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Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The band Ween was a powerful two-headed monster. Dean (Mickey Melchiondo) had the insane guitar skills, Gene (Aaron Freeman) the soulful vocals, and they took their serious talents and warped them in fun-house mirrors of recording tricks and humor that ranged from cute to happy-to-offend. They and their tight-knit band were known for marathon concerts, tirelessly rocking out one underground …

Larry Parnass’ Best Bets: Zydeco Connectino at the Westhampton Field of Dreams Concert; The Republican debate

Thursday, July 30, 2015

OUTSIDE AND ABOUT Ugh. August is upon us and summer’s blessing will soon retreat. That means it’s time to experience a great summer thing: sitting outdoors at a concert. The calendar inside lists a few choice choices, but since I love the sounds of Louisiana, my pick would be the Westhampton Field of Dreams Concert Series. The band Zydeco Connection performs Thursday at …

Weekend Planner — Music: Violinist Kinga Augustyn at Sevenars Music Festival

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

On a mission to disabuse those who think the roster of Polish composers begins and ends with Frédéric Chopin, New York-based, Polish-born violinist Kinga Augustyn recently released a highly praised CD (“Polish Violin Music”) filled with mazurkas, polonaises and other works by names mostly unknown to American audiences (Aleksander Zarzycki, Zygmunt Noskowski, Piotr …

Rock the lawn: Northampton Summer Concert Series ready to roll

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

When he was a kid, Northampton native Jamie Kent says he never saw anyone playing live, outdoor music in the downtown area. Then he grew up, and decided to change that. Four years ago, Kent, 28, a musician …

The Summer Concert Series lineup

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

July 17 Jamie Kent and the Options Sarah Blacker The Franny O Show July 24 Eddie Japan Wishbone Zoe Father, Misty, and the Big Rock A2Z Yo-Yo Team July 31 Josh Panda Ryan Hommel Avi Jacob Aug. 7 Amy & The Engine Mikey Sweet Band A2Z Yo-Yo Team …

Grateful Dead, at long last, reaches end of trip

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

CHICAGO — On the last day the surviving members of the Grateful Dead played as the Grateful Dead, on a lovely Sunday in Chicago before the last emotional notes rang out around midnight, the following happened: Jim Avery, …

Brewery tries to bottle the essence of the Grateful Dead

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

By Chris Barton Los Angeles Times (TNS) Can a beer taste like a band sounds? It’s an esoteric question but one the proudly esoteric alchemists at the Delaware craft beer company Dogfish Head don’t mind asking again and again. Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew” was translated into an imperial …

List of contributors to Peter Mulvey’s protest song against Confederate flag grows to over 150 artists

Monday, July 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In the days after Dylann Roof allegedly shot and killed nine people last month at the Emanuel American Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, all but one flag at the South Carolina Statehouse stood at half-staff. The Confederate battle flag flew high atop its pole, …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: The Duhks play the Iron Horse and other musical happenings this week in the Valley

Friday, July 3, 2015

Grammy-nominated folk fusion band The Duhks has gone through its share of lineup shifts since it blasted out of Winnipeg in 2002, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the engine at the band’s core — the strong …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Ken Maiuri: Tunes pour freely at birthday party for Ray Mason Band bassist

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The big 5-0. How do you celebrate such a birthday? Stephen Desaulniers, the longtime bassist of the Ray Mason Band and Scud Mountain Boys — who also books an average of three shows a month at the Luthier’s …