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PHOTO COURTESY OF NORTHAMPTON JAZZ FESTIVAL
Etienne Charles

Bring the swing: Musicians hit the streets for 4th annual Northampton Jazz Festival

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Organizers of the fourth annual Northampton Jazz Festival, which will take place Sept. 2-6, say bringing the music to the streets helps carry on a great jazz tradition: That’s how jazz was fostered in this country, says Paul Arslanian, one of the festival’s coordinators and the director of the Northampton Jazz Workshop, an event that will be part of the … 0

Clubland: Ken Maiuri shares his impressions of this year’s ‘Transperformance’

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Backstage at “Transperformance” Tuesday night, Ray Mason turned to me and said, marveling, “Where else can you see Christ backing Frankie Valli?” We were in a daze of amazement as Renaissance man Monte Belmonte (from 93.9 The River) crooned “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” as “Pioneer Frankie Valli,” sliding smoothly across the … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes at the Iron Horse, and much, much more

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes are Melbourne, Australia’s smartly dressed contribution to the world of retro soul (Amy Winehouse, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings), and they’ll bring their ’60s-influenced soul/spy/garage-pop to the Iron Horse in Northampton Friday at 7 p.m. The Eric Olsson Band opens. The band started as a one-time lark … 0

Music review: Band of Horses and Midlake refresh roots-rock groove at Calvin

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A crossroads runs through the heart of most good rock songs, and that’s just where Band of Horses and Midlake planted themselves on Monday night for an engaging dual concert at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton. These are … 0

Advance bookings

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Jason Isbell — Fri., Aug. 15, 8 p.m. Mass MoCA. $24/$30. massmoca.org Elysian Fields — Sat., Aug. 16, 8 p.m. Mass MoCA. $12, $16, $20. massmoca.org George Lopez — Sat., Aug. 16, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $40-$65. foxwoods.com Yanni … 0

Area Briefs

Friday, July 25, 2014

Amherst SOLARIZE CELEBRATION: A celebration to recognize the town’s record-breaking sign-ups for Solarize Amherst will be held at Town Hall Tuesday. Residents can come to the Town Room between 6 and 8 p.m. for refreshments and drinks. The amount of contracted capacity is 1.2 megawatts spread over 174 … 0

Headliners

Friday, July 25, 2014

United by religious faith... ...and a desire to minister to the community with their talents, Springfield’s Women of Faith Ensemble is a tight-knit group. “We laugh together, cry together, pray together and encourage each other in life as women of faith,” says Vanessa Ford, who founded the group … 0

Tuned In: Big rock show Monday at 13th Floor Music Lounge and other musical events this week in the Valley

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Monday night isn’t the typical time for a big rock show, but the 13th Floor Music Lounge in Florence won’t let the work week get in the way of a good time. Four energetic acts — Free Pizza, … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Mitch Chakour at 1794 Meeting House in New Salem

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Music producer, pianist, guitarist, vocalist and teacher at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School, Amherst’s Mitch Chakour has had an illustrious 35-year career in music, including working with Bonnie Raitt, Howlin’ Wolf, Chuck Berry and Joe Cocker, sharing … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Jazzman Alex Snydman’s Valley visit includes gig at Iron Horse in Northampton

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I was interviewing jazz drummer Alex Snydman and I couldn’t write fast enough. I’d asked him if there was a moment when he realized that jazz was the music for him, the life he wanted to pursue, and … 0

Advance Bookings: Get the Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin and other area gigs

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Get the Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin — Sat., Aug. 2, 4 p.m., Mountain Park, Holyoke. $25, $35. 586-8686, iheg.com The Moody Blues — Wed., Aug. 6, 7:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $39.50. mohegansun.com Jason Isbell — Fri., … 0

Northampton Summer Concert Series opens July 18 on the Old Courthouse lawn

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Northampton Summer Concert Series, presented by The Collective Music Group (TCMG), is back for its the third straight year, this time with a new, more prominent downtown location. Every Friday from July 18 to August 22, concerts … 0

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Let’s (Not) Talk About Love’ at Mohawk Trail Concerts

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Pianist William Bolcom and mezzo-soprano Joan Morris are back for their annual visit to Mohawk Trail Concerts this weekend but this time they’re bringing colleagues John Musto and Amy Burton (pictured) for a double-date program called “Let’s (Not) … 0