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Rogovoy Report 2/24/17

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include psychedelic pop, Electric Latin soul; jazz; dance for social justice; Americana; and a whole lot more.

Pop-rock singer-songwriter Sam Cohen brings his individual brand of retro-psychedelia and his buzzsaw guitar licks to Club B-10 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass., on Saturday at 8pm. The former frontman of Apollo Sunshine and The Yellowbirds, who has lent his guitar talents to the likes of Bob Weir and CeeLo, will be fronting his full band at the show, which will inject a sunny blast of summer into cabin-fever season. Cohen has developed his solo career while collaborating with a disparate range of nationally and internationally recognized artists, including Norah Jones, Shakira, the National, and the aforementioned Bob Weir and CeeLo.  

Rene Lopez brings his distinctive brand of Latin soul and rock – what he calls electronic Latin soul - to the Egremont Barn in South Egremont, Mass., on Saturday at 8pm. Lopez’s music spans funk, disco, salsa, and at times recalls the sort of NYC street-soul of early Bruce Springsteen and Van Morrison and the late 1970s art-funk of Talking Heads.

Boston-based contemporary dance theater company Danza Orgánica, directed by choreographer Marsha Parrilla, will host a free Dance for Social Justice Movement Workshop followed by a lecture/demonstration performance of Parrilla’s work “Running in Stillness,” at the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires in Pittsfield today as part of the 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival. The workshop is at 4pm and the lecture/demonstration is at 6pm.

Also part of the 10x10 Festival in Pittsfield is tThe Matt DeChamplain Trio, featuring vocalist Atla DeChamplain, presenting ten jazz styles in “Ten Flavours of Jazz” at Flavours of Malaysia on Saturday at 8pm. The musical menu includes New Orleans/traditional; swing; Brazilian/bossa nova; stride; Kansas City/blues; West coast/cool; and contemporary.  

Husband-and-wife duo Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams will bring their award-winning Americana music to Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday at 9pm. The Woodstock, N.Y.-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell is a Grammy Award-winning producer and an Americana icon whose career has been inextricably intertwined with the likes of Judy Collins, Lucy Kaplansky, Linda Thompson, Sheryl Crow, Paul Simon, B. B. King, Willie Nelson, Eric Andersen, Buddy and Julie Miller, Kinky Friedman, Little Feat, Hot Tuna, Cyndi Lauper, k.d. lang, Rosanne Cash, most notably Levon Helm – for whom he served as musical director of the Midnight Rambles - and Bob Dylan, with whom he toured and recorded for eight years in the late 1990s and early 2000s, as part of what is generally agreed to have been the strongest lineup of Dylan’s “Never Ending Tour” band. At least that’s what I think, and I should know – I wrote the book on Dylan. Larry’s wife and duo partner, Teresa Williams, has Americana flowing through her blood, having grown up on her family’s seventh-generation West Tennessee farm. Williams left the farm to make her mark as a singer in New York, gaining a job as a member of Southern Comfort, opening act and backup for Eddy Arnold, the Tennessee Plowboy. She went on to perform with singers including Bonnie Bramlett, Emmylou Harris, Mavis Staples, and Buddy Miller, among others.

Seth Rogovoy is editor of Berkishire Daily and the Rogovoy Report, available online at rogovoyreport.com