Photo by S Treadwell
Mary Jane Jones
Dust Savior (Ella Longpre)
Photo by Haley Morgan
“Do it again,” sang Ray Davies on the Kinks’ last hit single, way back in MTV’s golden age of the mid-e_SSRq80s. And that’s exactly the plan for the Muswell Hillbillies, the Valley’s popular 11-piece, multi-generational Kinks cover band: they’re returning to the Iron Horse stage in Northampton Thursday at 7 p.m.
Led by Dave Simons and including a five-piece horn section, the sprawling band was originally envisioned as a one-shot deal, put together in 2010 to perform the Kinks’ critically acclaimed 1971 album “Muswell Hillbillies.” But that show sold out and the band continued on, learning lots of other Kinks classics. Subsequent shows were also packed and fans keep demanding that the group come back for more — even after Simons and company decided they’d hang up their Hillbilly ways with last December’s Iron Horse show.
So the spirited tribute band is back and happily so. They’ll play two sets full of big Kinks hits and some equally fantastic deep cuts that are sure to send folks scurrying back to their old CDs and LPs to rediscover those Ray and Dave Davies gems (like the rarity “I Go To Sleep,” memorably covered by The Pretenders, Cher and Peggy Lee, among others).
Local country band Girl Howdy celebrates the season with its Honky-Tonk Holiday Ho-Ho-Ho-down at the Arts Block in Greenfield Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
Speak! is Jeremy Dubs’ pulsing interstellar band, full of synthesizers, heart and harmony. Dubs, who has a new record due out next month called “The Words,” brings his group to the Iron Horse for a show that also features Home Body and Strobe Horse. Saturday at 10 p.m.
Mystery Train, Amherst’s independent record store, holds its annual holiday party and talent show Sunday at 6 p.m. Among the artists scheduled to play are Rat Power, Frank Hurricane and a rare performance by Rockin’ Richie, aka Rich Micelotta — the store’s mailman (who’s also a guitar-playing singer-songwriter).
Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, Acaro and Once Beloved appear at Pearl Street in Northampton Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Half Shaved Jazz — featuring Dave Bilodeau, Seth Hoffsommer, Larry Klein and Jon Oltman — plays a free show at the Rendezvous in Turners Falls Thursday at 8 p.m.
Dust Savior, the project of singer-songwriter Ella Longpre, appears at Flying Object in Hadley, along with Nathan Hobbs, Michael Gundlach and Brooke Brown Saracino Thursday at 9 p.m.
The Mary Jane Jones residency continues at the Sierra Grille in Northampton Thursday at 10 p.m. This month they’re joined by the Beau Sasser Trio.