Music

The Hot Spot: Betty

Goodrich Hall

August 2, 2018

The original activist pop band BETTY, fronted by Alyson Palmer and sisters Elizabeth and Amy Ziff, are known for their clever lyrics and infectious energy. Grab a drink, laugh, and rock out with top Festival talent.

The Hot Spot: Pig Pen

Goodrich Hall

August 3, 2018

After their critically acclaimed run of The Old Man and the Old Moon, PigPen Theatre Co. returns to the Festival for a concert of their unique brand of contemporary folk rock music.

The Clark Art Institute

Williamstown Cultural District

With a permanent collection of Impressionist art, 19th-century artists and decorative arts across more than five centuries, the Clark Art Institute has become respected across the world.

Mass MoCA

Downtown North Adams

Since its Building 6 opened in the summer of 2017, Mass MoCA has become one of the world’s largest contemporary art museums, with vast galleries and indoor and outdoor stages.

Solid Sound Festival

MASS MoCA

Wilco takes over Mass MoCA with this festivalcurated by Wilco and showcasing bandmembers new work, emerging bands, art and comedy.

FreshGrass Festival

Mass MoCA

September 14 - September 16, 2018

FreshGrass is rich in both traditional and cutting-edge bluegrass, presented in a wide array of venues tucked appropriately into a 19th-century factory turned 21st-century museum.

Mass MoCA jam

Lickety Split at MASS MoCA

Enjoy coffee or breakfast while listening to some impromptu tunes at this weekly Saturday morning gathering.

Williams College music

Williams College

The college music department hosts a series of free concerts in the spring and fall semesters with faculty and visiting performers from across the country and across the world.

Tanglewood

Lenox

Symphony on the lawn, with crystal and silver picnics.

Concert at Windsor Lake: Quincey

North Adams

July 18, 2018 6:30 PM - July 18, 2018

A six piece band based out of North Adams combining the styles of five songwriters: Tim Martin, Dylan Girouard, Luke Tobin and Dan O’Connell on guitar and vocals, Matt Shiebler on bass and vocals and Tim Shiebler on drums and vocals.

Live music at The Chalet

Mass MoCA

July 19, 2018

Dean Baldwin’s-sculpture-turned-river- side-beer-garden brings live music on Thursdays through Aug. 30, with Eavesdrop tonight.

Bang on a Can All-Stars

Mass MoCA

July 21, 2018 8:00 PM - July 21, 2018

The  voices of Choir of Trinity Wall Street perform Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields, an examination of the coal-mining industry so musically and socially provocative that it won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize.

Shaker Barn Music: Double Header

Hancock Shaker Village

July 21, 2018 7:30 PM - July 21, 2018

The Autumn Defense — longtime Wilco multi-instrumentalists John Stirratt and Pat Sansone — and singer-songwriters Heather Maloney and Johnny Irion team up for a night of music. 

Summer Noontime Concert Series

St. John's Episcopal Church

July 23, 2018 12:00 PM - July 23, 2018 1:00 PM

The 15th annual Summer Noontime concert series continues with a free performance by guitarist Gef Fisher. The one-hour program includes music by Isaac Albeniz, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and John Dowland.

Concert at Windsor Lake: Bang on a Can

North Adams

July 25, 2018 7:00 PM - July 25, 2018

Contemporary musicians with Bang on a Can — an annual summer residency bringing composers and performers to Mass MoCA — give a free concert on the shore.

Bang on a Can Festival 2018

Mass MoCA

July 12 - July 28, 2018

For most of the month of July, for 17 years now, Bang on a Can has brought new music and contemporry musicians in dozens of concerts in the courtyards and galleries and on the museum’s stages.

Bang on a Can Marathon with Steve Reich

Mass MoCA

July 28, 2018 4:00 PM - July 28, 2018 10:00 PM

More than 60 performers in more than 20 performances make up six hours of magical music incuding works by guest composer Steve Reich. Come and go freely — the courtyard is full of friends and food.

Summer Noontime Concert Series

St. John's Episcopal Church

July 30, 2018 12:00 PM - July 30, 2018 1:00 PM

A free performance by Gerald Lanoue, bassoon, pianist Cynthia Huard, and William Safford, bassoon: works by Rachmaninoff, Saint-Saens, Ravel, Elgar, Massenet, Rossini, and Bernstein.

Concert at Windsor Lake: Eagles Band

North Adams

August 1, 2018 6:30 PM - August 1, 2018

The Eagles Community Band, with members from 13 to 100 years old, performs big-band classics on the shore in the free weekly series. Picnic at dusk, dip into the warm water and listen to the trumpets swing. 

Blondie

Mass MoCA

August 3, 2018 7:00 PM - August 3, 2018

Blondie emerged out of nascent MTV as punk and new wave hit popular music. The band’s most recent album, Pollinator, was named one of Rolling Stone’s 20 Best Pop Albums of 2017.

Didgeridoo Down Under

Milne Public Library

August 4, 2018 2:30 PM - August 4, 2018 3:30 PM

A high-energy Australian show combines music, culture, science, comedy and character building with the didgeridoo, usually a hollow tree trunk, played by Aboriginal Australians for at least 1,500 years

Summer Noontime Concert Series

St. John's Episcopal Church

August 6, 2018 12:00 PM - August 6, 2018 1:00 PM

The 15th annual Summer Noontime concert series continues with a free performance by duo pianists Scott Bailey and Jane Jenkins, a one-hour program includeing music by Brahms, Schubert, and Dvorak.

Concert at Windsor Lake: Honey Talk

North Adams

August 8, 2018 6:30 PM - August 8, 2018

A quartet of experienced players in the Boston music scene blends vocal harmonies, honest musicianship and songwriting in the free weekly series on the lake shore.

Summer Noontime Concert Series

St. John's Episcopal Church

August 13, 2018 12:00 PM - August 13, 2018 1:00 PM

Duo violists Michael Strauss and James Bergin present a free performance, a one-hour program includes music by Bartok, Bridge, Bergin, and new pieces written for them by Gary Philo and Amy Reich.

Jaimeo Brown Transcendence

Mass MoCA

August 18, 2018 8:00 PM - August 18, 2018

With Christ Sholar and Jaleel Shaw, musician Jaimeo Brown and his ensemble, Transcendence, fuse jazz, hip-hop, and blues. Presented in confluence with Allison Janae Hamilton’s exhibition, Pitch.

Shakerfest

Hancock Shaker Village

August 18, 2018

Anna and Elizabeth create a day of music, ballads, storytelling, harmony workshops and dance, musicians blend with the audience — with no backstage and a green room in a vast field for picnicking.  

Summer Noontime Concert Series

St. John's Episcopal Church

August 20, 2018 12:00 PM - August 20, 2018 1:00 PM

The 15th annual Summer Noontime concert series concludes with a free performance by clarinetist Paul Green and pianist Doris Stevenson. The one-hour program includes music by Brahms, Debussy, and Poulenc.

Concert at Windsor Lake: JP Murphy

North Adams

August 22, 2018 6:30 PM - August 22, 2018

A regional pand plays traditional Celtic tunes on the shore at dusk. The weekly free concert series runs on Wednesday evenings through August with live music on warm nights.

Concert at Windsor Lake: Rev Tor

North Adams

August 22, 2018 6:30 PM - August 22, 2018

The Berkshire musician brings his band — celebrating its 20th summer — for an evening of rock and rhythm.The weekly free concert series runs on Wednesday evenings through August with live music on warm nights.

Roomful of Teeth

Mass MoCA

August 24, 2018 8:00 PM - August 24, 2018

Roomful of Teeth, the ensemble of Grammy Award-winning vocal titans led by Williams College professor Brad Wells, returns to its summer home, creating new works and honing techniques.

Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles

Mass MoCA

September 1, 2018 8:00 PM - September 1, 2018

As a member of jazz-R&B collective Snarky Puppy, Cory Henry has won three Grammy Awards. His newest endeavor is a blend of funk, gospel, and jazz. Dancing in the courtyard if the weather allows.

Angel Olsen with Julianna Barwick

Mass MoCA

September 29, 2018 8:00 PM - September 29, 2018

From the sparse folk-melancholy of Strange Cacti to the electrified rock of My Woman, Angel Olsen blends Dolly Parton and Patti Smith.

The Decemberists

Mass MoCA

October 4, 2018 8:00 PM - October 4, 2018

Lead vocalist and guitarist Meloy, guitarist Chris Funk, keyboardist Jenny Conlee, bassist Nate Query and drummer John Moen explore new approaches to making music and broaden their sonic range.

Party in the Park

North Adams

Annual summer concert series that is free and open the public.

BarN

Concert Venue

An intimate setting for acoustic music.

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