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Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: The next generation of drummers takes the throne

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Describing Joe Fitzpatrick as “a drummer” doesn’t begin to hint at the scope of his dedication: at last check he was a regular member of 12 local bands, he substitutes in countless others, and the 51-year-old has been a drum teacher since the age of 9. One of Fitzpatrick’s main groups is Trailer Park, and over the last month, each …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Hurray for the Riff Raff! — Fri., June 5, 8 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $20, $25. academyofmusictheatre.com Buddy Guy, Tom Hambridge — Sat., June 6, 8 p.m. Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $38.50, $48.50, $58.50. 586-8686, iheg.com Chris Tucker — Sat., June 13, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $35, $55. foxwoods.com Bette Midler — Sat., June …

Weekend Planner — Music: Pat Alger, Jim Rooney, Chris Brashear perform at Watermelon Wednesdays

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Why is the new season of Watermelon Wednesdays beginning on a Thursday? Referring to the triple bill of Pat Alger, Jim Rooney and Chris Brashear, set to perform May 28 at the West Whately Chapel, WW organizer Paul Newlin said, “I had to make a rare exception [to the scheduling] to get these …

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Track Record

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Onward Christian Lopez Band Blaster; $10.99 Christian Lopez sings road songs that involve no carousing, perhaps because he’s too young to drink. “Onward” is the first long-player from the 19-year-old West Virginian, and it’s clear that his home …

Q&A: Boston Pops maestro Keith Lockhart on music, tech

Monday, May 25, 2015

BOSTON — Keith Lockhart was just 35 and a musical wunderkind when he took over as conductor of the Boston Pops in 1995. Now in his 20th season, Lockhart has raised his baton 1,700 times to lead the …

The joint was jumping at the county jail: Young@Heart Chorus teams up with inmates for a rockin’ in-house concert

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

On a mid-morning in late March at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction, eight inmates were gathered around an electric keyboard in the visiting room, laughing and talking quietly. Keyboard player Ken Maiuri hit middle C, …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Karl Wallinger lets in the light at Iron Horse show

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Karl Wallinger spoke to the Iron Horse crowd in Northampton last Sunday night with a friendly grin, a little self-depreciation and a lot of dark sarcasm: “Here’s another song about how great everything is in the world.” Environmental …

Weekend Planner — Music: Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares presents Mario Pavone

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

“He works his strings with the force and persistence of a sculptor chipping away at granite,” says The New Yorker of jazz bassist and composer Mario Pavone: “The sheer dynamism of his playing is matched by the lustre …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Brian Marchese’s Sitting Next to Brian at Luthiers Co-Op

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Back in December, Northampton singer/songwriter/drummer-and-more Brian Marchese released a 12-song collection called “The Cobbler,” his fourth album under the name Sitting Next To Brian. But before he and his bandmates could give the CD a big release party, …

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

America — Thurs., May 28, 7:30 p.m., Colonial Theatre, Pitsfield. $50, $95, $125. berkshiretheatregroup.org Lynyrd Skynyrd — Fri., May 29, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $45, $65. foxwoods.com Hurray for the Riff Raff! — Fri., June 5, 8 p.m., Academy …

Taylor Swift makes history at Billboard Music Awards

Monday, May 18, 2015

LAS VEGAS — Taylor Swift had a historic night at the Billboard Music Awards: The pop star is the most decorated artist in the show’s history with 20 wins, beating Garth Brooks’ 19-win record. She won eight awards …

B.B. King, guitar legend and ‘King of the Blues’, dead at age 89

Friday, May 15, 2015

LAS VEGAS — B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las …

The indispensable Scott Bailey accompanies Hampshire Choral Society as it readies for concert

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Scott Bailey is the longtime accompanist for the Hampshire Choral Society, a 160-voice amateur choir that rehearses in Northampton and performs in Hampshire County. But the term “collaborative pianist” better describes what Bailey accomplishes with the chorus, says …