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BITS & BYTES: Joshua Henry at Barrington Stage; Basic performs at The Clark; Tiny Glass Tavern at Adams Theater; Sabina Sciubba at Race Brook Lodge; Pinc Louds at The Foundry; Seth Glier at The Guthrie Center; Harvest & Rust unplugged at Adams Theater; Michael Aaron and Katherine Winston at Dottie’s

A rare opportunity to get close and personal with one of Broadway’s brightest stars.

Barrington Stage Company presents Joshua Henry, back by popular demand

Pittsfield— On Sunday, June 9th and Monday, June 10th at 8 p.m., Barrington Stage Company presents Joshua Henry, back by popular demand.

Spend an intimate evening with Joshua Henry and his guitar. A rare opportunity to get close and personal with one of Broadway’s brightest stars while he serenades the audience with favorites from Broadway, The American Songbook, and hits from his solo album releases. Joshua has appeared in multiple Broadway shows including Tony nominations for The Scottsboro Boys, Violet, and Carousel; he also appeared in Hamilton, Into the Woods, In the Heights, and more.

The concerts are on Sunday, June 9th and Monday, June 10th at 8 p.m. at Barrington Stage Company’s Mr. Finn’s Cabaret located in the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center at 36 Linden Street in Pittsfield. Tickets are $30 to $70. Tickets and more information can be found online. 

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Clark Art Institute kicks off ‘Music on the Moltz’ series with concert by Basic with opening act Erica Dawn Lyle 

Williamstown— On Sunday June 9th at 5 p.m., the Clark Art Institute presents the first of its four-part “Music on the Moltz” concert series with a performance by Basic with opening act Erica Dawn Lyle.

Evocative of an imaginary electronic desert blues soundtrack, Basic is a new project of Philadelphia’s Chris Forsyth (guitar), Nick Millevoi (guitar, drum machine), and Mikel Patrick Avery from Natural Information Society (percussion/electronics). Inspired by the aesthetics of American guitarist Robert Wolfe Quine and the Fred Maher record of the same name, Basic blends the raw energy of rock with the atmospheric depth of electronic experimentation.

Basic. Courtesy The Clark.

Erica Dawn Lyle, a writer, experimental musician, curator, and cultural instigator, has recorded around thirty records with over seventeen bands, and in 2019 she joined Bikini Kill as their guitar player. 

The free outdoor concert is on Sunday June 9th at 5 p.m. on the Clark’s Moltz Terrace at the Lunder Center at Stone Hill on South Street in Williamstown. Bring a picnic and your own seating. Rain moves the concert indoors. More information can be found online. 

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Tiny Glass Tavern brings an eclectic musical feast to the Adams Theater

Adams— On Friday, June 7th at 7 p.m., the Adams Theater presents Tiny Glass Tavern. 

Tiny Glass Tavern. Courtesy Adams Theater.

Tiny Glass Tavern is curating a musical feast for Adams Theater audiences and you’re invited to take a bite. Tiny Glass Tavern is a cross-genre music ensemble that offers tastes of different styles of music to curious audiences in an intimate concert setting. The eclectic early, folk, pop and new music ensemble will bring lots of different influences to their show. Every Tiny Glass Tavern show is unique —you might hear some early music, some sea shanties, chamber music, French Cabaret, and folk songs.

With Tiny Glass Tavern, the joyful collaboration of artists includes the audience. At 5 p.m., audience members are invited to a pre-show workshop open to singers at all levels. During pre-concert workshops, Tiny Glass Tavern’s artists let community members experience music from within, teaching the pieces by ear so the ability to read music isn’t necessary. You don’t need any advanced knowledge of music, styles or history. “It’s not about shining with perfection, it’s about shining with humanity,” said Sophie Michaux, Tiny Glass Tavern’s founder and artistic director.

The performance is on Friday, June 7th at 7 p.m. at the Adams Theater at 27 Park Street, Adams. The pre-show workshop is at 5 p.m. Tickets and more information can be found online. 

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Race Brook Lodge presents Sabina Sciubba

Sheffield— On Sunday, June 9th from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., Race Brook Lodge presents Sabina Sciubba. 

Sabina Sciubba found both critical acclaim and a loyal following as founder and lead vocalist/producer of the group Brazilian Girls, a genre-bending, multi-lingual and internationally beloved outfit that received a Grammy nomination for Best Electronic Record for their 2008 album “New York City.” Sciubba went on to release two full-length solo records in addition to acting alongside Zach Galifianakis in the critically acclaimed series “Baskets.”

Sabina Sciubba. Courtesy Race Brook Lodge.

The concert is on Sunday, June 9th from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Barnspace at Race Brook Lodge at 864 South Undermountain Road in Sheffield. The doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Tickets and more information can be found online. 

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The Foundry presents Pinc Louds

West Stockbridge— On Sunday, June 9th at 7:30 p.m., The Foundry presents Pinc Louds.

Pinc Louds’ lead singer, Claudi (all pronouns accepted), moved from Puerto Rico to NYC in 2015 to fulfill her dream of playing in the subway, where she met the musicians (drummer Rai Mundo and bassist Marc Mosteirin) and artists that would turn Pinc Louds into the full-blown spectacle they are today. The subway also opened many doors for the band, who would soon end up playing in such NYC venues as (le) Poisson Rouge, Joe’s Pub, and Lincoln Center, as well as tours throughout the US, Puerto Rico, Europe, and Chile.

Pinc Louds. Courtesy The Foundry.

Musically, Pinc Louds draws influences from such diverse artists as Pixies, Billie Holiday, Daniel Johnston, and Ismael Rivera. Is it tropical punk? Garage doowop? Crooner pop? It’s all and none of the above. The best course of action is to let go of all preconceptions and enjoy the band’s unique sound and explosive performances, described as “absolutely epic” by Paul Banks of the band Interpol.

The concert is on Sunday, June 9th at 7:30 p.m. at The Foundry at 2 Harris Street in West Stockbridge. The doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets and more information can be found online. Visit The Foundry online for parking information. 

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The Guthrie Center presents an evening with Seth Glier

Great Barrington— On Saturday, June 8th from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., The Guthrie Center presents an evening with Seth Glier. 

The earth speaks to us in a myriad of ways, through ice cores, through uplift and erosion, through tree rings — languages we have the potential to restore our literacy in. Reconnecting with these quiet messages has set Seth Glier, an avid mushroom forager and a Grammy-nominated artist from Western Massachusetts, on a path of channeling nature’s longing for communion with humanity into song. His new album “Everything” is a collection of eight songs inviting us to imagine a future in which humans and the planet are re-aligned into mutual restoration.

Seth Glier. Courtesy The Guthrie Center.

Each song presents a practical climate solution with concrete optimism.“What if this is the beginning, not the beginning of the end,” the album opens with bristling energy and hope on “Rise,” an anthem about rewilding. “Finally Home” is a celebration of regenerative farming with driving doo wop vocal harmony. “Mammoth,” written from the perspective of a wooly mammoth being brought back to life from frozen DNA, invites us to consider the blip of human history against billions of years of evolution.

Glier’s shows are always transfixing because of his original instrumentation and his commitment to his haunting songs that draw upon traditional roots music and age-old storytelling. Nominated for a Grammy and named as one of the “Fifty Gifted Singer-Songwriters You Must Know” (Riff), he has won multiple Independent Music Awards. NPR has aptly described his voice as “otherworldly.”

The concert is on Saturday, June 8th from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Guthrie Center at the Old Trinity Church at 2 Van Deusenville Road in Great Barrington. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Beer, wine, and lite fare available for purchase. Tickets and more information can be found online. 

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The Adams Theater presents Harvest & Rust – A Neil Young Experience, unplugged

Adams— On Saturday, June 8th at 7:30 p.m., The Adams Theater presents Harvest & Rust – A Neil Young Experience, unplugged. 

Representing the wide-array of Neil Young’s influential material in one show, Western Massachusetts-based band Harvest & Rust covers everything Neil Young, from the chart-topping Harvest material including “Old Man” and “Heart of Gold” to the more electric explorations of Rust Never Sleeps like “Hey Hey, My My.”

Harvest & Rust. Courtesy of the band.

You’ve seen them play as a full band. Now Harvest & Rust brings a special evening of unplugged acoustic Neil Young to The Adams Theater.

The concert is on Saturday, June 8th at 7:30 p.m. at The Adams Theater at 27 Park Street in Adams. Tickets are $25 to $50. Tickets and more information can be found online. 

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Dottie’s Coffee Lounge presents Domingo Brunch featuring Michael Aaron and Katherine Winston

Pittsfield— On Sunday, June 9th from 10 a.m. to noon, Dottie’s Coffee Lounge presents Domingo Brunch featuring Michael Aaron and Katherine Winston. 

Inspired by music icons from past decades, Michael Aaron projects a familiar, but new sound while bringing back the lyrical tellings of the classic American singer-songwriter.

Katherine Winston, a singer/songwriter from The Berkshires, has captivated audiences across the country and beyond with her heartfelt performances. Appearing on Season 14 of “American Idol,” Katherine showcased her talent and landed a spot as a semi-finalist, earning recognition for her unique musical style. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Stevie Nicks, Brandi Carlile, and Kacey Musgraves, Katherine’s music blends the elements of honest story telling along with catchy melodies to keep you listening.

Michael Aaron and Katherine Winston Courtesy Dottie’s.

The live music portion of the brunch is 10 a.m. to noon at Dottie’s Coffee Lounge at 444 North Street in Pittsfield. More information can be found online. 

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