HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, Jun 30-Jul 4

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, June 29-July 4, 2016

Simi Stone to Bring ‘Mountain Motown’ to Helsinki Hudson

Queen of Yiddish Cabaret Eleanor Reissa to Unveil New Trio at YIDSTOCK Festival

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HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, Jun 30-Jul 4

Simi Stone

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Hudson, N.Y. region, including a modern, jazzy take on Bach; early music; Simi Stone’s “Mountain Motown,” a rock legend performing a tribute to Frank Sinatra, plus a whole lot more.         BARD SUMMERSCAPE OPENS with DANCE AND THEATRE PREMIERES –…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, June 29-July 4, 2016

Violinist

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including a modern, jazzy take on Bach; contemporary dance; early music; classic Tennessee Williams; “Mountain Motown,” a rock legend performing a tribute to Frank Sinatra, plus a whole lot more.   BARD SUMMERSCAPE OPENS with DANCE AND THEATRE PREMIERES –…

Simi Stone to Bring ‘Mountain Motown’ to Helsinki Hudson

Simi Stone

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Woodstock soul-rock singer-songwriter Simi Stone brings her signature brand of “Mountain Motown” music and her all-star band to Helsinki Hudson on Friday, July 1, at 9pm. Stone’s bands includes musicians who have played with Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Gang of Four, B-52s, and Vernon Reid. Simi Stone plays violin, guitar and percussion…

Don’t Look Back: What to Expect When Bob Dylan Plays Tanglewood

Bob Dylan

by Seth Rogovoy (LENOX, Mass.) – Consider yourselves warned. When you go to see Bob Dylan perform at Tanglewood on Saturday, July 2 (or at Forest Hills Stadium on July 8, or anywhere during his summer tour), you will be hearing almost no songs you associate with Bob Dylan. In fact, unless you’re a hardcore…

Ghost Train Orchestra Revives Speakeasy-Era Jazz at MASS MoCA

Ghost Train Orchestra

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — Ghost Train Orchestra, which reimagines the wild jazz that came pouring out of speakeasies and cabarets of Chicago and New York City in the Prohibition years of the 1920s, forever changing the face of American music, entertains for dancing at the Dré Pavilion at MASS MoCA on Saturday, July 2, at…

Bard SummerScape Opens with Dance and Theatre Premieres – with Puppets

Fantasque Puppets by Amy Tompetter (photo Jacques Luigi)

(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) – The Bard SummerScape Festival returns this week with the first of two world premieres. “Fantasque,” a major new commission for dance and puppetry that marks the first collaboration between two significant creative artists, opens the festival on Friday, July 1. Bard’s new ballet, geared to audiences of all ages, pairs original choreography…

HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, June 23-26, 2016

Matthew Placek, '130919 • A Portrait of Marina Abramovic' (still), 2013

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place over the next two weekends in the greater Hudson, N.Y., region, including Laney Jones & the Spirits; Baroque violin music; documentary photography; and a moving portrait of Marina Abramovic.     LANEY JONES BRINGS NEW FOLK-ROCK SOUNDS to HELSINKI HUDSON (HUDSON, N.Y.) – Americana outfit Laney Jones and the…

Basilica Hudson Photo Exhibit Reveals Lives Behind Mass Deaths

Photo by Bryan MacCormack

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – “Lives Not Numbers,” an exhibition by documentary photographers Atish Saha and Bryan MacCormack, opens in the Back Gallery at Basilica Hudson with a reception on Saturday, June 24, at 5pm. In their first collaboration, documentary photographers Atish Saha and Bryan MacCormack present a series of photographs to reveal the lives behind numbers…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview June 23-26, 2016

Jeremy Kittel Band

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including a modern, jazzy take on Bach; contemporary dance; early music; classic Tennessee Williams; and punk-fueled string-band music, plus a whole lot more.       JEREMY KITTEL BAND OPENS PS21 SEASON with BACH (CHATHAM, N.Y.) – PS21: Performance Spaces…

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Kicks off Jacob’s Pillow Season

Scene from Alejandro Cerrudo’s 'Silent Ghost' by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (photo Rosalie O'Connor)

(BECKET, Mass.) – Aspen Santa Fe Ballet kicks off Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2016 with a program of works by choreographers including Alejandro Cerrudo, Fernando Melo, and Cayetano Soto in the Ted Shawn Theatre from Wednesday, June 22, through Sunday, June 26. The program opens with Spanish choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo’s “Silent Ghost,” exhibiting Cerrudo’s haunting,…

‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ Opens Mainstage Season at BTG

Michael Raymond-James

(STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – The Tennessee Williams classic “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” about a Southern family’s web of emotional deceit, opens the summer season at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage at Berkshire Theatre Group, running from Friday, June 22, through Saturday, July 16. The play will be directed by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize award-winning…

Joshua Redman Brings Jazz Quartet to Mahaiwe

Joshua Redman (photo Jay Blakesberg)

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Grammy Award-nominated jazz saxophonist and composer Joshua Redman will make his second appearance at the Mahaiwe on Sunday, June 26, at 7pm. The Joshua Redman Quartet, featuring Aaron Goldberg (piano), Reuben Rogers (bass), and Gregory Hutchinson (drums), performs new original music and jazz classics. After winning the Thelonious Monk International Jazz…

Jeremy Kittel Band Kicks Off PS21 Season with Original Take on Bach

Jeremy Kittel Band

(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century kicks off its summer 2016 performance series with the eleventh annual Paul Grunberg Memorial Bach Concert, featuring award-winning American violinist, fiddler, and composer Jeremy Kittel and his band in The Tent at PS21 on Saturday, July 2, at 7:30pm. Fluent in multiple musical genres, Kittel…

Laney Jones Brings New Folk-Rock Sounds to Helsinki Hudson

Laney Jones & the Spirits (photo Darin Back)

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Americana outfit Laney Jones and the Spirits bring their rock-fueled string-band music to Club Helsinki Hudson on Thursday, June 23, at 8pm. Local heroes Chops and Sauerkraut, joined by steel guitar player Teddy Weber of the Wiyos, will warm up the crowd for Laney Jones.  With their melodic hooks and bashing rhythms…

One-Man Roots Band to Play MASS MoCA

Matt Lorenz aka The Suitcase Junket

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — The Pioneer Valley’s Matt Lorenz aka The Suitcase Junket brings his one-man roots-music band to MASS MoCA on Saturday, June 25, at 8pm. The concert is a sampler of the talent featured each year at MASS MoCA’s FreshGrass Festival, taking place this year September 16-18. Pulling his moniker from the luggage…

(Concert Review) Brian Wilson, Tanglewood, 6.19.16

Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson Tanglewood Sunday, June 19, 2016 Review and photos by Seth Rogovoy (LENOX, Mass., June 19, 2016) – Brian Wilson didn’t make it easy for himself when he set out on a tour whose primary purpose was to play the entire paradigm-shifting “Pet Sounds” album on its 50th anniversary this year. Among the albums…

(Concert Review) Earth, Wind & Fire @ Tanglewood, 6.18.16

Philip Bailey (far left) and Ralph Johnson (far right)

Earth, Wind & Fire Tanglewood June 18, 2016 Review and photos by Seth Rogovoy (LENOX, Mass., June 18, 2016) – Earth, Wind & Fire displayed why they are one of the most beloved and enduring pop-R&B bands in the world at Tanglewood on Saturday night, with its contagious rhythmic pulse, hook-laden melodies, horn-fueled, jazzy arrangements,…