By Meghan Foley
North Adams Transcript
WILLIAMSTOWN -- A two-day festival celebrating the local music scene will return for a second year beginning Friday.
Billstock, whose name derives from Woodstock and "Billsville," the nickname for Williamstown, will take place from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. on March 2 and 3 at the former Williamstown Realty building, 4 Water St.
Organizer Michael Williams said Friday that this year’s festival will be hosted by Hops and Vines and feature seven acts performing music ranging from folk-inflected pop to acoustic to electronica, and everything in between.
"It’s really going to be an eclectic collection of musicians. There will be something for everyone," Williams said.
Performing Friday night will be high-school bands After the Monsoon, Skylab and Space Bar.
Disc Jockeys Bakez and Dixon will provide the tunes in between sets and following Spacebar, Williams said.
Saturday’s line up will feature Wandering Rocks, Good Good, Trophy Husbands and DJ Jason Wilcox.
"This is really going to be a celebration of what has become a thriving local music scene," he said.
In Williamstown, North Adams and the Northern Berkshires in general, there seems to be a group of people who have a background in making music being augmented by people who have been fans of music up to this point and are now making their own music, he said.
"This area is a magnet for creative people," he said.
Williams said one thing that was learned from Billstock last year was the importance of having everything at one location.
"The second thing is that we have all local bands this year, and third, we have a more professional presentation this year. Last year, we just wanted to see if it worked," he said.
Tickets to Billstock are $15 for adults for both nights, $10 for either night, and $5 for students for one or both nights.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit billstock.wordpress.com.
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