+ Summer Park Series
Northampton Summer Park Series 2021
Come out to enjoy long summer nights in Downtown Northampton with free live music in Pulaski Park! The Northampton Arts Council, in its sixth year of presenting concerts in the Park, continues a long-held musical tradition that dates back to the 1970's. Join us for live music and dancing in our beautiful park. We are presenting six shows this summer in July, August, and September. Shows start at 5:30pm and go until 7:30pm.
Friday July 15th 5:30pm
Cloudbelly, Lisa Bastoni & Sean Staples
Mythic dreamwalker music for your brain stem. Corey & Anand met by chance one evening when they were separately on the bill at Luthier's Coop in Easthampton, MA. They had a magnetic response to each other's music and vibe and were soon working together on Corey's 2018 release Seafoam. Plans, recordings, and momentum were building towards what looked like a breakout year but 2020 had other plans. Once it became clear the world will continue to spin, they returned to the work they began in 2019 and decided to name their collaboration Cloudbelly, after a bird-friend they had known.The world may already be strange, but it is surely getting stranger. Cloudbelly hopes, as all who create must hope, to chart a course through the strangeness they can walk with eyes and hearts open. Though Cloudbelly operates as a duo, they are just as much a product of a beautiful web of collaborators and friends who grace their recordings, offer support and inspiration. Living and creating often go hand in hand in Western MA, a region as bursting with creative genius as it is overflowing with kindness.
"Are we ready to decide how we want to live?" Lisa Bastoni's newest album, How We Want to Live (2019), finds the songwriter diving deeper into the life she craves. Produced by award-winning songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist Sean Staples, the album features guest performances by Mark Erelli, Rose Cousins, Lula Wiles and Naomi Sommers. Lisa Bastoni is a 2019 Boston Music Award Nominee and Kerrville New Folk Winner. "Americana of the highest order...along the lines of Gretchen Peters or Patty Griffin." (Maverick-UK)
Some important information: Please bring sunblock, drinking water, and a blanket to sit on. No pop up tents or chairs with metal legs are permitted on the grass turf at Pulaski Park. For questions please contact email@example.com or call 413-587-1069. A2Z Kids Zone will be in attendance at this show.
We couldn't present these shows without our sponsors:
Headline Gold Sponsor: The City of Northampton and Cornucopia Natural Wellness Market
Media Sponsors: 93.9 & 101.5 FM The River, Daily Hampshire Gazette, The Republican/MassLive, New England Public Media, Northampton Open Media
Stage Bronze Sponsors: Delap Real Estate, A2Z Science & Learning Store, Eastside Grill, Hotel Northampton, River Valley Co-op, Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
Our mission is to showcase the best music from the valley alongside top notch touring acts while bringing together the local community to enjoy the many benefits of our picturesque downtown. Outdoor concerts on summer nights in downtown Northampton is a tradition that dates back to the 1970s. Since that time, Northampton has been fertile ground for producing unique original music, often renowned on the national level. The lineup for the 2021 series reflects this trend and will showcase acts of varying age & style to each other and the community at large. This year, the Northampton Arts Council is producing the summer series in what promises to be the best summer yet!
*Friday July 16 @ 5:30pm Jake Manzi, Izzy Heltai
Friday July 23 @ 5:30pm Editrix, Thee Arcadians
Tuesday August 3 @ 5:30pm Priya Darshini, Max ZT
Friday August 6 @ 5:30pm Salsa in the Park w/ KomboLoko; Dance
instructors: Nector Garcia, Michael Rodriguez, Zamirah Santos. DJ Roger Jr. and the return of the KomboLoko live, playing a Tribute to Willie Colon.
Saturday Sept 4 @ 5:30pm Salsa in the Park w/ Dj Bongohead
Tuesday August 17 @ 4:00pm Transperformance 31: Unsung Heroes
at Pines Theater, Look Park Florence, MA