Posts Tagged ‘Berkshire’

Real Good for Free: The Industrial Jazz Group @ the Berkshire Museum, 10/15/09

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Tonight, the Pittsfield CityJazz Festival coincides with the final Third Thursday arts walk, so you know that the streets of Pittsfield, Mass. will be swinging mightily.

One of the premiere events will be a free concert by the Industrial Jazz Group at the Berkshire Museum from 5-7pm today.

Outta the wilds of Portland, Oregon comes the Industrial Jazz Group – a novel, adventurous big band (currently 16 pieces) showcasing the music of composer Andrew Durkin and the talents of some of the jazz world’s pluckiest, most charismatic players. Frustrated by the limitations of “Jazz, the Institution,” and bored by the mediocrity of much modern pop, the IJG has slowly pioneered the concept of “avant-garde party music”: an idiosyncratic, charming and/or disarming blend of jazz, rock, cartoon soundtracks, humor, blues, funk, costumes, doo wop, dada, and a lot of other stuff. It’s not really “industrial,” and it’s not really “jazz”: the IJG attempts to demonstrate that music can indeed be complex, sophisticated, sexy, fun, funny, critical, smart, and groovy all at once.

Previously:
Real Good for Free: Silent Film Spectacular
Real Good For Free: Music @ Noon at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (second Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: Quintessence (Weekends)
Real Good for Free: Colleen Pratt @ the Van Dyck (Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Tuesdays @ Revolution Hall (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: Happy Traum @ the Crandall Library (10/15/09)
Real Good for Free: CRUMBS Nite Out @ The Linda (4th Thursdays)

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David Brickman’s Fall Arts Preview

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Check this out: David Brickman has a boffo Fall Exhibition Preview newly posted on Get Visual.

And once that inspires you, Berkshire Creative has a rockin’ list of artist calls for submissions.

BEST O’ SUMMER: The Xylopholks, 8/5

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

xylopholks

OK, this is just a hunch on my part because I’ve never seen them perform, but I’m willing to bet the farm that the Xylopholks will be serving up one of the most unique and downright fun musical events of the summer when play the Berkshire Fringe at 7pm Wednesday, August 5.

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