Keeping Tabs on the Arts
Singer-songwriter Marcia Gomes will perform a set of her original music Friday at 7 p.m. at the Thirsty Mind Coffee and Wine Bar in South Hadley.
Her songs are infused with jazz, R&B and Latin rhythms and the spirit of gospel music. Her voice and lyrics have been described as deeply soulful and moving. During the performance, Gomes will perform her new song “Trayvon,” a rallying cry for justice and a call for peace.
Gomes is a Cleo Laine vocal scholarship recipient and graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, with a degree in voice and songwriting. She teaches middle school English in Amherst.
For information, visit www.justkeepclimbingmusic.com.
Art in the Orchard
A closing celebration of Art in the Orchard will be held Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Park Hill Orchard, 82 Park Hill Road in Easthampton.
Since the exhibit opened earlier this year, the number of visitors has exceeded the 12,000 mark, according to Jean-Pierre Pasche, owner of the Elusie Gallery in Easthampton. Most weekends have seen between 1,000 and 1,500 visitors and the daily average on any week day has been between 100 and 150.
“What is even more important than numbers,” Pasche says, “is the overwhelmingly enthusiastic feedback from the visitors.”
Here’s what’s on the program: At 2 p.m., strike a pose at the Big Red Frame; videographer Drea Marks will be there, making a start/stop pixilation video; at 2:20, awards, acknowledgements and speeches; at 2:45, the Expandable Brass Band leads a parade along the sculpture trail; and at 3:30, hors d’oeuvres and more hoopla
For information, visit parkhillorchard.com/art.
Big Bad Gina
“The Harvest Jam,” featuring multi-instrumentalist lesbian band Big Bad Gina, will be presented Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Academy of Music in Northampton. From rock to reggae, jazz to rap, to “Goddess Groovin’ ” disco, Big Bad Gina’s music spans a myriad of genres and styles, and features its signature three-part harmonies.
The concert is presented by The DandiLyon Group, a new venture in Easthampton started by Jane Lyon that aims to produce and promote women’s events in the Valley.
Tickets are free; donations will go to the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts. For information, visit www.thedandilyongroup.com.