Back to the Bay State

Back to the Bay State

All Ages
Performances & stories from Bay State era musicians paired with audio/video excerpts including Mark Mulcahey, The Maggies, J Mascis & more!

Featuring performances and stories from legendary Bay State era musicians paired with archived audio/video excerpts, all on the Academy of Music stage. Come check out rare Bay State memorabilia including photographs and flyers, audio clips from classic concerts, and a firsthand look at interviews and stories featured in the upcoming Bay State Hotel Documentary.

With appearances from Mark Mulcahy, The Maggies, The Stone Coyotes, Steve Westfield, Aloha Steamtrain, Flower Thief, Mike Flood, Gobblehoof, Drunk Stuntmen, Spouse, The Lonesome Brothers, Matt Hebert, The Unband, The Figments, The Big Bad Bollocks, J Mascis, and more!

The venue provided, as one local writer in the ‘90s described it, “Your chance to see one of the area’s scrappy rock or pop bands in a setting visually better suited to blue hair and meatloaf specials.” Acts like Sebadoh, Scud Mountain Boys and New Radiant Storm King played some of their earliest shows and developed their sound at the Bay State, while an incredible array of alternative national touring acts and musicians such as Arthur Lee & Love, Morphine, Moe Tucker, Blonde Redhead, Royal Trux, and members of My Bloody Valentine joined local bands to play in a unique and intimate setting.

Join us for an afternoon of stories and songs from an influential era in the history of Northampton's music scene, before they're lost to time. Highlights from recently unearthed troves of cassette recordings, film footage, photographs, show flyers, set-lists & more will be presented in between performances from bands and musicians from the Bay State scene. The event will be a time machine for audiences who experienced the era, as well as a portrait of the legendary scene for younger generations.  Back to the Bay State will celebrate, save, and preserve memories from the landmark venue at a critical period in Northampton’s musical history.

About The Bay State Hotel Project:

The Bay State Hotel Project is documenting the Bay State music scene from 1992-2003 by conducting interviews and collecting flyers, photos, and recordings for use in a documentary film. This collection is part of a larger project to preserve vital documents, experiences, and existing footage and recordings of the Western Mass music scene in the Forbes Library’s archives. There is a dramatic urgency to capture these memories now so that the public can remember the stories behind this unique period in Northampton’s musical history.

Baystate Hotel Illustration by Benjamin Spencer; Poster design by Philip Price

Venue Information:
Academy of Music Theatre
274 Main Street
Northampton, MA, 01060