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.

The Soul Rebels

Mass MoCA

May 26, 2018 8:00 PM - May 26, 2018

The New Orleans brass ensemble brings an evening of horns and hip-hop with adventurous covers from Daft Punk to the Eurythmics to Bruno Mars.

Shaker Barn Music: The Sweetback Sisters

Hancock Shaker Village

June 2, 2018 7:30 PM - June 2, 2018

A modern take on country music, pushing country’s golden age into more adventurous territory with powerful rhythms and playful lyrics. 

Paul de Jong with Matthew Gold

Mass MoCA

June 9, 2018 8:00 PM - June 9, 2018

As co-founder and cellist of the beloved collage-pop duo The Books, Paul de Jong is known for catchy and daringly experimental work infused with visual drama.

Northeast Fiddlers’ Convention

Hancock Shaker Village

June 9, 2018

Oldtone and Hancock Shaker Village present an old-time music gathering with workshops led by Bill & the Belles, Tara Linhardt, and Nils Fredland, an open jam in the Round Stone Barn and more.

The Decemberists

Mass MoCA

June 15, 2018 8:00 PM - June 15, 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.

Grizzly Bear

Mass MoCA

June 16, 2018 8:00 PM - June 16, 2018

Celebrated indie rock act Grizzly Bear’s prog-rock-meets-chamber-pop sound won acclaim and helped to define a new wave of psychedelic-leaning sound. After a notable hiatus, the quartet is back touring.

An Evening with Sally Taylor and Friends

Mass MoCA

June 23, 2018 7:00 PM - June 23, 2018

The summer show ‘Come to Your Senses’ — music, art, dance, poetry, scents, flavors and more — opens in Kidspace with an intimate one-night-only concert of acoustic performances from musicians involved in the show.

Ray LaMontagne

Mass MoCA

June 29, 2018 7:00 PM - June 29, 2018

Ten years ago Ray LaMontagne released his first album, the start to a Grammy Award-winning, critically praised career. He performs tonight with pop icon Neko Case.

LADAMA

Mass MoCA

July 7, 2018 8:00 PM - July 7, 2018

An ensemble of women who hail from every corner of the Americas, LADAMA performs a Pan-Latin blend of original music and traditional songs, with Cuban music to open the show.

Shaker Barn Music: Pi Power Trio

Hancock Shaker Village

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

Pat Irwin, Sasha Dobson and Daria Grace draw on instrumental rock ‘n roll. Irwin was a founding member of the No Wave bands The Raybeats and 8 Eyed Spy and a long time member of the B-52s.

Courtney Barnett with Vagabon

Mass MoCA

July 12, 2018 8:00 PM - July 12, 2018

Courtney Barnett broke into the music scene and propelled herself from slinging drinks at a Melbourne bar to become an indie-rock  global sensation. She infuses her lyrics with a wit and wisdom and a driving guitar.

Josh Sharp Sings Live

Mass MoCA

July 14, 2018 8:00 PM - July 14, 2018

Josh Sharp, a NYC-based comedian best known for his role as a citizen journalist in Comedy Central’s “The Opposition w/ Jordan Klepper,” brings a music-and-comedy performance within one long cover of a D’Angelo song.

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 Hitter

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. 

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.

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.

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.  

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.

Party in the Park

North Adams

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

Live music at The Chalet

Mass MoCA

Dean Baldwin’s-sculpture-turned-river- side-beer-garden brings live music on Thursdays, June 28 to Aug. 30.

BarN

Concert Venue

An intimate setting for acoustic music.

Concerts at Windsor Lake

North Adams

These concerts combine live music with the beautiful natural backdrop of Windsor Lake. Pack a picnic, bring a chair or blanket and let the sounds of music and water carry you away on a summer night.

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