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The joint was jumping at the county jail: Young@Heart Chorus teams up with inmates for a rockin’ in-house concert

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

On a mid-morning in late March at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction, eight inmates were gathered around an electric keyboard in the visiting room, laughing and talking quietly. Keyboard player Ken Maiuri hit middle C, and together they warmed up with scales. Up and down, they sang: “la-la-la-la-LA-la-la-la-la,” then one note higher: “mi-mi-mi-mi-MI-mi-mi-mi-mi.” Then one note higher, …

Music as life lesson: Northampton filmmaker profiles the SciTech Band of Springfield

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

They’ve been dubbed “The Pride of Springfield” for the hope they embody, both in a struggling school and the hardscrabble city they live in. And …

Weekend Planner — Music: Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares presents Mario Pavone

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

“He works his strings with the force and persistence of a sculptor chipping away at granite,” says The New Yorker of jazz bassist and composer …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Three nights of cover bands at the Iron Horse; Paradise City Arts Festival

Thursday, May 21, 2015

COVER ME In the mood for some 1970s music? For three nights starting Thursday, the Iron Horse in Northampton features bands covering some ’70s stalwarts. Thursday’s 7 p.m. show is by East Aja: A Tribute to Steely Dan, whose members are drawn from Boston and Valley bands, as …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Brian Marchese’s Sitting Next to Brian at Luthiers Co-Op

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Back in December, Northampton singer/songwriter/drummer-and-more Brian Marchese released a 12-song collection called “The Cobbler,” his fourth album under the name Sitting Next To Brian. But before he and his bandmates could give the CD a big release party, …

Headliners: Eris String Quartet in Amherst, Saturday; ‘Tarry Four,’ Friday, Saturday at A.P.E.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A millennial quartet makes its debut A classical-violin prodigy, former Leverett resident Alice Ivy-Pemberton (second from left) performed at Carnegie Hall at age 10 (as part of the PBS series “From the Top: Live from Carnegie Hall”); was …

Book Bag: ‘Quabbin Valley: Life As It Was,’ by Elizabeth Peirce; ‘Girls Like You’ by Margot Douaihy

Thursday, May 21, 2015

QUABBIN VALLEY: LIFE AS IT WAS By Elizabeth Peirce Arcadia Publishing www.arcadiapublishing.com The Quabbin Valley, emptied of its former residents, began filling with water in the 1930s as it was transformed into the Quabbin Reservoir, Boston’s primary source …

Valley Readings

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST BOOKS: Susan Snively reads from “The Heart Has Many Doors,” her new novel about Emily Dickinson, Thursday, 7 p.m., at the bookshop, at 8 Main St., Amherst. 256-1547 FLYING OBJECT: …

Art Maker: William Sieruta | Painter, mixed media artist

Thursday, May 21, 2015

William Sieruta was born in 1980 and lives and works in Leverett. After receiving a master’s degree in 2011 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he worked in New York City as a studio assistant …

Today in History

Thursday, May 21, 2015

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, May 22, the 142nd day of 2015. There are 223 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 22, 1915, the Lassen Peak volcano in Northern California exploded, devastating nearby areas but causing no deaths. On this date: …

A LOOK BACK

Thursday, May 21, 2015

200 Years Ago  Warren P. Wing informs the public that he continues to build cotton and woolen machinery in its various branches at the factor of Whipple & Wing in North Parish, Greenwich, where the best of work may be had on the most reasonable terms.  …

The indispensable Scott Bailey accompanies Hampshire Choral Society as it readies for concert

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Scott Bailey is the longtime accompanist for the Hampshire Choral Society, a 160-voice amateur choir that rehearses in Northampton and performs in Hampshire County. But the term “collaborative pianist” better describes what Bailey accomplishes with the chorus, says …

Music review: A life in music and words: Bruce Cockburn explores range of human emotion at Iron Horse show

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

When you’ve been writing and playing songs for 45-plus years, you have a lot of material to work with. In fact, you might have so much that you’d need to write a memoir to put it all in …