Tuned in: Ken Maiuri on Valley music
Fancy Trash remains one of the Valley’s most passionate live bands, pushing their acoustic instruments into overdrive at their cathartic concerts. Led by frontman Dave Houghton, the trio will whip up a hurricane at the Parlor Room at Signature Sounds in Northampton on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Also on the bill is Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Christian Gibbs. His many musical adventures have included performing on Broadway (playing lead guitar for Stew’s Tony Award-winning “Passing Strange”) and filling the position as lead guitar player for Modern English on two of their tours.
And now, in these weeks before the March 26 release of his new album “Sleep the Machines” (which brings out his folk side with sparse, intimate acoustic-based songs), he’s undertaking his latest and greatest adventure: Gibbs will be touring the country in an RV with his wife and two young children. The parental couple are planning to write a book about being on the road as a family.
The Doug Hewitt Group plays a show of the guitarist’s rock-jazz original tunes tonight at the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls at 7 p.m.
The Mark Nomad Acoustic Trio (featuring Peter King on bass and Sturgis Cunningham on drums) plays Delta blues and originals at the Luthier’s Co-Op in Easthampton tonight at 9:30 p.m.
Masters of the Groovaverse, which includes guitarist Colin Ward (Shokazoba), percussionist Demse Zullo (Alchemysitics) and tuba man Kevin Smith, bring their funky jamming to the Rendezvous in Turners Falls tonight at 9:30 p.m.
Mystery Train, the lone remaining record shop in Amherst, a town that was once teeming with them, holds a free in-store show in its homey treehouse-like space. The cozy concert features Laminated Apes (with Bob Fay, Ted Lee and friends), a short spoken word performance from Joshua Burkett, Teen Destroyer (from Connecticut), a solo acoustic set by Mary T.S. Brooks (from Rhode Island) and more. At Mystery Train on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Americana faves Old 97’s, led by vocalist/guitarist Rhett Miller, are back on the road and will take the stage at the Iron Horse in Northampton on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Kicking off the show is the raucous Texas-based country duo The O’s, whose motto is “no plugs, no electrics, just music” — two guys with acoustic guitar and banjo, whose feet stay busy playing a big bass drum and a tambourine.
Pianist Curtis Clark has been described as a combination of Red Garland and Bill Evans and he’ll bring his trio (Jim Lyden on bass and Luther Gray on drums) to the area for a show in the Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares concert series, to be held at the Community Music School of Springfield on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.