Mass MoCA’s 2022 Summer Programming | Summer Arts Preview | Hudson Valley

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  • Cirque Kalabante performs at Mass MoCA in North Adams on June 26.

As usual, contemporary multi-arts center Mass MoCA’s current season is packed to its historic-former-mill-building rafters with engaging and exciting events. The North Adams, Massachusetts, performance site and art museum finished last month on a high note with the return of Wilco’s Solid Sound festival and is turning up the summer heat with still more sizzling concerts, complimented by a heady mix of art, performance, and more.

The musical coolness continues with a special Juneteenth celebration by Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience (June 18) and appearances by rising folk-popper Brooke Annibale (July 2), “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” house band the Roots (July 8) , Scottish synth outfit Chvrches (August 5), vocal group Roomful of Teeth and friends (August 17), trumpeter Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective and Turtle Island Quartet (August 26), and witty indie icons They Might Be Giants (September 3 ). “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” creator John Cameron Mitchell and international cabaret star Amber Martin will present an evening of songs and stories accompanied by “Hedwig” band Tits of Clay (July 16).

Returning avant-garde organization Bang on a Can will perform a series of weekday gallery concerts (free with museum admission) as the leadup to Bang on a Can’s LOUD Weekend festival (July 28-30). Further out on the festival front is “boutique festival” Here and There (August 13), which has Courtney Barnett, Lucy Dacus, Men I Trust, Faye Webster, Bartees Strange, the Beths, and Hanna Vu; and the favored FreshGrass Festival (September 23-25) with Gary Clark Jr., Old Crow Medicine Show, Tanya Tucker, Trampled by Turtles, the Del McCoury Band, Yola, Taj Mahal, and much more.

Globally oriented live attractions at Mass MoCA in 2022 include the Montreal-based circus troupe Cirque Kalabante (June 26), which combines breathtaking acrobatics with live music played on the traditional instruments of their native Guinea, including kora, djembe, and various kinds of percussion, ”and artist Armando Cortes’s“ Aun Los Gallos (Even Roosters Cry) ”(June 10-11: July 9-10; September 3-4), an installation performance that explores his Mexican roots.

The annual Time of Now festival (June 25) promises pop-ups, performances, talks, and film screenings by artists, musicians, dancers, designers, and thinkers, such as exhibiting artists Lily Cox-Richard and Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Helga Davis, and Treya Lam. Jointly presented by Mass MoCA at the Thomas Cole Historic Site in Catskill is artist Marc Swanson’s exhibition “A Memorial to Ice at the Dead Deer Disco” (July 16-November 27), a new series of installations inspired by the artwork and writings of the influential Hudson River School painter Thomas Cole.

See the Mass MoCA website for a full, updated calendar of events and exhibits.

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