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PHOTO COURTESY OF NORTHAMPTON JAZZ FESTIVAL
Etienne Charles

Bring the swing: Musicians hit the streets for 4th annual Northampton Jazz Festival

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Organizers of the fourth annual Northampton Jazz Festival, which will take place Sept. 2-6, say bringing the music to the streets helps carry on a great jazz tradition: That’s how jazz was fostered in this country, says Paul Arslanian, one of the festival’s coordinators and the director of the Northampton Jazz Workshop, an event that will be part of the … 0

Clubland: Ken Maiuri shares his impressions of this year’s ‘Transperformance’

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Backstage at “Transperformance” Tuesday night, Ray Mason turned to me and said, marveling, “Where else can you see Christ backing Frankie Valli?” We were in a daze of amazement as Renaissance man Monte Belmonte (from 93.9 The River) crooned “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” as “Pioneer Frankie Valli,” sliding smoothly across the … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes at the Iron Horse, and much, much more

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes are Melbourne, Australia’s smartly dressed contribution to the world of retro soul (Amy Winehouse, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings), and they’ll bring their ’60s-influenced soul/spy/garage-pop to the Iron Horse in Northampton Friday at 7 p.m. The Eric Olsson Band opens. The band started as a one-time lark … 0

Advance Booking, big acts coming to the area: Cher, Tig Notaro, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Josh Groban, Kevin James, more

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Yanni — Fri., Aug. 22, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $65-$85. foxwoods.com Lost Bayou Ramblers — Sat., Aug. 23, 8 p.m. Mass MoCA. $12, $16, $20. massmoca.org Isley Brothers — Sat., Aug. 23, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $45-$85. foxwoods.com Josh Groban … 0

Musicians gather to fete Lynyrd Skynyrd

Monday, August 11, 2014

ATLANTA (AP — Lynyrd Skynyrd is getting the tribute treatment. An all-star cast of performers will salute the seminal Southern rock band during the taping of “One More for the Fans! Celebrating the Songs & Music of Lynyrd Skynyrd.” The Nov. 12 concert will feature performances from Gregg … 0

The path less traveled: Pioneer Valley Symphony receives award for ‘adventurous programming’

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Playing in a symphony orchestra ought to be risky business says musical conductor Paul Phillips, who for 20 years has led the Pioneer Valley Symphony along innovative musical paths. Taking those risks is just the thing to keep … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

An effort to reignite the Hoop City Jazz & Arts Festival — which originated as a supposedly annual event in 2010 but ended the next year when a tornado damaged Court Square — Saturday’s Springfield Jazz & Roots … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Joshua Crane releases CD, ‘King Catalpa,’ at Easthampton show

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Joshua Crane and I are not sports-minded guys. But in the search for a quiet place for an interview last weekend, we ended up on a dusty bench behind home plate at an empty diamond at Northampton’s Sheldon … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Soul Rebels at Iron Horse in Northampton and other musical happenings in the Valley

Thursday, August 7, 2014

New Orleans brass bands are good for the soul, and one of that city’s most celebrated funky ensembles, the aptly named Soul Rebels, will take over the room at the Iron Horse in Northampton Thursday at 8:30 p.m. … 0

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Jason Isbell — Fri., Aug. 15, 8 p.m., Mass MoCA. $24/$30. massmoca.org Elysian Fields — Sat., Aug. 16, 8 p.m., Mass MoCA. $12, $16, $20. massmoca.org George Lopez — Sat., Aug. 16, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $40-$65. foxwoods.com Yanni … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Northern Routes New Music Festival is a who’s who of largely New England-based experimental musicians, packing as many creative talents as possible into two days of performances at the 1794 Meetinghouse in New Salem, Friday from 4 … 0

Ken Mairui’s Clubland: Hitting the highway for Hospitality

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

F ew cities as cozy as Northampton have such a wealth of live music — at last count, at least eight venues host regular shows — but even so, sometimes your favorite band isn’t making it to town … 0

Weekend Planner — Clubs: Susan Angeletti at Fitzwilly’s in Northampton

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

“I’m starting a new blues ‘n’ soul, glitter-queen, rock ‘n’ roll house gig at beautiful downtown Fitzwilly’s starting this Thursday night!” shouts local blues diva Susan Angeletti. Yes, if you’re anywhere in downtown Northampton July 31 you’ll likely … 0