Words and Words and Music: The Mastheads x Ben Jaffe x Asher Putnam with Vandal Flag

Sun, Jul 2 6:00pm

Words and Words and Music: The Mastheads x Ben Jaffe x Asher Putnam with Vandal Flag with performances by Danny Lavery, Elisa Gonzales, Auyon Mukharji, Kristina Gaddy, and Julia Mounsey.

Sponsored by Berkshire Music Project

An evening of storytelling, theater, and songs bringing together 2023’s summer residents of The Mastheads’—an acclaimed writers’ residency developing Berkshire County’s heritage of outstanding literary work—with a performance by singer-songwriter Benjamin Jaffe, an international touring and recording artist whose songs have garnered over 10 million streams. In between stints as a member of pop and country singer Kacey Musgraves band, Jaffe’s most recent record Enlightenment with Bill.E saw him on a two month national tour supporting Theo Katzman of Vulfpeck.  The evening will wrap up with a performance by Vandal Flag, the side project of South County native Asher Putnam whose band Bella’s Bartok has become a staple of the northeast festival and touring scene, recently branching out to perform in Europe.


Elisa Gonzalez is a poet, essayist, and fiction writer. Her work appears widely, including in the New YorkerParis ReviewNew York Times Magazine, and The Drift. In 2020, she received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award. Her debut collection of poetry, Grand Tour (FSG), will be published in September 2023. She lives in Brooklyn.

Kristina Gaddy is the author of Well of Souls: Uncovering the Banjo’s Hidden History and Flowers in the Gutter: The True Story of the Edelweiss Pirates, Teenagers Who Resisted the Nazis, is a Baltimore-based writer and fiddler. She has received the Parsons Award from the Library of Congress, Logan Nonfiction Fellowship and a Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Rubys artist award.

Daniel Lavery is the co-founder of The Toast and the former Dear Prudence at Slate. His books include Something That May Shock and Discredit You and Texts From Jane Eyre.

Julia Mounsey is a director and writer. Her work has been presented at Under the Radar at the Public Theater, Soho Rep, JACK, Dixon Place, the Radikal Jung Festival at the München Volkstheater in Munich and the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg. Along with her creative partner Peter Mills Weiss, she was a member of the 2017-2018 Devised Theater Working Group at the Public Theater, the 2017-2019 Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and was a Baryshnikov Arts Center Resident Artist in 2019.

Auyon Mukharji is a writer and musician based in Massachusetts. The son of Indian immigrants, he was born in Virginia and grew up in Kansas City. He received a BA in Biology from Williams College in 2007, and has spent the majority of his time since then touring and writing with his bandmates in the indie-folk outfit Darlingside.

Tickets: $25

Seating/Bar: 5:30PM   Show:  6:00PM

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.