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In this undated image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Andy Huntington, center left, and Paige Faure, center right, appear with the cast during a performance of the national tour of "Rogers + Hammerstein's Cinderella." Lifetime TV's "The Balancing Act" will feature several touring Broadway shows this summer, including behind-the-curtain peeks on “Kinky Boots,” “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” “If/Then” and ”Cabaret.” The shows will be included in a six-part "Broadway Balances America" series led by correspondent Amber Milt that offers viewers a look at the cast and crew who make the tours possible.  (Carol Rosegg/Boneau/Bryan-Brown via AP)

Lifetime TV to feature several touring Broadway shows

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

By MARK KENNEDY AP Drama Writer NEW YORK — Lifetime TV’s “The Balancing Act” will feature several touring Broadway shows this summer, including behind-the-curtain peeks on “Kinky Boots,” “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” “If/Then” and “Cabaret.” The shows will be included in a six-part “Broadway Balances America” series led by correspondent Amber Milt that offers viewers a look at the cast …

Drumstick maker Firth dies at 85

Monday, July 27, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Everett “Vic” Firth, a longtime timpanist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra who launched a successful drumstick company bearing his name, has died at 85. Firth, who died Sunday of pancreatic cancer at his home in Boston, joined the Boston Symphony in 1952 and served for five decades as timpanist, performing for legendary conductors including Leonard Bernstein. He also led the …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …