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Sit up and take notice: Green River Festival wins national attention in 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Over the past 29 years, the Green River Festival has become an institution in western Massachusetts, the go-to outdoor musical event of the summer. What started as a modest two-band concert in 1986 has grown into a three-day affair with dozens of bands and solo artists — not to mention the hot-air balloon rides the festival offers. So what’s new …

Updating a classic: Mohawk Trails Concerts makes changes with new director, season

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

After 45 years, Mohawk Trail Concerts is getting ready for a re-tuning this season, with Montague cellist Mark Fraser taking on the role of executive …

Partners, new and old: VLO, Amherst Ballet to team up for Gilbert & Sullivan treat

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Even 144 years after W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan collaborated on their first opera, their Victorian comedies continue to bring people together. But the members …

A LOOK BACK

Monday, June 29, 2015

50 Years Ago  The D. A. Sullivan School, which ordinarily would be lapsing into summer somnolence these days, currently is a beehive of activity as the city’s Neighborhood Youth Corps gets underway. The objectives of the Youth Corps are to provide useful work experience for unemployed young …

Chris Brown, Beyonce win big at BET Awards

Monday, June 29, 2015

By MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer Though she was absent, Beyonce won three BET Awards, including video of the year for “7/11,” while Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj also won multiple awards at the all-star show Sunday night. …

Squire, bassist with Yes, dies at 67

Monday, June 29, 2015

NEW YORK — Chris Squire, the bassist and co-founder of the progressive rock band Yes who recently announced he had leukemia, has died, according to a statement from his band members on Sunday. He was 67. The band …

Peter Mulvey’s song ‘Take Down Your Flag’ urges end to flying Confederate symbol

Friday, June 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A local musician is leading a musical charge urging South Carolina to take down the Confederate flag at its Statehouse with his song “Take Down Your Flag.” Peter Mulvey was preparing to open for Ani DiFranco at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton on June 19 when …

Today in History

Friday, June 26, 2015

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, June 29, the 180th day of 2015. There are 185 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 29, 1767, Britain approved the Townshend Revenue Act, which imposed import duties on glass, paint, oil, lead, paper and tea …

Light on her feet

Friday, June 26, 2015

Historic Deerfield acquires tall case clock which had been on loan to museum for decade

Friday, June 26, 2015

DEERFIELD — History is often represented by points in time and Historic Deerfield will now have a slightly easier time keeping track of its relentless march with the acquisition of an 1803 tall case clock built by 19th-century …

Weekend Planner — Kids: Alastair Moock at the Parlor Room

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Following the footsteps of his boyhood heroes Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, gravelly voiced Alastair Moock set out along the path of a social-activist folksinger intent on knocking down walls between musical genres and different audiences. In 2006, …

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘From the Mountains to the Sea — The Folk Song Collecting Work of Anne and Frank Warner’

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

What distinguishes traditional folk music from other folk music? “We look at traditional folk songs as those that have been sung for many generations and tend to be perpetuated orally, as opposed to modern folk songs which have …

Weekend Planner — Arts: ‘Art at Thistlebloom Farm’

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The barn studio of Amherst’s Thistlebloom Farm (formerly known as Mad Woman Farm) will be put to use as a showcase for 10 local artists Saturday and Sunday. Called “Art at Thistlebloom Farm,” the event will also include …