“Courtney Barnett bears an effortless, knockabout wisdom we all want to have.”
— The Guardian
“Barnett’s music builds on the wordy irreverence of mid-’60s Bob Dylan and a Byrds-ian blend of psychedelia, folk and country.” — Pitchfork
Courtney Barnett broke into the music scene with an uppercut punch — her sardonic lyrics and deadpan delivery propelled her from slinging drinks at a Melbourne bar to become an indie-rock darling and global sensation at just twenty-four years old. She infuses her plainspoken lyrics with a wit and wisdom beyond her years, and in concert matches it with a driving guitar that instantly brings every audience to its feet.
After her 2015 debut album and lauded single Avant Gardener stirred up critical and cult success — Rolling Stone called it the year’s “sharpest debut” — Barnett teamed up with War on Drugs’ Kurt Vile for Lotta Sea Lice, a clever and carefree collaborative album that nearly every authoritative music mag gushed over. Tell Me How You Really Feel, her sophomore solo effort was released in May 2018, was named one of both Rolling Stone and Pitchfork’s most anticipated albums of 2018.
Barnett spent the summer headlining festival after festival — building buzz for her first trip to Newport Folk. We were thrilled to have her in North Adams for a concert with her whole band. This one was planned for MASS MoCA’s concert courtyard stage — tickets were limited and expected to sell quickly. Cameroon-born multi-instrumentalist Vagabon opened the show in a bill that took our breath away.
What sets [Barnett] apart is she’s got a sense of songwriting that hearkens back to the creative burst of the late ’60s. Specifically in California — her melodies and psychedelic harmonies remind me of the work of David Crosby or John Phillips.
— Brooklyn Vegan
What to Expect
The MASS MoCA galleries will be open until 7pm — so get here early to check out the museum the New York Times says “…Is a weird and wonderful place. Its mission seems to be to appeal to everyone, both the entry-level art lover and the sophisticated one.” All preferred ticket holders receive free museum admission on the day of or day after the show.
10am: Museum opens (til 7pm)
5pm: Food court opens (Courtyard C)
6:30pm: Gates open
8pm: Concert begins
Please remember that no bags over 8.5″x11″x 4″ are allowed in the galleries or indoor venues at MASS MoCA. Personal bags are allowed in our outdoor concert venues but are subject to a comprehensive search at the gates. This concert is standing room only, no chairs or blankets will be allowed into the Courtyard.
Prohibited items include weapons, alcohol, drugs, smoking and vaping gear, flammable material, glass containers, unsealed liquid containers, coolers, picnic baskets, pets, laser pointers, glow sticks, totems, and full water bottles (note: empty water bottles are allowed and can be filled on site.) There is no way for the venue to hold your prohibited items so please leave them at home. We also prohibit flash photography, cameras with detachable lenses, tripods, selfie sticks, drones, and insist that all professional photographers obtain a photo pass from the venue by emailing a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be an ADA viewing area located next to the front-of-house sound tent. Please inquire at the box office if we can help you with accessibility or seating concerns.
This concert is a rain or shine event. Tickets are non-refundable.
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The photo is courtesy of the artist