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Laurie McNamana on ukulele with Ted Lee on drums

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Lauri McNamara: Enjoying the ‘puzzles of music’

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Lauri McNamara is mighty with the pen. I met her soon after she moved to the Valley from Martha’s Vineyard in 2002, because like me, she was at a lot of live concerts, scribbling in a notebook. But while I was covering the action for a newspaper, she was observing for fun, for inspiration ... taking notes, drawing, whatever she …

Weekend planner — Music: Rock Voices: America’s Community Rock Chorus

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Formerly known as the Valley Rock Choir, the recently rechristened Rock Voices: America’s Community Rock Chorus returns to the stage of the Academy of Music in Northampton this weekend for a tribute to the California bands of ’60s and ’70s. Under the direction of Tony Lechner — lately choral director at the Pioneer …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: FallsFest music, arts festival in South Hadley; Upper Valley Music Festival in Turners Falls

Thursday, July 23, 2015

MUSIC GALORE! I think we can call NRBQ venerable: The band’s been playing in one form or another since the 1960s, led throughout by mad keyboard artist Terry Adams. The group plays Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Beachgrounds in South Hadley as part of “FallsFest,” a music and arts festival that also features such performers as Seth Glier, Jose Gonzalez & Banda …

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 …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Idina Menzel — Sat., July 11, 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $45. mohegansun.com R. Kelly — Thurs., Fri., Sat., July 16, 17, 18, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $65-$95. foxwoods.com Jerry Seinfeld — Sat., July 18, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $82.50-$150. foxwoods.com …

Ken Maiuri: Tunes pour freely at birthday party for Ray Mason Band bassist

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The big 5-0. How do you celebrate such a birthday? Stephen Desaulniers, the longtime bassist of the Ray Mason Band and Scud Mountain Boys — who also books an average of three shows a month at the Luthier’s …

Summer songs soak up the sunshine

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

By Malcolm X Abram Akron Beacon Journal (TNS) Calling out around the world, are you ready for a brand new beat? Summer’s here and the time is right, for ... listening to your favorite summer songs. Independence Day weekend is just around the corner, which marks the height …

Chris Brown, Beyonce win big at BET Awards

Monday, June 29, 2015

By MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer Though she was absent, Beyonce won three BET Awards, including video of the year for “7/11,” while Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj also won multiple awards at the all-star show Sunday night. …

Squire, bassist with Yes, dies at 67

Monday, June 29, 2015

NEW YORK — Chris Squire, the bassist and co-founder of the progressive rock band Yes who recently announced he had leukemia, has died, according to a statement from his band members on Sunday. He was 67. The band …

Peter Mulvey’s song ‘Take Down Your Flag’ urges end to flying Confederate symbol

Friday, June 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A local musician is leading a musical charge urging South Carolina to take down the Confederate flag at its Statehouse with his song “Take Down Your Flag.” Peter Mulvey was preparing to open for Ani DiFranco at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton on June 19 when …

Sit up and take notice: Green River Festival wins national attention in 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Over the past 29 years, the Green River Festival has become an institution in western Massachusetts, the go-to outdoor musical event of the summer. What started as a modest two-band concert in 1986 has grown into a three-day …

Updating a classic: Mohawk Trails Concerts makes changes with new director, season

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

After 45 years, Mohawk Trail Concerts is getting ready for a re-tuning this season, with Montague cellist Mark Fraser taking on the role of executive artistic director. In a way, the series is experiencing something of a generational …

Weekend Planner — Kids: Alastair Moock at the Parlor Room

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Following the footsteps of his boyhood heroes Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, gravelly voiced Alastair Moock set out along the path of a social-activist folksinger intent on knocking down walls between musical genres and different audiences. In 2006, …