Under rain-free skies, the 17th annual Chenango Blues Fest in Norwich, NY, kicked off Friday, August 21 with headliner Mitch Woods and his Rocket 88’s. Saturday’s all-day events bounced between the Main Stage and the Acoustic Stage tent located at the other end of the Chenango County Fairgrounds.
The New Orleans blues-rock sounds of the Honey Island Swamp Band kicked things off on Saturday, followed by Australian wild-man, singer, harp-man and didgeridoo rumbler Harper and his group.
MASS MoCA is 10 Years Bold: celebrating its tenth anniversary with a reception for three new exhibits, a gala dinner and an uber-funky concert by soul queen Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
Turning energy into art: In the main lobby, we found an explanation of the first phase of Michael Oatman’s upcoming massive MASS MoCA installation
“Thursday the 12th” is the new exhibit by Israeli artist Guy Ben-Ner, which includes his 2005 work “Treehouse Kit.” The piece includes a 10-minute video (loosely based on “Robinson Crusoe”) as well as a tree constructed from various wooden furniture parts.
Here’s the cover of “Bird Gets the Worm,” the first of 24 chapters in the George and Fiamma Cochrane’s collaborative graphic novel “Long Time Gone.” The first two chapters are on exhibit.
“Thus My Soul Which Was Still in Flight (The Dark Wood),” a sculptural tableau by Robert Taplin, is the first of nine pieces in his installation “Everything Real Is Imagined (After Dante).” It’s part of the six-artist exhibit, “These Days: Elegies for Modern Times.”
Seth Rogovoy, the editor of Berkshire Living and author of “Bob Dylan: Prophet, Mystic, Poet” (due out in September), shows off a recent injury. Too much typing, Seth?
Soul sensations Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings had the dance floor hopping all night long with sweat-inducing performances of “I’m Not Gonna Cry” and “Nobody’s Baby.” In fact, mid-way through the show, there were 10 dancers up on the stage…
But the dancer at far left in the yellow dress is about to get a big surprise…
You knew right from the start that the Massachussetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) wasn’t going to be one of those stuffy, elitist, academic kind of art museums. First of all, it’s an old electronics factory, and while the artwork is up-to-the-minute, a lot of the exhibition space is raw and funky, as unfinished as can be.
Secondly, when the museum had its official grand opening, Los Lobos – one of America’s greatest rock & roll bands – played the opening concert on Memorial Day weekend 1999.
That was a full decade ago.
And to celebrate the museum’s 10th anniversary they didn’t book some cerebral, conceptualist combo, either. It’s first-rate, old-school funk & soul from Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, and it’s guaranteed to make you sweat. Party on!
The Dap-Kings start kicking out the dance party jams at 8:30pm, but get there early to catch the opening reception for three new exhibits – Guy Ben-Ner’s “Thursday the 12th,” George Cochrane’s “Long Time Gone” and the emerging artists’ group show “This Is Killing Me” – from 5:30-7:30pm.
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