LIVE: The Royal Family Affair @ Stratton Mountain, Day One, 8/12/11

August 24th, 2011, 5:00 pm by Greg
Dave One of Chromeo

Dave One of Chromeo

The lucky 1,500 or so who attended Soulive’s sizzling Royal Family Affair were treated to talent on an immense scale. This was not merely a line-up of favorite bands doing familiar songs and long-winded jams, but pure improvisation that sometimes surprised the musicians themselves, with nods of appreciation and laughs with each other over what just went down. One of the ticket options was called a “Full Rager,” and that’s exactly how you could describe the entire weekend. The Friday and Saturday late night DJ sets could be considered “Full Ravers,” as well.

The concert-goers, who included plenty of music students and musicians, had an appreciation for the high caliber of music that was experienced. The level of playing exceeded all expectations and had the entire audience dancing from beginning to end. It was impossible not to dance with the emphasis on funk, classic soul, jazz, rock, reggae, R&B, electronica and improvised jams. When they weren’t dancing, participants hiked, rode the lift to the top of the scenic mountain, strolled the Stratton Mountain Village or played volleyball, tetherball, four-square and frisbee as they soaked in the music. The weather was cool and breezy, and the skies were clear at night to take in the full moon hanging over the pines, as well as the Persied meteor showers streaking overhead.

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New Shows: MASS MoCA’s Summer Schedule

April 18th, 2011, 12:00 pm by Greg

The Solid Sound Festival

The MASS MoCA sign during last summer's Solid Sound Festival (photo by Mike Wren)

MASS MoCA in North Adams has already announced the most buzzed-about event of the summer – at least here at Nippertown headquarters – the return of Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival on Friday-Sunday, June 24-26.

But there’s lots more on tap at the massive electronics factory-turned cutting edge arts center all year round. Here are some of the events that MASS MoCA has just announced for its summer season:

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Live: Day One of the Solid Sound Festival @ MASS MoCA, 8/13/10

August 16th, 2010, 2:01 pm by Greg

The Books

The Books

Friday the 13th is bad luck?

Not if you were a music fan at MASS MoCA. It was the kick-off of the three-day music and art fest organized by eclectic rockers Wilco and the massive North Adams museum.

It wasn’t a big flashy opening. It was more like a dipping-your-toes-in-to-test-the-water opening. Just three bands – Pronto, the Deep Blue Organ Trio and hometown heroes the Books – but it certainly gave you a good idea of what to expect as the rest of the fest unfolded over the weekend.

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