Common Folk is ready to expand and bring a permanent creative energy downtown.
Jessica Sweeney, co-founder and creative director of the North Adams-based artist collective, has seen the group grow and fluctuate through its early beginnings as a small collection of creative people to a force capable of hosting music festivals.
The Licensing Board is giving a West Housatonic Street restaurant a shot at having live music, despite pleas from the neighbors.
Owner Mickey Soldato requested an entertainment license to have acoustic musicians perform on the outdoor patio a couple nights a week. Soldato says the hope is to grow the business, including with later evening patrons, by providing more. However, those who live on Gale Avenue have been there before and it was a nuisance.
At last, the roving artist's collective Common Folk may have found a permanent home at 18 Holden St.
Co-founder and creative director Jessica Sweeney said the collective has been in flux after losing its temporary Main Street location. The group had occupied the former McClelland's space at 85 Main as part of the summer's Downstreet Art. Even though they were still very active in the community, they missed having a headquarters.
Wilco may not be in the city this summer, but there will still be music in the downtown. A $25,000 grant from Levitt Pavilions, which will have to matched with another $20,000, will bring 10 free professional public concerts to Colegrove Park.