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PHOTO COURTESY OF NORTHAMPTON JAZZ FESTIVAL
Etienne Charles

Bring the swing: Musicians hit the streets for 4th annual Northampton Jazz Festival

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Organizers of the fourth annual Northampton Jazz Festival, which will take place Sept. 2-6, say bringing the music to the streets helps carry on a great jazz tradition: That’s how jazz was fostered in this country, says Paul Arslanian, one of the festival’s coordinators and the director of the Northampton Jazz Workshop, an event that will be part of the … 0

Clubland: Ken Maiuri shares his impressions of this year’s ‘Transperformance’

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Backstage at “Transperformance” Tuesday night, Ray Mason turned to me and said, marveling, “Where else can you see Christ backing Frankie Valli?” We were in a daze of amazement as Renaissance man Monte Belmonte (from 93.9 The River) crooned “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” as “Pioneer Frankie Valli,” sliding smoothly across the … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes at the Iron Horse, and much, much more

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes are Melbourne, Australia’s smartly dressed contribution to the world of retro soul (Amy Winehouse, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings), and they’ll bring their ’60s-influenced soul/spy/garage-pop to the Iron Horse in Northampton Friday at 7 p.m. The Eric Olsson Band opens. The band started as a one-time lark … 0

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Salute 2 Summer — Sat., Sept. 6, 5 p.m., Look Park, Northampton. Featuring the Bronx Wanderers, Union Jack, Joe Pucci and the American Longboards. Activities for children. $20 per person; ages 12 and under free. salute2summer.com Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers — Sat., Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m., XL … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: The Three County Fair Fest in Northampton

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Three County Fair will close out its run on Monday with something new: The Three County Fair Fest, a day-long musical festival featuring 13 Valley bands. A $10 ticket to the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton on … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Sturgill Simpson at the Iron Horse in Northampton and other local gigs this week

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Excitement about Kentucky-born singer/songwriter Sturgill Simpson has spread like wildfire. His old-school country ways have transformed people disillusioned with the genre into rejuvenated music lovers. Dedicated new fans pop up wherever he goes, thankful to finally be hearing … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Who knew? Johnny Memphis has a band

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Johnny Memphis has been a high-profile champion of local music in the Valley for more than 30 years, whether in print, on the radio or cable access. Now the always-supportive Memphis has quietly stepped into the spotlight himself, … 1

Weekend Planner — Music: Same Old Blues at Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum in Hadley

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

They may call themselves Same Old Blues, but they do put their own spin on the music. Dennis Shapson, guitar; Jon Lawless, harmonica; and Alan Kurtz, washboard and bones, perform ragtime country blues with a focus on Piedmont … 0

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Josh Groban — Fri., Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $70, $90. mohegansun.com Roomful of Teeth— Fri., Aug. 29, 8 p.m., Mass MoCA. $15, $20, $25. massmoca.org Salute 2 Summer — Sat., Sept. 6, 5 p.m., Look Park, … 0

Headliners: Setting Millay to music at Mocha Maya’s; Frank and Vinny at the Iron Horse in Northampton

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Setting Millay to music Never hampshiremuch of a poetry reader, singer/songwriter Liz Queler shelved the book of verse by Edna St. Vincent Millay her mother-in-law had given her for her birthday a few years back and forgot about … 0

Ken Mairui’s Tuned In: Alottle at the Platinum Pony in Easthampton, and lots more Valley music this week

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The proprietors of little ol’ Popcorn Noir, an intimate Easthampton space that started off by showing free films and serving food and drink, always had bigger plans. They opened in 2011, expanded next door in 2012, and earlier … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Steampunk music, Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Both in conjunction with the New England Steampunk Meetup (a monthly gathering of steampunks held at sites throughout New England) and as the culminating event of the exhibit “Steampunk Springfield Armory: Reimagining Our Nation’s Weaponry” (on view through … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Span of Sunshine’s Steve Koziol celebrates his new babies

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

“I was ambitious,” said Steve Koziol, vocalist/guitarist of the western Masssacusetts-based quartet Span of Sunshine. “‘Let’s get this done before the baby’s born!’” He’s referring to the group’s new five-song EP, “Ray of June,” and the baby is … 0