by Jason Velázquez
In this episode, we speak with Josh Bennett, founder of the Berkshire Music Project, which seeks to grow the area’s live music scene. The very first show features Afrobeat and R&B-influenced Lady Moon & The Eclipse at 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 26 at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret in Pittsfield.
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Live music fans can also monitor their upcoming events at their “listening room” Facebook group.
“Our mission is to utilize local organizations and community input to bring diverse musical talent into Berkshire County, support and promote local talent, and fill the gaps that remain in an emerging music scene.”Berkshire Music Project
Lady Moon & The Eclipse
From the band’s promotional materials:
Led by vocalist Ngonda Badila, aka Lady Moon, the Brooklyn-based collective Lady Moon & The Eclipse features artists originally from the Republic of the Congo, France, Japan, New York, and Chicago. Together, they form a soulful gumbo of R&B and Afrobeat-influenced music that The New York Times calls “neosoul with a cross-genre bentÖ charmingly retro with rich harmonies.” The band has toured extensively across the United States, opening for Kamasi Washington, Amanda Palmer, Maxi Priest, and Tank and the Bangas. With a marked emphasis on inclusivity and spiritual unity, Lady Moon & The Eclipseís live experience is a loving celebration of growth and positive change. Through soaring vocal textures and funky rhythms, the bandís inspirational music explores the infinite journey to become one’s best self.