Join us for a mesmerizing evening of music, wisdom stories and drumming with percussionist, poet and storyteller John de Kadt and Songwriter Johnny Irion.
Friday October 27th at 8pm, in the barn at Race Brook Lodge
- $20 day-of event
- $50 for Concert & Dinner The Stagecoach Tavern (3 course meal by Chef Laurel Barkan, includes tax & gratuity)
Call 413.229.2916 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a special package for dinner, the concert, and accommodations with breakfast.
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John De Kadt: is an internationally acclaimed percussionist, poet, and storyteller. John plays ethnic percussion instruments from across the globe and has a passion for spoken word. Motivated by a love of the earth, community, and wisdom traditions, John’s poetry and story stirs the heart and awakens us towards a remembrance of ourselves and the wildness of the natural world.
Story means "store house”. When a story possesses reminders and meaning needed during challenging times they become wisdom stories, sacred stories or places of treasured remembrance. It is then, when we have lost our way, that we can reach back into the "store house" of our ancestors to remember and revision what it is we burn for and how to awaken. For all of human history we have been sharing in the oral tradition of storytelling. It was a central vehicle for humans to impart wisdom, entertain, teach and retain information from generation to generation.
Johnny Irion: Now and then in American culture, the written word fuses the worlds of music and literature. Bob Dylan and his Nobel prize are only the most obvious example. An individual singer songwriter can sometimes embody that fusion in his life and work, and that's Johnny Irion, whose family tree includes John Steinbeck and Woody Guthrie, and whose new record Driving Friend ranges across a wide expanse of roots genres, from blues and gospel to folk and country. Everything about this record feels authentic and hand-crafted, a carving out of raw, lived American experience that goes to the heart of the Blackwing ethos. Whether Irion is singing about Santa Barbara, Pittsfield or the Rapture, his sharp wit, telling description and brief character studies take us to a musical hometown of his own, quite a feat for a rocker whose last record with his band US Elevator was hailed by Rolling Stone as being as "lovingly handcrafted as the jeans on the back of After The Gold Rush." To go rambling down the broken, gorgeous back roads of this record is to enter Irion's musical universe, where haunting words open every door..
Race Brook Lodge is a rustic and unique getaway destination, perfect for weekend getaways, workshops, weddings, hiking, biking and more in the natural beauty of the southern Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts. Race Brook Lodge’s historic The Stagecoach Tavern offers a seasonal and local menu by Chef Laurel Barkan. The Stagecoach Tavern also hosts the Down County Social Club, a live performance space featuring weekly concerts and artistic performances.