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
Legendary Texas rockers ZZ Top and contemporary blues rock guitar slinger Gary Clark Jr. co-headline the festival, which also includes world-renowned and emerging artists Buddy Guy, Blackberry Smoke, The Marshall Tucker Band, Trigger Hippy, The Wood Broth