THE FUGS AT THE BYRDCLIFFE BARN
Concert Date and Time: Saturday, August 17, 2019, 8:00 pm, doors open at 7:30 pm
In celebration of the 50-year anniversary of the Woodstock music festival, the legendary rock/proto-punk band The Fugs will perform at the Byrdcliffe Barn on August 17, 2019. Formed in 1964 by poets Ed Sanders and Tuli Kupferberg, the Fugs are a wild mix of intellectual and raunchy counter-culturalism whose anthems include "Kill for Peace" and "CIA Man." The Fugs will perform selections from their 50-plus years of songs and poems. In addition to Fugs classics will be their "Exorcism of the White House," with the audience invited to chant along in the "Out, demons, out! Out, demons, out!" section.
Founded in 1965 by poets Ed Sanders and Tuli Kupferberg, the Fugs have written songs, recorded, and performed for over fifty years. The current ensemble of the Fugs has been together since 1985. It consists of Ed Sanders, leader and founder; Steve Taylor, vocals and guitars; Coby Batty, vocals and percussion; and Scott Petito, bass, keyboards, and other stringed instruments. During the past three decades, this configuration of the Fugs has regularly performed concerts and issued a sequence of CDs.
Ed Sanders--founder and singer. American bard, social activist, environmentalist, novelist and for a number of years the publisher, with his wife Miriam, of The Woodstock Journal. He also invents musical instruments such as the Talking Tie and the microtonal Microlyre. Sanders's recent projects include the 9-volume America, A History in Verse and The Poetry and Life of Allen Ginsberg (a biography in Verse). Da Capo Press published his memoirs of the 1960s, Fug You, in the fall of 2011. In 2018 Arcade published his Broken Glory, the Final Years of Robert Kennedy, illustrated by Rick Veitch.
Steve Taylor--vocals and guitars. His beautiful voice gives the Fugs outstanding vocal qualities on tunes set to the poems of William Blake and classics such as "Crystal Liaison," "Slum Goddess," and "Morning Morning." Taylor is a college professor and a noted composer who performed with Allen Ginsberg for many years. His string quartet setting to Allen Ginsberg's poem "White Shroud" is an important 20th-century composition.
Coby Batty--drums, percussion and vocals. Coby is a well-known musician and songwriter with his own band in Richmond, Virginia. He has a powerful singing voice. Batty has performed with Don Cherry, John Zorn, Eugene Chadbourne and many others, and is a noted actor, featured in a number of movies and television productions.
Scott Petito--bass and keyboards. Scott is a well-known composer and record producer who operates NRS Recording studios near Woodstock, where many groups have recorded such as The Band, The Fugs, and many others.
Missed very much is departed Fugs co-founder Tuli Kupferberg, who passed away in July of 2010. Kupferberg's poems and songs are popular around the world. He had become a well-known political cartoonist in recent years. The Fugs always honor Tuli in their concerts.