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JERREY ROBERTS
Jamie Kent crosses Main Street in Northampton last week.

Taking the plunge: Jamie Kent looks for a bigger stage in Nashville

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

If you’re a screenwriter and you want to break into the movies, you head to Los Angeles. Serious about theater? Go to New York. Want to make it as a songwriter and musician? Nashville might just be your ticket. As Jamie Kent sees it, Nashville, long the storied home of country music, has become much more than that: It’s also …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Firing up the musical time machine — Scott Bradlee, Postmodern Jukebox play for ‘sea of happy faces’ at Pearl Street Nightclub

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Scott Bradlee — the creator, arranger and bandleader of the ensemble Postmodern Jukebox — plays piano like the keys are hot. His nimble fingers skitter around to make whiplash ragtime, dainty ’50s arpeggios and anything else that sparks his highly musical mind. But as technically impressive as his playing is, Bradlee has another …

Weekend Planner — Music: Arcadia Players play Beethoven in Hadley

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Generally regarded as a minor work composed as “polite entertainment,” Beethoven’s Triple Concerto is nonetheless wonderfully Beethovian in its stately themes and the ingenious ways they are traded between the three solo instruments. Featuring violinist Susanna Ogata, cellist Guy Fishman and fortepianist Ian Watson, the performance on Oct. 26 by Arcadia Players at …

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. …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Fundraiser for Karl Hendricks at Flywheel, and much, much more

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Pittsburgh-based singer/songwriter Karl Hendricks (pictured) was diagnosed with oral cancer this past spring. After three surgeries and a course of radiation treatments, he’s back working part-time at the store he owns, Sound Cat Records, though he can barely …

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 — …

Advance Bookings: Lil' John, Mamma Mia!, O.A.R., Cirque Dreams

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 …