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.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Transperformance 28: AmperBands! Benefit Music Festival for Arts

Come celebrate 28 years of bringing our community members together to support music and the arts!

Once again, on Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 it’s time to celebrate our community and the arts with Transperformance 28: AmperBands!, THE summer music festival at Pines Theater-Look Park. This year we will celebrate connection, collaboration and the power of performing together with Transperformance 28: Amperbands! Your favorite local acts will take the Pines Theater stage to perform material from dynamic duos to famous families to superstars and their trusty backing bands.

When: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 4:00-9:30pm

Where: Pines Theater-Look Park, 300 N Main Street Florence, MA 01062

How Much: 
Pre-sale - Adults $10; Senior 65+/Student/Vet $8; Kids 12 & under $5;

Day of at Pines Theater Box Office  - Adults $12; Senior 65+/Student/Vet $10; Kids 12 & under $7

Day of at Pines Theater Box Office starting at 3:00pm, or in advance:, State Street Fruit Store-Northampton, Cooper's Corner-Florence, AJ Hastings-Amherst; Day of at Pines Theater Box Office starting at 3:30pm.

Featured AmperBands include:
4:05-4:20 - NCMC Youth Rock Band

4:30-4:45 - Flathead Rodeo as Bill Haley & His Comets

4:45-5:00 - The Volstead Act as Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

5:00-5:15 - Court Etiquette as Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band

5:15-5:30 - Bruce Mandaro as Derek & The Dominos

5:30-5:45 - Dez Roy as Buddy Holly & The Crickets

5:45-6:00 - Johnny Memphis Band as Toots & The Maytals

6:00-6:15 - Appalachian Still as Steve Earle & The Dukes

6:15-6:30 - Thee Arcadians as Iggy & The Stooges

6:30-6:45 - Wishbone Zoe as Siouxsie & The Banshees

6:45-7:00 - The Mary Jane Jones as Ike & Tina Turner

7:00-7:15 - Jerks on the Loose as Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris

7:15-7:30 - King Radio as Simon & Garfunkel

7:30-7:45 - Steve Westfield and The Lonesome Brothers as Neil Young & Crazy Horse

7:45-8:00 - Soul Magnets as Sly & The Family Stone

8:00-8:15 - Aloha Steamtrain as Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars

8:15-8:30 - Eric Olsson and Free Range Cats as Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention

8:30-8:45 - Page Six as K.C & the Sunshine Band

8:45-9:00 - Zip Cody & Friends as Adam & The Ants

9:00-9:15 - Colorway as Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

9:15-9:30 - Kate Lorenz & The Constellations as Big Brother & The Holding Company

More info:
Rain Date--Wednesday, August 22 at Pines Theater, Look Park
Rain Predicted Both Days--Tuesday, August 21 at John M Greene Hall, Smith College

Food will be available from La Veracruzana, Bart’s Homemade Ice Cream and other local pizza restaurants including Joe's, Sam's, Roberto's, Pizza Amore, and others.

Per request of Look Park: No Pets, No Coolers and No Beverages please. Look Park charges a $7 special events vehicle entry fee for all vehicles without season passes. A portion of the proceeds support arts enrichment programs in the Public Schools of Northampton, Leeds, and Florence.

History: Each year in August the Northampton Arts Council and the Parent Teacher Organizations of Northampton’s public school system join forces to raise funds for arts enrichment in the schools and for the ArtsEZ grant program. The original concept for Transperformance was for local bands to take on a persona of another established nationally recognized act and perform or “Transperform” their bands’ style. The acts that are chosen are done thematically, such as Transperformance 22 “Food Groups” (Heather Maloney as Amy Winehouse) or Transperformance 17 “Color By Numbers” (Primate Fiasco as Pink Floyd) or Transperformance 23 “Beyond Bob” (Rusty Belle as Bob Dylan). Over the years Transperformance has evolved and tribute style performances have become acceptable if not the norm.

Who Supports Transperformance 28?
Headline Sponsor: Smith College
Media Sponsors: NEPR, The Republican, 93.9 the River, Hits 94.3, WHMP, Daily Hampshire Gazette
Organizational Support: Massachusetts Cultural Council, City of Northampton, Northampton Arts Council
Artwork by Nate Duval

 Photos below by Dave Madeloni

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