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KEN MAIURI on Valley music: Tuned In

Friday, February 27, 2015

Summers are perfect for outdoor music festivals, but what happens when winter hits and grassy fields get buried under waist-deep snow and anything paved becomes an icy danger zone? Make way for the indoor music festival. A diverse crew of local bands and artists is pulling out all the stops to throw a Mini-palooza inside The Deuce (aka the World War II Club) in Northampton Saturday from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., an all-day affair with two stages of continuous music. Half the proceeds will benefit the Soldier’s Home in Holyoke. The lineup includes such performers as Gracefully Aging Hippy Soloists (featuring Eric Gaffney, co-founder …

Viva la musica: 3rd String Trio brings Old-World flavors to Hadley cafe

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Parlez-moi de l’amour. Ah, la dolce vita, la vita d’amore! Even if you can’t understand what they’re saying, there’s something about the way the French and the Italians do zat zing that can be oh, so romantic. With a couple of glasses of merlot or a bottle of moltepulciano at your candle-lit table …

Seldom-seen musician shines through his songs

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

If John Lennon’s White Album song “Julia” was a seed buried in the ground, the resulting stunning vegetation might be Chris Weisman’s new album, “The Holy Life That’s Coming,” released this week on LP and digital download by the NNA Tapes label. Both create an intimate space where gentle acoustic guitar, voice and …

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Advance bookings

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Sing-Off Live Tour — Sat., Feb. 21, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $28.50, $38.50, $48.50. 586-8686, iheg.com Grupo Corpo — Tues., Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. $15, $38, $42 general; $10, $12, …

Pharrell, Beyonce, Rosanne Cash win 3 Grammys each

Sunday, February 8, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Pharrell’s two-year-old song is still bringing him happiness: The performer, who won four Grammys last year, won three awards Sunday. The singer-rapper-producer won best pop solo performance for a live version of “Happy,” released in …

CD for Cynthia: Musician remembers photojournalist friend, Smith grad, killed while covering Chechen-Russian War

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Tony Jillson can still remember the moment, in late December 1994, when the phone rang in his Brooklyn apartment. A reporter from The New York Times was on the line, asking about a childhood friend of his, Cynthia …

Sliding away — on guitar Parlor Room gig will feature four standout guitarists on bottleneck slide and dobro

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Song swaps are a pretty regular staple in acoustic music circles, where three to four solo artists take turns singing one of their tunes while the others provide leads, background harmonies or other support — and everyone on …

Music review: The Nields release impressive 17th album

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Nields released their 17th album, “XVII,” Monday and their voices are as powerful as ever. After almost 25 years of playing together, Katryna, 45, and Nerissa Nields, 47, have produced some of the best material of their …

Weekend Planner — Music: Pioneer Valley Symphony

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Musical prodigy Ilana Zaks began studying violin at the age of 3½, with her mother. Now all of 15, the Needham resident has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Civic Symphony, the New England Philharmonic, the Nashua …

Weekend Planner — Kids: Musician Sarah Pirtle at the Hitchcock Center in Amherst

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Having penned over 100 songs about the Earth and the environment during her career, children’s musician and recording artist Sarah Pirtle has made the theme of ecology her own. In 2007, the Children’s Music Network acknowledged her widespread …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: ‘Music in Motion’ debuts at next “Four Sundays in February” show

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The idea for this week’s “Four Sundays in February” show was first floated during the dog days of summer, according to Steve Sanderson, event producer for the Northampton Arts Council and frontman of the long-running Valley band Drunk …

Advance bookings

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Umphrey’s McGee, Tauk — Wed., Feb. 18, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $26. 586-8686, iheg.com The Sing-Off Live Tour — Sat., Feb. 21, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $28.50, $38.50, $48.50. 586-8686, iheg.com Grupo Corpo — Tues., Feb. …

Art Maker: Eric Berlin | musician

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Trumpet player Eric Berlin, a music professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been nominated for a Grammy Award, along with his UMass Wind Ensemble. The nod is for the group’s performance, with Berlin as soloist, of …