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FILE - In this Sept. 14, 1995 file photo, Ralph Johnson, from left,  Phillip Bailey, Maurice White and Verdine White, of Earth, Wind & Fire  in Los Angeles. Maurice White, the founder and leader of Earth, Wind & Fire, died at home in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, said his brother, Verdine White. He was 74. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)

Earth, Wind & Fire founder dies

Thursday, February 4, 2016

LOS ANGELES — Maurice White, co-founder and leader of the groundbreaking ensemble Earth, Wind & Fire, died at his Los Angeles home Thursday. He was 74. The source for a wealth of euphoric hits in the 1970s and early ’80s, including “Shining Star,” “September” and “Boogie Wonderland,” Earth, Wind & Fire borrowed elements from funk, soul, gospel and pop. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, and although White had ceased touring with the group since a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease in the ’90s, the group had continued to tour. Born in Memphis, Tenn. on Dec. 19, 1941, …

A vision of majesty: After years of restless travel, Lord Russ has settled back in the Valley

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

When Russell Brooks was a teenager, he had a vision. The vision revealed to him that he had been King Arthur in a previous life. “I figured that one day I’ll go to England and save the world or something. And if I was King Arthur then, I should at least be Lord …

Whole Children receives NEA grant for November concert

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Whole Children’s Joyful Chorus will perform later this year with Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion in a concert made possible by a $10,000 “Challenge America” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant is awarded each year to organizations that provide opportunities in the arts to underserved populations. Whole Children, …

Music review: Variations on Elizabethan themes — well played by a consort of viols

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Arcadia Viols performed a concert of 17th-century music Sunday at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Hadley before an audience that filled the church. The consort of viols, which is associated with Arcadia Players, consists of five viol players, supplemented by Christopher Kendall, lutenist; Ian Watson, harpsichordist; …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Silver Chord Bowl — Annual collegiate a cappella competition Sun., Feb. 2, 2 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $15-$30. academyofmusictheatre.com Tao: Seventeen Samurai — Wed., Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m., UMass FAC Concert Hall. $20, $35, $40; general; $10, …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: The Weather Station at the Iron Horse, and much more music this week in the Valley

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Recently I was driving home, late on a blustery 15-degree night, with clouds sailing fast past the moon above. Inside my car, the heat was cranked, and so was “Loyalty,” the newest album by The Weather Station, the …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: A revolution: ‘Eradicating the tyranny of 4/4 time’

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Throw darts at any pop chart and you can bet everything you hit will be a song in 4/4 time. Rock, country, R&B, dance, it doesn’t matter — kick-snare-kick-snare is today’s main groove. Local bassist Paul Kochanski has …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Dada Masilo: Swan Lake — Tues., Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m., UMass FAC Concert Hall. $20, $35, $40; general; $10, $12, $15 Five College, GCC and ages 17 and under. 545-2511, fac.umass.edu A Tribute to Swan Lake and Carnival …

Tuned In: Kalliope Jones plays locally, and much more music in the Valley

Thursday, January 14, 2016

I remember being 14, and as much as I loved music, the idea of writing (never mind performing) my own songs was a totally alien notion. Great songs were things made by adults on record labels, not some …

Legendary musician David Bowie dies of cancer at 69

Monday, January 11, 2016

NEW YORK — David Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday. He was 69 and had …

Jackson’s ‘Off the Wall’ to be rereleased with Spike Lee doc

Friday, January 8, 2016

LOS ANGELES — Michael Jackson’s “Off the Wall” is being reissued with a new Spike Lee documentary about the hallmark 1979 album. Jackson’s estate and publisher Sony Music are rereleasing the 36-year-old album with a DVD of the …

Weekend Planner — Music: Claudia Schmidt and Sally Rogers at PV CoHo

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

A volunteer-run monthly music series hosted by Pioneer Valley Cohousing in North Amherst, First Friday Concerts at CoHo showcases both local talent and touring artists. Performances take place in the community’s Common House Great Room — “a space …

Music review: Berkshire Bach achieves sheer perfection in concert

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Berkshire Bach celebrated its 25th season with a concert of 18th-century music Saturday at the Academy of Music in Northampton. The group is professional, and every one of its members could be a soloist if called upon, as many were in this concert. Kenneth Cooper directed from the …