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Squeeze, Benatar, Reba, Berkshire Ramblers Spark Labor Day Weekend Finales

For the Labor Day weekend, Tanglewood welcomes pop and country stars, the Guthrie Center offers local folkies, Mass MoCA throws a dance party and the Egremont Barn jumps with hip-hop.

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Gladys Knight, Roomful of Teeth, Gershwin Highlight Busy Week

These may be the dog days of August, but pop and new music — and musical theater — are abound throughout the Berkshires. Beginning with John Williams' music and Gladys Knight in separate concerts at Tanglewood, it's a full schedule as summer winds down.

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Bring Your Light Sabers: Star Wars Returns, Plus Martha Graham Dancers, Chris Smither

John Williams' music is a familiar sound in the Berkshires, and this season is no different. In addition, a legendary choreographer's company at the Pillow plus folkie Chris Smither at the Guthrie Center add up to a lively week.

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Eclectic Headliners: Savion Glover, Lou Reed Drones, Indigenous Dancers

The week for eclectic music lovers includes both Tanglewood’s important Festival of Contemporary Music and the tap icon Savion Glover, with a Laurie Anderson presentation at Mass MoCa to boot.

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Bang + Train + Shrek = Varied Berkshire Pops Week

Meanwhile, Train makes a stop at Tanglewood, and the musical "Shrek" bounds joyfully into Pittsfield.

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Pretenders, Paul Taylor Dancers, Ragtime Among Top Events This Week

If you love classic rock, Christie Hyde and the Pretenders are making a stop at Mass MoCA. If you're into dance, the Paul Taylor troupe visits the Pillow. And musical comedy aficionados can flock to the Mac-Haydn across the state line for "Ragtime."

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Studs Turkel Makes Music, Caroline Rose Switches Genres and More

The pluses outweigh the minuses — the main minus being Patti Lupone's cancellation at the Mahaiwe. (She's still recuperating from hip replacement surgery, according to an announcement.) Lupone promises to reschedule.

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Harlem Dance, Buddy Guy's Blues, Nat 'King' Cole Stylings Highlight Week

Blues, jazz, hip-hop, folk, cabaret — you can catch a bit of everything with the varied pops calendar in our region this week. Big names, too: Dance Theatre of Harlem, Buddy Guy, John Davidson to name a few.

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Red, White, Blue Plus Grease Week for Pop Fans

Meanwhile at the Guthrie Center in Great Barrington: more great folk music, while Jacob’s Pillow features live music accompaniment to a Merce Cunningham tribute. That, a new production of "Grease" and more.

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Gearing Up for Old and New Pop Idols

These are among the treats awaiting Berkshire pop and dance enthusiasts in the week before July 4.

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Gotta Dance, Gotta Sing: There's Both This Week on Local Stages

Featured June 20 at 6 p.m. in the Dance Zone at the north end of the street festival is TL Collective, the athletic, family-friendly contemporary and hip-hop moves of Micaela Taylor's company.

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BBBBBzzz: Bombino, Berkshire Jazz Start the Pop Season with a Bang

Hopefully, I'll encourage you to attend a performance of music you know you love, or even music you don't know but that you might love. A great, varied season awaits from Great Barrington to North Adams.

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