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List of contributors to Peter Mulvey’s protest song against Confederate flag grows to over 150 artists

Monday, July 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In the days after Dylann Roof allegedly shot and killed nine people last month at the Emanuel American Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, all but one flag at the South Carolina Statehouse stood at half-staff. The Confederate battle flag flew high atop its pole, without a pulley to lower it, sparking national debate over displaying a symbol that some see as a symbol of systematic oppression …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: The Duhks play the Iron Horse and other musical happenings this week in the Valley

Friday, July 3, 2015

Grammy-nominated folk fusion band The Duhks has gone through its share of lineup shifts since it blasted out of Winnipeg in 2002, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the engine at the band’s core — the strong clawhammer banjo playing of Leonard Podolak and the soulful vocals of Jessee Havey. The Duhks’ …

Weekend Planner — Celebration: Stone Soul Peter Brace Brigade

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Expanding its July 4th celebration beyond the annual concert by New Hampshire’s Westmoreland Town Band, Old Deerfield and the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association are preparing to welcome the Stone Soul Peter Brace Brigade of Springfield for an encampment on the lawns of Memorial Hall Museum on Saturday. Made up of ancestors of Springfield’s …

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘From the Mountains to the Sea — The Folk Song Collecting Work of Anne and Frank Warner’

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

What distinguishes traditional folk music from other folk music? “We look at traditional folk songs as those that have been sung for many generations and tend to be perpetuated orally, as opposed to modern folk songs which have …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: A bureau of memories: Late brother’s music inspires new CD

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

November 1965. Beatlemania was still in full swing, The Byrds had given folk music an amplified lift with jangling electric guitars, and new young bands were popping up in garages, basements and living rooms all over the country. …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Lonesome Brothers celebrate 30 years together and other musical happenings this week

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Two summery Saturdays ago, local singer/songwriters Jim Armenti and Ray Mason played separate daytime solo sets inside the Platinum Pony in Easthampton. The air was heavy with humidity and the crowd was heavy with other local musicians, intently …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Huey Lewis and the News — Sun., June 28, 2:30 p.m., Tanglewood. $22-$69. bso.org Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga — Tues., June 30, 8 p.m., Tanglewood. $30-$179. bso.org Shania Twain — Fri., July 3, 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun. …

Second Gary Biardi Memorial Concert on Sunday will benefit Millside Park in Easthampton

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — City resident Gary Biardi, who died in 2013, loved music and roller blading on the Manhan Rail Trail. That’s why Elaine Wood of Easthampton last year organized musicians to play at Millside Park to raise money …

Playin’ the blues: Keb’ Mo’ brings songs from his latest album to Northampton

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Keb’ Mo’ got pegged early in his career as a modern link to historic bluesmen like Robert Johnson and Big Bill Broonzy. With a smooth vocal style that offered just a hint of grit, and an acoustic guitar …

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘Django in June’

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The annual “Django in June” concerts at the Academy of Music in Northampton are actually the culmination of a week-long “Django Camp” on the Smith College campus during which musicians from across the country gather to immerse themselves …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Easthampton gets its groove on with 2nd annual ‘Cultural Chaos’

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Afternoon near-summer sun ablaze, I stood on the closed-to-traffic Cottage Street in Easthampton, blinking, getting accustomed to the tide of happy people moving around me. Because even brighter than the sunshine was the community spirit on this special …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Diana Krall — Sun., June 21, 2:30 p.m., Tanglewood. $26.50-$115. bso.org Mike Gordon — Sun., June 21, 8 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $30. academyofmusictheatre.com Keb’ Mo’ — Sun., June 21, 8 p.m. Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35, …

Track record

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Thompson Fields Maria Schneider Orchestra ArtistShare; $22.95 Maria Schneider’s big band has remained together nearly 25 years, extending into the 21st century the orchestral jazz tradition exemplified by Duke Ellington and her mentor Gil Evans. “The Thompson …