New Concerts Announced for MASS MoCA

December 10th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg

MASS MoCA in North Adams had already announced several shows for their 2015 season of performances, including the return of the Solid Sound Festival and FreshGrass Festival, as well as a concert by pop-jazz singer Kat Edmonson.

But today, they unveiled the rest of the performances for the first half of 2015. Here are the details of the newly announced concerts:

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HELADO NEGRO: ISLAND UNIVERSE STORY
Saturday, January 24, 8pm
Hunter Center
$12 in advance; $18 at the door; $22 preferred; $8 students
Roberto Carlos Lange (aka Helado Negro) produces bi-lingual music that is “a sonic landscape that reflects 21st-century Latin America” (NPR). Fresh off a release on Sufjan Stevens’ Asthmatic Kitty label, Lange sets out on his new musical/visual project Island Universe Story, in developement at MASS MoCA with eight musicians including Mikael Jorgensen of Wilco, members of the William Onyeabor Atomic Bomb Band and Marc Ribot’s band.

NOMADIC MASSIVE
Saturday, January 31, 8pm
Hunter Center
$10 in advance; $15 at the door; $5 student
The sprawling Montréal hip-hop collective dishes up a game-changing dance party. Claiming its hometown as “Montreal, Chile, Haiti, Brazil, France, Argentina, St. Vincent, Barbados, France, and Algeria,” the group is a force to be reckoned with, and its live show is a multi-lingual eruption of old-school hip-hop with live instrumentation and a deeply global vibe.

STEVE EARLE
Saturday, February 7, 8pm
Hunter Center
$22 in advance; $28 at the door; $36 preferred; $22 student
A trailblazer of alt-country, a protest singer of fiery commitment, a songwriter of towering ability — Steve Earle is an artist of expansive talents. With a sack full of Grammy Awards and his gravely, impassioned voiceHe’s here, a sack full of Grammy Awards and his gravely, impassioned voice in tow, for a solo show 10 days before the release of Terraplane, a new album of swampy, southern stomp blues.

LEGS
Saturday, February 14, 8pm
Club B-10
$12 in advance; $18 at the door; $24 preferred; $8 student
If extroversion had a musical embodiment, it would be in the sounds and rhythms of Brooklyn’s Legs. Blending modern indie pop with Stax-worthy hooks, the band is a mobile, musical cauldron of everything retro and cosmopolitan. Bring a date, or find one here.

LIAM Ó MAONLAI
Tuesday, March 17, 8pm
Club B-10
$12 in advance; $18 at the door; $24 preferred; $8 student
As the front man of the legendary band Hothouse Flowers, the devastatingly charming singer-songwriter-raconteur-linguist has done as much as anyone to connect traditional Irish music toh rock and roll. He took the 2014 FreshGrass Festival by storm, singing half his solo set in Gaelic. Now he’s headed back to MASS MoCA, with some Hothouse bandmates in tow, for a very special St. Patrick’s Day show. Irish on tap.

ZAMMUTO
Saturday, March 21, 8pm
Hunter Center
$18 in advance; $24 at the door; $8 student
From his days as a founding member of luminary art-rockers the Books to his equally arresting and madcap work as a solo artist, the imagination of Nick Zammuto is boundless. He recently built a giant catapult in his Vermont backyard for the purpose of flinging computers and guitars. When he visits the Hunter Center with his eponymous ensemble, Zammuto, it’s hard to know for sure what will happen — but it’s safe to say you should show up.

CARL HANCOCK RUX: “WINTER SONG”
Saturday, March 28, 8pm
Club B-10
$12 in advance; $18 at the door; $24 preferred; $8 student
One of the most magnetic and engaging performers returns to MASS MoCA for an intimate set of songs and poetry set to live piano music that ranges from the blues to German lieder to Lili Boulanger. “Carl Hancock Rux is full of promise and virtuosity… a gifted poet who offers up vibrant imagery like a street corner preacher in the midst of a nervous breakdown.” — The New York Times.

SEX MOB DOES “MACISTE IN HELL”
Saturday, April 4, 8pm
Club B-10
$12 in advance; $18 at the door; $24 preferred; $8 students
Led by slide-trumpeter Steve Bernstein, the propulsive quartet combines mind-blowing jazz chops with a highly developed sense of wit and mischief, as they performs their brand new original score to this seminal film of the Italian silent era. Bartolomeo Pagano stars as Maciste, a Herculean strongman whose physical prowess and matching virtue are tested when the Devil and his minions capture him and drag him to hell. The film was cited by Fellini as one that inspired him to lead a life in cinema.

NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL
With the Dot Wiggin Band
Friday, April 17, 8pm
Hunter Center
$36 in advance; $45 at the door
Tickets on sale Friday (December 12); limit 4 tickets per person
The return of Jeff Mangum and Neutral Milk Hotel — who influenced a generation of songwriters with a string of records in the ‘90s, culminating with In the Aeroplane Over the Sea — is one of the most welcome re-births in the history of indie music. Mangum was at MASS MoCA in 2013 for what was one of his first shows in over a decade. This time he’s back with the whole band. And as the band has announced, “it’s time to say goodbye for the never ending now to announce that spring 2015 will be our last tour for the foreseeable future.”

CAMERON ESPOSITO
Saturday, May 9, 8pm
Club B-10
$12 in advance; $18 at the door; $24 preferred; $8 student
The on-the-rise LA-based stand-up comic, who haunts late-night TV, hosts two hilarious podcasts and authors a column for The Onion’s AV Club, has “a stylish presence” and “a gift for plugging punchlines into personal stories.” (The New York Times). Come find out why Jay Leno called her “the future of comedy.”

GO HERE for a full schedule of newly announced performances at MASS MoCA, including film screenings, dance concerts, artists talks and more…