BerkshireWeekend

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

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, April 16-20, 2014

Spottiswoode & His Enemies Dream Hi Res

FOLK-ROCK ROYALTY BEN TAYLOR COMING to HELSINKI HUDSON (HUDSON, N.Y.) – Fresh from a tour of Northern Europe and the United Kingdom, folk-rock singer-songwriter Ben Taylor will perform at Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, April 18, at 9pm. Taylor, a longtime favorite of Helsinki audiences dating back to the club’s origins in Great Barrington, Mass.,…

Folk-Rock Royalty Ben Taylor Coming to Helsinki Hudson

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(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Fresh from a tour of Northern Europe and the United Kingdom, folk-rock singer-songwriter Ben Taylor will perform at Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, April 18, at 9pm. Taylor, a longtime favorite of Helsinki audiences dating back to the club’s origins in Great Barrington, Mass., is touring with a new batch of songs,…

Indie-Rockers Spottiswoode & His Enemies to Celebrate New Release at Helsinki Hudson

Spottiswoode & His Enemies Dream Hi Res

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – New York City-based indie-rock group Spottiswoode & His Enemies, led by Englishman Jonathan Spottiswoode, will celebrate the release of its brand-new recording, English Dream, at Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at 9pm. With his deep, gravelly voice, his quirky, acerbic songwriting, and his eclectic musical palette, Spottiswoode should appeal…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, April 10-13, 2014

Banda Magda

WORLD-POP GROUP BANDA MAGDA to PLAY at MASS MoCA (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Banda Magda, led by Athens-born accordionist, vocalist and musical polymath Magda Giannikou, brings its multicultural world-pop sounds incorporating more than a half-dozen languages and winding its way through Brazilian baião, Gypsy jazz, Greek dance rhythms, samba beats and French chansons to Club…

American Symphony to Perform Works by Strauss, Conus, and Brahms at Bard

Leon Botstein Conducts the Conservatory Orchestra

(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) — The American Symphony Orchestra (ASO) under the direction of Leon Botstein, music director, will perform works by Johann Strauss Jr., Julius Conus, and Johannes Brahms at the Fisher Center at Bard College on Friday, April 11, 2014, and Saturday, April 12, at 8 p.m. The program includes Johann Strauss Jr.’s Emperor Waltz,…

Budos Band to Bring ‘70s Retro-Funk to Helsinki Hudson

Budos Band

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Staten Island-based retro-funk outfit the Budos Band lays down its classic, horn-inflected grooves at Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, April 11, 2014, at 9pm. The group’s self-styled “Staten Island instrumental Afro-soul” reminds listeners of the classic 1970s funk of Isaac Hayes and Average White Band, with forays into Henry Mancini, Black Sabbath…

Armen Donelian, Saxophonist Kris Allen Headline Jazz Events in April

Armen Donelian by Stephen Donelian

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Pianist Armen Donelian and saxophonist Kris Allen will perform in concerts being presented around the region as part of the celebration of national Jazz Appreciation Month presented by Berkshires Jazz. The April programming spans Berkshire County, and includes performances of student musicians in both Lee and Pittsfield and a Jazz Crawl in…