Concerts, ballgames will light up the weekend
On Friday and Saturday June 9 and 10, at 8 p.m., two-time Tony Award-winner William Finn returns to host, "Songs by Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists You Probably Don't Know But Should..." Put on by the Barrington Stage Company, the event places a spotlight on the next generation of talented musical theater writers. The show will take place at Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, 30 Union St., Pittsfield. Tickets are $30 to $40 and can be purchased online at barringtonstageco.org/single-tickets or by calling the box office, 413-236-8888.
The Clippertones, a swamp-rock band based in Cambridge, performs at 7 p.m. at The Down County Social Club, 864 South Undermountain Road (Route 41), Sheffield, an intimate New Orleans-style speakeasy. Influenced by folk, bluegrass, blues and rock, the band, in their own words, seeks to "capture the dreams and feelings of the heart as they crash into the cold reality of the life's chaotic obstacles." There is a $10 donation for the artists.
The North Adams SteepleCats host the Keene Swamp Bats at Joe Wolfe Field at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the ballpark or via pointstreaksites.com/view/northadams.
World renowned singer-songwriter John Gorka and special guest Amilia K. Spicer perform at 8 p.m. at the Guthrie Center in Great Barrington as part of the 2017 Troubadour Series. Over the course of his career, Gorka has released 11 critically acclaimed albums and had his songs recorded and or performed by various artists, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black and Maura O'Connell. Notable for her Americana/folk rock style, Spicer has performed at the Kennedy Center on three occasions in addition to having her music featured in several TV shows and indie films. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling 413-528-1955. $20 for members; $25 for non-members. The doors open at 6 p.m.
Blues band Misty Blues starts playing at 6:30 p.m. at the Adams Ale House, 8-10 East Hoosac St., Adams. The band, founded by lead singer Gina Coleman, often performs classic rock and folk tunes with a heavy dose of blues.
Multi-genre party band MissMatched, opens up its summer on Friday at 9:30 p.m. at Casey's, 501 Dalton Ave., Pittsfield. The set goes until 12:30 a.m. and the cover charge is only $5.
Cole Quest and The City Pickers, a bluegrass group from New York City, put on an 8 p.m. concert at the Guthrie Center, 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington. The grandson of folk legend Woody Guthrie, Cole Quest and his fellow musicians perform a combination of original numbers and traditional favorites. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling 413-528-1955. $15 for members; $20 for non-members. The doors open at 6 p.m.
The U.S. Stones, the American Rolling Stones Tribute Band, plays a 7:30 p.m. concert at The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield, to benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Berkshire County. Doug Baird and Mark Alan provide strikingly accurate portrayals of a young Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and the tribute band uses authentic musical equipment, stage gear, and outfits to replicate the true Rolling Stones concert experience. Tickets are $28.50 to $48.50 and can be purchased online at berkshiretheatregroup.org or by calling 413-997-4444.
The Pittsfield Suns finish off a three-game homestand against the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs at Wahconah Park in Pittsfield at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the ballpark or online at pittsfieldsuns.pointstreaksites.com/view/pittsfieldsuns.
In celebration of its summer/fall exhibition, "Inventing America: Rockwell & Warhol," the Norman Rockwell Museum, 9 Glendale Road, Stockbridge, will present a Studio 54 after-party from 8 p.m. to midnight. The party pays tribute to artists Norman Rockwell and Andy Warhol and their impact on the 20th century. Meet Norman Rockwell's grandson, Geoffrey Rockwell, and Andy Warhol's nephew/illustrator James Warhola, whose work also will be on view. Enjoy music provided by Brooklyn DJ Natasha Diggss, and a Warhol-esque lightshow by Joe Wheaton.
Country and folk guitarist Bobby Sweet performs at 7 p.m. at The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield, to celebrate the highly anticipated release of his new album, "All These Changes." Sweet has performed with many notable folk and country artists including Vince Gill, Bill Staines, Martin Sexton, Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Jonathan Edwards. He recently concluded his fourth U.S. tour with Arlo Guthrie. The Berkshire native will be performing with his BSweet Band, featuring Pete Adams, Abe Guthrie, Bruce Mandel, and Andy Crawford. Tickets are $15.
The North Adams SteepleCats host the Valley Blue Sox at Joe Wolfe Field at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the ballpark or via pointstreaksites.com/view/northadams.
Andy Wrba, bassist in the group Barefoot Truth, plays a set beginning at 8 p.m. at Mission Bar + Tapas, 438 North St., Pittsfield. Featuring a rotating cast of musicians each week, Wrba dabbles in many different genres, including jazz, rock, blues and funk.
Beginning at 8 p.m. at Mission Bar + Tapas, 438 North St., Pittsfield, Jordan Franklin will host an Open Mic. People are free to try out new material or discover a new talent!
Justin Allen and the Enlightenment come to Methuselah Bar and Lounge, 391 North St., Pittsfield, to play an 8 p.m. set featuring a range of musical styles from americana, soul, to reggae. Admission is free.
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