Hello again…

It’s nice to see you internet! It’s only been two days and we missed you already! So we gave you an update of our two days at Jazz fest so far, here’s the next two! 

Saturday morning we started with our first stop in the Gospel tent, and all of us were absolutely blown away! Amazing music/talent/power on that stage. I don’t think any of us expected to be moved like that right when we woke up, so that was a bit of a treat. Later on a group of the Brazilian players were at the  jazz & Heritage stage for a performance. It was all drumming and rythmic work with vocals. BUt the main focuz was the dancing, or fighting as we later learned it was. As slaves the Brazilians needed a way to train to fight, but their masters would never allow it, so they created this music and incorporated a form of no touch fighting to help them stay sharp. Later on a group of us went to catch the end of Anders Osborne set which was a rockin blues gem for sure. After that was Phish, RObert Plant, and Robin Thicke. Tonight was so hard to choose! I know a few people went to Robin and danced the res tof the night away for sure. Always a fun show and not worth missing. Robert Plant put on an interesting show with different takes on some old classics, and definitely a new side to the man we all know and love. Phish was playing for what seemed like all night, which was just fine with how they were playing! They had two sets worth of great music. Both the old tunes thatpeople love to see, as well as some of the new stuff off of their new forthcoming album. After the fest we went out to Shaggy’s for some crawfish! I don’t think any of us knew how cool this experience would truly be! All you could eat crawfish, and a great live band right their in Shaggy’s backyard! The guy playing guitar was Billy Iuso, a guy who’s played with everyone at least once, and just a great guy. After that we went to Rock n Bowl for another good late night show. The owner John, who we all came to love, introduced us all to Eric Lindell for the very first time, and it was great. Tons of fun. A big backing band, all great musicians, and it made for a good show. Wow. That was a lot now that’s it’s all out in front of my eyes again! On to Sunday... 

Up bright and early as always for some coffee, then we’re off! We started the day with some New Orleans country with the F-Holes at a stage I honestly didn’t know existed.  From then on for a while it was a whole lot of wandering around. It was nice to have a good block of time where we didn’t know who was playing. It let us feel free to move from stage to stage, and get a feel for everything, stopping at a different food place each time of course. Eventually we all found our way to Irma Thomas to watch the Queen do what she does best. I personally had a grin from ear to ear and goosebumps the whole time. She just knew how to command the stage and fill the air. After that was a stop at Bonerama’s show before Galactic started. Galactic… one of the best shows of the festival for sure. Amazing presence from them, and Maggie whow as seeing with them for half the show. More than anything just watching Stanton Moore play is an experience on its own. So much talent, it’s enough to make you drop the drums for ever, or pick them up for the first time! After them was Vampire Weekend and Clapton, which was a tough choice. We went to Clapton which was absolutely surreal and such a gift to witness, but So many of us had their favorite shows at Vampire Weekend, so I think we all lucked out! After was an an incredible experience at Snug Harbor where we sat in awe of Alan Toussaint for a few hours. Not only was he phenomonal in both musicianship and performance, but his backing group was amazing. They followed his every move. It only took a nod for gaze from Alan, and they were off. It left us all in a daze walking back thinking what we now think of as good music.

Okay that’s enough reminiscing for now. We’ll be back one more time for the last update so stick around!

-Vito & Ryan 

Posted by BCRC Admin on 04/28 at 03:21 PM

Hi :)

Hello there world! Or friends and family! Or who ever the heck might be listening. It’s great to put this all out somewhere. We (Dan, Tess, TT, Jenny, Rhea, Hannah,Vito, Jonathan, Michael,, and Ryan) have been waiting for this trip for a looong time, and it’s finally here! New orleans, and it feels good. 

For our first day, which was a long one, we all got up at 3 and zombied our way to the airport. But eventually we got here and that’s all that matters! We all did a little exploring and eventually found our way to Johnny’s Po-Boys.  Everyone got something different, but I think we all agreed that from the first bite it felt likeka guilty pleasure. Later on we visited Louis Armstrong park for some music as the sun was going down. Next was a trip to the Ogden museum for lots of cool artwork, in a ton of styles, ranging from paintings, to sculptures, to glasswork and more, not to mention the live music in the lobby! Finally we all went to Cochon for dinner which was fabulous. We were all in awe. Somehow I don’t think just going to Jack’s for a hot dog is going to cut it anymore.

Day two, Jazz Fest! Before that though we stopped at Cafe Du Monde for some breakfast and coffee, and I’m sure we’ll be stopping there a whole lot more this weekend. Next we headed over to the festival, it felt great! We all got our bearings and did our best to make the grounds feel like home. Some favorites for the day were Public Enemy, the Avett Brothers, Santana, Brassaholics, and the Infamous Stringdusters. Also anytime you see Stanton Moore drumming for a Klezmer band it’s a good day! After the shows we all stopped by Mat & Naddie’s for another night of amazing food. And to end the night we visited the Blue Nile to see the Soul Rebels rip it till midnight!

That’s just two days, we’ve got three left!! So please stick around the here the dramatic conclusion of, North Adams goes to New Orleans.

-Vito & Ryan 

Posted by BCRC Admin on 04/26 at 08:37 AM

The Importance of Having a Blog

You may have noticed that for the past several months (that’s right, not since January) there has not been a new blog posting for BCRC or any of our programs. It is true, that with all the various programs that we have going on in our small downtown North Adams office, we find that the time to update this blog slips away from us quite easily. But what we’ve found through one special event that happened this summer, blogs are important things to keep going.

We were lucky enough to have a great group of B-HIP (Berkshire Hills Internship Program) interns with us this summer, working at 12 different cultural institutions throughout Berkshire County. One intern in particular, Antoine Scalbert who came to us from Lyon, France, working primarily with Melanie Mowinski at PRESS Gallery this summer. One of Antoine’s duties at PRESS was to help with the marketing of PRESS. He created and maintained a blog for PRESS Gallery, that was not only a great marketing tool for PRESS, but also a great look inside of what it was like to be a B-HIP intern and what was gained out of this World-Class Arts Management program.

Blogs are seemingly easy things to do. It is a great vehicle to let people know what’s happening without being limited to a certain amount a characters or hashtags, a literary look into the programs and events that someone may be working on - small books that show us the inside. And that’s what this blog is all about. We want to show you what’s going on at BCRC not only through social media and photographs, but also through words and stories - ones that originate through us, but also ones that originate through our students, interns, professors, artists, and collaborators on what’s going on here.

So I invite you to start coming back to our blog. We’re here, stronger then ever, providing programming and programs that are for everyone and cover a variety of things. And with this blog you’ll be brought right into the heart of it.

Jen Crowell - Program Coordinator for BCRC

Posted by BCRC Admin on 09/16 at 10:45 AM
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