2013 Winter/Spring Shows Announced for MASS MoCA

The folks at MASS MoCA in North Adams have already announced several upcoming concerts for next year, including Superhuman Happiness (Saturday, February 2), Jeff Mangum (Saturday, February 16 – and nearly sold out already), My Robot Friend (Saturday, February 23) and, of course, the return of Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival (Friday-Sunday, June 21-23).

But today they made another batch of announcements – concerts, dance performances and other events. Here are some highlights of the new round of announcements:

FEBRUARY 8, 8pm
LeeSaar The Company’s “grass and jackals”
Hunter Center, $15; students $10
This new dance work and light spectacle featuring choreography by Lee Sher and Saar Harari with lighting by Avi Yona Bueno centers around an atmosphere of an unknown terrain in an attempt to translate the extreme conditions of military life to the stage.

FEBRUARY 9, 8pm
Psychedelic Latin Dance Party with Chicha Libre
The Hunter Center, $10 in advance; $14 at the door; kids under 12 FREE
The Brooklyn-based band mixes up covers of forgotten Chicha classics with French-tinged originals, reinterpretations of ’70s pop gems, Latin rhythms, surf music, psychedelic pop inspired by Peruvian music from Lima and the Amazon and wild cumbia versions of songs you thought you’d never hear on the dance floor.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 2 (8pm) & SUNDAY, MARCH 3 (2pm)
Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal
The Hunter Center, $25, $29 & $39; kids under 16 $10
Works by such renowned choreographers as Wen Wei Wang, Cayetano Soto and Barak Marshall performed to music by a wide range of composers and musicians from Balkan Beat Box to Philip Glass to the Andrews Sisters.

SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 8pm
Mamie Minch
Club B-10, $12 in advance; $16 at the door; students $10
Following a knock-out performance at FreshGrass earlier this year, the 32-year-old acoustic blues singer-guitarist returns for a show of her own with her band in tow.
NOTE: Minch will also perform a special concert for kids at 11:30am on Saturday, March 9.

SATURDAY, MARCH 16, 8pm
Balkan Beat Box
Hunter Center, $15 in advance; $19 at the door; students $10
Founded by former members of Gogol Bordello and Firewater, the boundless party band serves up a wild Mediterranean-inflected, globalized electronic sound and a frenzied free-for-all live performance.

SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 8pm
Darlingside
Club B-10, $12 in advance; $16 at the door; students $10
With their recent album Pilot Machines, this Western Massachusetts-based string-rock quintet has created a seamless, exhilarating sound at the intersection of rock, classical and folk music.

SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 8pm
Dan Deacon
Hunter Center, $12 in advance; $16 at the door; students $10
Electronic composer and indie icon/instigator Dan Deacon takes his musical mission a step further with a new iPhone/Android app: download it for free at the beginning of the the show, and it turns your phone into a source of synchronized light and sound depending on your location in the venue. The result is a site-specific, multimedia work with the added bonus of a wild dance party.

SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 8pm
The Lisps’ “Futurity”
Club B-10, $12 in advance; $16 at the door; students $10
An original, indie-rock musical by the Lisps – a Brooklyn-based band whose songs meld vaudeville, anti-folk, science fiction and Americana – which tells the story of a Union soldier in the Civil War who is an aspiring inventor.

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