Back to school music in the Berkshires


LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- David Grover has been compared to Mister Rogers, James Taylor, Paul Simon and Raffi, but this Berkshires troubadour has a style all his own.

He learned to play guitar as a teenager, and joined Shenandoah, which toured and recorded with Arlo Guthrie.

But it was in 1984, through his daughter, that Grover became involved in writing and performing children’s music with folk stylings.

In 1989, he created "Grover’s Corner," a PBS television show teaching children about music. This show led to the 1991 PBS special "Chanukah at Grover’s Corner," a show aiming to teach children of all faiths about the traditional Jewish festival of lights. Both PBS shows have received many honors and awards, including a Gabriel Award from the National Association of Catholic Broadcasters, an Iris Award, and an Emmy nomination for Best Children and Youth Special.

Grover will play at "Back to School -- The Healthy Way," a New England Newspaper event featuring live music and a focus on health, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Berkshire Mall, on Route 7, in Lanesborough.

Grover has since been named the 2009 winner of The Berkshire Eagle’s Best Singer/Songwriter award, and has earned a Grammy nod, Parents’ Choice award and other recognition.

Grover has performed at the White House, NBC-TV’s "Today Show," the Detroit Symphony and the United Nations.

His weekly summer concerts on the town square in Great Barrington, have come to mean summer for families. This year, the concert series is celebrating its 30th year. Grover often performs with his wife Kathy Jo, and various other members of what is called The Big Bear Band.

On Friday, the Pittsfield-based hip-hop and R&B group will be one of five musical acts to donate their time to perform at New England Newspaper Inc.’s "Back to School the Healthy Way" event at the Berkshire Mall, Route 7, in Lanesborough. The family-oriented event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at the former Old Navy retail space.

The group features core members DRAMATIC, J.Soul, QuikMonee, who have been performing under various names and with other guest artists for the past decade.

They describe themselves as performing hip-hop music "as it was meant to be: honest and raw."

With just a pair of microphones and a set of turntables, they speak with an emotion that is powerful and commanding.

They’ve shared the stage with fellow artists in their genre, such as Raekwon, The High Life and Brooklyn35, among others, and have received an overwhelming response as a must-see act.

Nostalgia is currently in the process of finalizing there first album, "Timeless," and has recorded an EP called "So Cool."

The have performed at Berkshire County venues such as the Purple Pub in Williamstown, Brick House Pub in Housatonic, and The Garage at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield.


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