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.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Performance 31 Unsung Heroes: Live Tribute Music Fundraiser

Design by Michael Crigler

Performance 31 Unsung Heroes: Live Tribute Music Fundraiser

(We’re working to change the name of Transperformance. If you would like to find out more, check out our press release here.)

Help us celebrate 31 years of bringing our community together to support music and the arts with Performance 31: Unsung Heroes at Pines Theater, Look Park Florence, MA on Tuesday August 17, 2021 from 4:00 PM - 9:30 PM. We will celebrate the deep catalogue of performances with all the acts who have NEVER been featured before - underrepresented artists, underground legends, bands unfit for past themes and others we haven’t even thought of! Based on the Arts Council’s records, no one has ever covered AC/DC, Patti Smith, Willie Nelson, Thin Lizzy, Wilco, Harry Nilsson, CHIC, The Modern Lovers, Booker T. & The MG’s, Rush….the list goes on!

If you would like to buy tickets online right now please visit:

Tickets are available in person at State Street Fruit Store in Northampton, Cooper’s Corner in Florence, and AJ Hastings in Amherst (no fees). Ticket Prices at State Street, Cooper's Corner, AJ Hastings: Adults 13 years and older: $11; Seniors 65 years and older: $9; Children 12 years and younger: $6

Tickets will also be available at the Pines Theater box office on the day of the show starting at 3:00 PM; Ticket Prices at the Pines Theater Box Office: Adults 13 years and older: $13; Seniors 65 years and older: $11; Children 12 years and younger: $8

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Food will be available from Bueno y Sano, Barts Homemade Ice Cream, Ginger Love Cafe, and other local pizza restaurants including Joe's Cafe, Pizza Factory, Starr Pizza and Domino’s. Per request of Look Park: No pets, no coolers and no beverages please. Look Park charges a $10 special events vehicle entry fee for all vehicles without season passes.

What is Performance Live Tribute Music Fundraiser?
Each year 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 our community. Local musicians are asked to play cover songs from specific bands that fall under an annual theme determined by the Northampton Arts Council. This is the 31st year of Performance; The first ever iteration was Woodstock: The Performance Peace, where local musicians covered bands and songs that were performed at Woodstock in 1969. A portion of the proceeds support arts enrichment programs in the Public Schools of Northampton, Leeds, and Florence.

Organizational Support from: Massachusetts Cultural Council and The City of Northampton

Here’s this year’s roster* (listed alphabetically)
Aloha Steamtrain as Roxy Music
Blue Rendezvous/A Beautiful Future as Bonnie Raitt
Bunnies as The Modern Lovers
Dave Hayes' All-Stars with Amy Wilkinson as Pat Benatar
Donut Kings as Buzzcocks
Eric Olsson Band as Bad Company
Free Range Cats as King Crimson
In The Nick of Time as Dr Teeth and The Electric Mayhem
Jeff Potter & Betsy-Dawn Williams as Little Richard
King Radio as AC/DC
KC as Thin Lizzy
Lonesome Brothers as Willie Nelson
Matt Hebert as Bob Mould
Michelle Brooks-Thompson as Whitney Houston
Moxie as Spoon
Peter Mulvey as Tom Waits
StompBoxTrio as John Lee Hooker
The Greys as Fiona Apple
The Mal Thursday Quintet as Mott the Hoople
The Mistress Miriam Show as Wham
The True Jacqueline as Beach House
Toney Sea as Liz Phair
two.five + Magic Carpet Band as The New Pornographers
Wildcat O'Halloran as Howlin Wolf
Zip Cody/Bigger Stars as Joe Walsh/James Gang
*Performers and performances are subject to last minute changes

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