The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include Grammy Award winning roots music; four folk music legends playing on the same stage; a swing-jazz guitar legend; performance poetry; modern dance; and a whole lot more.
Dom Flemons is perhaps best known as a cofounder of the Grammy Award-winning roots music outfit Carolina Chocolate Drops. Flemons now performs his own brand of roots music, including folk, blues, spirituals, and other music, and he’s on tap tonight to inaugurate the new Shaker Barn Music series at Hancock Shaker Village just outside of Pittsfield, Mass., at 7pm.
Speaking of folk music, there is music this weekend at Tanglewood. On Saturday night, folk music legend Joan Baez will be joined by Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls and singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter for “Four Voices,” inaugurating the season at the Shed at Tanglewood at 7pm. If you can’t wait to begin your Tanglewood going until tomorrow night, you can head over there tonight to catch vintage jazz group the Hot Sardines, performing in Ozawa Hall at 8pm.
And speaking of jazz, swing-jazz guitarist Duke Robillard, whose credits include playing with Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Ruth Brown, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and his own group, Roomful of Blues, will join a reunion concert by the New Black Eagle Jazz Band at the Lee, Mass., Meeting House on Saturday as part of the sixth annual Berkshire Gateway Jazz Weekend, which also includes a tribute to legendary vocalist Ella Fitzgerald, featuring Wanda Houston.
Up at MASS MoCA in North Adams, performance poet Carl Hancock Rux will read works created in response to the Nick Cave exhibition, “Until,” from within the installation itself, tonight at 8pm.
Aston Magna Music Festival presents Music for Forbidden Dances, showcasing tangos, chaconas, and sarabands, at Bard College tonight at 8pm and at Saint James Place in Great Barrington on Saturday at 6pm. The concert includes works by Bach, Bertali, Merula, Purcell, Corelli, Piazzolli, and Rodriquez.
Jonah Bokaer Choreography will present OCCUPANT and Study for Occupant at Basilica Hudson tonight and Saturday night. OCCUPANT is a trio for three dancers; Study for Occupant is a Jonah Bokaer solo. Both works were inspired by the Edward Albee play “Occupant,” about Russian-born New York sculptor Louise Nevelson. The performance is the culmination of a week-long creative residency at Basilica Hudson, the third by choreographer Jonah Bokaer and his troupe.
Virtuoso Flex dancer Jay Donn joins BalletNext in “The Game,” a choreographed mashup of two divergent styles, premiering at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in Tivoli, N.Y., on Saturday at 7:30, and again on Sunday at 2:30. The premiere of “The Game” is the culmination of BalletNext’s week-long creative residency at Kaatsbaan.
The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio will perform works by Mozart, Brahms, and Schubert in the Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle series in Olin Hall at Bard College on Saturdayat 8pm. The trio will be joined by Bella Hristova, guest violinist, and Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, guest violist.
Seth Rogovoy is editor of Berkishire Daily and the Rogovoy Report, available online at rogovoyreport.com