BerkshireWeekend

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

Magnetic Fields Offshoot Group Future Bible Heroes to Perform at Helsinki Hudson

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Future Bible Heroes will celebrate the release of “Partygoing,” their first new recording in 11 years, with a concert at Club Helsinki Hudson on Monday, July 1, at 8pm. The witty pop trio on the recording is celebrated songwriter Stephin Merritt, his Magnetic Fields bandmate Claudia Gonson, and composer/synth-wizard Christopher Ewen. The…

Marx Brothers Musical at Williamstown Theatre Festival

(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – Animal Crackers, the 1928 Broadway musical that George S. Kaufman created for the Marx Brothers and that went on to become one of their most beloved films, is being staged in a modern adaptation written and directed by Henry Wishcamper on the Main Stage at Williamstown Theatre Festival from Wednesday, June 26,…

Banjo Virtuoso Tony Trischka Leads Trio at PS21

(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – Banjo legend Tony Trischka will headline an evening of progressive acoustic music along with fiddler Darol Anger and guitarist Michael Daves at PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century on Saturday, June 29, 2013, at 7:30 pm. Trischka’s avant-garde banjo stylings have inspired a generation of progressive bluegrass musicians as well as…

Hip-Hop Dance and One-Man Show at Jacob’s Pillow

(BECKET, Mass.) – French hip-hop troupe Compagnie Käfig and LEO, a fantastical one-man-show from Berlin, headline at Jacob’s Pillow Dance from Wednesday, June 26, through Sunday, June 30, 2013. Compagnie Käfig is returning to the Pillow this summer after a strong, sold-out run last year, performing an encore program of two virtuosic works, Correria and…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, June 19-24, 2013

  WILCO, YO LA TENGO, MEDESKI MARTIN and WOOD HEADLINE MASS MoCA MUSIC FEST (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – This year’s Solid Sound, the annual music festival curated by indie-rock giants Wilco at MASS MoCA, will take place Friday, June 21, 2013, through Sunday, June 23, 2013, and will include performances by indie-rock legends Yo La…

Tanglewood’s ‘Pre-Season’ Features Folk, Rock, Jazz with Joan Baez, Jackson Browne, Indigo Girls, Terence Blanchard and Melissa Etheridge

(LENOX, Mass.) – Before the Boston Symphony Orchestra arrives and settles in for the summer, Tanglewood is opening its gates for a series of folk, rock, pop and jazz concerts, beginning Friday, June 21, 2013, with Oscar- and two-time Grammy-winning American folk rock singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge, followed by the Boston Pops and Warren Haynes in…

Suzanne Vega to Play Intimate Show at Club Helsinki

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega performs a rare, intimate nightclub gig at Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, June 22, 2013, at 9pm. One of the most literate and poetic singer-songwriters of the rock era, Vega is also a folk-pop craftsman, with a string of radio-ready hits that began with “Luka” and “Tom’s Diner” and…

Montreal Hip-Hop Outfit Kicks Off City Arts Festival

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — The sixth annual public arts festival DownStreet Art opens with a downtown celebration on Thursday, June 20, 2013, from 5 to 10 p.m. Main Street will shut down vehicular traffic for a World Music Dance Party featuring Montreal-based global hip-hop group Nomadic Massive, which starts at 8 p.m. This year’s festival…

Pittsfield Native Returns for Solo Piano Concert in Hometown

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Pittsfield native Christopher Culpo returns home from Paris to present a solo piano concert on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at 7 pm, at First Church of Christ on Park Square (27 East St.). Culpo will perform his own compositions along with works by Duke Ellington, Lee Morgan, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Cole…

All-Hungarian Program on Tap at Tannery Pond Chamber Music Series

  (NEW LEBANON, N.Y.) – Violinist Soovin Kim leads an all-Hungarian program featuring works by Béla Bartok, Zoltán Kodály and Ernst von Dohnányi on Satrurday, June 22, 2013, at 8pm, as part of the Concerts at Tannery Pond chamber music series. Joining Kim will be violinist Jessica Lee, cellist Ed Arron, violist Maurycy Banaszek, and…