A group photo of the band Billy Wylder. The image features four members against a pink background. On the left, a man with short dark hair, glasses, and a beard wears a denim jacket. Next to him, a woman with curly dark hair and a red lipstick has her eyes closed and wears a black top. The third member, with wavy, graying hair and a patterned black shirt, looks directly at the camera with a slight smile. The fourth member, on the far right, has short dark hair and a beard, wearing a black shirt and looking intently at the camera.
Billy Wylder, appearing at The Foundry West Stockbridge August 23.

Billy Wylder at the Foundry

The Foundry present Billy Wylder on August 23!
June 4, 2024

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From the front-lines at Standing Rock to the archaic streets of Jerusalem, the Sahel Desert to Carnegie Hall, music has been the source of strength for Billy Wylder. The band features Avi Salloway (Bombino/Hey Mama) joined by an inspired cast of singular artists who have performed across five continents including concerts at Coachella, Newport Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Montreal Jazz Fest, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center.

Billy Wylder released their seminal third album, Trying to Get Free (Sand & Gold Records), on August 25, 2023. The music weaves together American folk and rock with sensibilities from the Sahara Desert, exploring new musical space akin to Devendra Banhart, Beck, and Tinariwen. Billy Wylder’s new recordings evoke musical evolutions built on grooves informed by ancient African rhythms, art-rock textures, expansive guitars, violins, synths, and drum machines. Salloway’s lyrics flow with inspiration from mythical songwriting hero Leonard Cohen, while threading together more abstract imagery reminiscent of Thom Yorke.

On the new record, Billy Wylder grapples with some of the most critical questions of our time. What is freedom? Has the American dream died? What is truth and what is truly important to us? The band knows that it takes courage to follow your dreams, to create your own sense of purpose and meaning while living in a society where the media and politics relentlessly project fear, hatred, division, and consumerism. Billy Wylder’s live shows are known for bringing together diverse audiences and building community through uplifting performances, movement, and a sense of universal goodwill. The global band includes musicians from Vermont, Cuba, Spain, and Chicago.

Billy Wylder has toured extensively, performing and collaborating with renowned artists including Jack Johnson, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Bombino, The Low Anthem, and Pete Seeger.

“A sense of mystery and majesty.” –No Depression
“Songs that sound impossibly up-to-minute while remaining steeped in tradition.” -PopMatters

Touring band: Avi Salloway (vocals, guitar), Rob Flax (violin, synth, vocals), Leia (bass, vocals), Ricardo Guerra (drums, vocals)

Tickets: $20 (in-advance); $25 (at-the-door)

Seating/Bar: 6:30PM Show: 7:30PM

This event is indoors.

Parking is limited at the venue so please utilize the three public parking lots in Town. One is across from the Post Office, one is behind Berkshire Bank and the other is just off Main Street. They are clearly marked. Do not park at Trúc Orient Express Restaurant or the Post Office or you might receive a ticket.

Visit Amici Berkshires for dinner before the show and with your ticket receive 10% off your meal.

All sales are final – The Foundry is unable to make any returns or exchanges.

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