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The Ethiopiques series of CDs is a cornerstone of many a music collection, largely responsible for introducing the music of Ethiopia (and especially its gritty and groovy sounds of the e_SSRq60s and ’ 70s) to people around the world.
The well-annotated series even helped Ethiopian-American saxophonist Danny Mekonnen rediscover the music of his youth (his parents are from Ethiopia and played records of many of those artists in their Texas home). After a move to Boston to study ethnomusicology at Harvard, he dove in fully, immersing himself in the music, getting inspired, and eventually creating Debo Band.
The 11-piece Boston group, which records for Sub Pop and is an NPR fave, plays Ethiopian music, but is not an Ethiopiques cover band. They perform original compositions as well as “Golden Age” songs, with vocalist Bruck Tesfaye as part of an orchestral lineup of instruments that includes accordion, violin, electric guitar and a large brass/woodwind section complete with tuba.
Debo Band’s self-titled 2012 debut has been highly lauded. The group plays the Iron Horse in Northampton tonight at 7 p.m.
Boston-based roots-rock band Jo Henley and special guest Ashley Jordan appear at Mocha Maya’s in Shelburne Falls tonight at 7:30 p.m.
Trailer Park has a recipe for the dance floor, and it’ll take that blues-soul-funk-groove gumbo to the Arts Block Cafe in Greenfield tonight at 8 p.m.
Antigone Rising, an all-female New York City-based rock band celebrating its 20th year, plays the Northampton Pride Festival at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton Saturday at 3:45 p.m.
Jim K and Co (bassist Rudi Weeks and drummer Dave Nelson) performs at the Arts Block Cafe Saturday at 8 p.m. Ray Mason opens.
The Mary Jane Jones celebrates the release of its new 7-song EP, “Shake,” with a show at Bishop’s Lounge in Northampton Saturday at 10 p.m. Down To Fox (from New Jersey) starts off the night.
Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band return to the Valley for a show with a little something extra: every ticket includes a download of Ritter’s new album, “The Beast In Its Tracks.” The Felice Brothers, headliners in their own right, open the show at the Calvin in Northampton Thursday at 8 p.m.
The Z Three: An Organ Trio Tribute to the Music of Frank Zappa — Hammond man Beau Sasser, guitarist Tim Palmieri and drummer Bill Carbone — has for years been impressing crowds at venues large and small with its spirited versions of the composer’s vast catalog of tunes. The group returns to the Iron Horse Thursday at 10 p.m.
Local punk/post-hardcore band Powerblessings, Young Adults (from Boston) and local punk rock quartet Blessed State will be at the Sierra Grille Thursday at 10 p.m.