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Hilltown Voices: Benefit program in Plainfield combines love of nature and music

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Plainfield Congregational Church on Sunday will host a unique program with two presentations on the Mahican-Mohawk Recreational Trail and a performance by a classical ensemble called “Musical Visions of Nature.” The event is co-sponsored by Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest and the Franklin Land Trust, to benefit the creation of a 100-mile hiking trail that retraces an ancient Native American route from the Connecticut River to the Hudson …

Where it all began: Three top classical musicians with Valley roots to perform at Amherst College

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

When Wilhelmina Smith was growing up in Amherst in the early 1980s and studying cello, she remembers going to hear a talented young classical pianist, Lydia Artymiw, who also lived in town and performed every year at a concert series at Amherst College. Fast-forward 30-odd years and Smith and Artymiw, longtime acclaimed musicians, …

Sunderland native Noah Jackson competes on ‘The Voice’

Thursday, October 1, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Noah Jackson, a Sunderland native and graduate of Northampton High School, has secured a spot on Gwen Stefani’s team on the current season of the popular NBC television show “The Voice.” On the show, contestants sing to four judges — singer Adam Levine of Maroon 5, country singer Blake Shelton, singer/songwriter …

Larry Parnass’ Best Bets: ‘Songs for Syria’ Sunday at First Churches in Northampton; Kalliope Jones in Ashfield

Thursday, September 24, 2015

SUPPORT FOR SYRIA The music is free at Sunday’s concert by the Arabic music ensemble Layaali, but those who come will be asked to help raise money for the Syrian American Medical Society, which aids refugees of that country’s civil war. It’s time “to turn our sorrow into …

Don Henley takes a solo flight out of Eagles nest with ‘Cass County’

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

By Randy Lewis Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — On “Cass County,” Don Henley’s first solo album in 15 years, the Eagles’ founding member is surrounded by women. Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert, Trisha Yearwood, Alison Krauss, Lucinda Williams, Martina McBride, Lee Ann Womack, Michelle Branch, Ashley Monroe …

Judges in ‘Battle of the Bands’ controversy say use of word ‘sultry’ was misunderstood and unjustly condemned

Friday, September 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In their first interview since an Internet storm erupted over the use of the word “sultry” in a Three County Fair competition for local bands, two members of the three-member judging panel — including the one …

Local teen band Kalliope Jones in the national spotlight over judge’s urging to ‘use the sultry’

Friday, September 18, 2015

When Kalliope Jones, a local band of Franklin County teens, entered a “Battle of the Bands” competition this month at the Three County Fair in Northampton, it walked away with third prize and a stinging lesson about sexism …

Friday, September 18, 2015

Weekend Planner — Clubs: Vieux Farka Toure, Julia Easterlin at Iron Horse

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Though he may not be especially well-known in the U.S., Malian singer/composer/guitarist Vieux Farka Touré is something of a world-music superstar, known as the “Hendrix of the Sahara.” When he met Brooklyn-based singer Julia Easterlin in New York …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Groovin’ at the Big E: Fair continues long, illustrious tradition of music

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

I love the Big E. And not just because of the fresh-cut french fries, or the fair’s best kettle corn hidden at the back of the New Hampshire building, or the local cider, or the flatbread pizza in …

Harpsichord concert opens Arcadia Players’ season

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Arcadia Players, the region’s longtime period instrumentation group, will kick off its 26th season Saturday in Hadley with a triple header of venerable instruments — three harpsichords. Arcadia’s artistic director, Ian Watson, will be joined by fellow harpsichordists …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Doubleclicks, Molly Lewis — Fri., Sept. 25, 8 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $12, $15. academyofmusictheatre.com The Senegal-America Project Benefit Concert — Sat., Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $10-$15. academyofmusictheatre.com The Hot Sardines — …

Larry Parnass’ Best Bets: Fresh Grass at MASSMoCA; spoken word and music to benefit children in Iraq

Thursday, September 17, 2015

THE TWANG THANG The great country crossover musician Dwight Yoakam (his music far exceeds his acting, which isn’t half bad!) leads the lineup at this weekend’s “Fresh Grass” festival at MASSMoCA. And a mighty lineup it is, making this another irresistible call from the cultural gurus at the …