The vaunted Brooklyn rock band the National will perform at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts on Saturday, June 11 for their only Northeast headline show of 2016. All proceeds from the concert benefit the Hawthorne Valley Association in Ghent and MASS MoCA. In addition to the headlining benefit concert at 7 p.m., A Lot of Sorrow, Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson’s six-hour documentary opus, filmed on tour with the National, screens in MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center throughout the concert weekend. A live silent auction of band memorabilia, including a signed, framed Trouble Will Find Me gold album, a Trouble Will Find Me boxed set and Aaron Dessner’s signed Bigsby guitar, all donated by the band, takes place before the concert.
An exclusive concert pre-party, “Drinks with the National” – also for the benefit of Hawthorne Valley and MASS MoCA – is already sold out. “Drinks with the National” features locally sourced food and drink with the band, and tours of MASS MoCA’s Building 6: the site of the 2017 expansion that will double the already-massive museum’s exhibition space. The National performs on Joe’s Field at MASS MoCA at 8 p.m. San Francisco-based post-pop band YASSOU opens.
The concert is co-presented by Higher Ground Presents, headquartered in Burlington, Vermont. General admission concert tickets cost $49 through late May, when ticket prices will increase to $55. Tickets are available for purchase through the MASS MoCA box office, located at 1040 MASS MoCA Way in North Adams, by phone at (413) 664-4481, extension 1, or online at https://massmoca.org/event/thenational.