The thrill of live music is a unique blend of sensory stimulation, emotional connection, and a shared sense of community. Picture it: the thumping bass, the melodic guitars, and the powerful harmonies create a multisensory experience that transcends the confines of headphones or speakers. Thankfully, opportunities to catch a concert in the Berkshires are abundant.
Musicians take to stages at iconic venues, from Tanglewood, Colonial Theatre, MASS MoCA, and beyond. Read the blog to get a glimpse into the diverse scene that exists here.
The Best of the ’70s
Step back in time at the Colonial Theatre as a 12-piece live band serenades you with sounds from the 1970s. The setlist includes covers from legendary musicians like Neil Young, Bob Seger, Elton John, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, James Taylor, Billy Joel, and so many more. Dust off your bell bottoms and tie-dye shirts for this era-inspired evening.
Make your way to the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington to see blues musician Samantha Fish on her Bulletproof tour. Known for her famous fretwork and vivid lyrics, Fish recently topped the contemporary blues charts and received a Grammy Award nomination for her album with Outlaw Country legend Jesse Dayton. Mark your calendars for this show—it’s one you don’t want to miss.
Sing & Swing Jazz
Lovers of jazz will know Lincoln Center, an advocate for the music genre and arts education. A new initiative takes stars on tour to perform the Great American Songbook in all its playful and sophisticated glory. Booked at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center are Bria Skonberg and Benny Benack III, each armed with prodigious trumpet talent and vocal charm. See how they reimagine classics from Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Peggy Lee, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, and many more.
An artist collective of musicians, performers, and visual artists, Touki Delphine presents FIREBIRD at MASS MoCA, a “rule-breaking concert” and “extraterrestrial installation” in one. Inspired by composer Igor Stravinsky’s 1919 “Firebird Suite,” the production features over 600 recycled car taillights, sourced locally in the Berkshires, that hypnotically illuminate the dance of the animal.
Community Chamber Concerts
The Boston Symphony Orchestra Community Chamber Concerts offer audiences the opportunity to experience the unique intimacy of chamber music for free, performed by members in various community venues throughout Massachusetts. The next event is set at Linde Center for Music and Learning and includes a long list of talented musicians who study violin, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and piano.
Book a Stay at Porches Inn
From more intimate performances, Porches Inn is the home base for the Berkshires’ boundless creativity. Visit Studio 9, a state-of-the-art recording studio and intimate performance venue nestled on our campus. We’re also steps away from MASS MoCA, Clark Art Institute, and Williams College Museum of Art. Come experience the wonder for yourself. Book your stay now.