New Summer Concerts Announced for MASS MoCA

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Of course, MASS MoCA is about more than just the contemporary art that hangs on the walls of the sprawling building complex in North Adams. The museum also plays host to a rich variety of performing arts.

Several of MASS MoCA’s big summer events have previously been announced, including upcoming concerts by The Decemberists, Grizzly Bear with Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Ray LaMontagne with Neko Case, Courtney Barnett with Vagabon and Blondie with And the Kids.

Now the forward-thinking folks at MASS MoCA have rounded out the rest of their summer performance season with the addition of a batch of new shows. Here are the details:

MUSIC: THE SOUL REBELS
Saturday, May 26, 8pm
Courtyard C or Hunter Center
$24 in advance; $34 at the door; $22 students
They may be New Orleans’ biggest, brashest and best brass ensemble to pump out a second line beat. The Soul Rebels bring what The Village Voice called “the missing link between Public Enemy and Louis Armstrong” to North Adams for an evening of horns and hip-hop. Famous for adventurous covers ranging from Daft Punk to Eurythmics to Bruno Mars, the Rebels’ high-energy, genre-hopping sound is an inevitable dance party.

MUSIC: PAUL DE JONG
With Matthew Gold
Saturday, June 9, 8pm
Dré Pavilion or Club B10
$12 in advance; $22 at the door; $36 preferred; $12 students
As co-founder and cellist of the collage-pop duo The Books, Paul de Jong has been a long-time MASS MoCA favorite. Infectiously catchy and daringly experimental, his work is infused with deep musical invention and riveting visual drama. Vocalist Jennifer Cavanaugh guests.

MUSIC: SALLY TAYLOR & FRIENDS
Saturday, June 23, 7pm
Hunter Center
$45 in advance; $57 at the door; $75 preferred; $35 students
Celebrate the opening of the “Come to Your Senses” Kidspace exhibit with an intimate one-night-only concert featuring acoustic performances from curator Sally Taylor and family members Carly Simon, Ben Taylor and Sophie Hiller, as well as Kori Withers (daughter of Bill Withers), blues guitarist Eric Erdman and hip-hop artist John Forte (formerly of The Fugees) with a dance performance by Alison Manning & Jesse Keller.

MUSIC: LADAMA
Saturday, July 7, 8pm
Dré Pavilion or Club B10
$12 in advance; $22 at the door; $36 preferred; $12 students
An ensemble of women who hail from every corner of the Americas, LADAMA performs a Pan-Latin blend of original music and traditional songs. The group formed at OneBeat, a fellowship that promotes cultural diplomacy through international collaboration, and hard-hitting social engagement is an important part of LADAMA’s mission and sound.

COMEDY: JOSH SHARP SINGS! LIVE! (A COMEDY SHOW)
Saturday, July 14, 8pm
Dré Pavilion or Club B10
$12 in advance; $22 at the door; $36 preferred; $12 students
The NYC-based comedian best known for his role as a citizen journalist in Comedy Central’s “The Opposition w/ Jordan Klepper.” His delightfully lewd musical F*cking Identical Twins did a year-long NYC run and is currently in development as a feature film at 20th Century Fox. He’ll serve up a music-and-comedy performance that exists entirely within one long cover of a D’Angelo song.

FILM/MUSIC: “THE SON OF THE SHEIK” WITH THE ALLOY ORCHESTRA
Saturday, August 11, 8pm
Courtyard C or Hunter Center
$12 in advance; $22 at the door; $36 preferred; $12 students
Starring Rudolph Valentino and Vilma Bánky, this last and finest of Valentino’s films (he died suddenly just as it was released in 1926) solidified his reputation as the silver screen’s greatest lover. Alloy Orchestra’s propulsive score performed live will amplify the action and drama to a fevered pitch.

MUSIC: JAIMEO BROWN’S TRANSCENDENCE
Saturday, August 18, 8pm
Dré Pavilion or Club B10
$14 in advance; $24 at the door; $38 preferred; $14 students
Drummer Jaimeo Brown, performing with Christ Sholar and Jaleel Shaw, fuses jazz, hip-hop, and blues. Presented in confluence with Allison Janae Hamilton’s exhibition, “Pitch,” the evening will include Brown’s provocative piece “Work Songs,” which samples the sounds and music of unknown laborers. With songs of the jailhouse, the coal mine and the gandy dancer, Brown argues that through music we can transcend oppression and the traditional constraints of creativity. Preferred ticket buyers are also invited to a gallery tour and recital at 3pm.

ROOMFUL OF TEETH
Friday, August 24, 8pm
Hunter Center
$16 in advance; $26 at the door; $40 preferred; $16 students
The ensemble of Grammy Award-winning vocal titans led by Williams College professor Brad Wells returns to MASS MoCA for its annual summer residency culminating in works by Bryce Dessner of The National and a world premiere of musical mastermind Nick Zammuto’s “ToBeGinAGain.”

CORY HENRY & THE FUNK APOSTLES
Saturday, September 1, 8pm
Courtyard C or Hunter Center
$24 in advance; $34 at the door; $22 students
As a member of jazz-R&B collective Snarky Puppy, Cory Henry has won three Grammy Awards and earned a spot on the proverbial Mount Rushmore on contemporary keyboardists. His newest endeavor is the flaming hot Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles — a blend of funk, gospel and jazz that is guaranteed to send limbs flailing.

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