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Music

JERREY ROBERTS
Varun Sheel, left, and Curtis Barnes at the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where they two are students.

Fruits of friendship: Deep roots of band, Solara, planted during childhood

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

You don’t have to look very far to find a group of hometown friends who’ve decided to form a band. It happens all the time in middle schools and high schools across the country, and across the world. Amherst musicians Varun Sheel and Curtis Barnes are following that trend. Sheel and Barnes, both 19, developed a close friendship back in elementary school, when the two joined an afterschool orchestra for fifth-graders. Sheel, who played violin, was attending Wildwood Elementary, Barnes, a cellist, was a student at the Fort River Elementary. Now students at UMass, the two recently formed the band, Solara. It was an early …

Music review: Arcadia Players perform Beethoven

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Arcadia Players performed the music of Beethoven Sunday, and the experience was pure delight. The professional orchestra performs baroque music on original instruments, that is, instruments that were used in the period from the late 17th century to the early 19th century. It is led by Ian Watson, the conductor and a …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Putting their spin on it: Deejays Andujar and Bongohead start own label

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Inside every serious music fan is a new record label waiting to happen — if you care enough to collect vinyl, you’ve probably got some ideas about what the rest of the world needs to hear. Brendon Rule and Pablo Yglesias, aka Andujar and Bongohead, have been deejays for decades, on their own …

KenMaiuri’s Tuned In: Richard Buckner performs in the very cozy Flying Object in Hadley

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Some artists are mass-market ready, or become that way; others are more like secrets, passed on personally from friend to friend — like singer-songwriter Richard Buckner. That’s how I first heard him, back in the late ’90s. “You …

Weekend Planner — Music: Angelique Kidjo at UMass FAC

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

“The undisputed queen of African music” (Daily Telegraph), Grammy Award-winning singer Angélique Kidjo cross-pollinates Afropop with jazz, gospel, Congolese rumba and Caribbean zouk; and she’s as likely to launch into George Gershwin’s “Summertime” as she is the Rolling …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Advance bookings Abba Mania — Fri., Nov. 14, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $23.50, $28.50, $38.50. 586-8686, iheg.com Martha Graham Dance Company — Tues., Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. $15, $45, $50 general; …

You can’t always get what you want: Rolling Stones book will cost $5,000

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Yes, it’s true. A very big-ticket Rolling Stones book is being published just in time for the holidays. Taschen is publishing a $5,000 collectors’ edition and a selection of $10,000 art editions of “Rolling Stones,” which officially goes on sale in December. But of course readers of wealth …

Cream vocalist, bassist Jack Bruce dies at 71

Sunday, October 26, 2014

LONDON — Jack Bruce was part Mississippi Delta and part Carnaby Street. In his glorious heyday as bassist and lead vocalist of 1960s power trio Cream he helped create a sound that combined American blues and psychedelia to …

Academy of Music Gaea Star Goddess Show Saturday night celebrates water, opposes pipeline

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Worthington performer Mariam Massaro and the Gaea Star Band will perform at the Academy of Music in Northampton Saturday. The show is a celebration of clean water resources, and Massaro said it is dedicated to raising awareness about …

Taking the plunge: Jamie Kent looks for a bigger stage in Nashville

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

If you’re a screenwriter and you want to break into the movies, you head to Los Angeles. Serious about theater? Go to New York. Want to make it as a songwriter and musician? Nashville might just be your …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Firing up the musical time machine — Scott Bradlee, Postmodern Jukebox play for ‘sea of happy faces’ at Pearl Street Nightclub

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Scott Bradlee — the creator, arranger and bandleader of the ensemble Postmodern Jukebox — plays piano like the keys are hot. His nimble fingers skitter around to make whiplash ragtime, dainty ’50s arpeggios and anything else that sparks …

Weekend Planner — Music: Arcadia Players play Beethoven in Hadley

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Generally regarded as a minor work composed as “polite entertainment,” Beethoven’s Triple Concerto is nonetheless wonderfully Beethovian in its stately themes and the ingenious ways they are traded between the three solo instruments. Featuring violinist Susanna Ogata, cellist …

Weekend Planner — Kids: Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Monsters’ Ball’ in South Hadley

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra’s annual “Monsters’ Ball” is a costumed dance party performed especially for children, and their parents, who are invited to come in costume and dance to waltzes and polkas by Johann Strauss and Frederic …