Local Bands

Can’t Tell Young and Zealous No

Can’t Tell Young and Zealous No

Can’t squash the spirit of a young entrepreneur, spreading his wings and escaping Pittsfield to New York City. You can’t keep that young man from dreaming, networking, and hustling with the goal of making a name for himself. The ambitious Berkshire County transplant in question is Zachary McCarthy, who, at 22 years old, is motivated […]

Leap The Dips brings back local sound

Leap The Dips brings back local sound

Local music ain’t what it used to be around here, but a band called Leap The Dips is doing its part to change that and to bring back good rock music to the Berkshires. The members of LTD are John Prusinski (guitar), Scott Marks (bass), and Dave Serafini (drums). John and Scott both trade roles […]

Ross Jenssen: Breaking down genre borders

You may have heard of a band called Ross Jenssen. In fact, you might know the band personally. I met two-thirds of Ross Jenssen at the Brick house in Housatonic, Jules Jenssen and Brian Ross, the rhythm section and combined namesake. Jules Jenssen spotted me and introduced himself and Brian, complimenting me on my Strawberry […]

The Random Concept

The Random Concept

Rock Originating in 1965 in western Connecticut, The Random Concept has major art-rock cred. They played with the Andy Warhol group and was an active part of the music scene in Greenwich Village during the late ’60s. They play mainly improvised rock music, as their band name implies, so they thrive in live music settings. […]

Dreamaholic

Dreamaholic

Indie Rock/Alt-Folk Pop Composed of singer-songwriter Michael Lesko, bassist and vocalist Maya Mortman and drummer Tim Morrison, Dreamaholic presents original songs that are atmospheric and inviting. The trio was formed when Michael and Maya met at the Stagecoach Tavern and started jamming together. Michael invited Tim to play drums and their sound was complete. They […]

The Picky Bastards

The Picky Bastards

Bluegrass This bluegrass-centered power duo is made up of Chris Merendo, on banjo and vocals, and Rob Sanzone on guitar and mandolin. They always feature a rotating cast of all-star musicians. The Picky Bastards cover music of all genres including old-time Americana standards, modern pop hits and classic rock-and-roll; they also mix in their own […]

Rebel Alliance

Rebel Alliance

Rock and reggae As the Berkshires’ preeminent reggae-influenced band, Rebel Alliance preaches the gospel of rock, reggae and improvisational jam along with a whole host of other musical genres. The Reb, as they are known to their fans, is made up of Mike Wood on guitar and vocals, Chris Gennari on lead guitar Michael Wood […]

Bella’s Bartok

Bella’s Bartok

Folk pop Bella’s Bartok is made up of six extraordinary musicians from Northampton. Their carnivalesque style and canny folk-pop sensibility make them one of the more unique bands around. The band is made up of Asher Putnam on vocals, Jesse Putnam on accordion, mandolin and guitar, Chris “Fancy” Kerrigan on guitar and clarinet, Dan Niederhauser […]