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Tuned In: Antenna Cloud Farm

  • Twisted Pine

  • Photo by Laura E. Partain

  • Photo by Ebru Yildiz



Friday, June 08, 2018

Antenna Cloud Farm sounds like a fantastical fictional place, but it’s a very real artist retreat and community outreach organization, situated on a hundred-acre hilltop in Gill.  

The second season of Antenna Cloud Farm’s multi-genre summer music festival — recently called a “can’t miss” event by The Boston Globe — gets underway with a performance by LADAMA, an internationally-acclaimed Latin roots/folk/pop collective, tonight at 7 p.m.

LADAMA is an all-woman quartet of musicians and educators — Mafer Bandola, Lara Klaus, Sara Lucas and Daniela Serna, “sisters in song, rhythm and spirit” — who each come from a different country and culture of the Americas (Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and the United States). They use traditional and non-traditional instruments to make modern alternative Latin music.

The night starts off with an outdoor party featuring locally made food (from Jen's Bread, Upinngil Farm and others) at 6 p.m., and as sunset begins to rosy up the scenic space, LADAMA performs at 7 p.m.

Future shows in the Antenna Cloud Farm music festival series include bluegrass multi-instrumentalists with local roots Chris Brashear and Jim Watson (July 7), string quartet The Aizuri Quartet (July 21), Metropolitan Opera veteran Irwin Reese and Greenfield pianist Julia Bady (August 19), violinist/songwriter/NPR Tiny Desk Concert winner Gaelynn Lea (September 16) and composer and player of tuned wine glasses Jonny Rodgers, aka Cindertalk (September 29).

Besides their appearances on the hilltop in Gill, artists will also visit public schools in Greenfield and Turners Falls, the Franklin County Jail, and local community organizations.

For more information about Antenna Cloud Farm, visit antennacloudfarm.com

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of Montreal, led by singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Kevin Barnes, began as a homey heart-on-its-sleeve pop group in 1997 and slowly mutated into another life form altogether, zooming into outer space and the inner mind, embracing dance beats and deep thoughts. His/their latest album is “White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood” (influenced by Angela Davis, Noam Chomsky, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Mark E. Smith and others). of Montreal appears at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke on Wednesday at 8 p.m.

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