'Halloween Concert: Music Macabre' All Hallows Eve Show Coming to MCLA Presents!


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - MCLA Presents! will team up with DownStreet Art for a special All Hallows Eve multi-media event to feature music, projections, costumes, taxidermy and more on Thursday, Oct. 31, at 8:30 p.m., in the Branch Gallery, at 18 Holden St. The show also will include performances by C. Ryder Cooley and her band, the Dust Bowl Faeries, as well as Shana Falana, an experimental "dream-pop" band.

According to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Gallery 51 manager C. Ryder Cooley, the Halloween concert/music macabre event will invite audience members to pass through the gates of Branch Gallery into a carnivalesque sonic sťance. The event will include projections, taxidermy, trick-or-treats, prizes for macabre costumes and ticket discounts for those who dress up, as well as a haunted photo and face-painting station.

"The Dust Bowl Faeries will serenade you with sinister songs on accordion, ukulele, lap steel guitar and singing saw, and Shana Falana will transport you with psychedelic pop songs," Cooley said. "Please come to our musical masquerade in costumes. We will take you with us on a journey to the netherworlds.  Take a picture at our haunted photo booth; we will post them on Flicker for you."

Shana Falana is an experimental dream-pop band that emerged from Brooklyn's "shoegaze" scene. Combining live-looping of reverb-drenched vocals and guitar with drums, pre-recorded "backing tracks," and stunning visual projections, Falana's live experience has been described as transcendental, Cooley said.

Praised as "the most entrancing modern psychedelic pop now being made," by Chronogram magazine, Falana is touring the United States and Europe in support of her debut EP, "In The Light."

"In the Light" has critics responding to its "effortless lucidity," with DELI magazine calling the collection "positive music of wonderment and discovery." 

Ryder and the Dust Bowl Faeries - which consists of Cooley, Sara Ayers and Karen Cole - is an avant-garde, electro-acoustic dark folk trio. Accordion, lap steel guitar, singing saw, ukulele, keyboards and three part vocal harmonies combine to create a unique, other-worldly sound. Hazel, a taxidermy sheep, joins the Dust Bowl Fairies as spirit animal / go-go dancer.

Doors to "Halloween Concert: Music Macabre" open at 8, with the music starting at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission. Those who wear macabre costumes get in for $5. Tickets for MCLA staff and faculty are $5. Members and MCLA students get in for free. Come by MCLA Gallery 51 from 5-8pm for the opening of "Rewilderment," an All Hallows Eve exhibit.

Tickets may be reserved by calling MCLA Presents! at (413) 662-5204. For more information, (413) 664-8718, or go to presents. For additional information, go to,~ or

MCLA Presents! is a program of MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC), a collaborative project with Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) and the City of North Adams. The BCRC provides professional development training, resources and support to the artists, art managers and creative workers of Berkshire County. Through its multiple programs and presentations, BCRC brings the best of performance and art to the Berkshires and showcases the best of the Berkshires to the world.

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