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Cecil Brace, from left, Matthew Brace, James Lee Thereault, and Kent Mitchell, dance along during a performance Wednesday by the Young@Heart Chorus at the Hampshire County Jail in Northampton.

The joint was jumping at the county jail: Young@Heart Chorus teams up with inmates for a rockin’ in-house concert

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

On a mid-morning in late March at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction, eight inmates were gathered around an electric keyboard in the visiting room, laughing and talking quietly. Keyboard player Ken Maiuri hit middle C, and together they warmed up with scales. Up and down, they sang: “la-la-la-la-LA-la-la-la-la,” then one note higher: “mi-mi-mi-mi-MI-mi-mi-mi-mi.” Then one note higher, …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Karl Wallinger lets in the light at Iron Horse show

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Karl Wallinger spoke to the Iron Horse crowd in Northampton last Sunday night with a friendly grin, a little self-depreciation and a lot of dark sarcasm: “Here’s another song about how great everything is in the world.” Environmental destruction, constant war, corporate greed, public apathy ... Wallinger has covered all that and more …

Weekend Planner — Music: Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares presents Mario Pavone

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

“He works his strings with the force and persistence of a sculptor chipping away at granite,” says The New Yorker of jazz bassist and composer Mario Pavone: “The sheer dynamism of his playing is matched by the lustre of his writing and arranging for small bands.” On Saturday, Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares hosts …

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Who — Sun., May 24, 7:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $109, $145. mohegansun.com America — Thurs., May 28, 7:30 p.m., Colonial Theatre, Pitsfield. $50, $95, $125. berkshiretheatregroup.org Lynyrd Skynyrd — Fri., May 29, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $45, $65. …

Headliners: Leah Song, Chloe Smith, Friday, Pearl Street, Northampton; Hampshire Choral Society performs John Knowles Paine’s Mass in D, UMass FAC

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Not your mother’s Southern music Raised by “radical folk musician parents” in Atlanta, sisters Leah Song and Chloe Smith “spent our childhood following and learning and studying Appalachian folk in music circles, at contra dances and at folk …

Track Record

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Pitch Perfect 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Various artists Universal Music Enterprises; $11.88 There is such a thing as being too clever. The Barden Bellas and the Treblemakers, who return in the film “Pitch Perfect 2,” have found …

Weekend Planner — Music: Susana Ogata, Ian Watson in Amherst

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Prior to Beethoven, composers wrote duo sonatas for “...and piano,” the implication being that the keyboard was basically accompaniment. Beethoven, however, wrote sonatas for “Piano and...,” giving weight to the proposition that the piano was first among equals …

Music review: Brooklyn Rider returns to Valley with engaging performance

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Brooklyn Rider string quartet played at Sage Hall of Smith College Saturday, a return from its well-received performance two years ago. This was the last concert of the 2014-2015 season of “Music in Deerfield.” These fine musicians …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Lord Russ looks for ‘quieter moments’ at The Parlor Room

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

In a valley full of bands, there are a lot of frontmen, but only one showman/shaman communicating with the spirit of the ’60s, and that’s Russell Brooks, better known as Lord Russ. Brooks will play a special solo …

Art Maker: Mary Witt | Musician

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Mary Witt, 57, of Florence is a member of The O-Tones, a local dance band. Witt, who sings and plays bass, received raves from fellow musicians for her solo CD debut, “Dance With Me,” in 2005, and is …

Headliners: Max Pollak at The Loft at the Clarion Hotel; Pioneer Valley Symphony’s “Cavalleria rusticana” at the Academy of Music

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Tapping into Rumba At age 5, Max Pollak became entranced watching Fred Astaire finesse his way across the screen of the family television set. Problem was, Pollak was a native of Vienna, Austria, where no tap-dance lessons were …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Jeff Bujak, Jen Dulong combine talents in unique show (hint: it includes an LED hula hoop)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Solo keyboardist Jeff Bujak has a unique live performance set-up: He teams up with Jen Dulong and her LED hula hoop to create a show he describes as “keys and hoops, lights and loops.” The twosome will be …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Earth, Wind & Fire — Thurs., May 21, 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $49. mohegansun.com The Who — Sun., May 24, 7:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $109, $145. mohegansun.com Lynyrd Skynyrd — Fri., May 29, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $45, $65. …