BerkshireWeekend

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

Dolly Parton To Make Tanglewood Debut

Dolly Parton

(LENOX, Mass.) – Country music icon Dolly Parton has been added to this summer’s Popular Artists Series at Tanglewood, opening the 2016 season on Friday, June 17, at 7pm, in the Koussevitzky Music Shed, and joining previously announced performers including Earth, Wind & Fire (6/18), Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson (6/19), Jackson Browne (6/21), Bob…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview Mar 24-27, 2016

Andy Akiho (photo Aestheticize Media)

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshires region, including a British blues-rock pioneer; a John Coltrane musical meditation; slam poetry meets new music; and a good ol’ rockabilly blowout.   BRITISH BLUES-ROCK PIONEER JOHN MAYALL at COLONIAL TONIGHT (PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – John Mayall, the “Godfather of British…

Slam Poetry Meets New Music at MASS MoCA

Roger Bonair-Agard

  (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — Slam poetry meets new music when poet Roger Bonair-Agard joins forces with Kronos Quartet cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, composer/steel-pan player Andy Akiho, and composer/percussionist Sean Dixon, in “M Is Black Enough,” a work-in-progress program in the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA on Saturday, March 26, at 8pm. Jeffrey Zeigler is a…

Mini Rockabilly Festival Headed to Club Helsinki Hudson

Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – A mini-festival of rockabilly music featuring regional stars The Lustre Kings and Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones takes place at Club Helsinki Hudson on Thursday, March 24, at 8pm. This date was originally featured to include Wanda Jackson, who had to withdraw from the evening for health reasons. For several decades, the…

Rayland Baxter Brings Original Alt-County to Helsinki Hudson

Rayland Baxter

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – The Nashville-based Rayland Baxter brings his singular brand of alt-country to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, April 22, at 8pm. Baxter should appeal to fans of Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt, Justin Townes Earle, and Ryan Adams. Baxter released his first full-length album, “Feathers & Fishhooks,” in 2012. Last year, he released…

British Blues-Rock Pioneer John Mayall to Play Colonial

John Mayall

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – John Mayall, the “Godfather of British Blues,” performs at the Colonial Theatre on Thursday, March 24, at 8pm. Mayall’s impressive musical career spans over 50 years. The English blues singer, pianist, harmonica player, guitarist, and songwriter founded the band, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, in the 1960s — a group that was…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Mar 18-20, 2016

ACRONYM Ensemble

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshires region, including an avant-garde multimedia revival of a lost filmmaker’s work at MASS MoCA; a chamber concert devoted the far-flung works by those associated with the Bach musical family at the Mahaiwe; a ‘Mad Men’ era illustrator at the Norman Rockwell Museum;…

Lady Moon & The Eclipse Bring Jazzy Soul to Helsinki Hudson

Lady Moon

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – With roots right here in Hudson, jazzy soul-funk outfit Lady Moon & the Eclipse returns to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, March 18, at 9pm, to preview songs from their debut EP, “Believe,” due out next week. Lady Moon & the Eclipse is a multicultural seven-piece band based in Brooklyn, N.Y. Led…