Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Marc Berger to Perform RIDE at Holyoke Public Library

Join us as
Marc Berger will delight us with –
A performance of his American western song cycle, RIDE. The program will also include stories of Marc’s experiences in the West, along with the ways those experiences influenced the creation of the songs.
Thursday, March 10th at 7:00 PM
Holyoke Public Library
250 Chestnut Street, Holyoke, MA 01040


Clouds that forever stampede the endless sky, shadows gliding over canyon walls - the West is a vast expanse of magic and mystery. American artists from John Ford to Frederick Remington to A.B. Guthrie have used film, canvas and the printed page to convey the essence of its unique landscape and mythology. Inspired by Marc's lifelong love affair with the American West, RIDE, his current release, presents ten cinematic recordings capturing the vastness and romance of the West's wide open spaces.

Marc has performed at Austin’s SXSW Music Festival, the Kerrville Folk Festival, and has opened shows for Bob Dylan, and other national acts. His song "The Last One", a staple of Richie Havens' concerts for over twenty five years, has been quoted in the NY Times and featured on The CBS Evening News.

About the RIDE Library Program:

Inspired by Marc’s lifelong love affair with the American West and produced by Marc and Mike Ricciardi, RIDE now presents ten cinematic recordings capturing the vastness and romance of the West while exploring its deep roots in the American psyche. From the haunting message and beat of “Twister” and the soul-shaking challenge of taming a wild horse in “Take it on the Chin”, to the sexy, mind-blowing, middle-of-nowhere encounter of “Time Waits For No Man” and on through seven more scenic stops, RIDE takes you on a dusty tour of the Great American.

"Marc Berger may strike some as an artistic and cultural anomaly--at least at first. He's an Eastern born artist who's thoroughly steeped in the musical lore of the American West, genuinely so. There are no false notes--musically OR textually--on his CD release RIDE. In smaller live venues such as ours, he may do a more stripped down version of the songs from that release, and while those familiar with the fuller arrangements of the recorded versions might miss the rich textures of same, they'll soon find themselves fully captivated by the more intimate, leaner versions of these remarkable songs. Indeed the starker arrangements throw his sharp, evocative lyrics into vivid relief." Gregory Callahan, Director, Hyde Park Free Library (Hyde Park, NY)

To register or for more information, please visit the Holyoke Public Library or call 413-420-8101.


This program is supported in part by a grant from the Holyoke Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency; and the Holyoke Public Library.

All library programs are open to the public free of charge thanks to our generous donors and supporters like you. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Holyoke Public Library or by registering in person at the library’s front desk.


Parking available along the street in front of the new entrance to the library and in generous lots adjacent to and immediately across the street from the library.

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