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The three members of The Deadly Nightshade started playing together while they were students at Smith and Mount Holyoke colleges in the late-1960s. The group has had a long and storied history; the latest chapter is a recent reunion and a brand-new CD, “Never Ever Gonna Stop.”
The trio of guitarist Anne Bowen, bassist Pamela Brandt and fiddle player/lead guitarist Helen Hooke will celebrate the release of the CD with a show at the Institute for Musical Arts in Goshen Saturday at 8 p.m.
The musicians started off in the “symphonic rock” band Ariel before banding together as The Deadly Nightshade in 1972. The Valley trio started building a repertoire of songs they liked, no matter what style — country, Motown, bluegrass — but largely high energy. Dancers were regular sights at live shows.
They eventually put out two albums on the RCA imprint Phantom, had a Top 100 hit with their own disco take on the theme from TV’s “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,” appeared on “Sesame Street” and opened for Billy Joel before breaking up — and happily taking their own sweet time doing so, playing “final shows” into the e_SSRq80s.
In 2008, The Deadly Nightshade reunited and played yearly concerts, eventually going into the studio in 2011 to record new songs with NYC-based producer Roma Baran (who’s worked with Laurie Anderson, Allen Ginsburg, Kate & Anna McGarrigle and others). “Never Ever Gonna Stop” is a multimedia disc that spotlights not just the new songs but also includes old video footage of the band.
Influential acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke, a regular visitor to the Valley, returns to the Iron Horse in Northampton tonight at 7 p.m.
Supergroup-of-sorts Divine Fits, featuring Britt Daniel from Spoon, Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade and Sam Brown of New Bomb Turks, plays at Pearl Street in Northampton tonight at 9 p.m.
Valley rock bands Space Captain and The Mitchells return after a long hiatus with a show at the Elevens in Northampton tonight at 10 p.m.
Jazz legends Chick Corea and Gary Burton, who in March released their record “Hot House,” take the stage together for a show of originals and standards from Thelonious Monk, Lennon & McCartney, Kurt Weill and others. They’ll be joined by the Harlem String Quartet. At the UMass Fine Arts Center in Amherst Saturday at 8 p.m.
Meredith Monk, known for her decades of cutting-edge work with voice, composition and choreography (as well as being a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship “Genius Grant” and having one of her works used by the Coen Brothers in “The Big Lebowski”), performs at Amherst College’s Buckley Recital Hall Saturday at 8 p.m.
Guerilla Toss, Son of Salami, Flaming Dragons of Middle Earth and Egg Eggs bring you a quadruple-bill of spastic scream’n’skronk, slop-pop, experimental tomfoolery and plenty of good-natured chaos at Flywheel in Easthampton Saturday at 8 p.m.
Winterpills play a cozy full-band show at the well-worth-the-drive Dream Away Lodge in Becket Saturday at 8 p.m. Opening will be Rosary Beard, the all-instrumental acoustic duo of Matthew Loiacono and Hunter Sagehorn.
Todd Rundgren and string quartet ETHEL combine forces for a show at the Keene State College Redfern Arts Center in Keene, N.H., Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Jazz bassist Christian McBride brings his quintet, Inside Straight, to the Iron Horse Thursday at 7 p.m.