Monster Smash To Be Held On Halloween

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – Common Folk Artist Collective and FNProductions are bringing Monster Smash 2015  this Halloween, featuring a plethora of ghoulish activities and multiple music performances.

Jessica Sweeney, director of Common Folk Artist Collective, said the event will feature bands Arc Iris, Superhuman Happiness and Smash Frequency at the Elks Club on Saturday, Oct. 31.

“This is an opportunity for the entire community to come together, and I am hoping people will go because they want to dress up, listen to great music and have fun,” Sweeney said.

Sweeney said the event is for everyone in the community and people of all ages are invited to take part in the many activities, such as a 50/50 raffle, art installations, henna tattooing, tarot card readings, a photo booth and, of course, a costume contest.

The event kicks off at The Parlor, located at 303 Ashland St. in North Adams, at 6 p.m. with comedy from local acts Seth Brown and Angel Ortiz. Those looking for more traditional Halloween activities, such as bobbing for apples and a doughnut eating contest, should make the Parlor their first stop before the show.

At 6:45 p.m., after a handmade instrument workshop, costumed attendees will march from The Parlor to the Elks Club on Eagle Street.

“The group there will parade down to the Elks with their instrument and make a cackle in town,” Sweeney said.

At the Elks, local artist Smash Frequency will open the show, followed by Superhuman Happiness, a theatrical New York City Band. Arc Iris, who Sweeney described as a genre crossing Space-Glitter-Doowop band, will headline.

Sweeney said she hopes the event allows members of the community to all meet under the same roof and celebrate not only Halloween but also the community itself and the importance of arts in the community.

“This is going to be a great event,” Sweeney said. “It is really about bringing people together and creating memorable experiences that we can all share together that have some sort of twinge of community building.”

Sweeny said part of Common Folk’s mission is to support local and emerging artists. She said all the money raised at the show will go toward paying the artists and tech aspects of the concert.

She said any profit made will be used by Common Folk to continue to host free events for the community.

Events at The Parlor are free; tickets to the Elks party can be purchased for $12 in advance through or $15 at the door. Will call begins at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.

There will be two cash bars and baked goods sold along, with a donation jar for the family that lost their house on Furnace Street last week, at the merchandise table.

Sweeney said costumes are not mandatory but encouraged.

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