Summer kicks off with a ka-boom tomorrow in North Adams, as the fourth annual DownStreet Art gets underway for the season.
All summer long, the empty storefronts of downtown will be converted to temporary gallery spaces with rotating exhibits and with citywide evening artswalks slated for the fourth Thursday of each month though September.
Thursday’s grand opening celebration includes North/South, an exhibition by Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky) at Legacy Gallery @ 28 Holden Street, based on his Antarctica residency, poster prints and street signs.
Other notable shows: Jarvis Rockwell reprises his Maya series with Maya IV, an obsessive collection of action figures, at 49 Main Street while Debi Pendell opens Unconscious Convergence, an exhibition of abstract mixed media collages @ NAACO. But seriously, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
The celebration continues on Saturday as downtown North Adams stays open until 2am as an afterparty for the MASS MoCA’s Solid Sound Festival. Free performances throughout downtown including DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid in concert with renowned violinist/composer Todd Reynolds, as well as C. Ryder Cooley as part of her XMALIA installation and more.
MUSIC SCHEDULE: THURSDAY, JUNE 23
6-7:30 pm, 35 Main Street, in front of Berkshire Bank
Pawn Shop Saints, Original Americana-Folk-Alt Country Music
6-7:30 pm, Main Street under the Mohawk Theatre Marquis
Robin O’Herin, Acoustic blues and gospel musician
7:30-9 pm, 35 Main Street, in front of Berkshire Bank
Speak ZimLove by Bongo Love and Outspoken
8-9 pm, 18 Holden St.
XMALIA: Songs about Extinction by C. Ryder Cooley with Corey Aldrich + Max Goldfarb and special guests Christine Shields & Phil Franklin
MUSIC SCHEDULE: SATURDAY, JUNE 25:
11pm-12am, 18 Holden Street
C. Ryder Cooley: Ambient music performance
11:30 pm, under the Mowahk Theatre Marquis, Main St.
Marafanyi Drum, Dance & Song
12-1:30am, under the Mowahk Theatre Marquis, Main St.
Dj Spooky That Subliminal Kid and Todd Reynolds