BerkshireWeekend

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

Bard Music Festival Celebrating ‘Beethoven’s Successor’ Schubert Concludes

Horszowski Trio

(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) — The second and final weekend of the Bard Music Festival, now celebrating its Silver Jubilee with an exploration of “Schubert and His World,” opens on Friday, August 15, 2014, featuring several programs including “Beethoven’s Successor?” – an historic recreation of the sole public program that Schubert devoted entirely to his own music,…

Jamal Jackson Dance Company to Perform at PS21

Jamal Jackson

(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – The Jamal Jackson Dance Company (JJDC) will perform its work Bask in the Shade in the tent at PS21 as part of the PS21 Chatham Dance Festival on Friday and Saturday, August 15 and 16, 2014, at 8pm. In addition, JJDC will conduct a West African Dance, Drum and Textile Workshop for…

Wood Brothers Bring Bluesy Americana Sounds to Helsinki Hudson

Wood Brothers

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – The Wood Brothers bring their bluesy Americana sounds to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, August 15, 2014, at 9pm. Consisting of real-life brothers Chris and Oliver Wood, the band is now a trio with the addition of percussionist Jano Rix. Chris Wood is best known as bassist for superstar jazz-jam trio Medeski…

Soul Rebels to Bring Updated New Orleans Brass Sounds to Helsinki Hudson  

Soul Rebels (photo Rick Olivier)

(HUDSON, N.Y.) –  The dynamic New Orleans brass ensemble Soul Rebels bring its patented mix of party music, second-line melodies and R&B to Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, August 16, 2014, at 9pm. The eight-piece group mixes horns, vocals and percussion on original compositions and covers of the likes of Stevie Wonder (“Livin’ in the…

Elysian Fields to Bring Its Haunting Noir-Rock to MASS MoCA

Oren Bloedow and Jennifer Charles are Elysian Fields

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) –Composer/musicians Jennifer Charles and Oren Bloedow, who have been performing as the “noir-rock” duo Elysian Fields for nearly 20 years, bring their unique brand of jazz-inflected avant-roots music to MASS MoCA on Saturday, August 16, 2014, at 8pm. These downtown veterans and NYC indie-music stalwarts weave together dream pop and noir landscapes…

Emily Hearn’s Country-Flavored Folk-Pop Won’t Be Heard at Bradley Farm

Emily Hearn

  EDITOR’S NOTE:  We have just been informed that this concert has been cancelled as well as the entire series. We are leaving this post up simply so you can learn about the artist, Emily Hearn.    (LANESBOROUGH, Mass.) – Rising singer-songwriter Emily Hearn concludes the summer Seeds of Harmony Saturday Evening Concert Series at…

CTC Season Concludes with One-Woman Show ‘The Amish Project’

Allison McLemore

(CHESTER, Mass.) – The curtain comes down on the 25th anniversary season at Chester Theatre Company (CTC) with Jessica Dickey’s The Amish Project, running from Thursday, August 14, through Sunday, August 24, 2014, at the Chester Town Hall. CTC favorite Allison McLemore, star of last season’s smash hit production of Tryst, tackles all the roles…

‘Beach Boys’ Bring Endless Summer Tour to Tanglewood

Beach Boys (photo David McClister)

(LENOX, Mass.) – At first I wasn’t even going to mention that a group using the name “The Beach Boys” is performing at Tanglewood in the Shed on Monday, August 18, 2014, at 7 p.m. After all, two of the original founding Wilson brothers are deceased; Brian Wilson rarely if ever tours with the group;…

Country-Flavored Singer-Songwriter Jason Isbell Brings Artistry to MASS MoCA

Jason Isbell

(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, 2014, at 8pm. Isbell is riding high on critical acclaim for last year’s solo album, “Southeastern,” which has been described as his “Blood on the Tracks” or “Tunnel of Love” in its…