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JERREY ROBERTS
Jamie Kent crosses Main Street in Northampton last week.

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 ticket. As Jamie Kent sees it, Nashville, long the storied home of country music, has become much more than that: It’s also …

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 his highly musical mind. But as technically impressive as his playing is, Bradlee has another …

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 Guy Fishman and fortepianist Ian Watson, the performance on Oct. 26 by Arcadia Players at …

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 …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Pajama Slave Dancers and much, much more music in the Valley

Thursday, October 23, 2014

You say “Pajama Slave Dancers,” I say “tinfoil.” It takes a lot for something to stick out in my mess of a memory, but of the thousand-plus shows I’ve seen, the Pajama Slave Dancers opening for the Pixies …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fleetwood Mac — Sat., Nov. 1, 8 p.m., XL Center, Hartford. $49.50-$179.50. xlcenter.com Melisssa Etheridge — Sun., Nov. 2, 7 p.m., Foxwoods. $25-$45. foxwoods.com Mamma Mia! — Musical Mon., Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m., Mullins Center, Amherst. $57.50, $62.50, …

Chris Smither, still on the levee after nearly half a century: Veteran singer-songwriter’s work celebrated in two new albums, upcoming concert

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

It was almost 50 years ago that Chris Smither dropped his college studies in anthropology and, guitar in hand, headed north from his home in New Orleans. His destination was Boston and its burgeoning acoustic music scene. Smither, …

Weekend Planner — Music: Rt 9 Ensemble

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

An up-and-coming talented group of classical musicians, most of whom studied at various times at UMass and are now living in New York City, the Rt 9 Ensemble came together through a passion for collaboration and for sharing …

Music review: ‘Brilliant’ Ariel Quartet opens 36th season of Music in Deerfield at Smith College in Northampton

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The 36th season of Music in Deerfield began with a concert by the Ariel Quartet at Sweeney Hall of Smith College in Northampton last Saturday, attended by a large and appreciative audience. The group, which was formed in …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Pianist Scott Hall returns to Valley with ‘Hallapalooza’

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Since his high school days, Scott Hall has been close to a piano — sometimes very close, like in the Northampton apartment he shared with a friend where he wedged the hulking instrument into his small bedroom. “The …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Sam Amidon plays the Parlor Room

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sam Amidon is a scientist of song, taking apart tunes new and old, finding out what makes them tick and rebuilding them in his own style. The Brattleboro, Vermont-born multi-instrumentalist (fiddle, banjo, guitar) grew up in a family …

Headliners: The Secret Sisters at the Iron Horse; Pauline Oliveros at Amherst College

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Olde-tyme country Fed up with the high-tech homogeneity of today’s country music? The Secret Sisters are here for you. Not only do Alabama siblings Laura and Lydia Rogers dress and sing like it’s 1954, they record like it …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Skrillex — Thurs., Oct. 23, 8 p.m., Mullins Center, Amherst. $32-$67. mullinscenter.com Salute 2 Summer — Rescheduled concert with The Bronx Wanderers Fri., Oct. 24, 8 p.m., Florence VFW. $20. salute2summer.com Mary Chapin Carpenter, Tift Merritt — Fri., …