(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Bandleader/drummer Ben Perowsky brings his musical collage ensemble, the Moodswing Orchestra, comprised of all-star talents from New York City’s jazz, rock and trip-hop scene, to MASS MoCA on Saturday, October 5, 2013, at 8pm in Club B-10. The group plays a blend of ambient, moody instrumental soundscapes and upbeat, funky, beat-heavy trip-hop featuring vocalists TK Wonder and Jennifer Charles of Elysian Fields.
(STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – Nude, an exhibition featuring photography and mixed media by John Atchley, Peggy Braun, John Clarke, Greg Gorman, Eric Korenman, Hildy Kronen, Jack Krove, Mona Mark, Matuschka, Irmari Nacht, Lincoln Russell and Cassandra Sohn, is on display at Sohn Fine Art from Friday, October 4, 2013 through February 2014. An opening reception for Nude will take place on October 5, 2013, 4 – 7pm.
(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Legendary rocker Dave Mason, a founding member of the English rock group Traffic, will perform at the Colonial on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at 7:30pm. Mason is best known for writing and recording “Feelin’ Alright” with Traffic (later made into a hit by Joe Cocker) and for his 1977 soft-rock hit single, “We Just Disagree.”
(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Minnesota-based string band Saint Anyway brings its unique “stomp-grass” sound to Castle Street Café on Saturday, October 5, 2013, at 7:30pm. Hailing from Duluth, Minn., the birthplace of Bob Dylan, Saint Anyway plays a hard-driving, hard-picking North Country bluegrass-inflected original roots music it calls “stomp-grass” that should appeal to fans of Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers.
(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – A series of four one-acts called Q W E R T Y; Typewriter Plays by Joan Ackermann receives its world premiere staging at Mixed Company beginning Thursday, October 3, 2013, and running Thursdays through Sundays at 8pm through Sunday, October 27. “Q W E R T Y” is comprised of four one-acts that delve into the charms, strengths and beauty of manual typewriters.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Sonic Youth offshoot band Lee Ranaldo and the Dust, featuring Sonic Youth members Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley, will perform at Club Helsinki Hudson on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at 8pm, simultaneous with the release of their new album, “Last Night on Earth,” that same day. The album’s first single, “Lecce, Leaving,” is a melodic rock song with jangly guitars that sounds as much like R.E.M. as it does like Sonic Youth, although the song climaxes in a Sonic Youth-like frenzy of guitar noise.
(MONTEREY, Mass.) – Midori Curtis: Abstract Prints and Drawings will open at the Knox Gallery at the Monterey Library on Friday, October 4, 2013, with a reception on Saturday, October 5, from 7 to 8:30 pm. The exhibit can be viewed during library hours through November 2. Curtis grew up with the tradition of relief printing in her native Kobe, Japan. As a child she made carved potato print New Year’s greeting cards – a precursor to her masterful intaglio and woodblock prints and sumi drawings, a selection of which are featured in this exhibition.
(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Violinist Susanna Ogata, viola da gamba player Anne Legene, and harpsichordist Larry Wallach will perform Bach’s Violin Sonata No. 1 in B Minor on Saturday, October 5, 2013, at 4pm, in the inaugural event of a new chamber music concert series at the Whitney Center for the Arts.
(NISKAYUNA, N.Y.) – The Schenectady JCC Jewish Film Festival 2013-2014 kicks off on Saturday, October 5, 7:30pm, with a screening of “Where I Stand: The Hank Greenspun Story,” a documentary recounting the amazing life of this Jewish-American hero. Greenspun was a gun runner to the Haganah, a Las Vegas visionary, a crusading newspaper publisher, a target of the Watergate burglars, and instrumental in bringing Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin together to the negotiating table. And that’s just the half of it. The event will include a post-screening talk and discussion led by Seth Rogovoy, author, editor, and publisher of the online magazine the Rogovoy Report, which is also heard on WAMC Northeast Public Radio on Fridays.
(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Musical visionary and banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck bring his NY Banjo Summit, featuring an all-star cast of banjo talent, to the Mahaiwe on Sunday, October 6, 2013, at 7pm. Joining Fleck for the event are Tony Trischka, Bill Keith, Richie Stearns, Eric Weissberg, and Noam Pikelny in a concert that will find the banjo being performed in both conventional and unexpected ways.