Indie-Rock Avatars Luna to Play MASS MoCA

Luna (photo Stefano Giovannini)

Luna (photo Stefano Giovannini)

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — Newly reunited 1990s indie-rock legends Luna brings its whispery vocals, pop melodies, weaving electric guitar riffs, and chugging bass lines to MASS MoCA on Saturday, May 28, at 8pm, ushering in the summer season at the sprawling cultural laboratory. Described by Rolling Stone as “the best band you’ve never heard of,” Luna, along with bands like the Feelies and Yo La Tengo, was a key player in the early-1990s revival of the New York sound patented by the Velvet Underground in the 1960s – indeed, the band opened concert for that legendary outfit’s brief 1993 European reunion tour.

The concert will take place outdoors in Courtyard C or inside in the Hunter Center, depending on the weather.

Following the breakup of Dean Wareham’s band Galaxie 500, Luna was formed in New York in 1991 by Wareham with Stanley Demeski of the Feelies and Justin Harwood of the Chills. After releasing its debut album, “Lunapark,” in 1993, the band underwent a handful of lineup changes throughout the decade — Sean Eden joined in 1994, Lee Wall took Demeski’s place on drums in 1997, and Britta Phillips replaced Harwood on bass in 2000. The group still produced five studio albums amidst all the changes: Bewitched (1994), Penthouse (1995), Pup Tent (1997), The Days of Our Nights (1999), and Romantica (2002). In 2011, Rolling Stone named Penthouse #99 on its “100 Best Albums of the Nineties.”

Luna (photo Stefano Giovannini)

Luna (photo Stefano Giovannini)

Attracting an adoring fan base over the years, Luna released its final album, “Rendezvous,” in 2005, after playing a final concert that February at Manhattan’s Bowery Ballroom and going on an indefinite hiatus. Dean Wareham and bassist Britta Phillips continued performing as duo Dean & Britta – which performed at MASS MoCA – while the rest of the band pursued other projects.

Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder,” a group exhibition featuring 23 international artists, opens at MASS MoCA on Saturday, May 28, with a reception from 5 to 6:30pm, before the concert.

Luna plays in MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center or Courtyard C on Saturday, May 28, at 8pm. Dinner is available from Lickety Split before and during the show. A full bar serves Bright Ideas Brewing beers and Berkshire Mountain Distillery spirits. Concert tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of, and $40 preferred. The opening reception is free for members and $7 for not-yet-members. Tickets for all events are available through the MASS MoCA box office located on Marshall Street in North Adams, open 11am to 5pm every day except Tuesdays through June 24, 2016. Beginning June 25, the box office will be open 10am to 6pm every day, with extended evening hours to 7pm on Thursdays through Saturdays. Tickets can also be charged by phone by calling 413.662.2111 x1 during box office hours or purchased online at MASS MoCA. All events are held rain or shine.




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