Presented by the Northampton Arts Council.
Featuring performances and stories from legendary Bay State era musicians paired with a treasure trove of archived audio/video excerpts, all on the Academy of Music stage. Come check out rare Bay State memorabilia including photographs and flyers, audio clips from classic concerts, and a firsthand look at interviews and stories from the upcoming Bay State Hotel Documentary. With appearances from Mark Mulcahey, The Maggies, The Stone Coyotes, Steve Westfield, Aloha Steamtrain, Flower Thief, Mike Flood, Drunk Stuntmen, Mike Ruffino of The Unband, The Figments, J Mascis, and more!
The venue provided, as one local writer in the ‘90s described it, “Your chance to see one of the area’s scrappy rock or pop bands in a setting visually better suited to blue hair and meatloaf specials.” Acts like Sebadoh, Scud Mountain Boys and New Radiant Storm King played some of their earliest shows and developed their sound at the Bay State, while an incredible array of alternative national touring acts and musicians such as Arthur Lee & Love, Morphine, Moe Tucker, Blonde Redhead, Royal Trux, and members of My Bloody Valentine joined local bands to play in a unique and intimate setting.
Join us for an afternoon of stories and songs from an influential era in the history of Northampton’s music scene, before they’re lost to time. Highlights from recently unearthed troves of cassette recordings, film footage, photographs, show flyers, set-lists & more will be presented in between performances from bands and musicians from the Bay State scene. The event will provide a time machine for audiences who experienced the era, as well as a portrait of the legendary scene for younger generations. Back to the Bay State will celebrate, save and preserve memories from the landmark venue at a critical period in Northampton’s musical history.
Show Date/ Time:
Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 2:00 pm
Doors at $7 - $15 plus applicable fees
Where/ How Tickets Can be Purchased:
Academy of Music Box Office Open Tuesday- Friday 3:00PM-6:00PM
Call: 413-584-9032 ext.105 (Service fees will apply with purchase)
Online Tickets Click on Show Desired: