Be Here Now: Word X Word Festival, Pittsfield, 8/17-22/09

Celebrate the word!

Beginning Monday, August 17, the 2009 Word X Word Festival does just that, celebrating the word in all of its written, spoken and sung glory.

It’s the first-ever week-long celebration of word performance in Pittsfield, Mass. featuring over 50 emerging and established songwriters, poets, comedians, spoken word artists, National Poetry Slam Champions, bands, actors, writers and whatever else ya got.

Barrington Stage Company’s Stage 2 plays host to Monday’s opening event bash headlined by the Low Anthem, the Providence trio whose brilliant debut album was re-released this summer by Nonesuch Records as “Oh My God Charlie Darwin.” (Nippertown fans will recall that they playing The Egg back in April as Ray LaMontagne’s opening act.) Joining the Low Anthem in Pittsfield will be David Dondero and Taylor Mali.

Other fest events of particular note include Jesse Harris with Audrey Ryan and Michelle Lewis on Wednesday, August 19 and Ari Hest, Mieka Pauley, Noam Weinstein and Dean Fields on Saturday, August 22. Both shows take place at the Mission Bar and Tapas.

All-festival passes are available, as well as tickets to individual festival events. Note, however, that while passes and tickets are supposed to guarantee admission, they do not guarantee seating, which is on a first-come, first-seated basis.

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