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Warm up the Winter benefit concert

March 7 @ 7:00 pm

Berkshire and nationally known vocalist Wanda Houston. Press photo courtesy of the artist.
Wanda Houston

Construct Inc. presents their annual Warm Up the Winter: Fuel Crisis 2024 Benefit Concert with Berkshire musicians the Wanda Houston Band, Billy Keane, Matt Cusson, Jackson Whalan, Natalia Bernal and Jason Ennis, the Interns, Jackson Ducharme, Andy Wrba and Matt Steckler, with hosts Lauren Ambrose and Josh Irwin.

All proceeds from the Warm Up the Winter fundraiser support those needing emergency assistance for fuel, utility, rental payments, and emergency accommodation in South Berkshire County. With the length of our waitlist reaching nearly 400 households and fuel and utility costs skyrocketing, the need this year is greater than ever. Warm Up the Winter continues to be among Construct’s most critical and impactful fundraisers, and donations are encouraged anytime.

Beginning in 2008, The Warm Up the Winter campaign began as a benefit concert founded by Rabbi Deborah Zecher. Known as an entertaining, uplifting, and unifying showcase of diversified local talent, 2024’s two-hour-long benefit concert will take place at the Egremont Barn and will be hosted by Construct supporter Lauren Ambrose and Board Director Josh Irwin.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the concert will begin at 7 p.m. at the Egremont Barn. Food and a full bar will be available for purchase.

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The Bands

Wanda Houston, Andy Wrba, Matt Steckler, and will open with “Warm Up the Winter,” written by Joe Rose for Construct.

Wanda Houston Band is a dynamic quartet specializing in the music of the ’30s through ’70s with a blend of rhythm, blues, jazz, and soul. The band is: Wanda Houston, Vocals, Jeff Stevens, Trumpet & Vocals, Rob Kelly, Keyboard & Vocals, Jay Bradley, Drums

Billy Keane’s sound is a blending of neo-folk/Americana with indie rock and country and is inspired by his life, his listening, his belief that to be human means to experience the universe, our world, and its people, and to reflect all that back upon itself through artistic expression. He has shared stages with James Taylor, Yo-Yo Ma, The Gin Blossoms, Blues Traveler, and many more.

Matt Cusson is a Grammy-nominated, multiple-award-winning singer, pianist, songwriter, producer, and arranger. In addition to recent tours with Christina Aguilera, Megan Hilty, Dave Koz, and India. Arie with Javier Colon, Matt has worked with many of the world’s biggest artists.

Jackson Ducharme is a 13-year-old Elvis Tribute Artist (ETA) — drawn to Elvis and his music at a very young age. He took first place in the youth division of Empire State Tribute Festival’s ETA contest and has been performing live solo and with a local group called Tommy T & Black Velvet.

Jackson Whalan, a recording artist and producer from Western Massachusetts, creates music to uplift and inspire listeners worldwide. He is known for his high-impact rapping, music production, beat-making, live performance, and collaboration. His live show contains thought-provoking songs, beats, and live instrumentation. The highlight is often when Jackson freestyle-raps topics from the crowd, which makes for an unforgettable experience.

Chilean vocalist Natalia Bernal was raised in the beautiful coastal city of Iquique, nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Atacama Desert. Her sound embodies the drama and intensity of the natural surroundings of her homeland and is rich with musical tradition. She and guitarist Jason Ennis perform a captivating and diverse collection of songs from Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Cuba, Peru and Brazil.

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Event Details

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Date:
March 7
Time:
7:00 pm
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Event Location

Egremont Barn
17 Main Street
Egremont, MA
413-528-1570

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