The fun really begins after dark
Any of these events are sure to impress.
Start your FreshGrass weekend early Thursday night and head to North Adams for a concert by Americana band Jeb Barry and the Pawn Shop Saints. Opening for them will be local folk artist Izzy Heltai. They will be playing at Bounti-Fare Restaurant, 7 to 10 p.m. in advance of their appearances at FreshGrass this weekend. Bounti-Fare is located at 200 Howland Ave., Adams.
Head out tonight to listen to some live music and feel good doing it. The Hoping Machine and Saint James Place are sponsoring a Hurricane Harvey Relief Benefit concert, featuring performances by Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway, The Hoping Machine, John Kirk and Trish Miller, Bernice Lewis, The Beeline Ramblers, and Graham and Barbara Dean. Entry is by $20 minimum donation at the door, 7 p.m., Saint James Place, 352 Main St., Great Barrington.
When was the last time you went to a burlesque show? Gypsy Lane Cabaret & Co performs a benefit show on Friday for Berkshire Autism Initiative, 7:30 to 11:45 p.m. According to their Facebook page, "This tantalizing crew of saucy ladies and jaunty gents will tease their way into your hearts with their outrageous artistry and vivacious charms." Tickets are $60, VIP tickets available for $125. Tickets information can be found at facebook.com/berkshireautisminitiative.
Bring the family and your camping gear and enjoy some great weather and live music, FreshGrass opens today at Mass MoCA. 3-Day Festival Passes include admission to Mass MoCA art galleries during the festivals and FreshPasses include preferred seating or standing room, meet and greets with FreshGrass artists, tours of the museum with a curator and more, $110-$350. Single day passes available, $46-$90. Artists performing Friday include Sarah Jarosz, The Last Revel, The Brothers Comatose, Railroad Earth, The Lil' Smokies and The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow and more. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams. Tickets are available at freshgrass.com.
Freshgrass continues Saturday night and brings with it a chance for you to catch a live performance by the Grammy-nominated Brandi Carlile, 9:10 p.m. Even if you can't attend the full festival, make Saturday night datenight at Mass MoCA.
Art on Tap, a free event featuring an art exhibition by international recycling artist Aligna, will be held at Building 9, Solaqua, 343 State Route 295, Chatham, N.Y. There will be a wine, beer and cider tasting from local breweries and Sundog Cider for those 21 and over, and music by Side Show Willie. This event takes place from 3 to 7 p.m., so grab dinner there at the on-site food truck, or take yourselves out to dinner afterwards.
Fairview Hospital Gala presents comedian and author of "There is Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say" and "The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness" Paula Poundstone at Mahaiwe, Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $53, available at mahaiwe.org.
It's the first weekend of The Big E, and there's an impressive lineup of performers scheduled to entertain from now until Oct. 1 at The Big E grounds at 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield. Grab tickets for the Sunday night for KING & COUNTRY concert, free with fair admission, 7:30 p.m. Head down early and grab some fair food or take a ride or two and catch this performance by the Grammy-winning Australian duo behind "Fix My Eyes" and "Priceless." Performing on the Court of Honor stage the same day are The Alley Cats, Steve Augeri, and Village People, so if you wanted you could make it a day-long date full of music and fun. More information at thebige.com.
Berkshire Athenaeum teams up with Hotel on North to host the Libations with Librarians book group Monday night. This month's book is the New York Times Bestseller "Blood, Bones & Butter, the Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef" by Gabrielle Hamilton. Grab a date who loves to read and join them Monday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Hotel on North, 297 North St., Pittsfield.
Berkshire Paint and Sip is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Key Program. Bring your own wine and show off your take on "Mount Greylock at Dusk," $35, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Reservations are available at 413-205-8346.
Catch pop singer Matthew Sweet and his band at Club Helsinki Wednesday night, as he tours his new album "Tomorrow Forever." The show starts at 8 p.m.; tickets are $30-$45, 4058 Columbia St., Hudson, N.Y. Have dinner in the adjacent restaurant before the show, or just sidle up to the bar for a drink before the music starts. Call 518-828-4800 for reservations.
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