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The cultural attractions of the northern Berkshires have laid out their plans for the upcoming summer.

    Since cutting the first Sonic Youth demos three decades ago, Kim Gordon has delivered a new boundary-breaking project every year, in every manner of art and music.

This Saturday night she’ll perform in the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA in a deeply improvisational duo, Body/Head, that pairs her propelling guitar and vocals with free-noise guitarist Bill Nace.


The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams is embarking on its next expansion phase.

Gregory Cherin

    Izhar Patkin: The Wandering Veil is a survey of works by the Israeli-born, New York-based artist Izhar Patkin. The show is currently on display at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA - filling their largest gallery space with works from Patkin’s 30-year career.

Capping its first year, the North Adams Chamber of Commerce is taking its next step in helping to revitalize the city.

  "Teach Me To Know" - The Lone Bellow, playing this Saturday at the FreshGrass Festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA.

    The 12th Annual Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA is taking place through August 3rd. The three-week intensive residency program of public performances, recitals, and lectures will be attended by over 50 cutting-edge composers and performers from around the globe, including 37 fellows selected from a pool of over 250 applicants from 17 countries.

Festival highlights this year include the Composer Premiere Concert on Monday, July 29 showcasing brand new works written by the Summer Festival composition fellows; the 12th annual Bang on a Can Marathon at MASS MoCA, featuring more than fifty musicians and composers in six hours of non-stop, music, which closes the Festival on Saturday, August 3 and the Bang on a Can All-Stars and special guests performing Julia Wolfe’s evening-length art ballad, Steel Hammer, this Saturday, July at 8pm in the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA.

Julia Wolfe founded Bang on a Can in 1987 with Michael Gordon and David Lang and she joins us to talk about the festival and about Steel Hammer.

  Our time as an official presence here at Solid Sound is nearly at an end. But before we go - we’re going to really get you revved up for the festivities by letting you get to know Lucius.

They are a fabulous band with a catchy indie-pop sound and we are very excited that they are joining us this morning.

The members of the band are Jess Wolfe, Holly Laessig, Danny Molad and Peter Lalish, and Andrew Burri and they join us to talk and to perform live.

    Food is a major part of any successful weekend long festival. Solid Sound will have amazing food (and drink) all weekend long. We’re going to learn now about a couple of individual super-special curated culinary events - the proceeds from which will benefit the education programs here at MASS MoCA.

We are joined by Jodi Joseph, MASS MoCA’s Director of Communications; Nancy Thomas, Owner of Mezze Inc. restaurant group and co-producer of MASS MoCA Culinary Events; and Chris Weld, owner of Berkshire Mountain Distillers.

Greg Saulmon

  Greg Saulmon is an online editor at The Republican and MASS Live and is a respected local naturalist and photographer. He has lived and worked in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts for more than 30 years.

He is running several Urban Birding walks during the Solid Sound Festival with information on how to see and identify birds in cities. Urban Birding guided walks will depart from Courtyard A at MASS MoCA on Saturday and Sunday and Sunday at 10 am.