The Annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers is a collaborative, multi-venue event sponsored by Bard College at Simon's Rock with many local partners, celebrated across Berkshire County in the month of March - Women's History Month.
This year, the festival features more than 150 women of all ages and from many backgrounds sharing their talents through readings, lectures, workshops, performances, and screenings held at 36 Berkshire County venues from Sheffield to Williamstown. All 58 festival events are open to the public and most are free.
Woody Sez is a toe-tapping theatrical concert event that uses the words of Woody Guthrie, and over twenty-five of his songs to transport the audience through his fascinating, beautiful, and sometimes tragic life.
Performed by a talented group of four versatile actor/musicians who not only play 15 instruments ranging from guitar and fiddle to jaw harp and dulcimer, but they also bring to life the many people who are the fabric of Woody Guthrie's amazing story.
Woody Sez will be at The Guthrie Center in Great Barrington on August 14th and 16th and David Lutken joins us now to tell us more.
David studied at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. He has performed in Europe and the United Kingdom, at Lincoln Center, the 92nd Street Y and Carnegie Hall. His debut in the West End was the 2011 production of Woody Sez.
Old Songs is a family-friendly festival of folk, traditional, Celtic and world music and dance, known for its relaxed atmosphere, interactive sessions and workshops, hands-on experience and participatory nature.
In addition to three concerts there are 120 daytime workshops given by performers, a juried craft show, food and instrument vendors, and a children's activity area.
The 33rd Annual Old Songs Festival is taking place this weekend at the Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, NY and Roger Mock, Assistant Director of the festival joins us now to tell us more.
Futurity is an original indie-rock musical by The Lisps, a Brooklyn-based co-ed of 21st century theater-prone indie rockers. Within a theatrically-staged song cycle, Futurity fuses found text, experimental music, and The Lisps' own brand of quirky pop to tell the story of a Union soldier in the Civil War who is an aspiring inventor.
The Lisps bring Futurity to Club B-10 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA this coming Saturday, April 27th at 8pm.
This Saturday, April 13th - acclaimed jazz pianist Brad Mehldau and singer/mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile will perform as a due at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA. It’ll be a rare and special evening with two of America's most groundbreaking young musicians.
Chris Thile began playing mandolin when he was 5 years old - a very quick synopsis of his musical life from then to now includes playing with Grammy award winning trio, Nickel Creek, releasing several solo albums, co-founding the progressive bluegrass quintet, Punch Brothers, and recording The Goat Rodeo Sessions with Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, and Edgar Meyer.
The 2012 MacArthur Genius join us to talk about collaborating with Brad Mehldau, sticking with the mandolin, and recording with The Goat Rodeo Sessions.
Tomorrow night at 8pm, David Wax Museum is playing at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA. Their indie rock is a unique blend of Americana folk and Mexican son music. The New Yorker said of their sound that it “Kicks up a cloud of excitement with its high-energy border-crossing sensibility.”
The Caffè Lena Woody Guthrie Centennial take place this Saturday at Skidmore College’s Filene Recital Hall and will be part of the venue’s 52nd Anniversary Celebration, which also features performances by Michael Cooney, “The One Man Folk Festival,” on Friday, May 18; and Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, on Sunday, May 20. The Friday and Sunday shows – Michael Cooney and Sarah Lee and Johnny respectively – will be at Caffè Lena. We welcome Caffè Lena manager, Sarah Craig, to tell us more.