Music & Dance Intelligence
Wednesday, Feb. 22
Williams College Benjamin Verdery performs a concert of solo guitar as part of the music department’s Visiting Artist Series. The offerings include works by Verdery, as well as pieces inspired by Bach and his take on songs by Hendrix, Prince and Randy Newman. Bernhard Music Center in Williamstown. 8 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 23
Club Helsinki John Doe, the cofounder, co-vocalist and chief songwriter of the legendary punk-rock outfit X, will perform solo renditions of songs from his latest “psychedelic soul” album, The Westerner, along with selections from his entire career. Hudson, 8 p.m.
The Colonial Theatre Hailed as “contemporary and timeless” by the NY Times, American songwriter and record producer Jeffrey Foucault has been everything from a solo country-blues troubadour, to frontman for a six-piece rock ‘n’ roll band. Pittsfield, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 24
Infinity Hall Award-winning singer-songwriter and NYC rock royalty Willie Nile returns to the Norfolk stage. 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 25
MASS MoCA The former Apollo Sunshine and Yellowbirds frontman Sam Cohen is a dazzling guitarist (he’s lent his talents to Bob Weir and Cee-Lo), as well as a skillful songwriter. He and his band will bring some lazy summer afternoon vibes to North Adams. 8 p.m.
The Egremont Barn Rene Lopez returns to the Barn after a sold out show in January. Rene is a funk and soul extraordinaire who plays guitar as well as drums and timbales. South Egremont, 8 p.m.
Spencertown Academy Arts Center Melodious Music to Lift the Spirit: a classical music concert featuring Kaori Washiyama on violin and Daniel Shulman on piano. The duo will perform a variety of pieces from Tartini Baroque to Bartok Romanian Dances, along with work by Mozart and Schubert. 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 26
Church of St. John in the Wilderness Winds in the Wilderness presents “Democracy is a Feeling,” a concert featuring works by Bach, Satie, Myers, Astor Piazzolla and Charlie Parker. Copake Falls, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 28
Dewey Hall RUNA, a Celtic roots music band, consists of vocalist and step-dancer Shannon Lambert-Ryan, Dublin-born guitarist Fionán de Barra, Cheryl Prashker on percussion, Dave Curley of Galway on mandolin, vocals, bodhrán and step-dancing, and Maggie White on the fiddle. Sheffield, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 3
Club Helsinki Rhiannon Giddens and Dirk Powell: Giddens is best known as the lead singer, violinist, banjo player and cofounder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Powell is considered one of the world’s leading experts on traditional Appalachian fiddle and banjo styles. Together, they forge a unique blend of American music. Hudson, 9 p.m.
Williams College The Blues Project is a collaboration between Dorrance Dance, led by MacArthur Fellow Michelle Dorrance, and musician/composer Toshi Reagon and her band BIGLovely. The show features some of today’s finest tap artists with live music. ‘62 Center, Williamstown. 8 p.m.
Simon’s Rock The Orchestra Now (TŌN) returns with guest conductor Zachary Schwartzman leading an overture, a symphony and “four meditations for orchestra.” Great Barrington, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 9
Infinity Hall Whether it’s his #1 hits “Lullaby” and “Beautiful Wreck” or the use of his songs in hit TV shows, chances are you know Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins, whose latest record is My Stupid Heart. Chuck Cannon opens. Norfolk, 8 p.m.
Friday, March 10
The Colonial Theatre Celebrated for their vast repertoire, breathtaking arrangements and powerful live performances, The TEN Tenors are one of Australia’s most successful touring groups. In their new show, “The Power of TEN,” they deliver a high-octane blend of operatic arias and heart-pounding rock anthems. Pittsfield, 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 11
MASS MoCA Claiming the holy trinity of Bob Marley, Michael Jackson and God as his primary inspirations, the Sierra Leonean singer Janka Nabay has almost single-handedly revived the ancient tradition of Bubu, updating a form with 500-year-old roots into dance music with flourishes of electronica. North Adams. 8 p.m.
Bardavon The Hudson Valley Philharmonic presents a very Russian mix of love, power, war and peace, featuring a Van Cliburn Silver Medalist and a short revelry celebrating our own Richard Wilson’s birth. Poughkeepsie, 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 12
Williams College Recognized as one of the world’s great ensembles, the Takács Quartet combines four distinct musical personalities to bring fresh insights to the string quartet repertoire. For 32 years the ensemble has been in residence at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Chapin Hall in Williamstown. 3 p.m.
The Four Nations Ensemble Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society presents Bach and The Italians: a concert of Vivaldi, Alessandro Scarlatti and Bach cantatas and concertos. Church of the Messiah in Rhinebeck, 3 p.m.