House Concert Celebrates MCLA's Own, Helps Community


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - The Railway Café, hosted at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' (MCLA) Gallery 51 by the College's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC), will present a free house concert/CD release party at the  "G51 House Concert," to feature MCLA students, staff and faculty, on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m. 

Concert goers are encouraged to bring non-persishable items for the Friendship Center Food Pantry in North Adams. Partial proceeds from CD sales also will go to the Center.

Musicians who will perform at this house concert include Tiniqua Patrick '14, and the BCRC's program coordinator and  recording artist, Jen Crowell. "Show of Cards," led by new MCLA faculty member Dr. Karen Cardozo, also will perform in celebration of the group's CD release.

"The fact that this particular house concert features so many familiar faces to the North Adams and MCLA communities will make it a big draw," said Janette Santos, BCRC executive intern. "It's great to take this opportunity to not only celebrate the talent of MCLA's own, but also to help the Friendship Center Food Pantry."

Patrick, of Mashpee, will open the concert. She is pursuing a career as a jazz singer.

She grew up as a military kid and spent much of her life traveling from base to base around the world.

Patrick has performed with the MCLA Allegrettos, as well as the MCLA Jazz Band. Most recently, Patrick performed alongside Craig Harris and the Nation of Imagination. Accompanying her on guitar will be Britney Blevins '16, a fellow Allegretto.

Crowell's most recent release, "Cold Front," has been compared stylistically to work by Natalie Merchant and The Cowboy Junkies. The singer/songwriter's repertoire includes influences from Chris Whitley, Richard Thompson and Red Bird.

Crowell combines acoustic guitar with her broad vocal range to create an ethereal experience, while her lyrics and music mix roots of bluegrass and folk with haunting phrasing and modern melodies, to create more than the sum of the parts, according to Secor.

Rounding out the night will be Show of Cards. Formed in 2009, the band is fronted by Cardozo and her brothers; bassist Joe Cardozo (of~Cold Duck Complex) and lead guitarist~Mike Cardozo. With the release of their latest album, "Something Better," the band is influenced by a variety of musical languages from jazz and West African to classical.

Show of Cards will be joined by guest harmony vocalist, Ruby Froom, a student at Williams College. Standing in for Joe Cardozo on bass for this performance will be Chris Janson.

Cardozo's students in the interdisciplinary studies classes she teaches at MCLA had no idea their professor also is a musician.

One of Cardozo's students, Sarah Tefft '16, said, "When I found out Professor Cardozo was in a band, I was so excited! It's going to be a very cool experience to see a professor outside of the classroom, playing at a concert."

The G51 House Concert will take place at MCLA Gallery 51 on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

MCLA Gallery 51, run by MCLA since 2005, presents work from a wide range of emerging and mid-career contemporary artists.  The gallery hosts 10 exhibitions each year, in addition to many other countless events and happenings.

Staffed by mostly student workers, MCLA Gallery 51 provides undergraduates with hands-on experience in the day-to-day operations of a gallery. MCLA Gallery 51 is a project of MCLA's  BCRC.

For more information about the "G51 House Concert," (413) 664 8718.  For more information about Show of Cards, e-mail .