The Shire City Sessions are back.
The weekly concert series takes place over the next three Mondays at the First Street Common. The concerts bring original live music to the Berkshires, and fills up what tends to be an uneventful night of the week.
"There is a little bit of a hole in the cultural scene when it comes to original music," said Alan Bauman, who founded the concert series in 2015 to bring in national and regional music talent to tackle that issue.
License to Groove opens this year’s concert series on July 5. Whiskey City follows on July 12, with The Bomb on July 19 and Shyne on July 16 rounding out July. In August, On Tap will perform Aug. 2, Wildcare on Aug. 9, Legal Tender on Aug. 16 and Hotshot Hillbillys on Aug. 23.
Three Dog Night could be bringing joy to Wahconah Park this summer.
The Parks Commission on Thursday approved a request from Berkshire Radio Group Vice President Peter Barry to use the park on Saturday, August 26 for the concert. Barry is in the "exploratory phase" of possibly putting on the concert and needed to secure the city's permission to use the field before booking them.
FODfest celebrates the life of Daniel Pearl - the slain Wall Street Journal reporter who began his career at the North Adams Transcript and Berkshire Eagle. The concert will feature more than a dozen local musicians in a unique format that is part jam session, part song-swap and part concert.
The Shire City Sessions concert series has moved to the Common.
Four shows will be played in July and August on Monday nights at the common featuring an array of original bands with regional or national draw. The series in its second year after last year hold three concerts in the parking lot of Shire City Sanctuary.
The Berkshires may be brimming with musicians, but for whatever reason, few venture far from their favorite open mic or music venue — leaving a sometimes stagnate local music scene.
"The issue with the Berkshires is it is just a spread-out area ... and there is no central place to go," BOOM co-founder Sandy McKnight said. "A lot of people are not aware of what is going on past Pittsfield if they are from South County and vice versa if they are from North County ... we want to change that ment