Concerts, yoga and movie nights
With the Levitt AMP concert series not renewed this year due to failure to secure a Levitt AMP grant, the city of North Adams and Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) are not going to make the new performance space in Colegrove Park go to waste.
According to Suzy Helme, the director of community events for the city of North Adams, every second Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. from June until August, there will be a concert playing in the park, coordinated by the city, Sounds & Tones Records and Common Folk.
“We are providing two of the three dates of talent,” Chris Hantman, owner of Sounds & Tones, said. “MCLA is providing sound, and we are reaching out and acquiring the bands who will be performing and working closely with the City to market these events.”
According to Hantman, Common Folk is coordinating the first concert. Despite the focus on local talent, the concert series does not want to distance itself from the Levitt AMP.
“Our hope is that these shows build off of the foundation that Levitt started there, showing people the potential for Colegrove Park,” Hantman said. “With its proximity to Main and Eagle St., it’s a great and accessible venue to enjoy a live show on a beautiful day.”
The Park will also host weekly events, such as yoga every Sunday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., and the city and BCRC are planning to use the space as part of DownStreet Art. They plan to show movies in the venue the last Thursday of the month from June to September, starting at 8:30 p.m. when the DownStreet Art events start to wind down.
According to Helme, a full press release on the Colegrove Summer programming will be released in early May.
Colegrove Park was designated as a public park in 1904, undergoing many renovations and restorations, the most recent additions coming last year as a result of the Levitt AMP concert series, which brought 10 weeks of free and open concerts to the city.