Byrdcliffe Invites the Public to Help "Raise the Roof" at a Benefit Concert to Fix Storm Damage to White Pines

Event Date and Time: Friday, March 22, 2013, 8:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock

Unfortunately, like many in the area, Byrdcliffe sustained damage due to Hurricane Sandy last October. A large tree branch fell onto the roof of the White Pines Historic House creating a large hole in the ceiling of the Loom Room. White Pines is the original home of Byrdcliffe's founders and is now used as studio space for artists, for performances and community yoga classes.

Many local performers have stepped up to offer their support to Byrdcliffe at this time and Byrdcliffe is asking the community to join in its efforts as well. Please join us for a "Raise the Roof" Benefit Concert, featuring musicians Happy Traum, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Marc Black, Mikhail Horowitz & Gilles Malkine, Scott Petito and Leslie Ritter, and Ed Sanders on Friday, March 22, 8:00 pm at Byrdcliffe’s Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, located at 36 Tinker Street in Woodstock.

Tickets are $25 for general seating ($22 members). Byrdcliffe is also offering special VIP tickets for $40, which include an invitation to a meet-and-greet reception at 7:00 pm with the performers and seating in the front three rows. Supporters can also opt to become event sponsors at three levels – Shingles, Beams and Ridgepoles, with a donation of $100, $200 and $500, respectively. Event Sponsors receive two tickets in the front of the venue and an invitation to the reception. All proceeds from the concert will go towards repairing the roof damage to the White Pines Loom Room.


Raise the Roof - $22 (Byrdcliffe member price): please come to the venue and purchase tickets at the door!!

Raise the Roof - $25 (not-yet member price): please come to the venue and purchase tickets at the door!!

Raise the Roof - $40 (incl. reception and assigned seating): SOLD OUT

Raise the Roof - $100 Shingle Sponsorship: SOLD OUT

Raise the Roof - $250 Beam Sponsorship: SOLD OUT

Raise the Roof - $500 Ridgepole Sponsorship: SOLD OUT


Happy Traum was smitten by American folk music as a teenager and began playing guitar and 5-string banjo. He was an active participant of the legendary Washington Square/Greenwich Village folk scene of the 1950s and '60s, and studied guitar with the famed blues master, Brownie McGhee. Over the past five decades he has performed extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, and Japan, both as a soloist and as a member of various groups. His avid interest in traditional and contemporary music has brought him recognition as a performer, writer, editor, session musician, folklorist, teacher and recording artist.

Jay Ungar & Molly Mason have become one of the most celebrated duos in the American acoustic music scene. Their consummate musicianship, incomparable warmth and wit, and obvious love of the music have delighted audiences worldwide. Jay and Molly are well-known for their role in A Prairie Home Companion, for their own public radio program Dancing on the Air on WAMC's Northeast Network, and for their work in film scores such as The Civil War, Legends of the Fall and Brother's Keeper. Their best known composition is Jay's haunting Ashokan Farewell, which was nominated for an Emmy, was featured in the Grammy Award winning soundtrack of The Civil War, and earned the couple international acclaim.

Marc Black is an eclectic folk-rocker who proudly carries on the Woodstock tradition of dealing with his 'Life…one song at a time'. He's been hailed by noted folk artist Happy Traum for his "timeless" songs featuring "deep grooves, excellent playing [and] top-notch guitar and vocals". Marc's subjects range from good coffee to scourge of hydro-fracking to his love for MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. Stylistically he lays down a soulful fingerstyle groove in the tradition of Mississippi John Hurt and Lightnin' Hopkins. Art Garfunkel, Richie Havens, John Sebastian, Pete Seeger and Taj Mahal are just a few of the folks who have performed and recorded with Marc.

The comedic performance art of Mikhail Horowitz & Gilles Malkine, now spanning 20 years, includes music, poetry, comedy, parody, satire, songs, and theatrical skits. They have recorded and co-produced three albums. Their hundreds of gigs include appearances at the Bumbershoot Festival (Seattle); Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival Festival; Robert Bly's Great Mother Festival; scads of colleges and universities; St. Peter's ("The Jazz Church"); People's Voice Cafe; Makor Center, and many other venues in New York City; as well as clubs, conferences, New Age funny farms, orthodox Jewish rodeos, Irish-Bengali wakes, and burials at sea.

Ed Sanders was one of the more important figures of the American counterculture in the last half of the 20th century. He was (and remains) the most important member of the Fugs; he co-founded the band in 1964, and has led the band for almost 50 years. He is a well-known author of many books, including The Family, on the Charles Manson group. Sanders has been active in Woodstock political and environmental movements for over thirty years, and with his wife, the painter Miriam Sanders, published the bi-weekly Woodstock Journal for eight years.

Scott Petito is a Berklee School of Music grad who sounds like he spent his whole life in the studio. A world class bassist, he's also a fine guitarist and keyboard adept. Like any outstanding instrumentalist, Leslie Ritter gives the listener the feeling that there's nothing she couldn't do with her voice. Together this magnetic duo is a contemporary yet timeless band that makes music so gorgeous you can almost see it.