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MCLA Presents! Home: Past Shows : 2012 / 2013 Season

The Pedrito Martinez Group
Co-Presented with LAS, the MCLA Multicultural Center, SAC, and other MCLA Clubs

Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 3:00pm
Rain site: MCLA Venable Gymnasium

Fall semester at MCLA kicks off with Cuban percussionist Pedrito Martinez and his highly successful, Afro-Cuban/Afro-Beat band. Born in Havana, Cuba, Martinez is a world-class conga player, singer, and bandleader. He has toured with artists such as the Dave Matthews Band, Willie Nelson, and Ray Charles. Deeply Rooted in Afro-Cuban Rumba tradition, The Pedrito Martinez Group will bring a new mix of music to MCLA's campus with bata rhythms and vocal chants of the music of Yoruba and Santeria.

Opener Swanky Sound.


Moby Dick
Co-Presented with "Call Me Melville," City of Pittsfield, as part of DownStreet Art

Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 8:00pm
MCLA Church Street Center
Friday, October 5, 2012 - 8:00pm
Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield

The Gare St. Lazare Players of Ireland return to MCLA Presents! with internationally renowned actor, Conor Lovett, in a one-man performance of the great American novel, Moby Dick. This solo performance encompasses the immense detail and emotion that arise in Herman Melville's well known novel. 

Co-Presented with MCLA's Office of Academic Affairs, Diversity Task Force, and the MCLA Multicultural Center, as part of Center Stage, an initiative of the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Sunday, October 28, 2012 - 7:00pm
MCLA Church Street Center

BélO has been hailed as Haiti's musical ambassador to the world. A young, socially conscious singer-songwriter with a sophisticated sound, BélO and his band deliver a high-energy mix of jazz, worldbeat, rock, reggae, and Afro-Haitian traditional rhythm known as Ragganga.

Center Stage is administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts, in cooperation with the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations, with additional support from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the Asian Cultural Council, and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. General management for Center Stage is provided by Lisa Booth Management, Inc.


Broadway's Next H!t Musical
Friday, November 30, 2012 - 8:00pm
MCLA Church Street Center

NYC's original, award-winning, improvised comedy comes to the MCLA campus! Broadway's Next H!t Musical is the only unscripted theatrical awards show. With suggestions of made up, hit songs from the audience, master improvisers create a spontaneous evening of music, humor, and laughter. The audience votes for their favorite song and watches as the cast turns it into a full blown musical- complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue, and plat twists galore! It's all improvised and it's all funny! Don't miss the next great American musical- written in your town!

A Very Special Holiday Show
with Melody Rolph (MCLA '12) opening

Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 7:30pm
MCLA Church Street Center

Upon special request, MCLA Presents! brings back audience favorite Dala to North Adams. Best friends, Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of Dala, will perform an unforgettable night of angelic harmonies and acoustic pop music. The charming duo have released five albums and toured much of North America spreading their love of American folk and rock music. Juno nominees and winners of the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year, Dala will delight their audience with the familiar songs that make the holidays so special. 


The 8th Annual MCLA Blues & Funk Festival

Night One:
Maya Azucena
Co-Presented with MCLA's Black Student Union, the MCLA Multicultural Center, and New England Newspapers, Inc.

Friday, February 1, 2013 - 7:30pm
MCLA Venable Gymnasium

Maya Azucena returns triumphantly to the MCLA campus for the 8th Annual Blues and Funk Festival. The Brooklyn based singer-songwriter inhibits a musical world of her own creation. In Maya's music, the worlds of blues, funk, hip hop, soul, reggae, and pop join forces with her profound lyrics, melodies, and irresistible rhythms. Whether performing before an audience of thousands or writing in solitude, Maya transcends genres and trends. She sings on the universal themes of love, survival, and hope to inspire and empower her audience. 

Night Two:
Khris Royal & Dark Matter

Saturday, February 2, 2013 - 7:30pm
MCLA Venable Gymnasium

Khris Royal is ready to bring his searing New Orleans alternative funk to MCLA for an energetic and fun night of dancing! This electronic saxophonist has emerged as one of the immensely talented acts from the revitalized New Orleans music scene. He has shared the stage with hip hop giants and jazz and funk legends such as Lettuce, Trombone Shorty, George Porter Jr. and more! With a killer debut as the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Khris Royal and Dark Matter are sure to please the eyes and ears with their high energy funk and intricate, sophisticated jazz.

Margaret A. Hart '35 Scholarship Concert

The Campbell Brothers
with guest openers, Zion and MCLA's own Allegrettos
Co-Presented with the MCLA Multicultural Center, the Hart Scholarship Committee, and New England Newspapers, Inc.

Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 7:30pm
MCLA Church Street Center

Harold "Zion" Edwards (opener) is a passionate minister and Gospel rap artist. He travels nationally, teaching and ministering and is the founder of Christ Centered Music Ministries. In 2004, he won the Holy Hip Hop Artist of the Year award.

The Campbell Brothers triumphantly headline this year's Margaret Hart Fundraiser. The band, which has been playing together for nearly two decades, is known for their steel lap guitars played in a way you've never heard before! This talented family is rounded out by the gutsy, gospel vocalist, Katie Jackson. Combining traditional African-American gospel music with the electric steel guitars and vocal, The Campbell Brothers are sure to please and provide an entertaining and enlightening evening for all to enjoy. 

Sekou Sundiata Evening of Spoken Word & Poetry featuring the voices of MCLA and Williams Students
Co-Presented with Williams College and MCLA's PRESS Gallery

DATE CHANGED > Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 7:00pm
MCLA Gallery 51

MCLA Presents! devotes a night of poetry and spoken word by students in remembrance of poet Sekou Sundiata. Sekou was a Harlem born, multi-talented African-American poet, activist, and performer. The sound of Sekou's voice became iconic as his words were always full of honesty, warm-heartedness, comedy, righteous anger, and longing. Join students of MCLA and Williams College in presenting an evening of their own contemporary poetry and spoken word.