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Natalie Merchant and Avett Brothers to Play Tanglewood 2017

(LENOX, Mass.) – Folk-rock singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant and American folk-rock group The Avett Brothers have been added to Tanglewood’s summer 2017 schedule. Merchant, perhaps best known as lead singer and primary lyricist of 10,000 Maniacs, will make her Tanglewood debut on Sunday, July 2, in the Shed. The Avett Brothers, who play a unique blend…

Jacob’s Pillow 2017 Season Boasts Exclusive Programs, International Artists

(BECKET, Mass.) – A tap dance extravaganza curated by MacArthur “Genius” Michelle Dorrance, a new site-specific work by Pilobolus, a collaboration between modern dance artist John Heginbotham and acclaimed author and illustrator Maira Kalman, the return of Paul Taylor and Trisha Brown, and programs by Israeli, Cuban, Japanese, and Canadian artists, are some of the…

Wynonna Judd, Wynton Marsalis Heading to Mahaiwe in 2017

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Grammy Award-winning country music star Wynonna Judd and Grammy Award-winning jazz artist Wynton Marsalis will undoubtedly draw crowds to the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center when they perform next year, along with a variety of other acts drawn from roots music, bluegrass, and Chinese acrobatics. In addition, the Mahaiwe will continue to…

Andris Nelsons to Lead 10 Programs at Tanglewood 2017

(LENOX, Mass.) – In the summer of 2017, Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) music director Andris Nelsons will lead 10 programs over four weeks at Tanglewood, including the opening and closing BSO concerts, in a major expansion of his commitment to Tanglewood – what the New York Times calls “Bayreuth’s loss [and] Tanglewood’s gain.” Nelsons will…

Berkshire Grown Hosts Holiday Farmers’ Markets

(GREAT BARRINGTON and WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – Berkshire Grown will host six Holiday Farmers’ Markets on Saturdays November 19, December 17, January 14 and February 18 at Monument Valley Middle School in Great Barrington, and on Sundays, November 20 and December 18, at Williams College Towne Field House, from 10am to 2pm. These festive events feature…

Mose Allison’s Idiosyncratic Blues

by Seth Rogovoy (GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass., April 24, 2001) – Mose Allison’s songs have been recorded by everyone from the Who to Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, the Yardbirds, the Clash, and Van Morrison. From the point of view of the 73-year-old singer/pianist, it all goes back to their shared musical roots. “It all comes from…

Leonard Cohen’s Mystical Midrash

by Seth Rogovoy This article was originally published in Hadassah Magazine in the April/May 2015 issue. Subsequently, I was awarded a 2016 Simon Rockower Award from the American Jewish Press Association for excellence in arts and criticism for this piece.   ARTIST OF THE YEAR, songwriter of the year, and “fan choice” of the year. Katy Perry?…

BNRC to Unite Berkshires with Town-to-Town Walking Trail

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – A countywide town-to-town trail system called the Berkshire High Road has been plotted by the Berkshire Natural Resources Council, which has launched a $5 million High Road Campaign to fill in the “missing pieces” in the county’s patchwork of conserved lands to create walking trails through nature linking town and village centers…

Magnetic Fields, Dinosaur Jr, Benjamin Clementine, Artist Nick Cave Headline MASS MoCA Fall 2016 Season

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Art, music, and comedy fans will be well-served this fall season at MASS MoCA with a two-concert “50 Song Memoir” of new songs by Magnetic Fields, the return of 1990s power-grunge outfit Dinosaur Jr., Mercury Prize-winner Benjamin Clementine, and a massive, site-specific installation by artist Nick Cave in MASS MoCA’s football…