The 413: Weekend filled with live jazz music thanks to CityJazz Festival
This fall is flying by, so there's no better time than now to get yourselves out and about to enjoy the festive happenings of this crisp, colorful and cheerful season. Here's a sampling and what's coming up this weekend and beyond:
• The 12th annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival continues this weekend through Sunday with headliner events staged throughout downtown, including: tonight's annual Jazz Prodigy concert featuring alto saxophonist, Nathan Farrell, at 7, at the Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave., free; Friday's feature saxophonist Scott Robinson and his quartet, 8 p.m., Flavours Restaurant, McKay Street entrance, $25 in advance, $30 day of event; Saturday's finale with five-time Grammy award nominee vocalist/pianist Karrin Allyson, with U. S. Army Jazz Ambassadors big band and Berkshire Youth Jazz Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., $20-$35. There will also be a Sunday Jazz Brunch, featuring jazz/reggae outfit DredI, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dottie's Coffee Lounge, 444 North St. Ongoing downtown jazz events include Andy Wrba and friends playing every Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Mission Bar + Tapas, 438 North St., and Gruppo Mundo, every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., at Rainbow Restaurant, 109 First St. Info: berkshiresjazz.org or find them on Facebook.
• The Rainbow Restaurant in Pittsfield has two special events coming up, including the easy listening duo, Garson & Sullivan, playing at 7 p.m. on Saturday, no cover; and a special beer and pizza flight with Brooklyn Brewery at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, $18. Reserve your spot at the tasting: 413-443-0002 or dinerainbow.com.
• The Barn at the Egremont Village Inn, 17 Main St., South Egremont, is building a buzz as Berkshire County's newest venue to offer live evening entertainment. This weekend's lineup includes: open mic, this and every Thursday at 7:30 p.m., hosted by Eric and Mark; karaoke from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday; "Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking," starring Linda Purl, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, $20 general admission. Info and tickets: theegremontbarn.com or 413-528-1570
• The Spectrum Playhouse, 20 Franklin St., Lee, will be hosting at 7 p.m., on Friday and Saturday, "Berkshire Voice," a vocal talent competition in the style of the hit television show, "The Voice." Contestants must be ages 15 and up, and arrive prepared with at least two to three songs with a background track available. Call 413-394-5023 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Friday night will be the Round 1 blind auditions. Finalists will be asked to return on Saturday for the audience vote and the announcement of the $500 grand prize winner. Sign ups and sound check for contestants begin at 6 p.m. each night. Tickets for audience members are $7 general admission, $5 for students and seniors.
• A "Learn to Swing I" dance instruction series with Ron Tritto begins this Friday, and will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. for four Fridays, through Nov. 4, at Berkshire Yoga, Dance & Fitness, 55 North St., Suite 201, Pittsfield. No experience necessary. Cost is $55 per person for the four lessons. Singles and couples welcome. Info: info@Learntadance.com or 518-766-4027
• This month's 1Berkshire Berkshire Young Professionals' Social will feature a special double venue tour in Sheffield. From 5:30 to 5:45, do a tasting and tour of the new facility at Berkshire Mountain Distillers, 356 South Main St. Then, at 6 p.m., head over to Big Elm Brewing, 65 Silver St., to mingle over food and a cash bar, followed by tours at either 6:30 or 7. Bring business cards to be entered into a door prize drawing. The cost is $5 general admission, free for BYP members. Info: 1berkshire.com or find them on Facebook
• Thomas Attila Lewis returns to Dottie's Coffee Lounge in Pittsfield to host a night of free stand-up comedy, with food and beverages available for purchase. To sign up for a performance slot for this or future shows, contact Lewis at facebook.com/thomasattilalewis. Performer sign in starts at 7 p.m., and the show runs from about 7:30 to 9.
• The seventh annual Berkshire Drum and Dance Fest will be held in the Boland Theater at Berkshire Community College, 1350 West St., Pittsfield. This year's theme is "Honoring West African traditions: Djembe, Doun Doun and Balafon." There's a suggested donation of $10-20 at the door, with proceeds to benefit Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center's year-round environmental education programs for all ages, the "Raise the Roof" fund to build a sustainable nature and cultural education center and to conserve 32 acres of highland boreal forest in Windsor.
Doors open at 6 p.m. to offer a world marketplace, silent auction, nature displays and screening of the Tamarack Hollow video in the theater. Show starts at 7.
Featured performers include: Mangue Sylla, Namory Keita, Abou Sylla, Sekou Sylla; Aimee Gelinas, with members of Gaia Roots & Berkshire Pulse; Youth Alive, Berkshire & Valley Rhythm Keepers & Longmeadow Drummers, Marafanyi, Serenity Circles, Beat Mob, Chris "stix" Hairston, Tommy "Two-Step" Brown, and other surprise guests. Info: tamarackhollownatureandculturalcenter.org, or look for the event on Facebook
• Misty Blues Band will play from 5 to 8 p.m., at Mission Bar + Tapas in Pittsfield.
• Music of the weird, wonderful and distorted persuasion will come together with a four-act lineup starting at 6:30 p.m., at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield. Performers include Slippery Dixon, Cruudeuces, Pittsfield's own singer-songwriter Eamonn Barry, and the city's experimental artist, Mike Shea. Supplies to make art will also be on hand, should the mood inspire you. There's a suggested donation scale of $3-$5 to support the artists.
• Guitarist and composer Gregory Uhlmann, will perform from 3 to 4:30 p.m., at Six Depot Roastery, Cafe & Gallery in West Stockbridge.
• The inaugural Levitt AMP North Adams Music Series concludes at 2 p.m., at Colgrove Park, corner of Main and Church streets, North Adams, with the funky, blues-rock sounds of the Seratones, all the way from Shreveport, La. Bring your own picnics, blankets and lawn chairs, and cash for local food and beverage vendors. Info: levittampnorthadams.com
• The belly dance fusion duo dance troupe, Heart-Shaped Box, will host "A Nightmare at A's: A Fusion Dance Experience," from 7 to 9 p.m, at the Tavern at The A, 303 Crane Ave., Pittsfield. Doors open at 6 p.m. The two-hour show and Halloween-themed costume party will also feature guest performers, prize giveaways, door prizes, a 50/50 raffle and more, with music mixed by DJ Deify. Tickets are $10. RSVP to Heart-Shaped Box via Facebook.
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