Berkshires fall pop music season offers something for everyone

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PITTSFIELD — The fall popular music season here in the Berkshires will once again feature a cornucopia of styles and genres, from folk to hip-hop to rock and roll. Here's what to expect.

Going north to south, Mass MoCA in North Adams offers a nice grouping of artists this fall. The season opens with the eclectic genius of singer-songwriter Benjamin Clementine on Oct. 15.

A month later, Brooklyn's hip-hop soul kings, Big Thief will be in the house in a performance on Nov. 15. On Dec. 10, grunge pioneers Dinosaur Jr., still packing a considerable lyrical punch, roll into the building.

Moving south, the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield offers a treat on Oct. 20, when the Havana Cuba All-Stars take the stage. The All-Stars are a Cuban supergroup of the nation' best musicians, performing traditional Cuban melodies.

A week later, Will Evans, formerly of Barefoot Truth, brings his solo act on Oct. 27. And on Nov. 25, the Rev Tor Krautter and his band will appear with some of the top musicians in Berkshire County to present the latest incarnation of "The Last Waltz," the final concert by The Band. Nice.

Before those events, the Colonial's On Stage Series presents Jonathan Edwards on Thursday evening.

In Great Barrington, the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center will present country-folk giant Ramblin' Jack Elliot on Oct. 14. Two weeks later, one of Jack's friends and proteges, the already legendary Arlo Guthrie, will appear with his band on Oct. 30.

In late fall, rocker Melissa Etheridge will be in town on Dec. 9. Etheridge, who does one of the best covers of "Born to Run" anywhere, will dial it down a bit, performing holiday favorites that night. Don't rule out a few roof-raising tunes, however.

And as always, please support local musicians and venues such as the Lion's Den and The Barn in Egremont by making the effort to visit them.

For those fans who'd like to get out of the Berkshires for a night, the Albany Times Union in Albany will offer country singer Carrie Underwood on Oct. 27 and the rock-electronic sound of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra on Nov. 27.

The Calvin Theater in Northampton offers several nice shows. These include Styx on Oct. 10 and Ani DiFranco on Nov. 17.

And for real oldies fans, hie east to hear Herman's Hermits, featuring original lead vocalist Peter Noone on Nov. 18.

One caveat for all these shows. Please check the respective websites for times and ticket prices. And, sad to say, we don't have tickets to any show. Sorry.

Contact Derek Gentile at 413-496-6251.


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