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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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Unique Musical Shows Coming to Berkshires This Week

It’s an unusual week for music in the Berkshires, with one-offs on offer at two of the major venues in the county.

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Old and New Favorites in Coming Up

Get ready for a revival of "She Loves Me," "The Wedding Singer," Melissa Manchester and Air Supply, plus a jazz afternoon at Sevenars.

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Wonderful Week on Tap in the Berkshires

Guitarist Pat Metheny, the pop group Blondie and a live production by the Barrington Stage presage a wonderful week.

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Singing! Dancing! Naked Singing and Dancing!

It might require a drive, but you can hear country/western music, Bernstein and great stuff for children in the coming days ... or catch up with nudity that began 50 years ago and caused a sensation on Broadway.

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'Lempicka,' 'Anthracite Fields' Roll Into North County

While that might require a bit of a drive for those coming from farther south, I believe it will be worth it as you discover a brand new musical and a masterwork that combines elements of folk, rock and classical.

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Bernstein, Bang on a Can, and Everything In Between

Yes, I'm stretching the word by calling the upcoming shows "pop." But they are popular in the best sense of the word —they appeal to everyone. For me, great music knows no boundaries.

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Music Before, During and After the Fourth of July

There will be several new musicals to enjoy, thanks to the Berkshire Theatre Group.

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Big Names, Great Popular Music Land in Berkshires

First things first: If you don't have your tickets to the Barrington Stage's "The Royal Family of Broadway," a world premiere, stop reading this column for a moment and buy them right now.

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Popular Music Scene Awakens in the Berkshires

You can look forward to this column as a tip sheet about upcoming shows. I won't review them; I will preview them, and I'll try to persuade you to attend a concert or show that is either in your musical comfort zone or that expands your musical horizons.

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