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Shaker Barn Music

Imagine: a Berkshire barn, overlooking the fields and forests of an authentic Shaker village, filled with the soulful sounds of great music.  The crickets aren’t the only ones dancing. Come join the celebration.

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SPONSORED BY InterprintBlue QBright Ideas Brewing, Rural IntelligenceEncore Audio Event Services, and No Depression

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Saturday, June 2, Doors open 6:30pm/Show 7:30pm

Sweetback Sisters


This renegade retro band offers a modern take on country music, pushing their timely take on country’s golden age into more adventurous territory that includes blazing leads, charging rhythms, and playful lyrics.  Performing everywhere from A Prairie Home Companion to Mountain Stage, they are a sweet opener to our second year of Shaker Barn Music.  The Boston Globe’s James Reed writes, “…they have the perfect balance of sass, sincerity, and swing. And a good sense of humor, too.”

Gorgeous girl-on-girl harmonies over swell honky-tonk melodies…trust us: these guys are brilliant!” NBC New York

TICKETS Advance $20/18 members; Day of $25/22.50 members

Saturday, July 7, Doors open 6:30pm/Show 7:30pm

Pi Power Trio

We’re heading to the Love Shack.  Pat Irwin, Sasha Dobson, and Daria Grace (Pi Power Trio) draw on the rich tradition of instrumental rock ‘n roll, then surprise you and blow it up.  Legendary rock critic Robert Palmer, writing in The New York Times, described Irwin as a “mercurial presence on the New York rock scene of the early ’80’s. The bands he helped found, The Raybeats and 8 Eyed Spy, resembled each other only in that both had an aversion to the predictable and ordinary.”

Irwin was a founding member of the seminal No Wave bands The Raybeats and 8 Eyed Spy and a long time member of the B-52s, joining the band in 1989 and helping to bring hits “Love Shack” and “Roam” to mass audiences around the world.  He’s also composed the music for hundreds of cartoons including “Rocko’s Modern Life” and “SpongeBob SquarePants.” Sasha Dobson (who often opens for Willie Nelson) was a member of Puss ‘N Boots (with Norah Jones), whose record “Aquarius” was hailed by Magnet as “raw and compelling,” and whose “Into The Trees” was released in 2014 to wide acclaim.  Daria Grace has been singing and playing on the New York Scene for over 20 years, and has toured and recorded with avant-rockers God Is My Co-Pilot, pop-noir sextet Melomane, and Hawaiian swing quartet The Moonlighters. Her current band, the Pre-War Ponies, specialize in obscure tunes from the 20s and 30s. Their 2016 recording, “Get Out Under The Moon” was recently praised by the New York Daily Music Blog, “Grace is one of New York’s most distinctive and elegant singers…You’ll be missing out if you don’t own this album.”  You’ll be missing out if you don’t head to the barn.

TICKETS Advance $20/18 members; Day of $25/22.50 members

Saturday, July 21, Doors open 7pm/Show 8pm

Double Hitter

The Autumn Defense, Heather Maloney, and Johnny Irion

Longtime Wilco multi-instrumentalists John Stirratt and Pat Sansone have been playing together in their spare time as the American indie rock band The Autumn Defense ever since the idea struck them 18 years ago in New Orleans at the end of Wilco’s Mermaid Avenue sessions with Billy Bragg. Stirratt (formerly Uncle Tupelo) and Sansone take inspiration from the crisp season in the duo’s name, combining classic pop and rock sounds from ‘60s and ‘70s AM radio traditions with silk-soft country-folk. “In short: warming, gorgeous, delightful,” wroteRolling Stone of the duo’s second album, Circles.

Maloney’s sound is timeless. The Northampton indie folk singer-songwriter has a distinctive, clear, and pure voice, and she uses it to tell down-to-earth tales in polished folk songs exploring themes of spirituality, transformation, and impermanence. According to Glide Magazine, Maloney’s “…sound will knock-you-to-your-knees.”

TICKETS: Advance $25/22.50 members; Day of $30/27 members

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