Hawthorne Valley School alums Lilie Bytheway Hoy ‘09, James Jackson ‘09 and Theo Quimby ‘11 are returning to the East Coast this June to perform at a benefit for Hawthorne Valley Association and MASS MoCA. Their post-pop band YASSOU will be opening for The National at MASS MoCA on Saturday, June 11.

Joined by band members Patrick Aguirre (Sierra Waldorf School alum), A.J Krumholz, and Van Jackson Weaver, YASSOU’s homecoming to the Hudson Valley marks a special event.

“The National has been one of our favorite and most inspirational bands over the past 3 years,” says Jackson, who founded YASSOU alongside Bytheway Hoy, Quimby, Krumholz and Julian Muller ‘09 soon after graduating from Hawthorne Valley.

“What a remarkable harmonic convergence! To have Lilie, James, and Theo, three gifted musicians who grew up at Hawthorne Valley, open for The National at this benefit elicits profound gratitude and merry wonderment,” says Martin Ping, Executive Director at Hawthorne Valley. “I know I am joined by many in the Hawthorne Valley community in looking forward to the music and magic on June 11th.”

YASSOU would like to give their sincere thanks for all of those coming out to support Hawthorne Valley and MASS MoCA. “As alums, we are honored to support Hawthorne Valley for fostering individual creative expression and for their overall dedication to the arts.”

You can catch YASSOU on June 11th on MASS MoCA’s Joe’s Field in North Adams, MA when they open for The National. The benefit concert for Hawthorne Valley and MASS MoCA is co-presented by Higher Ground Presents, headquartered in Burlington, Vermont. General admission concert tickets are $49 through late May, when tickets will increase to $55.  Tickets are available for purchase through the MASS MoCA Box Office located at 1040 MASS MoCA Way, in North Adams, Massachusetts, by phone at 413.664.4481 x1, or online: massmoca.org.


Formed in upstate New York, now based in San Francisco, YASSOU is a five piece post-pop band that makes tightly composed music with integrity. Anchored by the mesmerizing stage presence of lead-singer Lilie Bytheway-Hoy, YASSOU employs unconventional song structures, shifting time signatures, and stunning video storylines. In 2015 they released their first Video EP, a six song project crafted around a singular story and emotional experience. Released in an “album cycle” of single videos, NYLON pronounced the Video EP as “redefining the album” in our current era of digital democracy. Currently, YASSOU is composing a piece for the Louisville Ballet to be premiered by the Louisville Symphony in the 2016-17 season. Dark yet ethereal, YASSOU is not afraid to play music that is bold, emotional, and immediate.

About The National

Formed in 1999, The National, which consists of vocalist Matt Berninger, plus two pairs of brothers: Aaron Dessner (guitar, bass, piano) and Bryce Dessner (guitar), and Scott Devendorf (bass, guitar) and Bryan Devendorf (drums), has landed on every “best of” list in print.  The band’s half dozen albums receive critical praise surpassed only by the adoration of their devoted audience.

Throughout their 16-year career, The National has grown into an incendiary live band that has headlined major festivals worldwide and appeared on many television shows including Saturday Night Live, Jools Holland, and The Late Show starring Jimmy Fallon.  Their most recent album, Trouble Will Find Me, was nominated for a GRAMMY.  Day of the Dead, a Grateful Dead tribute album produced by Bryce and Aaron Dessner to benefit The Red Hot Organization, will be release on May 20th,.  This landmark album contains 59 songs and over five hours of music with contributions from Bon Iver, Sharon Van Etten, The War on Drugs, Stephen Malkmus and The National.

About Hawthorne Valley:

Hawthorne Valley Association is a diverse nonprofit in Ghent, NY, located in the scenic Hudson Valley’s Columbia County. Hawthorne Valley is committed to social and cultural renewal through education, through agriculture, through the arts, and through research. Hawthorne Valley Association’s integrated learning campus is embedded in a 500-acre Biodynamic farm and includes: a Waldorf school; on-farm education programs; a full-line organic/natural foods and grocery store; social, ecological, and cultural research groups; teacher education programs; arts initiatives and more. For additional information, please visit https://www.hawthornevalley.org/.

About MASS MoCA:

MASS MoCA is one of the world’s liveliest (and largest) centers for making and enjoying today’s most important art, music, dance, theater, film, and video. Hundreds of works of visual and performing art have been created on its 19th-century factory campus during fabrication and rehearsal residencies, making MASS MoCA among the most productive sites in the country for the creation and presentation of new art.

More platform than box, MASS MoCA strives to bring to its audiences art experiences that are fresh, engaging, and transformative. For more information, visit http://massmoca.org.