BerkshireWeekend

A selective, curatorial view of the cultural highlights of the upcoming weekend in the greater Berkshire region.

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, April 20-May 1, 2016

Carrie Rodriguez

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshires region, including an avant-jazz ensemble at Williams College, led by an alumnus; a new Jack Kerouac-inspired dance program at MASS MoCA; a world-renowned string quartet playing for free at Williams College; and the queen of Tex-Mex at Club Helsinki Hudson.  …

Carrie Rodriguez Brings New Tex-Mex Sounds to Helsinki Hudson

Carrie Rodriguez

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Austin-based Americana singer-songwriter Carrie Rodriguez brings her new Tex-Mex sound to Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, April 30, at 9pm. The acclaimed Austin-based roots-music artist recently released the album “Lola,” on which the Chicana singer/songwriter realizes her dream of presenting her deeply personal take on the Tex-Mex music of her ancestors. Rodriguez…

Chris Lightcap’s Jazz Ensemble Bigmouth to Play Williams College

Bigmouth

(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – Avant-jazz ensemble Bigmouth, led by bassist-composer Chris Lightcap (Williams ’93), performs a free concert in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall at Williams College on Wednesday, April 20 at 8 pm. Bigmouth’s music is characterized by the twin tenor saxophones of Tony Malaby and Chris Cheek, Craig Taborn’s keyboards, Gerald Cleaver’s musical drums, and Lightcap’s…

New Kerouac-Inspired Zvidance Program at MASS MoCA

ZviDance (photo Stephan de las Heras)

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – New York City-based contemporary dance company ZviDance will present in a work-in-progress showing of “On The Road” in the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA on Saturday, April 23, at 8pm. Inspired by Beat author Jack Kerouac’s novel by the same title, “On the Road” is an evening-length, multimedia dance piece that…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Apr 14-17, 2016

Sarah McElravy

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshires region, including the kickoff a new play reading series; a chamber concert devoted to Jewish music; Ethiopian pop-funk at MASS MoCA; and an album release concert by a local favorite.     CHAMBER CONCERT to EXPLORE ‘WHAT IS JEWISH MUSIC?’ (GREAT…

Bella’s Bartok Celebrates New CD at the Colonial

Bella's Bartok

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Bella’s Bartok celebrates the release of its new album, “Change Yer Life,” with a “CD Release Masquerade Show,” featuring special guests Whiskey Treaty Roadshow and DJ BFG, at the Colonial Theatre on Saturday, April 16 at 8pm. Bella’s Bartok, birthed in the Berkshires and now based in Northampton, is a six-piece ensemble…

Debo Band Brings Ethiopian Pop-Funk to MASS MoCA

Debo Band

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Debo Band, a large, Boston-based ensemble led by Ethiopian-American saxophonist Danny Mekonnen and fronted by charismatic vocalist Bruck Tesfaye, brings its groove-inducing style of “Ethio-pop” to Club B-10 at MASS MoCA on Saturday, April 16, at 8pm, culminating a day featuring the opening of three new exhibitions in the galleries. The…

Chamber Concert to Explore ‘What Is Jewish Music?’

Sarah McElravy

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.)  – “Fiddler OFF the Roof,” a chamber music program exploring the question “What Is Jewish Music?” and featuring works by Felix Mendelssohn, Gustav Mahler, Ernest Bloch, Darius Milhaud, George Gershwin, Max Bruch, plus the world premiere of contemporary composer Paul Schoenfield’s “ZEMER,” takes place at the Mahaiwe on Sunday, April 17, at…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Apr 6-10, 2016

David Sedaris

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshires region, including six decades of 19th century pop at MASS MoCA; humorist David Sedaris; American Idol star Crystal Bowersox, Bach for trumpet and organ, and comedian Giulia Rozzi.   TAYLOR MAC BRINGS SIX DECADES of 19TH C. AMERICAN POP MUSIC to…