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A look at the 2019 Tanglewood schedule

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Yo-Yo Ma is on the schedule, because of course. / photo via Yo-Yo Ma Facebook

Though winter just started, it's not too early to be thinking a little bit about summer.

To that end, the 2019 Tanglewood schedule is out. A few of the announced-so-far dates that caught our eye:

(there's more)

Take-along food ideas for Tanglewood?

young Otto with picnic basketSpeaking of Tanglewood... Sean emails:

We're taking some friends from out of town to a show at Tanglewood this weekend on our way out to Boston. Our plan was to grab some takeout to bring with us to the show. I was wondering if any of your readers could recommend some good options, either local to us or to Tanglewood itself (Subway our last resort). Our usual smorgasbord of meats, cheeses, etc won't work this time since our final destination is a hotel (no fridge). We're coming from Albany and will have kids with us, but they shouldn't be overly limiting.

There are no doubt a handful of places either here in/around Albany or across the border closer to Tanglewood. (Making picnic baskets for Tanglewood is probably a whole mini-industry in the Berkshires.)

So, got a suggestion or two for Sean? Please share!

Live From Here at Tanglewood with Lake Street Dive, The Punch Brothers, Aoife O'Donovan

Live From Here Chris Thile credit Devin Pedde

Chris Thile. / photo: Devin Pedde

The public radio variety show Live From Here will be at Tanglewood this Saturday, June 30 and the lineup is pretty great. Host Chris Thile will be joined by Lake Street Dive, The Punch Brothers, and Aoife O'Donovan. Tickets are still available -- they're $21 and up.

Live From Here is the reborn and un-Keillor-ed Prairie Home Companion. Thile took over hosting the show back in the fall of 2016. And last winter it was renamed after the allegations against Garrison Keillor that surfaced last year.

Thile is, of course, a famous progressive bluegrass musician (and MacArthur fellow) who rose to prominence with Nickel Creek and the Punch Brothers. And it looks like the new crew has taken the show in some younger, more modern directions. Recent shows have featured Ben Folds, Wye Oak, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Father John Misty, Neko Case, and Sufjan Stevens.

We wouldn't be surprised if the show this Saturday at Tanglewood sells out. You know, Lake Street Dive sells out shows pretty much every time it rolls up around here.

(And if you're new to the area... Tanglewood is the music venue over the hill in Lenox, Massachusetts, about a 50-minute drive from Albany. It's the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.)

Tanglewood 2017 season includes The Avett Brothers, Natalie Merchant, David Sedaris

Tanglewood 2017 composite

Clockwise from right: The Avett Brothers, Natalie Merchant, David Sedaris.

Summer is out there. And here's a sign: Tickets for the 2017 season at Tanglewood go sale this Sunday, January 29.

Among the dates from the upcoming schedule that caught our eye...

(there's more)

Bob Dylan at Tanglewood

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Bob Dylan is set to play at Tanglewood July 2. Tickets go on sale March 18 -- they're $37.50 and up.

The opener for the show is Mavis Staples. It's in the Koussevitzky Music Shed.

Dylan's last stop in this region was back in 2013 at SPAC as part of a lineup that included Wilco and My Morning Jacket.

photo: Alberto Cabello (Flickr user Diario de un pixel) (CC BY 2.0)

The B-52s with the Boston Pops at Tanglewood

B-52s

Because "Rock Lobster" was always lacking some sort of orchestral backing.

Could be groovy fun: The B-52s are set to play a show with the Boston Pops at Tanglewood September 2. Tickets go on sale March 14 -- they're $22 and up.

It's been 40 years since the band first formed in Athens, Georgia, and eight years since they're last album. (We looked it up.) Apparently they still play a bunch of shows each year.

Here's the rest of the pop music schedule (so far) for Tanglewood this summer, which added a few more shows this week in addition to the B-52s. The lineup also includes A Prairie Home Companion June 25, and Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me September 1.

And the Boston Pops schedule at Tanglewood also includes "very special guest" Seth McFarlane (July 10), John Williams Film Night (August 13), and a screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark with live score (August 26).

photo via B-52s FB page

Tanglewood 2016 lineup includes Seth MacFarlane

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Next summer seems like forever from now, but Tanglewood released its 2016 schedule this week. Among the the dates that caught our eye:

+ A Prairie Home Companion on June 25. (There has been some talk this would be Garrison's Keillor's last Prairie Home show.)

+ Violinist Joshua Bell on July 8.

+ Seth MacFarlane -- yep, the Family Guy Seth MacFarlane -- with the Boston Pops on July 10.

+ Superstar pianist Yuja Wang with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on July 17.

+ Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble on August 7.

+ Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me on September 1.

And, of course, there will be appearances by many other performers you'd recognize, such as Renee Flemming, John Williams, Chick Corea, Jeremy Denk, and on and on. And there are sure to be additions to the schedule before the start of the summer.

Tickets go on sale January 24.

photo via Seth MacFarlane Twitter

Tanglewood 2015 lineup includes Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett (together)

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The 2015 Tanglewood season was announced today. And it includes an appearance from Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett -- together -- June 30.

The two singers released Cheek to Cheek, an album of duets, in September. Blurbage: "Tony & Gaga handpicked each song on Cheek To Cheek, pulling from the Great American Songbook with classics from songwriters like Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, George & Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter and Billy Strayhorn." Not holding anything back, they even went for a full There was even a PBS special.

The rest of the season announcement included many of shows you'd expect, including Joshua Bell, Prairie Home Companion, John Williams, Diana Krall, and Yo-Yo Ma. (We don't even want to contemplate the unrest there'd be in the Berkshires if there was a summer without Yo-Yo Ma.)

Tickets for the season go on sale January 25.

Wait, Wait back at Tanglewood this summer

wait wait Kassel Sagal

Alas, Carl Kasell is retiring this spring, though apparently home voice mail accounts can still hold out hope that he'll grace their recording.

The NPR news quiz show Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me will be back at Tanglewood again this summer to record a show. Tickets for the August 28 show are $24 and up -- and currently on sale.

As we've said before, the idea of a funny NPR quiz show perhaps sounds unbearably public radio on paper. But it works. The host Peter Sagal is quick, the panelists are usually good, and the show has a way of turning up unexpectedly funny moments.

Speaking of being very public radio: A Prairie Home Companion will be at Tanglewood June 28, if you're so inclined.

photo: Tony Nagelmann / NPR

Coming to Tanglewood this summer: Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five, Guster, Grace Potter, Josh Ritter, Joan Baez, Indigo Girls

barenaked ladies

Funny, they don't look naked.

But, you know, not all on the same day.

Tanglewood has announced a trio of new shows for this summer:

June 23: Joan Baez, Indigo Girls
Pretty sure they're the Indigo Women by now. Tickets: $23.50-$69.50

July 24: Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five, Guster
There's a late-90s version of a lot of people who would be pretty excited about this show. Also, every online tickets a copy of the BNL album. Tickets: $27.50-$79.50

August 19: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Josh Ritter
The Grace Potter show at The Egg this past February sold out in just a few hours. Tickets: $23.50-$52.50

Tickets for all three shows go on sale to the general public March 25 online or via phone (888-266-1200).

Wait, Wait at Tanglewood

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Carl Kasell and Peter Sagal. The show is recorded exactly like this.

The NPR quiz show Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me will be recording at Tanglewood August 29 (a Thursday, at 8 pm). Tickets start at $21 -- they go on sale to the general public February 19. (We're guessing this has a pretty good chance of selling out.)

The idea of an "NPR quiz show" might sound something less than thrilling, like someone trying to argue that a bowl of oatmeal is entertaining (maybe steel cut...). But Wait, Wait is actually funny and entertaining. The host Peter Sagal is quick, the panelists are usually good, and the show has a way of turning up unexpectedly funny moments. (We still smile when thinking about the time a listener contestant picked the word "spork" instead of "fork" in a limerick challenge. Yep, it sounds unbearably public radio -- but it was really funny.)

photo: Tony Nagelmann / NPR

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