FEST: Hancock Shaker Village Hosts ShakerFest

Coachella it’s not…

It’s ShakerFest at Pittsfield’s Hancock Shaker Village from 9am-11L30pm Saturday (August 18). It’s a day of music, ballads, storytelling, harmony workshops and dance. A place where musicians blend with the audience. Where there’s no backstage. Where the green room is a picnic field.

Anna & Elizabeth are Appalachian singer-songwriters who nestle in the space between ancient ballads and new sounds, and “are not only extraordinary musicians; they are also visual artists, historians and storytellers” (No Depression), who have created a day of music with friends, including composer-cellist Paul Wiancko, experimental pedal steel luminary Susan Acorn and dancer Sandy Silva, whose body percussion techniques and contemporary movement stands out at the vanguard of contemporary artistry in traditional music and dance. Come for a heritage-inspired festival and stay for the close harmonies.

From food to tours of ancient medicinal herb gardens, this festival offers numerous experiences to enjoy along with the music. Afternoon harmony and dance workshops. An evening performance in the barn that combines traditional song and dance with new compositions, movement and projections inspired by the Shakers who built the barn. Followed by a rollicking barn dance.

Workshops only $25
Concert and Barn Dance: $25 in advance; $30 at the door
Barn Dance only: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
All Access: $65 in advance; $70 at the door

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