Austin-by-way-of-Nashville progressive bluegrass outfit the Greencards, Grammy Award nominees noted for touring with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson, perform at Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, November 4, 2011, at 9 pm. The evening before, Helsinki presents Twenty Thousand Roads, a tribute to Americana pioneer Gram Parsons and celebration of what would be his 65th birthday, with vocalist/guitarist Johnny Irion, bassist Matt Downing, pedal steel player Pete Adams, and drummer Otto Hauser (Thurs, Nov 3, 8 pm).
MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center becomes the site of a Latin explosion on Saturday, November 5, 2011, as La Excelencia brings its young outlook to the energizing sound of Salsa Dura. This self-proclaimed “New Generation of Salsa Dura” rehashes classic salsa from the 1970s, maintaining the genre’s traditions while expanding upon its sound. They arrive with a history of spotlight performances, including Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing series and a concert at Barbican Hall in London for a BBC Latin Music USA television program.
Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi pay tribute to Dave Tarras, the immigrant-era clarinetist who came to be known as “the King of Klezmer,” in a concert at the Yiddish Book Center on the campus of Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., on Sunday, November 6, 2011, at 2 p.m. Hailed as “the Jewish Benny Goodman,” Tarras is considered the most influential klezmer musician of the 20th century. Yale Strom is the author of the newly released Dave Tarras: The King of Klezmer, the first biography authorized by the Tarras family. Hot Pstromi blends a unique fusion of traditional klezmer, new Jewish music, Gypsy, Hasidic, world beat, and Balkan music.
Noted U.S. and international scholars will gather at The Clark in Williamstown, Mass., on November 4 and 5 for the 2011 Clark Conference, In the Wake of the Global Turn: Propositions for an “Exploded” Art History without Borders. This scholarly conference draws together scholars to investigate what a shift towards a broader geographical expanse in art historical inquiry has meant – and could mean – for the discipline of art history.