The Ghost Train Orchestra Rumbles into MASS MoCA on Saturday [Berkshire on Stage]

Brian Carpenter of Ghost Train Orchestra
Brian Carpenter of Ghost Train Orchestra

Photograph by Rudy Lu

Re-imagine the wild jazz that came pouring out of speakeasies and cabarets of Chicago and New York City in the Roaring ’20s, forever changing the face of American music, as Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra swings by for a prohibition-era party that promises everything but the cigarette smoke. Whisper the secret password to enter MASS MoCA’s Dré Pavilion in North Adams at 8pm on Saturday (July 2), as this 11-piece ensemble fires up its brass for a celebration as great as Gatsby’s.

With a new spin on vintage jazz that modernizes a classic sound, there is perhaps no band that commemorates the 1920s better than Ghost Train Orchestra. Fans rave about the band’s ability to revitalize almost-forgotten works, capturing the spirit of the era. The Boston Phoenix said, “It’s music from the heart of the Jazz Age that still has a raucous immediacy.”

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