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Roger Salloom, left, Charles Neville

Your Time: Roger Salloom’s summer concert, Look Park, Florence

Thursday, August 27, 2015

On a warm summer evening last Thursday, singer-songwriter Roger Salloom performed his 32nd annual free concert at Look Park. This year, the show was held in a tent outside the park’s Garden House. Salloom was joined again this year by one of his “fellow travelers and heroes,” Charles Neville. Neville’s son, Khalif, played keyboards. Other band members included Jeff Dostal, …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Lake Street Dive’s ‘Amourasaurus’ at Look Park, and much more

Thursday, August 27, 2015

I have personally witnessed Lake Street Dive CDs and LPs flying off the local store shelves. People can’t get enough of the jazzy, soulful Brooklyn band and their records on the Northampton-based label Signature Sounds. The quartet started in Boston, and a simple YouTube video of the band performing the Jackson 5’s “I …

Larry Parnass’ Best Bets: ‘Duck Variations’ play in Huntington; ‘Amoursaurus’ at the Pines Theater in Florence

Thursday, August 27, 2015

BIRDS OF A FEATHER The summer theater season is coming to a close but there’s still a bit of quack in that duck. With September’s studiousness ahead, make this a laughable moment by driving up to North Hall, 40 Searle Road in Huntington, for “The Duck Variations,” David Mamet’s weirdly real two-character comedy. George is the blowhard; Emil the listener. They talk about …

Track Record

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Ricki and the Flash, original motion picture soundtrack Various artists Republic Records Meryl Streep is simply unstoppable. After dipping her toes in the musical genre quite frequently in the last decade, Streep goes full-on rock star in the …

Little-known Colombian band mystified by Obama playlist spot

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

MIAMI — The members of the little-known Colombian salsa band are clueless as to how an obscure song they recorded more than a decade ago landed on a Spotify playlist curated by President Barack Obama. The track, “La …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Dick Dale, king of the surg guitar, plays Iron Horse and other music happenings

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Dick Dale. The King of Surf Guitar. No one can argue. The tone of the living legend’s six-string attack was speaker-shredding even on his earliest recordings and it bowls you over in concert, here and now and very …

Weekend Planner — Music: Sevenars Music Festival closes season

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Originally designated the Schrade Family Pianists, the talented family of Robert and Rolande and their five children later became known as the Schrade/James Family Pianists after oldest daughter Robelyn Schrade married New Zealand pianist David James and the …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: A Taste of Honey delights crowd at Florence’s Music on the Porch summer concert series

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The striking green cover of Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass’ “Whipped Cream & Other Delights” (and the inevitable parade of parodies that followed) is the main reason the 1965 record lives on in pop culture, but the …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Kenny Wayne Shepherd — Fri., Aug. 28, 8 p.m. Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35, $45. 586-8686, iheg.com Idina Menzel — Sat., Aug. 29, 7 p.m., Tanglewood. $24.50-$149.50. bso.org The Milk Carton Kids — Mon., Sept. 7, 8 p.m., …

Stolen Stradivarius recovered after 35 years

Thursday, August 6, 2015

WASHINGTON — Renowned violinist Roman Totenberg left his beloved Stradivarius in his office while greeting well-wishers after a concert in 1980. When he returned, it was gone. Its case was later found in the basement of the Longy …

Weekend Planner — Cabaret: ‘To Be Perfectly Frank: A Sinatra Centennial Concert’

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

It’s hard to believe but Ol’ Blue Eyes would’ve turned 100 this year. The singer’s birthday isn’t until Dec. 12 but many tributes are already unfolding, including a traveling exhibit, a Bob Dylan album (“Shadows in the Night”), …

Weekend Planner — Music: The Springfield Mandolin Orchestra at Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum in Hadley

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Making its debut just this past year, the Springfield Mandolin Orchestra seeks to reclaim an era from 100 years or so ago when there were literally dozens of mandolin orchestras throughout New England. Based at Sweet Music Studio …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Al Stewart slays it at Iron Horse with his one-of-a-kind ‘historical folk-rock’

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

You couldn’t listen to the radio in the late ’70s without hearing Al Stewart’s warm and breathy voice — his atmospheric songs “Year of the Cat” and “Time Passages” became instant staples of the airwaves. That’s all the …