Tuned in

Friday, June 09, 2017

My mom’s record collection made me cherish the melodic sound of late-‘60s pop, and some of its best purveyors have teamed up for the Happy Together Tour, rolling through town at the Calvin in Northampton on Thursday at 7 p.m.

It’s billed as “an all-star feel-good concert with hit after hit,” and who can argue with this lineup: The Turtles (above) featuring Flo & Eddie, Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night, The Box Tops, The Association, The Cowsills, and The Archies with Ron Dante.

The Cowsills are a big attraction for this fan, as recent videos show that the siblings still harmonize with all their hearts, and in the years since their original heyday hits (“Hair,” "The Rain, The Park and Other Things," "Love American Style”), they’ve kept rocking, both together and separately.

I saw The Turtles at the Daffodil Festival in 2006, and Flo & Eddie’s voices, quirky humor and pop classics were as vibrant as ever (“Happy Together,” "Eleanor," "You Showed Me," "She'd Rather Be With Me”).

Negron was one of the vocalists for Three Dog Night, the big voice behind their smash “Joy to the World” (and others like “An Old Fashioned Love Song,” “One,” “The Show Must Go On” and “Easy To Be Hard”); Ron Dante was the lead vocalist for the cartoon band The Archies (“Sugar Sugar”).

And one of my mom’s faves (mine too) were The Association, who don’t get enough credit for their uniqueness (check out their performance from the Monterey Pop Festival) and harmony-filled hits (“Along Comes Mary,” ”Windy,” "Never My Love,” “Cherish”).


Jazz guitarist/vocalist and “rare entertainer of the old school” John Pizzarelli brings his quartet to the Iron Horse in Northampton, tonight, Friday, at 7 p.m.

Honeyfitz is the artistic moniker of Elihu Jones, a western MA guitarist/songwriter inspired by classic indie sounds and top 40 radio. He’s celebrating the release of his debut album “Old Patterns” with a show at Flywheel in Easthampton on Friday, tonight, at 7:30 p.m. His live shows are solo affairs, with the help of a loop pedal and a drum machine. Sharing the bill are Kissing is a Crime, Experimental Audio Damage and Gabe Gill and Mia Lloyd.

If you love quirky and heartfelt pop, you need to see the Chandler Travis Three-O, and the eastern MA-based ensemble is giving you two chances in Easthampton this Saturday. They’ll play an outdoor set in a parking lot (across from 84 Cottage St.) at the Cultural Chaos Festival at 1:45 p.m., and then an indoor set at the Luthier’s Co-op at 3:45 p.m.

Katherine First and The Kitchen Party play traditional music for all ages, filling their sets with Celtic, Cape Breton, Appalachian and bluegrass tunes. Surprise guests pop up at most shows and young fiddlers are often showcased as part of the performance. They have a monthly residency at Bread Euphoria in Haydenville and their next appearance is Saturday at 6 p.m. Free show.

Dennis Caraher and Dave Dersham team up for a night of Northampton-based singer/songwriters at the Montague Bookmill on Saturday at 8 p.m.

Drummer and Toronto native Harris Eisenstadt brings his Old Growth Forest ensemble to town for the latest show in the Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares concert series at The Parlor Room in Northampton on Sunday at 7 p.m.

Soulful NPR faves St. Paul & the Broken Bones (pictured at right) hail from Alabama and were once invited to open a couple concerts for the Rolling Stones. They’ll perform at the Academy of Music in Northampton on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Chuck Prophet (‘80s music fans remember him from the band Green On Red) has been putting out acclaimed solo albums since 1990, and he’ll play a unique show, accompanied by a string quartet, at The Parlor Room on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Ray Mason opens.

Frozen Mammoth, Claudia Malibu and Gentle Hen make up the triple-bill at the latest Reanimate the Bay State show at the Sierra Grille on Thursday at 10 p.m.