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Music

Area Briefs

Friday, July 25, 2014

Amherst SOLARIZE CELEBRATION: A celebration to recognize the town’s record-breaking sign-ups for Solarize Amherst will be held at Town Hall Tuesday. Residents can come to the Town Room between 6 and 8 p.m. for refreshments and drinks. The amount of contracted capacity is 1.2 megawatts spread over 174 systems to be installed by Northeast Solar of Hatfield. To RSVP, contact Stephanie Ciccarello via e-mail at cicarellos@amherstma.gov Hatfield BALLOTS READY: Absentee … 0

Headliners

Friday, July 25, 2014

United by religious faith... ...and a desire to minister to the community with their talents, Springfield’s Women of Faith Ensemble is a tight-knit group. “We laugh together, cry together, pray together and encourage each other in life as women of faith,” says Vanessa Ford, who founded the group 10 years ago. The ensemble’s repertoire ranges from contemporary gospel to traditional praise and worship … 0

Tuned In: Big rock show Monday at 13th Floor Music Lounge and other musical events this week in the Valley

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Monday night isn’t the typical time for a big rock show, but the 13th Floor Music Lounge in Florence won’t let the work week get in the way of a good time. Four energetic acts — Free Pizza, (pictured), ZEBU!, Sam Gas Can and Secret Lover — will join forces at the second-floor … 0

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 … 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 … 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., … 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