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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 clawhammer banjo playing of Leonard Podolak and the soulful vocals of Jessee Havey. The Duhks’ most recent album is 2014’s “Beyond the …

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 on the lawns of Memorial Hall Museum on Saturday. Made up of ancestors of Springfield’s …

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 for July 4 at 4 p.m., the concert will feature the Odd Couple Quartet — …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: EZTV transports its summer sound from Brooklyn to Florence

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Never underestimate the power of lovingly recorded layers of strummed and jangling guitars. Big Star, The Go-Betweens, The La’s, Real Estate — whatever the decade, that sparkling summery sound sticks around, as comforting as breeze in the sun-splashed …

Finnegan begin again: Hampshire College alum’s adaptation of ‘impenetrable’ James Joyce novel is music to the ears

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A Hampshire College alumnus hopes to inspire more readers to tackle the “impenetrable” text of “Finnegans Wake,” the 1939 novel by Irish writer James Joyce, through a musical version of the book. Derek Pyle, 24, who lives in …

Weekend Planner — Music: Vocal chamber music concert includes premiere of ‘The Fish’ at Amherst College

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A seemingly straightforward set of lines in which a speaker catches “a tremendous fish,” scrutinizes it in fantastic detail and ultimately lets it go, Elizabeth Bishop’s poem “The Fish” is sufficiently rich in assonance and other musical elements …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: A dinner serenade with Bella’s Bartok; Gregory Raimo and Bhi Bhiman pop into the Valley; Johnny Irion plays Dream Away

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

If it’s a Thursday night and busy members of the local band Bella’s Bartok aren’t out on the road, they’re hoofing it over to Hinge in Northampton, bringing a collection of instruments and their collective jukebox brain to …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

RP Quartet and Joscho Stephan with Tim Kliphius — Fri., June 19, 7:30 p.m., Academy of Music, 274 Main St., Northampton. Part of “Django in June.” $25 advance; $30 day of. 584-9032. Ani DiFranco, Peter Mulvey — Fri., …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Shokazoba celebrates new CD at Bishop’s Lounge, plus other music happenings this week in the Valley

Thursday, June 11, 2015

“Afrobeat is the perfect vehicle to drop a heavy message in an uplifting way,” said Jason Moses, keyboardist/percussionist/vocalist for the Northampton ensemble Shokazoba. Last month the Afrobeat-inspired band released its new album, “One Destiny,” and will celebrate with …

‘Free jazz’ originator Ornette Coleman dies

Thursday, June 11, 2015

NEW YORK — Whatever rules in jazz hadn’t been shattered by Charlie Parker and other bebop artists, Ornette Coleman finished off for good. Coleman, who died Thursday at age 85, brought to jazz the kind of open-ended, non-narrative …

Mutual fans Franz Ferdinand and Sparks team for ‘FFS’ album and tour

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

By Randy Lewis Los Angeles Times (TNS) Musicians often say they admire each other’s work, but few ever do anything about it. At least not to the extent that Scottish rock group Franz Ferdinand and long-running L.A. experimentalist duo Sparks have gone with their mutual admiration society. This …

Weekend Planner — Music: Nota Bene at Renaissance Center, Amherst

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Based on extensive research, the authentic Renaissance kitchen garden at the UMass Renaissance Center is a utilitarian circa 1500 affair of leeks and onions, turnips, carrots, several forms of beans, kale, cabbage, radish, peas, endive and escarole, plus …

Weekend Planner — Festival: WGBY Asparagus Festival, Hadley

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Set for Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., on the Hadley Town Common, the WGBY Asparagus Festival — a celebration of all things local and agricultural through one of the region’s most famous crops — will feature live musical performances …