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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 stages with James Brown, B. B. King, Aerosmith and Muddy Waters and writing for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. On Saturday Chakour will be at the 1794 Meetinghouse in New Salem for a roots-rock concert featuring Deric Dyer on sax, Cliff Goodwin on guitar, bassist Wolf Ginandes and drummer Marty Richards. The 7:30 p.m. show will be preceded by a champagne reception. $15 admission; children 12 and under … 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., Aug. 15, 8 p.m. Mass MoCA. $24/$30. massmoca.org Elysian Fields — Sat., Aug. 16, 8 … 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 his excited response zoomed along like a thrill ride for music fans of any age. … 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

Weekend Planner — ‘Cabaret Alive’

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sponsored by Hilltown Arts Alive and the Worthington Historical Society, Saturday’s third annual Hilltown “Cabaret Alive!” will feature jazz and blues vocalist Samirah Evans (pictured), an appearance by Carol Channing impersonator Roxanne Labato-Bailey, plus dancing to the music … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: For Valley jazz lovers, The Loft Lounge in Northampton is the place to be

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Tucked-away scenes are hidden all around Northampton — like the dedicated who crowd The Basement in Northampton late every Saturday night to dance to the grooviest soul/garage 45s at Woolly Bully, or the knowledgeable regulars armed with Bananagrams … 0

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Lionel Richie — Sat., July 26, 7:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $65, $85. mohegansun.com Jerry Seinfeld — Sat., July 26, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $82.50-$150. foxwoods.com Band of Horses, Midlake — Mon., July 28, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $31. … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Bear Hands play catchy pop at Pearl Street, and other music happening this week in the Valley

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pop music’s clothes keep changing but the form underneath is the same — it has to be catchy, the song needs hooks, your ears need to be grabbed. And “Giants,” a single from Brooklyn band Bear Hands, grabs … 0

Green River Festival only gets better, even in the rain

Monday, July 14, 2014

Green River Festival only gets better, even in the rain   All girl band The Snaz were the youngest musicians playing at the fest. Another Green River Festival is in the history books, and this one was a great one, different in some ways, but the same in how … 0

Sold-out Green River Festival melds music, food, balloons

Sunday, July 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — From French-Chilean hip-hop at the far end of the lower field, uphill through hula-hoopers and ball players, past a string quartet to a field filled with umbrellas, beach blankets, and the blues, the Greenfield Community College … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: The music scene takes a note from summer, and sizzles

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

It’s seriously summer, and the thermometer on the melting porch isn’t the only thing approaching triple digits — the concert calendar is as busy as it gets, with a dizzying number of shows happening, both indoor and outdoor. … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Buckley Chamber Players

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Formed in 2007, the Buckley Chamber Players consists of Five College music faculty members violinist Joel Pitchon (Smith College), cellist Volcy Pelletier (Smith College) and pianist Alissa Leiser (Amherst College), plus violist Ronald Carbone, first chair of the … 0