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Music

JERREY ROBERTS
Roger Salloom, left, Charles Neville

Your Time: Roger Salloom’s summer concert, Look Park, Florence

Thursday, August 27, 2015

On a warm summer evening last Thursday, singer-songwriter Roger Salloom performed his 32nd annual free concert at Look Park. This year, the show was held in a tent outside the park’s Garden House. Salloom was joined again this year by one of his “fellow travelers and heroes,” Charles Neville. Neville’s son, Khalif, played keyboards. Other band members included Jeff Dostal, …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Lake Street Dive’s ‘Amourasaurus’ at Look Park, and much more

Thursday, August 27, 2015

I have personally witnessed Lake Street Dive CDs and LPs flying off the local store shelves. People can’t get enough of the jazzy, soulful Brooklyn band and their records on the Northampton-based label Signature Sounds. The quartet started in Boston, and a simple YouTube video of the band performing the Jackson 5’s “I …

Larry Parnass’ Best Bets: ‘Duck Variations’ play in Huntington; ‘Amoursaurus’ at the Pines Theater in Florence

Thursday, August 27, 2015

BIRDS OF A FEATHER The summer theater season is coming to a close but there’s still a bit of quack in that duck. With September’s studiousness ahead, make this a laughable moment by driving up to North Hall, 40 Searle Road in Huntington, for “The Duck Variations,” David Mamet’s weirdly real two-character comedy. George is the blowhard; Emil the listener. They talk about …

Music review: Among friends — Trio presents grand piano quartets

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

A delightful concert was performed by the Buckley Chamber Players at Sage Hall of Smith College in Northampton Wednesday, repeated two days later at Amherst College. Two of the performers, Joel Pitchon and Volcy Pelletier, are members of the music faculty at Smith, and the pianist, Alissa Leiser, …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Among this week’s highlights, Kristin Hersh plays the Iron Horse

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Kristin Hersh does not make wallpaper music. Her songs are intense, even when hushed, and she performs them unflinchingly. The word she uses to describe herself in many an interview is “shy,” but, onstage, Hersh is as powerful …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Miranda Sings — Sat., Aug. 15, 7 p.m. Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $32.50, $75 (VIP). 586-8686, iheg.com Mötley Crüe — Sun., Aug. 16, 7 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $79, $99. mohegansun.com Santana — Wed., Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun. …

New Jersey teen to star as Dorothy in NBC’s ‘The Wiz Live!’

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

By The Associated Press NEW YORK — NBC has found the young woman who will ease on down the yellow brick road. The network Wednesday unveiled newcomer Shanice Williams from New Jersey as its Dorothy for the Dec. 3 live production of “The Wiz Live!” “This is always …

Competition heating up for One Direction

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

By Mikael Wood Los Angeles Times (TNS) The post-Zayn era is officially upon us. Sure, One Direction, the hugely popular British boy band, has been playing concerts for months as a four-piece following the headline-generating departure of Zayn Malik, who said in March that he needed “some private …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland; On the road through Clubworld

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

This column usually focuses on things local, but beyond the Valley lies a whole Clubworld of venues, found everywhere from bustling city centers to the serious boonies. I was recently on a 4,500-mile business trip, via van. It …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Get the Led Out - The American Led Zeppelin — Sat., Aug. 8, 4 p.m., Mountain Park, Holyoke. $25, $35. 586-8686, iheg.com Miranda Sings — Sat., Aug. 15, 7 p.m. Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $32.50, $75 (VIP). 586-8686, iheg.com …