BerkshireWeekend

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

Hot Sardines Bring ‘Vintage Jazz’ to Bard in Holiday Program

(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) — Vintage jazz group The Hot Sardines brings its early-20th-century sounds to the Fisher Center at Bard College on Friday, December 23, at 8pm, for a “Holiday Stomp” program infusing yuletide classics with a unique twist on New York, Paris, and New Orleans jazz from the era of Prohibition and beyond. In the…

Chamber Concert to Feature Works by Albumleaf, Brahms, Dohnanyi

(WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – The West Stockbridge Chamber Players will perform works by Albumleaf, Brahms, and Dohnanyi at the West Stockbridge Congregational Church on Thursday, December 29, at 6pm. A reception will follow the concert. The West Stockbridge Chamber Players are a world class-ensemble that is made up of Boston- and Berkshire-based musicians who regularly…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Dec 14-18, 2016

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including the return of a prodigal son; an exhibition of Japanese woodblock prints; a display of Saturday morning cartoon art; a folk-rock trio; and a whole lot more.           SUPERSTAR ROCK DRUMMER KENNY ARONOFF COMES…

Ballroom Thieves Brings Roots-Rock to Helsinki Hudson

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Roots-rock trio Ballroom Thieves brings a batch of new songs from its just-released album, “Deadeye,” to Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, December 17, at 9pm. Ballroom Thieves plays a captivating mélange of acoustic styles, blending folk conventions with modern hymnals, classical textures, and Delta blues grit with rich harmonies. They describe themselves…

Kenny Aronoff Comes Home to Celebrate New Memoir

(WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – Stockbridge native and superstar rock drummer Kenny Aronoff returns home to sign copies of his brand-new memoir, “Sex, Drums, Rock ‘n’ Roll!: The Hardest Hitting Man in Show Business,” at No. Six Depot Café on Sunday, December 18, at 3:30pm. The memoir includes tales from Aronoff’s youth growing up in the…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, December 8-11, 2016

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including a seminal grunge-rock trio; an exhibition of Japanese woodblock prints; a rock star doing Xmas songs; a jazz couple playing “Silly Love Songs”; and a whole lot more.     PROTO-GRUNGE AVATARS DINOSAUR JR to PLAY at MASS…

Joan Osborne to Bring Bluesy Pop-Rock to Helsinki Hudson

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Singer-songwriter Joan Osborne brings her blues-inflected original pop-rock compositions to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, December 9, at 8pm. Joan Osborne has rightfully earned a reputation as one of the great voices of her generation — both a commanding, passionate performer and a frank, emotionally evocative songwriter. Osborne is widely known for…

Pizzarelli and Molaskey to Sing McCartney at Mahaiwe

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – It may seem unnecessary to say that husband-and-wife jazz duo John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey will sing “Silly Love Songs” at the Mahaiwe on Sunday, December 11 at 7pm, since they always sing silly love songs, aka pop standards, but they literally will sing “Silly Love Songs” this time, in their…

Melissa Etheridge to Sing Xmas Hits at the Mahaiwe

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Rock singer-songwriter and activist Melissa Etheridge brings her Holiday Trio to the Mahaiwe to perform fan favorites and Christmas classics, such as “Merry Christmas Baby,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and “O Night Divine,” on Friday, December 9 at 8pm. Melissa Etheridge stormed onto the American rock scene in 1988 with the release of her critically acclaimed eponymous debut…