'NASHVILLE IN THE BERKSHIRES': Day-long music event in the Berkshires

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ADAMS, Mass. —Two local men are promising to bring "Nashville in the Berkshires" to town — and for a good cause.

Local businessmen Michael Mach and William J. Kolis have partnered to bring a day-long concert to Bowe Field on Saturday.

To that end, they have hired five well-known local bands to perform all day at the field on Route 8.

The bands are Hittin' The Note, the Dead Collective, The Rev Tor Band, Rebel Alliance and the Hotshot Hillbillies.

Hittin' The Note is an Allman Brothers tribute band, while the Dead Collective is a Grateful Dead tribute group.

Rev Tor is one of the best-known jam bands in the area.

Rebel Alliance is a local band that offers reggae-themed music with a rock-and-roll edge.

The Hotshot Hillbillies, a country-rock band, were voted best live band in the Berkshires this year.

All five bands have considerable local followings.

But some might say, not all of those bands feel very, well Nashville. But that's the point, according to Mach, who was recently in Nashville, Tenn., with his wife Elizabeth.

"There are musical acts playing everywhere in the city," he said of Nashville. "I was blown away by it. And there was just about every kind of music there that you could think of: Jazz, rock, Blues, country. It's really pretty amazing."

Mach envisioned a similar type of experience — on a much smaller scale — in Adams as a way of raising funds for the duo's arts project, a music and art school that, if completed, would provide music and arts programs to children throughout the county at no charge to schools.

Kolis said a site for the school is in the works.

"We have moved from possible to probable," he said.

Mach and Kolis are longtime friends, graduating from Hoosac Valley High School in the 1970s.

Kolis is the founder and director of the Adams Anthony Center for Political, Economic and Social Discourse, a 501-c non-profit founded in 2012.

The group's principal accomplishment to date was opening of the Hoosac Street Gallery at One Berkshire Square in Adams.

The main exhibit in the gallery now is a photography exhibit called "The Mill Children." The Anthony Center has also sponsored a number of forums at its 47 Park St. address. the forums range from regional issues, to local history and economics.

The music event will run from 1 to 11 p.m. that day, said Mach. Gates will open at noon. Ticket prices range from $10-$30, with children under 12 getting in free.

In addition to the five headliners, there will be other artists performing between the intermissions between each band's setup.

"There will be music continually," Mach said.

There will also be local food and crafts vendors scattered throughout the site, said Kolis.

Anyone wishing to volunteer (and get in to the show for free) can call Kolis at 440-320-8480 or Mach at 413-743-4441.

Reach staff writer Derek Gentile at 413-770-6977.

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