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Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Richard Thompson at the Academy of Music and more music this week in the Valley

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The only way that you, dear reader, are not already a big Richard Thompson fan, is that you haven’t seen him perform live. Here’s your chance: the six-string troubadour (and original member of the legendary Fairport Convention) plays the Academy of Music in Northampton Saturday at 8 p.m. “Our greatest living guitarist,” proclaimed a U.K. paper last year, and if you’re cocking an eyebrow in doubt, know that Thompson doesn’t deal in blues cliches like the vast majority of players. His style, even playing solo acoustic shows, is impassioned and unconventional, with a jazz-like way of coming at you sideways and surprising. Add to that …

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Headline In 1907, when she was 40 years old, the German artist Käthe Kollwitz executed a series of etchings depicting scenes from the 16th-century German Peasants’ War that included “After the Battle,” a work showing a woman with a lantern picking through corpses in search of her son that proved eerily premonitory. Kollwitz’s …

Weekend Planner — Clubs: Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown at the Iron Horse

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Formed in London in 1966 and repeatedly dying and being reborn over the next five decades, the blues band Savoy Brown faltered in its native England when the British blues boom faded in the early ’70s. But it gained widespread popularity in the U.S., where it increasingly concentrated and where its founder — …

Weekend Planner — Kids: Saturday Morning Dance Party for Families

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Hilltown Families’ bimonthly “Saturday Morning Dance Party for Families” at the Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton on Feb. 13 begins with a free breakfast of pancakes, juice and fruit, during which kids can hand-craft valentines; continues with performances …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: The buzz: ‘Local Honey’ to celebrate bands with gala affair

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I’m here for the handoff. Pacing the pavement on a cold night at the corner of King and Bridge. I feel like I should peek out from under the brim of a smart fedora and toss a spent …

Music review: The Miro Quartet Plays Beethoven

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Miró Quartet made a welcome return to Music in Deerfield Sunday, after an absence of several years. The performance, before a large and enthusiastic audience, was in Smith College’s Sage Hall in Northampton. The program was devoted to Beethoven’s Opus 59, the three quartets dedicated to (and …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Paula Poundstone — Sat., Feb. 20, 6:30 and 9 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $27.50, $37.50. academyofmusictheatre.com June Millington: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Retrospective in Story, Picture and Song — Sun., Feb. 21, 3 p.m., Academy of Music, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …