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The “costume dance party with a live band” event known as Llama Lasagne holds its 23rd themed extravaganza, “Llamas in Space,” tonight at 9 at The Elevens in Northampton.

Think of it as the Valley’s own version of the Losers Lounge in New York City: an ever-evolving collective of area musicians who get together for a freewheeling show, playing covers that fit a specific theme.

A typical Llama Lasagne evening might involve as many as 30 musicians, regulars and newcomers alike; this time around the new players include Amherst-based keyboardist Darby Wolf (who tours nationally with Rubblebucket). The collective will also include members of The Primate Fiasco, The Mary Jane Jones, Outer Stylie, Orange Television, Ship Rock and Anchor Dog and many more.

“You’ll almost never see more than two songs in a row with the same ‘band’ playing together,” said Dan Thomas, a regular who “took the bull by the horns” to keep Llama Lasagne alive after some time in limbo.

For years the event took place at The Harp in North Amherst but outgrew the space; this will be its first venture into Northampton, and Thomas can see the idea catching on elsewhere.

“We would really like to make a splash in the music festival scene,” he said. “This collective format would be ideal for a festival, as we could pull musicians from all of the bands booked [there] and create kind of a super jam costume party.”
Guitarist Jim Matus, who works locally with Tony Vacca but has been involved with NYC No Wave e_SSRq80s group Noise R Us and “progressive world fusion” bands Paranoise and Mawwal, will appear with his duo at the Arts Block in Greenfield tonight at 8 p.m.

Happy Jawbone Family Band, Joseph “The Pizza Slice” Agresta and Loudville (the new band from Bryan Gillig) play at Feeding Tube Records in Northampton at 9 p.m.

Lord Russ and his live band, The Gorgeous Misfits, take the stage at The Elevens Saturday at 9:30 p.m.

Gary Louris from the Jayhawks performs at the Iron Horse in Northampton Sunday at 7 p.m. Matt Hebert opens.

Aoife O’Donovan (Crooked Still, Sometymes Why) is on tour for her solo debut, “Fossils,” and will play at the Iron Horse Thursday at 7 p.m.

Creative multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Kurt Weisman has appeared alongside the Dirty Projectors and Bjork. His projects have included writing pieces for trombone and creating tunes that are sometimes compositionally intricate, sometimes simply beautiful (like the strummy and summery “New Blueberry Song,” from his 2010 album “Orange”). He’ll be on a bill with Battle Trance and others at Flywheel in Easthampton Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers (who get promising praise like “If your favorite country singers came from the vinyl era, don’t let this one pass you by”) will be at the Parlor Room at Signature Sounds in Northampton Thursday at 8 p.m.

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