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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 …

Landmark Boston-area music club closing down

Monday, July 20, 2015

SOMERVILLE — A landmark Boston-area club known for the eclectic mix of artists that graced its stage is closing after nearly 50 years in business. Carla DeLellis, owner of Johnny D’s Uptown Restaurant and Music Club in Somerville, tells The Boston Globe it will close early next year. …

Newport Folk marks 50 years since Dylan’s electric stunner

Sunday, July 19, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — On the night of July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan strode onto a stage at the Newport Folk Festival, plugged in an electric guitar and gave the music world a shock. Wearing a black leather jacket, …

Hilltown Voices: Summer music series in Williamsburg on Thursday evenings; Bryant celebration Saturday

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Now in its sixth season, the Angel Park Summer Music Series brings a variety of musical entertainment to the center of Williamsburg every Thursday evening. The concerts are free and take place in the Angel Park Quiet Reflections Garden off Main Street behind the Williamsburg Grange. Tom Adams, …

Kicking the lid off ‘Yidstock’: Fourth annual festival at Yiddish Book Center expands musical offerings

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

When Europe exploded into war in the middle of the last century, human life wasn’t the only loss. The systematic oppression, deportation and eventual genocide of Jewish populations saw a culture extinguished, and with it, the Yiddish language. …

Music review: Haimovitz, Olevsky in top form in Mohawk Trail concert

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Mohawk Trail series of summer concerts, under the direction of Mark Fraser, continued last Friday with a recital by distinguished performers, the cellist Matt Haimovitz and the pianist Estela Olevsky. Both are well known in the Pioneer …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Life on the road inspires local musician to create ‘Pamper the Band’

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Quick snapshot of life on the road for a touring band: a bunch of people in a van, crisscrossing the country’s highways, odometer climbing, odors collecting, bonding with talk and tunes and travails, playing a gig and afterward …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Chances are good that if you know of Shuggie Otis, it’s thanks to David Byrne and his Luaka Bop label, responsible for reissuing Otis’ little-heard but critically acclaimed 1974 album, “Inspiration Information.” The son of celebrated bandleader Johnny …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Northampton Summer Concert Series; ‘Yidstock’ at the Yiddish Book Center

Thursday, July 16, 2015

SONGS OF SUMMER I’ve had my eye on Jamie Kent since he was a fledgling musician/entrepreneur at Northampton High School. Since his graduation in 2005, Kent’s been unstoppable. One of his successes has been the Northampton Summer Concert Series, a free, outdoor festival he launched four years ago …

Green River Festival 2015: Sharing A Tradition with Newbie

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Above: The Straybirds. It's July again in the Valley and the best punctuation mark in this glorious vacation month is the annual Green River Festival at GCC. The weather over the weekend was perfect--hot, making bringing an umbrella to sit under a must, and the legions of old …

Hot weather, hotter ticket: Green River Festival rocks the house — for all ages

Monday, July 13, 2015

GREENFIELD — Between musical performances on three stages, a craft market featuring everything from vintage button jewelry to giant bubble wands to massage therapy, hot air balloon rides and free arts and crafts for kids, festival-goers at this …