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The Drury Performing Arts Center will host folk artist Tracy Grammer on Friday.

Drury High Hosting Folk Artist Tracy Grammer

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Drury Performing Arts Center will host folk artist Tracy Grammer on Friday.
 
Students in the high school's performing arts management program will produce the concert that not only will showcase Grammer but five Drury High students.
 
"The Boston Globe wrote 'One of the finest pure musicians anywhere in folkdom,' " teacher Jamie Choquette said. "We think the audience will agree. We also hope community members will support the great work these students are doing as musicians, artists, and producers."
 
Grammer, a singer, guitar player, violinist, and storyteller, has recorded with Joan Baez and Mary Chapin Carpenter and has headlined several of the nation's top folk festivals.
 
She also has been one of folk radio's 50 top-played artists, both solo and with the late Dave Carter, and is currently on tour with her 11th album, "Low Tide."
 
Choquette said he was an audio engineer back in 2007 on a tour called "Songs of the Spirit" that featured Grammer along with a diverse group of performers.
 
"I was an audio engineer on the tour and Tracy's set was my favorite part of the show," he said. "When I heard she was touring with a new album, the class agreed it would be great to have her come to Drury."
 
Students Hailey Peters, Noah Lemaire, Darby Taylor, Jadyn Kline and Audrey Belanger will also perform.
 
Choquette said the DPAM class will run every aspect of the show. 
 
"They consist of 12 students Grades 8-12 who manage all aspects of the production including marketing, box office, artist management, and the technical set-up," he  said. 
 
The performance will be featured in a new space, Club 315 — the former technology arts room.
 
"The large expansive room inspired us to adapt to a performance space and theater classroom," Choquette said. "In the past, when we wanted a more intimate performance space, we would close off the stage and have the audience and performer in close proximity. Club 315 expands on this intimate venue idea."
 
Art teacher Erica Manville will also curate a student art show that will begin at 6 on the night of the show. Showgoers will be able to buy food at the student bake sale and peruse the student art before the music begins at 7.
 
Choquette said he hopes students will learn what really goes into a professional production
 
"From the legalese of the contract and payment, how to meet the needs of the artists with hospitality and technical riders, how to effectively market a show with a very small budget, how lighting, audio, and room presentation are important and unique to each show, all of the communication and safety measures that are necessary for each production," he said. "Most importantly; how to manage to the level of responsibility that comes with the real-world scenario of every live production."
 
The show starts at 7. Tickets can be purchased here or at the door.

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North Adams Rallies For Win in Rain-Shortened La Festa Baseball Exchange

By Rick DuteauiBerkshires.com Sports
NORTH ADAMS, Mass - North Adams struck just before Mother Nature did on Saturday night, as the local team rallied to a 9-5 victory over the Boston North End Dodgers, just before weather shortened the first game of the annual La Festa Baseball Exchange at Joe Wolfe Field.
 
The two sides met for the 29th straight season in the yearly event in which each club travels for a two-game series. Although Saturday’s action was halted in the top of the sixth inning due to a lightning storm that swept quickly through the area, the teams meet again on Sunday morning for the second game. North Adams will also travel east in August for a pair of games hosted by the Dodgers in Boston.
 
Things may have ended in a draw had North Adams not struck for its final scoring burst in the bottom of the fifth inning, as it scored four runs to break open a 5-5 score with the deciding margin of victory. Landon Champney got it going after he led off by slicing the ball past third base for a double, and he then scored the winning run on a throwing error after Tristan Garner walked and attempted to steal second to draw a throw.
 
The home team kept piling on in the fifth to increase its lead. Garner came in on a passed ball, Chase Vanderwoude walked and later stole home and Owen Gagne smacked a single past third, advanced on a balk and then crossed the plate following a wild pitch.
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