Eleonore Oppenheim will be performing at Fringe Music's debut show on Friday, September 4th.
Eleonore Oppenheim will be performing at Fringe Music's debut show on Friday, September 4th.

INDIEcent Exposure #10 — Fringe Music in the Berkshires


Bazaar Productions presents Fringe Music, a new free music series that will bring new, innovative music to the Berkshires on the first Friday of every month as part of Pittsfield’s First Fridays Artswalk.

The arts organization is taking a hiatus from its normal summer offering, Berkshire Fringe, a festival that combines theater, music and art, to provide a more focused musical experience. Co-artistic director Peter Wise says, “Previously, we had a music series going on at the same time as a theater festival, and workshops, and all of this stuff crammed into a couple of weeks… but this is a great chance to showcase one thing at a time, and we’re really looking forward to that.”

Peter Wise, Sara Katzoff and Timothy Ryan Olson are the co-artistic directors of Bazaar Productions.
Peter Wise, Sara Katzoff and Timothy Ryan Olson are the co-artistic directors of Bazaar Productions, whose Fringe Music series begins this Friday; photo courtesy Bazaar Productions.

This Friday’s show features Eleonore Oppenheim, a renowned bassist who will be playing works from her upcoming debut solo album “Home.” Her performance begins at 7pm. Shire City Sanctuary, who is collaborating with Bazaar Productions to launch Fringe Music, will be hosting a gallery, and 17 different art shows from 25 different artists will be present from 5pm to 8pm as part of the standard First Fridays Artswalk experience in Downtown Pittsfield.

You can support Eleonore’s upcoming album “Home” on her Hatchfund page, and read more about Peter Wise and Bazaar Productions’ creative creations from their “creative arm,” Kickwheel Ensemble Theatre.

PLUS: Musician Jeff Hudson talks about his new album, “TM” or “Transcendental Meditation,” and making music in the modern music industry.

TM, by Jeff Hudson; 2015
TM, by Jeff Hudson; 2015

Jeff Hudson is a Williamstown resident and Electronic musician. He and his wife, Jane, are the proprietors of HUDSONS, located on the MASS MoCA campus, where you can find an eclectic collection of arts, antiques and collectibles.

Today, he talks to Jason about the evolution of the music industry, the new opportunities that modern technology gives to modern musicians, his influences in creating his new album, “TM,” or “Transcendental Meditation,” and provides a handful of stories you don’t want to miss.

“TM” blends old-school influences with modern sounds and production to create an electronic sound that transcends time and place. You can buy this 2015 release on Amazon, iTunes, or CDBaby. Feel free to add him on Facebook.

INDIEcent Gatherings

Barnstone Presents: Poetry and Music in the BarN is happening this Saturday, September 12th, at the BarN at 1401 Green River Road, Williamstown. Doors open at 6:30, and you can expect excellent music and poetry to 10pm.

On Sunday, September 13th, the Berkshire Boys will appear at Mission Bar and Tapas at 438 North St in Pittsfield. Music starts at 7pm. For more info, head to their Facebook event.

The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow will be playing at Shire City Sanctuary at 40 Melville Street in Pittsfield as part of the Shire City Sessions series. The music begins at 5pm with the opening act The Novel Ideas.

In this episode, you heard excerpts from the track “Crocodile,” by Eleonore Oppenheim’s upcoming debut solo album “Home,” and the tracks “Deep In” and “Mudd Club” from Jeff Hudson’s 2015 release “TM.”

This episode was edited by William McGuire III and the show notes were written by William McGuire III.

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