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Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Low & Close whips up the magic at One Bar & Grill

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It was a mellow Wednesday night at home, 11 p.m., not a creature was stirring ... and then the phone on the table sprang to life, punctuating the silence with a sunny DING! It was a music-loving friend texting me about a local R&B cover band he’d just seen. “So much fun,” the little chat balloon said. “I think you’d …

Headliners: Arcadia Players’ ‘The Messiah’

Friday, December 19, 2014

Silver and gold ‘Messiahs’ Bringing its 25th anniversary season to a close — along with the 10th anniversary of Ian Watson as its artistic director — Arcadia Players will present its annual performance of “The Messiah” Friday night at 7:30 in Mount Holyoke College’s Abbey Chapel. The Cummington Village Church, meanwhile, will be …

Music review: St. Petersburg Quartet returns to Northampton

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

By MARK MORFORD Gazette Contributing Writer The Russian string quartet from St. Petersburg made a welcome return to the Music in Deerfield concerts Sunday at Smith College’s Sweeney Concert Hall in Northampton. The program began with an arrangement by Boris Vayner, the quartet’s violist, of J.S. Bach’s Chaconne, the final movement of the …

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Rockin’ at the preschool: Award-winning musician brings his tunes into the classroom

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Back in 2000, musician Nick Deysher was on his way to an interview for a job as a preschool teacher when he decided to grab his guitar and take it along. Good decision. Deysher, now of Leeds, got …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Fiddling fun with Katherine First at the Parlor Room

Thursday, December 4, 2014

What’s the difference between a violin and a fiddle? Local musician Katherine First has her favorite answer to that question: “A fiddle is fun to listen to.” Fiddling and fun go hand in hand for the classically trained …

Weekend planner — Clubs: Katherine First and the Kitchen Party

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Katherine First and Kitchen Party showcases up-tempo Celtic/traditional music by way of fiddle, banjo, guitar, penny whistle, djembe, song and step dancing. After years of making Happy Valley audiences even happier with their rhythm and energy, the band …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Fun and games at Luthiers Co-Op

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The thermometer is dropping — ’tis the season where some people ask themselves, “Why do I live in New England?” and stay indoors. The warm and welcoming Luthiers Co-Op in Easthampton is offering a more social way to …

Advance bookingsPVB’s ‘Nutcracker’; John Waters Christmas; and more

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Nutcracker — Pioneer Valley Ballet performs Fri., Dec. 12 at 4 and 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 13 at 1 and 4:30 p.m.; and Sun., Dec. 14 at 1 and 4:30 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. Dec. 12: …

Forever young, NBC’s ‘Peter Pan’ live and aloft

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

NEW YORK — The boy who refused to grow up: It sounds like men today in this youth-obsessed culture. But nearly a century before his name found its way into pop psychology, Peter Pan was born as the …

Bill Cosby resigns from Temple’s board

Monday, December 1, 2014

PHILADELPHIA — Bill Cosby stepped down as a trustee of his beloved Temple University following renewed accusations that he had drugged and sexually assaulted a string of women over many years. The 77-year-old entertainer has been a high-profile …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: The Woman Songwriter Collective: All for one, one for all

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

One strong way for a new band to get the word out is to use an audio business card, aka a CD. The Woman Songwriter Collective has one fresh-off-the-press, ready to share with the world, as member Christa …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Signature Sounds anniversary concerts; Tracy Grammer and Jim Henry at the Parlor Room

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

IT WAS 20 YEARS AGO TODAY As of Tuesday, there were still tickets available for three of four Thanksgiving weekend concerts at Northampton’s Academy of Music, presented by Signature Sounds to celebrate the label’s 20th anniversary. From folk-blues troubadour Chris Smither, to alt-bluegrass pickers Crooked Still, to the …

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘Messiah’ season

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The “Messiah” season is upon us and Da Camera Singers offers the opportunity for fellow vocalists of all persuasions to get their musical chops polished with a sing-along of popular choruses from Handel’s oratorio on Sunday at the …