Self-labeled “spazz jazz” artists, the Doerfels perform music that blends country, gospel, and bluegrass with a touch of blues, jazz, swing, and classical. Despite their youth the average age of a Doerfel is only fifteen-the siblings have “won rave reviews for their concerts and musicianship,” according to a recent review in the Shelbyville Times-Gazette. The core band consists of the oldest son and leader TJ, , on banjo; Kim on the fiddle; Eddy on mandolin; Joey on bass and cello; and Ben on guitar. The younger Doerfels, who frequently join their siblings on stage, provide humor and lively entertainment for audience members of all ages.
The siblings often incorporate covers of contemporary hits into their set in hopes of providing young listeners with a friendly introduction to bluegrass music. They have been known to cover songs by Green Day and the Killers.
The Clark is located at 225 South Street. Admission through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. For more information call (413) 458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.