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FILE - In this Sept. 14, 1995 file photo, Ralph Johnson, from left,  Phillip Bailey, Maurice White and Verdine White, of Earth, Wind & Fire  in Los Angeles. Maurice White, the founder and leader of Earth, Wind & Fire, died at home in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, said his brother, Verdine White. He was 74. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)

Earth, Wind & Fire founder dies

Thursday, February 4, 2016

LOS ANGELES — Maurice White, co-founder and leader of the groundbreaking ensemble Earth, Wind & Fire, died at his Los Angeles home Thursday. He was 74. The source for a wealth of euphoric hits in the 1970s and early ’80s, including “Shining Star,” “September” and “Boogie Wonderland,” Earth, Wind & Fire borrowed elements from funk, soul, gospel and pop. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, and although White had ceased touring with the group since a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease in the ’90s, the group had continued to tour. Born in Memphis, Tenn. on Dec. 19, 1941, …

A vision of majesty: After years of restless travel, Lord Russ has settled back in the Valley

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

When Russell Brooks was a teenager, he had a vision. The vision revealed to him that he had been King Arthur in a previous life. “I figured that one day I’ll go to England and save the world or something. And if I was King Arthur then, I should at least be Lord …

Whole Children receives NEA grant for November concert

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Whole Children’s Joyful Chorus will perform later this year with Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion in a concert made possible by a $10,000 “Challenge America” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant is awarded each year to organizations that provide opportunities in the arts to underserved populations. Whole Children, …

Weekend Planner — Music: Springfield Symphony Orchestra kicks off new season

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is kicking off the new year Saturday with a musical tour of the fjords of Norway and the forests of Finland. Assisted by three soloists, the SSO will perform works by three Scandinavian composers: …

Weekend Planner — Kids: February Fiesta at Florence Community Center

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

What’s new with Mr. G, the Whately-based, nationally known, bilingual kid’s music star? He’s just won a Latin Grammy Award for mejor album de musica Latina para ninos — Best Latin Children’s Album — the latest in a …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: ‘Throwback Thursday’ — remembering Sourpuss

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Once every week, on “Throwback Thursday,” the Internet is inundated with people’s personal blasts from the past — old photos, stories, memories — so here’s my newspaper equivalent. Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale of …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Soul singer Lee Fields, The Expressions at the Iron Horse

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Soul singer Lee Fields is the kind of give-all performer who works up a sweat and raises the heat, no matter what temperature the place was before he took the stage. It’s an old-school work ethic that Fields …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Son of the Sheik (with live accompaniment by Alloy Orchestra) — Sun., Feb. 14, 2 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $10-$17. academyofmusictheatre.com Paula Poundstone — Sat., Feb. 20, 6:30 and 9 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $27.50, $37.50. …

Lady Gaga to pay tribute to David Bowie at Grammys

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

By Gerrick D. Kennedy Los Angeles Times (TNS) Iconic rock provocateur David Bowie will be feted by another artist known for pushing the boundaries of genre, gender and beyond: Lady Gaga. The pop star will pay tribute to Bowie at the Grammys, the Recording Academy announced Tuesday. Gaga …

Fox’s ambitious ‘Grease: Live’ shines despite rain

Monday, February 1, 2016

By SANDY COHEN AP Entertainment Writer BURBANK, Calif. — Rain didn’t dampen the spirits or performances of the cast and crew behind Fox’s “Grease: Live.” The ambitious three-hour production, broadcast live from 14 different sets at Warner Bros. …

Weekend Planner — Music: Da Camera Singers perform music of Schütz and Telemann

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Each once regarded as the foremost German composer of his time, Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) and Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) have both receded in importance before the towering figure of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) — a circumstance Da Camera …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: The Weather Station brings quiet power — and a cold — to the Iron Horse

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Walking up to the Iron Horse in Northampton this past Tuesday night, it was easy to spot the vehicle belonging to The Weather Station, the touring Canadian band whose name was on the venue’s chalkboard that evening. It …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Silver Chord Bowl — Annual collegiate a cappella competition Sun., Feb. 2, 2 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $15-$30. academyofmusictheatre.com Tao: Seventeen Samurai — Wed., Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m., UMass FAC Concert Hall. $20, $35, $40; general; $10, …