Mucca Pazza Mashes Band Geeks with Punk Rock at MASS MoCA, August 16-18 [Berkshire on Stage]

August 15th, 2013, 1:00 pm by Sara

North Adams, MA: When these thirty (30!) ex-band geeks joined forces in 2004, Mucca Pazza began a trip to the outrageous. Adorned with rainbow-colored pom-poms, riding mutant bicycles, and protected by hockey helmet-amplifiers, they torment and delight every community bold enough to welcome them in. Combining the spirit of punk rock with the fun of a fireman’s parade, Mucca Pazza’s impressive musical troupe takes over MASS MoCA’s campus, if not the whole town, for five performances throughout the weekend of August 16-18.

The members of Mucca Pazza (Italian for “crazy cow”) came together in Chicago, bound by the common goal of finding a musical outlet and having some fun. They got started by playing in factory parking lots on Sundays. “We figured no one would bother us in an industrial area,” explains sousaphone player Mark Messing. “It was also weirdly inspiring to be there, by ourselves, on the Chicago River, among all these big scrap yards. We felt like we were putting together something from scrap.” Crowds began to show up every week to listen, coffee and donuts in hand, drawn in by the troupe’s infectious excitement.

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Be Here Now: Dance Movies Featuring Mucca Pazza @ EMPAC at RPI, 11/5/11

October 31st, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg

It’s probably no mere coincidence that Mucca Pazza hails from the same town that brought us the magnificent Art Ensemble of Chicago. With the same passion that most marching bands have for precision, Mucca Pazza seems to embrace musical mayhem.

Blowing in from the Windy City, the rag-tag, punk-marching band will be making its Nippertown debut on Saturday night at EMPAC’s Theater at RPI in Troy, performing live amid the Dance Movies program, which showcases the world premieres of four films about dance that have been commissioned by EMPAC.

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