Fox Bluegrass Festival
about a dozen music festivals to choose from over the next
few weekends, it’s hard to decide where to spend your concertgoing
dollar. Where will you get the most bang for your buck?
Which festival has the best combination of quality musical
entertainment, family-friendly atmosphere, and convenient
location? If it weren’t for that middle item, we’d consider
pointing you toward Camp Bisco (and we do, a few pages from
now), but how about something with less hard drugs?
The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival is all those things and
more. The biggest bluegrass festival in the Northeast boasts
a lineup that puts other like-minded fests to shame. Legends
like the Del McCoury Band (pictured), David Grisman, Bela
Fleck, and Sam Bush will all be on hand, and the much-loved
Hot Rize will make a special 30th-anniversary reunion appearance.
And of course a who’s who of up-and-coming bluegrass greats
fill out the remainder of the schedule.
the main performance stage, Grey Fox attendees can shake
loose at the dance pavilion, or enjoy arts and crafts and
kid-oriented performances at the family stage; you can even
set the kids loose at the four-day Bluegrass Academy for
Kids, where the tots will learn how to pick and sing for
the location? This year, Grey Fox has relocated from their
former Columbia County home to the Walsh Farm in Oak Hill—within
an hour’s drive from Albany.
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival runs today (Thursday, July 17)
through Sunday (July 20) at Walsh Farm (1 Poultney Road,
Oak Hill). Gates open at 8 AM daily, with music running
2 PM to midnight today, 11 AM to 1 AM Friday and Saturday,
and 10:30 AM to 4 PM Sunday. For a full schedule of events,
plus information on camping and other such concerns, visit
grey foxbluegrass.com. To order tickets by phone, call (888)
of Contemporary Music
Rockefeller isn’t the only epochal 20th-century figure who
is the subject of a centennial celebration this summer.
The Tanglewood Music Festival’s annual Festival of Contemporary
Music will celebrate the centennial of avant-garde musical
giant Elliott Carter beginning Sunday.
started out a neoclassicist and ended up writing challenging—but
dramatic and fascinating—serial music. (You know, atonal.)
This program will feature 11 concerts showcasing 47 works
by Carter (15 of which are orchestral compositions). Most
concerts will showcase the Tanglewood Music Center Fellows
and gusts soloists, but the Boston Symphony Orchestra will
headline the July 24 (8 PM) concert.
BSO conductor and new-music lion James Levine had to leave
Tanglewood for the rest of the season owing to a medical
problem, and various guest conductors will be filling in.
Festival of Contemporary Music will be held at Tanglewood
(Lenox, Mass.) beginning Sunday (July 20), and continues
through July 24. There are concerts every night at 8 PM
in Ozawa Hall; tickets are $11, except for the July 24 BSO
performance, which is $16-$50. There are additional concerts
at various times each day, visit bso.org for complete details.
the fourth year in a row, Bazaar Productions brings the
Berkshire Fringe Festival to the halls of Simon’s Rock.
Bazaar Productions three co-artistic directors (Sara Katzoff,
Timothy Ryan Olson and Peter Wise) come from diverse artistic
backgrounds, and the festival reflects that variety with
a potpourri of theater, dance, music, film and workshop
offerings that consistently buck convention.
festival has declared its mission to cultivate the work
of emerging artists, make live performance affordable for
the general public, and explore traditions “underrepresented
in the mainstream.” This year the three-week festival features
dozens of performances by six theater and dance artists
and seven “sonic innovators,” along with a showcase of new
plays by local playwrigts, and a late-night series of film
week’s festival will include live performances of Alexandra
Beller’s Us (today, Thursday, July 17 at 8 PM; tomorrow,
Friday, July 18 at 7 PM; Saturday, July 19 at 9 PM; and
Monday, July 21 at 8 PM), Jessica Cerullo’s Miracle Tomato
(Friday at 9 PM; Saturday at 7 PM; and Sunday at 8 PM) and
a screening of the film The Chosen One (pictured,
Friday at 10:30 PM).
Berkshire Fringe Festival continues every Wednesday to Monday
through Aug. 4 in the Daniel Arts Center at Simon’s Rock
College/Bard (84 Alford St., Great Barrington). Tickets
are $8 to $15. Admission to festival workshops, the new-play
showcase and music series are free. For more information,
including a full schedule, visit berkshire fringe.org or
call (413) 320-4175.