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Mak'hela, the Jewish Chorus of Western Massachusetts, sings songs in Hebrew, Yiddish, English and several other languages.

Project Rehovot presents a concert for a cause

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

For more than 20 years, volunteers from the Jewish Community of Amherst have been lending a helping hand for an educational and social cause nearly halfway around the world. Project Rehovot, as it’s known, is dedicated to helping young immigrants to Israel build a secure footing in their new country; through art projects and special classes, these elementary school students …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: This ‘Moment’ has staying power

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Drop the needle on drummer Makaya McCraven’s fantastic new album, “In the Moment,” and the sounds of Chicago surround you — the ambience of a live concert, conversations burbling in the background, and the experimental spirit that runs in the city’s musical blood, whether jazz, rock or hip-hop. The record’s 19 tracks flow …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Daniel Hales is many things, among them an English teacher, leader of the band Frost Heaves, and a writer of plays, poems and fiction. But sometimes he needs to don a silver mask and slip out of all those skins into something else — his dance-rock solo-ish project, The Ambiguities. The band’s rare …

Weekend Planner — Clubs: Amherst Jazz Orchestra

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

On Monday night the Amherst Jazz Orchestra will mark the start of its 16th year of bimonthly performances at the Amherst Brewing Company. Appearing on the first and third Mondays of each month, the AJO — founded and …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Clementine reunites at the O’s in Sunderland and other musical happenings this week in the Valley’s clubs and restaurants

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The guitar-driven rock sound of the post-Nirvana ’90s comes roaring back to life when the reunited Clementine plays its first show in more than 15 years, at the O’s in Sunderland Friday at 8:30 p.m. To celebrate the …

Headliners: Rock Voices: America’s Community Rock Chorus; the Sub Rosa Collective

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Like karaoke, only bigger One measure of the expansion of the Valley Rock Choir is the fact that it recently jettisoned its parochial name and rechristened itself more grandiosely as Rock Voices: America’s Community Rock Chorus. Another is …

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Dancing with the Stars Live — Fri., Jan. 9, 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $45. mohegansun.com Get the Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin — Sat., Jan. 17, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35. 586-8686, iheg.com Eddie Izzard — Sat., Jan. 17, 9 p.m., Foxwoods. $45-$65. foxwoods.com Fleetwood …

Messiah Sing in Cummington on Sunday continues 50 years of tradition

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

CUMMINGTON — Marking 50 years of tradition, the Village Church in Cummington will host its annual Messiah Sing on at 4 p.m. Sunday. The Messiah Sing in Cummington began in 1964 when church and community members gathered to lift their voices in celebration of Christmas and George Frideric …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: LuxDeluxe takes over Pearl Street Nightclub in Northampton

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

As 1968 drew to a close, The Rolling Stones were the ringleaders of a rock ‘n’ roll circus, putting live music under a big top (on a London soundstage). Here at the end of 2014, local rockers LuxDeluxe …

Joe Cocker, gravelly voiced rock star, dies at 70

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Joe Cocker, a musician best known for hits such as “With a Little Help From My Friends,” “Have a Little Faith,” and “You Are So Beautiful,” has died. Cocker died at his home in Colorado on Monday after …

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 …

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 …

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 …