Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Laste modified: Thursday, January 02, 2014
Even if you don’t recognize the name of ace fiddler Darol Anger, you’ve heard him — that’s him playing on the super-catchy “Car Talk” theme, and if you’re a video game fan who’s spent hours on the computer with SimCity 3000, that’s him on its soundtrack, too.

In the folk and string band world, Anger is a highly respected musician, composer and producer, a witty frontman and longtime educator. He joined up with David Grisman in the ’70s, co-founded the Turtle Island String Quartet in the ’80s, and despite the fact that he’s currently a full-time associate professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston (and calls himself a “creaky old dude of 60”), he’s filling every nook and cranny of free time with musical collaborations.

He plays with Darol Anger and The Furies (which features the fiddler alongside vocalist Emy Phelps), the Republic of Strings, E-and’a, and also appears regularly with mandolinist Mike Marshall, banjo legend Tony Trischka and others.

Anger returns to the Valley next week with yet a different bunch of musical friends — a “hotshot” group featuring Joe Walsh on mandolin and Grant Gordy on guitar — for a show at the Parlor Room in Northampton Thursday at 7 p.m.

Jerry Douglas — “the Muhammad Ali of the dobro,” says James Taylor — steps out from the usual company of Alison Krauss and his fellow Union Station bandmates to play solo at the Iron Horse in Northampton Friday at 7 p.m.

Lucy Wainwright Roche, daughter of Suzzy Roche and Loudon Wainwright III, appears at the Parlor Room Friday at 7 p.m. Singer-songwriter Jason Myles Goss opens.

Ron Shalom and Austin Vaughn (recitations of original songs and text over guitar and improvised drums), Grumpy Ghost and Tryptich (featuring members of Rabbit Rabbit, Bunwinkies and EggEggs), Banjo Assault (a banjo duo of Tom Crean and Speedy Ortiz’ Matt Robidoux), Beltonesuicide, 23 Quartet and Miss Olivia Kennett make up the jam-packed bill at Flywheel in Easthampton Saturday at 7 p.m.

Ray Mason plays solo at the Thirsty Mind in South Hadley Saturday at 7 p.m. No cover; tips appreciated.

Juke Joint Jazz celebrates the release of its new CD, “Live at the Arts Block,” with a show at the Arts Block! The Greenfield venue also welcomes opening act The Joe Belmont Band. Saturday at 8 p.m.

Local band Outer Stylie performs Pink Floyd’s “Meddle” album in its entirety at the Iron Horse Saturday at 10 p.m.

Chandler Travis Philharmonette squeezes onto the stage with its sprawling playful unpredictable pop music (think NRBQ meets the circus at a pajama party) at the Luthiers Co-Op in Easthampton Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., followed by the weekly Open Stage from 8:30 to 11 p.m.

Sonny Landreth, one of those guitarists that makes other guitarists go gaga, is both a sought-after session musician (masterful slide guitar is one of his trademarks) and an acclaimed singer/songwriter. Landreth’s latest album is his first all-instrumental one, “Elemental Journey.” He plays the Iron Horse Thursday at 7 p.m.