(Stockbridge, Mass.) – Seth Rogovoy and the Grove Street Band will make its debut performance at the Lion’s Den at The Red Lion Inn, performing a program of rock standards, on Wednesday, October 20, at 8 pm.
Singer-guitarist Seth Rogovoy, best known as the editor-in-chief of Berkshire Living magazine and the author of two books about music, is a longtime music critic, having contributed columns and reviews to the Berkshire Eagle for 16 years and as a four-time honoree for music criticism for his Berkshire Living column, “The Beat Goes On,” by the National City and Regional Magazine Association.
But outside of a few rare appearances in Bob Dylan tribute concerts, Rogovoy isn’t known as a performer. In fact, before he was a music critic, Rogovoy spent a number of years as a coffeehouse singer in places much like the Lion’s Den, throughout high school, college, in New York City, and in Jerusalem.
“Once I began reviewing music professionally as my main work activity, I thought it best to put aside my career – such as it was – as a performer,” says Rogovoy, who lives in Great Barrington, Mass. “It’s been great fun getting back in touch with that side of me. I hope it’s almost as much fun for the audience.”
To keep it in the spirit of fun, Rogovoy plans a program of well-known favorites he terms “The Great Anglo-American Songbook 2.0” by classic rock songwriters including George Harrison, Warren Zevon, Bruce Springsteen, Cat Stevens, Robbie Robertson, David Byrne, and, of course, Bob Dylan.
Accompanying Rogovoy will be singer/multi-instrumentalist Rob Sanzone, a frequent Lion’s Den performer, and Willie Watkins, a senior at Monument Mountain Regional High School, on drums. In real life, Watkins is Rogovoy’s son.
Lion’s Den Manager Debby Totillo is delighted to put Rogovoy in the spotlight for a change. “Many of us look to Seth for his thoughtful commentary on music. It will be a treat for us to see and hear, firsthand, what inspires him.”
The Lion’s Den pub, located downstairs at The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, offers entertainment seven nights a week; there is never a cover charge.
Offering everything from acoustic folk to R&B, and reggae to the blues, the Lion’s Den features regular appearances by local longtimes performers, including David Grover, the Sun Mountain Fiddler, and the Housatonic Philharmonic, along with up-and-coming talent.
Some nationally recognized performers have been known to grace the humble pub’s stage from time to time – James Taylor, Lauren Ambrose and Roger Salloom among them.
The Lion’s Den pub is open nightly with entertainment from 9 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and entertainment from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.