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Old-time music can be a fresh-air blast, a mix of raw energy and refined musicianship, and Foghorn Stringband is one of the genre’s most potent purveyors, performing while gathered around a single microphone and giving audiences a galloping ride.
The Portland, Ore.-based band began over a decade ago and its changing lineup landed on its current personnel, a killer quartet: Caleb Klauder on mandolin/vocals, Stephen Lind on fiddle/vocals, Nadine Landry on upright bass/vocals and Reeb Willms on acoustic guitar/vocals.
On traditionals like “Reuben’s Train” and “Been All Around This World,” Lind’s fiddle sounds the opening alarm and the band is off like a shot, bouncing along on the tactile pulse of Landry’s bass and swerving through solos by Klauder and Lind, considered to be masters on their respective instruments. The group’s tunes are short but the unflagging energy can be trance-inducing.
All four band members sing and the group’s arrangements make the most of mixing and matching the harmonizers; the two women join together for the high lonesome “Mining Camp Blues” for a bracing effect.
Foghorn Stringband perform at the intimate Parlor Room in Northampton Thursday at 7 p.m.
The Big Bad Bollocks raise the roof for their annual St. Patrick’s celebration concert at the Iron Horse in Northampton Saturday at 7 p.m.
Shiprock and Anchordog is a mixed media show (song, dance, video) for young and old featuring the titular characters — two traveling dogs who leave home on a quest — and Americana-style music. The family-friendly event takes place at Flywheel in Easthampton Saturday at 10 a.m. Also a part of the morning: free pancakes.
Vermont has been the home of a new wave of creative artists that blur the line between experimental and pop music, and many of them have joined forces for an epic bill: The Blanche Blanche Blanche Big Band (shown below), the Ryan Power Band (above), Son of Salami and the Kurt Weisman/Patricia Hartland Duo. See it all at Flywheel Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Great Mix CD Mix Up is an annual event that features live music and asks that showgoers make mix CDs to bring to the concert. The handmade compilations get placed into a box and mixed around, and at the end of the night, everyone reaches into the box and takes a different mix home. This year the bands are The Fawns, Bunny’s a Swine, School for the Dead and the new local act Beach Honey. At the Elevens in Northampton Saturday at 9 p.m.
Ray Mason (7 p.m.), Treefort (shown below; 8 p.m.) and Rocky Roberts & Friends (9:30 p.m.) take the stage at the Luthiers Co-Op in Easthampton Saturday.
Outer Spaces, Easthampton Savings Band, Chester Gwada and more play the Elevens Tuesday at 9 p.m.
The Valley Classics Ensemble — featuring Colleen Jennings and Jessica Meyer on violins, Scott Slapin and Tanya Solomon on violas and Rebecca Hartka and Philip Helzer on cellos — perform Tchaikovsky and more at the Parlor Room Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Eva Cappelli (shown here; 7:30 p.m.) and June & the Bee (8:30) will be at the Luthiers Co-Op Thursday.