Dance your winter blues away with HOME BODY
North Adams — The darkest, most hopeless point of the New England winter has come. So it's time to DANCE!
Head to the North Adams Elks Lodge on Saturday to get your endorphins flowing with HOME BODY, the Greenfield-based fever-pop duo known for energetic live sets that push the limit of the sonic landscape. Band members Eric Hnatow and Haley Morgan will warm up the Elks' main hall with a self-described "vivid blend of new wave, industrial and electronic music, performed from the gut with wild abandon and art-school-cool theatricality."
A bonus DJ set of "90s-now guilty hip-hop pleasures" will follow the band's live performance; tarot readings and hot popcorn will also be available. HOME BODY has played in North Adams before, but never at the Elks, a larger venue that can accommodate (and has accommodated) lots of dancing with wild abandon.
The show was arranged by Tim Lebetsky, a Williams College biology professor. He was enamored after seeing HOME BODY at the Dreamaway Lodge in Becket over the summer, where they played under a banquet tent set up for the next day's wedding. A lover of live music, shows and the subculture they create, he pondered over how to recreate this kind of experience in the Northern Berkshires.
When Lebetsky got tenure at Williams in late 2016, he knew he wanted to celebrate, and decided to use the Elks Lodge as the backdrop for a winter warm-up show.
"The Elks Lodge is just such a fun venue, and I'd like to bring more interesting stuff here," he said. "I didn't want a party to be a big thing. I kind of wanted it to be ... more about bringing a band I really like to town."
The show also benefits the Berkshire Food Project, which offers a free lunch five days a week to all who seek it.
"I'm not interested in making a profit," Lebetsky said, "so it seemed to make sense."
Lebetsky said he hopes to continue to bring musical events like this to North County and cement North Adams' reputation as a place for great music of all genres.
After six years of touring, playing locally, writing music, recording, and refining their live set, HOME BODY's Hnatow and Morgan are well-rooted in their art, its intent, and its delivery.
"We really like in our shows to have a balance of form and formlessness," said Morgan. "We have kind of a choreographed moment, then moments of improvisation. Going to those two extremes is good for us, because it keeps us listening to each other and aware of the space we're in."
"Our main objective is always fun," said Morgan. "We like to go to a lot of places. We think of performances as a whole landscape."
That landscape is saturated — expect lots of movement, strong and powerful vocals, thumping bass, synthesizers, and light manipulation. It's a combination that creates a little world for the audience. "We want everyone to have a good time and dance, but just as powerful as the physical movement ... is the emotional feeling of resonance in ambiguous places," Morgan said.
There are no openers for this show — but if you're not fully warmed after HOME BODY's live set, stick around, said Hnatow. The band's more casual DJ set will continue until midnight, ensuring you'll get a good Saturday night's sleep.
"We just continue the party afterwards," he said. "It cements the experience."
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