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, March 14, 2022

Four Sundays 2022 Arts Festival



Four Sundays - An arts festival in Northampton

Four Sundays is one of the longest-running community winter arts series in the country, the first Four Sundays being presented in 1993. The series traditionally has taken place during the month of February at various performance venues in Northampton and is produced by Northampton Arts. This year, due to Covid-19, the festival takes place in April.





Vibez for the Tribe II: A Celebration of Jazz, Hip Hop, and A Tribe Called Quest. Presented with Genuine Culture LLC.
The Northampton Arts Council and Genuine Culture, LLC present Vibez for the Tribe II: A Celebration Hip Hop, Jazz and A Tribe Called Quest. Vibes for the Tribe will showcase the musical and spiritual connection between Jazz and Hip-Hop culture through the dynamic music of A Tribe Called Quest and the Jazz greats that influenced them, such as Grover Washington Jr, Donald Byrd, and Grant Green. The show celebrates 30 years since the release of the hip hop trio’s groundbreaking and universally-beloved album The Low-End Theory. The “Vibez For The Tribe” Band is led by Queens, NY native Nikhil P. Yerawadekar (Antibalas, Hailu Mergia, Low Mentality), and comprises some of his most trusted collaborators and features Brooklyn's own Yah Supreme in a prominent DJ and MC role. Over the years, Nikhil has been a part of many successful musical tributes, from theme concerts dedicated to icons like Paul Simon, David Byrne, and Aretha Franklin with Antibalas at Carnegie Hall, to musical directing four straight years of Fela Kuti birthday concerts. Yah's diverse experience in music, starting as an MC and label owner in NYC's rich late 90s/early 2000s independent hip-hop scene, has him very well prepared to move this crowd. A Tribe Called Quest's music plays a vital role in the soundtrack of these musicians' lives, and they can't wait to explore and interpret not only the Tribe songs we know and love but also the music that was sampled to make these hip-hop classics. Linden Boulevard represent, represent…


When: Friday, April 1 – 7:00 PM Showtime, Doors open at 6:30 PM

Where: 33 Hawley Workroom Theater, 33 Hawley Street Northampton, MA 01060

How Much: $20 does not include fees

Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets

RSVP: on Facebook





Michelle Brooks-Thompson Live in Concert
Michelle will perform a 90-minute uninterrupted set, featuring the music of the best musical divas, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Etta James, Patti Labelle, Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Chaka Khan, Jennifer Holiday, and Gladys Knight. Performance is subject to change.



When: Saturday, April 2 – 7:00 PM Showtime, Doors Open at 6:30 PM

Where: Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060

How Much: $20 General Admission - All ages; Prices do not include Academy of Music box office, house, or ticket vending fees.

Tickets: Academy of Music Theatre; https://www.aomtheatre.com/event/michelle-brooks-thompson-live-in-concert/

RSVP: on Facebook


Michelle Brooks-Thompson

National Award-winning Recording Artist

Former NBC’s the Voice Finalist & 2017 Amateur Night at the Apollo Winner

Renowned National Anthem singer, Musician, Actress, Motivational Speaker & Author

For more info, visit www.michellebrooksthompsonmusic.com

Sponsored by Lathrop Community





KidsBestFest, a movie festival for kids and adults

KidsBestFest is a movie festival for kids and adults with free admission held during the spring school break at the Academy of Music Theatre. KidsBestFest is a part of the Four Sundays series. We kick off the free movie festival on Monday, April 18, at 11:00 AM.


When: Monday, April 18–Thursday, April 21 at 11:00 AM Showtime every day, Doors Open 10:30 AM every day

What:

Monday April 18 at 11:00AM - Disneynature Penguins (2019)

Tuesday April 19 at 11:00 AM - Marona's Fantastic Tale with two local animated shorts before the feature film. Tavi's Song and The Grumpytime Club - Songs by Carrie Ferguson, films by Wishbone Zoe.

Wednesday April 20 at 11:00 AM - The Karate Kid (1984)

Thursday April 21 at 11:00 AM - Northampton Youth Film Fest


Where: Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060

How Much: FREE

RSVP: on Facebook

Co-presented with the Academy of Music Theatre

Sponsored by Northampton Open Media and A2Z Science and Learning Store





Silver Chord Bowl 2022


The Silver Chord Bowl, in its 38th year, is the oldest and most respected collegiate a cappella showcase in the region. The Silver Chord Bowl has worked to highlight the unique styling of a cappella, and has been a staple of the Four Sundays series for years. The Academy of Music Theatre in Downtown Northampton will host this year’s event. These a capella groups bring their A-Game to showcase new musical talent at the collegiate level every year.  Northampton High School’s Northamptones open the show followed by Berklee On The Vox, Tufts sQ!, Amherst College Zumbyes, MIT Ohms, UMass Dynamics, and Smith College Notables. This year the Silver Chord Bowl is hosted by Northampton Mayor Gina-Louise Sciarra and Smith College Professor of Music Steve Waksman, Ph.D.


When: Sunday, April 24 – 2:00 PM Showtime, Doors Open at 1:30 PM

Where: Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060

How Much: Advance Prices: Premium Assigned Seating All Ages - $35 General Admission All Ages - $15; Day of at Door Prices: Premium Assigned Seating All Ages - $40 General Admission All Ages - $20.

Prices do not include Academy of Music box office, house, or ticket vending fees.

Tickets: Academy of Music Theatre; https://www.aomtheatre.com/event/silver-chord-bowl-2022/

RSVP: on Facebook
Sponsored by Smith College





The J Scott Brandon Grant Fund Benefit Concert (The Bow Bow Bash)
A benefit concert for the Northampton Arts Council's J Scott Brandon Fund featuring a mix of NHS student musicians and ensembles along with local bands and performers. Join us in the Workroom Theater @ 33 Hawley for a night of music, celebration, and fundraising for a great cause. NHS acts include Mosquinha, Misconception, DJ Paddy Wentworth, NHS Jazz and Rock Improvisation Workshop & more. Local acts include Pollimoe, Carinae, The Sun Parade, and Stunt/Stars, featuring Friends and Bandmates of J. Scott Brandon.


The J. Scott Brandon Grant Fund was created to provide students at Northampton High School with financial assistance for music lessons and supplies for their instrument throughout their high school career. Weekly lessons are provided by a musician at a local music school (Downtown Sounds or Northampton Community Music School - student’s choice). Ninth and tenth grade Northampton High School students in need of financial support are eligible for scholarship funds to receive music lessons. Students are nominated for the grant by Paul Kinsman, Claire Williams, and one board member of the Northampton Arts Councils’ Schools sub-committee. The Arts Council is pleased to support the opportunity for students, regardless of their financial resources, to be a part of an inclusive community of musicians.

When: Friday, April 29th – 6:00 PM


Where: 33 Hawley Workroom Theater, 33 Hawley Street Northampton, MA 01060

How Much: FREE, Suggested Donation to the J Scott Bandon Fund

RSVP: on Facebook






EXCHANGE: Dances from the Heart
Presented with SCDT and APE@Hawley.

Featuring performances from Lauren Horn, Tyler Rai, Rebecca Pappas

Tori Lawerence/Ellie Goudie- Avrill and Angelica Polk. 

The artists will share current works in response to the fluctuations and challenges in our present worlds, including dance, theater, and performance art. 


When: Saturday, April 30th – 4:00 PM Showtime, Doors open at 3:30 PM

Where: 33 Hawley Workroom Theater, 33 Hawley Street Northampton, MA 01060

How Much: $10 does not include fees

Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets

RSVP: on Facebook



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