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KEN MAIURI on Valley music: Tuned In

Friday, February 27, 2015

Summers are perfect for outdoor music festivals, but what happens when winter hits and grassy fields get buried under waist-deep snow and anything paved becomes an icy danger zone? Make way for the indoor music festival. A diverse crew of local bands and artists is pulling out all the stops to throw a Mini-palooza inside The Deuce (aka the World War II Club) in Northampton Saturday from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., an all-day affair with two stages of continuous music. Half the proceeds will benefit the Soldier’s Home in Holyoke. The lineup includes such performers as Gracefully Aging Hippy Soloists (featuring Eric Gaffney, co-founder …

Viva la musica: 3rd String Trio brings Old-World flavors to Hadley cafe

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Parlez-moi de l’amour. Ah, la dolce vita, la vita d’amore! Even if you can’t understand what they’re saying, there’s something about the way the French and the Italians do zat zing that can be oh, so romantic. With a couple of glasses of merlot or a bottle of moltepulciano at your candle-lit table …

Seldom-seen musician shines through his songs

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

If John Lennon’s White Album song “Julia” was a seed buried in the ground, the resulting stunning vegetation might be Chris Weisman’s new album, “The Holy Life That’s Coming,” released this week on LP and digital download by the NNA Tapes label. Both create an intimate space where gentle acoustic guitar, voice and …

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Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, February 19, 2015

You, New Englander, standing there whipped by the windchill — you’re in an icy arctic world, devoid of funk. But George Clinton and his Parliament-Funkadelic mob have the heat and they’re headed this way, prepared to melt that …

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

ZZ Top — Sat., March 7, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $45, $65. foxwoods.com Craig Ferguson — Fri., Feb. 27, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $28.50, $38.50, $48.50. 586-8686, iheg.com Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra — Sat., Feb. 28, 8 p.m., …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: And the Kids celebrates release of debut full-length CD

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Members of the Northampton trio And the Kids were once hardworking buskers on Main Street. I distinctly remember the first time I heard the band, in its early quintet days. A twinkling glockenspiel cut through the bustle and …

Weekend Planner — Music: Mount Holyoke College Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Despite her untimely death from multiple sclerosis at 42, Jacqueline du Pré secured a position as one of the master cellists of the late 20th century, becoming famous in particular for her interpretation of Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto, …

‘Laugh-In’ announcer, voiceover veteran Gary Owens dies at 80

Sunday, February 15, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Gary Owens, the droll, mellifluous-voiced announcer on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” and a familiar part of radio, TV and movies for more than six decades, has died. He was 80. The veteran voiceover star died …

Get off the couch for a good cause: Roger Salloom’s ‘All You Need is Love’ Valentine’s dance

Thursday, February 12, 2015

For the fifth consecutive year, Roger Salloom will gather together some of his musical friends for a Valentine’s Day dance. “All You Need is Love” will take place Saturday at the Garden House at Look Park in Northampton. …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Foreigner whips Calvin Theatre crowd into happy frenzy

Thursday, February 12, 2015

I’m the nostalgic type, so I have a soft spot for classic rock — but there are people who have a fiery passion for classic rock, and I was in their good company when Foreigner played the Calvin …

Weekend Planner — Music: 10th annual Schubertiad

Thursday, February 12, 2015

An unadvertised gathering in a private home in early 19th-century Vienna to perform and listen to the music of Franz Schubert, the Schubertiad remains popular today, though it more often takes the form of a formal concert. Locally, …

Midwinter in the Valley: A classical music roundup

Thursday, February 12, 2015

There have been many concerts in the Pioneer Valley during these cold winter days. The most unusual was Ronald Perera’s one-act children’s opera, “The Araboolies of Liberty Street,” performed in Sweeney Hall at Smith College in Northampton on …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Sturgill Simpson at Pearl Street Nightclub and other Valley gigs

Thursday, February 12, 2015

When you work in a record store, you know an artist is on his way to bigger things when multiple customers suddenly start asking for him or her by name. Recently, that name has been Sturgill Simpson. He …