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Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Northern Routes New Music Festival is a who’s who of largely New England-based experimental musicians, packing as many creative talents as possible into two days of performances at the 1794 Meetinghouse in New Salem, Friday from 4 to 11 p.m. and Saturday from 2 to 11 p.m. Today’s lineup includes guitarist Glenn Jones, Marissa Nadler (ethereal singer/songwriter with a “Gothic heart,” pictured), Vermont wind trio Glitter Pen (in which John Levin and brothers Chris and Kurt Weisman play recorders and other early instruments, with a repertoire of pieces from the years 1200 to 1600), percussionist Matt Weston, “avant-celestial” guitar/theremin duo Twilight Tipi, Easthampton guitarist … 0

Ken Mairui’s Clubland: Hitting the highway for Hospitality

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

F ew cities as cozy as Northampton have such a wealth of live music — at last count, at least eight venues host regular shows — but even so, sometimes your favorite band isn’t making it to town and you have to start up the car and hit the highway. I’m all for … 0

Weekend Planner — Clubs: Susan Angeletti at Fitzwilly’s in Northampton

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

“I’m starting a new blues ‘n’ soul, glitter-queen, rock ‘n’ roll house gig at beautiful downtown Fitzwilly’s starting this Thursday night!” shouts local blues diva Susan Angeletti. Yes, if you’re anywhere in downtown Northampton July 31 you’ll likely feel the vibes as Angeletti belts out her stuff with her new band, Smoke Stack … 0

Music review: Band of Horses and Midlake refresh roots-rock groove at Calvin

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A crossroads runs through the heart of most good rock songs, and that’s just where Band of Horses and Midlake planted themselves on Monday night for an engaging dual concert at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton. These are … 0

Advance bookings

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Jason Isbell — Fri., Aug. 15, 8 p.m. Mass MoCA. $24/$30. massmoca.org Elysian Fields — Sat., Aug. 16, 8 p.m. Mass MoCA. $12, $16, $20. massmoca.org George Lopez — Sat., Aug. 16, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $40-$65. foxwoods.com Yanni … 0

Area Briefs

Friday, July 25, 2014

Amherst SOLARIZE CELEBRATION: A celebration to recognize the town’s record-breaking sign-ups for Solarize Amherst will be held at Town Hall Tuesday. Residents can come to the Town Room between 6 and 8 p.m. for refreshments and drinks. The amount of contracted capacity is 1.2 megawatts spread over 174 … 0

Headliners

Friday, July 25, 2014

United by religious faith... ...and a desire to minister to the community with their talents, Springfield’s Women of Faith Ensemble is a tight-knit group. “We laugh together, cry together, pray together and encourage each other in life as women of faith,” says Vanessa Ford, who founded the group … 0

Tuned In: Big rock show Monday at 13th Floor Music Lounge and other musical events this week in the Valley

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Monday night isn’t the typical time for a big rock show, but the 13th Floor Music Lounge in Florence won’t let the work week get in the way of a good time. Four energetic acts — Free Pizza, … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Mitch Chakour at 1794 Meeting House in New Salem

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Music producer, pianist, guitarist, vocalist and teacher at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School, Amherst’s Mitch Chakour has had an illustrious 35-year career in music, including working with Bonnie Raitt, Howlin’ Wolf, Chuck Berry and Joe Cocker, sharing … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Jazzman Alex Snydman’s Valley visit includes gig at Iron Horse in Northampton

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I was interviewing jazz drummer Alex Snydman and I couldn’t write fast enough. I’d asked him if there was a moment when he realized that jazz was the music for him, the life he wanted to pursue, and … 0

Advance Bookings: Get the Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin and other area gigs

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Get the Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin — Sat., Aug. 2, 4 p.m., Mountain Park, Holyoke. $25, $35. 586-8686, iheg.com The Moody Blues — Wed., Aug. 6, 7:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $39.50. mohegansun.com Jason Isbell — Fri., … 0

Northampton Summer Concert Series opens July 18 on the Old Courthouse lawn

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Northampton Summer Concert Series, presented by The Collective Music Group (TCMG), is back for its the third straight year, this time with a new, more prominent downtown location. Every Friday from July 18 to August 22, concerts … 0

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Let’s (Not) Talk About Love’ at Mohawk Trail Concerts

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Pianist William Bolcom and mezzo-soprano Joan Morris are back for their annual visit to Mohawk Trail Concerts this weekend but this time they’re bringing colleagues John Musto and Amy Burton (pictured) for a double-date program called “Let’s (Not) … 0