First Congregational Church of Rockport, MA
Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Marc Berger and RIDE

Online ticket sales are closed. There will be tickets available at the door.

Day of show suggested contribution: $12
65 or over: $7, under 18: $5, family: $24
Marc Berger's life has been about pursuing twin passions: creating and recording his American roots songs, and exploring remote areas of the desert and mountain West. After signing his first publishing contract while in law school, he fronted rock bands and performed regularly in New York City clubs like CBGB, Wetlands, and The Knitting Factory. But all through this period, he'd find ways to get into the West, picking up details from fellow wilderness junkies about off the beaten path locales and filing them away for future reference. On one of these trips, he became intrigued by the cover of THE BIG IT, a book of short stories by A. B. Guthrie he found on a revolving paperback rack in a Navajo reservation trading post. It got him thinking about using his travels to create a set of songs in the cultural tradition of writers like Guthrie and visual artists like John Ford and Frederick Remington. The result was RIDE, a CD consisting of 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 Frontier.
Drummer Mike Ricciardi photographed some of the dramatic settings found out West, and his beautiful, large prints will form a backdrop for the performance. The concert will be an audio-visual presentation that immerses the audience in the setting in a way that is unusual and truly moving.

Here is a video of Marc Berger and company performing "Nobody Gonna Ride on the Railroad" from "RIDE".

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