The founder and Festival Director of Berkshire Busk!, Eugene Carr, announced today plans for the festival to return to downtown Great Barrington in the summer of 2022, and the hiring of Carli Scolforo as the festival’s General Manager. Berkshire Busk!, (www.berkshirebusk.com
) a summer-long street arts and music event debuted in the summer of 2021.
Carli Scolforo served as a member of the Berkshire Busk! production team last summer and was seen each week on social media hosting nightly livestreams on the Berkshire Busk! Instagram account where she filmed and interviewed performers and fans. A Pittsfield native and recent Siena College graduate, Scolforo said of her new role in the festival:
“I’m thrilled to be taking on a larger role with Berkshire Busk!. After a year of isolation, it was such a joy to be involved in the community of downtown Great Barrington and to give many of the performers and attendees their first live music experience since the pandemic began. Now, with a year of experience under our belt, we’re working on a variety of innovative ideas to make this festival bigger and better.”
The inaugural year of Berkshire Busk! took place over 10 weekends in July and August in 2021, and hosted over 100 different groups from the Berkshires and beyond. Performances ranged from jazz, folk, dance, acrobatics, and plenty in between. The event was supported by over 20 local businesses and the Town of Great Barrington.
Berkshire Busk! drew an estimated 4,000 over the summer, and reached over 150,000 visitors on social media sites. In surveying done by Bard College at Simon’s Rock, half of the crowd in downtown said they came out specifically to attend the festival.
Specific plans for the summer of 2022 will be announced next spring.