BerkshireWeekend

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

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, August 20-24, 2014

LeeSaar the Company (photo Christopher Duggan)

ASPEN SANTA FE, LEESAAR and MORE to BRING DOWN CURTAIN at JACOB’S PILLOW (BECKET, Mass.) – While Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and LeeSaar The Company both perform from Wednesday, August 20, through Sunday, August 24 – in the Ted Shawn Theatre and the Doris Duke Theatre, respectively – the curtain officially comes down on the 2014 Jacob’s Pillow…

Singer-Songwriter Ryan Montbleau Brings Soul-Rock to Helsinki Hudson

Ryan Montbleau

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – New England-based singer-songwriter Ryan Montbleau brings his bluesy, soulful folk-rock to Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, August 23, at 9pm. Like his friend and sometime collaborator, Martin Sexton, Ryan Montbleau is an adept of the more soulful side of folk and rock. The winner of a Boston Music Award, Montbleau sounds equally…

Aspen Santa Fe, LeeSaar and More to Bring Down Curtain at Jacob’s Pillow

LeeSaar the Company (photo Denise Cerniglia)

(BECKET, Mass.) – While Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and LeeSaar The Company both perform from Wednesday, August 20, through Sunday, August 24, 2014 – in the Ted Shawn Theatre and the Doris Duke Theatre, respectively – the curtain officially comes down on the 2014 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival with a Festival Finale event on Saturday,…

Trio Virado to Bring Jazzy Chamber Style to Tannery Pond

Trio Virado

(NEW LEBANON, N.Y.) –  The Trio Virado will perform a program in the Tannery Pond Concert Series at the Darrow School on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at 8pm. Flutist Amy Porter, violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez, and guitarist João Luiz have been together for a little over a year performing a new and unique blend of jazzy…

Guitarist Stephane Wrembel to Bring Gypsy Swing to MASS MoCA

Stephane Wrembel Quartet

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Virtuosic Gypsy swing guitarist Stephane Wrembel performs with his quartet in the Dré Wapenaar Pavilion at MASS MoCA on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at 8pm. Wrembel has been called the second coming of Django Reinhardt – a fretboard wizard who embellishes the hot jazz of the 1930s with flourishes of world…

Taj Mahal to Bring Blues and Global Roots Music to Helsinki Hudson

Taj Mahal

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Grammy Award-winner Taj Mahal - one of the most prominent and influential figures in late 20th century blues and roots music – brings his virtuosic global-roots style to Club Helsinki Hudson on Wednesday, August 20, at 8pm. The singer and multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, piano, banjo and harmonica (among many other instruments) blends American blues with music…

Marsha Norman and Sarah LaDuke to Co-Host WAM Theatre Event

Marsha Norman (photo Susan Johann)

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman and WAMC Northeast Public Radio producer Sarah LaDuke will co-host Change Makers, WAM Theatre’s fifth season celebration and benefit at the Mahaiwe on Sunday, August 24, 2014, at 7 pm. The multifaceted event includes a panel discussion with award-winning artist/activists working to effect positive change; a…

The Wiyos Bring Old-Timey Music to Helsinki Hudson

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(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Old-timey trio the Wiyos bring their original blend of music inspired by the early American musical idioms of the 1920s and ’30s, including blues, country, ragtime, gospel, and swing, to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, August 22, at 9pm. Beloved for their unique blend of early swing jazz, rural folk, old-time blues…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, August 13-18, 2014

Jason Isbell

COUNTRY-FLAVORED SINGER-SONGWRITER JASON ISBELL BRINGS ARTISTRY to MASS MoCA (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Country singer-songwriter Jason Isbell, former member of Southern-rock sensations Drive-By Truckers, performs at MASS MoCA on Friday, August 15, at 8pm. Isbell is riding high on critical acclaim for last year’s solo album, “Southeastern,” which has been described as his “Blood on…