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A past summer concert in the series produced by Jamie Kent and The Music Collective Group

Northampton Summer Concert Series opens July 18 on the Old Courthouse lawn

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Northampton Summer Concert Series, presented by The Collective Music Group (TCMG), is back for its the third straight year, this time with a new, more prominent downtown location. Every Friday from July 18 to August 22, concerts will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on the lawn of the Old Courthouse, on the corner of Main and King … 0

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Let’s (Not) Talk About Love’ at Mohawk Trail Concerts

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Pianist William Bolcom and mezzo-soprano Joan Morris are back for their annual visit to Mohawk Trail Concerts this weekend but this time they’re bringing colleagues John Musto and Amy Burton (pictured) for a double-date program called “Let’s (Not) Talk About Love.” Featuring songs by Ira and George Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, Cole Porter, … 0

Weekend Planner — ‘Cabaret Alive’

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sponsored by Hilltown Arts Alive and the Worthington Historical Society, Saturday’s third annual Hilltown “Cabaret Alive!” will feature jazz and blues vocalist Samirah Evans (pictured), an appearance by Carol Channing impersonator Roxanne Labato-Bailey, plus dancing to the music of The Lost 45s. The event, which includes hors d’oeuvres, snacks and a cash bar, … 0

tuned in Ken Maiuri on Valley music

Thursday, July 3, 2014

For jazz vocalist/pianist Karrin Allyson, the song’s the thing. She’s a four-time Grammy nominee, she sings in five languages, she spent 20 years on the same record label, she’s done a TED talk and performed with symphony orchestras. … 0

Clubland: Bulldog brings it with jazzy, neo-soul sound

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Maybe you loved jazzy soul-pop when it enriched the airwaves in the '70s. Or maybe you found your sonic sanctuary in the neo-soul movement — ’90s artists who combined that '70s melodic sophistication with the rhythmic language of … 0

The 6 most memorable moments from the BETs

Monday, June 30, 2014

LOS ANGELES — After nearly four hours of prizes, performances and the occasional bleeped expletive, the 2014 BET Awards came to a close. When it was all over, Pharrell Williams had two trophies, as did newcomer August Alsina, … 0

Angel Park Music Series in Williamsburg opens Thursday

Friday, June 27, 2014

Summer has arrived, and with it comes a host of craft shows, fairs, barbecues, concerts and outdoor activities throughout the Hilltowns. The Angel Park Music Series will kick of its fifth summer of live musical entertainment in Williamsburg on Thursday. Through Aug. 24, local musicians will perform at … 0

Tuned In Ken Maiuri on Valley music

Thursday, June 26, 2014

For 40 years, Fitzwilly’s has been a Northampton landmark for eating and drinking and this weekend, to celebrate the anniversary, they’ll turn their parking lot into a place for music and dancing. The summery happening is called “Party … 0

Laurie Loisel Best Bets for June 27

Thursday, June 26, 2014

GUILTY PLEASURE My guilty pleasure this summer is the FX series “The Americans,” superbly acted by Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys (some of us fondly remember him from “Brothers and Sisters”) playing Soviet KGB officers posing as an all-American couple while they carry out their spy duties on … 0


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

On Tuesday night, Beck played up in North Adams at Mass MoCA — or, as it could have been named, Northampton West, since countless locals had made the trek: musicians, professors, bartenders, filmmakers, deejays, poets, painters, parents and … 0

MTV bringing ‘TRL’ back for 1 day

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — MTV will reprise its former “Total Request Live” countdown show for a day with breakthrough pop singer Ariana Grande. The network announced Wednesday it will bring back the series on July 2. Grande has … 0

Johnny Mann, leader of singing group, dies at 85

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Grammy-winning conductor and arranger Johnny Mann, whose singing group was a staple of recordings and TV shows in the 1950s and ‘60s, died Wednesday at his home in Anderson, S.C. He was 85. Mann had been treated for heart problems in recent years, said his daughter, Susie Mann. … 0

tuned in Ken Maiuri on Valley music

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Easthampton’s Flywheel has a history of hosting underground bands that later burst into the big time — Bright Eyes, Ra Ra Riot and tUnE-yArDs are three that immediately come to mind — and now there’s another to add … 0