Tuned In: Sun Parade

  • John Clark

  • Klezamir

  • Sun Parade Georgia Rae Teensma

  • Liz Vice

Friday, July 07, 2017

Before they rock the bigger stages at The Green River Festival, local favorites Sun Parade and Boston-based string band Twisted Pine are playing a special “warm up” show at The Root Cellar in Greenfield tonight, Friday, at 9 p.m. All ages are welcome.

Sun Parade have been Valley favorites ever since their hit “Need You By My Side” was voted the #1 song of 2011 by the listeners of WRSI 93.9 The River. The band, started by Chris Jennings and Jefferson Lewis, has since grown in membership — it’s now a quintet with Karl Helander and Max Wareham (from Cousin Moon) and keyboardist Eli Salus-Kleiner (from New Mom and Bucket) — and also in confidence, as shown by the new single “Braindrain,” a funky and chilled-out jam that lets the musical hook do most of the talking.

“Our interests rest heavily on deep grooves these days, trying to figure out how to make the magic beats happen,” Lewis said. “It would be wrong to underemphasize how much fun we all have together.”

Sun Parade has a full-length album due the first week in October, after which they aim to “put some serious miles on Eric the van,” Jennings said. “We plan to hit the road and create a positive, uplifting, weird joyous experience for people around the country.”

Americana quartet Twisted Pine will release its self-titled debut album (on the Signature Sounds label) at The Green River Festival, where their impeccable musicianship will be on full wowing display. Fiddler Kathleen Parks and mandolin man Dan Bui are smooth and fiery, the vocal harmonizing of Parks and guitarist Rachel Sumner add that high lonesome vibe, and bassist Chris Sartori keeps everything grooving.

(And for extra local string band flavor, bring some additional cash and attend the separate early show featuring The Green Sisters, four honest-to-goodness siblings who hail from Hubbardston and harmonize with flair, playing folk, Celtic, cajun, bluegrass, old-time and more. At 7 p.m.)

Portland, OR-based gospel and soul singer Liz Vice (an NPR favorite on shows like Mountain Stage, World Cafe and Weekend Edition) takes her tour to the Iron Horse in Northampton tonight, Friday, at 7 p.m.

Singer/songwriter pianist/guitarist Jon Carroll and his band Bravesoul appear at Glendale Ridge Vineyard in Southampton on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

Klezamir has been bringing its “roots rockin’ klezmer” sound to crowds since 1986, and the quartet plays a free concert on the lawn of the Westhampton Public Library on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

If you’re a Moody Blues fanatic, join Lord Russ and his all-star tribute band Voices In the Sky (Joe Boyle, Josh Sitron, Dave Trenholm, Dave Hayes and J.J. O’Connell) as they celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Moodies’ classic LP “Days of Future Passed” at the Majestic Theater in West Springfield on Saturday at 8 p.m.

Since the early ’90s, Ray Mason has released a baker’s dozen of albums filled with his original, quirky and honest pop/rock songs. He’ll squeeze in as many tunes as he can when he plays solo — just a man and his trusty, roadworn Silvertone electric guitar — at The Dream Away Lodge in Becket on Sunday at 8 p.m. No cover, but tips are appreciated. If you’ve never experienced the out-of-the-way-and-worth-every-mile wonder of The Dream Away, this is a perfect opportunity. Good food, cool drinks and lots of unique vintage seating.

Jazz man and award-winning composer John Clark (pictured at left) long ago made French horn his instrument of choice, and he’ll make his third appearance alongside the Green Street Trio, playing standards and originals, at this week’s Northampton Jazz Workshop at the The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. As always, the open jazz jam follows at 8:30 p.m.

Australian country/rock singer/songwriter Kasey Chambers returns to The Iron Horse on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Garrett Kato opens.

Fraternal Twin and Stolen Jars are on a heavy-duty 18-shows-in-19-days tour of the eastern U.S. and Canada. They’ll share a quadruple-bill with area acts Stampeter and Two Headed Girl when they play Flywheel in Easthampton on Thursday at 8 p.m. The all-ages show is brought to you by Eternal Slumber Party Presents.

Sax-powered Brooklyn band Moon Hooch and locals Mammal Dap team up for a show at the Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield on Thursday at 9:30 p.m.