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FILE - In this July 3, 2006 file photo, Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart, left, and Aerosmith's lead singer Steven Tyler sing together during a sound-check and rehearsal for the Fourth of July show at the Hatch Shell in Boston. In 20 seasons, Lockhart has raised his baton 1,700 times and has also shared the stage with other diverse guest including Robert DeNiro and Big Bird.    (AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki, File)

Q&A: Boston Pops maestro Keith Lockhart on music, tech

Monday, May 25, 2015

BOSTON — Keith Lockhart was just 35 and a musical wunderkind when he took over as conductor of the Boston Pops in 1995. Now in his 20th season, Lockhart has raised his baton 1,700 times to lead the group nicknamed “America’s Orchestra.” Along the way, he’s shared the stage with more than 250 guest artists as diverse as Aerosmith, Robert DeNiro and Big Bird. The Associated Press caught up with Lockhart in his office at Symphony Hall, dominated by a well-worn Hamburg Steinway piano that once belonged to Russian composer Serge Koussevitzky. Animated and fast-talking, the now 55-year-old maestro — free of his trademark tuxedo …

The joint was jumping at the county jail: Young@Heart Chorus teams up with inmates for a rockin’ in-house concert

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

On a mid-morning in late March at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction, eight inmates were gathered around an electric keyboard in the visiting room, laughing and talking quietly. Keyboard player Ken Maiuri hit middle C, and together they warmed up with scales. Up and down, they sang: “la-la-la-la-LA-la-la-la-la,” then one …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Karl Wallinger lets in the light at Iron Horse show

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Karl Wallinger spoke to the Iron Horse crowd in Northampton last Sunday night with a friendly grin, a little self-depreciation and a lot of dark sarcasm: “Here’s another song about how great everything is in the world.” Environmental destruction, constant war, corporate greed, public apathy ... Wallinger has covered all that and more …

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Weekend Planner — Music: Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares presents Mario Pavone

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

“He works his strings with the force and persistence of a sculptor chipping away at granite,” says The New Yorker of jazz bassist and composer Mario Pavone: “The sheer dynamism of his playing is matched by the lustre …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Brian Marchese’s Sitting Next to Brian at Luthiers Co-Op

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Back in December, Northampton singer/songwriter/drummer-and-more Brian Marchese released a 12-song collection called “The Cobbler,” his fourth album under the name Sitting Next To Brian. But before he and his bandmates could give the CD a big release party, …

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

America — Thurs., May 28, 7:30 p.m., Colonial Theatre, Pitsfield. $50, $95, $125. berkshiretheatregroup.org Lynyrd Skynyrd — Fri., May 29, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $45, $65. foxwoods.com Hurray for the Riff Raff! — Fri., June 5, 8 p.m., Academy …

Taylor Swift makes history at Billboard Music Awards

Monday, May 18, 2015

LAS VEGAS — Taylor Swift had a historic night at the Billboard Music Awards: The pop star is the most decorated artist in the show’s history with 20 wins, beating Garth Brooks’ 19-win record. She won eight awards …

B.B. King, guitar legend and ‘King of the Blues’, dead at age 89

Friday, May 15, 2015

LAS VEGAS — B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las …

The indispensable Scott Bailey accompanies Hampshire Choral Society as it readies for concert

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Scott Bailey is the longtime accompanist for the Hampshire Choral Society, a 160-voice amateur choir that rehearses in Northampton and performs in Hampshire County. But the term “collaborative pianist” better describes what Bailey accomplishes with the chorus, says …

Music review: A life in music and words: Bruce Cockburn explores range of human emotion at Iron Horse show

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

When you’ve been writing and playing songs for 45-plus years, you have a lot of material to work with. In fact, you might have so much that you’d need to write a memoir to put it all in …

Weekend Planner — Festival: Six Week of Fun Festival

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The South Hadley Public Library begins its Six Week of Fun Festival Saturday with a performance of jazz from the 1920s and ’30s by the newly former duo Skylarkz — flutist Sarah Clay and pianist Nick Kachulis. The …

Weekend Planner — Music: Leonard Cohen tribute

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

“Leonard Cohen (pictured) is a cultural icon, an international treasure,” says Jacqueline Cooper of Ashfield-based Silvery Moon Productions. “His lyrics and songs are beloved by individuals from all walks of life. His music is prophetic, provocative, intimate and …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Joshua Abrams and company mesmerize at the intimate Montague Book Mill

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Every comfy upholstered seat and metal folding chair was occupied. Any empty space on the dusty floor had been grabbed by an audience member, cross-legged and captivated. The crowd spilled out of the intimate Montague Bookmill this past …