Music & Dance Intelligence
Friday, April 28
The Colonial Theatre The brand-new $10 Music Garage Series kicks off with Arc Iris, a band that has attracted attention from NPR, The NY Times and Rolling Stone for their live performances and experimental dream-pop. Pittsfield, 8 p.m.
Dewey Hall Oldtone Roots Music Festival presents Bill And the Belles, performing sentimental Southern ballads, popular songs of Tin Pan Alley and Tennessee fiddle breakdowns. Local favorites the Easy Ridin’ Papas open. Sheffield, 7:30 p.m.
Northern Berkshire Chorale The Springtime of the Year: Five Centuries of American and British Music. From gospel to folk and more, the songs showcase the inspiration of the season across years and genres, and feature well-known composers Stephen Foster, Ralph Vaughan Williams and William Billings. Thompson Memorial Chapel on the Williams College campus, Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 29
Berkshire Bach Society Concert for Organ and Trumpets, featuring a selection of works by Bach and other Baroque masters for the “king of instruments” and the “instrument of kings.” First United Methodist Church in Pittsfield, 5 p.m.
No. Six Depot Cafe To close out the 30under30 art exhibit and event series, there will be a collaborative multimedia performance that will include dance, music and video projection. West Stockbridge, 8 p.m.
The Egremont Barn Jesse Harris is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer. In 2003, he received the Grammy Award for Song Of The Year for Norah Jones’ hit “Don’t Know Why.” As a solo artist, Jesse has released 13 albums, including his most recent, this year’s Music For Chameleons. South Egremont, 8 p.m. (Photo by Martine Langatta)
Saturday, April 29 – Sunday, April 30
Basilica Hudson 24-Hour Drone: Experiments in Sound and Music. Musicians from the region and beyond will experiment in electronic, psychedelic, classical, non-western and instrumental drone music for a full 24 hours. From 12 Noon on Saturday to Noon on Sunday.
Sunday, April 30
Simon’s Rock Alumna Manon Hutton-DeWys performs a program of music for solo piano and piano with cello, assisted by cellist Paul Wolfram. Her program will include Beethoven, Brahms and a selection of modern and contemporary piano solos. Great Barrington, 3 p.m.
Saturday, May 6
Jazz in GTown T.K. Blue, a globally recognized saxophonist, flutist, composer and arranger, will perform songs from his brand-new record, Amour, at an album release party at Clermont Vineyards and Winery. Germantown, 7 p.m.
Close Encounters With Music The Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet will perform music from the time of Cervantes, transcriptions from Carmen, Copland Mexican songs, jazz, an arrangement of the Bach Brandenburg, and Far East and Irish classics. The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, 6 p.m.
MASS MoCA The nordic duo My Bubba “sound like their generation’s Simon and Garfunkel. With just a guitar and vocals, they are mesmerizing in their softer than soft, lilting songs,” says No Depression. North Adams, 8 p.m.
Infinity Hall Guitar virtuoso Robben Ford returns to perform, this time with special guests Bjossi Thor and Mackenzie Wasner. Norfolk, 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 7
Club Helsinki Tear of the Clouds: A Musical Ritual for the Earth, featuring music, dance and ritual performances by Dust Bowl Faeries, Luis Mojica and others, including Butoh dance by Jenn Hicks, trapeze and projections. Hudson, 8 p.m.
Hudson Hall Classics on Hudson presents Brooklyn Rider, a New York-based string quartet known for playing an unusual and contemporary repertoire. 5 p.m.
Clark Art Singer and pianist Steve Ross presents a concert celebrating many of the composers and musicians who created the American popular songbook, Broadway show tunes, and classic standards. Williamstown, 3 p.m.
Thursday, May 11
The Colonial Theatre Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are seven brothers from the south side of Chicago who mix the brass band tradition with hip hop, soul and funk. They’ve toured with Prince, Mos Def, Mick Jones of The Clash and others, and their song “War” was featured in The Hunger Games. Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
Friday, May 12
Bardavon Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are seven brothers from the south side of Chicago who mix the brass band tradition with hip hop, soul and funk. They’ve toured with Prince, Mos Def, Mick Jones of The Clash and others, and their song “War” was featured in The Hunger Games. Poughkeepsie, 10 a.m. & 12 p.m.
The Egremont Barn A solo acoustic performance by Chris Barron, who is best known as the lead singer of the band Spin Doctors. South Egremont, 8 p.m.
Six Depot Cafe The Hudson Valley-based modern folk singer-songwriter Jen Zimberg will raise a clear voice over a fingerpicked guitar. West Stockbridge, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 13
The Hotchkiss School The Emerson String Quartet will perform a program including Mozart’s Quartet in C Major, K. 465 “Dissonance,” Debussy’s Quartet in G minor, and Dvořák’s Quartet in C Major, op. 61. Lakeville, 7 p.m.
Bard College Celebrating 100 Years of Jazz: Catskill Jazz Factory presents trombonist Chris Washburne and an international group of all-stars in a concert spanning traditional folk songs to Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith. Annandale-on-Hudson, 8 p.m.
Olga Dunn Dance Company Bach, Time, Laughs, and Gospel: a dance concert featuring a collage of dance styles. Saint James Place, Great Barrington. 7 p.m
The Colonial Theatre A concert with musician, actor, playwright and author Storm Large, who shot to national prominence in 2006 as a finalist on the CBS show Rock Star: Supernova, and performs with the band Pink Martini. Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 13 & Sunday, May 14
Kaatsbaan Flamenco Vivo, Carlota Santana’s “seductive, nuanced, powerful” flamenco dancing with live music, returns for a “Jardín Andaluz” – supper/wine fiesta – on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, enjoy a flamenco performance only by the company at 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 18
Club Helsinki Acclaimed singer-songwriter Sean Rowe, from Troy, New York, is touring behind his recently released album, New Lore. Girl Blue opens. Hudson, 8 p.m.
Infinity Hall Five-time Blues Music Award nominee Ana Popovic brings her voice and guitar to Norfolk. 8 p.m.
Friday, May 19
The Colonial Theatre Fabrizio and the Fever, led by musician/songwriter and Berkshire native Michael Fabrizio, will perform as part of a fundraiser for The Richie duPont Award. The evening will also feature a pre-show reception, and a silent auction and raffle. Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 20
Infinity Hall Singer/songwriters Heather Nova and her brother Mishka come together for their first tour as a duo. In an intimate acoustic setting, they’ll play highlights from their respective 20+ year careers. Norfolk, 8 p.m.
Berkshire Bach Society “Bach on Parade: Voices, Strings and Keys,” featuring both choral and chamber works performed by musicians that include the 12-member Mendelssohn Glee Club, and an international grouping of string players and soloists, all conducted by Gene Wisoff. Saint James Place in Great Barrington, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 21
Berkshire Bach Society A “Johann-esqe” home concert, featuring Soovin Kim on violin and Gloria Chien on piano performing the music of Bach, Mozart and Prokofiev. Hillsdale, 3 p.m.