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CAROL LOLLIS
Signature Sounds president Jim Olsen calls Smither "a musician's musician."

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, who’d been bitten by the blues and by the folk music boom led by Bob Dylan, didn’t have an exact plan in …

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 classical music in non-traditional venues. Beginning their second season, they return to their old stomping …

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 Israel in 1998, is the quartet in residence at the Conservatory of the University of …

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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., …

Weekend Planner — Music: Wistaria Chamber Music Society

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wistaria Chamber Music Society celebrates the 25th anniversary of the death of the American composer Virgil Thomson Oct. 11 with a concert of chamber works by Thomson and three of his friends and students: Lou Harrison, John Cage …

Advance Bookings: Jake Shimabukuro at the Calvin and more

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Jake Shimabukuro — Fri., Oct. 17, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $26, $36. 586-8686, iheg.com In Collaboration: The Milk Carton Kids and Sarah Jarosz — Sun., Oct. 19, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35. 586-8686, iheg.com Skrillex …

Music Review: Smith College music department, invited professionals, shine in performance of choral masterpiece, C.P.E. Bach’s ‘Magnificat’

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A remarkable concert was performed in the Helen Hills Hills Chapel of Smith College on Sunday. It was presented by the Smith College music department in honor of the 300th anniversary of the death of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, the second of the six sons of Johann Sebastian …

A concert with a cause: Easthampton High School students bring country-music performers to town Oct. 4 to raise money for S.A.D.D.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

After months of planning, organizing and budgeting, two Easthampton High School students have put together a concert starring two country music performers. Bryan Delaney, 17, and Jacob LaPrade, 17, are high school seniors, best friends, and the president …

Weekend Planner — Clubs: Wild Bill and the Flying Sparks, The Free Radicals in Florence

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wild Bill and the Flying Sparks, Northampton’s newest roots-rock Americana band, has been kindling excitement over the past year at the Shutesbury Athletic Club, Liston’s Bar & Grill in Worthington and at Greenfield’s Independence Day celebration. Featuring acoustic, …

Headliners: Regina Carter at UMass Amherst; Aspire to Inspire, Laura Whitely at WWII Club in Northampton

Thursday, October 2, 2014

A master of improvisational jazz violin... ...Regina Carter is known for her amalgamation of a wide range of styles — Motown, Afro-Cuban, swing, folk, world — into a signature style that she’s lately been directing into adventurous territory. …