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YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Jacob Laprade, 17, an Easthampton High School senior, left, Nancy Dunn, an Easthampton High School faculty member and S.A.D.D. advisor, center, and Bryan Delaney, 17, an Easthampton High School senior, right, say the concert will go on rain or shine.

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 and vice president, respectively, of Easthampton High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions club. “Easthampton Concert for a Cause,” starring Adam Craig and …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Kneebody churns up the music at Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Towering bass player Kaveh Rastegar was the affable spokesperson for Kneebody, a brilliant bicoastal jazz quintet that played the Iron Horse in Northampton this past Monday night. The small audience (35 people tops) was appreciative and enthusiastic — at the end of its eight-song hour-long set, the band received a standing ovation — …

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, electric and pedal-steel guitars, mandolin, accordion, a stand-up bass and five strong voices, the sextet …

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wild On: UMass featuring Lil John — Sun., Oct. 12, 8:30 p.m., Mullins Center, Amherst. $30-$40. mullinscenter.com Jake Shimabukuro — Fri., Oct. 17, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $26, $36. 586-8686, iheg.com In Collaboration: The Milk Carton Kids …

Track Record: Reviews of new CDs

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Bringing Back The Sunshine Blake Shelton Warner Nashville; $9.99 Blake Shelton’s public persona — a mix of smart-aleck whimsy and thoughtful sensitivity — has made him country music’s most ubiquitous male star. A full-grown man with a boyish …

Christopher Hogwood, British conductor of early music, dies at 73

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Christopher Hogwood, an eminent English conductor, musicologist and harpsichordist who took a scholarly approach to early-music and Baroque repertoires, has died. He was 73. Hogwood died Wednesday at his home in Cambridge, England, after an illness that had lasted several months, according to an announcement on his official …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Kneebody at Iron Horse in Northampton and other Valley gigs

Thursday, September 25, 2014

As much as I love jazz, I’m not interested in the solos as much as I am the unique colors and shapes of the musical themes themselves, and Kneebody is a quintet with cooler hues than most. They …

The healing arts: Northampton guitar concert aims to help children in Iraq

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

War is the ugliest manifestation of the human experience. You might say it’s the greatest example of humanity’s inhumanity. Art is the flip side — it’s an activity designed to create and appreciate beauty, to celebrate the best …

Weekend planner — Music: ‘Ugandan Suite’ at UMass

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

During a “life-changing” research trip to Uganda in 2011, UMass professor of jazz, saxophone and composition Felipe Salles discovered that “although the specific influence of Ugandan music in jazz is undocumented, the rhythmic similarities point to a great …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Dinosaurs! Cowboys! Bunnies! Electric shocks! All that, and more, make for strong triple bill at Platinum Pony

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A vicious dinosaur! At war with a handful of cowboys on horses! The action scene played silently on the movie screen at Easthampton club The Platinum Pony this past Monday night. And in the venue itself: crickets. Well, …

Advance Bookings: Wild On: UMass featuring Lil John and other area gigs

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wild On: UMass featuring Lil John — Sun., Oct. 12, 8:30 p.m., Mullins Center, Amherst. $30-$40. mullinscenter.com Jake Shimabukuro — Fri., Oct. 17, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $26, $36. 586-8686, iheg.com In Collaboration: The Milk Carton Kids …

A lifetime of music; Smith College Alumnae Chorus to honor composer Alice Parker, class of 1947, in special concert

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Who says your time singing in college has to end with graduation? For members of the Smith College Alumnae Chorus, launched four years ago, choral music remains a means for forging connections among graduates of different classes and …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: The Soul Magnets, will bring the funk to ‘RibFest Cook-Off Fundraiser’ at Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

“There is so much good music that other people have written that it seems a little silly to write more,” said Luke Jaeger, the guitarist and force behind the brand-new Valley group The Soul Magnets, a cover band …