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Weekend Planner — Celebration: Stone Soul Peter Brace Brigade

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Expanding its July 4th celebration beyond the annual concert by New Hampshire’s Westmoreland Town Band, Old Deerfield and the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association are preparing to welcome the Stone Soul Peter Brace Brigade of Springfield for an encampment on the lawns of Memorial Hall Museum on Saturday. Made up of ancestors of Springfield’s African-American Civil War veterans, the brigade will …

Weekend Planner — Music: Mohawk Trail Concerts’ ‘Jazz on the River’

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The town of Charlemont is 250 years old this year, and to help celebrate Mohawk Trail Concerts is offering a free “Jazz on the River” concert at the town bridge on Route 2, overlooking the Deerfield River. Set for July 4 at 4 p.m., the concert will feature the Odd Couple Quartet — …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Idina Menzel — Sat., July 11, 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $45. mohegansun.com R. Kelly — Thurs., Fri., Sat., July 16, 17, 18, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $65-$95. foxwoods.com Jerry Seinfeld — Sat., July 18, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $82.50-$150. foxwoods.com Kelly Clarkson — Thurs., July 23, 7 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $79, $99. mohegansun.com Daryl Hall …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Lonesome Brothers celebrate 30 years together and other musical happenings this week

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Two summery Saturdays ago, local singer/songwriters Jim Armenti and Ray Mason played separate daytime solo sets inside the Platinum Pony in Easthampton. The air was heavy with humidity and the crowd was heavy with other local musicians, intently …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Huey Lewis and the News — Sun., June 28, 2:30 p.m., Tanglewood. $22-$69. bso.org Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga — Tues., June 30, 8 p.m., Tanglewood. $30-$179. bso.org Shania Twain — Fri., July 3, 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun. …

Second Gary Biardi Memorial Concert on Sunday will benefit Millside Park in Easthampton

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — City resident Gary Biardi, who died in 2013, loved music and roller blading on the Manhan Rail Trail. That’s why Elaine Wood of Easthampton last year organized musicians to play at Millside Park to raise money …

Playin’ the blues: Keb’ Mo’ brings songs from his latest album to Northampton

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Keb’ Mo’ got pegged early in his career as a modern link to historic bluesmen like Robert Johnson and Big Bill Broonzy. With a smooth vocal style that offered just a hint of grit, and an acoustic guitar …

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘Django in June’

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The annual “Django in June” concerts at the Academy of Music in Northampton are actually the culmination of a week-long “Django Camp” on the Smith College campus during which musicians from across the country gather to immerse themselves …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Easthampton gets its groove on with 2nd annual ‘Cultural Chaos’

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Afternoon near-summer sun ablaze, I stood on the closed-to-traffic Cottage Street in Easthampton, blinking, getting accustomed to the tide of happy people moving around me. Because even brighter than the sunshine was the community spirit on this special …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Diana Krall — Sun., June 21, 2:30 p.m., Tanglewood. $26.50-$115. bso.org Mike Gordon — Sun., June 21, 8 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $30. academyofmusictheatre.com Keb’ Mo’ — Sun., June 21, 8 p.m. Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35, …

Track record

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Thompson Fields Maria Schneider Orchestra ArtistShare; $22.95 Maria Schneider’s big band has remained together nearly 25 years, extending into the 21st century the orchestral jazz tradition exemplified by Duke Ellington and her mentor Gil Evans. “The Thompson …

Art Maker: Jeff Olmsted | composer/songwriter

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Composer/songwriter Jeff Olmsted, 60, is a native of Northampton and a graduate of Northampton High School. He spent most of his adult life in the New York City area, where he founded and directed the Interfaith Fellowship Choir. …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: EZTV transports its summer sound from Brooklyn to Florence

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Never underestimate the power of lovingly recorded layers of strummed and jangling guitars. Big Star, The Go-Betweens, The La’s, Real Estate — whatever the decade, that sparkling summery sound sticks around, as comforting as breeze in the sun-splashed …