Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Last modified: Thursday, February 13, 2014
There’s no shortage of New Year’s Eve entertainment in Northampton — over 50 acts at nearly 20 spaces — but maybe you’re wishing you were on vacation instead, somewhere warmer, where you could soak in some swampy sounds, having just eaten hush puppies with maple butter or maybe seafood and andouille gumbo?

If so, the Hope & Olive in Greenfield, with its holiday night of southern-themed music and food, is your place to be Tuesday night.

Tory Hanna and the Pondsiders — featuring frontman Hanna, originally from Buckland, but now Brooklyn-based — plays jammy pop-rock. Bright Lines is a Northampton roots and rockabilly band which has a song called “Take Me Back to Franklin County.” White Light is a bare-bones “cave stomp” duo of Margaret Garrett (Mr. Airplane Man) and Hayley Thompson- King (The Banditas). Filling out the night is DJ Funky Bottoms.

The food seatings begin at 5 p.m. (reservations are required), the music starts at 10, and folks can just attend the concert part of the night (there’s a cover charge).

And though this isn’t a restaurant review column, this writer has definitely been bowled over many a time by the food at the Hope & Olive. The New Year’s Eve menu will feature à la carte Southern-Americana options including such dishes as buttermilk fried chicken and a spinach and bacon salad (with spiced pecan, pear, bleu cheese and a bourbon vinaigrette) ... your appetite will be in good hands.

Big Al Anderson brings along his new band, The World Famous Headliners, 
for a two-night stand at the Iron Horse 
in Northampton, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.

“Music is healing art. Music is our religion,” says the western-Mass.-based quartet Rebirth. The band brings its “soulful world music” — inspired by Fela, Steel Pulse, Nina Simone, Bill Withers and more — to the Luthiers Co-Op in Easthampton Friday at 8 p.m.

“The Shadows of Motown” pays tribute to the famed Detroit label’s cavalcade of hits at Bishop’s Lounge in Northampton Friday at 10 p.m. The nine-piece band includes members from such area bands as Wolfman Conspiracy, Kids On a Hill, Chocolate Peach and more.

Roger Salloom, Charles Neville and Jessica Freeman team up for a night at the Arts Block in Greenfield Saturday at 8 p.m.

Fancy Trash will be in its expanded lineup with Katy Schneider on pedal steel when it appears at the Luthiers Co-Op Saturday at 9 p.m.

Turners Falls celebrates both its recently restored bridge and New Year’s Eve with a free show for all ages featuring Bill Shontz of Rosenshontz (7 p.m.), Juke Joint Jazz featuring trombonist Ed Byrne (8 p.m.) and Afrofunk collective Shokazoba (10 p.m.) at the Shea Theater in Turner’s Falls on Tuesday night.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with The Sun Parade, LuxDeluxe and Pale Cowboy, a local all-star triple bill of young area rock bands, at Pearl Street’s downstairs “clubroom” in Northampton Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Lake Street Dive — the acclaimed Boston-based soulful and jazzy pop quartet with a new album on the way in February (“Bad Self Portraits”) — headlines New Year’s Eve at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton Tuesday at 8 p.m. Opening the night are David Wax Museum and local trio And the Kids.

John Sheldon & Blue Streak and Samirah Evans are the holiday double bill at New Year’s Eve at the Arts Block in Greenfield Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.

New Year’s Eve at The Elevens in Northampton features Home Body, Bella’s Bartok and dance night deejays Amazing Love on Tuesday at 9 p.m.

Lord Russ fronts his new band The Gorgeous Misfits for two shows at the Dynamite Space in Thornes Marketplace in Northampton Tuesday at 9:15 and 10:15 p.m.