Datenight fun for a holiday weekend

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THURSDAY

Don't get stuck in a work week slump. Grab your favorite person and head to Down County Social Club at Race Brook Lodge for some live music by Christina Courtin, "one of the most captivating singers you will come across this lifetime," says Race Brook at rblodge.com. The doors open at 7 p.m., with music starting sometime after 8. Tickets are $15 at the door. Find Race Brook Lodge at 864 S. Undermountain Road, Sheffield.

Or head to Dream Away Lodge for live music by Banjo Blue, 8 to 10 p.m., at 1342 County Road, Becket.

SATURDAY

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The holiday weekend is providing us with some great date ideas, that don't have to happen after dark. Balderdash Cellars is hosting a Balderdash Backyard Barbecue, with Ozzie's Food Truck, wine and beer from 1 to 5 p.m., and live music by Brien Benlien at 2 p.m., at Balderdash, 81 State Road, Richmond.

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Save some room for all of the great food you'll find at The 2019 Food Truck Feastival hosted by the Pittsfield Suns. It runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., so schedule a lunch or dinner date. Even better, you don't have to find a sitter (though you may want to).

Mass MoCA welcomes Tank and the Bangas for a standing room only concert at Courtyard C, 8:30 p.m., rain or shine. MoCA says, "This is one of the finest party bands on the planet, coming off like a latter-day Sly and the Family Stone." Tickets are $20 in advance, $30 the day of, available at massmoca.org. Remember, you can head over early to check out what's up in the galleries, or grab something to eat from Lickety Split Cafe, Gramercy Bistro, Bright Ideas Brewing, and A-oK Berkshire Barbeque, all on the museum campus.

Check out Eddie Barbash at the Egremont Barn, 8 p.m. According to the Barn, "Eddie Barbash plays American roots music on alto saxophone. He is a founding member of Jon Batiste Stay Human, the house band for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He brings his horn and sensibility to Texas and Appalachian fiddle tunes, bluegrass, old time, rhythm and blues, soul and classic New Orleans." Tickets are $20.

Catch live music at the Parlor Cafe in North Adams, beginning at 7:30 p.m. with Brain Habits, followed by Synapses Firing, FLOAT and Robert California. Admission is free, donations accepted for the acts. Find The Parlor Cafe at 303 Ashland St., North Adams.

SUNDAY

Hancock Shaker Village's Shaker Barn Series welcomes The Suitcase Junket to the barn, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., 1843 W. Housatonic St., Pittsfield. Tickets are $25, $22.50 members.

Don't have to work Monday? Stay out late at Knox Trail Inn's Luau Party, 8 to midnight. Wear your finest luau attire and kick off the summer season with music by DJ Sancho, at 1898 E. Otis Road, East Otis.


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