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Bang On A Can Summer Music Festival
Brilliant musicians and composers inhabit the MASS MoCA campus from July 12 – July 28 for three rollicking weeks of innovative, unexpected, and ear-expanding music.Three decades ago, composers Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe noticed something missing in the universe of music: a zone between rock, jazz, classical, and folk where new forms of musical expression could find new audiences and new players. A composer combining electric guitar, exuberant percussion, and classical instrumentation needed a place to collaborate with a musician experimenting with minimal beats and Appalachian fiddling. So they invented a new world of music, and called it Bang on a Can.Recitals in the galleries take place at 1:30 and 4:30 PM everyday (except Sundays). For earlier shows expect fresh music; experimental, raw, often only days (or minutes) old. For 4:30 shows, performances are often drawn from more established works, well-known composers, and pieces written by Bang founders and faculty.Bang on a Can All-Stars is on Saturday, July 21st at 8 PM, followed by the Bang On A Can Marathon with Steve Reich on July 28th from 4-10PM. More than 60 performers in more than 20 performances make up 6 hours of magical music and mayhem. Come early and stay long — the Hunter will be flowing with familiar and just-composed music, while the courtyard is full of friends and food. One of our favorite and most lively days of the year, this year features works by another favorite, guest composer Steve Reich.

When: Jul 23, 2018 1:30PM in North Adams, MA

NBREPC Regional Shelter Exercise

Please join us for the Northern Berkshire Regional Emergency Preparedness Committee Regional Shelter Functional Exercise. This exercise will take place from approximately 7:30am to 1:00pm. Participants will recieve assignments and reporting locations 2 weeks prior to the exercise. A light breakfast and a full lunch will be served. 

When: Jul 26, 2018 7:30AM in North Adams, MA

The Chalet

Our summer fun spot promises frothy beverages, riverside regulars, and friendly new faces when we fire up The Chalet, Oh, Canada artist Dean Baldwin’s-sculpture-turned-river- side-beer-garden for just one night each week. Summer’s most precious memories happen here — in the midst of the museum, to the hum of local music, under the Berkshire stars. Join us every Thursday all summer for free live music - just bring cash for the bar! For more information about specific performances, visit massmoca.org

When: Jul 26, 2018 5:30PM in North Adams, MA

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About North Adams, MA
The City of North Adams was founded as a town in 1878 then later as a city in 1895 and is located in the Berkshire County. North Adams is best known for its decorated slate roofs and towers.

North Adams Points of interest are the Natural Bridge State Park and the Western Gateway Heritage State Park along with the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

There are currently major efforts in progress to create the largest Museum of Modern Art in the country.