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Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Low & Close whips up the magic at One Bar & Grill

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It was a mellow Wednesday night at home, 11 p.m., not a creature was stirring ... and then the phone on the table sprang to life, punctuating the silence with a sunny DING! It was a music-loving friend texting me about a local R&B cover band he’d just seen. “So much fun,” the little chat balloon said. “I think you’d …

Headliners: Arcadia Players’ ‘The Messiah’

Friday, December 19, 2014

Silver and gold ‘Messiahs’ Bringing its 25th anniversary season to a close — along with the 10th anniversary of Ian Watson as its artistic director — Arcadia Players will present its annual performance of “The Messiah” Friday night at 7:30 in Mount Holyoke College’s Abbey Chapel. The Cummington Village Church, meanwhile, will be …

Music review: St. Petersburg Quartet returns to Northampton

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

By MARK MORFORD Gazette Contributing Writer The Russian string quartet from St. Petersburg made a welcome return to the Music in Deerfield concerts Sunday at Smith College’s Sweeney Concert Hall in Northampton. The program began with an arrangement by Boris Vayner, the quartet’s violist, of J.S. Bach’s Chaconne, the final movement of the …

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Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

It’s a celebration so big it needs an entire weekend. The Northampton-based and internationally lauded record label Signature Sounds turns 20 this year, so it’s doing what it does best, showcasing its favorite musicians, with four concerts in …

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Dark Star Orchestra — Fri., Dec. 5, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $27.50. 586-8686, iheg.com The Nutcracker — Albany Berkshire Ballet Ballet performs Sat., Dec. 6 at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 7 at 1:30 and …

One Direction, Iggy Azalea shine at the 2014 AMAs

Monday, November 24, 2014

One Direction won three honors at the American Music Awards, including artist of the year over powerhouse acts like Beyonce and Luke Bryan, while breakthrough newcomer Iggy Azalea beat out heavyweights Eminem and Drake in the rap categories. …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Jamming with singer/songwriter Marcia Gomes

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

“More trees, less traffic, a slower pace and open space” is what singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Marcia Gomes was looking for when she left Boston and moved to the Valley in January 2012. She’d lived in the big city for more …

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘Raise Your Voice’ at the Academy of Music

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

In six years Jamar Rogers (pictured) went from drug addiction and an HIV-positive diagnosis to acclaim as a finalist on “The Voice,” including appearances on “The Today Show,” “Ellen,” CNN and “E! Entertainment News” and write-ups in USA …

Music Review: Jeremy Denk dazzles at Bowker Auditorium

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Pianist Jeremy Denk, who performed Nov. 13 in Bowker Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is an engaging personality. He is also a master of communication, both spoken (as he showed during this recital) and written (as …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: The Stray Birds at the Iron Horse and other musical happenings in the Valley this week

Thursday, November 20, 2014

If you find record stores romantic and hope they stay around a while, Oliver Craven, Maya de Vitry and Charles Muench of The Stray Birds have written you a sad love song of sorts, “Best Medicine,” the title …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

James Taylor — Thurs., Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $85, $115. mohegansun.com Dark Star Orchestra — Fri., Dec. 5, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $27.50. 586-8686, iheg.com The Nutcracker — Albany Berkshire Ballet Ballet performs Sat., Dec. …

Art Maker: Bill Venman: VLO co-founder

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bill Venman says when he and his wife, Sally, founded Valley Light Opera 40 years ago, he had no idea it would become a permanent part of his life. Venman, 83, a UMass professor emeritus, used to play …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Local musicians join concert to raise awareness, funds for Epilepsy Foundation

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I didn’t know much about epilepsy; Springfield resident Mary Kelly has had no choice but to become an expert. She started having seizures at age 11, making her unable to continue to pursue her love of gymnastics. Her …