Thursday, January 8, 2015

Dark Dining Room Concert Series

On February 7 and March 7 at 7:30 p.m., Dark Dining Room will return to Wistariahurst. Dark Dining Room brings the intimacy of your living room to the grandeur of Wistariahurst Museum’s Music Room. Concert curators Matthew Larsen and Greg Saulmon will again serve up two courses of amazing local and national musicians for concerts in February and March.

The Saturday, February 7 concert offers Eef Barzelay, an Israeli born, New Jersey raised, Nashville based songwriter and singer best known for founding indie/alt­-country band Clem Snide. Over the past 15 years he has released close to a dozen records and has performed everywhere from Australia to Ecuador. Opening for Eef will be local musician Dave Houghton of Fancy Trash. As leader of Fancy Trash, Dave Houghton has been a mainstay of the thriving, independent music scene of Western Massachusetts. Houghton is lauded for high-intensity live shows and exceptional guitar playing.

The concert on Saturday, March 7 offers opener Kevin O’Rourke of the band Lo Fine, whose alt-county music is described as beautiful, literate and contemplative. He will be opening for Matthew Larsen and the Documents. Matthew Larsen has been a member of the vibrant Western Massachusetts music scene for a few decades, attracting audiences with introspective piano rock songs. Sometimes short, quiet and sweet, and other times building into wall-of-sound Hotel-California-like anthems, Matthew’s songs often recall serious health issues. Greg Saulmon, Alex Peterson and Mark Schwaber join Matthew on stage to contribute multi-part harmonies and quiet percussion.

There will be a cash bar and light refreshments will be provided by Holyoke Hummus Company. Doors open at 7 p.m. for both shows. For more information on the musicians visit

These concerts are sponsored by New England Public Radio, NEPR News Network and Paper City Music Shop. Reservations are suggested as these are popular concerts. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Museum at 413-322-5660.

Admission $18 general / $15 members (Combined admission for both concerts is $30)

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