The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

BJ Goodwin Award Recipients Boy Harsher Embark on U.S Tour

Northampton-based electronic duo and 2017 BJ Goodwin Award recipients BOY HARSHER embark on a one month U.S Tour beginning today.

This January, the Northampton Arts Council awarded Jae Matthews & Augustus Muller $750 to support Boy Harsher's Winter Tour, a total of thirty shows in the span of thirty-five days and over eight thousand miles. The grant allows the duo to bring their unique sound to new audiences while connecting with and raising money for marginalized LGBTQ communities & alternative safe spaces. Proceeds from the sale of hand-printed secular prayer cards will benefit LGBTQ Youth Kickback a New Haven, Connecticut based organization that provides assistance, guidance, and care for gay and transgender youth. A limited run of one hundred prayer cards have been made by Jae and Gus at the Big Wheel Press and include a short passage from transgender activist June Miller and poet Lara Rodriguez. Boy Harsher will also contribute a “road diary” for post tour publication to the Atlanta-based magazine, The Fanzine. This piece will showcase elements from the tour, highlighting the benefits, art-spaces and queer performers from each night. 

For more information on the BJ Goodwin Memorial Grant please visit: or

BOY HARSHER is a dark electronic duo that produces gritty dance beats infused with ethereal vocals, creating a sound that is eerie, intense and incredibly danceable. Augustus Muller develops the underbelly of sound with minimal beats and grinding synths, where Jae Matthews whispers, screams and chants on top. Together, the music created is somewhere between industrial, drone and confessional storytelling. Muller and Matthews both have a strong background in film and their cinematic approach translates effectively in both their recordings and live performance.

U.S Tour:
January 18th - Manhattan, NY @ Nothing Changes
January 19th - Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville
January 20th - Philadelphia, PA @ 52 HZ
January 21st - Baltimore, MD @ EMP Collective
January 22nd - Washington, DC @ Safari
January 23rd - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
January 24th - Chapel Hill, NC @ The Nightlight
January 25th - Savannah @ ACAB
January 26th - Jacksonville, FL @ Shantytown
January 27th - Miami, FL @ The Club at Hotel Astor
January 28th - Orlando, FL @ Spacebar
January 29th - Tampa, FL @ Steelworker Records
January 30th - Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic
January 31st - Pensacola, FL @ Open Books
February 1st - New Orleans, LA @ Saturn Bar
February 2nd - Houston, TX @ Satellite Bar
February 3rd - Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlies
February 4th - McAllen, TX @ DSQZBX / Cine El Rey
February 6th - Tuscon, AZ @ Pomoro
February 7th - San Diego, CA @ The Hideout
February 9th - Sacramento, CA @ Press Club
February 10th - San Francisco, CA @ The Knockout
February 11th - Los Angeles, CA @ Non Plus Ultra
February 12th - Phoenix, AZ @ TBD
February 13th - Santa Fe, NM @ ACAB
February 14th - Dallas, TX @ RBC
February 15th - Atlanta, GA @ 529
February 16th - Boone, NC @ Black Cat
February 17th - Columbus, OH @ Bourbon Street
February 18th - Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class

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