and Fleetwood Mac. He has also enjoyed some success as a solo artist; his greatest solo hit is “We Just Disagree,” which, ironically, he didn’t write.
Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt have been touring together periodically since 1989, delivering one of the most compelling and spontaneous concerts on the road. They bring their acoustic duo show to the Colonial on Wednesday, October 23, at 7:30pm.
The 75-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot brings his huge catalog of hits, many now considered standards, to the Colonial on Friday, November 8, at 8pm. Among his best-known compositions are “Early Morning Rain,” “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Carefree Highway,” “Sundown,” and “The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald.”
Three Dog Night brings its considerable catalog of early 1970s hits to the Colonial on Thursday, November 21, at 8pm. The group specialized in recording songs by such then-unknown or little known songwriters including Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, Elton John, Laura Nyro, and Paul Williams, making hits out of songs such as “Mama Told Me (Not To Come),” “Joy to The World,” “Black And White,” “Shambala,” “An Old Fashioned Love Song,” “One,” and “Eli’s Coming.” Three Dog Night still features two of the original three lead singers – Danny Hutton and Cory Wells, both 71 years old – as well as original keyboardist Jimmy Greenspoon and guitarist Michael Allsup.
Also headed to the Colonial are the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, as part of Pittsfield CityJazz Festival, on Saturday, October 19, at 8pm. The Brubeck Brothers Quartet features two members of one of America’s most accomplished musical families, drummer Dan Brubeck and bassist/trombonist Chris Brubeck, plus guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb.
Mary Verdi’s annual Christmas at the Colonial concert takes place on Saturday, November 30, at 7pm, and Sunday, December 1 at 2pm. And the Colonial’s annual production of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” runs from Saturday, December 14, through Sunday, December 29.
Tickets are available for purchase to members and passholders on August 20 and to the general public on August 22. Contact the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield by calling 413.997.4444. Tickets may also be purchased online at the Colonial Theater.
The Ticket Office is open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm and on any performance day from 10am until curtain.