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FILE - In this Sept. 14, 1995 file photo, Ralph Johnson, from left,  Phillip Bailey, Maurice White and Verdine White, of Earth, Wind & Fire  in Los Angeles. Maurice White, the founder and leader of Earth, Wind & Fire, died at home in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, said his brother, Verdine White. He was 74. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)

Earth, Wind & Fire founder dies

Thursday, February 4, 2016

LOS ANGELES — Maurice White, co-founder and leader of the groundbreaking ensemble Earth, Wind & Fire, died at his Los Angeles home Thursday. He was 74. The source for a wealth of euphoric hits in the 1970s and early ’80s, including “Shining Star,” “September” and “Boogie Wonderland,” Earth, Wind & Fire borrowed elements from funk, soul, gospel and pop. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, and although White had ceased touring with the group since a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease in the ’90s, the group had continued to tour. Born in Memphis, Tenn. on Dec. 19, 1941, …

A vision of majesty: After years of restless travel, Lord Russ has settled back in the Valley

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

When Russell Brooks was a teenager, he had a vision. The vision revealed to him that he had been King Arthur in a previous life. “I figured that one day I’ll go to England and save the world or something. And if I was King Arthur then, I should at least be Lord …

Whole Children receives NEA grant for November concert

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Whole Children’s Joyful Chorus will perform later this year with Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion in a concert made possible by a $10,000 “Challenge America” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant is awarded each year to organizations that provide opportunities in the arts to underserved populations. Whole Children, …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Film, ‘We Like It Like That,” shows boogaloo’s roots

Thursday, January 28, 2016

“Latin soul,” “cha-cha with a back beat” — however you describe it, boogaloo (or, in Spanish, Bugalú) is music that makes chairs and shyness disappear. It’s an all-inclusive, up-on-your-feet party music that’s also a uniquely American sound, a …

James Heflin’s Best Bets: TAO taiko drummers at UMass FAC; Julian Gerstin Sextet at Luthiers Co-Op

Thursday, January 28, 2016

BIG DRUMS Members of the musical group TAO live in a mountain compound in Japan, and there they study the ancient tradition of taiko drumming. Taiko drums will make a mighty racket — some of them are 800-pound monstrosities — Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., when TAO returns to …

Bruce Springsteen’s tour showcases new way of serving fans

Thursday, January 28, 2016

NEW YORK — Bruce Springsteen’s tour showcasing his 1980 album “The River” is more than an exercise in nostalgia. It’s a telling example of how veteran artists are adjusting to the new realities of the music business by …

Coldplay sets US stadium concert tour

Thursday, January 28, 2016

NEW YORK (ap) — After its upcoming Super Bowl halftime show, Coldplay expects to be accustomed to big stages. The British rockers said Thursday they would be performing seven stadium gigs in the United States this summer, touring in support of their album, “A Head Full of Dreams.” …

Live TV version of ‘Grease’ aims to get viewers dancing along

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

By Yvonne Villarreal Los Angeles Times (TNS) During a recent rehearsal for Fox’s upcoming, live broadcast of the musical “Grease,” Aaron Tveit and Julianne Hough waited for their musical cue to jump in the fray and gambol alongside a troupe of frenetic dancers. The number was “We Go …

Marching through history: UMass music professor talks football, music and racism

Saturday, January 23, 2016

It’s difficult to argue against Beyonce’s greatness, it is true. But skimming through clips of marching bands past elicits one big question about the Super Bowl halftime shows of today: with all the fireworks and special effects, have …

Sonya Kitchell returns to the Valley with first full album since 2008

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

It might seem a little premature to reinvent yourself when you’re 26. But when you’ve won nationwide notice for your music at 17, then tried to figure out what the next step should be, some careful self-assessment might …

Weekend Planner — Music: Jamie-Rose Guarrine at UMass

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Soprano Jamie-Rose Guarrine comes to the UMass campus as an assistant professor of music pretty much straight from the opera stage, where she’s sung the roles of Olympia in “Tales of Hoffmann” (with Wolf Trap Opera Company), Papagena …

Weekend Planner — Clubs: Zydeco Connection at Wendell Town Hall

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Did you know that the term zydeco comes from the Lousiana Creole French pronunciation of “les haricots” (green beans)? Me neither. In any case, dominated by the accordion and a washboard, it’s an irresistably rhythmic form of music …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Getting back on track at the Midnite Tavern

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Bitter winter wind howled beyond the glass front door, but inside the One Bar & Grill in Northampton, in the bigger of the two rooms where live music often happens (but not tonight), it was warm, quiet and …