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CRASH TEST DUMMIES' Brad Roberts with Rob Morsberger

CRASH TEST DUMMIES039 Brad Roberts with Rob Morsberger

Tribes Hill / Kindred Folk
111 Grasslands Rd., Valhalla, NY 10595

CRASH TEST DUMMIES' Brad Roberts with Rob Morsberger - A Tribes Hill Benefit Presentation

Sunday, June 3rd 7PM

Featuring the premiere performance of "Midnight Garden", a song cycle written by multi-Grammy Award nominee Brad Roberts and acclaimed composer Rob Morsberger, with string accompaniment. This special concert is a benefit for Rob and his family to help offset medical expenses due to a severe illness. Tribes Hill artists will open the show with a few songs, followed by Rob and his band performing new material from his recent release, "Ghosts Before Breakfast". During the day Tribes Hill will present regional artists performing for the 25th Annual Tarrytown Street Fair under the Music Hall marquee.

Brad Roberts is the lead singer, guitarist, writer and front man of the celebrated alternative rock band Crash Test Dummies. Known for his distinct bass-baritone voice, he has sold millions of records, is a multi-grammy award nominee and a songwriter extraordinaire. He is revered not only for such commercial hits as "Superman's Song" and "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" but also for his dedication to artistic non-commercial endeavors. Originally from Winnepeg, Brad now lives in New York City with his family, where he continues to write and record. He has a longstanding musical relationship with Rob Morsberger. In the Sunday Times of London, Brad includes Rob's 'Chronicle of a Literal Man' on his playlist, calling it "smart and funny, as well as harmonically rich." Rob contributed string arrangements, key board and accordion to Crash Test Dummies' 2010 release  "Oooh La La!" and toured briefly with Brad and the band.

A prolific singer/songwriter/side-man/composer, Rob Morsberger's work is widely heard and praised. USA TODAY says Rob's music is “sumptuous” and a “mix of wit and grit”. Editor's Pick in The Boston Globe reads: “think "storyteller" with a literary, cinematic, intellectual bent.”  THE NEW YORK TIMES says Rob is "songwriting from the best parts of the literate side, where lyrics and topics are meaningful to him, and from a serious study of composition". Rob's recent session work includes Patti Smith, Loudon Wainright III, the Boardwalk Empire Grammy Award-winning soundtrack and Nova. The son of Philip Morsberger, a distinguished American artist, Rob grew up in Oxford, England and studied composition at the University of Edinburgh. He lives with his family in the lower Hudson Valley. An acclaimed resident of note, Westchester County recently proclaimed March 4th as "Robert Morsberger Day"!

This concert is a Tribes Hill Benefit for our friend Rob Morsberger. Last September Rob was diagnosed with a grade 4 gioblastoma tumor, a malignant brain cancer. Despite the seriousness of this formidable disease, Rob has remained remarkably upbeat, focusing on his family and his music. Adding to his impressive catalogue, Rob has since released "Ghosts Before Breakfast" in February, has done session work and composed a number of string arrangements for such notables as Patti Smith, completed his sixth album titled "A Part of You", (to be released in September) and is currently finishing the recording of an amazing song cycle collaboration with Crash Test Dummies' Brad Roberts, CD release date TBD.

Midnight Garden is a song cycle, with lyrics by Brad Roberts of Crash Test Dummies,  and music by Rob Morsberger, scored for piano and string quartet, with the two artists making a vocal duet. It is described by Rob as "a postmodern take on the 19th century song cycle form, with some nostalgic nods to Stephen Foster along the way."

During the day Tribes Hill artists will be performing for the 25th annual Tarrytown Street Fair under the marquee of the Tarrytown Music Hall beginning at 12 noon. The day performers include Wool & Grant, The Levins, Curtis Becraft, Rhonda Schuster, Scott Urgola and Kayln Rock. The street fair features crafters, vendors, food and music from 10 am to 5 pm. The day's event is sponsored by the Sleepy Hollow Tarrytown Chamber of Commerce. The audio for the outdoor performances will be provided by our friends at Rock Island Sound, who will begin the day of music with a sampling of performances by some of their most talented students.

Tribes Hill is a grassroots nonprofit organization uniting musicians of the lower Hudson Valley region and patrons in support of a music community that aspires to common goals and beliefs. We host monthly musical gatherings at members' homes, support regional music and promote the advancement of both a progressive and traditional folk genre.

Tickets are priced at $20., $25., $35., $45., $65. and are available for purchase at

Sunday, June 3, 2012
Tarrytown Music Hall
13 Main Street
Tarrytown, NY 10591

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