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PHOTO COURTESY OF KEN MAIURI
A full at the Stone Mountain Arts Center in Maine

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland; On the road through Clubworld

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

This column usually focuses on things local, but beyond the Valley lies a whole Clubworld of venues, found everywhere from bustling city centers to the serious boonies. I was recently on a 4,500-mile business trip, via van. It was a band tour with performances at 12 venues in 17 days, from the Vermont/Canada border all the way down to Georgia, …

Weekend Planner — Music: Violinist Kinga Augustyn at Sevenars Music Festival

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

On a mission to disabuse those who think the roster of Polish composers begins and ends with Frédéric Chopin, New York-based, Polish-born violinist Kinga Augustyn recently released a highly praised CD (“Polish Violin Music”) filled with mazurkas, polonaises and other works by names mostly unknown to American audiences (Aleksander Zarzycki, Zygmunt Noskowski, Piotr …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The band Ween was a powerful two-headed monster. Dean (Mickey Melchiondo) had the insane guitar skills, Gene (Aaron Freeman) the soulful vocals, and they took their serious talents and warped them in fun-house mirrors of recording tricks and humor that ranged from cute to happy-to-offend. They and their tight-knit band were known for …

Larry Parnass’ Best Bets: Zydeco Connectino at the Westhampton Field of Dreams Concert; The Republican debate

Thursday, July 30, 2015

OUTSIDE AND ABOUT Ugh. August is upon us and summer’s blessing will soon retreat. That means it’s time to experience a great summer thing: sitting outdoors at a concert. The calendar inside lists a few choice choices, but since I love the sounds of Louisiana, my pick would …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Get the Led Out - The American Led Zeppelin — Sat., Aug. 8, 4 p.m., Mountain Park, Holyoke. $25, $35. 586-8686, iheg.com Miranda Sings — Sat., Aug. 15, 7 p.m. Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $32.50, $75 (VIP). 586-8686, iheg.com …

Lifetime TV to feature several touring Broadway shows

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

By MARK KENNEDY AP Drama Writer NEW YORK — Lifetime TV’s “The Balancing Act” will feature several touring Broadway shows this summer, including behind-the-curtain peeks on “Kinky Boots,” “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” “If/Then” and “Cabaret.” The shows will …

Drumstick maker Firth dies at 85

Monday, July 27, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Everett “Vic” Firth, a longtime timpanist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra who launched a successful drumstick company bearing his name, has died at 85. Firth, who died Sunday of pancreatic cancer at his home in Boston, joined the Boston Symphony in 1952 and served for …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Lauri McNamara: Enjoying the ‘puzzles of music’

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Lauri McNamara is mighty with the pen. I met her soon after she moved to the Valley from Martha’s Vineyard in 2002, because like me, she was at a lot of live concerts, scribbling in a notebook. But …

Weekend planner — Music: Rock Voices: America’s Community Rock Chorus

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Formerly known as the Valley Rock Choir, the recently rechristened Rock Voices: America’s Community Rock Chorus returns to the stage of the Academy of Music in Northampton this weekend for a tribute to the California bands of ’60s …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: FallsFest music, arts festival in South Hadley; Upper Valley Music Festival in Turners Falls

Thursday, July 23, 2015

MUSIC GALORE! I think we can call NRBQ venerable: The band’s been playing in one form or another since the 1960s, led throughout by mad keyboard artist Terry Adams. The group plays Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Beachgrounds in South Hadley as part of “FallsFest,” a music …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: NRBQ and many other bands play FallsFest festival at Beachgrounds in South Hadley

Thursday, July 23, 2015

A lot of bands played the Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA last month, but the one that seemed to cause seismic waves of raves wasn’t a whippersnapper indie ensemble, but NRBQ, who’ve been rollicking around the world …

Greg Saulmon’s Best Bets: Omara ‘Bombino’ Moctar at the Iron Horse; Dinosaur Jr at Mountain Park

Thursday, July 23, 2015

SULTAN OF SWING Omara “Bombino” Moctar is like any guitarist who grew up in a nomadic Tuareg tribe in Saharan Africa and found inspiration by watching videos of Jimi Hendrix and Mark Knopfler — which is to say, he isn’t quite like any other rock guitarist. In 2006, …

Advance bookings

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Primus, Dinosaur Jr., The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger — Tues., July 28, 7 p.m., Mountain Park, Holyoke. $39.50. 586-8686, iheg.com Deep Purple — Fri., July 30, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $35-$75. foxwoods.com Trampled By Turtles — Fri., …