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FILE - In this June 8, 2014, file photo, Gloria Estefan, left, and Emilio Estefan pose for photos at the 68th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Gloria Estefan and her husband, Emilio, are shepherding their musical biography "On Your Feet!" to Broadway this fall, celebrating two Cuban-Americans who embraced the American Dream and now own enough Grammy Awards to fill a house. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Gloria and Emilio Estefan celebrate immigrants in musical

Monday, October 12, 2015

NEW YORK — With some U.S. presidential candidates on the campaign trail demonizing immigrants, a powerhouse husband-and-wife team, who both happen to be immigrants themselves, hope they can offer some balance — and some pop songs. Gloria Estefan and her husband, Emilio, are shepherding their musical biography “On Your Feet!” to Broadway this fall. It’s a show that celebrates two …

Going for broke: NHS grad sings his way onto NBC’s ‘The Voice’

Friday, October 9, 2015

When Northampton High School graduate Noah Jackson stepped onto the stage in Los Angeles Sept. 22 for his so-called blind audition before the judges on NBC’s TV show “The Voice,” he says he knew it could be a defining moment — a chance of a lifetime. Why not, then, go for broke, Jackson …

‘Music in the Noon Hour’ series continues at Smith College

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Concerts don’t have to be long to be meaningful. In fact, you can pack a lot into just half an hour. Case in point: “Music in the Noon Hour,” a popular series of free, midday concerts at Smith College that last about 30 minutes each. This year, the series, now in its second …

Larry Parnass’ Best Bets: ‘Songs for Syria’ Sunday at First Churches in Northampton; Kalliope Jones in Ashfield

Thursday, September 24, 2015

SUPPORT FOR SYRIA The music is free at Sunday’s concert by the Arabic music ensemble Layaali, but those who come will be asked to help raise money for the Syrian American Medical Society, which aids refugees of that country’s civil war. It’s time “to turn our sorrow into …

Don Henley takes a solo flight out of Eagles nest with ‘Cass County’

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

By Randy Lewis Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — On “Cass County,” Don Henley’s first solo album in 15 years, the Eagles’ founding member is surrounded by women. Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert, Trisha Yearwood, Alison Krauss, Lucinda Williams, Martina McBride, Lee Ann Womack, Michelle Branch, Ashley Monroe …

Judges in ‘Battle of the Bands’ controversy say use of word ‘sultry’ was misunderstood and unjustly condemned

Friday, September 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In their first interview since an Internet storm erupted over the use of the word “sultry” in a Three County Fair competition for local bands, two members of the three-member judging panel — including the one …

Local teen band Kalliope Jones in the national spotlight over judge’s urging to ‘use the sultry’

Friday, September 18, 2015

When Kalliope Jones, a local band of Franklin County teens, entered a “Battle of the Bands” competition this month at the Three County Fair in Northampton, it walked away with third prize and a stinging lesson about sexism …

Friday, September 18, 2015

Weekend Planner — Clubs: Vieux Farka Toure, Julia Easterlin at Iron Horse

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Though he may not be especially well-known in the U.S., Malian singer/composer/guitarist Vieux Farka Touré is something of a world-music superstar, known as the “Hendrix of the Sahara.” When he met Brooklyn-based singer Julia Easterlin in New York …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Groovin’ at the Big E: Fair continues long, illustrious tradition of music

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

I love the Big E. And not just because of the fresh-cut french fries, or the fair’s best kettle corn hidden at the back of the New Hampshire building, or the local cider, or the flatbread pizza in …

Harpsichord concert opens Arcadia Players’ season

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Arcadia Players, the region’s longtime period instrumentation group, will kick off its 26th season Saturday in Hadley with a triple header of venerable instruments — three harpsichords. Arcadia’s artistic director, Ian Watson, will be joined by fellow harpsichordists …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Doubleclicks, Molly Lewis — Fri., Sept. 25, 8 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $12, $15. academyofmusictheatre.com The Senegal-America Project Benefit Concert — Sat., Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $10-$15. academyofmusictheatre.com The Hot Sardines — …

Larry Parnass’ Best Bets: Fresh Grass at MASSMoCA; spoken word and music to benefit children in Iraq

Thursday, September 17, 2015

THE TWANG THANG The great country crossover musician Dwight Yoakam (his music far exceeds his acting, which isn’t half bad!) leads the lineup at this weekend’s “Fresh Grass” festival at MASSMoCA. And a mighty lineup it is, making this another irresistible call from the cultural gurus at the …