HANCOCK, Mass. — Billy Keane, one of the founding members of The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow, presents an intimate concert on the lawn at Hancock Shaker Village on Saturday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online or by calling 413.443.0188. Space is limited. If the show is not sold out in advance, tickets will be available at the door for $20.
Keane, called “defiant and driven” by Rolling Stone magazine, will perform beautiful old favorites and dreamy new songs, including the breathtaking “Never Give Up,” a rock ballad of hope and community. Segueing from folk to rock to blues, Keane will play from the laid-back porch of the Laundry & Machine Shop, the oldest Shaker structure in the Village with elements dating to 1795.
A singer-songwriter hailing from Pittsfield, MA, Keane was discovered by James Taylor. With a gritty emotional tenor, he sings about freedom, love, peace, and solidarity. The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow’s protest song about the Dakota Access Pipeline, “Don’t Cross My Land,” was named by Rolling Stone one of the 10 Best Country/Americana Songs to Hear Now in 2019. Keane’s “Close to the Edge” was called “sidewalk poetry [that] ties simplicity into nuance, and insulates with hope” by roots music magazine No Depression.
Food and snacks will be available, and drinks will be served by tray service. Concertgoers are required to wear a mask, and each person or group will be spaced at least six feet apart. Bring a blanket or chair.
Major season support is provided by the Alice Shaver Foundation, American Macular Degeneration Foundation, Anonymous, Avangrid Foundation/Berkshire Gas, Berkshire Bank, Perry Boles Brooks and John Lynn Jones, Bright Ideas Brewing, Feigenbaum Foundation, John and Ann Galt, David and Marita Glodt, Greylock Federal Credit Union, Scott and Ellen Hand, High Meadow Foundation, Jim and Joan Hunter, Amy Leander, Drew Leander, Main Street Hospitality, Mass Humanities through the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020, Robert and Elizabeth McGraw, Mill Town, Mitch and Caitlin Nash, Bruno and Mary Ann Quinson, Naomi Seligman and Ernest von Simson, John W. Thoman and Lee Venolia, Peter and Kate Van Denmark, and Jack and Susy Wadsworth. Key programming support is provided by Blue Q, Greylock Federal Credit Union, Guardian, Interprint, Michael Renzi Painting Company, No Depression, and October Mountain Financial Advisors.