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Alice Parker runs workshops and does guest conducting with church choral groups, university choirs and others. Photo courtesy of Alice Parker.

A lifetime of music; Smith College Alumnae Chorus to honor composer Alice Parker, class of 1947, in special concert

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Who says your time singing in college has to end with graduation? For members of the Smith College Alumnae Chorus, launched four years ago, choral music remains a means for forging connections among graduates of different classes and keeping their voices raised in song. For Alice Parker, Smith class of 1947, choral music has been a lifelong calling — as …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: The Soul Magnets, will bring the funk to ‘RibFest Cook-Off Fundraiser’ at Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

“There is so much good music that other people have written that it seems a little silly to write more,” said Luke Jaeger, the guitarist and force behind the brand-new Valley group The Soul Magnets, a cover band that plays funk and neo-soul songs. The band will play its first-ever show at RibFest, …

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘Amherst Schubert Project’

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

In addition to its formal concert Sept. 19 at 8 p.m., the Brentano String Quartet and cellist Michael Kannen will play two “live recording” concerts this weekend in Amherst College’s Buckley Recital Hall, with Franz Schubert’s Cello Quintet as the centerpiece: Sept. 20, also at 8 p.m., and Sept. 21 at 3 p.m. …

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Carrying on an oral tradition: ‘Song and Story Swap’ opens new season

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Pioneer Valley Folklore Society will kick off its “Song and Story Swap” season with a fundraising concert featuring contemporary folk and American roots musician Cliff Eberhardt Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Nacul Center, 592 Main …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Jazz Shares: Organic sounds for the soul

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A farm share gives you healthy food for your body. Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares gives you nutritious sounds for your soul. Jazz Shares is a grassroots organization of Valley music lovers led by Glenn Siegel, WMUA’s longtime administrative …

Weekend planner — Music: 10th Annual Band Festival at Pines Theater in Florence

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

“Community bands are largely composed of wind and percussion instruments and are widespread across the country,” notes Alfred Barten, who plays saxophone with the Florence Community Band. “In the Valley alone there are bands in Florence, Amherst, Belchertown, …

Tuned In: The Sun Parade has new EP, local show with Jake Klar and Wydyde at Hinge in Northampton

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Northampton quartet The Sun Parade will soon be off on a national tour, including some dates opening for their skyrocketing old friends Lake Street Dive. Before they hit the road, catch their local show featuring the official release …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Charles Neville at the Iron Horse in Northampton; Cliff Eberhardt at ‘Song and Story Swap’ at Nacul Center in Amherst

Thursday, September 4, 2014

THIS NEVILLE LEFT HOME Charles Neville, the only one of the brothers from the fabled New Orleans jazz group who ever lived far from home for long periods of time, might also have the most varied musical background of the quintet. The saxophonist has made his mark in …

Headliners: Tatsuya Nakatani Gong Orchestra; ‘Salute 2 Summer’

Thursday, September 4, 2014

‘No ear plugs are needed... ’ ...reassures Tatsuya Nakatani, the Japanese-born, Pennsylvania-based acoustic sound artist responsible for the Tatsuya Nakatani Gong Orchestra, a touring project designed to “inspire cross-artistic community collaborations.” How it works is this: Nakatani shows …

Advance Bookings: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Kevin James and much more coming up in the Valley

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers — Sat., Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m., XL Center, Hartford. $37-$134. xlcenter.com Kevin James — Sat., Sept. 13, 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $45. mohegansun.com Fantazia — Fri., Sept. 19, 8:30 p.m., Mullins Center, Amherst. …

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 …

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) …

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 …